CNAS NEWS – June 5, 2017

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

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



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

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

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

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

Protective eyewear will be available at the football stadium entrance.

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


The latest CNAS NEWS is published here – CNAS NewsWatch


June 9-11   MSRAL – see blurb above

June 12       Summer Classes Begin and SOAR Begins!


July 3-4       Holiday – No Classes and Offices Closed

July 10-11  CNAS Retreat


Aug 3-4     Summer Session Final Exam Period

Aug 4         Commencement – 10:00 AM –

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

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

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

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

Aug 20       New student convocation

Aug 21       Fall Semester starts today

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

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


Sep 27        Majors Fair, 9:00-3:00

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


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