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Fall Newsletter 2012

Fall 2012 - Newsletter

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Around the College

You bought a zoo, now what? Colorado State University creates professional science master's degree.

Bears at the zoo.

Colorado State University has begun enrolling students for a new program this fall that gives managers of zoos and animal sanctuaries the business and scientific knowledge to run these facilities. The two-year Master of Professional Natural Sciences program allows students to pursue advanced scientific training while also developing workplace skills.

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Microscope image of abnormal F-actin

Scientists Identify Cofilin as Key to Molecular Motors

Scientists have known that mutations to cofilin in mice create defects that lead to disease similar to those that affect humans; for example, where the nervous system doesn’t develop properly.

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Seal pup in the Antarctic

Professor to Study Regeneration of Seal Cells

Colorado State University biologist Shane Kanatous runs the only laboratory in the world that has isolated and grown primary muscle cells of Weddell seals.

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Paul Laybourn rafting with students in the NSF program

CSU, NSF Celebrate 20 Years of Unique Undergraduate Summers

Some of the brightest scientific young minds around the nation are finding summer employment in research laboratories at Colorado State University thanks to CSU Professor Paul Laybourn.

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Daniel R. Bush and Ellen R. Fisher

CSU Professors elected fellows of AAAS

Daniel R. Bush in biology and Ellen R. Fisher in chemistry, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a prestigious peer honor awarded to a select group of scientists across the country each year.

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The Science of Relationships

Questions about Love, Sex, Relationships Answered by Scientists

Relationship books are dime a dozen, but very few are written from the perspective of researchers using science to answer pressing questions, says Jennifer Harman, an assistant professor of social psychology at Colorado State.

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CSU to meet industry demand with Master's Degrees in Statistics

“This is a big area that is growing in technology-related fields,” said Professor Mary Meyer, who helped design the program. “These are people who know what they need to hit the ground running. We’re easing that transition.”

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Jorge Rocca

Rocca Receives Willis E. Lamb Award for work with X-Ray Laser Physics

University Distinguished Professor Jorge Rocca has been honored with the 2012 Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics by Physics of Quantum Electronics.

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Pat Bedinger

Wild Tomatoes Could Unlock Secrets of Fungus Behind Irish Potato Famine

Wild tomatoes could help researchers design potatoes resistant to the fungus that caused the Irish potato famine and still threatens potato crops around the globe.

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Gerhard Dangelmayr and Simon Tavener

CSU names two new Natural Sciences posts; Dean of Academics and Chair of Mathematics

The College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University has promoted longtime math professor and chair Simon Tavener to associate dean of Academics.

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