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August 27, 2014
Annual Fall Meeting Kicks Off New Academic Year for the College of Sciences
College of Sciences administration, faculty, and staff convened for the Annual Fall Meeting on August 26, 2014, at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
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August 26, 2014
Biological Sciences Seminar Series Kicks Off on September 4 with Dr. John Halfman of Finger Lakes Institute
Dr. John Halfman, of the Finger Lakes Institute of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will present "Nutrient Sources, Variability and Their Water Quality Impacts: A Case Study From the Finger Lakes of Central New York" at the Department of Biological Sciences Seminar. The seminar will be held in Room 214 in the Lee Drain Building from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Dr. Wozniak, of the Department of Biological Sciences, will host the even.
August 26, 2014
Pluta to Speak on "Noncommutative Retracts" at Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium on September 3
Robert Pluta, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Sam Houston State University, will present "Noncommutative Retracts" at the department's Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. in Room 400 in the Lee Drain Building. Dr. Pluta's abstract notes: "A subalgebra S of an algebra A is called a corner of A if there is an S-bimodule Mcontained in A such that A = S + M (direct sum of S-bimodules). Of course the prime example is the Peirce corner S = eAe associated with an idempotent e in A, but the above definition is more general and makes no reference to idempotents. In the first part of this presentation we will give a number of basic results about corners of general algebras and C*-algebras, partly surveying . In the second part we will be concerned with closed and self-adjoint corners of C*-algebras that are complemented by ideals - a notion which we consider as a noncommutative analog of topological retracts."
 R. Pluta, Ranges of Bimodule Projections and Conditional Expectations, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
August 25, 2014
University of Oklahoma's Strauss to Present "Properties of the Higgs Boson" on September 10 at Physics Colloquium
Michael G Strauss, Ph.D., David Ross Boyd Professor of Physics in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Oklahoma, will present "Properties of the Higgs Boson" at the Department of Physics Colloquium on September 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Room 105 in the Farrington Building. Dr. Strauss's abstract for the presentation states: In July 2012 the ATLAS and CMS collaborations at the CERN Large Hadron collider announced the discovery of a Boson consistent with the predicted standard model Higgs Boson. Since that discovery, further measurements have given insight into the properties of this particle. This talk will discuss the importance of the Higgs Boson within the standard model, the discovery of this new Boson, and subsequent measurements of its properties.
July 24, 2014
Geography & Geology's Acton Co-Authors Article in Science on Mediterranean Outflow Water
Dr. Gary Acton, of the Department of Geography & Geology, is one of the co-authors of an important article recently published in Science on Mediterranean outflow water. Dr. Acton, who served as Stratigraphic Correlator for the investigatory team, participated in an on-site study on the science vessel JOIDES Resolution in the Atlantic Ocean just beyond the Mediterranean Sea, in the Strait of Gibraltar area. Their research shows a considerable relationship between the oceans and climate, and has implications for oil and gas exploration as well.
College of Sciences Fall Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 (2-4 p.m.) in Lee Drain Building
The College of Sciences will have our annual fall meeting in the Lee Drain Building from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Refreshments will be available in the Lee Drain Atrium from 2 to 3 p.m., and we will kick off the meeting at 3 p.m. in Lee Drain 214. We will present awards of excellence for faculty and students during the meeting, introduce new faculty and staff, and review goals and challenges for the college.
July 23, 2014
College Schedules "Active Shooter" Training for August 26
On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, College of Sciences faculty and staff members will have an opportunity to take part in a training program dealing with "active shooter" situations on campus. The training session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lee Drain 214. A light lunch will be provided for training participants. All faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend.
June 30, 2014
Albert Attends Turkish Association of Geographers’ International Congress
Dr. Donald Albert (right), professor of geography at Sam Houston State University and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, is joined by Dr. Yilmaz Ari (left), president of the Turkish Association of Geographers, and Dr. Karl Donert (center), president of the European Association of Geographers, at the Turkish Association of Geographers’ International Congress.
The event, which took place at Mugla University in Mugla, Turkey, was held June 4-6, 2014. Dr. Albert delivered a paper titled “The Fırst Fıve Years: Internatıonal Journal of Applıed Geospatıal Research,” and also participated in an amazing post conference tour of Koycegiz Lake, Dalyan Strait, and Kaunos Ruins.June 26, 2014
Dean Participates in International Study Tour “Germany Today”
Dean John Pascarella participated in the 2014 Germany Today program June 14-21, as a guest of the German Higher Education Exchange agency, known as DAAD in German. Nineteen individuals, from American and Canadian universities and government agencies, participated. Besides enjoying good food and World Cup soccer games, Dean Pascarella learned about the different types of universities in Germany, differences between higher education in Germany and the United States, and explored opportunities for student and faculty exchange and study abroad in Germany and vice versa.
German higher education offers a three-year bachelor’s degree, a two-year master’s degree, and the doctoral degree. The shorter bachelor’s degree is due to the lack of general education requirements, which are covered in high school in Germany, and the focus on the specialization in the major. Most bachelor degree programs in Germany are only taught in German, but many master’s degrees and most doctoral degrees can be done in English. Universities of Applied Science do not offer doctoral degrees, faculty must have at least five years of industry experience, and teaching loads average 18 hours per week, while teaching loads are less and research expectations much higher at comprehensive and technical research universities. Interesting fact: Tuition is not charged at any German public university for German citizens!
The group visited the DAAD headquarters in Bonn, Germany, two universities of applied science (UAS-Cologne and UAS-Trier Birkenfield campus), a comprehensive research university (University of Cologne), a governmental research organization (Franhofer Institute), and a technical research university (Technical University of Munich). The University of Applied Science-Trier Birkenfield campus offers summer study courses in sustainability and renewable energy, and is a leader in these topics among German applied science universities. Dean Pascarella says, "We hope to begin developing programs with this campus in our engineering technology disciplines related to renewable energy technologies." Students and faculty members interested in studying, teaching, or doing research in Germany are encouraged to contact Dean Pascarella for more information.
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Agency) hosts Uta Gaedeke and Miriam Hippchen and Germany Today participant Dr. Jeffrey Peck (Dean, Weismann School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College, City University of New York) at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
View of the roof at University of Applied Science-Trier Birkenfield Campus with a green roof and solar photovoltaic panels. The University generates approximately 1/3 of its total electrical power needs from a combination of solar panels and wind turbines.June 26, 2014
Dean and Provost visit Firat University, Elazig, Turkey
Dean of the College of Sciences Dr. John Pascarella and Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jaimie Hebert visited Firat University in Elazig, Turkey on June 9-11, 2014.
While at Firat, Provost Hebert and Dean Pascarella met the university's rector (equivalent to president), vice-rector, deans, faculty, and students in various faculties (equivalent to colleges), including engineering, nursing, technology, and education.
Firat University and Sam Houston State University have been working to develop a 2+2 program where students from Firat University will study for the last two years of a BS degree in Software Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University, following a year of intensive English training and two years of university courses at Firat University.
In addition, Firat University is interested in a similar 2+2 program for the BS in Computer Science (concentration in Digital Forensics).
Firat University has invited the SHSU Geology department to consider holding an international geology field camp course as the region of Eastern Turkey is extremely interesting geologically, with many different rock types and active mines.
Dr. Jaimie Hebert (SHSU Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs), Dr. Asaf Varol (Dean of the College of Technology at Firat University), Dr. John Pascarella (Dean, SHSU College of Sciences), and Dr. Cihan Varol (Assistant Professor, SHSU Department of Computer Science) in front of a hydroelectric dam near Elazig, Turkey.
Dr. John Pascarella (Dean, SHSU College of Sciences) and Dr. Jaimie Hebert (SHSU Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs) near Elazig, Turkey.June 10, 2014
Physics Department Professor's Forthcoming Book Included in Johns Hopkins University Press Fall Catalog
A new book by Dr. Renee James, professor in the Department of Physics, will be featured in the fall catalog of the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. James' book, Science Unshackled, explains the sometimes unexpected impact of basic science research on modern life. As the catalog notes, "With a novelistic style, C. Renee James reveals how obscure studies of natural phenomena--including curved space-time, poisonous cone snails, exploding black holes, and the precise chemical makeup of the sun--led unexpectedly to WiFi, GPS, genetic sequencing, pain medications, and cancer treatments."
A description and capsule review of the book can be found on page 8 of the catalog. A digital version of the catalog can be viewed here.June 9, 2014
College of Sciences Participates in 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium
College of Sciences Dean John Pascarella was the keynote speaker in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by the Elliot T. Bowers Honors College. Dean Pascarella spoke from personal experience on the value of participating in undergraduate research, which he took part in as an undergraduate ecology major at the University of Kansas. Dr. Pascarella emphasized the value of participation in research not only to the student, but also to the institution, in that students who are involved in undergraduate research have higher graduation rates and give back to the university at higher rates than non-participants. College of Sciences students from multiple departments presented talks and posters during the day. Faculty moderators from the College of Sciences included Dr. Madhusudan Choudhary, Dr. Todd Primm, Dr. Joni Seeling, Dr. Monte Thies, and Ms. Sonja Yung.
A full list of participants and abstracts can be found at the Undergraduate Research Program 2014 page.
Biology student Oscar Chavez
Biology student Kaylin HensonJune 6, 2014
Dean Takes SHSU Students to National HACU Capitol Forum Meeting
College of Sciences Dean John Pascarella and 13 SHSU students (Santiago Casa Alvarez, Stefany Cornejo, Christopher Cruz, Jessica Estrada, David Hernandez, Nayeli Lopez, Ismael Rodriguez, Jr., Mayra Rojas, Paul Ruiz-Requena, Cristina Ruiz, Victoria Rodriguez, Gloria Sanchez, and Francisco Reza) attended the Hispanic Colleges and Universities (HACU) Capitol Forum meeting April 6-8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, they learned about efforts to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to Hispanic students from President Obama’s Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren (see photo). Students also participated in visits to congressional and senate representatives from Texas.
Dean John Pascarella with College of Sciences students at the HACU meeting (from left to right, David Hernandez (undergraduate in Physics), Christina Ruiz (undergraduate in Physics), Victoria Rodriguez (graduate student in Biology), and Dean John Pascarella.
President Obama’s science advisor John Holdren addressed the need for more Hispanic students to study in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines.May 30, 2014
Walker Awarded 2014 Enhancement Research Grant
Associate Professor Joel Walker, of the Department of Physics, has been awarded a competitive “2014 Enhancement Research Grant” by the Sam Houston State University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for a proposal entitled “Dynamically Determining Stable Local Minima in No-Scale Supergravity”. This funding affords Dr. Walker valuable summer research time to investigate specific mechanisms by which physical parameters such as the mass of the Dark Matter particle might be naturally predicted.
Additionally, a research assistantship will be funded for two SHSU undergraduate physics students, Jesse Cantu and Trenton Voth, working on optimization of search strategies applicable to related models of physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
With cooperative support from the Department of Physics, the College of Sciences, and the SHSU Society of Physics Students, Dr. Walker will also represent Sam Houston State at a planning conference for a next-generation 100 TeV Particle Collider (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), a conference on high energy physics Phenomenology (University of Pittsburgh - accompanied by Jesse Cantu and recent SHSU graduate William Ellsworth), a workshop on Dark Matter and Collider Physics (Texas A&M University), a workshop on creation of particles in the early universe (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics), and a conference on Particle Physics and Cosmology (University of Guanajuato, Leon, Mexico).
Dr. Walker will present research findings at each of the latter four meetings on topics to include the no-scale F-SU(5) grand unified theory (with Dimitri Nanopoulos, Tianjun Li and James Maxin), enhancement of supersymmetric particle decay signatures using boosted event topologies (with Bhaskar Dutta and Kuver Sinha), and applications of his computer program AEACuS to the projection of current LHC data refinement strategies onto simulated particle collisions (with Jesse Cantu and William Ellsworth).May 15, 2014
Fang Contributes to Groundbreaking Research on Nanoparticle Cobalt Oxide Photocatalyst
Dr. Hui Fang, faculty member in the Department of Physics, participated in a breakthrough research led by Dr. Jiming Bao, from the University of Houston, on nanoparticle cobalt oxide photocatalyst. This research was the first to use cobalt oxide and the first to use neutral water under visible light at high energy conversion efficiency without co-catalysts or sacrificial chemicals. Cobalt oxide nanoparticles were prepared in two ways, using femtosecond laser ablation and through mechanical ball milling. Once the nanoparticles are added and light applied, the water separates into hydrogen and oxygen almost immediately, producing twice as much hydrogen as oxygen. The research demonstrated the potential of using cobalt oxide nanoparticles as a source of renewable fuel. The results of this research were published in Nature Nanotechnology under the title, “Efficient solar water-splitting using a nanocrystalline CoO photocatalyst”.May 2, 2014
SHSU Mathematics Students Shine in COMAP Contest
Three undergraduate mathematics students from SHSU's Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Austin Ramsden, Kerrie Prieto, and Andrew Anderson, scored high in the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP)’s Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), which challenges teams of students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems.
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Biological Sciences Seminar on May 1 to Feature University of Houston's Amy Sater
Dr. Amy Sater, associate professor in the Biology and Biochemistry Department at the University of Houston, will present "Roles of microRNAs in early vertebrate neural development" at this week's Biological Sciences Seminar. The seminar will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 4 p.m. in LDB 214. A reception will be held prior to the seminar in the foyer of the Lee Drain Building. Dr. Joni Seeling of the Department of Biological Sciences will host this seminar.
April 21, 2014
Dr. Rama Singh of McMaster University Will Present at Biological Sciences Seminar on April 24
Dr. Rama Singh, from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, will present "Why males? Molecular signatures of sexual selection and theories of sex" at this week's Biological Sciences Seminar. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2014, at 4 p.m. in LDB 214. A reception will be held prior to the seminar in the foyer of the Lee Drain Building.
April 16, 2014
Biological Sciences Seminar on April 16 to Feature Southeastern Louisiana's Chris Beachy
Dr. Chris Beachy, professor and department head of biological sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University, will present "Cadmium integration and life history biology in tiger salamanders" at this week's Biological Sciences Seminar. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2014, at 4 p.m. in LDB 214. A reception will be held prior to the seminar in the foyer of the Lee Drain Building.April 15, 2014
ISDFS Conference Coming to The Woodlands Center on May 12
Sam Houston State University’s Department of Computer Science will host the Second International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Security (ISDFS), which will be held at SHSU’s The Woodlands Center on May 12-13, 2014.
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April 14, 2014
Undergraduate Researchers Win EURECA Funding for Summer Projects
(From Today@Sam): Eight teams of faculty and undergraduate students at Sam Houston State University have the “green light” to begin summer-long research projects, and they are getting the necessary funding through the Summer 2014 Faculty and Student Team Awards, provided by the Center for Enhancing Undergraduate Research Experiences and Creative Activities.
Dixit Named Lead Participant in Prestigious International Energy Agency Project
Dr. Manish Dixit, an assistant professor of industrial technology in Sam Houston State University’s Department of Agricultural and Industrial Sciences, was recently named the lead participant for the United States in Annex 57 of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Program.
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Biological Sciences Seminar on April 10 to Feature Julia Buck
Dr. Julia Buck, who recently joined SHSU as a postdoc at TRIES, will present her current and future research plans involving the interplay between ecology and parasitology at this week's Biological Sciences Seminar. The seminar will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 4 p.m. in LDB 214. Please note that the Wiley lecture originally slated for this date has been postponed until Fall 2014.March 25, 2014
SHSU Joins Area School Districts in Career Technology Education Initiative
Sam Houston State University is linking up with several East Texas school districts to bring advanced science/technology/engineering/mathematics education (STEM) career-oriented and job-ready programs to high school students in the area in what they have dubbed the Career Technology Education Initiative.
Hafner Discusses "Plasmonics for Membrane Structural Biology" in March 25 Physics Colloquium
Professor Jason Hafner of the Department of Physics at Rice University will be the guest speaker at the SHSU Department of Physics Colloquium on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The colloquium will be held in Room 101 in the Farrington Building at 3 p.m. See the Physics Colloquium page for more details.March 24, 2014
University of Colorado's Metcalf to be Featured in Biological Sciences Seminar on March 27
Dr. Jessica Metcalf, faculty member at the University of Colorado, will present "A microbial clock provides an accurate estimate of the postmortem interval" at the Biological Sciences seminar on Thursday, March 27, 2014. The seminar is hosted by BSGSO and will be held in Room 214 in the Lee Drain Building at 4 p.m. There will be an informal reception in the foyer outside from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.March 17, 2014
Biological Sciences Seminar Coming March 20
Dr. James Loughry, from Valdosta State University, will present the March 20 seminar for the Department of Biological Science on Wednesday, March 20, 2014. Dr. Loughry will present “Nine-banded armadillos: The very model of a modern major mammal.” Dr. John Pascarella will host the seminar, which will be held in Room 214 in the Lee Drain Building at 4 p.m. There will be an informal reception in the foyer outside from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
March 6, 2014
A Promising Natural Resource for SHSU: The Center for Biological Field Studies
Sam Houston State University’s Center for Biological Field Studies (CBFS) is now poised to make use of the old hatchery acreage for a wide variety of biological research studies, experiments, and observations.
Biological Sciences Seminar Set for March 3
Dr. Brian Boutwell, from Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, will present the March 3 seminar for the Department of Biological Science on Thursday, March 3, 2014. Dr. Boutwell will present “Uncomfortable Realities: On the Origins of Human Violence, Aggression & Crime.”February 28, 2014
Pooley Awarded Grant from Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Dr. David Pooley, faculty member in the Department of Physics, has received the Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). As RCSA describes the award: "The Cottrell College Science Award (CCSA) program, RCSA's oldest initiative, was created in the early 1970s to promote basic research as a vital component of undergraduate education at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). Program initiatives are aimed at helping early career faculty to start active research programs targeting complex scientific problems. Because most modern problems in science require teamwork and often cross-disciplinary approaches, CCSA encourages collaborative work."
Dr. Pooley's research supported by this grant will focus on understanding the late stages of evolution in the lives of massive stars. As stars age, they lose a portion of their mass in the form of a wind. The amount of material lost in this wind is not well known, and it can vary as the star goes through different stages before finally dying in a violent explosion known as a supernova. The timescales for these stages are thousands to millions of years, so it is impossible to study this in real time. However, certain types of emissions, such as X-rays and emission lines from hydrogen, are produced as a fast-moving shock wave from the supernova races through the material that was shed earlier in the life of the star. X-ray observations and hydrogen emission observations therefore act like a time machine, tracing the mass-loss history of the progenitor star. With this grant, Dr. Pooley will perform a search of existing X-ray satellite observations, and will also equip the SHSU Observatory to perform systematic observations of the hydrogen emission lines from supernovae.February 26, 2014
Team’s Microbiology Research Works To Produce New Forensics Tool
Sibyl Bucheli and Aaron Lynne envision a time when crime-scene investigators look to bacteria to bring them a step closer to solving their cases.
Bucheli, an entomologist with Sam Houston State University’s Department of Biological Sciences, and Lynne, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology, have received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to examine the microbiology of human decomposition.
California State-Los Angeles' Barrett to Speak at Biological Sciences Seminar February 20
Dr. Craig Barrett, Assistant Professor in California State University-Los Angeles' Department of Biological Sciences, will present "Plastid genome evolution in the coralroots, a group of North American fungus eating orchids" at the next SHSU Department of Biological Sciences seminar, to be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014, in Room 214 in the Lee Drain Building. A reception preceding the seminar will be held in the foyer outside Room 214 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This seminar is being hosted by Associate Professor Chris Randle of SHSU's Department of Biological Sciences.
February 13, 2014
Mathematics and Statistics’ Garcia-Puente Receives Funding for Planned Research Workshop
Associate Professor Luis Garcia-Puente, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (right), has been informed that a proposal for a full research workshop he and several of his colleagues submitted to the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) has been accepted by BIRS for one of the inaugural meetings of the organization’s new mathematics research station in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Physics Colloquium Features Texas A&M University's Le Xie, February 19, 2014
Professor Le Xie of Texas A&M University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will present "Integrating Data-driven and Physics-based Analytics for Predictive Operations in Electric Energy Systems" at SHSU's Department of Physics' Physics Colloquium on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 3 P.M. in Room 101, Farrington Building, on the SHSU campus. See the Physics Department's colloquium page for more details.January 27, 2014
Undergraduate Research Funding Program Begins - Applications Being Accepted Now Through February 14, 2014
This year's Undergraduate Research Funding Program, supporting undergraduate research among the seven departmental units in the College of Sciences, is now underway. This innovative program provides awards to successful student applicants that will help defray the expenses associated with conducting scholarly research as well as presenting research at professional conferences. Students will gain valuable experience throughout the research process – from developing an idea with a faculty mentor to preparing an academic proposal and budget, conducting research, and presenting the outcomes to members of the academic community.
Full-time students with strong academic records, and who are currently enrolled as majors in Agricultural and Industrial Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics, are encouraged to work with a faculty mentor in their program to prepare and submit an application for review, using this cover sheet. An application for funding to present research (to cover travel expenses), along with this cover sheet, should also be completed where applicable. Applications in this program are being accepted now through February 14, 2014.January 24, 2013
Albert Receives Distinguished Fellowship Award from IGI Global
Professor Don Albert, of the Department of Geography and Geology, has been selected as IGI Global’s 2013 InfoSci®-Journals Distinguished Fellowship Award. Dr. Albert, who also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR) and specializes in medical geography and geographic education, was recently interviewed by IGI Global on the occasion of the award.
As IGI Global states, the Distinguished Fellowship Award requires that the recipient “must exhibit a record of success in raising citation, visibility, and scholarship of their journal. They must also secure an adequate quantity of submissions from leading authors and publish each journal issue on a timely basis. The fellowship honors exceptional work in gaining recognition of the journal in top indices.”
The College of Sciences congratulates Dr. Albert on receiving this prestigious award.
Students Present Posters at American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington, DC
Two students in Sam Houston State University’s Department of Physics, Anna Kareva and Cale Lewis, joined the department’s Assistant Professor Scott Miller at the recent semi-annual American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Washington, DC on January 5-9, 2014.
Physics Colloquium Features Texas A&M University's Lucas Macri, January 27, 2014
Professor Lucas Macri of Texas A&M University's Department of Physics and Astronomy will present "Probing the Cosmic Expansion: The Age of the Universe and Dark Energy" at SHSU's Department of Physics' Physics Colloquium on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3 P.M. in Room 105, Farrington Building, on the SHSU campus. See the Physics Department's colloquium page for more details.November 27, 2013
Mathematics & Statistics' Malandro to Present at December 4 Colloquium
Groups are algebraic structures that capture symmetries. The utility of groups in data analysis is far-reaching, from the classical Fourier transform to weather forecasting to the statistical analysis of voting data. Inverse semigroups are algebraic structures that capture partial symmetries, and their applications to data analysis include a framework for the statistical analysis of partially ranked data. In this talk Dr. Malandro will discuss some of the history and basic theory of inverse semigroups before discussing his recent work on counting and classifying the inverse semigroups of order n.
As n grows, the number of groups of order n (on average) grows much slower than the number of semigroups of order n. In fact, the number of groups of order n is known for n into the thousands, while the number of semigroups of order n is only known for n<=10. The growth rate of the number of inverse semigroups of order n is somewhere in between, but closer to the growth rate of semigroups. Dr. Malandro will discuss a fast parallelizable algorithm for counting the number of inverse semigroups of order n and show the output of this algorithm (which has been running on SHSU's new SAGE server for the last several months) for n<=15.November 1, 2013
Undergraduate Research Awards Program Announces New Round of Applications With February 14, 2014 Deadline
In Fall 2013, the College of Sciences' Undergraduate Research Awards Program received a large number of very competitive applications. The Committee looks forward to the next round of applications, which will be due on February 14, 2014. We will be making the transition to an online submission process; however, the application guidelines will remain the same.
This innovative program provides awards to successful student applicants to help defray the expenses associated with conducting scholarly research as well as presenting research at professional conferences. Students will gain valuable experience throughout the research process – from developing an idea with a faculty mentor to preparing an academic proposal and budget, conducting research, and presenting the outcomes to members of the academic community.
Full-time students with strong academic records and who are currently enrolled as majors in Agricultural and Industrial Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Statistics, or Physics are encouraged to start working with a faculty mentor in their program now to prepare an application.October 22, 2013
Geography Student and GOSH Member Dobos Honored in Photo Contest
Ashley Dobos, a geography major and president of Geographers of Sam Houston (GOSH), the campus-wide student organization comprised of students interested in the field of geography, served as the photographer/visual documentarian during Dr. John Strait's Field Experience to the Mississippi Delta trip this past summer. She entered some of her work from that experience into the contest and was awarded first place in the black and white category.
NSF Funds New Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program to Be Led by Veteran REU Directors Chapman and Smith
The National Science Foundation has funded a new Research Experience in Mathematics (REU) grant awarded to Principal Investigator Dr. Scott Chapman and Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Ken Smith, both faculty members in the Sam Houston State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The nine-week summer program will provide an opportunity for 12 undergraduate students, working in four teams of three students each, to study under a professor in an area of specific interest.
Geography Professor Rocks His Students in Cultural Field Studies Course
John Strait, associate professor in the Department of Geography and Geology, knows how to rock his students… all the way from Huntsville to the Mississippi Delta!
Dr. Strait teaches a course formally called Cultural Field Studies (GEOG 4360)… but unofficially it goes by the name "Race, Blues, and Rock 'n' Roll." As Dr. Strait says, “the course uses blues music and culture as a lens to investigate a host of topics that pertain to cultural geography. “
Department of Mathematics and Statistics' Chapman Interviewed by International Center for Mathematics Bulletin With Scientific Committee members of the Iberian Meeting on Numerical Semigroups
Scholar in Residence Professor Scott Chapman, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, discussed his research in the area of numerical semigroups in an interview with him and other members of the Scientific Committee for the Iberian Meeting on Numerical Semigroups. The meeting was held in Vila Real, Portugal. The interview was published in the International Center for Mathematics (CIM) Bulletin.
The interview can be found on pages 5-8 in the CIM Bulletin.September 4, 2013
College of Sciences at the President’s Academic Awards Dinner
(Left to right): Dr. Joseph Hill (Geography and Geology), Dr. Anne Gaillard (Biological Sciences), Dr. Peter Cooper (Computer Science), Dr. Chad Hargrave (Biological Sciences), Dean John Pascarella (College of Sciences), Dr. Joel Walker (Physics), Dr. Luis Garcia (Mathematics and Statistics), and Dr. Rebecca Garcia (Mathematics and Statistics) celebrated the accomplishments of SHSU faculty at the 2013 President’s Academic Awards Dinner. Dr. Hill, Dr. Walker, and Dr. Luis Garcia were awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in the College of Sciences.
Others at the event who were tenured and promoted to Associate Professor were Dr. Kyle Stutts (Agricultural and Industrial Sciences), Dr. Lei Chen (Computer Science), and Dr. Linda Zientek (Mathematics and Statistics). Promoted to Professor were Dr. Marcy Beverly (Agricultural and Industrial Sciences), Dr. Melinda Holt (Mathematics and Statistics), and Dr. Dwayne Pavelock (Agricultural and Industrial Sciences). Dr. Ilona Petrikovics (Chemistry) won the University Excellence in Research Award.August 28, 2013
Annual Fall Meeting Kicks Off New Academic Year for the College of Sciences
College of Sciences administration, faculty, and staff convened for the annual fall meeting to kick off the 2013-2014 school year. Dean John Pascarella presented the inaugural awards of excellence to faculty and students, introduced new faculty and staff, and reviewed goals and challenges for the college during the coming academic year.
College of Sciences Fall Meeting will be Tuesday, August 27 (2-4 p.m.) in Lee Drain Building
The College of Sciences will have our annual fall meeting in the Lee Drain Building from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Refreshments will be available in the Lee Drain Atrium from 2 to 3 p.m., and we will kick off the meeting at 3 p.m. in Lee Drain 214. Please attend as we will be presenting the inaugural awards of excellence for faculty and students during the meeting, introducing new faculty and staff, and reviewing goals and challenges for the college.