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Spring 2014 CMNST Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series Speakers announced

March 18, 2014 - The Spring line-up for the CMNST Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series speakers is out! Visit the web page to read more about them here!

  • Mar. 20 - Ms. Gloria Godson, V.P. Federal Regulatory Policy, Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • Apr. 10 - Dr. Alden Landry, Co-Dir, Tour 4 Diversity; Emergency Medicine Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • May 1 - Dr. Hakima Amri, Assoc. Prof., cancer treatment researcher, Georgetown Univ. Medical Center 

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China Research Experience Program for LSAMP students taking applications

Delaware State University will send 10 Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) students to Ningbo University (NBU), Ningbo, Zhejiang, China to do research in the summer of 2014. Each student will conduct research in one of STEM areas at NBU. The goal of this program is to provide DSU STEM students with valuable research experience and immerse them in the Chinese culture, thus preparing them for the future global job market. Funds for this opportunity are provided by the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia LSAMP) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the International Council of Delaware (ICD). The China Research Experience is organized by DSU LSAMP and the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Contact Dr. Mazen Shahin for more information.

Requirements to be considered for the China Research Experience:

  • Must be an LSAMP Member (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation).
  • Must be a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident.
  • Must be a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior STEM major. Priority will be given to students with previous STEM research experiences.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Mandatory attendance for Pre-departure Orientations with AMP and the OIA.

Tentative dates are from May 26 to June 25, 2014. Applications due Friday, March 21, 2014.

Download a flyer here.

Printable Application is available here.


INBRE Leadership announced, Kmiec named Director of Research

January 7, 2014 - Delaware's INBRE grant leadership has undergone significant changes since the departure of Dr. Karl Steiner in August 2013. The following announcements were made: Dr. Steven Stanhope (UD) was announced as the new Principle Investigator; Dr. Cathy Wu (UD) was named Program Coordinator; and DSU's Dr. Eric Kmiec was appointed Director of Research. See complete article here.


Fall 2013 Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series speakers announced

October 20, 2013 - The Fall 2013 lineup of speakers for the CMNST Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series has been announced by the Dean. Join us for provocative conversations, refreshments, and good company:

  • November 7 @ 11 a.m. (technical lecture) and 6 p.m. (general public)  - 2013 National Medal of Science awardee, Dr. S. James Gates, Jr., theoretical physicist (Luna I. Mishoe Science Center South 223).
  • November 14 @ 11 a.m. (technical lecture) -  DuPont Chemical engineer, Dr. Sergio Nanita “Improving Mass Spectrometry for Accurate Chemical Measurements in Physical, Environmental and Life Sciences” (Luna I. Mishoe Science Center South 223).
  • November 14 @ 6 p.m. (general public) - State of Delaware Board of Education President and President of the Delaware STEM Council, Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, “Imperative and Possibility—STEM Education for the 21st Century" (Luna I. Mishoe Science Center South 223).
  • November 19 @ 11 a.m. (technical lecture) and 6 p.m. (general public) - Founder and National Director of the Calculus Project, Dr. Adrian B. Mims, "The African American and Latino Scholars' Calculus Project: Creating a Culture of high Academic Achievement in Mathematics" (Science Center N 139).

Click here for more information about the CMNST Dean's Distinguished Lecturer Series.


DSU Dept of Physics and Engineering joins the APS Bridge Program

September 13, 2013 - DSU is now associated with the American Physics Society Bridge Program. The Department of Physics and Engineering at DSU joins 36 other institutions in comprising a network committed to creating pipelines for underrepresented minorities into doctoral programs in physics and engineering. What this means for DSU Physics majors is access to a larger, connection network to provide a greater number of options to support those minority and underrepresented students seeking doctoral degrees in physics and engineering. Contact Dr. Hacene Boukari, Graduate Director for the Dept. of Physics and Engineering, for more information: 302-857-6511 or hboukari@desu.edu. More about the APS.


CIS Faculty member and students present in Paris

September 6, 2013 - Between the 13th and 18th of July, 2013, two undergraduate students from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Delaware State University, Mr. Atish Malik and Mr. Myles Johnson-Gray, together with their academic advisor, Dr. Tomasz Smolinski, attended the 22nd Annual Computational Neuroscience Meeting (CNS*2013) in Paris, France.  The CNS conference is the most prestigious meeting in the field of computational neuroscience, and every year, it gathers the greatest computational neuroscientists from all over the world.  This year’s edition, which took place at the University Paris Descartes, attracted a record-breaking score of 787 attendees, and was one of the most interesting and impactful CNS meetings yet. 

At the conference, Atish and Myles presented their work performed under the tutelage of Dr. Smolinski in the form of posters titled “Multi-objective evolutionary algorithms for analysis of conductance correlations involved in recovery of bursting after neuromodulator deprivation in lobster stomatogastric neuron models” and “Hybridization of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms and fuzzy control for automated construction, tuning, and analysis of neuronal models,” respectively.  The posters were also accompanied by abstracts published in the BMC Neuroscience journal (impact factor: 3). 

Myles and Atish have been working as undergraduate researchers in Dr. Smolinski’s Computational Intelligence and Bio(logical)informatics Laboratory (CIBiL) for 18 and 8 months, respectively.  They are now both considering pursuing careers in science and applying to graduate school after obtaining their B.S. degrees from DSU.  They both admit that the opportunity to attend the CNS meeting had a significant impact on their careers plans, as the chance to present and discuss their work with some of the greatest minds of today’s neuroscience research was a truly eye-opening and life-changing experience.

Atish and Myles have been supported by the following grants: NIH NCRR 5P20RR016472-12 and NIGMS 8P20GM103446-12, NIH NIGMS RISE R25GM089669, and NSF EPSCoR 0814251.  The other students from Dr. Smolinski’s laboratory who worked on the projects presented at the CNS meeting include: Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Parth Patel, and Kenneth Shim. (Submitted by Dr. T. Smolinski)


Dept of Energy award goes to Chemistry faculty member

September 24,2013 - Dr. Daniela Radu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, and a member of the Renewable Energy Research and Education Center, was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $326,129 by the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Radu's project, entitled, "High-efficiency Ultra-Thin-film Solar Cells Prepared from Low-Cost Fe-based Solution Precursors," aims to take initial steps to begin a solar research program at DSU. In addition to research, the project will also involve the development of a solar-related course to prepare students with an interest in industrial and research-related solar applications for future employment in the field.   


Neuroscience Center receives grant to research spinal motor neuron diseases

September 9, 2013 - Dr. Melissa Harrington, professor of Biological Sciences, recently was awarded a 3-year $433,645 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to conduct research on the development of spinal motor neurons as it relates to neurodegenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophy. Read full article.  


Innovation Grant awards go to CMNST faculty

August 31, 2013 - Four of  a total of five award recipients of the University's first-ever Innovation grants are faculty members of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology: Drs. Hacene Boukari (Physics & Engineering Dept); Gary Holness (Computer & Information Sciences Dept); Mohammad Khan (Physics & Engineering Dept); and Daniela Radu (Chemistry Dept) are principal investigators of winning proposals. The Innovation Grant award is part of the PRIDE 2020 campaign launched by the Administration, awarding seed grants of $20,000 each for initiatives focusing on strategic priorities and in alignment with University goals. Read more here.


CMNST announces new faculty

August 31, 2013 - This fall the CMNST is please to announce the addition of five (5) new faculty members to its roll: Drs. Michael Gitcho (Biological Sciences Dept); Hakeem Lawal (Biological Sciences Dept); Sokratis Makrogiannis (Mathematical Sciences Dept); Deborah Santamore (Physics & Engineering Dept); and Matthew Tanzy (Mathematical Sciences). Collectively, these individuals provide a breadth of knowledge and expertise in their respective disciplines that will further enhance the teaching and research experiences afforded our STEM students. Read all about them here.  


DSU students part of winning Cyber Challenge Competition team

L-to-R: Dr. Hongxin Hu, advisor, Trevor Newell, Ainiah Floyd, Emlyne Forren, Priscilla Wilson, Andrew Hobbs, and Dr. Marwan Rasamny, Dept Chair, CIS)

July 12, 2013 - Five DSU computer and information science majors helped bring home a 1st place win for the University at this year's Delaware Cyber Camp (part of the U.S. Cyber Challenge summer camp, held at the Wilmington University site of the Delaware Cyber Security Boot Camp, July 8-12, 2013). Priscilla Wilson, Ainiah Floyd, Andrew Hobbs, Trevor Newell, and Emlyne Forren comprised the winning team in an online challenge to exhibit skills in combating cracked passwords, server penetrations, hijacked servers and data acquisition. This event was invitation-only and consisted of the top 47 students representing the "best and brightest in Delaware's universities and colleges, selected from hundreds of applicants, said Delaware Chief Information Officer Jim Sills. Read article.


CIS Dept courseware obtains National Security Agency Certification

March 15, 2013 -  The Department of Computer and Information Sciences (Dr. Marwan Rasamny, Chair) recently received notification of approval of all courseware being offered through its department related to the following programs: Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI 4011; and System Administrators (SA), CNSSI 4013 Entry Level.

What does this mean for DSU students? All students who take the certified courses are eligible to receive NSA approved certificates, which are highly desirable to employers, especially those hiring into the federal government workforce. The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) program of the National Security Agency (NSA) assesses the degree to which courseware from commercial, government and academic sources align with the national standards set by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS). Visit the CIS website.

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Awards & Honors  

OSCAR Student and others take 2nd place at Innovative Business Plan Competition in Washington DC

April 5, 2014 - This year a team of six (6) students from DSU’s College of Business and the CMNST’s Department of Physics and Engineering won second place at the Innovations in Social and Business Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition 2014. The competition, organized by the School of Business & Public Administration of University of the District of Columbia, took place on April 5, 2014. Students participating in the competition  represented universities and colleges in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The purpose of the competition was “to educate and provide an experiential opportunity to showcase the creativity of tomorrow’s business leaders.” Teams were challenged to:

  • Create business plans that addressed an identified social issue or need, using a social business entrepreneurship business model; and
  • Present business implementation plans or delivery modes that demonstrate how the plan can impact communities.

DSU’s team presented a business plan based on an interdisciplinary project that developed a sensor to assess environmental air quality at local (e.g. Kent County) and state levels. Entitled “Next-generation sensors for improving human health and urban air quality- A technology driven business model for young entrepreneurs,” the project was funded through a DSU PRIDE grant that was authored by Dr. Mohammed Khan, Assistant Professor of Physics (PI); Dr. Mukti Rana, Assistant Professor of Physics (co-PI); and Dr. Nandita Das, Associate Professor of Business (co-PI).

The project entails a prototype greenhouse gas sensor technology for environmental applications, developed in DSU’s own engineering laboratories, which will be transformed into a marketable product through a model business plan developed by DSU’s College of Business team. The goal of the project is to expose students to the critical stages of research conducted in the laboratories and the aspects of commercialization of such technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration in a unique academic setting. 

Biology student receives prestigious Arthur Ashe Award

March 27, 2014 - Accolades go to Forensic Science (biology) major and student athlete, Elaine Peete, who was recently named a 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. This award (created in 1992) is sponsored by the Diverse Issues in Higher Education publishing group to help recognize minority student-athletes who are competing at high levels of both academics and athletics. Named in honor of the late African-American tennis great, civil rights leader and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe, past recipients have included Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson (Seatle Seahawks), WNBA star and broadcaster Kara Lawson (Univ. of Tennessee), and former NBA  player Jacque Vaughn (Univ. of Kansas).

Ms. Peete will appear in an upcoming edition of the magazine honoring this year's roster of scholar-athletes, and she will also be recognized at the Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the NCAA, to be held April 10th on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.  

Recent Journal Publications by Math Sci faculty member

December 20, 2013 - Congratulations! Mathematical Sciences Assistant Professor Dr. Sokratis Makrogiannis had two (2) articles published in peer-reviewed journals, Academic Radiology and Nutrition, metabolism, cardiovascular diseases. The titles of the articles, respectively, are "Computer-aided Assessment of Regional Abdominal Fat with Food Residue Removal in CT" (co-authors: S. Makrogiannis, G. Caturegli, C. Davatzikos, L. Ferrucci); and "The Relationship between Visceral Adioposity and Left Ventricular Diastolic Function: Results from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging" (co-authors: M. Canepa, J.B. Strait, Y. Milaneschi, M. Alghatrif, R. Ramachandran, S. Makrogiannis, M. Moni, M. Davis, C. Brunelli, E.G. Lakatta, L. Ferrucci).

Dr. Melikechi Presents as Arken Scholar-in-Residence at Miami Univ.

November 7, 2013 - CMNST Professor of Physics and Dean, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi was honored as 2013 Arfken Scholar-in-Residence at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. This endowment was made as a gift from a retired Miami University faculty member in the Physics Department in 1998 to encourage weeklong visits of distinguished physicists on the campus. Scholars have the opportunity to interact with students, faculty and the public, delivering lectures, leading seminars, and working with students on research and related topics. Dr. Melikechi presented as a member of the Mars Science Laboratory at NASA. The public lecture was entitled: "Exploring Martian Rocks and Soils with Single Laser Pulses: A Wonderful Journey of Remote Analysis of a Planetary Surface."  

Faculty Awarded Grants, Honors, and Papers Published

October 5, 2013 - Commendations go to the following individuals on their recent accomplishments:

  • Dr. Hongxin Hu (Department of Computer & Information Sciences) - co-authored published paper "On the Security of Picture Gesture Authentication. View article here.
  • Dr. Pablo Suarez (Department of Mathematical Sciences) - awarded the NASA Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support MIRS program this past summer with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 
  • Dr. Eric Kmiec (Department of Chemistry) - scheduled to be guest editor for Nucleic Acid Therapeutics journal (April 2014 edition)  

Faculty Awarded DSU CIBER-EPSCoR seed grants

February 28, 2013. Congratulations to Dr. Aristides Marcano, Chairperson, Department of Physics and Engineering, and Dr. Gour S. Pati, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Engineering, on their recent grant awards for the 2012-2013 DSU CIBER-EPSCoR seed grants competition!

Dr. Marcano's winning proposal was entitled, "Developments of a Practical and Low Cost Photothermal Lens Spectrophotometer for Spectroscopic Characterization of Turbid Samples."

Dr. Pati's winning proposal was entitled, "Ultrasensitive Measurements of Denitrificaiton Process in Soil Samples using an Integrated Fiber-Optic Cavity-Enhanced Sensor."

The Delaware EPSCoR RII-2-CIBER Seed Grant Program is sponsor of this multi-disciplinary competition. The Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) is located in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences. 

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