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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

  • 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
  • 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).

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Upcoming Events

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April 23, 2014 Fellows Colloquium: Kelp Watch 2014.
Presenters Steven Manley and Kai Vetter
6:30pm in the Chartroom.
Register for this event (Kelp Watch 2014).
May 23, 2014 CNSM Commencement 1:00 p.m., Central Quad

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