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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

  • Bob Pavlowsky: 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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CNAS NEWS – June 6, 2016

First day of summer session classes and SOAR

Green Dot Training Dates for CNAS – All in Temple 143

  • Please RSVP to Gale so we know how much food to purchase.
  • All faculty are invited and encouraged to attend one of the dates listed below.  (This will save you from attending a training in the fall semester.)
  • Green Dot is a pro-active program rather than a reactive program related to campus violence.  Practical information will be provided.
  • Occurs in Temple Hall 143.

Tuesday, June 14 from 8-9 AM

Thursday, June 16 from 12-1 PM

Wednesday, June 20 from 8-9 AM

Thinking ahead…

Please begin to prepare your departmental goals based on the new long-range plan.  The goal is to hear from all levels as the annual university goals are written over the summer and presented to the BOG at their retreat at the end of July.

The deans will talk about these lists this week with the provost.  CNAS will start our list on June 16.  Then I will attend the administrative council retreat to present our list.  This will be followed by another review on July 14 (CNAS only) and then a review of the provost’s office during that retreat later in July.

Please begin thinking about your lists for major equipment requests. As you think about this list also contact Erin Parrish to get a list of external funding sources too.

June 16     CNAS Leadership Team meeting – Retreat Meeting from 2-5 PM

June 30     Last day to order regalia for summer commencement

July 1        Clean out hallways and storage rooms

July 14      CNAS Leadership Team meeting – Retreat Meeting from 2-5 PM

 

Summer Commencement – JQH Arena on Friday, July 29

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

  • All colleges, all students

You can send your completed form by campus mail (reply to Karen Foster in PSU Administration office 401), email KarenFoster@missouristate.edu or it can be faxed to 417-836-5117. You will receive a confirmation via email from me.  Regalia will be available at MarooNation @ PSU (formally It’s a Greek Thing) beginning Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28 for Summer Commencement.

New Student Convocation – JQH Arena on Sunday, August 21

 2:00 p.m. Ceremony

MEDIA           

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fei Wang and Keiichi Yoshimatsu have been accepted to the 2016 New Faculty Workshop taking place Aug. 4-6 in Washington, DC through the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative and the New Faculty Workshop Organizers.
  • Eric Bosch:  Congratulations on your award for “Collaborative Research: RUI: Manipulation of Arylene Ethynylene Structures and Properties via Coordination, Halogen Bonding and C-H Hydrogen Bonding” through NSF.
  • Bob Pavlowsky: Congratulations on the OEWRI award for the Northern Long-Eared Bat survey at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas through the US Army Corps of Engineers!

 Videos from faculty

  1. Identifying local snake species – from Biology
  2. Bears show how to blow glass – from Chemistry
  3. Moms in the wild – biologists share maternal instincts of animal kingdom – from Biology

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Six undergraduate students from the Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Department successfully completed the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) examination. CHIA credentials indicate the ability to assess several forms of hotel industry data and to formulate analytical implications on the hotel marketplace. Additionally, HRA students completing the CHIA process demonstrate the ability to evaluate the market dynamics of multiple hotel sectors.

  • Andrew Crocker, a senior completing a bachelor of science in hospitality and restaurant administration with an emphasis in lodging.
  • Tanner Dennis, a senior completing a bachelor of science in hospitality and restaurant administration with an emphasis in food and beverage.
  • Jialiang Li, a senior completing a bachelor of science in hospitality and restaurant administration with an emphasis in food and beverage.
  • Rebecca Rice, a senior completing a bachelor of science in hospitality and restaurant administration with an emphasis in tourism.
  • Mitchell Warmbold, a senior completing a bachelor of science in hospitality and restaurant administration with an emphasis in lodging.
  • Peng Xu, a senior completing a bachelor of science in hospitality and restaurant administration with an emphasis in general operations.

ALUMNI NEWS

  • Alumni Awards Dinner: James Bass ’80 (GGP); Co-Founder, President and CEO of Sheridan Production Co, responsible for all day-day operations.  Prior to founding Sheridan, Mr. Bass most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of the Texas Gulf Coast region for El Paso E&P, where he was the senior executive responsible for production, operations, exploration and exploitation. Mr. Bass lives in Houston, Texas.
  • Dr. Dorothy Martin Simon, 96, passed away on March 25, 2016 in North Carolina where she had resided for many years. Read her obituary in NewsLeader, and add your condolences online.

CALENDAR

Jun 6               Summer Session Begins, SOAR Begins

Jun 16             CNAS Leadership Team Meeting

 

Jul 28              Summer SOAR Ends

Jul 29              Summer Commencement

 

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

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

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

 

Sep 28            Majors Fair

Oct 15            Homecoming 2016!

Oct 27-28       Tri-State Water Coalition meeting, Darr Ag Center – noncredit.missouristate.edu/waterconference

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

Dec 16            Fall Commencement

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CNAS NEWS – June 1, 2016

Updates before Summer Session 2016

The first is a summary of salary increases that will be approved at the June 10 meeting of the Board of Governors.

The CNAS Budget Committee is meeting next week to determine the best use of some new money for a faculty hire.  We received $62,000 in new money based on enrollment increases last year.  This will fund $46,000 in salary plus fringe. I have an additional $57,000 in salary savings that could be added to this so hopefully we can add two additional searches to our list.

If you have ideas, please talk to your reps to the CNAS budget committee prior to Monday afternoon, June 6.  Several departmental searches have been tentatively approved and my goal is to have all approved before the end of June so people can get started with searches.

A list of summer activities will be sent next week along with news that occurred during break.

If you have news – please send it to David Szepatowski.

Salary Increases – CNAS

All salary increases will be approved by the BOG at their June meeting.  Salary letters from HR will be delivered shortly thereafter to all.  If you received a promotion – these have already been approved by the BOG and will also be included

2% Across-the-Board Increase for all full-time faculty and staff who meet the qualifications noted:

  • Employees must have been in a full-time position as of April 1, 2016, to be eligible for the 2% across-the-board increase.

Centrally-Funded Staff Discretionary Increase:

  • $250,000 total University staff pool
  • $185,735.50 allocated to all Cost Centers ($250,000 with fringe benefits)
  • $4,873.05 allocated to CNAS
  • Staff members must have been employed by July 1, 2015, to be eligible for a centrally-funded discretionary increase
  • Rationale for distribution:
    • o Distance from Market: FY16 COMPA Ratio below 1.0 (market)
    • o Performance: Top tier of ADP scores within Department for those below market
    • 24 staff members impacted
    • Ranging from $100 to $300

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for what you contribute to Missouri State University each day.  On behalf of your department, our division and most importantly, the students, faculty, and your fellow staff you serve, I say “Thank you.”

CALENDAR

Jun 6              Summer Session Begins, SOAR Begins

Jul 28             Summer SOAR Ends

Jul 29             Summer Commencement

 

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

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 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

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CNAS NEWS – May 2, 2016

The end of the semester is almost here!

May 4             All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

May 13            CNAS Spring 2016 Graduate Reception, CARR 208, 8:00 AM

May 13            Commencement – CNAS at 10:00 AM

Interested in Master Advisor Workshops? – Register Here – http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/8389.htm

Latest CNAS NEWS – http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

Missouri State University Long-Range Plan

  • All sections are posted on the website – http://www.missouristate.edu/developingplan/
  • Deadline for feedback (website has feedback buttons) is May 15.
  • Town Hall Meetings in the PSU Theatre – 12:15-1:15 PM, Monday, May 2 and 12:30-1:30 PM, Tuesday, May 3

GRANT FUNDING

  • Diana Piccolo and Patrick Sullivan – Congratulations on year two of your Improving Teacher Quality Grant, Getting it W.R.I.T.E. in Mathematics, through the US Department of Education and Missouri Department of Higher Education!
  • Jill Black and David Goodwin – Congratulations on another year of your Teacher Quality Grant, STEEL, through the US Department of Education and Missouri Department of Higher Education!

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

ALUMNI NEWS

  • Rob Hunt (BIO MS) accepted the position of Natural Resources Education Coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in the director’s office in Jefferson City.

CALENDAR

May 7              Missouri Inorganic Chemistry Day

May 7-12         Finals Week

May 12            BOG Meetings

May 13            Spring Commencement (CNAS at 10:00 AM), others at 1:30 and 5:00PM

 

Jun 6                Summer Session Begins, SOAR Begins

Jul 28              Summer SOAR Ends

Jul 29              Summer Commencement

 

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 22            Fall 2016 Classes Begin

Aug 24            All-College Meeting at 4:00 PM

 

Sep 10             Ozarks Mini Maker Faire

Sep 28             Majors Fair

Oct 15             Homecoming 2016!

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

Dec 16             Fall Commencement

MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – April 25, 2016

All you need is a light jacket

 

Please join me at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 27 for the CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards reception in Temple Lecture Hall 001.  We will be recognizing several outstanding faculty and staff in CNAS.  

Thank you to all faculty mentors of students at CNAS Undergraduate Research Day and Graduate College IDF.  You are the best! Click CNAS Undergraduate Research Day and IDF Winners 2016 for the names of the participating students and their faculty advisors.

Thank you to all members of the CNAS Diversity Committee for the awesome picnic on Friday.  Great food!  Great fellowship! Please let committee members or me know if you would like to start a small affinity group.  We will help provide a place to meet and include all groups on the website.

Retirement Party

  • Come celebrate the career of Bill Agee, Electronic Support Specialist, on Friday, April 29 from 2:00-3:30 PM in Temple Hall 156.

Please note the opportunity for students to take Math 138 Online Flyer this summer! 

Jennifer Pursley, Kimberly Van Ornum, Patti Blanton, and Jokima Hiller – Congratulations on receiving a Certified Distance Educator Award for 2015 (Online Newsletter 2016)!

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

  • Please note the CivilRightsRoundTable8X11 – Activity is April 28.
  • The CNAS Diversity Page is up and running! We can still use your input and feedback, so please send me thoughts, ideas, information, etc. and CC David Szepatowski as well.

Featured Faculty Websites:

For help developing your website, contact Ken McCrory.  If you would like your website featured, please send me the link!

FYI:  If you notice an outdated departmental website, contact your department head.  If you notice outdated information on any CNAS site, contact David Szepatowski and/or Ken McCrory.

 Dean Jahnke at Alien screening

Dean Jahnke leads discussion about gender disparity in science after screening of Alien.

CALENDAR of CNAS Events

Apr 27           CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001

May 4          All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

May 13          Commencement – CNAS at 10:00 AM

MEDIA           

 

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CNAS NEWS – April 19, 2016

Earth Day is this week! What a great week for CNAS – Undergraduate Research Day, the all-college picnic and MSU Graduate College IDF!  I hope to see you at all events.

  • Thursday, Apr 21 – Undergraduate Research Day begins at 2:00 PM in the PSU Ballroom.  Please encourage students from all of your classes to view the posters from 2-4 PM. Awards Ceremony starts at 4:00 PM.
  • Friday, April 22Ecopalooza
  • Friday, Apr 22All-CNAS Picnic is from 5p-8p!  (set up at 4p) – See attached flyer!!!  The weather is going to be great!  Let’s enjoy!
  • Friday, Apr 22 – Earth Day documentary screening of Racing Extinction at the Betty and Bobby Allison Recreation Fields, 8:00 PM, free to the public and free popcorn!
  • Saturday, Apr 23 – Graduate College IDF
  • May 4       All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom
  • May 13      Commencement – CNAS at 10:00 AM

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

Give yourself a pat on the back.  Proposal submissions are up significantly and CNAS faculty have been a big part of that!  Even funding levels are up for the year!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I know that you can only get external funding if you submit grant proposals.  You are doing great! (See attachment “Research Report” for details)

Inorganic Chemistry Meeting

Spring-MICA-2016

Nick Gerasimchuk organized the Midwest Inorganic Chemistry group meeting in March.  There were representatives from 5 states, 7 speakers total, and 3 posters. Schools – both Ph.D. and non-Ph.D.

Thank you, Nick for hosting this meeting at Missouri State University.  Tammy

Retirement Party

Come celebrate the career of Bill Agee, Electronic Support Specialist, on Friday, April 29 from 2:00-3:30 PM in Temple Hall 156.

CNAS HIRING UPDATE – 2016

  • GGP – Matt McKay, PhD West Virginia University (2015) will be joining us in August 2016.
  • CSC – Tony Clark, PhD Michigan State University (2016) will be joining us in August 2016.
  • BIO – Debra Finn, PhD Colorado State University (2006) will be joining us in January 2017.
  • ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING– Tayo Deborah Obafemi-Ajayi, PhD Illinois Institute of Technology (2010) will be joining us in July of 2016
  • BIO – LaToya Kisoon-Charles, PhD North Dakota State University (2012) will be joining us in August of 2016.
  • PAMS – Evan Frodermann, PhD The Ohio State University (2008) will be joining us in August of 2016.

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

The CNAS Diversity Page is up and running! We can still use your input and feedback, so please send me thoughts, ideas, information, etc. and CC David Szepatowski also.

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

The GGP Planning students attended the National Planning Conference in Phoenix, from April 2 – April 5. Eleven of our planning students went to this conference. Three of us spoke – myself (Simon Nogin), Carrie (Garza) Wallen, and Kyle Shoemake – about driverless cars. Planning for Autonomy: Driverless Cars and the Cities of Today was presented during the “Fast, Funny, or Passionate” time-slot. This time-slot is for quick presentations on a topic, and they particularly draw a large crowd. We estimate 120 people were in attendance during our presentation.

The National Planning Conference is an annual conference that attracts planners from all over North America (Canada included) to learn about what’s new in the field of city planning. Planning is a very broad and diverse field, so naturally our conferences reflect that. We attended planning sessions covering transportation, social justice, sustainability, emerging energy, ecological conservation, historic preservation, rural, water, and more.  A large part of attending conferences is the opportunity for us students to network with municipalities we are interested in working for, and networking with nationally accredited graduate planning programs.

Personally, since attending Phoenix and the networking I was able to do there, I have been approached for three very competitive internship opportunities! Had we not gotten the chance to attend the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference (NPC), I would not have met these professional planners and made the connections I needed to be considered for these internships.

– Simon Nogin, Community & Regional Planning Major

Justus, Vaughn, Larson, Stanton, Coffman, Scott, Nogin

L to R: Jake Justus, Curtis Vaughn, AICP President-Elect Glenn Larson, Keegan Stanton, Corey Coffman, Mark Scott, Simon Nogin.

Shoemake, Nogin, Wallen

L to R:  Kyle Shoemake, Simon Nogin and Carrie Wallen

MEDIA           

 

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

Dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences

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CNAS NEWS – March 29, 2016

Today, March 29: OSEF (Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair) Judging followed by Awards Ceremony March 31

Tonight, March 29:  Alien (1979) at 7 PM – As part of the Science On Screen series, Dean Jahnke will be discussing the gender disparity in science.

Tomorrow, March 30: Sam Kean lecture at 5:00 PM in PSU Theatre

Thursday, March 31HRA Speaker Series Event

Thursday, March 31OSEF Awards Presentations

Friday, April 1:  A Night in Africa banquet, doors open at 6:30 PM, PSU Ballroom, Tickets required!

A Night in Africa banquet 04.01.16.jpg

Tuesday, April 5 – CNAS Public Lecture , 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM TEMPLE 002

“THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS”: A CLOSER LOOK INTO SOME COMMON INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES

Speaker: Gautam Bhattacharyya, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

As an ongoing effort to generate greater student interest, engagement, and, ultimately, learning, instructors at all levels and of all disciplines continue to make significant changes to the way they teach. Often, considerable financial resources are spent to reconfigure classrooms to facilitate collaborative learning or to purchase devices that encourage different forms of communication within a classroom. After expending their many and earnest efforts, however, instructors are often left perplexed by the results of student assessments – both cognitive and affective. In the end, many are left to ponder about questions such as, “Why isn’t group work successful sometimes?” or “Why did only some of my real-world examples engage the students.”

In addressing these and other questions, I present key characteristics of the learning process and identify activities and practices conducive to supporting these important aspects of learning. Using evidence from the science education research literature, I describe implementation and execution of these instructional methods in ways that maximize the possibility of student learning.

IMMEDIATE DUE DATES                           

FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS

Give yourself a pat on the back.  Proposal submissions are up significantly and CNAS faculty have been a big part of that! Even funding levels are up for the year! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I know that you can only get external funding if you submit grant proposals. You are doing great! (Details: Research Report – March 2016)

  • Bob Pavlowsky and Marc Owen – Congratulations on your increased funding for the Springfield MS4 Monitoring Project through the City of Springfield!
  • Jorge Rebaza, Les Reid, Xingping Sun and Steven Senger – Congratulations on your award through the National Science Foundation for research experiences for undergraduates in mathematics at MSU!
  • Jill Black – Congratulations for a STEEL grant award!

Congratulations to Chris Barnhart for being chosen as one of only two recipients of this year’s Faculty Excellence in Community Service Award!

Everyone is invited to attend the All Faculty Reception on Wed, May 4 at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom West.

All Foundation Award Winners will also be announced at the All Faculty Reception.

Retirement Parties

  • Come celebrate the career of Bob Egbert in Cooperative Engineering, Friday, April 15 from 2-3 PM in PSU Ballroom East! RSVPs requested – engineering@MissouriState.edu
  • Come celebrate the career of Bill Agee, Electronic Support Specialist, Friday, April 29 from 2:00-3:30 PM in Temple Hall 156.

Featured faculty websites:

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

  • Friday, April 1 – The African Student Association presents A Night in Africa banquet, a celebration of African culture through food, dance, music and other performances.   Dean Jahnke plans to attend this event and would like to see some of you there!  Click the link for event information including purchase of tickets ($7.00 each).
  • Annual CNAS picnic is Friday, April 22 from 5:00-8:00 PM at Phelps Grove Park

Accessible Learning Institute at MSU in July

Dean Jahnke encourages faculty to attend the Accessible Learning Institute in July on our campus.  Visit Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning for more information. Please note that there is a stipend available if you choose to attend!

Energy Conservation 101– Professional development training on from 2-3 PM on Tuesday, April 5. This training provides employees with information about the importance of conserving energy on campus and at home. Register through My Learning Connection.

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

To all staff members, Staff Senate is now accepting nominations for terms beginning July 2016. Those elected will have the chance to serve MSU, representing their specific Job Family for a 3-year term, and advocating for continuous personal and professional development improvements by initiating or assisting in programs and changes that benefit staff.

Our responsibility to MSU includes, but is not limited to: reviewing policies/procedures and offering recommendations regarding the interests of staff and non-faculty employees; assisting in the communication of issues and activities affecting staff members; serving as a liaison between the President and staff; promoting participation in the University community; and encouraging a sense of community among all University employees.

The university encourages all employees to attend Senate meetings and participate in Senate activities.  Staff Senate is actively engaged in the university’s Public Affairs Mission by our involvement in Lee National Denim Day for breast cancer awareness and campus community activities such as Student Move In day.

If you or someone you’d like to nominate are interested in filling a vacant senator seat and…

  • have been a full-time staff member for at least one year,
  • can commit to a three-year senate term,
  • are able to attend one meeting each month, and
  • are able to serve on at least one Staff Senate committee,

please send your nominations to StaffSenate@MissouriState.edu by April 15, 2016. Elections will take place after May 1, 2016. For more information about Staff Senate, please visit our web site or email us.

EVENTS

All CNAS Seminars are posted on the master calendar.

Science On Screen at The Moxie Cinema

March 29:  Alien (1979) Dr. Tamera Jahnke (MSU, Chemistry) will be discussing the gender disparity in science.

April 5:  Grizzly Man (2005) Dr. David Cornelison (MSU, Physics) will talk about the gap between how scientists see the natural world versus the general public.

April 12:  Gattaca (1997) Dr. Paul Durham (MSU, Microbiology) will talk about editing our genes to battle disease.

 

CALENDAR of CNAS Events

Mar 29-31          OSEF (Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair) – Judging March 29, Awards March 31

OSEF – Competition InformationSign Up for judging

Mar 30                Sam Kean lecture at 5:00 PM in PSU Theatre

Mar 31                HRA Board of Advisers Speaker Series featuring Chris Morris – CPK

 

April 5-8          Public Affairs Conference – Free to faculty, staff and students.  I hope to see you at one of the presentations!

Apr 5                  CNAS Public Lecture Series – The devil is in the details, Temple Lecture Hall 002, 7:30 PM

Dr. Gautam Bhattacharyya, Department of Chemistry

Apr 5                   Energy Conservation 101, Hill Hall 0002, 2:00-3:00 PM (see attached flyer)

Apr 6                   Pummill Math Relays at John Q Hammons Student Center, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Apr 21                 CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, 2:00-4:00 – Abstracts due April 8; awards at 4:00 PM

Apr 22                 CNAS Picnic at Phelps Grove Park, 4:00-8:00 PM

Apr 23                 Graduate College IDF – Abstracts due April 6

Apr 27                 CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001

 

May 4                All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

May 13                Commencement – CNAS at 10:00 AM

MEDIA           

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CNAS NEWS – March 14, 2016

Happy Pi Day!!!

CNAS Public lecture series tomorrow evening, March 15 -– What’s the point? Some mathematical hows and whys, Temple Lecture Hall 002, 7:30 PM

Dr. Steven Senger, Department of Mathematics

http://news.missouristate.edu/2016/03/09/finding-beauty-in-abstract-mathematics/

I hope to see you there!!!

As part of Women’s History Month, Dr. Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer has been invited to campus to give presentations on Tuesday, March 15.  Presentations will be in Meyer Library 101.

The first presentation begins at 3:30 pm and addresses questions students might have about “social engineering” and how and why Bonnie went about creating her own non-profit organization, Hopa Mountain. The evening presentation is also in the Library Auditorium and begins at 7 pm.  Bonnie will speak on “Living a Public Life” about her work on reservations and with poor, rural, non-reservation communities as well.

Mar 16-18Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference

I look forward to seeing some of you at this conference!

INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE

I have decided to highlight to some outstanding ways in which individuals or groups in CNAS have made and continue to make a difference.

Please send me your stories.

  • First I want to recognize Dr. Peter Plavchan (PAMS) for his recruitment efforts and his thoughtful reflections on inclusive excellence by recruiting the next generation of astronomers.  Check out his blog by clicking on the link.
  • The CNAS Diversity Committee has developed several posters (some are posted in Temple Hall outside of room 143 and others are posted in departments).  The committee is committed to producing more posters and we are working on a website to display them as well.  This is a great way to show that anyone with a passion for the disciplines in this college can be successful!  Thank you to all of the committee members!!!  The first round of posters are outstanding!

Congratulations CNAS Students!

+ 3 Minute Thesis results from February 27, 2016

+ Several students and faculty of the biology department attended the Annual ASM Missouri Valley and Missouri Branch Meeting conference on March 5 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.   Attendees included:

  • Dr. Kyoungtae Kim with Mariel Delgado Cruz (undergraduate student), Bryan Banh (graduate student), Pelin Makaraci (graduate student), Uma Saimani (graduate student), Sara Woodman (graduate student), Michelle Williams (alumna, now a doctoral student at Mizzou);
  • Dr. Chris Lupfer with Abbi Mabary (undergraduate student), Angeline Rodriguez (undergraduate student);
  • Dr. Paul Schweiger with Marshal Blank (graduate student) and Neil Bolduc (undergraduate student).

+ Three MSU students and one alumna won 4 out of 8 awards! (6 oral session awards and 2 for poster session – undergrad and grad students judged separately)

  1. Best Undergraduate Session 2 Talk – Mariel Delgado Cruz
  2. Best Undergraduate Poster – Angeline Rodriguez
  3. Best Medical Microbiology/Immunology Oral Session 2 Talk – Pelin Makaraci
  4. Best General Microbiology Oral Session 1 Talk – Michelle Williams

The judges were very impressed by all of our students at the conference. Other universities in attendance included: Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Missouri, Kent State, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, among others.

Shannon Dulz and Dan Jones attended STEM Day at the Capitol – THANK YOU!

STEM Day

Due Dates

  • Please sign up to be a judge for the regional science fair – see link to volunteer in the attachment.
  • March 15 – All faculty intending to apply for promotion/tenure in fall of 2016 must submit their names to department heads and dean today!
  • March 28 –  Faculty/Staff award nominations due by 12 noon on Monday, March 28 and the awards reception scheduled for April 27.
  • April 6 – Abstracts due for Graduate College IDF
  • April 8 – Abstracts are due for CNAS Undergraduate Research Day

CNAS Promotions – Congratulations!!!

            Senior Instructor Jennifer Pursley – MTH

            Senior Instructor Becky Baker – PAMS

            Associate Professor with tenure Adam Harbaugh – MTH

            Associate Professor with tenure Matt Pierson – GGP (coop engr program)

            Professor Anita Liu – CSC

            Professor Kyoungtae Kim – BIO

            Distinguished Professor Bob Pavlowsky – GGP

CNAS HIRING UPDATE – 2016

o   GGP – Matt McKay, PhD West Virginia University (2015) will be joining us in August 2016.

o   CSC – Tony Clark, PhD Michigan State University (2016) will be joining us in August 2016.

o   BIO – Debra Finn, PhD Colorado State University (2006) will be joining us in January 2017.

o   We have several more interviews this week so we will know more soon!

NEW GRANT FUNDING, CONTRACTS and AWARDS

Peter Plavchan (PAMS) – Congratulations on your award from NASA through the Missouri EPSCoR program!

Mike Reed (PAMS) – Congratulations on your grant from NASA for K2 observations of pulsating subdwarf B stars in fields 6 and 7!

Featured faculty websites:

All CNAS Seminars are posted on the master calendar.

The latest CNAS NEWS is posted online.  Recognize your students/colleagues for their work and contributions!

Send student/faculty accomplishments to your department head and me.

SCIENCE ON SCREEN at The Moxie Cinema

  • March 222001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Dr. Mike Reed (MSU, Astrophysics) will talk about space exploration and how it might help explain the origins of life on Earth.
  • March 29:  Alien (1979) Dr. Tamera Jahnke (MSU, Chemistry) will be discussing the gender disparity in science.

CALENDAR of CNAS Events

Mar 24-25       Spring Holiday – no classes (offices open Mar 24, offices closed Mar 25)

Mar 28                Faculty/Staff Award Nominations are due by 12 noon.

Mar 29-31           OSEF (Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair) – Judging March 29, Awards March 31

OSEF – Competition InformationSign Up for judging

Mar 30                 Sam Kean lecture at 5:00 PM in PSU Theatre

Mar 31                  HRA Board of Advisers Speaker Series featuring Chris Morris – CPK

April 5-8           Public Affairs ConferenceFree to faculty, staff and students.  I hope to see you at one of the presentations!

Apr 5                     CNAS Public Lecture Series – The devil is in the details, Temple Lecture Hall 002, 7:30 PM

Dr. Gautam Bhattacharyya, Department of Chemistry

Apr 6                     Pummill Math Relays at John Q Hammons Student Center, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Apr 21                   CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, 2:00-4:00 – Abstracts due April 8; awards at 4:00 PM

Apr 23                  Graduate College IDF – Abstracts due April 6

Apr 27                  CNAS Faculty/Staff Awards reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001

May 4                 All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

May 13                Commencement – CNAS at 10:00 AM

MEDIA           

Tune in every Thursday morning at 9:45 AM for 5-minute STEM SPOTS on KSMU hosted by Dr. David Cornelison.

As always, please submit items for the next CNAS NEWS!  (Projected delivery – March 29)

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CNAS NEWS – February 23, 2016

Science Olympiad was a great success on Saturday!!! Ben Dalton – You did it again!!!

Thank you to all who volunteered to make this event the best in the state!

CNAS Student Expo was last Thursday, February 18. The event was a great success!  All CNAS Student Organizations grew at this event!  Click Student News tab above for more information on this event.

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It is STEM Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 3.

Associate Dean Erich Steinle and I will be taking three students to show state legislators that MSU is #1 in STEM!

Joining us – Ali Bajwa (MTH and CSC); Dan Jones (PAMS); and Shannon Dulz (PAMS).

Statewide Diversity Conference is March 16-18.  Early registration ends tomorrow Wednesday, February, 24.

I would encourage each department to send one person to attend the sessions for this conference!

 

IMMEDIATE DUE DATES

  • February 25 – All peer reviewed publication data must be updated in Digital Measures for 2015.  As of Friday, 2/19/16 here’s the count of peer reviewed publications for each unit.  The totals are published on the KPI Website while each individual is named at the All Faculty Recognition Reception on Wednesday, May 4.
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Department Value Value Value Value Value Value
BIO 26 23 19 18 33 18
CHM 21 19 16 19 10 12
CSC 2 0 0 3 1 1
EGR 0 3 0 1 0 0
GGP 16 17 12 23 22 12
HRA 5 2 2 2 2 5
MTH 12 14 8 15 5 8
PAMS 15 29 17 23 24 16
CNAS Total 97 107 74 104 97 72
  • March 11 – Departmental Committees must submit evaluations of all tenure/track faculty to department head by this date!
  • Developing the long range plan – Submit your feedback online and attend Town Hall Meetings – February 29 and March 1!

 

CNAS HIRING UPDATE – 2016

o   GGP – Matt McKay, PhD West Virginia University (2015) will be joining us in August, 2016.

o   CSC – Tony Clark, PhD Michigan State University (2016) will be joining us in August, 2016.

o   BIO – Debra Finn, PhD Colorado State University (2006) will be joining us in January of 2017.

o   We have several more interviews in the next three weeks but we should have all hiring for fall 2016 done soon!

RECRUITMENT – GEP 101 INSTRUCTORS

Missouri State is recruiting GEP 101 instructors for Fall 2016.  The university is expecting another increase of first-year students, so consider applying.

In addition, college-specific sections have been helpful in increasing retention rates.  The deadline for first consideration is March 4. The application is available online.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHTS & WEBSITES

Several CNAS faculty members were rewarded with the Certified Distance Educator Award for outstanding work.

Poster from Dr. Gary Michelfelder (GGP) was highlighted in an article published by the Gemological Institute of America.

Here are this week’s featured websites:

NEW GRANT FUNDING, CONTRACTS and AWARDS

Diane May and David Faucet (CRPM) – Congratulations on your contract with FEMA for the Barry County Hazard Mitigation Plan!

Dorothy Wittorff-Sandgren and Diane May (CRPM) – Congratulations on your contract with the Fair Grove Senior Center for the purpose of grant writing!

 

CALENDAR of CNAS Events

Feb 27          3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) – Graduate College

Feb 27          MSPE Discover Engineering Day, 12:00-3:00, Plaster Center

Mar 3           STEM Day at the Capitol

Mar 4           Dr. Dan Chitwood, Danforth Plant Science Center – Seminar at 4:00, Temple Lecture Hall 003 – ALL CNAS FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND!

“Discriminating shapes: on violins and the latent morphology of grape leaves”

Mar 7-13      Spring Break

Mar 15          CNAS Public lecture series – What’s the point? Some mathematical hows and whys, Temple Lecture Hall 002, 7:30 PM

Dr. Steven Senger, Department of Mathematics

Mar 16-18     Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference – Early registration ends Feb 24

Mar 18          Biology Seminar – Chemical and Biomolecular Tools, 4:00-5:00, Temple Lecture Hall 003

Mar 25          Holiday – no classes

Mar 29-31    OSEF (Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair) – Judging March 29, Awards March 31

Mar 30         Sam Kean lecture at 5:00 PM in PSU Theatre

Mar 30         MSPE Model Bridge Contest, Hammons Student Center, 4:00-8:00 PM

Mar 31          HRA Board of Advisers Speaker Series featuring Chris Morris – CPK

Apr 5             CNAS Public Lecture Series – The devil is in the details, Temple Lecture Hall 002, 7:30 PM

Dr. Gautam Bhattacharyya, Department of Chemistry

Apr 6             Pummill Math Relays at John Q Hammons Student Center, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Apr 8             Biology Seminar – Immune Response, 4:00-5:00, Temple Lecture Hall 003

Apr 21           CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, 2:00-4:00 – Abstracts due April 8; awards at 4:00 PM

Apr 22           Biology Seminar – Energy and Longevity, 4:00-5:00, Temple Lecture Hall 003

Apr 23           Graduate College IDF – Abstracts due April 6

Apr 27           CNAS Faculty and Staff Award reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001

May 4            All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

May 13          Commencement – CNAS at 10:00 AM

 

MEDIA           

Tune in every Thursday morning at 9:45 AM for 5-minute STEM SPOTS on KSMU hosted by Dr. David Cornelison.

 Get your Science News today!

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CNAS NEWS – February 9, 2016

CNAS Public Lecture Series starts tonight at 7:30 p.m.  Please join us in Temple Hall 002!

Don’t forget to order regalia for May Commencement.  Information is below!!!

 

I will be traveling to Houston, TX to visit with several alumni from February 17-19.

I will return to Springfield in time to help hand out awards at Science Olympiad on February 20.

 

On Thursday, February 18 all CNAS student organizations will host a student expo to recruit new members from 3-5 PM in the PSU Ballroom West.

Please encourage all CNAS students to attend!

 

NEW GRANT FUNDING

Erica Cox (BIO) – Congratulations on your contract with the Project WET Foundation!

Chris Barnhart (BIO) – Congratulations on your subaward with Texas State University for work in Freshwater Mussel Mitigation Strategies!

 

All CNAS Seminars are posted on the website.

If your departmental seminars are missing, please send the information to Gale Lininger or David Szepatowski.

They will be added to the calendar within eight business hours.

 

The latest CNAS NEWS is posted online.  Recognize your students/colleagues for their work and contributions!

Send student/faculty accomplishments to your department head and me.

 

MEDIA           

Tune in every Thursday morning at 9:45 AM for STEM SPOTS on KSMU hosted by Dr. David Cornelison.

For your convenience, attached above is an iCalendar link that you may open and save to your personal calendar.

It will alert you five minutes before the start of the show.  The entire interview is also available as a podcast on the KSMU website.

 

FEATURED FACULTY WEBSITES – A few outstanding faculty websites will be featured in each CNAS NEWS.

If you would like your website featured, please send me the link!

(For help developing your website, contact Ken McCrory.)

 

FYI:  If you notice an outdated departmental website, please contact your department head.

If you notice something outdated on the CNAS website, please contact David Szepatowski and Ken McCrory.

Also, we have some plans for the CNAS page, but feel free to share your ideas, thoughts, suggestions, and/or comments.

Our goal is to make a better user experience, and we will do our best to keep it updated!

 

RECRUITMENT – GEP 101 INSTRUCTORS

Missouri State is recruiting GEP 101 instructors for Fall 2016.  The university is expecting another increase of first-year students, so consider applying.

In addition, college-specific sections have been helpful in increasing retention rates.  The deadline for first consideration is March 4.

The application is available online and it is also attached.

 

IMMEDIATE DUE DATES

  • February 25 – All data must be updated in Digital Measures!
  • Mar 11  Departmental Committees must submit evaluations of all tenure/track faculty to department head by this date!
  • Developing the long range plan – Submit your online feedback.  Two new sections are available for your feedback.
  • Data, data, where’s all the data for a proposal or report?  Look here:  Key Performance Indicators and Bear Intelligence

 

CALENDAR

 Feb 9                     CNAS Public Lecture Series – Linnea Iantria, Temple 002, 7:30 PM

Feb 13                   MSPE Mathcounts at Drury University

Feb 15                   Holiday – no classes

Feb 18                   All CNAS student organizations will host a student expo to recruit new members from 3-5 PM in the PSU Ballroom West.

Feb 19                   Excellence in Community Service Award nominations due!  $1000 cash award for up to two faculty members.

Feb 20                   Science Olympiad (Temple Hall, Kemper Hall, McDonald Arena  – Competitions 8 am – 3 pm)  – To sign up, contact Ben Dalton.  Awards Ceremony begins at 3:30 PM in McDonald Arena.

Feb 24                   JVIC/CNAS Research Symposium – 12:30-5:00 PM – Contact Dan Beckman immediately if you are interested in presenting.

Feb 27                   MSPE Discover Engineering Day, 12:00-3:00, Plaster Center

 

Mar 3                    STEM Day at the Capitol (CNAS will be represented)

Mar 4                    Dr. Dan Chitwood, Danforth Plant Science Center – Seminar at 4:00, Temp 003

Mar 7-13              Spring Break

Mar 15                  CNAS Public lecture series – Steven Senger, Temple 002, 7:30 PM

Mar 16-18            Statewide Collaborative Diversity Conference – Early registration ends Feb 24

Mar 25                  Holiday – no classes

Mar 29-31            OSEF (Ozarks Science & Engineering Fair) – Judging March 29, Awards March 31

Mar 30                  Sam Kean lecture at 5:00 PM in PSU Theatre

Mar 30                  MSPE Model Bridge Contest, Hammons Student Center, 4:00-8:00 PM

Mar 31                  HRA Board of Advisers Speaker Series

 

Apr 21                   CNAS Undergraduate Research Day, 2:00-4:00 – Abstracts due April 8, Awards at 4:00 PM

Apr 23                   Graduate College IDF – Abstracts due April 6

Apr 27                   CNAS Faculty and Staff Award reception, 4:00 pm, Temple 001

 

May 4                   All Faculty Recognition Reception at 3:00 PM in PSU Ballroom

 

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COMMENCEMENT May 13, 2016

 

You are invited to participate in the Spring 2016 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 10:00, 1:30 and 5:00 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.

To participate in the Spring 2016 commencement, complete and return the FACULTY REGALIA ORDER FORM by March 14.

If you own your own regalia, reply to me and indicate which ceremony you will participate in so I may have an accurate headcount.

You can send your completed form by campus mail or email (reply to Ashley Kelly in Event & Meeting Services) or it can be faxed to 836-6765.

You will receive a confirmation via email from Ashley.

 

The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is March 14, 2016.

If you have questions, call Ashley Kelly (Ext. 6-5653).

 

SPRING COMMENCEMENT – JQH ARENA – MAY 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

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

 1:30 p.m. Ceremony

  • COB

 5:00 p.m. Ceremony

  • COAL, COE, CHPA, Global Studies

 

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