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CNAS NEWS – September 26, 2016

See you today at the State of the University Address, 12:15 PM, PSU Theatre

Wed, Sep 28 is Majors Fair.  Thank you to all who will be helping to tell students about your programs at the fair.

FALL SEMINARS – Check the CNAS calendar on the homepage!

  1. Today at 3:00 PM in Cheek 175 – Mathematics Seminar: Astrostatistics
  2. Thursday at 4:00 PM in Kemper 206 – Research Seminar: Advanced Electron Microscopy 

DUE –

Monday, October 3 – Faculty Research Grants   Applicants must deliver the completed proposal (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  The Graduate College needs seven copies of the signed original by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline for distribution to the Faculty Grants Committee. The fall deadline is Monday, October 3.

FCTL Curriculum Innovation Awards & Call for Proposals

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council is soliciting proposals for the creation or improvement of high-impact learning practices.

Two-types of funding are available:

  1. Faculty Stipends for Integrating Diversity into Teaching and Learningsubmission deadline October 7, 2016
  2. Grants to develop High-Impact Practices and Student Learningsubmission deadline October 31, 2016

If you have any questions contact fctl@missouristate.edu.

Did you know…?

  • …that your news items and special events can be advertised through our CNAS NewsWatch Blog? Items posted on the blog will feed into the CNAS homepage, so send your info to David Szepatowski and he’ll get the word out.
  • …that all items submitted to the MSU master calendar of events and that are tagged CNAS (as the sponsor) will feed into the calendar on the CNAS homepage as well. This is especially helpful for your seminars, lectures, etc., so get the word out for better attendance.

RECENTLY FUNDED GRANTS

  •  Alan Schick: Congratulations on your contract with Frazier Healthcare!

Faculty Development

  • Summer Fellowships It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed Summer Faculty Fellowship application (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (Carrington 306) by the deadline. The application deadline for a Summer Faculty Fellowship is Monday, October 31.
  • Sabbaticals It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver an electronic original of the completed application to their College Dean’s Office by no later than Monday, October 31.
  • Professor Salary Incentive Program (PSIP)  Applications for the 2016–17 cycle are due December 16, 2016. Materials to assist faculty members as they prepare their applications will be posted during the fall semester. Contact Dr. Chris Craig in the Provost’s Office for questions about PSIP: https://www.missouristate.edu/provost/psip.htm

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Academic Program Review  – This year the departments of chemistry and mathematics are working on self-study documents which are due May 2017.

  • GGP External Reviews will be on campus October 23-25, 2016.
  • PAMS External Reviewers will be on campus November 6-8, 2016.

Check the Academic Work Calendar for upcoming deadlines!

CALENDAR

Sep 27-29       Fall Academic Integrity Days

Sep 28            Majors Fair

Sep 28            STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Paul Schweiger, 7-8 PM

Sep 30            Fall Faculty Research Grant proposals due!

 

Oct 12-13       Hospitality Leadership Recruiters’ Fair

Oct 13            Scholarship Reception (3 PM) and Emeritus Dinner (5:30 PM)

Oct 14            Advisory Board Meetings for many CNAS Departments

Oct 14            BOG meetings

Oct 14            Wall of Fame ceremony, 4 PM, PSU Ballroom

Oct 15            Homecoming 2016!

Oct 19            3 Minute Thesis CNAS Competition, Temple 156, 3:00 PM – All participants must sign up with Gale Lininger by noon on Monday, October 17!

University 3MT Competition is November 4, 2016 from 4-7 PM in the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.

Click http://graduate.missouristate.edu/currentstudents/265901.htm for more details.

Oct 20-21    Building a Secure Water Future: Tri-State Water Resource Coalition, Darr Ag Center

Oct 26           STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Peter Plavchan, 7-8 PM

MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – September 19, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

  •  Sep 19 – Today is the last day of Public Affairs week: http://publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/paw/
  • Sep 20 – CNAS Public lecture series – Dr. Dean Cuebas, 7:00-8:00, Temple 001  See attached flyer.
  • Sep 23 – Women in STEM Event – Read blog.
  • Sep 24 – Fall Showcase
  • October 3 – Faculty Research Grants It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed proposal (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (CAR 306) by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline for distribution to the Faculty Grants Committee. The fall deadline is Monday, October 3.

FCTL Curriculum Innovation Awards & Call for Proposals

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Advisory Council is soliciting proposals for the creation or improvement of high-impact learning practices.

Two-types of funding are available:

  1. Faculty Stipends for Integrating Diversity into Teaching and Learningsubmission deadline October 7, 2016
  2. Grants to develop High-Impact Practices and Student Learningsubmission deadline October 31, 2016

If you have any questions contact fctl@missouristate.edu.

RECENTLY FUNDED GRANTS – Congratulations!!!

  • Bob Pavlowsky and Marc Owen: Congratulations on 1) your contract with the City of Ozark for James River MS4/TMDL monitoring, 2) your agreement with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the US Environmental Protection Agency for your project “Little Sac Watershed SWAT Modeling for Watershed Planning”, and 3) your contract with the City of Springfield for the Wilson Creek exfiltration assessment.
  • Kevin Mickus: Congratulations on your second year of funding through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency for your gravity data collection in Bhutan.
  • Mike Reed: Congratulations on your increased funding for the Missouri Space Grant Consortium through Missouri S&T and NASA.
  • Chris Barnhart: Congratulations on your new contract with the Peoria Tribe of Indians for staff training and assistance in freshwater mussel propagation.

Faculty Development

  • Summer Fellowships It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed Summer Faculty Fellowship application (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (Carrington 306) by the deadline. The application deadline for a Summer Faculty Fellowship is Monday, October 31.
  • Sabbaticals It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver an electronic original of the completed application to their College Dean’s Office by no later than Monday, October 31.
  • Professor Salary Incentive Program (PSIP)  Applications for the 2016–17 cycle are due December 16, 2016. Materials to assist faculty members as they prepare their applications will be posted during the fall semester. Contact Dr. Chris Craig in the Provost’s Office for questions about PSIP: https://www.missouristate.edu/provost/psip.htm

Academic Program Review  – This year the departments of chemistry and mathematics are working on self-study documents which are due May 2017.

  • GGP External Reviews will be on campus October 23-25, 2016.
  • PAMS External Reviewers will be on campus November 6-8, 2016.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

The CNAS Student Resources page has been updated and Study Groups have formed. Direct your students to these sites and/or contact Associate Dean Jorge Rebaza for more information.

 

ICYMI (in case you missed it) …

 

SUSTAINABILITY CORNER

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Are you mindful of your paper consumption; e.g. printing on both sides and only when necessary?

Are you powering down your computer at the end of the day, end of the week, before a holiday or vacation?

 

Check the Academic Work Calendar for upcoming deadlines!

 

CALENDAR

Sep 12-19       Public Affairs Week (LAST DAY)

Sep 20            CNAS Public lecture series – Dr. Dean Cuebas, 7:00-8:00, Temple 001  See attached flyer.

Sep 23            Women in STEM Event – See attached flyer

Sep 24            Fall Showcase

Sep 26            State of the University Address, 12:15 PM, PSU Theatre

Sep 27-29       Fall Academic Integrity Days

Sep 28            Majors Fair

Sep 28            STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Paul Schweiger, 7-8 PM

Sep 30            Fall Faculty Research Grant proposals due!

 

Oct 12-13       HSP Recruiters’ Fair

Oct 13            Scholarship Reception (3 PM) and Emeritus Dinner (5:30 PM)

Oct 14            Advisory Board Meetings for many CNAS Departments

Oct 14            BOG meetings

Oct 14            Wall of Fame ceremony, 4 PM, PSU Ballroom

Oct 15            Homecoming 2016!

Oct 19            3 Minute Thesis CNAS Competition, Temple 156, 3:00 PM

University 3MT Competition is November 4, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 in the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center. For more details, click: http://graduate.missouristate.edu/currentstudents/265901.htm

Oct 20            CNAS Leadership Team meeting, 2:00-3:30 PM

Oct 21-22      Tri-State Water Coalition meeting, Darr Ag Center

Oct 22           Expand Your Horizons

Oct 26           STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Peter Plavchan, 7-8 PM

MEDIA           

As always, please submit items for the next CNAS NEWS!

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CNAS NEWS – September 12, 2016

IMMEDIATE DUE DATES

  • Citizen Scholar Award Nominations: Nominations due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15.  Nomination packet available from the Citizen Scholar homepage  and submit it to the Office of Student Affairs. Please be sure to read the “Criteria for Consideration and Selection” sheet, and provide sufficient details in your submission.
  • Faculty Research Grants It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed proposal (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (CAR 306) by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline for distribution to the Faculty Grants Committee. The fall deadline is Monday, October 3.

The Department of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration has changed its name to Department of Hospitality Leadership.

o   http://blogs.missouristate.edu/inside/2016/08/25/name-change-for-hra/

 

Former students receive Teacher of the Year nominations

Two former CNAS students, Keith Stevenson (geology) and Adrienne Deckard (biology), were nominated for the 2016 Regional Teacher of the Year by the COE Leadership Council. Stevenson (Lutie RVI) and Deckard (Springfield schools) were two of ten total teachers nominated, three of which will go to the state level. An event tonight, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Crystal Room of Kentwood Hall will make the nominations official and celebrate the teachers.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Student Resources page on our website is being updated to get ready for the fall. Check it out and forward to your students.

Study groups have formed for several CNAS classes.  If you there are students in your class who would like some help in organizing a study group, contact Associate Dean Jorge Rebaza.

 

Women in STEM Event on September 23

 

All faculty hired from 2002 to the present have been placed into CURP (see HR link and Faculty Handbook sections below).  After six years faculty can choose to switch to MOSERS.   If you are a faculty member hired since 2002, please ask questions, speak with your accountant, and look into this opportunity.    Please note section III (page 7) of the following information from Human Resources – http://www.missouristate.edu/human/3663.htm

 

ICYMI (in case you missed it) …

  • Adam Wanekaya is featured in the current Mind’s Eye.
  • Jason Ray is named new director of CRPM.  Congratulations, Jason!
  • Article with video from Dr. Michelle Bowe – What kind of tree is that?  The Ozarks are well-known for their lush forests and beautiful landscapes. But, have you ever wondered the names of certain trees? There are several easy identifying marks you can use to figure it out. “Once you have a leaf, the next step is figuring out if it is simple or compound,” said Dr. Michelle Bowe, senior instructor of biology at Missouri State University. “If they’re simple, that means they have only one blade, but if they’re compound they have more than one blade.” From there, you’ll look at the shape of the leaf. Is it heart-shaped? Does it have teeth around the edges? Questions like these can help you identify the type of tree.
  • Members of Dr. Alicia Mathis’ (Department of Biology) research lab made several presentations at the national meeting of the Animal Behavior Society in Columbia, Missouri, this summer.  Dr. Mathis also made a presentation at the Highlands Conference on Plethodontid Salamander Biology in North Carolina. Here’s a picture of the entire MSU group, including three alumni, who attended the conference.

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Back row: Justin Shew (alumnus), Adam Crane (alumnus), Dr. Mathis, Whitney Heuring (alumna). 

Front row: Katie Gardner (undergraduate), Ben Dalton (staff),  Paige Farmer (undergraduate), Sarah Heimbach, Colton Lynn

Faculty Development

  • Summer Fellowships It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed Summer Faculty Fellowship application (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (Carrington 306) by the deadline. The application deadline for a Summer Faculty Fellowship is Monday, October 31.
  • Sabbaticals It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver an electronic original of the completed application to their College Dean’s Office by no later than Monday, October 31.

Academic Program Review  – This year the departments of chemistry and mathematics are working on self-study documents which are due in May of 2017.

  • GGP External Reviews will be on campus October 23-25, 2016.
  • PAMS External Reviewers will be on campus November 6-8, 2016.

Click here for the Academic Work Calendar.

CALENDAR

Sept 12-19       Public Affairs Week

Sept 18            BIO Picnic & Scholarship reception, 12:00-4:00, Springfield Lake

Sept 20            CNAS Public lecture series – Dr. Dean Cuebas, 7:00-8:00, Temple 001

Sept 23            Women in STEM Event

Sept 24            Fall Showcase

Sept 26            State of the University Address, 12:15 PM, PSU Theatre

Sept 27-29      Fall Academic Integrity Days

Sept 28            Majors Fair

Sept 28            STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Paul Schweiger, 7-8 PM

 

Oct 12-13       HSP Recruiters’ Fair

Oct 13            Scholarship Reception (3 PM) and Emeritus Dinner (5:30 PM)

Oct 14            Advisory Board Meetings for many CNAS Departments

Oct 14            BOG meetings

Oct 14            Wall of Fame ceremony, 4 PM, PSU Ballroom

Oct 15            Homecoming 2016!

Oct 21-22       Tri-State Water Coalition meeting, Darr Ag Center

MEDIA           

As always, please submit items for the next CNAS NEWS! 

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CNAS NEWS – August 29, 2016

The Department of Hospitality and Restaurant Administration is changing its name to Department of Hospitality Leadership. Click for the article from Inside Missouri State.

Former students receive Teacher of the Year nominations

Two former CNAS students, Keith Stevenson (geology) and Adrienne Deckard (biology), were nominated for the 2016 Regional Teacher of the Year by the COE Leadership Council. Stevenson (Lutie RVI) and Deckard (Springfield schools) were two of ten total teachers nominated, three of which will go to the state level. An upcoming event on Sep 12 at 6 p.m. in the Crystal Room of Kentwood Hall will make the nominations official and celebrate the teachers.

Upcoming: MSU American Chemical Society at Discovery Center

The MSU American Chemical Society will be at the Discovery Center of Springfield on Sep 10 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to answer questions and perform chemistry demonstrations. Students and faculty that show their MSU ID at the front desk will receive a $6 group admission rate for adults.

RECENTLY FUNDED GRANT PROPOSALS

  • Chris Barnhart – Congratulations on the continuation of your project with the Presidio Trust for Mountain Lake Anodonta Propagation!
  • Jason Ray – Congratulations on your award with MACOG for the CDBG disaster supplemental!
  • Erica Cox and Janice Greene – Congratulations on your award through the City of Springfield and Greene County for water education programs!

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Student Resources page on the CNAS website is being updated regularly. Check it out and forward to your students.

Study groups are forming for several CNAS classes.  If you there are students in your class who would like some help in joining/organizing a study group, contact Associate Dean Jorge Rebaza.

 

September 1 MSU Football Game – Tailgating starts at 3 PM and the game starts at 6 PM.  Parking Lot 4 is closed beginning at 6 AM on September 1.   All classes that meet in Plaster Stadium after 2 PM have been moved to other buildings.  All classes will meet on Thursday!

The following buildings will be locked down beginning at 3 PM on Thursday – TEMPLE, KEMPER, and PUMMILL HALLS.  If you need access to Pummill Hall, there will be an officer at the door with a class list to let students and faculty into the building.  If you or your students need access to Temple Hall or Kemper Hall, use the BearPass card readers.  All students in classes on Thursday have been programmed into the system for that day only. In addition there will be officers inside Temple Hall with class lists to help students get into the building for their classes.

Citizen Scholar Award Nominations

Nominations due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15.  Nomination packet available from the Citizen Scholar homepage  and submit it to the Office of Student Affairs. Please be sure to read the “Criteria for Consideration and Selection” sheet, and provide sufficient details in your submission.

All faculty hired from 2002 to the present have been placed into CURP (see HR link and Faculty Handbook sections below). After six years faculty can choose to switch to MOSERS. If you are a faculty member hired since 2002 please ask questions, speak with your accountant and look into this opportunity. Please note section III of the benefit summary from Human Resources.

 ICYMI (in case you missed it) …

Faculty Development

  • Faculty Research Grants It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed proposal (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (CAR 306) by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline for distribution to the Faculty Grants Committee. The fall deadline is Monday, October 3.
  • Summer Fellowships It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed Summer Faculty Fellowship application (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (Carrington 306) by the deadline. The application deadline for a Summer Faculty Fellowship is Monday, October 31.
  • Sabbaticals It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver an electronic original of the completed application to their College Dean’s Office by no later than Monday, October 31.

CALENDAR

Sep 6              College Council meets in Temple 156

Sep 7              MTH/KME picnic, 5:00, Phelps Grove park

Sep 10            Ozarks Mini Maker Faire – tickets required

Sep 12-19      Public Affairs Week

Sep 18            BIO Picnic & Scholarship reception, 12:00-4:00, Springfield Lake

Sep 20           CNAS Public lecture series – Dr. Dean Cuebas, 7:00-8:00, Temple 001

Sep 24           Fall Showcase

Sep 26           State of the University Address, 12:15 PM, PSU Theatre

Sep 27-29     Fall Academic Integrity Days

Sep 28           Majors Fair

Sep 28           STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Paul Schweiger, 7:00-8:00

Oct 15            Homecoming 2016!

Oct 21-22      Tri-State Water Coalition meeting, Darr Ag Center: click for info

Nov 7             CNAS STEM Career Discovery Expo (4-6 PM)

Dec 16           Fall Commencement

MEDIA           

As always, please submit items for the next CNAS NEWS! 

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CNAS NEWS – August 22, 2016

First Day of Fall 2016 classes

Aug 24   All-College Meeting at 3:30 PM, Temple 003 – President Smart, Provost Einhellig, and Chair of Faculty Senate Mike Foster will be joining us.

Aug 25   CNAS Student Expo – 3:30-6:30, Temple 002

Student organizations attending: 

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon / Geography Club
  • Geological Society
  • Hospitality Leaders of Tomorrow
  • Institution for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon, Mathematics Honor Society
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Ozark Amateur Astronomers
  • Pre-Pharmacy Society
  • Pre-Veterinary Club
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Students for a Sustainable Future
  • Wildlife Society
  • Women in STEM

If another organization wants to attend, contact Dr. Jorge Rebaza, associate dean, immediately!

Please invite the students in your classes to attend this event.

Thank you for all you do – it’s going to be a great year!!!

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CNAS NEWS – August 15, 2016

Welcome back to the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.   I look forward to seeing each of you at your departmental meetings this week (engineering met last week).  Here are some dates for your calendar:

Aug 17     Showcase on Teaching and Learning – The program looks great.  See you there!

Aug 18    All Faculty Luncheon – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, PSU Ballroom.  FREE LUNCH!

Aug 19    STEM LLC Welcome Event (3-5 PM) – All department heads and faculty involved in STEM LLC should attend to be introduced to students!  Temple Hall Courtyard (east side of building)

Aug 21   New Student Convocation

Aug 22   Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 24   CNAS All-College Meeting at 3:30 PM, Temple 003 – President Smart and Provost Einhellig will be joining us.

Aug 25   CNAS Student Expo, 3:30-6:30, Temple 002

A NOTE FROM CHRIS CRAIG:

 I wish to be one of the first to welcome you back for the 2016-2017 academic year.  This will be a good one, with nearly 106 new to campus or who have been hired at some point prior during the past academic year.  At New Faculty Orientation, folks will receive the course policy statements for the syllabus.  There has not been any substantive changes, but I did want you all to be aware that the Disability Resource Center (DRC) has moved from PSU 405 to Meyer Library Suite 111.  The new Director is Justin Lozano, who has already hit the ground running with new initiatives and ideas for support of our students with disabilities.  The link to the policy library where the up-dated course syllabi statement for Disability Accommodations and other standing statements can be located hereIn addition, please look for the notice from Computer Services next week that outlines the technology and emergency exit information for those classrooms and instructional settings where we have record of your teaching for the fall semester.  Again, wishing all of you the best for the new academic year.  Please give us a ring if there is anything we can do to help you as we begin the 2016-2017 Academic year.

 Faculty Development

  • Faculty Research Grants It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed proposal (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (CAR 306) by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline for distribution to the Faculty Grants Committee. The fall deadline is Monday, October 3.
  • Summer Fellowships It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver the completed Summer Faculty Fellowship application (and have it signed by department head and dean before making copies and sending it to Graduate College).  Applicants must make seven copies of the signed original and get them to the Graduate College (Carrington 306) by the deadline. The application deadline for a Summer Faculty Fellowship is Monday, October 31.
  • Sabbaticals It is the responsibility of the applicant to deliver an electronic original of the completed application to their College Dean’s Office by no later than Monday, October 31.

Citizen Scholar Award NominationsNominations due by 5:00 p.m. on Thu, Sep 15

The Board of Governors is once again soliciting nominations for the annual Citizen Scholar Award. Since the award was created in 2007, fifty-three exceptional students have been chosen to receive this prestigious honor, and the Missouri State University Board of Governors is expecting to recognize six more outstanding students this fall.  If you are a faculty or staff member who knows of a student who excels academically and exemplifies the Public Affairs mission, please download the nomination packet from the Citizen Scholar homepage  and submit it to the Office of Student Affairs. Please be sure to read the “Criteria for Consideration and Selection” sheet, and provide sufficient details in your submission.  Recipients will receive an engraved memento and recognition on a plaque in the Plaster Student Union Parliamentary Room (PSU 313). In addition, the Citizen Scholars are recognized at the Board of Governor’s meeting on December 15, at a Board of Governors breakfast on December 16, and at various times throughout the academic year.  Questions or comments may be directed to the Office of Student Affairs in Carrington 200 or call 417-836-5526.

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kevin Mickus: Congratulations on your agreement with Environmental Works for an electrical resistivity survey on east Kearney!
  • Paul Durham – Distinguish Professor Paul Durham and his colleagues P. L. Hawkins and Loren Cornelison (MS grad and research staff in Paul’s lab) received a poster award at a national meeting.  Below is the university news item about the award. In addition, click to see a video of Paul and some of his students talking about their research on TMJ pain. Durham, MSU’s director of cell biology and the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences (CBLS), and his colleagues were honored by the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. At an international meeting of nearly 600 attendees, Durham and his colleagues won the poster award. Their poster, “Vagal Nerve Stimulation Inhibits Activation of Trigeminal Nociceptive Neurons in a Model of Trigeminal Sensitization,” displayed their research project. The project focused on determining whether stimulating a specific nerve (the vagal nerve) could stop the activation of certain neurons which could cause migraines and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
  • Dan Beckman, Associate Dean, took a Study Away group to explore the Snake River Ecosystem. Here they are in Yellowstone.

Beckman and students Aug2016

(l to r) Amy McKee, Natalie Venette, Amber John, Miranda Keller, Kyle Ess, Jordan Shalla, Kayla Gunn

 ICYMI (in case you missed it) …

31st Showcase on Teaching and Learning on Wednesday, August 17, 2016  Please call at 6-3059 or email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to register.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Student Resources page on our website is being updated to get ready for the fall. Check it out and forward to your students. If you have any suggestions, please let Jorge or David know.

CALENDAR

Aug 15           All Faculty and Graduate Students Report to Work

Aug 15-16      New Faculty Orientation and Graduate Student Orientation

Aug 17           Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Aug 18           All Faculty Luncheon – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 21           New Student Convocation

Aug 22           Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 24         All-College Meeting at 3:30 PM, Temple 003 – President Smart and Provost Einhellig will be joining us.

Aug 25           CNAS Student Expo, 3:30-6:30, Temple 002

Aug 25            CNAS Leadership Team Meeting, 2:00 PM

Aug 30            CNAS/STEM Mentor Night, 7:00-8:00, Temple 001

 

Sep 7              MTH/KME picnic, 5:00, Phelps Grove park

Sep 10            Ozarks Mini Maker Faire

Sep 12-19       Public Affairs Week

Sep 15             CNAS Leadership Team Meeting, 2-3:30 PM

Sep 18             BIO Picnic & Scholarship reception, 12:00-4:00, Springfield Lake

Sep 24             Fall Showcase

Sep 26             State of the University Address, 12:15 PM, PSU Theatre

Sep 27-29       Academic Integrity Days

Sep 28             Majors Fair

Sep 28             STEM Lecture at Library Center – Dr. Paul Schweiger, 7:00-8:00

Sep 29             CNAS Leadership Team Meeting, 2:00-3:30 PM

 

Oct 15            Homecoming 2016!

Oct 27-28     Missouri State Outreach Water Conference 2016

Nov 7            CNAS STEM Career Discovery Expo (4-6 PM)

Dec 16          Fall Commencement

MEDIA           

As always, please submit items for the next CNAS NEWS!

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CNAS NEWS – July 26, 2016

See you at summer commencement on Friday at 10:00 AM!!!

  •  Last Interdisciplinary Research Seminar for Summer 2016 – NOON, Wednesday, July 27, Temple Hall 143

All CNAS Faculty and Graduate Students are invited to attend so come and participate in the conversation.

There will be pizza and cookies, but please bring your own beverage.

  • Maria Stepanova: Nano-plasmonics for bio-detection
  • Keiichi Yoshimatsu: Chemical and bio-molecular tools for analytical applications
  • Chris Lupfer: Immune protein folding and protein interactions

The technology equipment has changed (slightly) in Temple 001, 002, and 003.  Please go in and check it out before classes begin on August 22.  If a group of you want training – we can schedule one for August.  Please let your department head know if you are interested in attending a training session.

Aug 2 from 4-8 PM, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Solar Car Challenge (location map)

If you would like to help at the CNAS tent – contact me before July 28.  I have will have table set up under the tent with MSU information (mostly CNAS) along with 3-4 hands-on activities. 

 FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jason Ray – Congratulations on your award for SMCOG FY2017 Regional Transportation Planning and On-Site Wastewater Improvement Grant-Loan Programs through the MoDOT Work Program and the Boonslick CRPM project respectively.

 ICYMI (in case you missed it) …

31st Showcase on Teaching and Learning on Wednesday, August 17, 2016  Please call at 6-3059 or email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to register.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Student Resources page on our website is being updated to get ready for the fall. Check it out and forward to your students. If you have any suggestions, please let Jorge or David know.

CALENDAR

Jul 28              Summer SOAR Ends

Jul 29              Summer Commencement

 

Aug 2              4-8 PM, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Solar Car Challenge

If you would like to help at the CNAS tent – contact me before July 26.  I have will have table set up under the tent with MSU information (mostly CNAS) along with 3-4 hands-on activities. 

Aug 15           All Faculty and Graduate Students Report to Work

Aug 15-16      New Faculty Orientation and Graduate Student Orientation

Aug 17           Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Aug 18           All Faculty Luncheon – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 21           New Student Convocation

Aug 22           Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 24           All-College Meeting at 3:30 PM, Temple 0003 – President Smart and Provost Einhellig will be joining us.

Aug 25           CNAS Student Expo, 3:30-6:30, Temple 0002

MEDIA           

As always, please submit items for the next CNAS NEWS!

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CNAS NEWS – July 11, 2016

Two Interdisciplinary Research Seminars remain for Summer 2016.

Join us in Temple Hall room 143 at noon on both days.

All CNAS Faculty and Graduate Students are invited to attend so come and participate in the conversation.

There will be pizza and cookies, but please bring your own beverage.

  1. Noon, Wednesday, July 13 – Bob Pavlowsky: Water quality; and, Peter Plavchan: Computer hardware/software applications
  2. Noon, Wednesday, July 27– Maria Stepanova: Nano-plasmonics for bio-detection; Keiichi Yoshimatsu: Chemical and bio-molecular tools for analytical applications; and Chris Lupfer: Immune protein folding and protein interactions

The technology equipment has changed (slightly) in Temple 001, 002, and 003.  Please go in and check it out before classes begin on August 22.  If a group of you want training – we can schedule one for August.  Please let your department head know if you are interested in attending a training session.

MASTER CALENDAR & EVENTS at CNAS

We have one event listed in the CNAS calendar on the homepage, which links from the master calendar. As fall approaches and you start to finalize your events, make your submissions to the master calendar.

If you need assistance with this, contact David Szepatowski in my office.

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chris Barnhart: Congratulations on your award with the US Geological Survey for developing methods for laboratory culture of diverse species of freshwater mussels and on the increased funding to your project with the US Fish & Wildlife Service for the propagation and captive culture of freshwater mussels for Ohio River restoration.
  • Bob Pavlowsky: Congratulations on your awards for large wood structure monitoring and on increased funding for the Mark Twain National Forest watershed monitoring project, both awards through the USDA and US Forest Service.

ICYMI (in case you missed it) …

  • We have uploaded 23 videos featuring students and faculty on the CNAS homepage! Take a look and if there are any other videos of faculty and students, please send links to David Szepatowski.
  • Trashcano – Toby Dogwiler, GGP, performed a volcano in a trashcan demonstration for the St. Louis High School students.  Boom!
  • Best Summer Stargazing – Check out this article in the July issue of 417 magazine. Baker Observatory gets a nice mention. (This link has been posted on the PAMS Facebook page.) Please share this info with students, astronomy interns and others who may be interested.
  • Student Resources page on our website is being updated to get ready for the fall. Check it out and forward to your students. If you have any suggestions, please let Jorge or David know.

31st Showcase on Teaching and Learning on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Register now! Due to the implementation of a new learning management system, registration through that system will be unavailable until further notice. Please call at 6-3059 or email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to register..

Please join Dr. Thomas Tobin as he discusses Universal Design for Learning

Dr. Tobin will present “Universal Design for Learning That You Can Do Today” which will introduce participants to Universal Design for Learning, newly revised for higher education (CAST, 2014). You will discover how to implement UDL in program assessment, policy development, technology selection, course design, and teaching practices. This is best accomplished through an incremental approach, using a “next 20” series of milestones—achievements that can be attained in the next 20 minutes, 20 days, and 20 months (Tobin, 2014). You’ll also find out where to look for help at your institution: recent research from CAST and the Center for Universal Design in Education suggests that institutions whose faculty-support staff use UDL, too, see better adoption rates and deeper penetration of UDL principles across all courses (CAST, 2014; DO-IT, 2015).

Other sessions are available before the keynote and luncheon. Please register for Showcase on Teaching and Learning and the Keynote Luncheon now to reserve your spot. Call 6-3059 or email fctl@missouristate.edu.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zach Harris’ poster won first place in the Bioinformatics, Big Data category at the International Symposium of Grapevine Physiology and biotechnology in Verona, Italy last month.  Zach is Laszlo Kovacs’ student.

SUMMER IDEAS

There are lots of things to do this summer. Check out these science-related events and venues!

CALENDAR

Jul 22              Summer Visit Day organized by Admissions!

Meet the Faculty – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Jul 28              Summer SOAR Ends

Jul 29              Summer Commencement

 

Aug 2              4-8 PM, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Solar Car Challenge

If you would like to help at the CNAS tent – contact me before July 26.  I have will have table set up under the tent with MSU information (mostly CNAS) along with 3-4 hands-on activities. 

Aug 15           All Faculty and Graduate Students Report to Work

Aug 15-16      New Faculty Orientation and Graduate Student Orientation

Aug 17           Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Aug 18           All Faculty Luncheon – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 21           New Student Convocation

Aug 22           Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 24         All-College Meeting at 3:30 PM, Temple 0003

Aug 25           CNAS Student Expo, 3:30-6:30, Temple 0002

MEDIA           

As always, please submit items for the next CNAS NEWS! 

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Making a concrete canoe

Science and technology are all about making the “impossible” reality, and students in the cooperative engineering program did just that when they transformed concrete into a functioning canoe.

The group represented their program in the American Society of Civil Engineers concrete canoe competition. This annual, months-long competition requires a team of students to design, build and race a canoe made from concrete. The teams also compete academically — explaining and defending their design choices in written and oral presentations.

The exact rules and requirements vary each year; for example, this year teams were forbidden from enhancing the canoe’s appearance and water resistance by applying exterior paint. But the big goal of the competition remains the same: you’ve got to figure out how to make concrete float.

Crowdfunded

To fuel their success, the concrete canoe team not only leveraged their talent and training, they also relied on support from the community. The team set up a page on Missouri State’s crowdfunding site, where visitors can donate money to Missouri State student activities and projects.

The concrete canoe team raised a little over $1,500. While that’s not much in comparison to a professional engineering budget, it was all the team needed to place third out of 16 schools in the regional contest. And as these students prepare for their profession, they already know how to make the “impossible” reality — and under budget.

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CNAS NEWS – June 22, 2016

Summer is here!

CNAS Interdisciplinary Research Seminars – Summer of 2016 – Please mark your calendars and join us in Temple Hall room 143 at 12:00 noon each day!!!

  • All CNAS Faculty and Graduate Students are invited to attend – come and participate in the conversation!
  • There will be pizza and cookies.  Please bring your own beverage.

12 noon, Wednesday, June 29

  • Laszlo Kovacs: Computational biology
  • Xin Miao:  Drones and deep learning

12 noon, Wednesday, July 13

  • Bob Pavlowsky: Water quality monitoring
  • Peter Plavchan: Computer hardware/software applications

12 noon, Wednesday, July 27

  • Maria Stepanova: Nano-plasmonics for bio-detection
  • Keiichi Yoshimatsu: Chemical and bio-molecular tools for analytical applications

GREEN DOT TRAINING – For the 40 faculty who attended the first two sessions, thank you!  Each one of us can make a difference to make Missouri State a safer campus community.

  • For those who have not attended but would like to enroll in the final session for the summer, please contact Gale Lininger to sign up.
  • Final Session will be Wednesday, June 29 beginning at 8:00 AM in Temple Hall 143.  (Bagels and coffee will be available at 7:55 AM.)

DISCOVERIES (CNAS newsletter)

DISCOVERIES Masthead

I trust by now you’ve read the premier issue of the electronic newsletter that went out on May 31. It was a joy to assemble some of the many accomplishments in CNAS, and we look forward to our next edition in the fall.  The newsletter masthead image (pictured above) is linked from the CNAS homepage to a blog where it will be archived. Please share the information and links, too, as we need your help in outreach and promoting the college.  Thank you to all who contributed to the launch, especially my team in the dean’s office. Keep up the great work and send us anything we might use in the future. (The next newsletter is scheduled to go out before Thanksgiving.)

MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY LONG-RANGE PLAN

I hope you had a chance to see how far we’ve come and to see where we’re going. Check out these links for more info.

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chris Barnhart: Congratulations on your new award with the US Army Corps of Engineers for mussel surveying and assessment at Fort Leonard Wood, MO!

Spotlight Videos

Chris Barnhart’s lab was visited in June by four representatives of the Ontario, Canada Ministry of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Services Branch, who came to MSU to discuss culture methods for endangered freshwater mussels.

Barnhart Lab guests

(L to R) Tim Drew, Jake Ruegg, Chris Wilson, and Kevin Loftus, Fish Culture Section Manager, and MSU Research Specialist Beth Glidewell.

CALENDAR

Jul 28              Summer SOAR Ends

Jul 29              Summer Commencement

 

Aug 2              4-8 PM, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, Solar Car Challenge

Aug 15            All Faculty and Graduate Students Report to Work

Aug 15-16      New Faculty and Graduate Student Orientations

Aug 17           Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Aug 18           All Faculty Luncheon – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 21            New Student Convocation

Aug 22           Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 24           All-College Meeting at 3:30 PM, Temple 0003

Aug 25           CNAS Student Expo, 3:30-6:30, Temple 0002

MEDIA           

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