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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Welcome Dr. Curtis Bennett!

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is pleased to announce that Dr. Curtis Bennett will start as the college's new Richard D. Green Dean on July 31, 2017. Dr. Bennett is a nationally recognized mathematician with a well-developed understanding of the full range of the responsibilities of a dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics within the CSU. Welcome, Dr. Bennett!

CNSM Spotlights

  • Dr. Claudia Ojeda-AristizabalDr. Claudia Ojeda-Aristizabal (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy) recently received a 3-year, $255,000 grant from the US Department of Energy for her research on strongly correlated materials in the two-dimensional limit.
  • Great white sharks are returning to So Cal. Their return signifies the rehabilitation of our beaches and now that they are back, we need to learn how to live with these amazing creatures. Dr. Chris Lowe, biology professor and director of the CSULB Shark Lab wants to educate everyone about shark behavior and let people know that sharks are not out to get us. Read more at L.A. Weekly. Dr. Chris Lowe with shark jaw
  • Lukas FuentesLukas Fuentes was named 2017 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Lukas received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Under the leadership of Dr. Paul Weers, he studied a protein that plays a critical role in heart disease. He also spent time as a Jensen SAS Center Peer Mentor and Tutor. Lukas was recently honored for his poster presentation at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Read more about the CSULB Outstanding Graduates
  • The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is proud to recognize several students for excellence with the Commencement Awards for 2017. Congratulations to all who received these honors and awards!
  • CNSM Alumni, now medical doctors These CNSM Alumni are now all Medical Doctors! All were former Jensen SAS Center Peer Mentors and Tutors who were heavily involved with the Health Professions Advising Office. These alumni also started CSULB Minority-Focused Alliance of Pre-Health Students (MAPS). Everyone graduated in 2011. Read more about these alumni.
  • Dr. Lenora Mendoza NoroskiDr. Lenora Mendoza Noroski was named 2017 Distinguished Alumna for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry here at CSULB, and is internationally recognized in clinical immunology. Her expertise is in rare allergic, inflammatory and immunodeficient disorders.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Vasanthy Narayanaswami who has been elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association in recognition of her meritorious contributions to the field of vascular biology and her service to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Dr. Vasanthy Narayanaswami
  • CSULB Provost Brian Jersky recently announced the 2017 University Achievement Awards. Congratulations to all the winners and especially to CNSM's Dr. Prashanth Jaikumar, Physics & Astronomy, recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award; Dr. Stephen Mezyk, Chemistry & Biochemistry, recipient of the award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity; and Jamie Gleason, Chemistry & Biochemistry, recipient of an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Award. Prashanth Jaikumar, Stephen Mezyk, and Jamie Gleason
  • CNSM has received $2.3 Million for the first CSULB endowed dean position and a graduate fellowship. The college is thrilled to have this partnership with a donor to fulfill our mission for student success. We echo President Conoley's words: "We are incredibly grateful for such a transformational gift" that supports the college's teaching, research and scholarly work and service to the community.

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Upcoming Events

Date Details
JUL 31-AUG 4 Student Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR)
AUG 22 Science and Math Safari to Success. Free 1-day college orientation workshop.
NOV 2 CNSM Fellows Colloquium. Black Gold in California: The Story of the California Petroleum Industry. Dr. Robert D. Francis. 6:30-8:00pm

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