Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Natural Sciences

Once in a CenturyJeff Mott

Kingsley Stern, professor emeritus, received the Centennial Award from Botanical Society of America for his outstanding service to the plant sciences and BSA. A director of the Biological Sciences Herbarium on campus for 30 years, he oversaw the addition of more than 71,000 species to the herbarium.

Project Provides Nutrition Education

The USDA-funded Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium, directed by Cindy Wolff, Nutrition, provides nutrition education for 30 North State agencies via a three-year $5 million grant.

Geologist on National Nuclear Waste Board

William M. Murphy, Geological and Environmental Sciences, conducts international research with leading scientists in geochemistry. President Bush appointed him to the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

James Pushnik is a Fulbright Senior Specialist

James Pushnik, the Jack Rawlins Endowed Professor for Environmental Literacy, presented at the Alliance for Global Sustainability’s Educators Seminar for Teaching Sustainability in Bruanwald, Switzerland, in 2005. In January 2006, he visited the Institute of Sustainable Development in Vladivostok, Russia, as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow.

Science in the ClassroomCenter for Mathematics and Science Education

Bill Fisher, Mathematics, and Debbie Summers, Education, received $70,000 from the Chancellor’s Office to fund the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative. This initiative will double the number of math and science teacher candidates in California by 2010.

International Nursing Organization

Professor Carol Huston, Nursing, is president of Sigma Theta Tau International, which has 130,000 members in 96 countries. She is coauthor of four leadership and professional-issues texts for nursing.

Outstanding Teacher

Robert E. Thomas, Biological Sciences, was chosen as the Outstanding Teacher of 2005–2006. Thomas has taught vertebrate and cell physiology for 40 years.

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award

The Award-Winning Society of Physics Students and their Advisor Professor David Kagan received the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for his service to the Society of Physics Students. SPS is the Outstanding Chapter in Calif. and Nev. for the 16th time.

Outstanding Project Director

Jennifer Rotnem collaborates with both state and federal agencies to obtain environmental grants and contracts. She has directed a variety of projects, including K–12 watershed education; fish, wildlife, and invertebrate studies; and riparian and grassland restoration.


The basic and applied sciences serve as a beacon of hope for a better tomorrow.

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CSU, Chico
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The College of Natural Sciences

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