CNS Dean's Freshmen Welcome Presentation 2011


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Dean R. James Kirkpatrick's presentation on August 30, 2011, to incoming freshmen in the College of Natural Science at Michigan State University.

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CNS Dean's Freshmen Welcome Presentation 2011

  1. 1. R. James KirkpatrickDean
  2. 2. CNS Is One of 17 Colleges at MSUAgriculture & Natural Resources NATURAL SCIENCEArts & Letters NursingBusiness Osteopathic MedicineCommunication Arts & Sciences Social ScienceEducation Veterinary MedicineEngineering James Madison CollegeHuman Medicine Lyman Briggs CollegeLaw Residential College in Arts andMusic Humanities
  3. 3. CNS is one of 3 core colleges College of  Social  We provide the courses  Science in general education  (a.k.a. Integrative  Studies)  College of   and Arts  Any student can select  and Letters a major without  additional  requirements College of  Natural  Science
  4. 4. CNS students select from 28 different majors Departments coordinating these majors are in three areas of science...
  5. 5. CNS majors are in departmentsof Physical Science ‐ Geological Sciences ‐ Physics & Astronomy ‐ Chemistry
  6. 6. CNS majors are in departments ofMathematical Science ‐ Mathematics ‐ Statistics & Probability
  7. 7. CNS majors are in departmentsof Biological Science ‐ Biochemistry & Molecular Biology ‐ Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics ‐ Microbiology & Molecular Genetics ‐ Physiology ‐ Plant Biology ‐ Zoology 
  8. 8. CNS is among MSU’s largest colleges• 4,500 undergraduate  students• 1,000 graduate students• 320 faculty• 1,400 entering freshman in  2011
  9. 9. With size comesopportunity
  10. 10. You Can Do StuffOthers Only Dream Of
  11. 11. CNS faculty lead MSU in researchCNS faculty bring in more external research funding  than any other college at MSU
  12. 12. Facility for Rare Isotope Beams - FRIB -A superconducting linear accelerator that will produce isotopes that normally exist only in the most extreme environments in the universe.
  13. 13. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center - GLBRC - Explores scientifically  diverse approaches to  converting various plant  materials – agricultural  residues, wood chips, and  nonfood grasses – into  liquid transportation fuels.
  14. 14. SOAR TelescopeUsed to detect the presence of elements, carbon and oxygen in a number of ancient stars and star systems, data that continue to yield more information on how these elements originated
  15. 15. Animal Behavior Professor Kay Holekamp studies  mammalian behavior  development in spotted hyenas  in Kenya.
  16. 16. Bio/Computational Evolution in Action CONsortium - BEACON - Professor Rich  Lenski studies  evolution in  50,000+  generations of  e. coli.  Lenski is part of  the NSF “Science  and Technology  Center” studying  evolution in  action. 
  17. 17. Infectious DiseaseProfessor Yong‐Hui Zheng has discovered several proteins that have anti‐retroviral properties in humans. One family of these proteins prevents the HIV virus from replicating.Professor Ned Walker studies microbial mediation of mosquito production from aquatic habitats and is involved in the $9.1 M NIH‐funded Malaria Research Center.
  18. 18. Science and Mathematics are about Discovery and Its Application Create your Own Natural Science Learning Adventure…
  19. 19. Take advantage of our size, unique resources, vast capabilities and faculty expertise.
  20. 20. Enhance your studieswithresearch, activitiesand experiences.
  21. 21. MSU students have won 28 prestigious Goldwater Scholarships and many other international awards.Undergraduate Research plays a major role in these awards. 
  22. 22. University UndergraduateResearch and Arts Forum • Hundreds of  students  showcase their  research each  year. • Be a part of  this great  experience.
  23. 23. Get Involved in Student Groups Every department offers opportunities for  involvement through student groups
  24. 24. Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Students AssociationFor 5 of the last 7 years, they have won the Collegiate Challenge for the Gift of Life‐Michigan by recruiting the most organ donors of all colleges in Michigan
  25. 25. Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment - RISE - For students interested in  stewardship of the environment
  26. 26. Immerse yourselfin your Department, College and MSU
  27. 27. @MSU_NatSci MSU College of Natural Science