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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

  • The 2018 CNSM Outstanding Baccalaureate is Roxanne Jacobs, a B.S. double major in Chemistry (Materials Option) and in Biochemistry. Jacobs joined Dr. Shahab Derakhshan's inorganic materials research group following her first semester at CSULB and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Jacobs named Dr. Derakhshan her Most Valuable Professor (MVP) for his mentorship. Following graduation, Jacobs will pursue her PhD. As a President's Scholar, Jacobs has also participated in park and beach clean-ups, bathed and walked dogs at local animal shelters, and ushered at the Dancing for Our Stars, an annual charity event for Miller Children's Hospital. Roxanne Jacobs and Dr. Shahab Derakhshan
  • Max B. MartinezDr. Max B. Martinez was named 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. He earned his B.S. in Biology here at CSULB in 1978. Dr. Martinez, who practices in Paramount, CA, is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has the distinction of being one of very few dentists (less than 4 percent) in North America to receive a fellowship from the prestigious American College of Dentists. He also volunteers in several free clinics and organizes a free one-day dental clinic to patients--mostly children and adolescents--in his community.
  • In the Spring 2018 Research @ The Beach Newsletter, Mathematics and Statistics Associate Professor Jen-Mei Chang describes her research about the use of placentas to gauge the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Using machine learning, Chang has been able to see the correlation between high risk ASD pregnancies and the shape of arteries. The goal is to have the ability to take a photograph of a placenta in the delivery room for doctors to use to recommend ASD intervention treatment prior to the current diagnosis age of three years. Dr. Dr. Jen-Mei Chang giving a presentation about placentas
  • 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 Bernal'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
JULY 11-13 Summer Proteomics Workshop. Hands-on training and experience in Proteomics Analysis. Registration required - deadline 6/29.
AUG 20 Science and Math Safari to Success. 10:00am-5:00pm in front of HSCI. Registration required.

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