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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

  • 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. Jeff Corwin and Sarah Luongo
  • Babette Benken 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."
  • Christine Whitcraft 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."
  • Five of the twelve 2015 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholar Awards presented at the 27th CSUPERB Annual Biotechnology Symposium January 8-10, 2015 at the Santa Clara Marriott went to the five CSULB undergraduate students who submitted proposals. Congratulations to these students and their mentors: Lukas Fuentes (mentor: Paul Weers, Chemistry & Biochemistry), Jessica Phan (mentor: Kevin Sinchak, Biological Sciences), Aaron Ridder (mentor: Houng-Wei Tsai, Biological Sciences), Jaime Tran (mentor: Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Chemistry & Biochemistry), and Kaycee Villarreal (mentor: Roger Acey, Chemistry & Biochemistry). Each student was awarded $3,500 each to conduct faculty-mentored research projects during the spring and summer of 2015.
  • Shark Lab Chris Lowe of the CSULB Shark Lab discusses how sport fishermen can learn to use "descending devices" to help fish survive barotrauma on NPR's Morning Edition.
  • Matt BeckerNews @the Beach reports that the Department of Energy (DOE) has funded over $1 Million to back the geothermal renewable energy research being done by Matt Becker, Professor and Conrey Endowed Chair in Hydrogeology. "We have the facilities to do this research," he added. "The lab space we have here is not far from what is available at the University of California level. We are competitive at that level. Geothermal resources are Californian and so should be the research. Geothermal research should be a CSU effort... I want to make sure we prepare students to be able to jump into the industry when the time comes. I think we can fill a niche and train students who are competitive with anyone.
  • 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

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Upcoming Events, 2015

Date Details
February 27 CNSM Scholarship Applications due @ 4:00 p.m.
March 10 Phi Beta Kappa Public Lecture "50 Years of the War on Poverty: What It Meant for the Elderly," Kathleen McGarry, Chair, UCLA Department of Economics University Student Union Beach Auditorium, 4:00 p.m.
March 13 CNSM Faculty Research Symposium, University Student Union Ballrooms, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
March 18 Fellows Colloquium Power Potential (Geothermal Energy: How hard can it be?). Presenter: Matt Becker. 6:30 p.m. in the Chartroom.
April 9 Nobel Laureate Lectures Randy Schekman, UC Berkeley, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - University Student Union Ballrooms, at 11:00 a.m. (general) and 4:00 p.m. (technical)
May 19 CNSM Commencement Ceremony, 1:00 p.m., Upper Campus Quad. NOTE: Change from Friday to Tuesday.

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