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CNAS NEWS – April 22, 2015

There are six big events coming up as we finish up the spring semester of 2015!  Please join us in celebrating the outstanding work of our students and faculty! 

Friday, April 24 – Undergraduate Research Day – Poster presentations from 2-4 PM in PSU Ballroom followed by Awards at 4:00 PM in PSU313. 

Saturday, April 25 – Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum – Presentation schedule – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/assets/graduate/Quick_guide_2015__TT_.pdf
Poster set-up: 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Poster Session I: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Oral Session set up: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Oral Session I: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Poster Session II: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Oral Session II: 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. 

Monday, April 27 – CNAS Faculty/Staff Award Presentations – Please join us at 4:00 PM in Temple 001 to learn more about our outstanding faculty and staff! 

Tuesday, May 5 – All Faculty Recognition Reception – 3-5 PM in PSU Ballroom.  Celebrate with Foundation Award Winners, all faculty who published a peer reviewed paper in 2014 and more!!! 

Thursday, May 7 – CNAS Picnic,  see below.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Phelps Grove Park.  This is always a fun event! 

 picnicflyer 2015

Friday, May 15 – CNAS Graduate Reception 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in Carrington Hall 208 followed by Commencement at 1:30 PM in JQH Arena.

 

Tammy

 

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CNAS NEWS – April 14, 2015

As we faced some big budget cuts over the past several years – I decided that the college office could do without a full-time associate dean.  Over the past four years we have worked to more clearly define the roles of the part time associate deans.  The current part time associate deans receive a one course release along with a small stipend (and we still save money!)  Each associate dean has a two year term and is renewable.

This year Xingping Sun’s term has ended and he has decided to go back to the mathematics department.  I really appreciate Xingping’s work over the past several years on recruitment and retention.  He has met with many, many students who come into the dean’s office – some with routine paperwork and others that require much more time.  In addition, Xingping has helped to get our professional science master’s (PSM) program off the ground. 

As we reflected on the goals of the college and university for the coming years – I would like to put some special emphasis on interdisciplinary research within the college for at least the next two years.  So for the next two years there will be three part time associate deans with the duties as noted below –  

Dan Beckman has agreed to take on the “research” job duties.  The other two positions are posted – https://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/19521 and https://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/19520

Please nominate a colleague who you think might be a great addition to the dean’s office and is looking for a new challenge!

If you are looking for a new challenge and some administration experience – I encourage you to apply. 

Research

  • Stronger Connection to Research Administration
  • Build Interdisciplinary Teams within CNAS (also with OTC and/or others within MSU)
  • Help to Mentor New Faculty in research
  • Provide Research Professional Development Opportunities
  • Locate and forward grant opportunities to department heads, center directors and faculty
  • Monitor the public lecture series (with Bob Patterson) and help Gale with flyers and publicity
  • Encourage Grant Submissions
  • Submit 1 STEM retention/recruitment grant proposal each year
  • Write a note to everyone who gets a grant in CNAS recognizing their accomplishments (cc Dean and Nicki Donnellson)
  • Monitor Digital Measures for research information (peer reviewed publications for sure – maybe presentations)
  • Encourage participation in IDF each year
  • Chair a college committee (doesn’t currently exist) to run CNAS Undergraduate Research Day each year

Student

  • Recruitment (undergraduate)
  • Ex officio on college recruitment committee – undergraduate only
  • Pro-active student retention/success plan for college
  • Student suspension/probation.
  • Be an active participant in the college LLC.  Forward all CNAS activities to the LLC coordinator so students attend meetings/events.
  • Ex officio on student appeal committee.
  • Handles all student waivers, overloads etc.
  • Handles most student issues – keeps dean informed of all of these!
  • Ex-officio on college council 

MNAS/PSM/STEM Education

  • Recruitment (graduate)
  • Keep track of MNAS program and students and assistantships
  • Chair MNAS committee.
  • Coordinate all MNAS applications with departments
  • PSM – in charge of growing this program to 10 students/year by 2017
  • STEM Education – Serve as the leader of this committee.  Be informed of K-12 education issues.  Coordinate all faculty/staff in this area.  (This involves all BSED and MSED programs in the college.) 

Tammy

 

 

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CNAS NEWS – April 6, 2015

In memory:   

The College of Natural and Applied Sciences lost a valuable colleague, Eric Shade, on March 28, 2015.  A Celebration of Life was held with his family (wife Kathy and son Christian) on Wednesday, April 1.  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?n=eric-david-shade&pid=174514292&fhid=2197  

Today we learned of the passing of Biology emeritus faculty member – Loren Denney – http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/news-leader/obituary.aspx?n=loren-denney&pid=174564982

 

Science on the Screen is tonight – Moneyball followed by a discussion with Dr. Lloyd Smith!!  FREE at the Moxie – 6:00 PM.  http://www.moxiecinema.com/films/science-on-screen-moneyball-2011/

 

Tomorrow night, April 7 – CNAS Public Lecture – http://calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=84795&occurrenceid=151453  Join us at 7:30 PM in Temple Hall 002 to learn more about the Weaubleau Impact Structure

 

There has been and continues to be a STEM LLC (living learning community) at Missouri State – http://reslife.missouristate.edu/LivingLearning/.    This community is seeking faculty to be mentors.  There are a variety of commitment levels (new) and they need you!  There is a website with an electronic submission form  http://reslife.missouristate.edu/livinglearning/BecomeAPartner.htm   Individuals who will be partners for 2015-2016 will be invited to the April 17 event in Glass Hall.  If you are interested but still have questions – please contact Alisa Garbisch – AlisaGarbisch@MissouriState.edu

 

Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) for 2015 kicks off today. Our campaign for this year, Flip the Switch, will run from April 5th—25th. This friendly competition is between colleges and universities to see who can reduce their energy usage the most. In 2014, we competed for the first time and we impressively placed in the top 20 schools out of 109! This year we fully intend to place in the top 10 out of over 175 schools.

Please:
- Turn off lights and use natural lighting instead
- Use power strips and unplug when not in use
- Unplug everything when not in use – lamps, printers, appliances, chargers, etc.
- Take stairs instead of elevators
- Adjust thermostat to conserve energy
- Shut down computer each night

 

CNAS Undergraduate Research Day is Friday, April 24, 2:00-4:00 PM in the PSU Ballroom

Attached is the theme and call for the next Public Affairs Conference fellow for 2016-17; applications are due April 24.  The theme for the conference is “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: Perspectives on democracy”. call for fellow memo 2016-2017 , 2016-2017 PA Theme

The March 2015 Sustainability Newsletter is attached, March2015Newsletter.  Please read and distribute to your students!

 

Fundraiser at Dublin’s Pass Downtown for Officer Pearson on Thursday, April 9.
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Missouri State University will be sponsoring a fundraising event for Springfield Police Officer Aaron Pearson at Dublin’s Pass Downtown on Thursday, April 9th.  Chris Craig, Associate Provost at Missouri State University, will be performing as part of the Hendrix and Craig Band. The fundraiser will run from 6-8pm where a percentage of sales will be donated to support Officer Pearson’s recovery. The criminal justice department will also provide door prizes. Dublin’s Pass Downtown is located at 317 Park Central East.

Successful Grant Submissions:
Patrick Sullivan (MTH) – Congratulations on your Improving Teacher Quality Grant, “Getting it WRITE”, through the US Department of Education and Missouri Department of Higher Education!
Bob Pavlowsky and Marc Owen (GGP/OEWRI) – Congratulations on once again receiving a contract with Battlefield for the James River MS4/TMDL monitoring implementation.

 

CNAS Hiring Update as of today -

    • GGP Department Head –Dr. Toby Dogwiler will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Chemistry – biochemist – Dr. Keiishi Yoshimatsu will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Biology – microbiologist – Dr. Christopher Lupfer will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Math – education – Dr. James Kratky will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Computer science – Dr. Razib Iqbal will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Chemistry – Preparing an offer
    • PAMS – materials science/physics – Preparing an offer
    • Chemistry – instructors (2) – Interviews scheduled for one and preparing an offer for the other
    • HRA – advisor/recruiter – Shawn Erdman has joined the team!
    • CNAS – Budget Officer – Offer is in the mail.

 

CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/  Please submit your news items!  There are many seminars coming up in the next several weeks.  You can find the complete schedule at – http://science.missouristate.edu/  If your departmental seminars are missing – please send the link to your seminar schedule to Sherry Jones and we will get them posted on the master calendar.

 

Calendar of Events

April 7          HRA Board of Advisors Speaker on campus
April 8          Pummill Relays (MTH)
April 11         Spring Showcase
April 14-17   Public Affairs Conference
April 23        Chemistry Scholarship Banquet
April 23        STEM Excellence workshop, Darr Center
April 24        CNAS Undergrad Research Day, 2:00, PSU Ballroom
April 25        Graduate College IDF
April 27        CNAS Faculty & Staff awards, 4:00, Temple 001
May 5           All Faculty Recognition reception, 3:00-5:00, PSU Ballroom
May 7           Nanotechnology Group meeting – 1:00-4:00 PM- JVIC
May 7           CNAS Diversity Picnic, Phelps Grove Park, 4:00-8:00
May 8           Study Day
May 15          CNAS Grad reception, 11:30, Carrington 208
May 15          Spring Commencement, 1:30 PM

 

ANNOUNCING: THE OZARKS MINI MAKER FAIRE & INNOVATION EXPO will be held on August 29, 2015 from 10a.m.- 6p.m. at the Springfield Expo Center.  Website– http://theozarksmakerfaire.com/ , FB– https://www.facebook.com/TheOzarksMF  , Twitter– https://twitter.com/OzarksMF

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – March 23, 2015

 

All nominations for CNAS awards are due by 5:00 PM tomorrow, March 24.

 

SCIENCE FAIR is March 31-April 2 – It’s that time again – we are recruiting volunteers for the Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair.  Please consider offering extra credit or some other incentive to encourage your students to volunteer – it’s a public affairs activity, and many students need such things for student organizations or scholarships.  In addition, since it IS a public affairs activity, you can perhaps find a way to incorporate participation into your class – we’d appreciate any help at all! 

This year’s Volunteer Coordinator is Kelsey Anderson – students can email her directly at Kelsey411@live.missouristate.edu, or email me at SueMcCrory@missouristate.edu.  Students can also go to http://www.k12science.missouristate.edu/Volunteer_Info.htm to see the job descriptions, dates/times available, and a link to an information request form – the information request form will send an email to me, so that we can contact the student.  PLEASE NOTE: the website is in the middle of a massive redesign, so you might see some outdated pages/links – but we should have those updated very before Spring Break is over.  

Students or other interested volunteers should also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ozarks-Science-Engineering-Fair/145857118716?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

Science on Screenhttp://www.moxiecinema.com/  Tonight at 6:00 PM – “Rushmore” at The Moxie.  More science on March 31, April 6 and 13!!!!

 

CNAS Undergraduate Research Day is Friday, April 24.  See the following information for abstract submission, CNAS Abstract_Poster Instructions for 2015, Flyer – Call for Abstracts 2015

 

CNAS Hiring Update as of today -

    • GGP Department Head –Dr. Toby Dogwiler will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Chemistry – biochemist – Dr. Keiishi Yoshimatsu will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Biology – microbiologist – Dr. Christopher Lupfer will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Math – education – Dr. James Kratky will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Computer science – Dr. Razib Iqbal will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Chemistry – on campus interview scheduled
    • PAMS – materials science/physics –on campus interviews scheduled
    • Chemistry – instructors (2) – on campus interviews being scheduled
    • HRA – advisor/recruiter – Shawn Erdman will be joining us this spring!
    • CNAS – Budget Officer – on campus interviews complete

 

CNAS NEWShttp://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/.  Please submit your news items!

There are many seminars coming up in the next several weeks.  You can find the complete schedule at – http://science.missouristate.edu/

If your departmental seminars are missing – please send the link to your seminar schedule to Sherry Jones and we will get them posted on the master calendar.

 

Next competitions/events.

March 31-April 2   Science Fair – OSEF (Judging March 31, Awards April 2)

April 7     HRA Board of Advisors Speaker on campus

April 7     CNAS Public Lecture – http://calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=84795&occurrenceid=151453

April 8     Pummill Relays (MTH)

April 24   CNAS Undergraduate Research Day

April 25   Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum

 

Due Dates

April 1   Department head and each faculty applying for tenure or promotion in 2015 must submit four names each for dean review by April 1.  The list must include name, title and link to their research website.

April 3   Evaluations of all faculty must be done and submitted to the dean today.  A current CV must accompany all tenure track faculty evaluations submitted.

New forms available at – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/tpappointments.htm

 

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – March 16, 2015

“Everyone Cheats” Academic Integrity Council Brown Bag Lunch – During this brown bag lunch, the Academic Integrity Council and Dr. James Sottile (Associate Dean College of Education) will facilitate a discussion with faculty and staff regarding research Dr. Sottile has done in the area of academic integrity and the cheating culture.  Today!!!! Monday, March 16, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., PSU Room 313 (Traywick Room)

Moxie Cinema – Science on Screen starts tonight – http://www.moxiecinema.com/films/science-on-screen-there-will-be-blood-2007/  Five movies over the next several weeks – all FREE!

Please join us for the CNAS Public Lecture on Tuesday evening – How Sustainable Food Production Relies on Natural Plant Biodiversity-A Missouri Perspective, Laszlo Kovacs, Professor of Biology,    Temple 002 – 7:30 PM

CNAS Undergraduate Research Day is Friday, April 24.  See following information for abstract submission, Flyer – Call for Abstracts 2015, CNAS Abstract_Poster Instructions for 2015

 

Recent Grants –

Mike Reed (PAMS) – Congratulations on your award from NASA for “Understanding Extreme Horizontal Branch Stars via Asteroseismology”.

 

CNAS Hiring Update as of today -

    • GGP Department Head –Dr. Toby Dogwiler will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Chemistry – biochemist – Dr. Keiishi Yoshimatsu will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Biology – microbiologist – Dr. Christopher Lupfer will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Math – education – Dr. James Kratzky will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Computer science – Dr. Razib Iqbal will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Chemistry – on campus interview scheduled
    • PAMS – materials science/physics –on campus interviews being scheduled
    • Chemistry – instructors (2) – phone interviews
    • HRA – advisor/recruiter – Shawn Erdman will be joining us this spring!
    • CNAS – Budget Officer – on campus interviews scheduled this week

 

CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/     Please submit your news items!

 

There are many seminars coming up in the next several weeks.  You can find the complete schedule at – http://science.missouristate.edu/   If your departmental seminars are missing – please send the link to your seminar schedule to Sherry Jones and we will get them posted on the master calendar.

 

It’s that time again – we are recruiting volunteers for the Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair.  Please consider offering extra credit or some other incentive to encourage your students to volunteer – it’s a public affairs activity, and many students need such things for student organizations or scholarships.  In addition, since it IS a public affairs activity, you can perhaps find a way to incorporate participation into your class – we’d appreciate any help at all! 

This year’s Volunteer Coordinator is Kelsey Anderson – students can email her directly at Kelsey411@live.missouristate.edu, or email me at SueMcCrory@missouristate.edu.  Students can also go to http://www.k12science.missouristate.edu/Volunteer_Info.htm to see the job descriptions, dates/times available, and a link to an information request form – the information request form will send an email to me, so that we can contact the student.  PLEASE NOTE: the website is in the middle of a massive redesign, so you might see some outdated pages/links – but we should have those updated very before Spring Break is over.  

Students or other interested volunteers should also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ozarks-Science-Engineering-Fair/145857118716?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

Next competitions/events
March 20    Chemistry Olympiad
March 23    TEAMS Competition (PAMS)
March 31-April 2   Science Fair – OSEF (Judging March 31, Awards April 2)
April 7         HRA Board of Advisors Speaker on campus
April 8        Pummill Relays (MTH)
April 24      CNAS Undergraduate Research Day
April 25      Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum

Due Dates –
March 24     All nominations for CNAS awards are due today. (Policy follows: 2014-2015 CNAS Awards Policy V4_A)
April 1    Department head and each faculty applying for tenure or promotion in 2015 must submit four names each for dean review by April 1.  The list must include name, title and link to their research website.
April 3   Evaluations of all faculty must be done and submitted to the dean today.  A current CV must accompany all tenure track faculty evaluations submitted.  New forms available at – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/tpappointments.htm

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – March 2, 2015

Please take a few moments to complete the Transportation Survey, it is posted at the top of this page: http://blogs.missouristate.edu/provost/

 

How do you get to and from MSU?  It should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

 

A summary of the faculty meetings that you attended in late January and early February follows, along with my proposed action plan, Summary of meetings with CNAS faculty from January 20.  Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

 

CNAS Hiring Update as of today -

    • GGP Department Head –Dr. Toby Dogwiler will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Chemistry – biochemist – Dr. Keiishi Yoshimatsu will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Biology – microbiologist – Dr. Christopher Lupfer will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Math – education – Dr. James Kratzky will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Computer science – Offer pending candidate’s signature
    • Chemistry – Offer pending
    • PAMS – materials science/physics –review underway
    • Chemistry – instructors (2) – review underway
    • HRA – advisor/recruiter – Offer pending
    • CNAS – Budget Officer – review underway

 

CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/   Please submit your news items!

There are many seminars coming up in the next several weeks.  You can find the complete schedule at – http://science.missouristate.edu/

If your departmental seminars are missing – please send the link to your seminar schedule to Sherry Jones and we will get them posted on the master calendar.

Spring Break – March 7-15

Missouri State University Birthday Celebration – Week of March 16

 

Next competitions/events

March 4    STEM Day at the Capital – Jefferson City, MO
Seniors Alyssa Flotron, Valerie Jones and Kendell Loyd are joining me at the Capital.  They will be sharing the results of their research projects!  I will be tweeting their pictures on Wednesday!

March 17   CNAS Public Lecture Series – How Sustainable Food Production Relies on Natural Plant Biodiversity-A Missouri Perspective, Laszlo Kovacs, Professor of Biology

March 20   Chemistry Olympiad

March 23   TEAMS Competition (PAMS)

March 31-April 2   Science Fair – OSEF (Judging March 31, Awards April 2)

April 7        HRA Board of Advisors Speaker on campus

April 8       Pummill Relays (MTH)

April 24     CNAS Undergraduate Research Day

April 25     Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum

 

Due Dates –

March 13    All departmental personnel committees must review and evaluate all tenure track faculty annual reports and submit the annual progress report for tenure to head by this date.               New forms available at – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/tpappointments.htm

March 13    All faculty equity requests must be submitted to dean by this date.

March 1      BIO and GGP – Outline of self-studies are due to the dean along with recommendations for external evaluators.  (Final names of evaluators must be submitted to Provost by April 1)

March 24  All nominations for CNAS awards are due today.

April 1      Department head and each faculty applying for tenure in 2015 must submit four names each for dean review by April 1.  The list must include name, title and link to their research website.

April 3     Evaluations of all faculty must be done and submitted to the dean today.  A current CV must accompany all tenure track faculty evaluations submitted.  New forms available at – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/tpappointments.htm

 

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – February 23, 2015

Happy Monday!  Spring is less than a month away!

The latest Sustainability newsletter follows: SustainabilityFebruary2015Newsletter

Science Olympiad was a huge success on Saturday, February 21.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered and helped.  A special thank you to Ben Dalton who led and coordinated the entire day!!!

KOLR10 – http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/area-students-test-science-skills-at-olympiad/35744/dFBA3U1ZRUKg51EI8YwAPQ

MO High School ProStart competition was held on February 19-20.  Thank you to all HRA faculty who helped make this a success!!!

 

Next competitions/events:

February 28   Discover Engineering Day, Plaster Center (downtown)

March 4     STEM Day at the Capital – Jefferson City, MO

March 17   CNAS Public Lecture Series – How Sustainable Food Production Relies on Natural Plant Biodiversity-A Missouri Perspective, Laszlo Kovacs, Professor of Biology

March 20  Chemistry Olympiad

March 23  TEAMS Competition (PAMS)

March 31-April 2  Science Fair – OSEF (Judging March 31, Awards April 2)

April 7      HRA Board of Advisors Speaker on campus

April 8     Pummill Relays (MTH)

 

Recently funded projects!

Mike Reed (PAMS) – Congratulations on the increase in funding for the Missouri Space Grant Consortium through NASA and Missouri S&T!

Dorothy Wittorff-Sandgren (CRPM) – Congratulations on your award with the Marshfield Senior Center through the Missouri Department of Economic Development and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, under the Community Development Block Grant, for grant administration!

David Faucett and Diane May (CRPM) – Congratulations on your contract with FEMA/SEMA and the Southwest Missouri Council of Governments for work on the hazard mitigation plans for Webster and Christian counties!

Chris Barnhart (BIO) – Congratulations on your award with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for the propagation and restoration of the rabbitsfoot mussel!

The following CNAS faculty received Faculty Research Grants – Kyoungtae Kim (BIO), Melida Gutierrez (GGP), Raj Jutla (GGP), Reza Herati (CHM), Kevin Evans (GGP), Gary Michelfelder (GGP), Peter Plavchan (PAMS) – CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

Check out the latest news at – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

 

The Missouri State Biology Department was represented by 8 research presentations at the recent Missouri Natural Resources Conference, including environmental research about birds, bats, armadillos, plants and insects.  Four undergraduates and seven graduate students were coauthors on the presentations.

Undergraduate author*; graduate student author**

Cathy Combs** and Dr. Janice Greene.  Residential education:  Impacts on long-term knowledge, attitudes, and environmental behavior.

Dana Green* and Dr. Lynn Robbins. Seasonal sex ratio variation of Gray Bats (Myotis grisecens) near a hibernaculum in Southwest Missouri.

Eric Green*, Dana M. Green*, and Dr. Lynn Robbins. Seasonal circadian rhythm shift and lunar chronobiology of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasyous novemcinctus)

Adrienne Gremberling** and Dr. John Havel.  Interactions among invasive species in Midwestern lakes: a mesocosm experiment.

Kevin Hedgpeth, Drew Albert, Cheyenne Gerdes**, Rhonda L. Rimer**.  Radar Love: Using Radar to Discover new Gray Bat (Myotis grisecens) Locations in Southwest Missouri.

Kristopher A. Maxson**, Dr. John Havel, and Susan Knight Trophic interactions and the efficacy of the milfoil weevil (Euhrychiopsis lecontei) as a biocontrol of Eurasian water-milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum)

Kelsey Rumley* and Dr. Janice Greene.  An overview of bird banding at the Bull Shoals Field Station.

Kathryn Siverly ** and Dr. Janice Greene.  Nesting success and parental behavior of the Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) in southwestern Missouri.

 

CNAS Hiring Update as of today -

    • GGP Department Head –Dr. Toby Dogwiler will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Chemistry – biochemist – Dr. Keiishi Yoshimatsu will join us this summer, pending BOG approval.
    • Biology – microbiologist – Dr. Christopher Lupfer will join us this summer, pending BOG approval
    • Math – education – Offer pending
    • Computer science – Interviews scheduled
    • Chemistry – Offer pending
    • PAMS – materials science/physics –review underway
    • Chemistry – instructors (2) – review underway
    • HRA – advisor/recruiter – phone interviews scheduled
    • CNAS – Budget Officer – posted

 

I am still working on summarizing the faculty meetings that you attended in late January and early February.  I promise a full summary in the next CNAS NEWS!

 

Due Dates –

March 13   All departmental personnel committees must review and evaluate all tenure track faculty annual reports and submit the annual progress report for tenure to head by this date.

March 13  All faculty equity requests must be submitted to dean by this date.

March 1    BIO and GGP – Outline of self-studies are due to the dean along with recommendations for external evaluators.  (Final names of evaluators must be submitted to Provost by April 1)

March 24    All nominations for CNAS awards are due today, 2014-2015 CNAS Awards Policy V4_A

April 1      Department head and each faculty applying for tenure in 2015 must submit four names each for dean review by April 1.  The list must include name, title and link to their research website.

April 3     Evaluations of all faculty must be done and submitted to the dean today.  A current CV must accompany all tenure track faculty evaluations submitted.

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – February 9, 2015

Master Advisors –

Also, if you are interested in signing up for a master advisor refresher workshop on February 24 from 2 to 4:30 p.m., you may do so by going to http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm. This refresher workshop will cover topics including: the new general studies degree, assisting students in preparing for graduate school, academic integrity issues, individualized majors, and delivering bad news when students do not meet admission criteria.

 

Dear Faculty,

The deadline for your students to submit their work to LOGOS: A Journal of Undergraduate Research is drawing near; all submissions to be included in Volume 8 must be submitted to logos@missouristate.edu by March 1. Getting published in an EBSCOhost searchable journal such as this one is really a wonderful opportunity for students and I’m hoping you can assist me in reminding them of this. We take all kinds of original work, be it creative or scientific, as long as it was created for a class at MSU. Work does not have to have been completed in the current semester to be eligible for publication. If you or your students have any questions, I will be happy to answer them via email (logos@missouristate.edu) or phone (417-836-6792 ext. 65424).

Hanna Landgrebe
Academic Advisor
LOGOS Managing Editor

 

The Vice President of Research and Economic Development and International Programs has provided funding for exploratory travel to be awarded in the spring of 2015. The aim of the Exploratory Travel Fund is to increase the number of faculty-led short-term Study Away programs towards an end of increasing students’ cultural competence. Additionally, funded travel will help to ensure faculty preparedness in safety measures for future short-term Study Away programs. The application deadline is March 19, 2015. Please review the attached request for proposals, Exploratory_Travel_Fund_SP2015. Examples of past funded proposals are found here, http://http://international.missouristate.edu/studyaway/175691.htm. Contact Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong if you have any questions.

 

MSU Woman Student of Distinction Nominees are due February 20th.   WHM women of distinction 2015

 

Be Aware……

Academic Integrity Council Brown Bag Lunch On

Cultural Differences

During this brown bag lunch, the Academic Integrity Council will facilitate a discussion with faculty and staff from the English Language Institute, International Services, and China Programs to help us understand some of the cultural differences with some of our international students. We will explore how these cultural differences can affect student habits, behavior, and performance in the classroom.

Monday, February 9, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PSU Room 313 (Traywick Room)

 

The deadline for GEP 101 instructor applications is March 6th.  The applications will be available next week on the First Year Programs website: http://www.missouristate.edu/FirstYearPrograms/2839.htm

The College of Arts and Letters is providing a screening of the documentary First Generation on Saturday March 28 from 7-10 PM in the Plaster Student Union Theatre. 

 

GREAT CNAS NEWS –  

Dr. Chris Barnhart and our National Park Service colleague, Dr. David Bowles, are featured in a very nice video about the Bio Blitz event held at Carver National Park last fall. 

Here is the link –    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJllzkqnIX4
Recently funded projects!

Stephanie Hein (HRA) – Congratulations on the Missouri Innovation Campus funding you’ve been awarded for the Hospitality Leadership Academy!

Chris Barnhart (BIO) – Congratulations on your contract with the US Fish & Wildlife Service for the propagation and culture of the endangered winged mapleleaf mussel, quadrula fragosa

 

Check out the latest news at – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

 

We are finishing up several searches and I will provide a summary of where we are next week.  I am also finishing up meeting with all faculty today so I will synthesize those meetings and report out soon.

 

Events in the next couple of weeks

February 7       EGR Mathcounts contest, Drury University

February 10     CNAS Public Lecture Series – An Evolutionary Perspective on our Fear of Snakes, Brian Greene, Associate Professor, Department of Biology

February 11    Recruitment event – CNAS table will be set up on campus for 300 students. Will need 4-6 volunteers for the hour, Xingping coordinating

February 13    PAMS JVIC Open House at 3:30 PM

February 16    Presidents’ Day Holiday

February 21    Science Olympiad

 

Due Dates –  

February 20    Summer GA request applications are due to the graduate college

February 27    Next draft of RPT plan are due to dean’s office (CSC working on revisions)

March 13        All departmental personnel committees must review and evaluate all tenure track faculty annual reports and submit the annual progress report for tenure to head by this date.

March 13        All faculty equity requests must be submitted to dean by this date.

April 3             Evaluations of all faculty must be done and submitted to the dean today.  A current CV must accompany all tenure track faculty evaluations submitted.

March 1          BIO and GGP – Outline of self-studies are due to the dean along with recommendations for external evaluators.  (Final names of evaluators must be submitted to Provost by April 1)

March 24       All nominations for CNAS awards are due today.

April 1            Department head and each faculty applying for tenure in 2015 must submit four names each for dean review by April 1.  The list must include name, title and link to their research website.

Tammy

 

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CNAS NEWS – January 26, 2015

CNAS Seminar Schedule – http://science.missouristate.edu/

CNAS News – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

 

I have been having great meetings with faculty this past week and look forward to many more.  All conversations have been different.  I’ll be summarizing what I heard in the next couple of weeks.  If you have not signed up but would like to please contact Gale Lininger.

 

Faculty Excellence in Public Affairs – http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/awards/FacultyPublicAffairs.htm

Nominations due to college office by February 2

Applications are due to college office by March 6

College Committees review applications and submit one nominee to the university committee by March 20

 

Nominations are now being accepted for the two Provost’s Academic Advising Council Awards for 2015.  The due date for both nomination packets is Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m.

Our newest award is the “Excellence in Advising: Graduate Student Contribution” award, http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/148732.htm, which recognizes a current graduate student ‘s demonstration of outstanding academic advisement or significant contribution to an academic advising-related project.

The other award is the “Excellence in Advising Support” award, http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/148732.htm, which recognizes signification contributions to academic advising at Missouri State University by an individual, an office, or a team.  The nominated individual(s) must not have any assigned advisees.

For more information about who is eligible to be nominated, and for directions for putting together a nomination packet, please review the above links.

 

 

All CNAS Faculty –

You are invited to participate in the Spring 2015 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, May 15 at 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM & 5:00 PM in JQH Arena.  In order to facilitate your participation, the University will assume the cost of renting your gown.  Our contract allows each participant to keep his or her cap and hood for use in future commencement ceremonies.  If you plan to participate in the Spring 2015 commencement, please complete and return the faculty regalia order form.  However, if you own your own regalia please reply to me and indicate which ceremony you will be participating in so I may have an accurate headcount.  The form can be found at the following link: http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement/For-Faculty-Staff.htm

You can send your completed form by campus mail, email (reply to Amy Anderson Cooper in Event & Meeting Services) or it can be faxed to 836-6765.  You will receive a confirmation via email from Amy Anderson Cooper.

The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is March 6, 2015.  We cannot process late requests.  If you have questions, please call Amy Anderson Cooper (Ext. 6-5653).  Regalia will be available at the MSU Bookstore beginning Monday, May 11 through Thursday, May 14.

 

Spring Commencement – JQH Arena – May 15, 2015

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Public Affairs
  • Global Studies majors

1:30 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • William H. Darr School of Agriculture 

5:00 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Business

 

 

Please join us for the CNAS Public Lecture Series, CNAS Public Lecture Series SP15.  This is a great opportunity for recruiting students and educating community members about the value of science.  I enjoy learning something new at each presentation!!!  Please share the flyer with your students and friends!

 

BIG DATA is a big deal!!!  Did you know that we have a computational science certificate program (listed under physics in the catalog) or an informatics minor (listed under computer science in the catalog)?

Computational Science Certificate

Computational Science

This certificate provides students with a background in the application of computer code to the solution of problems of interest to those in science, mathematics, or engineering. Physical processes that are intractable to an analytical approach, can be studied and simulated using the algorithms and techniques developed in this certificate program.

Program requirements (18 hours)

  1. PHY 291(3); CSC 125(4); MTH 421(3) or CSC 421(3); MTH 422(3) or CSC 422(3)
  2. 5 hours of electives approved by certificate advisor

 

Informatics

Minor(s)

Informatics

Bachelor of Science

  1. CSC 131(4), 232(4), 335(3), 587(3);
  2. MTH 261(5) or MTH 287(3); MTH 280(5) or MTH 288(3); BIO 550(3) or MTH 545(3)

 

Some Important Dates

February 9           All faculty annual reports are due to the department heads

February 10         CNAS Public Lecture Series – An Evolutionary Perspective on our Fear of Snakes, Brian Greene, Associate Professor, Department of Biology

February 16         Presidents’ Day Holiday

February 19-20   MO High School ProStart competition, Oasis Convention Center

February 20         Summer GA request applications are due to the graduate college

February 21         Science Olympiad

March 4               STEM Day at the Capital – Jefferson City, MO

March 4               HRA board of Advisors meeting, 3:45-5:30

March 4-5           HRA Recruiter’s Fair

March 13             All departmental personnel committees must review and evaluate all tenure track faculty annual reports and submit the annual progress report for tenure to head by this date.

March 13            All faculty equity requests must be submitted to dean by this date.

March 9-15        Spring Break

March 17            CNAS Public Lecture Series – How Sustainable Food Production Relies on Natural Plant Biodiversity-A Missouri Perspective, Laszlo Kovacs, Professor of Biology

 

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

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CNAS NEWS – January 12, 2015

Have a great first week of classes!  I look forward to meeting with most of you in the next few weeks! 

CNAS NEWS –  

Meghan Burkhart – MSU STEM Student of the Week interview online:  http://www.ecnmag.com/blogs/2014/12/what-led-architects-daughter-nueral-lab . 

A video has been posted on the website of an interview with BIO grad student Leslie Brinkman and undergrad Valerie Jones.  Leslie’s thesis research is a study of salamanders in Panama.  As a bonus, you will also see images of salamanders.  Leslie’s advisor is Brian Greene.  You can see the video at: http://blogs.missouristate.edu/biology/2014/12/19/a-better-world-one-salamander-at-at-time/?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=featurette&utm_content=brinkman&utm_campaign=cnas 

HRA NEWS! This article was just distributed online and will be in print February 2015: http://www.hospitalitybizindia.com/detailNews.aspx?sid=42&aid=20705. 

http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

 

Newly funded projects –

Chris Barnhart – Congratulations on your contract with the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma for staff training for mussel propagation! 

Chris Barnhart – Congratulations on your award from the Arkansas State Game and Fish Commission for Propagation and Culture of Arkansas Fatmucket, Lampsilis Powellii, for Population Restoration and Life History Study, funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s State Wildlife Grants! 

Beth Bowles – Congratulations on your award from Oklahoma State University to help them with part of their project from the US Environmental Protection Agency! 

Bob Pavlowsky and Marc Owen – Congratulations on once again receiving a contract with Nixa for the James River MS4/TMDL monitoring implementation! 

Peter Plavchan has been appointed for an additional year to serve on the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group as an executive committee member.   Congratulations!

 

A few calendar notes for 2015.  Please mark your calendars!

Faculty Annual Reports are due to department heads on February 9 (Please update your research information in Digital Measures by this date as well!)

Nominations for CNAS Awards are due from personnel committees by March 24.

CNAS Undergraduate Research Day – Friday, April 24

Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum – Saturday, April 25

CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards Reception – Monday, April 27 at 4:00 PM in Temple 001

All Faculty Recognition Reception – Tuesday, May 5 from 3-5 PM in PSU Ballroom

               

There are a number of opportunities in January/February to interact with future students –

January 31 – Presidential Scholarship Interviews will take place on this date.  The college will set up a table to answer questions about our majors.

Missouri HS counselors will be bringing more than 500 students to campus on February 4 and 11.

February 21 – Interviews for Multicultural Scholarships will take place on this date.  The college will set up a table to answer questions about our majors.

If you are interested in helping with any of these events – please contact Associate Dean Xingping Sun.

 

Other Key Events –

Science Olympiad is February 21.  Contact Ben Dalton in Biology if you would like to help with this event!    BDalton@missouristate.edu

Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair is March 31-April 2.  Judging will be the evening of March 31.  The awards ceremony is the evening of April 2. 

Pummill Relays in April

CNAS Public Lectures are scheduled for February 10 (Brian Greene), March 17 (Laszlo Kovacs) and April 7 (Kevin Evans).  All public lectures begin at 7:30 PM in Temple Hall 002.

Tammy

 

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