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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Upcoming Events, Spring 2016
||Telescope Observations - Five Planets at Once (second viewing). 4:30am-6:15am (before dawn) on Hall of Sciences roof. Weather conditions permitting.
||Scholarship Application Deadline for: G2 Software Systems Scholarship, Glenn M. Nagel Undergraduate Research Fellowship, James L. Jensen Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and James Stephenson Scholarship.
||Scholarship Application Deadline for Carl E Riley Endowed STEM Award.
||Annual Nobel Laureate Lecture. Speaker: Sir Richard Roberts, awarded for discovery of split genes. USU Ballroom. General Lecture: 11am-12pm. Technical Lecture: 4pm-5pm. All students and faculty are invited to attend.
||Cesar Chavez Day (Campus Closed).
||Last Day of Spring Classes.
||Last Day of Spring Semester.
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