The latest news and announcements from the 
Wright State University College of Science and Mathematics

Summer 2016

Dean's Message

I am honored to be able to say "hello" and relate how excited I am to be on campus as the new dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.  It has been a whirlwind first few weeks, but each day has impressed upon me the dedication of students and faculty to the Wright State mission, and reiterated how fortunate I am to be here. 

Although I will be rolling out a vision for the college in the near future, I am willing to spill a few secrets here.

Alumni Spotlight
ES Ph.D. Alumna, Dr. Katlin Bowman in the news

Dr. Katlin Bowman, who earned her doctorate in  Environmental Sciences  under the direction of Prof. Chad Hammerschmidt at Wright State, discusses in an EarthZine  article her continued work in the area of methylmercury in the environment.


COSM Spotlight
The Alphabet Soup of Clinical Laboratory Science

CLS, MLS, MT? What do these acronyms have in common? They are all codes representing a certified medical laboratory scientist. If you are a Clinical Laboratory Science major, the name of your major is changing to Medical Laboratory Science.

Wright State's Allen Hunt develops new tool to measure soil production that offers promise in predicting global warming

A new mathematical model that can be used to more precisely predict the degree of global warming by measuring soil production has been developed by Wright State University physics professor Allen Hunt.
The model is outlined in a paper titled "Percolation theory for solute transport in porous media: Geochemistry, geomorphology and carbon cycling." 

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Wright State University biology professor and international DNA expert Dan Krane was featured in a special miniseries on "Investigation Discovery (ID)," a U.S. mystery-and-suspense network.

Krane discussed the role DNA testing played in the Ramsey case in the second and third episodes.   Ramsey was a 6-year-old beauty queen who was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996. Her body was found in the basement of the family home about eight hours after she was reported missing. She had been struck on the head and strangled, and the case remains unsolved.

Psychology notable awards

Dr. Joseph Houpt received the William K. Estes Early Career Award at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology this year! He is invited to speak about his research career at the next annual meeting. 

Joseph W. Houpt (Ph.D., 2012, Indiana University) is an assistant professor of psychology at Wright State University.  His research utilizes mathematical models of cognition and perception to assess human performance. His current AFOSR-funded research applies SFT to model the perception of static and dynamic multispectral fused imagery, and to model the processing mechanisms with 3D perception.  He further collaborates with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on rational analysis modeling of visual search and target identification.

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President's Award for Excellence in Human Relations

Sarah Cicora is known for her passion, leadership, compassion and knowledge in advising students while helping to meet their needs.
Cicora has served as an academic adviser in the  Department of Psychology for three years, exemplifying an incomparable empathy, enthusiasm and knowledge that lead students to a better understanding of themselves and the academic road ahead.She has developed and launched the Psychology Admission Reception for newly admitted majors and has received positive feedback from students.

Student Spotlight
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research

The research in  Dr. Oleg Paliy's Laboratory is focused on the studies of complex microbial communities associated with human gastrointestinal system.

Vijay Shankar continues his research in Dr. Paliy's lab after graduating with his Ph.D. in the spring. His research involves the use of high-throughput sequencing technologies and multivariate statistics to interrogate the community structure, function and metabolic capabilities of human gut microbiomes in health and disease. Shankar was also published in  Molecular Ecology "Application of multivariate statistical techniques in microbial ecology" 

The College of Science and Mathematics appoints Ajani L. Ross, Ph.D. Director of Internship and Co-ops

The College of Science and Mathematics is pleased to announce the appointment of Ajani L. Ross, Ph.D., as the Director of Internships and Co-ops. The goal of this position is to annually increase the number of undergraduate students in internships and co-ops.
Dr. Ross will create a comprehensive plan to inform students of internship and co-op opportunities, including the development of an internship and co-op webpage within the CoSM website. 

He will strengthen relationships with area companies and collaborate with the college, departmental advisers, the Director of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning to ensure students understand the expectations of employers, including professional behavior and effective resumes.

The College of Science and Mathematics announces Jason Deibel, Ph.D. as Interim Chair of the Department of Physics

Dr. Deibel was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. His research interests include ultrafast and terahertz spectroscopy and imaging, computational electromagnetics, and the characterization of novel materials. His work has been published in over 35 refereed journals and conference proceedings, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the Air Force Research Laboratory as well as several private research and development companies. 

A significant number of these publications have included undergraduate co-authors. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, The Optical Society of America, American Association of Physics Teachers, and American Physical Society as well as the Council for Undergraduate Research. 

BMB students present at ASBMB conference and recent Ph.D. graduates

ASBMB Conference -  Shimpi Bedi, Emily Delman, and Andrea Klingler are graduate students of the late Dr. Heather Hostler and  Dr. Dean Rider's Lab . The graduate students had the honor of attending the Experimental Biology (EB) conference in San Diego, CA, and completed individual poster presentations on their nuclear receptor research. Both Bedi and Delman were won financial travel awards based on their abstract submissions.  Delman was selected to give an oral presentation in the Biochemically-Informed Imaging Drug Discovery Symposium and won a poster award for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

Neuroscience Research and Experiential Learning

In the lab of  Department of Neuroscience Cell Biology & Physiology associate professor  David R. Ladle, Ph.D., students study the mechanisms behind lower-limbed movement as a result of changes in neuronal circuitry during development in mouse spinal cords. In order to better understand the goal, students want to look at the spatial organization and connectivity of neuronal groups in the spinal cord over time and relate it to changes in muscle connectivity patterns.
Biological Sciences undergraduate program graduate (2016) Taylor Floyd (pictured above) studies how a calcium binding protein called calbindin organizes neurons into specific clustered groups throughout the spinal cord. Calbindin positive neurons exhibit many characteristics and she is looking at their relationships with primary sensory afferents from leg muscles. 

Supporting the College
Women in STEMM Leadership Institute

 On October 21, 2016 the Women in STEMM Leadership Institute hosted a research symposium highlighting the work being done by women in STEMM across the Dayton area. The institute is geared toward female Wright State students interested in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) and female STEMM professionals. The institute also actively engages female high school students interested in STEMM.

"Our overall goal is to increase the number of women in the STEMM workforce and to enhance the work environment for women," said Engisch. "As we showcase the outstanding basic and applied research being done by female students and professionals in STEMM, we empower and equip women to envision how they can be a part of the amazing work being done by women and men every day in STEMM disciplines."

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