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Welcome

November 2010

 

It has been a busy quarter in the Dean's office and I would like to share some exciting highlights with you.  The State passed a budget so the College is 'back in business.'  Our commitment to student success through a hands-on research experience is strong so the College funded 60 undergraduate student awards to enable them to conduct research projects with faculty. Moreover, our SUGREP program (Science Undergraduate/Graduate Research Experience Program) to find donors wanting to support student research is growing and an additional 25 students have been funded this semester from SUGREP. And our faculty continues to secure federal level funding to support undergraduate research such as the NSF Geosciences METRO grant that is presently supporting 14 students.  It is anticipated that these experiences will drive more students into careers in the sciences - and we need them. Consider the sobering fact that in 2009, 51% of US patents were awarded to non-US companies.


In the last few years, we have seen a growing need to find financial support for our research graduate students. Too often graduate students fail, or leave, because they have to work to make a living while trying to complete a Master's degree in the evening or at weekends.  This is not a recipe for success. What the College needs is a funded graduate program with students populating research laboratories by day and forming a vibrant graduate community. I am delighted to report that the University has given the College 20 graduate student scholarships for Fall 2011. With these, faculty will find the brightest and best and transform the graduate research community within the College. I firmly believe we must build our graduate programs - these are the degrees that increasingly count in the workforce.

And finally, all disciplines in science now generate large quantities of data that need high-powered computing to interpret. For faculty and students to be successful and competitive, they need access to large scale computing power for subject areas like seismic modeling, climate modeling and bioinformatics. I am delighted to report that the University has given the College a large space that will establish the College Computational Science Center. Two ongoing research projects, the high-energy physics ATLAS and the NIH biomedical RIMI programs, have cluster computers that will be co-located in this Center. As more external funds become available, the Center will grow into a unique teaching and research facility.


Amid these developments, we are back to hiring and have 4 faculty searches underway: 2 computer scientists, 1 neurobiologist and 1 biochemist.  Stay tuned and enjoy this quarter's newsletter.


Andrew Rogerson, Dean

Fraka Harmsen, Associate Dean

Program Highlight

PSM
The Professional Science Master's (PSM) is two-year, interdisciplinary graduate degree allowing students to pursue advanced training in science, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has been at the forefront of promoting the Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree, and offers the following PSM Facts: PSM Fact Sheet
 
Responding to industry's call to prepare scientists to work in corporate settings, the CSU's PSM degree program has become a national model and continues to garner funding to expand. More Information
 
California State University, Fresno has been a pioneer in PSM program development and implementation. In the Fall of 2005, two pilot PSM programs were introduced in the College of Science and Mathematics; Biotechnology and Forensic Science.  These new programs were developed with grants from the Council of Graduate Schools in conjunction with the Sloan Foundation and from the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB).

Dr. Alice Wright is the director of the Biotechnology PSM Program, which is administered by the Department of Biology. Graduate students explore cutting-edge molecular and cellular life processes. The Master's in Biotechnology (MBt) PSM degree provides a unique combination of advanced scientific skills, business practices and management principles, with opportunities to address real world applications and solve industry problems. Science and MBA courses, research, symposium presentations, internships and a strong project or thesis equip our students to enter the rapidly changing field of Biotechnology. The applications of Biotechnology are unlimited and include; health care, food & agriculture, bio-fuels, viticulture, pharmaceutical, industrial, environmental regulatory services and genetic engineering. Our industry sponsors reflect this diversity and include Children's Hospital Central California, Madera Community Hospital, the Dried Fruit Association, Dow Agro Sciences, Paramount Farming Company, Genencor International, Genentech, and the USDA. The Biotechnology PSM program recently completed a successful 5 year review and has launched 19 graduates to date, working in various areas of Biotechnology.  39 graduate students are currently enrolled in the program. Please visit the Biotechnology website for more detailed information.

Dr. Kevin Miller is the director of the Forensic Science PSM Program which is administered by the Forum2Department of Chemistry. This fast growing, program provides students with exceptional opportunities for professional advancement. Coursework in Biology, Chemistry and Criminology is taught by professors who have actual forensic casework experience. The PSM Forensic Science program is also strengthened by close ties with local, regional, state, national and international crime laboratories. Our students have interned at the US Fish & Game Laboratory, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Crime Laboratory, the Kern County District Attorney Crime Laboratory, the National Wildlife Forensic Laboratory, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the California Department of Justice Fresno Crime Laboratory located on campus. A strong emphasiAmishLabs is also placed on research, publications in internationally recognized journals and the completion o f an applications-based thesis or project. PSM students receiving this "science-plus" training in technical problem solving, writing, and presentation skills are becoming highly qualified, employed professionals in the forensic community. The Forensic Science PSM program is currently preparing a 5 year review and has 24 graduate students enrolled in the program.  Please visit the Forensic Science website for more detailed information.

Biology 

Biology Undergraduate Research on the San Joaquin River
Thirteen independent study Biology students have teamed up to study the San Joaquin River.  Dr. Steve Blumenshine (Biology) and Dr. Mark Somma (Political Science) have organized a research-focused experience for students looking to do research beyond the limits of the traditional class structure.  The students have formed teams and developed projects to investigate questions and conduct experiments in the San Joaquin River involving hatchling fish growth, invertebrate drift, invasive plant impacts on natives, and factors associated with water quality impairment.  The teams are following a service learning approach and cooperating with entities such as CA Fish & Game, CA Regional Water Quality Control Board, the San Joaquin River Parkway, the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, and Rivertree Volunteers.  The students will not only submit reports to cooperating agencies, but also present their research in forums such as CCRS and publish in BIOS, an undergraduate research journal.

San Joaquin River - BioCurrent State of San Joaquin River Recreational Use and Impacts of Restored River Flows
Dr. Steve Blumenshine (Biology) and Dr. Mark Somma (Political Science) recently received a two-year grant ($161K) from CA Fish & Game to conduct a 'Recreational Impact Use' study on Millerton Lake and the San Joaquin River between Friant Dam and the Merced River.  Recreational use of the river is expected to be affected by increased river flows mandated through a historic ruling that chinook salmon runs be restored to the San Joaquin River.  The river restoration could likely lead to revised fishing regulations and access for all recreational uses.  Blumenshine's work with undergraduate research assistants Sarah Rutherford, Mike Grill, Zac Foster, and Abree Sliger will study fishing pressure on the lake and river, primarily through site visits and angler interviews.

Alexander GuzzettaCongratulations to Alexander Guzzetta, who received an Environmental Protection Agency fellowship for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.  The fellowship provides up to $17,000 per year of academic support and up to $7,500 of internship support for the three-month summer period.

Alex writes, "I am most concerned about the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture to kill pests that affect crop yield. I live in California's Central Valley, one of the biggest pesticide hotspots in the nation, and I am constantly reading reports about the adverse effects of these toxins. Agricultural pests include the group of root knot nematodes, Melidogyne sp., which cause millions of dollars in agricultural loss annually. Currently, the best protection against plant parasitic nematodes is the use of the chemical methyl bromide, which has been deemed harmful to the environment and the health of humans. My project will address this issue by using a novel approach for nematode control involving genetic modification of the host organism. This approach, if successful, should speed up the phasing out of methyl bromide from agricultural use.

Although there has been research in the past using genetic modification to increase the expression of parasite resistance genes in plants, it has proven to be largely unreliable and the resistance subsides after several generations."

Computer Science

In May 2010, seven Masters students successfully defended their projects. Their topics involved a wide spectrum of research areas such as logic programming, automata theory, software engineering, data classification, and computer networking. It has been a long tradition of Computer Science faculty to supervise closely individual Masters projects/theses and maintain the quality of the graduate program.

Since 2008, CSCI 152 Software Engineering, instructed by Dr. Liu, has become a service-learning course. A main objective of the course is to offer a win-win strategy between nonprofit organizations and Computer Science students. Through CSCI 152, students get practical hands-on experience on developing real-world software.  Also, nonprofit organizations may improve the efficiency of their task/data processing using student CSCI 152 projects. The Center for Multicultural Cooperation, Clovis Unified School District, iCAN Triathlon Junior Club, and Tree Fresno are the organizations that have involved and supported this activity and course.

Chemistry
Amazing Images of Chemical Crystals at the Nano and Micro Length Scales
Materials science has become a popular field of multi-disciplinary research involving chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science.  Some of the research goals are abilities to predict, synthesize, characterize, and construct the best practical devices for medical applications, energy conversion, and information technology.  Researchers at the National Laboratories participate actively in reaching these goals.

Fundamental research requires studies of single building block materials: photons, atoms, molecules, nano-crystals, micro-crystals, etc.  The article, "Imaging of A Single Artificial Atom and Detection of a Single Photon" (The Odyssey Volume 5, 2006) described experience with single photons and atoms. 

This article shows images obtained from the research (supported by Oak Ridge National Lab Faculty Participation Program) done during a summer residency at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory with the Laser Spectroscopy and Micro-instrumentation Group led by Dr. Bob Shaw, on nanometer and micrometer chemical crystals.  A nanometer is 1/1000 of a micron: human hair is 100 to 150 microns in diameter.   The instrument used for imaging the tiny substances is a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).  The length scale shown by the white bars on the SEM images is only 10 microns long.

 
Amazingly, the micro-cross crystal is standing up and supported by a post.  It is fascinating to see the perfectly straight edges of the crystals.  The crystals were synthesized by placing hydrofluoric acid and ammonium fluoride solution on silicon oxide surface.  This crystal was found from "random act": there was not another one like it and this synthesis product could not be obtained again.  Nonetheless it illustrates a mystery of science: if the conditions are exactly right, chemicals can self-assemble to form a particular structure.  So, science fiction movies that show a cloud of particles self-assembled into a full fighting machine are not totally impossible.
 
The wires are silicon crystals about 50 nanometers in diameter.  It is amazing that silicon atoms keep stacking up longitudinally to form wires.  The crystals were synthesized by heating silicon monoxide at 1200 degrees C and condensing the vapor on silica wafer doped with gold particles.
 

The triangular and hexagonal structures resemble those of close-packed crystal unit cells that one reads in a freshman chemistry text book.  It is amazing to see the crystal units are arranged so properly.  Are the unit cells self-assembled to form one gigantic "unit cell"? These chemical structures were made by heating silicon monoxide into a vapor atmosphere containing copper, steel, and gold and condensing the vapor on silica wafer.


 
Air Quality Internship

High school students from Sunnyside High School, Buchanan High School, and Youthbuild Charter School participated in an eight-week air quality internship over the summer. The three students, selected from a pool of over 25 applicants, participated in the program to gain knowledge and experience in both the science and politics of air pollution. The students worked in the atmospheric chemistry research group at Fresno State under the guidance of Alam Hasson (Department of Chemistry), where they carried out experiments to understand the chemistry of smog-forming pollutants. The students also interned with the Fresno Madera Medical Society, which works to raise awareness of the health impacts of poor air quality. Students had the opportunity to travel to Sacramento and meet with state lawmakers to discuss air quality issues through the internship. The project was made possible by a grant from the Fresno Regional Foundation.



Students prepare a tethersonde for a test flight. Back from left to right: Julie Steele (undergraduate), Olivia Yang (Sunnyside High School) and Kaitlyn Sims (Buchanan High School). Front: Jesse Paz (Youthbuild Charter School).

Dairy Research
Fresno State researchers from the Departments of Chemistry and Geography spent the summer investigating the impacts of dairy facilities on regional air pollution. The project was made possible by a $600,000 dollar research grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is directed by Alam Hasson (Chemistry), and also involves researchers from the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE) in Ames, Iowa. The research team is using a suite of instrumentation to measure emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which react in the atmosphere to form ozone, a major component of smog. Over the summer the group, which includes undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Geography and Engineering, tested their equipment at the Fresno State dairy. Six students also had the opportunity to visit the NLAE laboratory and participate in air quality measurements at a cattle feedlot in Kansas. Over the next two years, the focus will shift to measuring emissions from commercial dairy operations within the San Joaquin Valley. The results will be used to refine computer models that are used to predict regional air quality.

Undergraduate students Kennedy Vu (Chemistry) and Stacy Brown (Geography) with a SUMMA canister, which is used to collect air samples

The research group at the Fresno State dairy.



 

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 Synergistic Bonding: Fresno State Chemistry Club and the Discovery Center, 2010 Community Interactions Grant-CIG

With the purpose of creating a synergistic relationship ChemDiscovStud2

between the Chemistry Club at Fresno State and the Discovery Center of Fresno, Chemistry Club students designed and implemented the Synergistic Bonding project that incorporated several significant goals: promote science in the Central Valley through education and fun; improve their organizational skills and patience; learn about collecting data and statistical analysis from assessment surveys, and gain a deeper appreciation for science and the community they serve.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, Chemistry Club students applied their $1,000.00 grant award and provided hands-on demonstrations suitable for diverse and multiple age groups among children from the neighborhood and across the city. Saturday Science educational demonstrations with the children included "Acids, Bases, and Indicators: red cabbage chemistry" on September 4, 2009, and "Raindrops, Floating Bugs, and Soaps" on March 19, 2010. Participating children and parents completed surveys for a monthly ice cream gift certificate drawing; the Chemistry Club used this data to evaluate the outcomes their project.


American Chemical Society Student Chapter at California State University, Fresno Wins "Outstanding Award"

The American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter at California State University, Fresno will receive the "Outstanding Award" at the 241st ACS National meeting in Anaheim, California on Sunday, March 27, 2011, in recognition of the chapter's activities conducted during the 2009-2010 academic year.  Joseph Francisco, Ph.D., President of the American Chemical Society, noted that Professor Melissa Golden and Professor Joy Goto, faculty advisors of the chapter, "deserve special commendation" for their "great commitment of time and energy that a successful [student] chapter requires".  Noting that their efforts "represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country", Dr. Francisco congratulated Professor Golden and Professor Joy on being "exemplary chemistry ambassadors!"

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences 

A five-day camp was held for middle and high school students during June 2010 to promote interest in the Geosciences. The camp was sponsored by the Geosciences METRO Center, a collaboration between faculty in the departments of Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, and Geography at Fresno State that is funded by a $1.4M grant from the National Science Foundation. The camp, led by Kerry Ford (EES) was built around the theme of "Deciphering Earth's History," and featured elements of paleoclimatology, paleontology and stratigraphy. A series of hands-on interactive demonstrations and activities were used to engage the students in these topics, culminating in a field trip to Yosemite. 

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High School Summer Workshop Students by a Giant Sequoia at Wawona Grove in Yosemite National Park
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High School Summer Workshop Students in Yosemite Valley

  










 

 

 

 

 

Internship at Tombolo Institute on Orcas Island, Washington

California State University, Fresno provides numerous scholarship opportunities to students in the sciences. Fresno State undergraduate geology student Kiersti Ford writes, "I have had the opportunity to do my research due to the scholarship I received through METRO.

By studying the Turtleback Complex on Orcas Island, I have broadened my spectrum in the geosciences geographically."

 

"At the Tombolo Institute, I worked under Dr. H. Gary Greene, who is a marine geologist at Moss Landing in California. Dr. Greene created the institute in coordination with the Friday Harbor Laboratories in Friday Harbor, Washington. His efforts to contribute geologic underpinnings of the oceans between the San Juan Islands have helped the biologists that are currently studying the creatures beneath the ocean deep at Friday Harbor Lab. My experience on ships collecting sediments has helped expand my exposure to different sub-disciplines in geology. Tombolo Institute gears toward marine geology, however Dr. Greene assisted me on my metamorphic petrology adventure of the Turtleback Complex. I would not have been so lucky to have the opportunity to study geology outside of California if it weren't for the METRO Center. The experience as a whole will forever shape my well-rounded knowledge of the geosciences."

 Mathematics


Drs. Tamas Forgacs and Adnan Sabuwala attended the "Experiencing Mathematics and Statistics Workshop" in Napa, CA on September 17, 2010. The workshop showcased the use of technology in the classroom for Mathematics and Statistics classes. In particular, they attended sessions on the use of MyMathLab for Calculus. As part of the workshop, they also were introduced to a new E-Book with interactive figures created and typeset in Mathematica. More information regarding the book can be found at the PEARSON website.

 

Dr. Oscar Vega taught "Elements of Ring Theory and Representation Theory" for the Vigre/Math Alliance Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the University of Iowa. He led three students in a research project (also part of the same REU) on "Translation planes and their collineation groups." The three students presented a talk (A Family of Spreads of F_q^{2n} and Their Collineations Groups) at the Iowa Summer Research Symposium (sponsored by NSF and NIH) at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA on July 28-29, 2010. Dr. Vega also attended the symposium and was chair and moderator of a couple of sections.

The Beta edition of the book, "Advanced Algebra for Teachers" by Drs. Rajee Amarasinghe and Oscar Vega  was published by Linus Publications (ISBN: 1-60797-132-1). This book will be used as the textbook for MATH 139, and its first edition is scheduled for Fall 2011.

The preliminary edition of the book, "Analysis and Algebra" by Drs. Tamas Forgacs and Oscar Vega was published by University Readers (ISBN: 978-1-60927-756-7). This book is currently being used as the textbook for MATH 171 and it will be used as the textbook for MATH 151 and 171 in the following semesters. Its first edition will be published by Cognella and it scheduled for Fall 2011.

Dr. Carmen Caprau gave a talk this past July at the "Knots in Poland III" workshop and the Conference on Knot Theory and its Ramifications at Stefan Banach International Mathematical Center in Warsaw, Poland.
 
Dr. Carmen Caprau is also organizing (with Dr. Sam Nelson from Claremont McKenna College) a Special Session (on Algebraic Structures in Knot Theory) at the 2010 Fall Western Section Meeting of the AMS (American Mathematical Society), which will take place at University of California Los Angeles, in October 9-10, 2010.
 

James Tipton, a Mathematics major, was awarded the Undergraduate Research Grant for 2010-2011. Working closely with his mentor, Dr. Carmen Caprau, James is investigating Connections Between Graph Theory and Knot Theory. More precisely, a part of his research project consists in studying models for polynomial invariants (for example, the Homfly and Kauffman polynomial) of knots and links embedded in the three-dimensional space and extend these invariants to invariants of 4-valent graphs embedded in the three-space. Another big part of the project deals with Homology Theories for Graphs.

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All participants, instructors and TAs (Cristina is in the third row, the first girl in the left side)



Mathematics major Ana-Cristina Jimenez was one of the few participants in the 2010 Summer Program for Women in Mathematics at George Washington University (in Washington, D.C.). This was a five-week intensive program for mathematically-talented undergraduate women who are completing their junior year and may contemplating graduate study in the mathematical sciences.





Field Trip to Palomar Observatory
Field Trip to Palomar Observatory. Kelly is the third girl from left to right.





Mathematics major Kelly Khamvongsa participated this past summer in the Astronomy REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at San Diego State University. For her research project she worked with Dr. Fred Ringwald of the Department of Physics at Fresno State.
 


Mathematics Major student Vitaliy Goncharenko worked on a research project about polygonal numbers funded by LSAMP. His mentors were Drs. Stefaan Delcroix and Oscar Vega.

Four mathematics majors are working under the supervision of Dr. Tamas Forgas on research projects in complex analysis. One team of two students will investigate how a small perturbation in a given basis for R[x] affects the coefficient polynomials of diagonal operators. The other team will deal with the classification of multiplier sequences in a chosen polynomial basis.  Both teams are planning on presenting a poster at the joint MAA-AMS meeting in New Orleans in January.

 

The GeoGebra software received the National Technology Leadership Coalition's Technology in Education Award at the organization's annual summit in Washington, D.C., on September 30, 2010. Given annually, the award recognizes a significant contribution that advances the effective use of technology in education. GeoGebra is a free, hands-on mathematics software application that allows students to interactively discover mathematical concepts and the relationships among them.


The GeoGebra Institute of California was established by Dr. Rajee Amarasinghe, Dr. Agnes Tuska, Dr. Oscar Vega (CSU Fresno), Dr. Armando Martinez-Cruz (CSU Fullerton), and Bill Lombard (Shasta Union High School District) during the spring, 2010 semester. The Institute is hosted by the College of Science and Mathematics of California State University, Fresno. For More Information.

  Physics
Research at the Nanotechnology Laboratory

Dr. Daqing Zhang's research is focused on the fabrication, characterization, and applications of one-dimensional nanomaterials. These are strings of only a few atoms: when one is allowed to curl up, it is called a nanospring.  The term "nano" means "one billionth." Nanostructures are only a few billionths of a meter across, not much larger than the few atoms of which they're made.

 

These nanomaterials possess novel electrical, optical, and mechanical properties, due to quantum effects and their high surface/volume aspect ratio. This makes nanomaterials promising and broad applications such as flat-panel displays, nano-lasers, nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS), to name a few. Dr. Zhang's recent research interests are fabrication and applications of oxide-based nanomaterials such as silicon oxide nanosprings, zinc oxide nanowires, and tantalum oxide thin films. Facilities used for fabricating such nanomaterials include tubular furnace chemical vapor deposition (CVD), vacuum plasma-enhanced (PE) CVD, and vacuum atomic layer deposition (ALD) systems. The electrical properties of as-fabricated nanomaterials are enhanced by surface treatments with coating and doping aliens through PECVD and ALD. Solid-state nanosensors made by those nanomaterials can be used for chemical and bio sensing, optoelectronic switches, etc. Further studies to improve those nanomaterials' various properties and to explore their applications are under way.


 
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Lab facilities for synthesis of nanomaterials. The front chamber is the vacuum plasma enhanced CVD system, and the back chamber is the vacuum atomic layer deposition (ALD) system 

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A SiO2 nanospring synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD).

  

















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Dr. Zhang is shown training his student, undergraduate physics major Sun-Kyu Lee, to operate the ALD system


  Psychology

Learning to Use Research to Give Advice
Students in Dr. Lara Triona's Developmental Psychology class are applying their learning to everyday problems that parents and families have. Advice columns are easy to find in newspapers and blogs, but how many actually use research findings as the basis for the advice they give? Throughout the semester Dr. Triona's students are learning about physical, cognitive, and social changes across the life-span. The large number of theories and research findings students learn can often overwhelm them. How can these findings improve how we are as parents, teachers, spouses, etc.?
 
To help students make the leap from research findings to implications for practice, students are assigned a practical advice question from a classmate. Students are encouraged to submit real developmental concerns they are facing. To provide advice for their assigned question, students conduct a literature search of relevant empirical findings. Their advice essays find the balance between explaining the research findings and providing useful advice that is relevant to the question's situation. Students also read and review five of their colleagues' advice essays to see how the different approaches students use to write the advice affects the essay's effectiveness.
 
Selection of this Semester's Advice Questions:
ˇ         What to do if sister is depressed?
ˇ         How to interact with forgetful grandma who is trying family's patience?
ˇ         What to do if your teen is acting like a "casanova"?
ˇ         Is it okay if my son plays with girls toys?
ˇ         Best way to react to sibling jealousy?
ˇ         Is it okay to use corporal punishment?
ˇ         How to minimize the effects of divorce on children?
 
URL of Fall 2009 advice essays: http://deardevstudent.wordpress.com/category/advice/ 
 
Regional Agenda to Improve Central Valley's Children Released
At the Central California Regional Children's Summit on Friday, October 29, the leadership committee presented the culmination of a two-year process of creating a consensus on the most important concerns facing children.
 
In 2008, the Central California Children's Institute (CCCI) at Fresno State surveyed adults throughout the Central California region (Fresno, Kings, Kern, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare) in a phone survey about their greatest concerns in the region. A leadership committee, chaired by Dr. Cassandra Joubert of CCCI and including representatives across the region, worked to formulate and achieve a consensus on a Children's Agenda. The goal of the agenda is to consolidate and complement the current efforts to improve children's lives by various local agencies in the region.
 
The Central California Childrens' Institute mission is to improve the lives of children and youth by leveraging the resources of the university, and bringing community partners together to address regional challenges. The five Fresno State colleges that are participating in this effort are the College of Science and Mathematics, Kremen School of Education and Human Development, College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, College of Health and Human Services, and College of Social Sciences.
 
Central California Children's Agenda Goals
1.     Communities and Families Ready for Children
2.      Nurturing Parents and Caregivers
3.      Children Ready for School
4.      Healthy, Safe and Secure Youth
5.      Engaged and Connected Youth
6.      Youth Prepared for Life

Dr. Lara Triona from the Department of Psychology has been part of the leadership team meetings that finalized the Childrens' Agenda and aided in the development of Fact Sheets with current data about the status of each of the goals for children in the Central Valley.

 
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Noyce
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Noyce Scholars
The Robert Noyce Scholars II program, funded by the National Science Foundation, has reached its capacity of 31 Noyce II Scholars.  Noyce II Scholars, as future science or math teachers, are undergraduate majors in one of the sciences or in mathematics. Several Noyce II Scholars are also completing the Single Subject Science or Math Credential program and others are already teaching in Central Valley high-needs schools. The Noyce Teaching Fellows program was another separately funded NSF project and affectionately known as the Fresno State Teaching Fellows (FRESTEF) program. It was funded in 2009, and has recruited 17 outstanding future science or mathematics teachers with a goal of recruiting a total of 18. This program provides substantial financial and programmatic support for students completing a master's degree in one of the science disciplines or in mathematics in addition to the credential program. As in all Noyce programs, there is an obligation to teach in a high-needs classroom for an agreed upon period of time. FRESTEF Fellows now include a total of nine with representation from each of the four science disciplines and a total of eight from mathematics. The Fresno State Noyce community, consisting of Noyce I, Noyce II, and the Noyce Teaching Fellows programs, is one of the oldest and largest Noyce Scholars programs in the United States.

Star ProgramScience Teacher and Research (STAR) Program
This past summer, the Science and Mathematics Education Center sent 10 undergraduate or science/math credential students to serve as research interns in the 8 week-long "Science Teacher and Researcher" (STAR) program. Students assisted research in cutting-edge science areas with some of the nation's top scientists at U.S. Department of Energy Labs or NASA Centers located here in California. STAR is based out of the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CeSAME) at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo. The program provided funding, through National Science Foundation support, to over 70 students from campuses throughout the nation. Fresno State had by far the largest single contingent of students enrolled in this summer's program. Our students worked at such sites including the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the NASA's Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) site, the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and NASA Ames Research Center. SMEC plans to host a special poster session this fall so that our STAR students can share their research experiences with other students and interested CSM faculty.

SMEC
Single Subject Science Subject Matter Preparation Program
The Science and Mathematics Education Center is home to both the BA Natural Sciences degree program and the Single Subject Science Coordination office. SMEC has assisted both of these programs in a science subject matter preparation program report re-submission to the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for approval consideration. Program approval means that Fresno State would be one of a relatively small number of campuses throughout the state to have all science disciplines approved by the Commission as "waiver" programs. Dr. David Andrews, Director, BA Natural Sciences program and Single Subject Science Credential Program Coordinator received word recently that all CTC science subject matter program standards for all science disciplines have been met. Official program approval notification will be made to the institution in early November. Special thanks to all of those who participated in this very demanding and time consuming process.
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Central Valley Café Scientifique
 
Come and explore latest ideas in science, hear directly from scientists, connect with other science enthusiasts, and help us make science a part of Central Valley culture.  The goal is to add a bit of science to the regular roster of cultural activities in the great Central Valley of California! Just like Fresno's monthly Art-Hop and other artistic events you might be familiar with in our community, we provide the opportunity to savor some science. We invite you to come explore the latest ideas in science and technology, hear from local scientists (from Fresno State and other local institutions), connect with other science enthusiasts, and participate in making the Central Valley a place where science thrives.
 
Following the tradition of the growing Café Scientifique movement, we meet in an informal setting, where non-scientists can engage in stimulating (and friendly) conversation about current scientific topics with researchers "in the know". 
 
Meetings are the first Monday evening every month and meet at Fresno State.  For more information please go to our website, Central Valley Café Scientifique.

News from Alumni, Emeriti, and Friends

Physics Parade

Centennial Parade - October 16, 2010

We hope everyone was able to come see the Centennial Parade this past month of October.  Our very own Physics department had a float with students working Physic problems. For more pictures, please visit Fresno State Centennial website.




Save the Date: May 13, 2011, the College of Science and Mathematics will host an Alumni Open CentLogoHouse.  Plan on coming onto the campus to visit your department, see emeritus and other alumni during this event. 




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