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News from the College of Natural Sciences. Natural Sciences Advisory Board Meeting October 9, 2010. Andy. Julie . Jennifer. Staff Changes. Barb P. Annette. Doreen. New Executive Team Members. Carol Huston Director, School of Nursing. Jonathan Day Interim Assoc. Dean. Jeff Bell

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news from the college of natural sciences

News from the College of Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Advisory Board Meeting

October 9, 2010

staff changes




Staff Changes

Barb P



new executive team members
New Executive Team Members

Carol Huston

Director, School of Nursing

Jonathan Day


Assoc. Dean

Jeff Bell

Chair, Biological Sciences

Ann Bykerk-Kauffman

Chair-Elect , Science Ed

center for math science education summer 2010
Center for Math & Science EducationSummer 2010
  • Professional Development Programs

Serving Northern California Teachers

    • Science Programs
      • 5 institutes and over 120 teachers participating
    • Math Programs
      • 6 institutes and

over 200 teachers


cmse programs
CMSE Programs
  • Supporting faculty in grant management of over

$1.5 million in 2009-2010

  • Noyce Scholarship Program (math/science teaching)

2010-11 Awards totaling $105,000

Total awarded to date: $220,000

  • CSUC students at work
    • Hands-On Lab facilitators
    • CHAMP Mentor Program/Chico High
    • MathLinks elementary tutoring

(Chico and Oroville programs)

    • K-3 Science & Academic Literacy

Hands-On Program


CNAP creates innovative school and community partnerships enabling north state residents to adopt healthy eating and physical activity patterns as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium’s Harvest of the Month Program offers fruit and vegetable tastings to 35,000

K-12 students and teachers monthly.

Farmers Market


CNAP: Student - Faculty Collaborations  Success in Research & Service

  • 12 collaborating faculty
  • 11 academic disciplines
  • 35 professional staff
  • 120 students employed with a $300,000 annual payroll
  • Over $3 million per year in grant funds

Food Stamp Outreach

Promotes participation for eligible households

OPT for Fit Kids supports healthy eating at every age and encourages positive lifestyle behaviors and physical activity

Fit Thru Five Collaborative

Builds organizational relationships to promote healthy lifestyles for families with young children

dept of biological sciences research
Dept of Biological Sciences: Research
  • 19 publications
    • 8 with student authors
  • 39 presentations
    • 19 with student authors
  • 23 grant proposals submitted requesting $2.9 million
    • 16 funded for $1.24 million, 7 student proposals were funded for $7,000
biol students outside the classroom
BIOL Students Outside the Classroom
  • 20 student peer mentors helped 200 students
  • Five student clubs : over 150 members
  • 54 students doing independent

research, and 44 internships

  • 14th Annual Student Research

Symposium : 83 student posters

dept of chemistry and biochemistry

CSRI: Chemistry Summer Research Institute 2010

Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 12 students
  • 5 faculty
  • Supported by
    • Granting agencies
      • Research Corporation
      • CSUPERB
      • Rice board
    • Alumni
      • Marshall Ginter
      • Eugene Reid
      • Jason Williams
    • Business
      • Bell Carter Foods
      • Bayliss Ranch
  • 2010 Graduates
    • Grad Schools:
      • UC Irvine, Utah State,

U British Colombia

    • Credential program
    • Chemical industry
    • Tutoring
    • High School Chem Day
      • 130 high school students
  • Majors on the rise
    • Science teaching

Student Achievements

chem faculty highlights
CHEM Faculty Highlights
  • Curriculum development leading to certification of the BS in Biochemistry
  • Grants and Publications
    • Edwards, Clark, Zhang, Wasinger, Ott, Nichols, Ball
  • Awards
    • Kirk: Outstanding Research Mentor
      • CHEM two years in a row!
    • Rachel Kagan : Noyce scholarship
  • Books
    • Postma: General Chemistry in the Laboratory
  • In the News
    • Kirk and compostable plastic project
      • Collaboration with Hanne (BIOL) and Greene (ECC)
    • Postma : wash for fruits and vegetables
future chem faculty
Future CHEM Faculty

Kaitlyn WasingerMarch, 2010

Laken OttMay, 2010

Lilianne ZhangJune, 2010

And ….Brianna Dailey (Kristy and Michael)2 weeks old!Makes 4 in 6 months!!

geological and environmental sciences students programs
Geological and Environmental Sciences: Students & Programs
  • Geology – steady increase in majors
  • Environmental Science Gateway course – steady growth in enrollment (14 in fall 08… 48 in fall 10)
  • Improved retention in Environmental Science
  • Professional Science Master’s program received NSF funding for four $25,000 scholarships in biotech regulation
  • New Sustainability Internships
geos faculty activities
GEOS Faculty Activities

Invited presentations by faculty

  • Bill Murphy: National Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future Disposal Subcommittee in Washington, DC
  • Russell Shapiro: NASA International Course on Geobiology in Yellowstone NP
  • World’s first conference; organized by Cristina Archer
  • Collaboration with BayTEC Alliance
  • Developing funded wind and other energy research projects at the Cleantech Innovation Center in Oroville
math stats faculty highlights
Math & Stats : Faculty Highlights
  • Colette Calmelet

Surface Tension & Modeling of Cellular Intercalation During ZebrafishGastrulation, Mathematical Biosciences & Engineering (2010)

  • Kathy Gray

Characteristics of nest mounds used by snowy owls …

  • Ben Levitt

Faculty Development Award for

Honda-Tate Theory for Higher Dimensional

Abelian Varieties

  • Thomas Mattman

Chico Topology Conference (June 5 -7, 2010) – increase in international speakers; increase in undergrad participation, with 3 presentations by Chico State undergrads


MATH Student Mentoring

  • Faculty* mentored

14 undergraduate research projects with 6 student presentations at the Mt. Lassen Math Council conference, 1 student presentation at the joint AMS and MAA meetings, and 1 college poster

* Ciancetta, Fomin, Gray,

Handa, Levitt, Mattman

  • Jack Ladwig – Myles Tracy Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award

π Day, 2010

nutrition and food sciences outstanding faculty
Nutrition and Food Sciences: Outstanding Faculty

L Bergmann, Dawn Clifford , C Wolff.

“Edutainment and teen modeling may spark interest in nutrition and physical activity in K-6 audiences.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2010; March/April.

Julie Schneider

“Implementation and Evaluation of Nutrition Competencies and a Competency-Based Resource Guide in Preschool-Aged Children in Rural California.” $8,000 UC/CSU Collaborative Research Grant

outstanding advisor
Outstanding Advisor

Katie Silliman

“I really don't feel I do anything special or extraordinary in my role as advisor.  I just try to remind myself to remain open, available and supportive of every student that walks through my door, calls me, or e-mails me. ”

Dr. Faye Johnson

2010 Distinguished Emerita Faculty

  • 34 years of service to CSU, Chico; established the Dr. Faye Dietetic Internship Award
outstanding student s

DiyanaZainalArifinResearch & Creativity Grant “The use of photovoice in assessing “tasty” and “healthy” foods.”

Outstanding Students

17Student/Faculty Research Posters presented at annual meetings of Society for Nutrition Education; American Dietetic Association; Experimental Biology; California Dietetic and Association; Network for a Healthy California

Active Student OrganizationNutrition and Food Science Association

  • Enloe Heart Fair
  • Girl Scout Sleepover at Chico Mall
  • Crunch Bunch
  • Up 'til Dawn
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
  • California Dietetic Association + American Dietetic Association Conferences
  • Progressive Dinner

Krista Kolstad

2010 Outstanding Student Leader College of Natural Sciences

Members at “Relay for Life”

highlights school of nursing 2010
Highlights: School of Nursing 2010
  • Approximately 300 students enrolled in four degree programs
      • LVN-BSN
      • RN-BSN
      • BSN
      • MSN
  • Approx. 800 pre-nursing students
  • 35 faculty (11 full-time; 24 part-time)
  • 3 full time staff
transitions school of nursing 2010
Transitions: School of Nursing 2010
  • Dr. Sherry Fox retired as Director of the School of Nursing after 25 years and Dr. Carol Huston assumed that role.
  • A three-event fundraising gala was held in Sherry’s honor in April 2010 and a scholarship was endowed in her name.
  • Dr. Mohammad Asia was hired as a new tenure track faculty member for 2010/11.
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Highlights: School of Nursing 2010

The Simulation Center provided training for public safety and health care providers throughout the north state and completed a mock training disaster on campus.

One of only 10 simcenters worldwide selected to participate in accreditation by the International Society for Simulation and Healthcare this spring…  the only small rural center (and not affiliated with a medical school) to qualify for review…

received accreditation in the area of simulation teaching and education.

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Dept. of Physics Some Highlights from 2009-10
  • Eight peer-reviewed papers published and eleven posters presented or talks given at professional conferences
  • SPS Advisor David Kagan selected as Outstanding Chapter Advisor – one of twelve in the country.
  • Seven majors awarded summer internships at UC Davis in High Energy group. Computational working group established.
  • Two majors teach Physics professors at AAPT workshop.
david kagan renaissance man

Outstanding SPS Advisor

  • Interim Chair for Department of Science Education
  • Eleven publications in physics education in the last five years.
David Kagan: Renaissance Man

High Energy Students

  • Teaching Profs New Technology

Awarded $1.4 million in grants.

  • 7 peer review publications.
  • 10 papers presented at national and international conferences.
  • 70 elementary school classes visited the Hands-On Science Lab.
  • 8 professional development programs for teachers.

Improving Science Courses for Future Elementary School Teachers

  • NSF-CCLI Grant “Collaborative Research: Building a Life Science Curriculum for Elementary Teachers.”
  • NSF-CCLI Grant “Student-Generated Scientific Inquiry.”
  • New Course “Concepts in Environmental Science.”

Professional Development

for In-service Teachers

  • California Science Project ($57,000) 50 teachers
  • Teacher Retention Initiative ($31,800) 30 teachers
  • Science & Academic Literacy ($316,584) 52 teachers
  • Science Model Academy for Reflective Teaching ($49,735) 45 teachers

Training New Middle School Science Teachers

The BA in Natural Sciences

  • 45-46 units
  • Designed to Provide Subject Matter Competency for a Teaching Credential in Foundational-Level General Science
  • Students can easily double major in Liberal Studies (25 units overlap with the Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in science).

Chico State


  • Friends of the Herbarium
    • Nine Workshops in 2010
      • General – i.e. Botanical Illustration
      • Technical – i.e. Introduction to Willows of California
    • 2nd Annual Herbarium Open House – Spring 2010
      • Student Photo Contest
        • 30 entries from 7 junior and high schools
    • Jim Jokerst Field Botany Award
      • Melanie Williams - 2010 Recipient

2010 Photo Contest Winner


Chico State Herbarium

  • NSF funded project for Consortium of California Herbaria
  • Major materials contributor for the Gateway Science Museum’s current exhibit - conifers of Northern America

Gateway Science Museum

  • 3000 visitors opening weekend
  • 17,025 visitors through summer 2010
  • new exhibits
  • new educational programs
  • 10 student docents
  • CNS collaborations:
  • Biological Sciences
  • CMSE
  • GEOS
  • Herbarium
  • Math & Statistics
  • Nutrition & Food Science
  • Science Education
  • and more to come!!!
  • University Collaborations:
  • Geography
  • Anthropology
  • Theater
  • Book in Common
  • Journalism, Recreation & Parks Mgt
  • Graphics Design, ATEC
  • Psychology

Spring Exhibits: Backyard Monsters, Witness

  • 1050 kids on fieldtrips
  • CNS science in the Demonstration Lab &
  • Education Station activities
  • p day (Math students & Dean Owens!)
  • Vernal Pools exhibit (monthly photos all year)
  • Crunch Brunch (CNS student clubs)

Summer Programs: Gateway Discovery Camps and Summer Science

  • Summer Science
  • created by LaDawn Haws
  • Museum of the Mind
  • from Psychology
  • ~ 100 visitors daily

Summer Programs: Gateway Discovery Camps and Summer Science

Garden Growth

Riparian Zone

Boat Building

  • 82 kids in 5 weeks of camp
  • 26 scholarships
  • 1 week funded by Tri Counties Bank for underserved youth
  • 9 CSU Chico counselors & docents
  • ~ 100 daily visitors for Summer Science Exhibits, created by LaDawn Haws

Fall Exhibits: A Forest Journey, Nature’s Numbers,

Photography of the Mendocino Frontier

Headline exhibits plus:

Conifers of Northern California

(Friends of the Herbarium)

Hands on Activities

(LaDawn Haws)

New Residents


nsc advancement fy 09 10

NSC AdvancementFY 09-10

Facilitated awarding of over $100,000 in scholarships and awards to NS students.

Raised $1.5 million in private funding for NS projects.

$650,000 in outright and in-kind gifts

$850,000 in new pledges and testamentary gifts

Partnered with 15 faculty members on fund raising projects to benefit our college and students.

counting students
Counting Students

Fall Primary & Secondary Bachelor’s and Master’s

a flat budget with potholes
“A Flat Budget, with Potholes”

$10,999,317 08-09 base

- $863,568 furloughs

- $750,000 base reduction

$9,385,569 09-10 base

$9,430,017 10-11 base

+ $863,658 furloughs

- $700,000 base reduction

$9,593,675 10-11base base

An extra $163,658 ! ?

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“A Flat Budget, with Potholes”

$10,999,317 08-09 base

- $863,568 furloughs

- $750,000 base reduction

$9,385,569 09-10 base

$9,430,017 10-11 base

+ $863,658 furloughs

- $700,000 base reduction

$9,593,675 10-11base base

An extra $163,658 ! ?

One-Time Funding

to the Rescue!

+ $265,410 Fed. Stimulus

+ $84,590 other 1-time

+ $131,066 furloughs


  •  Now?

(September 16, 2010) – A final round of State Fiscal Stabilization Fund dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will allow the California State University to allocate $106 million to begin a limited admission of new students and partially restore course sections and student services for the upcoming winter and spring terms.

For the Chico campus the residential FTES target for 2010-11 has been increased by 317 FTES from 13,314 to 13,631. Chico’s Total ARRA allocation is $4,659,500. Discussions are to commence soon about the allocation of these funds across the university and its divisions.

the future faculty searches
The Future : Faculty Searches

Five Approved Faculty Searches

  • Chemistry Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Nursing – maternal/child
  • Nursing – mental health
  • Nutrition & Food Sci
the future dean search
The Future : Dean Search

Faculty Representatives:

BIOL Colleen Hatfield

CHEM Randy Miller*

GEOS Rachel Teasdale

MATH Terry Kiser*

NURS Jennifer Lillibridge

NFSC Cindy Wolff

PHYS Eric Ayars

SCED Ann Bykerk-Kauffman

*Chair representatives:

Student Representative –

Jodi Halligan, grad student in Nursing

Staff Representative – Julie Clawson (College office)

College Dean – to be appointed by Provost