NSME Biology Department Signs the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)


October 22, 2014- The Department of Biology signs the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from their successful BA, BS, and MS programs review. Front row signers: Soraya Coley, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs; Anne M. Houtman, Dean - School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering; and Todd McBride, Chair - Department of Biology. 

NSME Faculty Awarded NSF Grant

September 2014- Drs. Charles Lam (Associate Dean NSME) and Melissa Danforth, CS/CEE faculty chair,  received a 3-year, $1,002,206 grant from the National Science Foundation, for their project “STEM Retention and Graduation: An Integrated Approach.” 

New Publication from Biology Faculty Member, Dr. Germano

Congratulations Dr. David J. Germano whose long term study in desert box turtles was recently published in The Chelonian Conservation and Biology International Journal of Turtle and Tortoise Research. To read more about Dr. Germano’s research click here

Wendy Wayne Scholars Recepients 


June 2014 - The winners of the Wendy Wayne Awards enjoyed a celebratory luncheon at Mama Tosca's, hosted by Gene Tackett (Wendy's husband). Dr. Phyllis Heintz and Dean Houtman also attended. 

Dr. Ampatzidis to be honored at the 111th ASHS Annual Conference 

Congratulations to Dr. Yiannis Ampatzidis whose paper,  "Training System Affects Sweet Cherry Harvest Efficiency" has been named the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Extension Publication Award winner for 2013. Dr. Ampatzidis will be honored at the 111th ASHS Annual Conference  at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The Science of the Dust Bowl, Sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company

February 25, 2014 - Please join the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at The Science of the Dust Bowl event on Saturday, March 15, 2014.  It is geared towards elementary school children and their families and is free.  The event will take place outside of Science II, from 11-3.

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CSU Bakersfield to host March Open House at FACT: Visitors to participate in hands-on activities

February 25, 2014 - California State University, Bakersfield announces a free Open House at Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) on campus at the Environmental Studies Area on Saturday, March 1st. The open house will be operating from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and is free to all.

During the open house, guided tours of FACT will feature talks and demonstrations with live birds of prey, including hawks, owls and a golden eagle. CSUB Biology students will also give visitors an opportunity to make a journal from recycled materials and participate in an interactive scavenger hunt.  New this month, visitors can make a recycled bird feeder to hang in the trees at FACT or take home to feed their own backyard birds.  Members of CSUB's 60+ Club will be on hand to sell nature gifts, T-shirts, note cards, coloring books, zoobooks, and other items. The public is encouraged to visit the FACT webpage and discover more about the center as well as the items that are currently on the wish list. Wish list items will be collected during the open house.  The wish list can be found at http://www.csub.edu/fact/registry.htm.

FACT is a wildlife rescue/conservation education project founded in 1975 by Ted Murphy, CSUB emeritus professor of biology. FACT students and volunteers care for hundreds of injured or orphaned birds of prey, conduct tours of the facility and offer classroom programs for thousands of Kern County school children each year. As a unique project of CSUB's Biology Department, FACT is supported by an annual fundraising barbecue, members of Friends of FACT, and the sale of gift items at open houses held throughout the year.

To get to FACT, enter campus through the south entrance off Camino Media Boulevard (Roadrunner Drive). Turn right into Parking Lot I and, at the softball field backdrop, follow the dirt road over the bike path to the parking area.  For more information, contact Marlene Hensley, FACT Coordinator, at 661-654-3167.

Great Horned Owl Takes Up Residency

February 25, 2014 -A mother great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) and her nestlings have taken up residency on a third-story window ledge of the Science II building.  To date, two owlets have hatched and one egg remains.  Staff are trying to get an "owl cam" set-up without disturbing our new resident so check back soon.

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)


Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching and Technology

Congratulations to Dr. Phyllis Heintz of Nursing for receiving the Sony Electronics Faculty Award for Innovative Teaching and Technology. This award recognizes CSU’s early career faculty for their current and potential innovation use of technology in delivering quality instruction.


CSUB NSME Geological Sciences Student awarded $10,000 CSUB Alumni Association Scholarship!

The CSUB Alumni Association is proud to announce that Marc Halling is the recipient of this year's alumni scholarship. Marc graduated magna cum laude, in spring 2013, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences. He is a member of Alpha Chi College Honors Society, was the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Geological Sciences, and has received multiple merit based scholarships and awards. Marc has worked as a Geological Sciences tutor for CSUB, an instructional student assistant and assisted on a grant intended to encourage local high school students to pursue a college degree in Geological Sciences. He has worked in local high schools to assist underachieving Earth Science students improve their grades. He has volunteered to work for CSUB’s Middle School Science Day, and as a Boy Scout Geology merit Badge Counselor. Marc's academic and community accomplishments are in alignment with the CSUB tradition of excellence that the Alumni Association and the University have come to expect from its students. Marc will now be using his $10,000 Alumni Association Scholarship to fund his Master of Science in Geological Sciences degree at CSUB. For more information on the CSUB Alumni Association, please visit: http://www.csub.edu/alumni/

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CSUB Graduate Student Marc Halling


Supervolcanic Ash Can Turn to Lava Miles Away from Eruption





Valley Fever Explained



World's Forests are at risk of injury from drought, CSUB Biology professors find

CSUB School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering honored as the 2012 Example of Excelencia at the Baccalaureate level


CSUB student wins Trjitzinksy Memorial Award

Biology Professor Brandon Pratt receives CAREER award


The Eighth Santa Fe Conference on Rock Magnetism


Scorpions glow in the dark to detect moonlight