College of Sciences News Archive

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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April 28, 2014

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.

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April 11, 2014

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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April 7, 2014

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.

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March 24, 2014

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.

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March 3, 2014

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

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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.

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February 14, 2014

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.

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February 11, 2014

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.

See a list of Dr. Albert's selected publications.

 
 
January 22, 2013

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. 

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January 21, 2013

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

At the Department of Mathematics & Statistics' weekly Colloquium on December 4, 2013, Assistant Professor Martin Malandro will discuss "Enumeration of Finite Inverse Semigroups."

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. 

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September 10, 2013

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. 

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September 6, 2013

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. “

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September 4, 2013

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

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(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

jesse 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.

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August 20, 2013

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.

 
September 10, 2013

NSF Funds New Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program to Be Led by Veteran REU Directors Chapman and Smith

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September 6, 2013

Geography Professor Rocks His Students in Cultural Field Studies Course

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September 4, 2013

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

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

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August 20, 2013

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.

 
August 12, 2013

College of Sciences Teaching and Learning Workshop

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July 16, 2013

Dean Visits Universities in China

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July 15, 2013

Christmas Mountains Available for Teaching and Research for SHSU Students and Faculty

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July 10, 2013

Astronomy Faculty Members Bringing an Important ASSET to Area Secondary Educators

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April 16, 2013

Distinguished Texas A&M Professor Suntzeff Speaks on “Our Dark Universe” at SHSU

Nicholas B. Suntzeff, a Texas A&M University Distinguished Professor and holder of the Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Chair of Astronomy in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M, was a guest lecturer at a public talk presented by the Department of Physics on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 7:30 p.m., in Room AB4, Olson Auditorium, on the Sam Houston State University campus. 

Dr. Suntzeff is an observational astronomer specializing in cosmology, supernovae, stellar populations, and astronomical instrumentation. He is a co-founder (with Dr. Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University) of the High-Z Supernova Search Team, which began observing supernovas outside the Milky Way galaxy in 1994 to discover the phenomenon of universal acceleration of the universe. The Search Team was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011 (to Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Saul Perlmutter, and Dr. Adam Riess).

At the April 24 event, Dr. Suntzeff presented “Our Dark Universe.” As he summarizes the topic: “With the discovery of dark energy in 1998, cosmologists now know what our Universe is made of. We can describe the origin and evolution of the Universe from a fraction of a second after Creation all the way until today with remarkable precision - and even predict our future evolution. But this Universe we inhabit is preposterous, filled with matter and energy of a type that does not fit into our theories of physics. As one of the cosmologists who discovered the three-quarters of the Universe that is now called dark energy, I will take you through the history of our Universe as we know it, and leave you with the best estimate of where our Universe is heading.”

In addition to continuing his work on universal acceleration and the expansion of the universe, Dr. Suntzeff helps construct instruments for telescopes. He has also served, in past years, as associate director of science at the U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatory, and received a fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences in 2010 to serve as a humanitarian affairs officer in a bureau of the U.S. State Department.

 
March 22, 2013

Randle Studies Tropical Plant Parasites in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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March 8, 2013

Pilot ECO-IMPACS Workforce Program in Math and Biology to be Held This Summer

Drs. John Alford, William Lutterschmidt, Jeffrey Wozniak, and Edward Swim spent last summer developing a proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a research and workforce program in math and biology. The ECO-IMPACS (Enhancing Career Opportunities: Integrative Mathematical Program for Analyzing Coastal Systems) Program will train students in quantitative methods used to model and investigate ecosystems, in particular the impacts of climate change and anthropogenic factors on biodiversity and sustainability.  The program will run a pilot in Summer 2013 to provide an unconventional workforce experience and truly expose its participants to real “on-the-ground” training that will result in improved recruitment, retention, education and placement of students in mathematical-biology careers.

ECO-IMPACS will immerse undergraduate and graduate level participants in a summer internship to broaden their perspectives on the use of mathematical and statistical models in environmental-based sciences. The program will use a truly interdisciplinary approach to train participants in the field of environmental mathematics. Students will have the opportunity to integrate field-based and laboratory data to construct mathematical models to understand the coastal marshes of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). At the conclusion of the program, students will present their research findings to community partners to aid in real-time habitat management applications. The program will focus on the dynamic coastal ecosystem at the ANWR, home to the endangered whooping crane, to inspire complex modeling efforts rather than attempting to apply generic mathematical methods across a wide variety of biological problems.

The application deadline for the ECO-IMPACS Program is May 1, 2013. Phone interviews will begin on May 6, with acceptance notification beginning on May 15. The program will run from July 8, 2013 to August 9, 2013. Eligible participants must be mathematics or biology majors with junior or senior standing, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Lodging will be provided on the SHSU campus. A $2000 stipend and travel reimbursement are available for participants.

A summary of the program, and an application form, are available at http://www.shsu.edu/~tries_www/ecoimpacs. Contact Dr. Jeffrey Wozniak in the Department of Biological Sciences at 936.294.3759, or Dr. John Alford in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics by email or at 936.294.4663, for more information.

 

February 28, 2013

Study Abroad Opportunity in Costa Rica This Summer

unibe costa ricaA four-week study abroad course, BIOL 4096: Clinical Health Sciences Practicum in Costa Rica, will be offered in Summer I 2013. The course will take place at the Universidad de Iberoamerica (UNIBE) in San Jose, Costa Rica. UNIBE is a private, non-profit university with a strong international student program offering degree programs in medicine, pharmacy, psychology, and nursing.

Most students who enroll in BIOL 4096 will participate in a four-week program in medicine (although there is also an option for psychology). During the four-week program, students will be in the clinic/hospital on weekday mornings, and will receive Spanish training, including medical Spanish, in the afternoons.

Students will live with host families during their stay in Costa Rica. The host families have worked with UNIBE for up to 10 years and are excellent hosts for students. The families will provide students with an additional opportunity to practice Spanish. Spanish-speaking skills are NOT required for enrollment in the course.

costa rica beachStudents will have free time to explore Costa Rica during the evenings and on weekends, including an organized trip on one of the weekends.

The cost of the course is $2950, plus SHSU tuition, for the 3-credit hour course and airfare to San Jose, Costa Rica. Financial aid is available to students to help offset the cost of the course. For more information about financial aid, please contact Ms. Brandi Jones in the Financial Aid Office.

Students interested in this unique study abroad opportunity should contact Dr. Anne Gaillard, associate dean for graduate programs and research, as soon as possible to reserve a spot in the course. 

 
February 7, 2013

New Undergraduate Research Funding Program Begins - Applications Being Accepted Now Through March 1, 2013

College of Sciences Dean John Pascarella has launched a new program to support undergraduate research among the eight departmental units in the College of Sciences. 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, Nursing, or Physics, are encouraged to work with a faculty mentor in their program to prepare and submit an application for review. An application for funding to present research (to cover travel expenses) should also be completed where applicable. The first applications in this program are being accepted now through March 1, 2013. 

 
January 31, 2013

Walker Named Kavli Institute Scholar

walkerSam Houston State University Assistant Professor of Physics Joel Walker has been named a Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar for 2013-2015. Operated in association with the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Kavli Institute was launched in 1979 with principal funding from the National Science Foundation. Since that time, it has been dedicated to providing an essential forum for extended and intensive research collaboration among theoretical physicists from around the world. A 2007 study published by the National Academy of Sciences ranked the institute as the single most impactful organizational center for (non-biomedical) basic scientific research in the United States.

The KITP Scholars program exists to promote a deeper engagement by the faculty of primarily undergraduate colleges and universities within the broader community of research scientists, by providing uniquely broad opportunities for high quality research exposure, networking and collaboration. This highly competitive fellowship is awarded each year to approximately eight applicants from across the nation, and funds a series of two-week visits to the Kavli Institute during three consecutive years. Dr. Walker's first visit is scheduled for May 2013, to coincide with a workshop on the search for new manifestations of high-energy physics with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. He credits physics department chair Dr. Barry Friedman, who was himself a KITP Scholar during the 2001-2003 award cycle, for promoting the program's high value and strong alignment with the academic mission of Sam Houston State.

 

January 28, 2013


Special Announcement - Site Review for Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Sam Houston State University's Department of Nursing wishes to announce that it will host a site review by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for initial accreditation of its Baccalaureate nursing program.

The Public is invited to meet the visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled for February 13, 2013 from 8 - 9 a.m. in Lee Drain Building 207.

Nurse Administrators, nurse managers and graduates of the program are invited to meet the visit team and share comments at a meeting scheduled for February 13, 2013 from 3:30 - 4:25 p.m. in Lee Drain Building 213.

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to Dr. Sharon Tanner, CEO of NLNAC, at 

E-mail: sjtanner@nlnac.org

or

Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

All written comments should arrive at NLNAC by 2/4/2013

 
 
 

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