Freshmen Welcome Presentation 2010 - MSU College of Natural Science


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Presentation by Dean R. James Kirkpatrick to incoming freshmen at the College of Natural Science Welcome Colloquium at Michigan State University on August 31, 2010.

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Freshmen Welcome Presentation 2010 - MSU College of Natural Science

  1. 1. R. James Kirkpatrick Dean
  2. 2. CNS is One of 16 Colleges at MSU Agriculture & Natural Resources NATURAL SCIENCE Arts & Letters Nursing Business B i Osteopathic Medicine Communication Arts & Sciences Social Science Education Veterinary Medicine y Engineering James Madison College Human Medicine Lyman Briggs College Music Residential College in Arts and Humanities
  3. 3. CNS majors are in departments of Physical Sciences ‐ Geological Sciences ‐ Physics & Astronomy ‐ Chemistry
  4. 4. CNS majors are in departments of Biological Sciences ‐ Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Biochemistry & Molecular Biology ‐ Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics ‐ Food Science & Human Nutrition Food Science & Human Nutrition ‐ Microbiology & Molecular Genetics ‐ Ph i l Physiology ‐ Plant Biology ‐ Zoology 
  5. 5. CNS majors are in departments of Mathematical Sciences ‐ Mathematics ‐ Statistics & Probability
  6. 6. CNS is among MSU’s largest colleges MSU s • 4,500 undergraduate  students • 1,000 graduate students • 250 faculty y • 1,200 entering freshman in  2010
  7. 7. With i Wi h size comes opportunity pp iy
  8. 8. You Yo Can Do St ff Stuff Others Only Dream Of
  9. 9. CNS faculty lead MSU in research y CNS faculty bring in more external research funding  CNS fac lt bring in more e ternal research f nding than any other college at MSU
  10. 10. Facility for Rare Isotope Beams - FRIB - A superconducting linear  accelerator that will  accelerator that will produce isotopes that  normally exist only in the  y y most extreme  environments in the  universe.
  11. 11. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center - GLBRC - Explores scientifically  Explores scientifically  diverse approaches to  diverse approaches to converting various plant  feedstocks – agricultural  g residues, wood chips, and  nonfood grasses – nonfood grasses – into  liquid transportation fuels. liquid transportation fuels.
  12. 12. SOAR Telescope Used to detect the presence of elements, carbon and  Used 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  y these elements originated
  13. 13. Animal Behavior and Development Professor Kay Holekamp studies  mammalian behavioral  development in spotted hyenas  development in spotted hyenas in Kenya.
  14. 14. Bio/computational Evolution in Action CONsortium - BEACON - Professor Rich  Lenski studies  evolution in  l i i 50,000+  generations of generations of  e. coli.  NSF “Science and  Technology  Center studying Center” studying  evolution in  action. 
  15. 15. Infectious Disease I f ti Di Professor Yong‐Hui Zheng has  discovered proteins that have  anti‐retroviral properties in  p p humans. One family of these  proteins prevent the HIV virus  from replicating. Professor Ned Walker studies  microbial mediation of mosquito  microbial mediation of mosquito production from aquatic habitats  and is involved in the $9.1 M NIH‐ funded Malaria Research Center. funded Malaria Research Center.
  16. 16. Science and Mathematics are about Discovery and Its Application Create your Own Natural Science Learning Adventure…
  17. 17. Get Involved in Research
  18. 18. 28 MSU students have won   28 MSU d h prestigious Goldwater Scholarships,  including genomics and molecular  biology senior Tasneem Pierce. biology senior  biology senior Tasneem Pierce U d Undergraduate Research experience  d R h i p y plays a key role in these awards.  y
  19. 19. University Undergraduate Research and A F R h d Arts Forum - UURAF - • 535 students  p participated in 2010 p • CNS students  received 11 first  prizes in Natural and  i i N t l d Physical Sciences and  the grand prize. g p • Some of the 2010  posters are displayed  in the atrium today in the atrium today
  20. 20. Get Involved in Student Groups Every department offers opportunities for  involvement through student groups involvement through student groups
  21. 21. Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Students Association d i i For 4 of the last 6 years,  they have won the  they have won the Collegiate Challenge for  the Gift of Life‐Michigan  g by recruiting the most  organ donors of all  colleges in Michigan
  22. 22. Residential Initiative on the Study of the E i f h Environment - RISE - For students interested in  stewardship of the environment stewardship of the environment
  23. 23. Take advantage of our size, vast capabilities and faculty expertise. f l i
  24. 24. MSU_NatSci MSU College of Natural Science MSU College of Natural Science