NOTE: For older stories, go to College of Sciences News ArchiveMarch 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.
March 3, 2014
Biological Sciences Seminar Set for March
Dr. Brian Boutwell, from Sam Houston State University's College of Criminal Justice, will present the March 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.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.
Search for Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Continues
Sam Houston State University is conducting a search for a permanent Dean of the university's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting with this search. The graphic below illustrates the current status of the search process involving the CHSS Dean position.
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.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.
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.
December 16, 2013
Search for Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences Under Way
Sam Houston State University is now conducting a search for a permanent Dean of the university's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting with this search. The graphic below illustrates the current status of the search process involving the CHSS Dean position.
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.
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.
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. “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
(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.
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.