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CNAS NEWS – June 26, 2017

ICYMI…

  • Biology awarded Brian Blankenship and Tanner Hoog Outstanding Graduating Seniors.
  • CNAS has introduced a new leadership team.
  • Mind’s Eye online features two CNAS faculty, Dr. Kevin Mickus (GGP) and Dr. Shouchuan Hu (MTH).
  • Briana Anderson, biology graduate student, earns grant money to continue research associated with her thesis.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics occurs at MSU during summer 2017.
  • Bears of Distinction were celebrated on Saturday night.  David will return on October 18 to give a seminar.  Alanna is interested in joining the biology advisory board.  Jennifer is very interested in women in STEM and is willing to come to campus this year to speak about technology.  It was great to celebrate the success of three CNAS graduates!

 ONGOING EVENTS

  • Solar Eclipse is Monday, August 21 at 11AM – 2PM (totality at 1:13 pm) – A program will begin at 11:44 AM as the moon begins to move between the sun and earth.
  • Protective eyewear will be available at the football stadium entrance.
  • Classes will not be canceled during this time but you are free to bring your classes to the stadium as appropriate.

Reminder…

  • Get your portrait taken on Free Photo Days, Tu-Wed, August 29-30.

The latest CNAS NEWS is published here – CNAS NewsWatch

CALENDAR – 2017

Jul 3-4        Holiday – No Classes and Offices Closed

 

Aug 3-4     Summer Session Final Exam Period

Aug 4         Commencement – 10:00 AM – http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement/

Aug 12       Per Course Orientation (NEW ONLY), 9-11 AM, PSU 300

Aug 14       All faculty and graduate students return to work for the fall semester

Aug 16        Showcase on Teaching and Learning, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (sign up on FCTL website)

Aug 17       All Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 AM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 18       Meet the new STEM LLC students at 3:30-5:00 PM, Temple Hall Courtyard

Aug 20       New student convocation

Aug 21       Fall Semester starts today

Solar Eclipse today from 11 AM – 2 PM, totality is at 1:13 pm!  A program will begin at 11:44 AM as the moon begins to move between the sun and earth.

Aug 30       CNAS Student Expo, 2:30-4:30, Temple Hall courtyard

 

Sep 27        Majors Fair, 9:00-3:00

Nov 6          STEM Career Exploration Expo, 4:00-7:00, PSU Ballroom

MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – June 15, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS

Dr. David Vinyard, alumnus in chemistry, Dr. Alanna Bree, alumnus in biology, and Ms. Jennifer Fitzmaurice, alumnus in mathematics in will be recognized for exceptional achievements by the Alumni Association at the Bears of Distinction and Awards Ceremony on June 24.

NEW GRANTS AWARDED

  • Jason Ray and Megan Clark: Congratulations on your new award from FEMA for Stone County!

ONGOING EVENTS

  • PAMS has set up a fund to assist with the costs of Solar Eclipse event on August 21. We’re still at 11% of our $7k goal. Help us spread the word!  Give now
  • Solar Eclipse is Monday, August 21 at 11AM – 2PM (totality at 1:13 pm) – A program will begin at 11:44 AM as the moon begins to move between the sun and earth.
    • Protective eyewear will be available at the football stadium entrance.
    • Classes will not be canceled during this time but you are free to bring your classes to the stadium as appropriate.

ICYMI…

  • James O’Brien was awarded the Elizabeth Wood Science Writing Award.
  • Missouri Inorganic Chemistry Day 2017 drew large MSU representation.
  • Many faculty members graduated from the Online Bootcamp at the beginning of the month.

The latest CNAS NEWS is published here – CNAS NewsWatch

CALENDAR – 2017

Jul 3-4        Holiday – No Classes and Offices Closed

Jul 10-11   CNAS Retreat

 

Aug 3-4     Summer Session Final Exam Period

Aug 4         Commencement – 10:00 AM – http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement/

Aug 14       All faculty and graduate students return to work for the fall semester

Aug 16        Showcase on Teaching and Learning, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (sign up on FCTL website)

Aug 17       All Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 AM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 18       Meet the new STEM LLC students at 3:30-5:00 PM, Temple Hall Courtyard

Aug 20       New student convocation

Aug 21       Fall Semester starts today

Solar Eclipse today from 11 AM – 2 PM, totality is at 1:13 pm!  A program will begin at 11:44 AM as the moon begins to move between the sun and earth.

Aug 30       CNAS Student Expo, 2:30-4:30, Temple Hall courtyard

 

Sep 27        Majors Fair, 9:00-3:00

Nov 6          STEM Career Exploration Expo, 4:00-7:00, PSU Ballroom

MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – June 5, 2017

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope will begin its Campaign 14 observations on May 31. Targets are competitively awarded and this campaign will include 29,897 standard long cadence and 147 standard short cadence targets. Of those 147 short cadence targets, MSU’s proposal, for which Dr. Mike Reed is the PI, was granted 14 targets; nearly 10% of the total! Considering the demand for space telescope time and the restrictions for short cadence targets (the huge difference in the number of targets for each category), this is quite substantial.  Congratulations, Mike!

Elizabeth Wood Science Writing Award was received by James O’Brien at the American Crystallographic Association meeting this past week in New Orleans!

http://www.amercrystalassn.org/2017-award-winners – Congratulations, Jim!

EVENTS THIS WEEK

GRANTS RECENTLY AWARDED

MS student Sourav Nandi won a research grant for $2100 from the Society of Economic Geologists entitled Geologic mapping and gravity investigation of an accretionary orogen in western Idaho: Oxbow-Cuprum shear zone and Salmon River suture zone. Sourav will do the work this summer in western Idaho as part of his MS thesis. Co-advisors are Matt McKay and Kevin Mickus.

Biology Grad Student Briana Anderson (advisor, Tomasi) was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi for her bat thesis research.

PAMS has set up a fund to assist with the costs of Solar Eclipse event on August 21. We’ve only reached 11% of our $7k goal. Help us spread the word!  Give now

Solar Eclipse is Monday, August 21  11 AM – 2 PM, totality is at 1:13 pm!  A program will begin at 11:44 AM as the moon begins to move between the sun and earth.

Protective eyewear will be available at the football stadium entrance.

Classes will not be canceled during this time period but you are free to bring your classes to the stadium as appropriate.

ICYMI…

The latest CNAS NEWS is published here – CNAS NewsWatch

CALENDAR – 2017

June 9-11   MSRAL – see blurb above

June 12       Summer Classes Begin and SOAR Begins!

 

July 3-4       Holiday – No Classes and Offices Closed

July 10-11  CNAS Retreat

 

Aug 3-4     Summer Session Final Exam Period

Aug 4         Commencement – 10:00 AM – http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement/

Aug 14       All faculty and graduate students return to work for the fall semester

Aug 16        Showcase on Teaching and Learning, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (sign up on FCTL website)

Aug 17       All Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 AM, PSU Ballroom

Aug 18       Meet the new STEM LLC students at 3:30-5:00 PM

Aug 20       New student convocation

Aug 21       Fall Semester starts today

Solar Eclipse today from 11 AM – 2 PM, totality is at 1:13 pm!  A program will begin at 11:44 AM as the moon begins to move between the sun and earth.

Aug 30       CNAS Student Expo, 2:30-4:30, Temple Hall courtyard

 

Sep 27        Majors Fair, 9:00-3:00

Nov 6          STEM Career Exploration Expo, 4:00-7:00, PSU Ballroom

MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – May 15, 2017

CNAS Leadership Team Changes –

There will be a complete turnover of CNAS associate deans over the summer.

  • Dan Beckman is retiring!  He’s moving to Idaho in June, but will continue to teach a few online courses for biology in the coming year.  Dan worked hard on bringing together a number of interdisciplinary teams and worked on a proposal to increase opportunities for diverse students in STEM.  We will miss his wisdom and enthusiasm!  Thank you, Dan!
  • Jorge Rebaza is not leaving the university but is moving to a new administrative position – interim department head of computer science.  That appointment begins July 1, 2017.  Thank you, Jorge!
  • Erich Steinle is going back to the chemistry department to work with more graduate students and work toward his next faculty promotion.  Erich did a superb job of meeting the needs of our secondary education programs in science by helping to provide DESE matrices and other needs for secondary education.  We are in a better position to move forward in this area because of the work that Erich did these last two years.  Erich also helped monitor the MNAS program students and edited the newest MNAS brochure that will be printed this summer.  Thank you, Erich!
  • Ken Vollmar, current department head of computer science, will be taking vacation this summer and a one-semester leave this fall.  We look forward to his return in January of 2018 as professor of computer science.  Ken is an outstanding educator and advisor.  He has plans during the fall semester to prepare for new classes and a research program.   We wish you all the best during this time away and look forward to your return next year!  Thank you, Ken!

Please join me in thanking Dan, Jorge and Erich for their service to the Dean’s office and their continued service to Missouri State University.  Please join me in thanking Ken for his service to computer science and CNAS; and we look forward to his continued service to Missouri State University students!

New CNAS Associate Deans

  • Kyoungtae Kim will begin serving as associate dean of research and graduate programs on June 1, 2017.   Kyoungtae is currently professor of biology.  Last year he won the Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence as well as the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • Xiaomin Qiu will begin serving as associate dean of student success on July 1, 2017.  Xiaomin, a geospatial scientist, is currently associate professor in geography, geology and planning.

Please help me welcome Kyoungtae and Xiaomin to the Dean’s office.  I look forward to working with them for the next two years!

May 19        Spring 2017 Commencement (CNAS is 5:00 PM) – CNAS Grad Reception at 2:30 in CARR 208

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CNAS NEWS – May 8, 2017

Please join the graduate college in celebrating Dr. Tom Tomasi’s next life adventure – – “Returning to Biology” party on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in PSU Ballroom East.

PS – We are excited to welcome Tom back to CNAS!

ICYMI…

The latest CNAS NEWS is published here – CNAS NewsWatch

 

CALENDAR – 2017

May 12        Study Day

May 13-18  Finals Week

May 19        Spring 2017 Commencement (CNAS is 5:00 PM) – CNAS Grad Reception at 2:30 in CARR 208

 

June 2-4      Mid-States Region – Astronomical League (MSRAL) Convention

June 12       Summer Classes Begin and SOAR Begins!

July 3-4      Holiday – No Classes and Offices Closed

Aug 3-4       Summer Session Final Exam Period

Aug 4          Commencement

 

Aug 14        All faculty and graduate students return to work for the fall semester

Aug 18         Meet the new STEM LLC students at 4:00 PM

Aug 21        Fall Semester starts today

Solar Eclipse today (bring your classes to the football stadium between 11 AM – 2 PM, totality is at 1:15 pm!)

 

Sep 27        Majors Fair, 9:00-3:00

Nov 6          STEM Career Exploration Expo, 4:00-7:00, PSU Ballroom

MEDIA           

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CNAS Undergraduate Research Day & Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum 2017 Results

THE 8th ANNUAL CNAS UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY was held on Friday, April 28.  There were 65 poster presentations in a variety of categories.  Pictures and abstracts of all presentations will soon be posted at http://science.missouristate.edu/Undergraduate-Research-Day.htm  The following CNAS Faculty mentored the student projects this year:

  • Mahua Biswas (PAMS)
  • Dan Crafts (HL)
  • Rohit Dua (EGR)
  • Paul Durham (BIO)
  • Katye Fichter (CHM)
  • Nikolay Gerasimchuk (CHM)
  • Razib Iqbal (CSC)
  • Kyoungtae Kim (BIO)
  • La Toya Kissoon-Charles (BIO)
  • Laszlo Kovacs (BIO)
  • Chris Lupfer (BIO)
  • Alicia Mathis (BIO)
  • Sean Maher (BIO)
  • Ron Malega (GGP)
  • Robert Mayanovic (PAMS)
  • Matt McKay (GGP)
  • Gary Michelfelder (GGP)
  • Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi (CSC/EGR)
  • Theresa Odun-Ayo
  • Bob Pavlowsky (GGP)
  • Peter Plavchan (PAMS)
  • Jorge Rebaza (MTH)
  • Michael Reed (PAMS)
  • Les Reid (MTH)
  • Chuck Rovey (GGP)
  • Ridwan Sakidja (PAMS)
  • Matt Siebert (CHM)
  • Patrick Sullivan (MTH)
  • Ryan Udan (BIO)
  • Alexander Wait (BIO)
  • Matthew Wright (MTH)
  • Keiichi Yoshimatsu (CHM)

Biology: Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife

1st Place:  Kenzie Medley

WHEN TERRITORIAL SALAMANDERS CHEAT: A TEST OF THE DEER ENEMY PHEROMONE IN SOUTHERN RED-BACKED SALAMANDERS

Faculty Advisor: Alicia Mathis

 

2nd Place:  Katy Gardner

RESPONSE TO CONSPECIFIC ALARM CUES BY AMBYSTOMA SALAMANDER LARVAE

Co-Author: Ben Dalton

Faculty Advisor: Alicia Mathis

 

Biology: Cellular, Microbiology and Genetics

1st Place:  Abbigale Mabary

GENERATION OF YEAST 2-HYBRID CLONES TO EXAMINE THE ROLE OF NUCLEOTIDE OLIGOMERIZATION AND BINDING DOMAIN  (NOD)-LIKE RECEPTORS

Co-Authors:  Thomas Freeman, Angeline Rodriguez, Hazar Abysalamah

Faculty Advisor: Christopher Lupfer

 

2nd Place:  Jared Smothers

DYNAMIC DYNAMIN INTERACTS WITH THE TETHER GARP

Co-Author:  Uma Saimani 

Faculty Advisor: Kyoungtae Kim

 

Chemistry

1st Place:  Amber Zurliene, Katee Moor, Kendra Larsen

RECOMBINANT EXPRESSION OF Pfu dna polymerase in e. coli

Faculty Advisor: Keiichi Yoshimatsu

 

2nd Place:  Brennon Foster

TRAFFICKING OF FLUORESCENTLY-LABELED G-WIRE DNA IN HUMAN CERVICAL CANCER CELLS

Faculty Advisor: Katye Fichter

 

Computer Science

1st Place:  Jeff Dale, Radeeb Bashir, Robert Norton, Jiangfeng Pian, Roman Wisdom

 AUTOMATED INSECT DETECTION AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM

Faculty Advisor:  Razib Iqbal

 

2nd Place:  Mark Godsy, Ryan Jenkins, Andrew Byrd, Derick Hockett, Matthew Addler, Brent Eaves, Tara Walton

MULTIMEDIA DATA VISUALIZATION USING GOOGLE CARDBOARD

Faculty Advisor:  Razib Iqbal

 

Engineering

1st Place:  Alex Cook, Calvin Roebuck, Carter Knuckles

DECONSTRUCTED SWITCH MODE POWER SUPPLY

Faculty Advisor: Rohit Dua

 

2nd Place:  Chris Eakins, T. J. Orlandi, David Vernier

CURVALICIOUS

Faculty Advisor: Rohit Dua

 

Geography, Geology and Planning

1st Place:  Brad Dishman

CONODONT EXTRACTION AND BIOSTRATIGRAPHIC ANALYSIS AT CEDAR GAP MISSOURI

Faculty advisor: Charles Rovey

 

2nd Place:  Josh Hess

MANGROVE THREATS AND CONSERVATION IN GALLEON FISH SANCTUARY, SOUTH COAST JAMAICA

Faculty Advisor: Robert Pavlowsky

 

Hospitality Leadership

1st Place:  Rebecca Rice, Carly Sherman, Alec Shlater, Morgan Schuette, Zachary Stonecipher

SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION IN THE LODGING INDUSTRY

Faculty Advisor:  Dan Crafts

 

2ND Place:  Julia Bliss, Rachel Bower, Abbey Brinkley, Zach Bruckerhoff, Hannah Chu

DROP BY DROP:  THE PRICE OF WATER IN THE U.S. HOTEL INDUSTRY

Faculty Advisor:  Dan Crafts

 

Mathematics

1st Place:  Adam Somers

AN INVESTIGATION OF 2-DISTANCE SETS IN TWO, THREE AND FOUR DIMENSIONS

Faculty Advisor: Les Reid

 

2nd Place:  Daniel Ayasse

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY AND RELIABILITY OF TWITTER DATA

Faculty Advisor: Matthew Wright

 

Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science

1st Place:  Ryan Hall

MICRONERVA:  GUIDING TECHNIQUES FOR AN AUTOMATED TELESCOPE ARRAY

Faculty Advisor:  Peter Plavchan

 

2nd Place:  Jesse A. Underwood

COMPUTATIONAL INVESTIGATIONS OF HYDROUS ALUMINOSILICATE MELTS

Faculty Advisor:  Robert Mayanovic and Ridwan Sakidja

 

GRADUATE INTERDISCIPLINARY FORUM

Fifty-two graduate students from CNAS presented their results at the Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum.  All abstracts are posted at http://graduate.missouristate.edu/currentstudents/IDF.htm  The following CNAS Faculty mentored student projects this year:

  • Chris Barnhart (BIO)
  • Albert Barreda (HL)
  • Rich Biagioni (CHM)
  • Mahua Biswas (PAMS)
  • Eric Bosch (CHM)
  • Dave Cornelison (PAMS)
  • Toby Dogwiler (GGP)
  • Paul Durham (BIO)
  • Kevin Evans (GGP)
  • Nick Gerasimchuk (CHM)
  • Kartik Ghosh (PAMS)
  • Doug Gouzie (GGP)
  • Brian Greene (BIO)
  • Melida Gutierrez (GGP)
  • Laszlo Kovacs (BIO)
  • Jun Luo (GGP)
  • Sean Maher (BIO)
  • Alicia Mathis (BIO)
  • Bob Mayanovic (PAMS)
  • Judy Meyer (GGP)
  • Xin Miao (GGP)
  • Gary Michelfelder (GGP)
  • Kevin Mickus (GGP)
  • Saibal Mitra (PAMS)
  • Bob Pavlowsky (GGP)
  • Peter Plavchan (PAMS)
  • Ridwan Sakidja (PAMS)
  • Alan Schick (CHM)
  • Paul Schweiger (BIO)
  • Matt Siebert (CHM)
  • Maria Stepanova (PAMS)
  • Tom Tomasi (BIO)

POSTER PRESENTATION Honorable Mention Awards to CNAS Students

Rachel Bradley – GGP

Geomorphic Disturbance and Anthropogenic Modifications in Big Barren Creek, Mark Twain National Forest, Southeast Missouri

Faculty Advisor – Bob Pavlowsky

 

OUTSTANDING POSTER PRESENTATION Awards to CNAS Students

 Zachary Wilson – CHM

Quantum Chemical Calculations Describing the Thermal Cracking of the Fatty Acid Methyl Ester Methyl Linoleate

Faculty Advisor – Matt Siebert

 and

Joseph Nash – GGP

Monitoring engineered log structure implementation in the North Fork of the White River, Missouri Ozarks

Faculty Advisor – Bob Pavlowsky

  

ORAL PRESENTATION Honorable Mention Awards to CNAS Students

Stacy Armstrong Smith – GGP

Concentration and Trends for Summer Bacteria levels in Local Streams

Faculty Advisor – Bob Pavlowsky

 and

Snow Popis – CHM

The Silver Cyanoximate Bullet:  Investigations into Biocidal Effects of Silver complexes in Medical Resins

Faculty Advisor – Nikolay Gerasimchuk

 and

Kendell Loyd – BIO

Synchronization of Spawning by Temperature in Deertoe Mussel (Truncilla Truncata)

Faculty Advisor – Chris Barnhart

 and

Zachary Harris – BIO

Long Non-Coding RNAs in Grapevine

Faculty Advisor – Laszlo Kovacs

 and

Shah Alam Limon – PAMS

Iron Ion Transit in Ferritin Studied by Molecular Dynamics Simulations

Faculty Advisor – Maria Stepanova

OUTSTANDING ORAL PRESENTATION Awards to CNAS Students

Dylan Maag – BIO

First season results on the spatial ecology and habitat selection of pygmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) in Southwestern Missouri

Faculty Advisor – Brian Greene

 and

Michal Bulak – PAMS

Analogues of atmospheres of hot rocky planets outside of the solar system

Faculty Advisor – Dave Cornelison

 and

Wesley Weichert – GGP

Cyclostratigraphic Trends of d13C in Upper Camrian Carbonate Cycles:  Implications for Astronmical Forcing

Faculty Advisor – Kevin Evans

 and

Shannon Rentz – GGP

Incremental development of the magma reservoir beneath the Mogollon Datil Volcanic Field, New Mexico:  Insights from U-Pb geochronology and trace element geochemistry of zircon

Faculty Advisor – Gary Michelfelder

OTHER AWARDS to CNAS Students and Faculty

Outstanding TA – Kendall Loyd (BIO)

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CNAS Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards 2017 Results

CNAS recognized outstanding faculty and staff for the sixth year at a reception held on April 28, 2017.  The award winners were nominated by departmental personnel committees, department heads or students.  The nominations were then reviewed by a faculty committee for the faculty/staff awards and by a student committee for the student-nominated award.  We are proud to announce the following award winners for 2017!  The award winners receive a certificate and a small monetary award.

CNAS Excellence Award – Staff

  • Ben Dalton – Laboratory Supervisor, Department of Biology
  • Sarah Morrissey – Administrative Assistant, Cooperative Engineering Program
  • Linda Allen – Administrative Assistant, Department of Chemistry

Ben Dalton, laboratory assistant for the department of biology does consistently excellent work in a job that requires flexibility, patience and outstanding organizational skills.  He serves the college as coordinator of the Region VII Science Olympiad with over 1000 students participating in 2016 and the SW Region of Missouri Junior Academy of Science.  He also recruits and oversees the judges for the Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair.  Ben serves the biology department by serving as an academic advisor for pre-vet students and coordinating many aspects of the department head’s research lab.

Sarah Morrissey, administrative assistant for the cooperative engineering program, is introduced during tours of the department in the following way, “This is Sarah, the fountain of knowledge for the Engineering program.”  Sarah coordinates all of the administrative work for the cooperative engineering program – interacting with both Missouri State University staff and Missouri S&T staff on a regular basis.  Sarah always has a smile on her face and that smile is the first thing you see when you enter the office complex for engineering.

Linda Allen, administrative assistant for the department of chemistry, goes above and beyond in performing her duties for chemistry.  She organizes class schedules in consultation with the department head, administers most p-cards in the department and supervises office student workers.  She provides administrative support to several departmental committees and takes care of all routine tasks – all of this with a level of professionalism that is exceptional.  Linda is always willing to answer questions from her peers.

CNAS Faculty Excellence in Service Awards

  • Matt Pierson – Cooperative Engineering
  • Matt Siebert – Chemistry
  • Brian Greene – Biology
  • Brian High – Chemistry
  • Michelle Bowe – Biology

Matt Pierson, associate professor in the cooperative engineering program, serves as faculty advisory for the student chapters of American Society of Civil Engineers and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers as well as for the steel bridge and concrete canoe teams that compete each year.  He serves on the Springfield/Green County Environmental Taskforce and the City of Springfield Stormwater Taskforce.  He plans and conducts Discovery Engineering Day each February and assists with Math Counts and model bridge contest –all MSPE events.

Matt Siebert, assistant professor in department of chemistry currently serves as immediate past chair of the Ozarks section of the American Chemical Society (the end of the three year commitment.)  He reviews articles for two professional journals and he is the administrator of the chemistry department’s website.   Matt serves as faculty advisory for Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and a co-advisor for the Premedical Society.   He served as the campus champion for NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program.

Brian Greene, associate professor of biology, has chaired the university’s animal care and use committee for the past eight years.  This committee requires significant time and effort including shepherding colleagues’ protocols through the review process.  Brian also serves on the university’s Honors and academic appeals committees; coordinates the department’s seminar series; and serves as the faculty sponsor for the University Running Club.   Finally, Brian is active on committees for the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles.

Brian High, senior instructor in the department of chemistry, chairs the department safety committee, which recently developed a safety checklist for lab TA’s, students and stockroom workers.  He also serves on the CNAS IT and Awards Committees.  As a member of the departmental dual credit committee Brian sponsored many visits by dual credit high school classes and many others.  Brian is the departmental expert on the use of Camtasia, mastering chemistry clickers and adobe products.

Michelle Bowe, senior instructor in the department of biology, is the curator of the MSU Herbarium that requires supervision of students and active preparation and cataloging of specimens.  She responds promptly to outside requests from the herbarium.  She is the faculty advisor for the Optometry Club and serves on the college’s equipment repair committee.  Michelle is professionally active in the Missouri Native Plant Society.

CNAS Faculty Excellence in Research Awards

  • Bob Pavlowsky – Geography, Geology and Planning
  • Kyoungtae Kim – Biology
  • Peter Plavchan – Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science
  • Albert Barreda – Hospitality Leadership

Bob Pavlowsky, distinguished professor in the department of geography, geology and planning secured $522,000 in external funding in 2016 and supported seven graduate students in his research group.   In 2016 the group published nine peer reviewed publications and/or technical reports.  The group made presentations at four regional/national conferences including Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium, Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers, Annual Conference of the Geological Society of America and the Binghamton Geomorphology Conference.  These studies looked at Mark Twain National Forest, mining contamination along Big River in SE Missouri, continued studies in Jamaica and local studies of PAH’s (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and metal contamination in urban areas.

Kyoungtae Kim, professor in the department of biology, has published six peer-reviewed journal articles with his students as co-authors in the last two years.  Over the same time his students have given 26 research presentations at both regional and national conferences.   The lab’s research interests lie in understanding the molecular mechanisms of endocytosis and endocytic and recycling traffics. Understanding these mechanisms in budding yeast (similar to cancer) might help shed light on the mechanism responsible for cancer cell motility and may providing alternative drug targets.

Peter Plavchan, assistant professor in the department of physics, astronomy and materials science studies the radial velocities of exoplanets. He has received funding from NASA, NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  In 2016 he authored eight peer-reviewed publications and gave nine invited research seminar presentations in Missouri and California.  He has involved many students in his work – high school students, undergraduate students and now graduate students.  Peter is passionate about his research and transfers that passion to the students in his research group.  Peter recently received funding from NASA to investigate the scientific feasibility of a space mission to search for exoplanets, or planets like ours orbiting nearby stars.

Albert Barreda, assistant professor in the department of hospitality leadership has authored six peer-reviewed publications since the fall of 2015 and currently has six articles under review!  He has made presentations at national and international conferences this past year.  Albert’s research covers a number of diverse topics such as consumer perception of knowledge-sharing in travel-related online social networks and who are the bulls and bears in global lodging markets.  His most recent presentation looked at pricing practices in large scale sporting events – a Case of Rio de Janeiro during the FIFA World Cup.

 CNAS Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards

  •  Doug Gouzie – Geography, Geology and Planning
  •  Brian Greene – Biology
  •  Rajinder Jutla – Geography, Geology and Planning
  •  Laszlo Kovacs – Biology
  •  Mark Rogers – Mathematics
  •  Matt Siebert – Chemistry

 Doug Gouzie, professor in the department of geography, geology and planning is graduate director for the department.  Both his teaching and the well-being of undergraduate and graduate students are his main priority.   Student evaluations are consistently outstanding for principles of geology (100-level), speleology (300 level) and geohydrology (graduate level).  Two of Doug’s graduate students successfully defended their MS thesis and graduated in 2016.  All good instructors in GGP lead field trips and Doug is no exception to this.  He has led one day and weekend field trips to Ouachita Mountains, Round Spring Cave and Bluff Dwellers Cave.

Brian Greene, associate professor in the department of biology, consistently receives outstanding evaluations from students across the range of courses that he teaches – including general ecology, conservation biology, animal population methods and herpetology.  Brian also mentors students in his lab – last year seven graduate students and two undergraduate students.  His students were co-authors on four conference presentations (2 state and 2 international). He also serves as advisor for 58 biology majors.

Raj Jutla, professor in the department of geography, geology and planning taught courses from 100 level to graduate level – understanding cities, geography of south Asia, history and introduction to planning, communication techniques in planning and site planning and design.  He completed the assessment report for planning 100 this past year and supervised five undergraduate students conducting independent research projects.  Raj also plans appropriate field trips for his classes.

Laszlo Kovacs, professor in the department of biology, revised BIO235, Genetics, in the past year and has also developed a new course called Genome Biology.  He also wrote the laboratory manual for genetics.  Laszlo is currently working with 2 graduate students and 4 undergraduate students in his research lab. Laszlo serves as advisor for 34 biology students.

Mark Rogers, associate professor in the department of mathematics, has taught a variety of courses over the last five years to include MTH138 (pre-calculus), MTH181 (trigonometry), MTH 261 (Calculus I), MTH532 (introduction to abstract algebra), MTH533 (linear algebra), and MTH732 (Abstract Algebra II).  Mark receives outstanding evaluations for each course and every semester he writes new lecture notes making his approach to classes fresh every time he teaches it.  Last year Mark’s graduate student successfully defended his thesis.

Matt Siebert, assistant professor in the department of chemistry, has taught organic chemistry courses for the past several years.  He has enhanced the classes with supplemental “chemistry lectures on demand” – videos which were funded by an internal FCTL grant.  These videos allow students to revisit difficult concepts and study at their own pace.  Matt developed an intersession course “preparing for organic chemistry” that has been quite popular and he has submitted a manuscript to the Journal of Chemical Education highlighting the student success outcomes of the course.  He advises all chemistry undergraduate students who have declared pre-pharmacy.

CNAS Student Nominated Awards for Faculty/Staff Excellence

Fourteen faculty were nominated by students for this award and the nominees included Tina Hopper (BIO), Janice Greene (BIO), Erica Cox (BIO), Paul Schweiger (BIO), Paul Durham (BIO), La Toya Kissoon-Charles (BIO), Eric Bosch (CHM), Erich Steinle (CHM), Katie Fichter (CHM), Ken Vollmar (CSC), Raj Jutla (GGP), Yungchen Cheng (MTH), Les Reid (MTH) and Jorge Rebaza (MTH).  In the words of the students, these faculty/staff truly understand the power of knowledge and they are always willing to help.  They provide a learning environment where every student has the potential to succeed.   One student also said that the nominee was the most effective teacher that he had ever had!  The students chose four award winners this year.

  • Yungchen Cheng, MTH  – For showing exemplary dedication to students that needed more help past office hours.
  • Jorge Rebaza – For going above and beyond his duties as a professor.
  • Ken Vollmar – For encouraging non-traditional students to pursue a college degree regardless of the circumstances surrounding their decision.   
  • Eric Bosch – For having a positive and influential impact on students and for showing unequaled passion in chemistry.

 Atwood Research and Teaching Award

The Atwood Research and Teaching Award was endowed by Dr. Jerry Atwood a 1964 graduate of MSU and now an internationally known chemist.  He started his career at University of Alabama in 1967 but was the department head at University of Missouri-Columbia from 1994 to 2016.  In addition, he was appointed a Curators Professor starting in 1999.  The award winner receives a certificate and $1500 to be spent over the next year on students, research supplies, summer salary or travel.

The 2017 recipient of the Atwood Research and Teaching Award is Bob Mayanovic from the department of physics, astronomy and materials science.

Dr. Mayanovic’s research group studies synchroton x-ray studies of condensed matter, materials in supercritical aqueous fluids, high pressure-temperature studies and mineral physics.  His group has seven peer-reviewed publications in 2016 and three published in 2017.   Bob and his students made 23 presentations at conferences over the last five years.   In recent years, Bob has received external funding from the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.  Today he is working on a project with a local company.  Bob has supervised seven undergraduate research projects over the past five years and as many graduate thesis projects.  He currently has six graduate students working on their thesis research projects.  Bob’s passion for teaching and mentoring is strong and enduring.  He teaches everything from PHY203 and 204 – Foundations of physics to modern physics, experiments in modern physics and introduction to materials science.  His teaching evaluations are always outstanding.  During senior exit interviews with the department head, many students have noted Dr. Mayanovic’s positive influence on their lives.

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CNAS NEWS – May 2, 2017

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

·       Tuesday, May 2 – All Faculty Recognition Reception starts today at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

·       Friday, May 5 – Retirement Reception for Dan Beckman, 3-5 PM, PSU 308

·       Friday, May 5 – CNAS Picnic!  Starts at 5:00 PM at Phelps Grove Pavilion

ICYMI…

Congratulations to all CNAS faculty/staff award winners from Friday!

Awesome work by our students and their faculty mentors from the Friday and Saturday events!

The latest CNAS NEWS is published here – CNAS NewsWatch

CALENDAR – 2017

May 2              All Faculty reception, 3:00 pm, PSU Ballroom

May 5              All-CNAS Picnic and Potluck Dinner at Phelps Grove Park Pavilion – 4-8 PM

May 12            Study Day

May 13-18      Finals Week

May 19            Spring 2017 Commencement (CNAS is 5:00 PM) – CNAS Grad Reception at 2:30 in CARR 208

 

June 2-4           Mid-States Region – Astronomical League (MSRAL) Convention

June 12            Summer Classes Begin and SOAR Begins!

July 3-4            Holiday – No Classes and Offices Closed

Aug 3-4      Summer Session Final Exam Period

Aug 4          Commencement

Aug 14        All faculty and graduate students return to work for the fall semester

Aug 21        Fall Semester starts today

Solar Eclipse today (bring your classes to the football stadium between 11 AM – 2 PM, totality is at 1:15 pm!)

 

Sep 27        Majors Fair, 9:00-3:00

Nov 6          STEM Career Exploration Expo, 4:00-7:00, PSU Ballroom

 MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – April 24, 2017

For those who celebrated Earth Day by participating in the March for Science on Saturday – thank you.  For all who celebrated Earth Day by doing something outdoors this weekend – thank you. Our words and actions are important.  Keep up the good work!

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS

·         Friday, April 28 – Undergraduate Research Day and CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards!

       Student Poster Presentations                    1pm – 3pm
Judging                                                           1:15pm – 2:45pm
Speaker: Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk            3:00pm
       Faculty, Staff and Student Awards            3:30pm

·         Saturday, April 29 – Graduate College’s Interdisciplinary Form

·        NASA Public Observing Night this Saturday, April 29 from 8:30-11:00 PM at the Baker Observatory. Volunteers are needed to assist with this event. Please contact Dr. Robert Patterson to volunteer for it.

Applications for the associate dean positions in CNAS are due 4/28/2017.  If you are interested, please apply at the following websites, (https://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/33436 and https://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/33431) – Please note that the job descriptions for each are different.  

Plan to attend the All Faculty Recognition Reception on Tuesday, May 2 at 3:30 PM in the PSU Ballroom.  Several CNAS faculty will be recognized at this event!

RECENTLY FUNDED GRANTS

  • Day Ligon: Congratulations on your new award from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism!

ICYMI…

The latest CNAS NEWS is published here – CNAS NewsWatch

CALENDAR – 2017

Apr 28-29       GGP Board of Advisors meeting, 9:30-12:30, Temple 156

Apr 28             CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, PSU Ballroom

        Student Poster Presentations                    1pm – 3pm
Judging                                                           1:15pm – 2:45pm
Speaker: Dr. Nikolay Gerasimchuk            3:00pm
Faculty, Staff and Student Awards            3:30pm

Apr 29             Graduate College IDF

 

May 2              All Faculty reception, 3:30 pm, PSU Ballroom

May 5              All-CNAS Picnic and Potluck Dinner at Phelps Grove Park Pavilion – 4-8 PM

May 12            Study Day

May 13-18      Finals Week

May 19            Spring 2017 Commencement (CNAS is 5:00 PM)

 

June 2-4           Mid-States Region – Astronomical League (MSRAL) Convention

Sep 27               Majors Fair, 9:00-3:00

Nov 6                 STEM Career Exploration Expo, 4:00-7:00, PSU Ballroom

MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – for the week of April 17, 2017

Have a great Spring Holiday!

Just two things this coming week –

#1 – Please attend the keynote address at the Statewide Diversity Conference.  The reception and address by Scott Page are scheduled from 5:30-8:30 PM.  The address is to begin at 7:00 PM.  You do not need to register for the conference to attend this address.  http://diversity.missouristate.edu/conference/keynote.htm   I heard Scott speak in November and he has a powerful message for all of us.  See you there!

 #2 – It is Earth Day on April 22.  MSU students will be celebrating Ecopalooza on Friday, April 21 and I invite you to celebrate with them!  Whether you choose to do the March for Science or another activity for Earth Day, this is a day to make our MISSOURI STATEment and show our passion for science and the environment.  Information about all Earth Day events can be found at James River Basin Partnership

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