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California State University, Long Beach
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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.

CNSM Spotlights

  • Dr. Lisa Martin-HansenCongratulations to Dr. Lisa Martin-Hansen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Science Education, her new book is published! Transforming IQ into "Orthopédie Mentale": an Introduction to A. Binet and V. Vaney on Mental Orthopedics. The volume, co-authored with Hayo Siemsen, John Testelin, Karl Hayo Siemsen, Bernard Andrieu, and Jean-Marie Fèvr, discusses Alfred Binet's works on pedagogy based on his "Orthopédie Mentale". Binet had empirically found that his idea of a test of general intelligence could be replaced by a test on "problem areas". These problem areas were then to be specifically addressed and improved within a relatively short time. As a result, students dramatically improved in their IQ test results. Binet died before he could publish the results. Fortunately, the rector of the school, Victor Vaney, published the results of Binet's experiments in his school. This volume provides the first English translation of Vaney's publication as well as an introduction to Binet's mostly forgotten late work.
  • Clariss Limso with awardCSULB graduate student, Clariss Limso, won the 2018 Don Eden Graduate Student Research award at the CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium for her work characterizing protein interactions during endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, which is a promising target to curb cancer cell survival. "She did a great job and gave excellent poster and oral presentations to win this highly competitive award." Said her advisor, biochemistry professor Deepali Bhandari, whose research program focuses on ER stress looking for pharmacological interventions for cancer and perhaps other pathologies like diabetes, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease.
  • CNSM students and faculty use what they learn to reveal the world about us. At every level of study, from Chemistry 100 through top notch research done in faculty laboratories and field sites our scholars and researchers are pursuing answers to their questions. This semester's Chemistry 100 students in Dr. Elaine Benal's class proved this when they carried out water testing on campus water fountains and found lead in the Macintosh Humanities water pipes. The campus has responded by providing alternate water sources until the affected plumbing can be replaced. Local news agencies reported on the findings of the students.
  • Our faculty are pursuing innovation through research and notable findings are published in the Fall 2017 Issue of Quest:
  • 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

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Upcoming Events

Date Details
APR 11 Health Professions Fair. Representatives from over 40 health professions programs will in attendance. 10:00am-2:00pm. Central Quad.
APR 11 39th Nobel Laureate Lecture. Dr. William Daniel Phillips, 1997 Nobel Prize recipient in Physics for work on laser cooling. General Lecture: 11:00am. Technical Lecture: 4:00pm. University Student Union Ballrooms.
APR 18 Open Forums on Student Success: "Analyzing the Impact of Class Scheduling on Graduation Rates." 12:00pm-1:30pm in the Anatol Center. RSVP recommended.
MAY 11 Last Day of Spring Classes.
MAY 14
-MAY 19
Final Exams.
MAY 22 CNSM 2018 Commencement Ceremony. 1:00pm at Lower Campus Athletic Fields.
MAY 25 Last Day of Spring Semester.

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