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Science Lesson: Faculty and Students Share Their Insights

 

Have you ever wanted to see inside one of Cal State Fullerton’s science labs? Or ask professors about their research? You’ll have the chance during NSM Week.

Sponsored by the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, NSM Week features a range of activities that include lab tours and faculty presentations offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Those interested should arrive at McCarthy Hall, Room 488. The faculty presentations (some of which will take place in their labs) are:

Biological Science

Nikolas Nikolaidis – Bioinformatics and Genetics
Darren Sandquist – Desert Plant Ecology
Jennifer Burnaford – Intertidal Population Ecology
Parvin Shahrestani – Population Genetics

Geological Sciences

Vali Memeti - Mineralogy
Natalie Bursztyn – Sandbox
Sinan Akciz – Liquefaction/Earthquakes

Mathematics

Nicholas Brubaker – Nanotechnology
GRAM Scholars – Math Research

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Allyson Fry-Petit – Material Chemistry
Niroshika Keppetipola – Plasmids

Research of more than 110 students will be on display Thursday, March 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the annual student research poster presentation. Although the majority of presentations are from NSM students, posters from student researchers representing the colleges of Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Human Development and Humanities and Social Sciences also will be presented. This event will be held in the Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion.

The annual Bridges to Stem Cell Research Symposium, under the direction of Nilay Patel, associate professor of biological science, will conclude the week’s activities Friday, March 23. The program will include two featured speakers: Neil I. Segil, professor of research stem cell and regenerative medicine at USC, and John C. Reidling, project scientist, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders at UCI. Segil will discuss “Stem Cell Mediated Sensory Regeneration and Inner Ear Biology,” and Reidling will focus on “Neural Stem Cells as a Therapeutic Candidate for Huntington’s Disease.”  The public program begins at 9:30 a.m. in the TSU-Portola Pavilion.

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