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at California State University, Chico

Natural Sciences

College of Natural Sciences

College of Natural Sciences faculty oversee more than $1 million in multi-year grants supporting undergraduate and graduate student research. In the past year, approximately 60 students, representing every department and school in the college, presented their research at professional conferences.

Summer Research Fellowships in Chemistry

In summer 2005, 12 undergraduates received summer research fellowships in chemistry totaling $35,000. These students will engage in research directed by a chemistry faculty member, and several students will present their results at national meetings. The fellowships are funded by Roche Bioscience, the California Science Project, the Marshall Ginter Summer Research Fellowship, and the Eugene and Blanch Reid Science Endowment Fund.

Two U.S. Government Appointees

Professor William Murphy has been appointed to the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as an administrative judge (technical). Professor Jeff Price will be a lead author on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme established the IPCC in 1988 to determine potential impacts of climate change. Price is the only such author from within the California State University system.

Nutrition Education Campaign

Professor Cindy Wolff, Nutrition and Food Science Program, through the Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium and the OPT for Fit Kids program, was awarded more than $400,000 by the California Nutrition Network to implement the California Children’s 5-a-Day–Power Play! Campaign. Through the campaign, children ages 9–11 are encouraged to eat at least five servings of fruits or vegetables and to play actively for at least one hour a day. Nutrition students have opportunities to work in their field while supporting the program.

Math Student in Top 100 Nationwide

Sophomore David Stolp ranked 100 out of 3,733 contestants from the United States and Canada in the 2004 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. The six-hour, notoriously challenging exam consists of 12 problems that test students on originality, technical competence, and familiarity with undergraduate mathematics. Stolp is the only student from the California State University system to place in the top 100 in the last four years. Professor Thomas Mattman is the faculty advisor.

Pinnacle Award for Nurses

Professors Rebekah Damazo, Sherry Fox, Carol Huston, and Julia Shovein received a 2004 Pinnacle Award for Nursing Excellence in Computer-Based Professional Education Technology from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Society of Physics Students Award

Under the direction of faculty advisor David Kagan, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named Outstanding Chapter in California and Nevada, for the 15th time. The chapter also won a Marsh W. White Award from the National Society of Physics Students to support their physics outreach activities. The CSU, Chico chapter of SPS is best known for its Annual Pumpkin Drop, a Halloween re-creation of Galileo Galilei’s legendary Tower of Pisa experiment demonstrating the Law of Falling Bodies.

Young Botanist of the Year

Biological Sciences major William Gray was recognized by the Botanical Society of America as a Young Botanist of the Year and also earned a certificate of special achievement from the society. Gray has been interested in plants since childhood and worked in campus greenhouses as an undergraduate. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2005 and enters the master’s program in botany in fall 2005. He plans to pursue graduate research in botany with Professor Kris Blee.

Hands-on Lab

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education coordinates the Hands-On Science and Math Lab program. Each semester, more than 60 undergraduate interns direct approximately 2,500 local elementary and middle school students in science or mathematics investigations. The internship, a required course for Liberal Studies majors, provides experience with children and insights into how they learn science and mathematics. The Hands-On Labs are coordinated by two credentialed elementary teachers: Tanya Heaston, a student in the master’s in science teaching program, and Katy Early, a graduate of the master’s in mathematics education program. Bev Marcum, Department of Biological Sciences, and Bill Fisher, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, are co-investigators.


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