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  • 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.

Archived Spotlights

  • CSULB had a large representation at the 2016 ABRCMS Meeting (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students; Nov. 9-12 in Tampa, FL). CSULB Biochemistry major Lukas Fuentas (a Beckman Scholar) received a best poster presentation award in Biochemistry. Lukas is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Paul Weers's lab. His poster reported his project "Ionic Interactions of the C-terminal Domain of Apolipoprotein AI are Responsible for Oligomerization". Congratulations to Lukas and his mentor, Dr. Weers! Lukas Fuentas presenting his research poster
  • The Women in STEM Career Panel on Tuesday, 10/11/2016, drew dozens of female CSULB students to hear professionals share their experiences and advice in their successful STEM careers. The panel, organized by STEMx: Sisters in Motion and the CSULB President's Commission on the Status of Women, is the first in a hoped-for series. To stay up to date on future STEMx: Sisters in Motion events, fill out an information form at BeachSync. Men and women are both welcome. Panelist Sandra Labib (B.S. Civil Engineering 2014) speaks with undergraduate STEM students
  • Lane Olsen-Cooper was named CSULB's employee of the month by her peers. Lane is the administrative support coordinator and assistant to the dean in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. As recognition for her achievement, the Friendship Walk near the University Student Union has been renamed Lane Olsen-Cooper Walk for the month of September. Congratulations Lane! Lane Olsen-Cooper and CSULB President Conoley
  • International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)Dr. Stan Finney of the Department of Geological Sciences has been elected Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) at 35th International Geologic Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2016. The 121-nation IUGS is one of the largest non-governmental scientific organizations in the world. Congratulations Dr. Finney! Dr. Stan Finney
  • Amethyst RadcliffeOh, what you can do with a CSULB physics degree! The American Physical Society News Page features CSULB Physics alumna, Amethyst Radcliffe (2014), for her development of thin metal films that help keep airplane windows ice-free and transparent in all conditions. Radcliffe, a materials engineer at PPG Aerospace, graduated in 2014 bachelor's degree in physics.
  • Obi Wan, his coyote robot of Dr. Ted StankowichThat certain aroma of stinky skunk could help deter coyotes from backyard pets. At least, that's the one premise of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor and skunk research expert Ted Stankowich. He was recently featured on the local ABC7 news with Obi Wan, his coyote robot, that he has developed to research how skunks react to predators.
  • Congratulations to the recipients of our Departmental Awards for 2016. For the Outstanding Thesis Award: Daniel Crear (Biology), Sophia Nguyen (Chemistry), Juan Carlos Apitz (Applied Statistics), and Sandra Milena Diez Pinzon (Applied Physics). For the Rhodes Award: Rachel Flores (Biology), Sam Nguyen (Biochemistry), Moises Santillan (Geology), Genesis Islas (Mathematics), Mikhael Toufic Semaan (Physics), and April Wang (Science Education).
  • Dr. Kay Lee-FrumanCongratulations to Dr. Kay Lee-Fruman, the winner of the Distinguished Faculty Advising award for 2016. Dr. Lee-Fruman is a cell biology and immunology professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Dr. Chris LoweCongratulations to Dr. Chris Lowe, the winner of the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement award for 2016. Dr. Lowe is an icthyology and fisheries ecology professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Dr. Theodore StankowichCongratulations to Dr. Theodore Stankowich, the winner of the Early Academic Career Excellence award for 2016. Dr. Stankowich is an evolutionary behavior professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Diane GrahamCongratulations to Diane Graham, the Outstanding Staff Member for 2016. Diane is an Instructional Support Technician in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Minh-Minh HoCongratulations to Minh-Minh Ho, the Outstanding Graduate Research Student for 2016. Minh-Minh is in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Congratulations to Brittany Renee Daws, the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate of the College AND the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Student for 2016. Brittany will receive a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Chemistry. She named Dr. Stephen Mezyk as Most Valuable Professor. Dr. Mezyk was also awarded the Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity. Brittany Daws and Dr. Stephen Mezyk
  • With a new $3.045 million California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) grant, Drs. Lisa Klig and Elizabeth Eldon will help train students to enter the California workforce with long-term career opportunities as stem cell researchers. Read more about the CIRM grant at Inside CSULB.
  • CSULB's team of graduate students from the Department of Geological Sciences earned second place in the Pacific Region Imperial Barrel Award competition. The team consisted of graduate students Ben Davidson, Jack Farrell, Maia Davis, Ryan Weller and Alex Sedlak and was advised by Dr. Tom Kelty. Read more about the Imperial Barrel award at Inside CSULB. Department of Geological Sciences team for the Pacific Region Imperial Barrel Award competition: (l-r) professor Tom Kelty and graduate students Ben Davidson, Jack Farrell, Maia Davis, Ryan Weller and Alex Sedlak
  • Dr. Chris Lowe was awarded the 2016 Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award by the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at CSULB. Read more about the Wooden Ethics award at Inside CSULB. Nell and John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award ceremony: (l-r) Michael Solt, Blake Christian, Chris Lowe and Louise Ukleja
  • View the YouTube trailer of L.A. Math, written by the Math Department's James Stein.
  • Physic's Galen Pickett and his faculty colleagues were mentioned in Inside CSULB's March 15 issue for their efforts in making physics more fun and more diverse.
  • The CNSM Student Council is pleased to present the 37th Nobel Laureate Lecture on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in the University Student Union Ballroom with Sir Richard Roberts, the recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for the discovery of split genes. Dr. Roberts has been credited with saying that this discovery has shown us a new degree of complexity in plant and animal DNA, and was critical for interpreting the human genome sequence. 37th Nobel Laureate Lecture
  • The Press Telegram reports on the recent findings of Rachel Flores, a Biology major in the Livingston Lab and CSULB senior, who has been researching sea stars and urchins skeleton formation to help develop understanding and possible treatment for osteoporosis.
  • It's on CSULB's Beach TV: Bugs have the story! Join Dessie Underwood at the March 17, 2016 Fellows Colloquium as she tells us how bugs and diatoms can help us determine the health of our fresh water systems.
  • HHS 290 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health Disparities. Are you interested in learning how we can help improve the health of our underserved communities? A new course is being offered that will expose you to the factors that put certain groups at increased risk for poor health outcomes, as well as the ways that research is trying to address those issues.
  • CSULB can proudly add a Silver LEED certification to the list of campus credits. The construction of the Hall of Science is recognized for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The Hall of Science received the prestigious certification for the Building Design and Construction in 2014. The plaque has been added to wall inside the Hall of Science. HSCI LEED Silver plaque
  • CSULB alumnus Justin Fournier was awarded the 2015 Future Science Teacher Award at the California Science Teachers Association annual conference on October 3 in Sacramento.
  • Paul Buonora Featured in this month's Inside CSULB is the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) program as it enters its second decade at CSULB directed by Paul Buonora, Ph.D., and Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. RISE aims to help reduce the existing gap in the completion of Ph.D. degrees between underrepresented and non-underrepresented students. Buonora notes that the financial support the program provides is key: "...In the last two years we have had 75 percent of RISE students go on to a Ph.D. program... We like to think that a lot of that is because we are training them to be researchers making them better applicants for doctorate programs."
  • Shark Week is here and this year, Chris Lowe talks about his favorite shark in an interview with Sharks4Kids. cookiecutter shark
  • An education at CSULB is more than just four walls in a classroom. Students in BIOL 454B, Research in Tropical Terrestrial Ecology, traveled to Costa Rica during the Spring 2015 semester to spend 10 days immersed in tropical environments - the dry season at Palo Verde National Park and the La Selva Protected Zone, one of Central America's best-known tropical rainforest research stations with Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Theodore Stankowich and Professor Dessie Underwood. Armed with night cameras, students saw elusive ocelots, and they saw many other animals and plants not found in a traditional classroom. BIOL 454B students in Costa Rica
  • The Marine Biology Program is featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Beach Magazine, the new online magazine found around campus in a paper format, too. Read about the work of our professors, students and alumni.
  • Corpse Lily (Amorphophallus titanium) 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. 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
  • On Sunday, July 20, 2014, from Noon to 4:15pm, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be discussed by two California State University, Long Beach biologists, Associate Dean for Research Kevin Kelley and Biology lecturer Jesus Reyes, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Kelley, a member of the expert panel, will discuss with Reyes and other Algalita research crew members the findings of the 2014 North Pacific Gyre Expeditions via satellite from their expedition site. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Contact the CMA at 562-598-4889. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Steve MezykNews @the Beach reports that Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Stephen Mezyk is simply Outstanding! Mezyk has been named the CSULB 2014 Outstanding Professor. Check out the RadKem – Mezyk lab page for more info.
  • Sharks are in the news at CSULB again, courtesy of the continuing work of the CSULB Shark Lab. Chris Lowe reports on the White Shark Season in southern California. Lowe was a member of the international research team led by University Florida researcher George Burgess that conducted a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, describing the health of the white shark population in the eastern Pacific off the coast of California.
  • The June 2014 issue of Inside CSULB features Assistant Professor Jason Schwans of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Schwans has received a grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RSCA) to answer the age old question of "why?" and "how?" as it pertains to understanding enzyme biological function and how it may aid the design and application of enzymes and enzyme inhibitors that act as drugs. Jason Schwans (r) with student Nixon Corpuz
  • Steve Manley and Kai Vetter of Kelp Watch 2014 reported on the project at the CNSM Fellows Colloquium on 4/23/2014. As CSULB's Dr. Manley explained, the kelp forests along the western coast of North America are a great sentinel organism to monitor radioactivity because of the fact that kelp absorbs and concentrate radioactive elements. Working with Dr. Vetter of UC Berkeley, the team aims to determine the impact of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2013. Dr. Manley at the Fellows Colloquium
  • Wendy HaganWendy Hagan, M.S. Science Education – Secondary Science Education (2013), now a teacher at Granada Hills Charter HS, was named a Wyland Foundation Earth Month Hero and recognized by local television station, KCAL9, for her incorporation of elements of the Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum into her classes through her work with Biology's Christine Whitcraft to create a real-life science project – Project G.R.O.W. (Guiding Research on Wetlands) to increase student understanding of science and awareness for the environment and the role that students can play in restring and maintaining healthy ecosystems.
  • Ryan FreedmanAs reported recently in the Press Telegram, Ryan Freedman as well as the Daily 49er, Ryan Freedman, Ryan Freedman, M.S. Biology (2013), is one of 16 named a California Sea Grant Fellow. Freedman will spend his fellowship year in Santa Barbara working with a series of scientists to inspire and promote investigation within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, that includes about 1,470 block miles of H2O surrounding Santa Barbara, Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands.
  • Elizabeth Duncan, B.S. Marine Biology (2012), CSULB President's Scholar, and currently a candidate in the M.S. Biology program, has been offered a 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship – the first CSULB grad student not yet in a Ph.D. program to receive this prestigious award. Currently, Ms. Duncan is a research technician in Biology Assistant Professor Bengt Allen's Marine Ecology Lab.
  • CSULB Biology professor Ted Stankowich pursues "Why?" for a living. In addition to "Why do skunks stink?" now he asks, "Why do zebras have stripes?" Working with a group of researchers from UC Davis, he may have found the answer. Read more in the OC Register about zebra stripes . zebras
  • The science of stink continues to generate news. CSULB Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Theodore Stankowich and his colleagues at UC Davis, biologist Tim Caro and geographer Paul Haverkamp, were featured in the March 2014 Science's "Editor's Choice" and in National Geographic's "Weird & Wild" blog for their recent study in the International Journal of Organic Evolution about why skunks evolved their "noxious weaponry." In February 2014, their research was also featured in Nature's "Research Highlights," Discover's "Inkfish" blog, Science Daily, the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Daily Forty-Niner, and The Wild Side radio show (starts at 35:05). skunks
  • Lisa Martin-HansenInsideCSULB has featured Science Education's Department Chair Lisa Martin-Hansen in a discussion about women in the sciences: "The Science Education Department is committed to bringing more women into the sciences... Even though there have been enrollment increases in the biological sciences and some in chemistry, there are still large disparities between physicists and engineers in terms of gender. We are trying to bridge some of those gaps.
  • Matt BeckerThe March 2014 InsideCSULB features Geological Sciences Matthew Becker, the Conrey Endowed Chair in Hydrogeology, and his current work with fiber optic sensing to study where water comes and goes in the aquifers of the Los Angeles Basin. Becker utilizes fiber optic sensors to measure heat rather than water. By using the heat energy that is in the water, Becker and his graduate students can examine how recharge of the underground aquifers work at the micro level. The Orange County Water District (OCWD) regards this collaboration as a chance to increase the efficiency of the entire system that delivers water to residents in Orange County.
  • The Press Telegram reports that Kelp Watch 2014, a project led by Biological Sciences Professor Steven Manley, gathered their first samples of kelp during a 90-minute excursion past Long Beach's breakwater to study the impact of radioactive contamination. Manley, along with the Kai Vetter of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and more than 50 researchers and organizations along the West Coast are studying effects on the kelp forest three years after the 9.0 earthquake, followed by a tsunami, struck Japan and caused three reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima plant. Manley holding up kelp sample
  • Why do skunks spray to defend themselves? The Press Telegram reports that assistant biology professor Theodore Stankowich and UC Davis biologist, Tim Caro, asked this question, and their results are reported in a paper published in Evolution: International Journal of Organic Evolution. They analyzed data on 181 species of carnivores, including the skunk, to discover why some animals spray to defend themselves while others live in social groups as a way to fight off predators. skunks
  • Patricia NguyenThe 1/13/2014 edition of This Week @ The Beach presents the accomplishments of CSULB students and faculty at the 26th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium held January 9-11, 2014 in Santa Clara. Two of the 12 recipients of the 2014 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholar Award were Chemistry major Patricia Nguyen (mentored by Vas Narayanaswami) and Biochemistry major Phuc Nguyen (mentored by Roger Acey).
  • Roger Acey with two of the I2P team members: Nancy Trujillo and Phuc (Sam) Nguyen The team mentored by Roger Acey made it to the finals in the CSUPERB-I2P (Idea to Product) Early-Stage Biotechnology Commercialization Challenge. The team of four students from Acey's lab, Kyle Booth, Phuc (Sam) Nguyen, David Steidle, and Nancy Trujilo was named "Crowd Favorite" for the project "Heavy Metal Sponge." This year's recipient of the Glenn Nagel Undergraduate Research Award was given to CSULB psychology major, Roldolfo Flores for his project in the area of neuropsychopharmacology. Overall, more than 45 students and another 20 faculty and staff from CSULB attended and took part in the symposium, primarily in the poster presentations.
  • Kelp Watch 2014 now has a website! This collaborative project was initiated by Biological Sciences professor Steven Manley with Kai Vetter of UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to determine the extent of possible radionuclide contamination (primarily Cesium-137 & -134) of our kelp forest ecosystem from seawater arriving in Fukushima in 2014. Stay abreast of the latest developments on Twitter. Follow @KelpWatch2014.
  • This Week @ The Beach Kelp Watch 2014 and the Daily 49er Kelp Watch 2014 report that Kelp Watch 2014 is underway. Initiated by CSULB Biology Professor Steven L. Manley, the watch is a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent of contamination of the California kelp forests due to the release of radioisotopes from the damaged Fukusima reactor into the ocean. Manley will be working with Kai Vetter, the head of Applied Nuclear Physics at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who will provide detailed radionuclide analyses of samples of Giant Kelp and Bull Kelp from along the California Coast. Professor Manley examining kelp
  • Jennifer Smith Science Education alumni are award winners! Just this past month, Science Credential alumna Jennifer (Arneson) Smith (2006), was selected as a 2013 Milken Educator Awardee. Mrs. Smith teaches earth science and STEM classes at Pioneer Middle School in Tustin Unified. As part of the award, Jennifer received a $25,000 check from the Milken Foundation, and received local new coverage.
  • Tania Hughes In late October, The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) named Tania Hughes winner of the CSTA Future Science Teacher Award. Ms. Hughes receives the award as she has embarked on a new adventure, serving a 27-month Peace Corps assignment in Mozambique to teach English. She completed her B.A. in Liberal Arts and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential this past year in the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP), and during her student teaching, she taught two science units that she spearheaded and designed: Fourth Grade Electricity and Magnetism and Second Grade Geology. Ms. Hughes was recognized in CSULB's This Week @ The Beach, and the Long Beach Press Telegram.
  • The Press Telegram featured the CSULB Shark Lab on 11/30/2013, highlighting the lab's 50-year legacy of applying cutting edge technology, beginning with the late Donald Nelson's scientific application of a technology, acoustic telemetry, to the study of shark behavior. Today his former master's student, Chris Lowe, oversees one of the largest acoustic telemetry labs on the West Coast, with more than $500,000 in equipment. Funded with state, federal and private sources, the equipment has been used to look at how fish use offshore oil platforms, move around polluted habitats and recover from recreational and commercial fishing. "It's really cutting-edge science here," Lowe said. "It's exported to the world." Chris Lowe and shark tank
  • The Press Telegram features CSULB Biology alumnus Eric Zahn, M.S. (2006), and his company, Tidal Influence, and their latest project which involves working for the Los Cerritos Wetlands Trust to accomplish restoration of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach, an area of 500 acres of that is a fraction of salt marsh. The rest is made up of oil fields, landfills, concrete river channels, and electric power plants.
  • The CSULB Shark Lab Shark Lab logocontinues to gain recognition. Shark Lab member and marine biology graduate student Kady Lyons was first author on an article in the Fisheries Research journal, "The degree and result of gillnet fishery interactions with juvenile white sharks in southern California assessed by fishery-independent and -dependent methods." Earlier this summer, Shark Lab Director and Biological Sciences Professor Christopher Lowe was a featured speaker at the Sportfishing Conservancy's August 10 Best Practices Workshop where he shared his findings from studies on rockfish and included recommendations for successfully recompressing and releasing these bottom dwelling species to an audience focused on improving their catch and release techniques. In addition, Dr. Lowe was featured in an Aquarium of the Pacific May 2013 aquacast, The Recovery of Apex Marine Predator Populations, to discuss federal and state agencies and regulations and how they have helped sharks recover.
  • The 2013 recipient of the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award is professor Young-Seok Shon of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Shon's research focuses on synthesizing nanomaterials and using them for a variety of technological applications that has implications for cancer diagnosis and therapy as well as waste water treatment. Shon's work on hybrid nanomaterials has provided many research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Since joining the Department in 2006, Shon has given 51 presentations and had 28 papers published in prominent chemistry journals. He has received more than 90 citations to date. More about his accomplishments can be found in July's Inside CSULB. Young-Seok Shon (c), recipient of the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award Dean Laura Kingsford (l) and CSULB interim President Don Para.
  • Mark Katayama, the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) and the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program coordinator in the Jensen SAS Center, is one of seven candidates out of 54 applicants selected for this year's CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP). As a CDIP participant, Mark begins the doctoral degree in higher education administration and policy at UC Riverside this fall and will be mentored by CSULB psychology professor Dustin Thoman. He expects to complete the degree in spring 2015. Katayama says that his acceptance into the CDIP program "feels like home" because he has experienced all three levels of California's higher education system, and his time at CSULB has made him love the CSU system and the students who are a part of this system. The July Inside CSULB has more about CDIP and the CSULB recipients.
  • The Long Beach Press Telegram visited the CSULB campus Young Scientist Camp 2013 in August and caught the action of the 5th and 6th graders in at this year's CSULB Young Scientists' Camp. The students, part of the "Don't Mess with Mother Nature" class, were constructing seismographs out cardboard, Styrofoam cups, pens and sand under the leadership of Katie Beck, a physics teacher at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove. The camp aims to give kids more hands-on experience with the sciences. The camp is for students in the second through eighth grades, as well as for high school girls to expose them to women in science. This year's theme is "Earth and Space Science." Digging into Science into Science" provided 2nd and 3rd graders the chance to study soil, animals, and rocks. In "Curiosity in Science," 3rd and 4th grade students studied Mars and space. Budding crime scene investigators in the 7th and 8th grades signed up for Forensic Investigations. The high school girls explored force and motion in the "Phun Physics for Phemales."
  • Science learning @ the Beach went on the road child investigating charge and electricity on July 23 to take the Young Scientists' Camp to Long Beach Cabrillo High School where they have set up camp to share the wonders of science with homeless children. Science Education's Department Chair Laura Henriques was interviewed for a feature on Southern California Public Radio station 89.3-KPCC.
  • Editte Gharakhanian, professor of biological sciences is one three faculty members at CSULB who have been recognized by the Division of Academic Affairs for their efforts in a variety of areas, including early career achievement, mentoring and impact accomplishment of the year in research, scholarly and creative activity. Gharakhanian has received the Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity. The award recognizes her reputation for inspiring and challenging students as well as mentoring them through the entire scientific process from research design to implementation, presentation and publication. July's Inside CSULB has more on her accomplishments.