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The School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences (SCMNS) houses five academic departments (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science) and offers a variety of academic programs within these disciplines. SCMNS also offers students eight undergraduate programs, five graduate programs, four research programs; three research centers; and two all-encompassing student support programs. SCMNS also houses two professional programs that fully equip students for careers in medical technology and actuarial science. Please check the webpage of each department and contact the relevant department chair and/or Dean's office for more information.

Dr. Kadir Aslan, Assistant Dean and Professor, feature a newsroom article entitled "Nanotechnology and Medical Biotechnology" on the online publications of Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA).

Morgan's mathematician, Associate Dean of SCMNS and Professor Dr. Gaston N'Guerekata has been named as a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). TWAS announced forty-six new Fellows at the Academy's 25th General Meeting in Muscat, Oman, on Sunday, 26 October 2014. TWAS is a global science academy based in Trieste, Italy, working to advance science and engineering for sustainable prosperity in the developing world. TWAS was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the developing world, under the leadership of Abdus Salam, the Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate. TWAS has 1,148 elected Fellows from 90 countries; 15 of them are Nobel laureates. As some of the world's most accomplished scientists and engineers, they are the foundation for all of the Academy's work.

Dr. N'Guerekata work is cited as follows: "The nominee has introduced the notion of uniform spectrum to prove the existence of almost automorphic mild solutions of evolution equations whose linear part is governed by a linear operator in analytic. He also introduced the concept of circular spectrum of bounded functions in order to prove the existence and uniqueness of solutions to difference equations and nonautonomous periodic evolution equations."

Ms. Shanai Brown, a Biology junior, was the recipient of 1st Prize for her oral presentation entitled "The variability of virus lethal to blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) at the NOAA Educational Partnership Program 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum. There were a total of 64 oral presentations and 103 poster presentations presented by undergraduate and graduate students at this national conference.
This is an exceptional outcome of an ongoing student engagement and training partnership between the NSF-funded STARS-1 Program at MSU and the IMET (Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology) in the Baltimore Harbor.

On September 24, 2014, two University Innovation Fellows went to the White House to address 60 leaders from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) who attended a half-day Maker Workshop. Two Fellows, Jaime Aribas Starkey-El of Morgan State and Ulysses Knight of Virginia State. Jaime spoke on a panel (see video) about his efforts to bring a maker space to Morgan. 


Biology Professor, Dr. Gloria Hoffman co-authors a paper in PNAS
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Dr. Kadir Aslan, Assistant Dean of SCMNS, was awarded a Phase 2 Maryland Innovation Iniative (MII) grant from TEDCO based on Morgan's first patented techonology. This is Dr. Aslan's second MII Award (September 2014).

SCMNS GRADUATE PROGRAMS NOW HAVE 20 Ph.D. and 34 MS STUDENTS (September 2014)

New Announcement: Mr.Erik Davenport, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 2:30 pm, Dixon 125. Open to Public
Title: "Assessing Ecosystem Vulnerability to Hurricane Effects" 
Abstract:
The primary objective of this research was to develop a framework of metrics for quantification and comparison of the ecological effects from hurricanes in coastal ecosystems. Many commercially important fishery species inhabit marine ecosystems that are exposed to risk from hurricane events. Understanding how the effects of hurricanes on biological production in coastal ecosystems is important for forecasting potential impacts to fishery resources. It is hypothesized that ecosystem stability and structure will display different levels of vulnerability to the passage of hurricanes with similar wind and precipitation. Through the use of a numerical simulations models, changes to biological production are examined relative to presumed changes in environmental factors caused by hurricane winds and precipitation. The results of these simulations are compared to observations in the literature. Vulnerability of ecosystems to hurricanes and the utility of numerical simulations as a resource management strategy are discussed. 

SCMNS Associate Dean and Professor Gaston N'Guerekata is featured in an African magazine.

SCMNS introduces "Extreme Science Internships: A joint program of Morgan State University and the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University"
Program Details: 
The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at the Johns Hopkins University will provide an estimated $100,000 per year thru 2016 to Morgan State University to establish and run the Extreme Science Internships (ESI) program.  This program provides funds for selected Morgan State University undergraduates to spend 8-15 weeks working at any of the participating research universities, the Army Research Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and companies listed below. Each ESI must be focused on research related to the Center for Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments managed by HEMI (www.cmede.hemi.edu). 
In addition to the research experiences and knowledge gained through this program, ESI students will have the opportunity to develop invaluable connections with practicing scientists and engineers. They will build networks and relationships that are expected to provide job opportunities with the companies and access to graduate degree programs at the participating institutions. Application process (Application form is available here)
Morgan State undergraduates may apply for ESI support through the ESI office at Morgan State University, reporting to Professor Alvin Kennedy, Dean of the School of Computer Science, Natural Sciences, & Mathematics. The deadline for applications will be defined by the ESI office.

Research News: The National Science Foundation awards a grant of $45,973 to Morgan State University for support of the project, entitled "MRI: Acquisition of Atomic and Magnetic Force Microscopy," is under the direction of Dr. Dereje Seifu (Interim Chair of Physics).