College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
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.
- It is rare, short-lived, stinky, beautiful, and a CSULB newsmaker. It is the Corpse Lily (Amorphophallus titanium), a.k.a. Titan Arum, and it resides in the Hall of Science rooftop greenhouse at CSULB. A short lived bloom - no more than 48 hours, it is one of the two CSULB Corpse Lilies curated by Biological Sciences greenhouse technician, Brian Thorson. The flower, named "Laura" in honor Dean Kingsford, bloomed in the early morning hours of Tuesday, 6/16/2015, as reported in the Long Beach Press Telegram. The bloom of the Titan Arum is typically between 6 and 8 feet tall and it emits a foul odor of rotting flesh, thus the name corpse flower. These plants are uncommon in cultivation and blooms are even more rare.
- News @ the Beach reports that Chemistry Graduate Student, Skylar Chuang, took first place in the Graduate Physical and Mathematical Sciences category at the annual California State University systemwide research competition for his research, "The Role of Nonogold apo# Reconstituted Vehichles (NERVs) as Potential Drug Delivery Systems." Chuang's research was conducted under the advisement of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty members Vasanthy Narayanswami, Young-Seok Shon, and Deepali Bhandari.
- BUILD Program Accepting Applications for Student Training Opportunities. The CSULB Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) program is accepting applications for student research training from undergraduate students and faculty mentors. Want to Learn More? Interested students and faculty are invited to learn about student training opportunities and the application process at one of the following information sessions (same information repeated for each session):
- Tuesday, March 3 from 2-3pm in PSY Room 150
- Friday, March 6 from 11-12 pm in PSY Room 150
- Marine Biology undergraduate major Sarah Luongo will be featured in on "Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin", which will air on ABC on Sat. Jan. 31st at 9:30am (check for local listings). Luongo, a Wilson High School grad, has been doing directed research with Chris Lowe in the CSULB Shark Lab studying how horn shark metabolism changes with temperature. View a preview of this episode on YouTube.
- Inside CSULB reports that for the first time, CSULB will have a Graduate Studies Resource Center, courtesy of the $2.8 million grant from U.S. Department of Education. The project, Hispanic Opportunities for Graduate Access and Retention (HOGAR), is the result of a collaborative effort led by Principal Investigator (PI) Babette Benken, CNSM Graduate Studies Director and Professor of Mathematics Education. The collaborative effort includes co-PIs Eric Marinez, Chemistry and Biochemistry; and collaborators from the College of Liberal Arts: Rigoberto Rodriguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, and Nancy Hall, Linguistics. In the Long Beach Press Telegram, Benken notes that "the primary goals of the grant really are to build the infrastructure and quality of graduate studies at Cal State Long Beach."
- In Inside CSULB, Biological Sciences Associate Professor Christine Whitcraft discusses her success with "keeping it local" and "at" the Beach... meaning wetlands and marshes: "Marshes ... perform a number of important natural functions... Their landforms and plants help control tidal flow to inland areas and they're an ideal environment for a host of creatures. Wetlands often serve as nurseries for commercially important fishes as well as nesting sites for a variety of birds." Her work with the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy and other groups has led to over $250,000 in funding that has supported the research of her students, including seven master's theses. In turn, she sees that working with the local wetlands provides connections to one of the pillars in the university's capital campaign, "A Greater Community." She notes that "Cal State Long Beach offers a fantastic connection to the community. Most of our students are local. We introduce them to the fact that they live in a community with wetlands and that being scientifically literate about that community is essential to being a good citizen."
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