From the Dean  

Scholars and Teachers

A few days ago, we honored this year's Professor Laureates, Dr. Debbie Crans of chemistry and Dr. Jennifer Hoeting of statistics. Professor Laureate is the highest academic title we award, and it's always a privilege to acknowledge the scholarship and camaraderie here in the College of Natural Sciences. Take a look at two scholars who help define us as a college.

And here's an amazing story: Former student Kyle Kung recently created a research fellowship in honor of chemistry Professor Nancy Levinger. This was an outgrowth of a wonderful teaching relationship and the remarkable impact Dr. Levinger had on him as a researcher. I encourage you to read more and consider donating to support excellent teaching and research in the CNS.

Best wishes to you for the spring.

- Jan

Video: Dean Nerger's First Pitch at the Rockies

We can't resist sharing Dean Nerger's first pitch at the Rockies game following Weather and Science Day. 

First-pitch video

  College News and Notes  
Video: Weather and Science Day Wows Thousands at Coors Field

This year's Weather and Science Day was as big as ever. Check out this compelling video profiling its mastermind, physics Professor Brian Jones.

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Presidential Committee Addresses Equity Among Women in Faculty

The Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty continues its work addressing gender equity, and former Department of Chemistry chair Professor Ellen Fisher has helped conduct this important work.

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CNS Teaching and Mentoring Award Winners

The College of Natural Sciences' Teaching and Mentoring Awards ceremony recently recognized standout contributors - men and women who have made remarkable achievements on behalf of the college.

This year's winners are:

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching: Chris Wilcox, computer science

Early Career Faculty Excellence: Brian McNaughton, chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring: Shane Kanatous, biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring: Melissa Reynolds, chemistry

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring: Sarah Morrison-Smith, computer science

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching: Elizabeth Harp, biology

  Department News  
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Two Biochemistry and Molecular Biology students, Emily Robitschek and Matthew Truelove, were recently named recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship - among the nation's highest honors for undergraduates.

These awards come as the department celebrates its 50th year, having been established in 1965.

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The new biology building was featured recently in The Coloradoan's extensive coverage of the CNS. Read about how it, and the concurrent chemistry building project, are reshaping teaching and learning in the college - and the state of science at CSU.

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Chemistry Professor Amber Krummel was recently awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, putting her among the country's best and brightest researchers. This coveted award recognizes her group's past achievements - and substantial promise for the future.

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Computer Science

In its efforts to help lead an important national conversation, the Department of Computer Science has formed a CSU ACM-W Student Chapter - an organization focused on advocating for women in the computing fields

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Professor Michael Kirby has generated great interest for his work in using  mathematics for the early detection of Ebola infection

Note also that Math Circles are coming June 22-26. Now's the time to think about registering your child for this fun (and educational) yearly event.

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Student Evan Giacchino's research on magnetic nanostructures earned him a 2015 College Honors award at CSU's Undergraduate Research and Creativity (CURC) event.

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Professor Gwen Fisher is part of a team researching why workers stay at their jobs -- or don't. Their findings have flipped some of our assumptions about workplace satisfaction on their head.

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Professor Dan Cooley is lead investigator on an NSF- and DOE-funded project to apply statistical methods to the study of extreme weather events.  The project could be especially relevant to agriculture and forestry issues.

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  Giving Back  
Chemical Bond: Nancy Levinger Fellowship Grows from Undergraduate Research Experience

A chemistry alumnus has created a new fellowship in honor of longtime chemistry faculty member and mentor Nancy Levinger - even though she once kicked him out of her lab.

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Please consider making a contribution to the Nancy E. Levinger Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the biology or chemistry building projects, or another area that is meaningful to you. We always appreciate your generosity!

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