From the Dean  

Summer (Non-)Vacation

These recent summer weeks have been thrilling. At the top of all our minds is the upcoming groundbreaking of the biology and chemistry building projects - this is set for October 15. These buildings promise to enhance and thoroughly reshape science education at CSU, and we couldn't be happier to be seeing the plans take their final forms.

I also want to draw your attention to a small-but-mighty program here at CSU: Triunfo. In the article below, you'll learn why this mentoring program for underrepresented youth in Northern Colorado has become such a signature collaboration for the College of Natural Sciences.

Best wishes for a great summer, 

- Jan

  College News and Notes  
Drug Efficacy Work Earns Tai Montgomery Early-Career Research Award

As a young researcher, Tai Montgomery wants to know why our bodies work against us. With help from a prestigious Boettcher Foundation research grant, he's finding out.

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Triunfo Mentoring Program Celebrates 25 Years

As CSU students departed for the summer, one signature CNS program visited the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery to celebrate 25 years of mentoring young Northern Colorado students.

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  Department News  
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

A new Insititute for Genome Architecture and Function has been created at CSU to explore genome architecture at all levels of resolution - and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a key partner.

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Some in the CNS have begun to think of Ecuador as "the southern branch" of the Department of Biology. Five faculty members continue to pursue compelling work there in ecology and evolutionary biology. 

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Kiah Hicks, a recent graduate in chemistry, has coupled stellar academic and research productivity with all-American athletic talent. CSU recently profiled her as one of the University's standout graduates.

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Computer Science

CSU has launched a new graduate program to address increasingly complex biological data. With a $2.97 million grant from the National Science Foundation, GAUSSI gets underway this summer. The Department of Computer Science is a key partner.

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This year's Arne Magnus Lecture Series explored difficult contemporary mathematical topics - including, for example, how the phenomenon of swarming in biological populations relates to robots and unmanned vehicles. 

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Prof. Mark Bradley is a partner in a research program investigating ion sculpting and the resultant nanoscale patterns that can be produced on surfaces. He and Carmen Menoni of electrical and computer engineering received a three-year, $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation for the important work.

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The Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center, which is largely supported by research and experts from the Department of Psychology, has secured external funding for another five years of work.

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Professor Mary Meyer recently lent statistical expertise to a campus task force addressing gender equity among faculty. She completed a compelling paper breaking down this important topic.

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  Giving Back  

Please consider increasing the College of Natural Science's current momentum by making a contribution to an area that is meaningful to you. Your support makes our work possible, and we always appreciate your generosity!

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