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CNAS NEWS – February 23, 2015

Happy Monday!  Spring is less than a month away!

The latest Sustainability newsletter follows: SustainabilityFebruary2015Newsletter

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

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

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

 

Next competitions/events:

February 28   Discover Engineering Day, Plaster Center (downtown)

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

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

March 20  Chemistry Olympiad

March 23  TEAMS Competition (PAMS)

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

April 7      HRA Board of Advisors Speaker on campus

April 8     Pummill Relays (MTH)

 

Recently funded projects!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Undergraduate author*; graduate student author**

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

CNAS Hiring Update as of today -

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

 

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

 

Due Dates –

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – February 9, 2015

Master Advisors –

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

 

Dear Faculty,

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

Hanna Landgrebe
Academic Advisor
LOGOS Managing Editor

 

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

 

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

 

Be Aware……

Academic Integrity Council Brown Bag Lunch On

Cultural Differences

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

Monday, February 9, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PSU Room 313 (Traywick Room)

 

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

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

 

GREAT CNAS NEWS –  

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Events in the next couple of weeks

February 7       EGR Mathcounts contest, Drury University

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

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

February 13    PAMS JVIC Open House at 3:30 PM

February 16    Presidents’ Day Holiday

February 21    Science Olympiad

 

Due Dates –  

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 24       All nominations for CNAS awards are due today.

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

Tammy

 

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CNAS NEWS – January 26, 2015

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

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

 

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

 

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

Nominations due to college office by February 2

Applications are due to college office by March 6

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

All CNAS Faculty –

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

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

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

 

Spring Commencement – JQH Arena – May 15, 2015

10:00 a.m. Ceremony

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

1:30 p.m. Ceremony

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

5:00 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Business

 

 

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

 

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

Computational Science Certificate

Computational Science

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

Program requirements (18 hours)

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

 

Informatics

Minor(s)

Informatics

Bachelor of Science

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

 

Some Important Dates

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

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

February 16         Presidents’ Day Holiday

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

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

February 21         Science Olympiad

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

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

March 4-5           HRA Recruiter’s Fair

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

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

March 9-15        Spring Break

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

 

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

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CNAS NEWS – January 12, 2015

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

CNAS NEWS –  

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

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

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

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

 

Newly funded projects –

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

CNAS Undergraduate Research Day – Friday, April 24

Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum – Saturday, April 25

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

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

               

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

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

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

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

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

 

Other Key Events –

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

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

Pummill Relays in April

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

Tammy

 

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CNAS NEWS – January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!!

I would like to meet with all CNAS faculty in 2015 to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that you see in front of us in 2015 and over the next 5-10 years.  I’ll provide coffee, tea and something sweet.  Gale Lininger will be contacting you about scheduling but if you would like to send her two dates that would work best for you – please do so today.  Each group will include approximately 10 faculty.  For those who have more to share – I am always available to meet with faculty and staff in CNAS!  If you had a publication in the last few months – please bring a copy!

8:00 AM, January 20 in Temple 145

3:00 PM, January 20 in Temple 145

8:00 AM, January 21 in Temple 145

4:00 PM, January 22 in Temple 145

8:00 AM, January 23 in Temple 145

8:00 AM, January 27 in Temple 145

3:00 PM, January 27 in Temple 145

8:00 AM, January 29 in Temple 145

4:00 PM, January 29 in Temple 145

9:30 AM, February 2 in Temple 145

2:00 PM, February 2 in Temple 145

10:00 AM, February 9 in Temple 145

2:00 PM, February 9 in Temple 145

If we need more sessions they will be scheduled after February 9.

 

GREAT CNAS NEWS!!!!

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

http://blogs.missouristate.edu/mindseye/

It is time for me to submit names for news articles again – especially students.  Please send me the names of students (both undergraduate and graduate) and let me know why they are special (research, leadership, or service).

If someone contacts you about an interview for Minds Eye – it means that you have been nominated by your department head or me.  Please say yes!  It is a great way to share your accomplishments to the public.

 

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

Spring Semester Classes start on January 12

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

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

CNAS Undergraduate Research Day – Friday, April 24

Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum – Saturday, April 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dr. Tammy Jahnke

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CNAS NEWS – December 15, 2014

It was such a joy to recognize the December CNAS graduates on Friday!!!  Thank you for all of your work with students! 

Enjoy the break and I’ll see you back on campus January 5 when the university re-opens for 2015.     

I would like to meet with all faculty in 2015 to learn more about the opportunities and challenges that you see in front of us in 2015 and over the next 5-10 years.  I’ll provide coffee, tea and either donuts or cookies.  Gale Lininger will be contacting you about scheduling in January.  Each group will include approximately 10 faculty.  For those who have more to share – I am always available to meet with faculty and staff in CNAS! 

GREAT CNAS NEWS!!!!

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

http://blogs.missouristate.edu/mindseye/

It is time for me to submit names for news articles again – especially students.  Please send me the names of students (both undergraduate and graduate) and let me know why they are special (research, leadership, or service).   Today’s Springfield Newsleader article about a biology major is a great feature and highlights the many capabilities of our students and graduates!!!

If someone contacts you about an interview for Mind’s Eye – it means that you have been nominated by your department head or me.  Please say yes!  It is a great way to share your accomplishments to the public.

                 

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

                Spring Semester Classes start on January 12

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

                Nominations for CNAS Awards are due from personnel committees by March 24, 2014-2015 CNAS Awards Policy V4_A

                CNAS Undergraduate Research Day – Friday, April 24

                Graduate College Interdisciplinary Forum – Saturday, April 25

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

               

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

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

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

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

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

 

SPRING 2015 – CNAS Public Lecture Series – Contact Dr. Bob Patterson if you are interested in speaking!

February 10        Dr. Brian Greene (BIO) 

March 17             Dr. Laszlo Kovacs (BIO)

April 7                   TBA                    

Any book suggestions?  I’m looking for something good to read during break! 

Tammy

 

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CNAS NEWS – November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Top 10 Things that I am thankful for this week –

#1 – I am thankful for outstanding faculty who go above and beyond to do quality research, prepare MSU students for the future and serve our community.  I so enjoy reading about your good works in the news (see below) and I enjoy hearing from students about their great courses!

#2 – I am thankful for great department heads and associate deans who serve on the front line.  Their job duties have grown significantly over the last 10 years!

#3 – I am thankful for outstanding staff!  The college would not be in the great position that we are today if it were not for the staff who support all of the academic and research and outreach activities in the college.

#4 – I am thankful for students – students with great questions, students with great answers, students who challenge the status quo, students who strive to be the best!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

#5 – Diversity – I am thankful that I work with a diverse group of colleagues and that we have a diverse group of students on our campus.  I appreciate the opportunity to learn from each of you!  Our cultures and backgrounds may be different but our similarities are many.  My hopes and dreams for the future are that we continue to have open/honest conversations and strive for peace and justice for all.  Will it be easy?  No.  Will it be worth it?  Yes.

#6 – I am thankful for the work that our university has done related to issues of sustainability and energy savings.  We have made mighty strides although we have much work to do.

#7 – I am thankful for family and friends who keep me grounded.

#8 – I am thankful for my peers (fellow deans) and for administrative leaders on campus who work hard each and every day to help make this university a better place.  Seeing us all work together helps makes the hard work worth it!

#9 – I am thankful that I have the freedom to read any book that I choose and I am thankful for my book club!

#10 – I am thankful for sunshine and moonlight and the stars in the sky!  The lights are always there!

 

Check out the Chemistry Fall 2014 Newsletter_final  and HRA  http://www.missouristate.edu/hra/  fall 2014 newsletters!

 

Newly funded projects –

Day Ligon (Biology) – Congratulations on your continuing agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for your project “Assessing the Extent and Density of Chicken Turtle Populations in Southeastern Oklahoma”!

Bob Pavlowsky and Marc Owen (OEWRI) – Congratulations on the continuation of the James River MS4/TMDL monitoring  plan implementation with Greene County!

Diane May and Dorothy Wittorf-Sandgren (CRPM) – Congratulations on another year of the Homeland Security Grant and Work Program with SMCOG from the Missouri Office of Homeland Security!

 

GREAT CNAS NEWS!!!!

http://news.missouristate.edu/2014/11/18/maroon-minute-recognizes-yellowstone-trail-mapping-project/

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

http://blogs.missouristate.edu/mindseye/

Contact your department head and me with news!

 

PSIP Applications are due to the Dean’s office on December 12, 2014  – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/psip.htm

 

MSU Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service

Nominations for 2014–2015 are being accepted now

The Missouri State University Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service are intended to provide incentives for continued performance to a select number of full-time faculty who evidence significant accomplishments in teaching, research and/or creative activities and service. The awards are funded by the MSU Foundation.

Six awards are presented annually at the All-Faculty Recognition Reception held in May of each year, and each recipient will receive a $3,600 award.

Faculty members do not need to be nominated to submit application material. Download the 2014 application form. Nominations are due to the Provost Office by Friday, December 12, 2014. Application materials will be due in Departmental Offices by Monday, January 26, 2015. Please view the 2014-2015 Guidelines for additional information.

 

December 12   CNAS Graduation Reception, Carrington 208, 2:00 – optional pictures, 2:30 – program, 3:15 picture and walk to arena

December 12   BOG meeting at 9:00 AM and Commencement, 4:00 PM – Fall 2014

 

Offices close at 5:00 PM on Friday, December 19

Offices open on Monday, January 5.  This is also when winter intersession starts.

Staff Awards Luncheon – Wednesday, January 7.

Spring 2015 Classes begin on Monday, January 12.

 

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – October 30, 2014

Special Event – The CNAS Student Advisory Council would like to invite all faculty – especially the newest faculty – to a reception in the PSU East Ballroom on Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 5:00 PM.  The students will be introducing all of the new faculty in their departments.  There will be an opportunity for everyone to meet and learn more about one another.  There will be snacks and beverages and the event will be done by 6:00 PM.

 

For all CNAS Seminar Dates – http://science.missouristate.edu/

Don’t forget that Carries is open on Tuesday and Thursday for lunch.  See the website for details and don’t forget to call to make a reservation.  http://www.missouristate.edu/hra/31362.htm

Two upcoming events – GIS day is November 19 (watch the website for more details) and Geography Awareness Week is November 17 (watch the website for details)

Congratulations to the most recent grant recipients

Diane May and Dorothy Wittorf-Sandgren – Congratulations on your contract with Chadwick R-I School District to help them with the goals of their Community Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development! 

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

Kurt Killion – Congratulations on your funding from the Missouri Department of Higher Education through the University of Missouri for ITQG student support! 

Bob Pavlowsky – Congratulations on your new service contract with Olsson Associates!

Jane Hood and Diane May – Congratulations on continuing your work with the Chamber of Commerce via a new Agreement for the next two years!

Dan Beckman – Congratulations on your continuing work with the City of Springfield for biological assessment of urban streams!

Bob Pavlowsky – Congratulations on the contract for the new year of the Springfield MS4/TMDL Monitoring Project.

 

University professor receives fellowship for research collaboration – http://news.missouristate.edu/2014/10/29/research-fellowship/

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Adam Wanekaya, professor of chemistry at Missouri State University, was awarded an African Diaspora Fellowship from the Carnegie Foundation. During June 2015, Wanekaya will initiate contact with the Federal University of Lokoja in Nigeria to build research collaboration, student mentorship and research capacity building.

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

 

Patti Blanton (mathematics department) is developing the new MTH 121 course for next semester and one of the topics that will be pertinent to the cultural competence and ethical leadership is the access that certain subgroups of our population have had to education and, specifically, to education in the STEM fields.  Obviously, gender bias will be a primary investigation.  Patti would also like to put out a request in for any CNAS faculty who would like to share experiences related to bias of any type in the area of STEM education.  If you are interested in helping please contact Patti - pblanton@missouristate.edu   417-836-5317

 

  • PSIP Open Sessions for those interested in applying – November 10 in LIB101 and November 13 in TEM002 from 3:30-5:00 PM.  PSIP applications are due December 12, 2014.  For more information go to http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/psip.htm

 

Important CNAS Dates for 2014-2015

November 7   Sabbatical applications to Deans office
November 11 CNAS Public Lecture series, Katye Fichter, 7:30 pm, Temple 002
November 12-13  Governors Conference on Natural Resources: Exploring Our Legacy-Charting Our Future
November 19 Greene County Library/CNAS Lecture series, Janice Greene
November 20 CNAS Leadership Meeting, 2:00 PM
November 26-28  Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes, office closed
December 2    CNAS Faculty Evaluation Workshop, 2-3 PM, TEM003 – For personnel committees, department heads and dean
December 4    CNAS Leadership Meeting, 2:00 PM
December 9    President’s Holiday Open House, 2-4 PM, Prime Overtime Club
December 12  CNAS Graduation Reception, Carrington 208
December 12  BOG meeting and Commencement, 4:00 PM – Fall 2014

 

2015

January 12     Spring semester courses begin
January 19     MLK Holiday
February 16   Presidents’ Day Holiday
February 21   Science Olympiad
March 4         STEM Day at the Capital – Jefferson City, MO
March 9-15    Spring Break
March 31-April 2         Science Fair – OSEF (Judging March 31, Awards April 2)
April 2-5        Spring Holiday
April 13         CNAS Faculty & Staff awards, 4:00, PSU 400
April 14-17    Public Affairs Conference
April 23         Chemistry Banquet
April 24         CNAS Undergrad Research Day
April 25         Graduate College IDF
May 5            All Faculty Recognition reception, 3:00-5:00, PSU Ballroom
May 8            Study Day
May 15          Spring Commencement, 1:30 PM

 

I hope that everyone is having a great semester.  I am so happy to hear that so many have been presenting at conferences this fall – both faculty and students.  It is great to hear of your accomplishments.  I want to hear more about them and will be scheduling times when I can meet with small groups of faculty to learn more about your research and your research groups.  Please watch for more information.

 

Tammy

 

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CNAS News – September 29, 2014

State of the University Address is Monday, September 29 at noon in the PSU Theatre!  See you there!

http://calendar.missouristate.edu/viewevent.aspx?eventid=83147&occurrenceid=147476

 

The Academic Integrity Days event is coming up on Tuesday, September 30 through Thursday, October 2. Please consider attending some of the many informative sessions. Invite your students.    View event schedule

 

MSU – Discovery Center “Free Day”

Posted on September 16, 2014 by University Communications

The Smithsonian Traveling exhibit “Green Revolution” is sponsored and developed by the Missouri State University College of Natural & Applied Science, City Utilities of Springfield, City of Springfield Environmental Services, SMC Packaging and The Print Group. Discovery Center is proud to debut the eco-friendly, minimal carbon footprint exhibit. Springfield partners have contributed in building this “eco-zibit” and brought local information to inform and engage visitors of all ages with the critical issues concerning the future health of our planet.  Missouri State wanted to give the opportunity for everyone in the Springfield region to enjoy this exhibit and what Discovery Center has to offer. On Oct. 1, the university is sponsoring free admission to the Discovery Center from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  http://news.missouristate.edu/2014/09/25/missouri-state-hosts-free-admission-day-at-discovery-center/

 

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

If you would like to have your accomplishments posted in CNAS NEWS – please send me your information.

 

  • Faculty Grant Applications require department head’s signature and comments along with the deans.  I will be out of town October 10-12.  Although I plan to be here on Monday, October 13 – my comments will be very, very brief if I get proposals after 10:00 AM on that day!!!
  • College Council meets October 7 and November 11
  • Promotion/tenure – All tenure/promotion dossiers were submitted to on Monday 9/29.  Heads turn them over to the committees by 9/30.  Committees must submit their recommendations with rationale by 10/20.  Department heads must submit recommendations with rationale by 11/12 to the dean.  Please use the current forms and be sure everything is signed properly – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/tpappointments.htm

 

  • October 7     CNAS Public Lecture series, Melissa Dallas, 7:30 pm, Temple 002
  • October 9 & 10  Fall Break, no classes, offices open
  • October 13   Faculty Research grant applications due in Grad College by 5:00
  • October 15   HRA Board of Advisors meeting, 3:45
  • October 15   Greene County Library/CNAS Lecture series, Chris Barnhart
  • October 15 & 16  HRA Recruiters Fair
  • October 16 CNAS Scholarship Reception 3:00 PM/Emeritus Faculty Dinner 6:00 PM
  • October 17    Advisory Boards and BOG meets today
  • October 17 Clif Smart will meet with all CNAS Advisory Boards from 4:30-5:15 PM
  • October 18    MSU Homecoming
  • October 28    Majors Fair
  • October 30   CNAS Leadership Meeting, 2:00 PM
  • October 31    Summer Faculty Fellowship applications due in Grad College

Tammy

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CNAS NEWS – September 4, 2014

We are off to an awesome start to this fall semester.  College committee assignments have been made and list will be posted just as soon as every committee has a chair.  In some cases the chair is appointed, while in other cases the chair is elected.  Many committees will have initial meetings this month.  And if you would like to see me at one of your faculty meetings – please invite me.  I’m always happy to come and visit.

The State of the University Address will be at noon on Monday, September 29th in the PSU Theatre.  I hope to see you there.

Green Revolution – Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit will open at the Discovery Center on Wednesday, September 10.  Our president has funded a “free day” on October 1, 2014.  All faculty, staff, students and families may visit the Discovery Center and the exhibit for free.  The Discovery Center will be open from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM on October 1.  The exhibit will be in Springfield until January of 2015.

CNAS Public Lectures start on September 16, CNAS Public Lecture Series FA14-2.  Please note that in addition to the three lectures previously noted, we also have faculty presenting at the Library Center on South Campbell.  See page 13 of http://thelibrary.org/programs/documents/bookends0814.pdf  

Please invite students faculty and friends to these outstanding lectures by CNAS faculty!

Some Important Deadlines – Please remember that all of these require department heads comments and my signature.  That means they should be on your department head’s desk at least 10 working hours prior to the due date.

September 15 – International Travel Award applications due – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/facultystaff/InternationalTravel.htm

October 13 – Faculty Research Grants are due – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/facultystaff/FacultyResearchGrants.htm

October 31 – Summer Fellowship Applications are due – http://graduate.missouristate.edu/facultystaff/SummerFellowships.htm

November 7 – Sabbatical Applications are due – http://www.missouristate.edu/provost/facultydevelopment/sabbaticals.htm

Faculty News

http://ksmu.org/post/flying-south-study-heat-very-cold-spot

http://ksmu.org/post/gut-feelings-relationship-between-your-brain-and-belly-are-two-way-street?nopop=1

http://ksmu.org/post/banding-helps-researchers-study-bats

Three great KSMU stories on Kevin Mickus research, Rhy Norton and Paul Durham research, and Lynn Robbins research!!

And Peter Plavchan is quoted in the following article – http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/proto-planetary-smashup-discovered-around-baby-star-140828.htm

Please continue to share these items with me so we can get the good word out on the importance and value of research.

More CNAS News can be found at http://news.missouristate.edu/tag/cnas/

I invite you to participate in the Fall 2014 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, December 12 at 12:30 PM & 4:00 PM in JQH Arena.  In order to facilitate your participation, the University will assume the cost of renting your gown.  Our contract allows each participant to keep his or her cap and hood for use in future commencement ceremonies.

If you plan to participate in the Fall 2014 commencement, please complete and return the regalia order form.  The form can be found on the following webpage under Academic Regalia:

http://www.missouristate.edu/commencement/For-Faculty-Staff.htm

You can send your completed form by campus mail to Carrington 425, email (reply to Julie Spinabella) or it can be faxed to 836-5992.  You will receive confirmation via email from Julie Spinabella.

The deadline for ordering regalia is October 8, 2014.  We cannot process late requests.  If you have questions, please call Julie Spinabella (Ext. 6-4329).

Regalia will be available at Missouri State Bookstore beginning Monday, December 8 through Thursday, December 11.

On commencement day:

Please arrive at the racquetball court area in Hammons Student Center 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony for donning your regalia and marshalling.  A light buffet will be served.

You will line up in Hammons Student Center then march to the main floor of JQH Arena, where the ceremony will be held.  The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes.

Fall Commencement – JQH Arena – December 12, 2014

12:30 p.m. Ceremony

College of Business

College of Education

4:00 p.m. Ceremony

College of Arts and Letters

College of Health and Human Services

College of Humanities and Public Affairs

College of Natural and Applied Sciences

William H. Darr School of Agriculture

Global Studies majors

 

Tammy

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