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The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is a leader in undergraduate and graduate student research. Housed in a complex that includes the recently completed, state-of-the-art Hall of Science, the Molecular and Life Sciences Center, the Microbiology Building, and Faculty Office 3, the college's six departments offer 22 degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

CNSM Spotlights

  • The Long Beach Press Telegram reports that CSULB has received $22.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to through the Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative to help prepare minority students for doctoral study in science, engineering and math fields.
  • As part of the American Institute of Biological Sciences' (AIBS) Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits Initiative, California Senator Huff visited the Department of Biological Sciences to meet with some experimental biological faculty members and students. Senator Huff represents the 29th Senate District and serves as the Senate Republican Leader in the California State Senate and in the Senate Education Committee. Drs. Houng-Wei Tsai, Christine Whitcraft, Kevin Kelley, and IIRMES Director Rich Gossett presented how the CNSM biology research, technology and educational programs prepare our students for careers in biomedical research, environmental and ecological sciences, conservation and marine biology, and biotechnology development. Senator Huff saw firsthand how research in CSULB's marine biology lab, the CSULB Shark Lab, the Salt Marsh Wetlands Lab, and IIRMES Technology Center plays an important role in our students' education and the value impact that CNSM research has on the California economy and its residents. From left, Houng-Wei Tsai, Senator Huff, Christine Whitcraft, Kevin Kelley
  • On Sunday, July 20, 2014, from Noon to 4:15pm, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be discussed by two California State University, Long Beach biologists, Associate Dean for Research Kevin Kelley and Biology lecturer Jesus Reyes, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Kelley, a member of the expert panel, will discuss with Reyes and other Algalita research crew members the findings of the 2014 North Pacific Gyre Expeditions via satellite from their expedition site. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Contact the CMA at 562-598-4889. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Steve MezykNews @the Beach reports that Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Stephen Mezyk is simply Outstanding! Mezyk has been named the CSULB 2014 Outstanding Professor. Check out the RadKem Mezyk lab page for more info.
  • Sharks are in the news at CSULB again, courtesy of the continuing work of the CSULB Shark Lab. Chris Lowe reports on the White Shark Season in southern California. Lowe was a member of the international research team led by University Florida researcher George Burgess that conducted a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, describing the health of the white shark population in the eastern Pacific off the coast of California.
  • The June 2016 issue of Inside CSULB features Assistant Professor Jason Schwans of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Schwans has received a grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RSCA) to answer the age old question of "why?" and "how?" as it pertains to understanding enzyme biological function and how it may aid the design and application of enzymes and enzyme inhibitors that act as drugs. Jason Schwans (r) with student Nixon Corpuz
  • Steve Manley and Kai Vetter of Kelp Watch 2014 reported on the project at the CNSM Fellows Colloquium on 4/23/2014. As CSULB's Dr. Manley explained, the kelp forests along the western coast of North America are a great sentinel organism to monitor radioactivity because of the fact that kelp absorbs and concentrate radioactive elements. Working with Dr. Vetter of UC Berkeley, the team aims to determine the impact of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2013. Dr. Manley at the Fellows Colloquium
  • Wendy HaganWendy Hagan, M.S. Science Education Secondary Science Education (2013), now a teacher at Granada Hills Charter HS, was named a Wyland Foundation Earth Month Hero and recognized by local television station, KCAL9, for her incorporation of elements of the Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum into her classes through her work with Biology's Christine Whitcraft to create a real-life science project Project G.R.O.W. (Guiding Research on Wetlands) to increase student understanding of science and awareness for the environment and the role that students can play in restring and maintaining healthy ecosystems.
  • Ryan FreedmanAs reported recently in the Press Telegram, Ryan Freedman as well as the Daily 49er, Ryan Freedman, Ryan Freedman, M.S. Biology (2013), is one of 16 named a California Sea Grant Fellow. Freedman will spend his fellowship year in Santa Barbara working with a series of scientists to inspire and promote investigation within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, that includes about 1,470 block miles of H2O surrounding Santa Barbara, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands.
  • Elizabeth Duncan, B.S. Marine Biology (2012), CSULB President's Scholar, and currently a candidate in the M.S. Biology program, has been offered a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship the first CSULB grad student not yet in a Ph.D. program to receive this prestigious award. Currently, Ms. Duncan is a research technician in Biology Assistant Professor Bengt Allen's Marine Ecology Lab.
  • CSULB Biology professor Ted Stankowich pursues "Why?" for a living. In addition to "Why do skunks stink?" now he asks, "Why do zebras have stripes?" Working with a group of researchers from UC Davis, he may have found the answer. Read more in the OC Register about zebra stripes . zebras
  • The science of stink continues to generate news. CSULB Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Theodore Stankowich and his colleagues at UC Davis, biologist Tim Caro and geographer Paul Haverkamp, were featured in the March 2014 Science's "Editor's Choice" and in National Geographic's "Weird & Wild" blog for their recent study in the International Journal of Organic Evolution about why skunks evolved their "noxious weaponry." In February 2014, their research was also featured in Nature's "Research Highlights," Discover's "Inkfish" blog, Science Daily, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Daily Forty-Niner, and The Wild Side radio show (starts at 35:05). skunks
  • Lisa Martin-HansenInsideCSULB has featured Science Education's Department Chair Lisa Martin-Hansen in a discussion about women in the sciences: "The Science Education Department is committed to bringing more women into the sciences... Even though there have been enrollment increases in the biological sciences and some in chemistry, there are still large disparities between physicists and engineers in terms of gender. We are trying to bridge some of those gaps.

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Upcoming Events

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March 13, 2015 CNSM Faculty Research Symposium, University Student Union Ballrooms, 12:30 p.m.
April 9, 2015 Nobel Laureate Lectures Randy Schekman, UC Berkeley, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - University Student Union Ballrooms, at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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