About Gary Morris

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward's University.

Wild Basin Featured in NY Times Article

Check out this post.  Our own Amy Belaire is quoted in the article.  Kudos to Wild Basin!

 

Chemistry Professor Featured in Discover Magazine

First-year Assistant Professor of Chemistry Raychelle Burks was recently identified in a Discover Magazine story entitled, “The Heroes of Science” as one of the “Science Stars of the next generation.”  The list of “Heroes” includes Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Carl Sagan — pretty good company, indeed!  Congrats to Dr. Burks!

CS Professor Michael Kart Recognized at 2016-2017 Distinguished Teaching Award Winner

Congratulations to yet another in a series of well-deserved teaching award winners from the School of Natural Sciences.  This year, Prof. Michael Kart of Computer Sciences has won the Distinguished Teaching Award.  Quoting from the letter:

“The Distinguished Teaching Award Committee was impressed by your thoughtful and pedagogically rich teaching materials, and they equally admired your engaging work in the classroom.”

Dr. Kart will receive his award at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony at 4 pm on April 27 in the Mabee Ballrooms.  Please make sure to congratulate him next time you see him.

Dr. Deaton-Haynes to Give Biology Seminar – 5:15 pm on Tuesday, 4 April

The next Biology seminar is scheduled for 5:15 pm on Tuesday, 4 April in Moody 300.  See our very own Dr. Raelynn Deaton-Haynes present on the relationship between names and perceived attractiveness.

Breakthrough Austin – Summer STEM Teachers Needed – Deadline Extended to 17 March

For more information, visit their website or email Tiffany Chao, Program Coordinator.  Extended registration deadline is 3/17.  They provide a $2,000 stipend, CNCS education credit, and 450 service hours credit.

See their flier below.

Last Call for Hook Fellows – Application Deadline is Friday, 10 March

Friday, March 10 is the deadline for applying for creative research awards from the Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund. 

The Dr. Allan W. Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund offers awards up to $3,000 for creative research by students in the schools of Natural Sciences, Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Management and Business, and Humanities. The fund also offers research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from other institutions that are based at the university’s Wild Basin Creative Research Center and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 5pm. Applicants should review the fellowship guide and fill out the application form and submit it via email (or mail) to the Director of Wild Basin (Dr. Barbara Dugelby. Interested students should contact the Wild Basin Director or Wild Basin Research Director (Dr. Amy Belaire) if they have questions. Descriptions of past projects supported by the Endowment can be found on the Wild Basin website. We are happy to discuss project ideas and help students through the application preparation process. We look forward to receiving a diversity of project applications from many academic areas!

This opportunity is made possible by the commitment and generosity of Dr. Allan W. Hook and Rosemary Guzman Hook, who established the endowment to honor Hook’s life work and dedication to providing students with opportunities both in and outside of the classroom. His philosophy is that “one can learn more from the natural world than from the human-made world.” The fund will promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for the Wild Basin Preserve and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system.

Dr. Trish Baynham Promoted to Full Professor

Next time you see Dr. Baynham, be sure to offer her congratulations!  Last week, the University announced its intention to promote her to the rank of Full Professor, effective August 2017!  The rank of Full Professor is reserved for those who have demonstrated superior teaching, important contributions to their fields, and significant service to the University over an extended period of time.

Dr. Baynham joined the Department of Biological Sciences at St. Edward’s University from Thomas More College in 2004.  She served as department chair from 2007 – 2008, 2012 – 2013, and 2014 – 2016 and as Interim Dean from 2013 – 2014.  She has been a leader in promoting study abroad opportunities, including the development of 2 – 3 week embedded study abroad experiences in biology courses.

Recognizing the value of engaging students in research, Dr. Baynham has mentored many research students and co-authored >40 conference presentations with SEU undergraduates.  She also has promoted the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) initiative in our freshman Biology labs so that all students who take Biology can have a research experience, not just those who have the chance to work with our faculty on research projects over the summer.

In 2012, she was recognized as a Fellow in the Texas Academy of Science and in 2015, as a National Academies Education Fellow in the Sciences.  Also, in 2015, Dr. Baynham received the Dean’s Excellence Award for Teaching in the School of Natural Sciences and in 2011, the School’s Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. She has served on many important University committees during her time at St. Edward’s.

Next time you see her, please be sure to congratulate her on this significant career accomplishment!

Welcome NSCI’s New Social Media Coordinator

We’re delighted to announce the creation of a new, part-time, student position in the School of Natural Sciences:  Social Media Coordinator.  Munday School of Business junior Lindsay Villanueva is a Digital Media Management major.  Lindsay has already re-activated our School of Natural Sciences Facebook page and is developing posts for NSCI News.  We expect to broaden our social media presence to Twitter and Instagram in the near future.  In the meantime, whether you’re a current student, alumnus/alumna, faculty, or staff member, if you have stories you’d like to submit for distribution on NSCI News, please contact seunaturalsciences@stedwards.edu.

Here’s a bit more about Lindsay, in her own words:

Hello! My name is Lindsay Villanueva and I am a Junior studying Digital Media Management here at St. Ed’s. I am originally from Houston, Texas, a city that I am proud to call home. I am passionate about both traditional and digital media, and fascinated by its ability to bring about positive social change. In my opinion, the world has never been as connected as it is now due to the ever growing array of social media platforms.

Apart from my fascination with the digital realm, I am also a health and fitness enthusiast. Ultimately, my goal is to combine my two interests into a sustainable career of some sort, but for now I am still exploring my options. During my free time, you will most likely find me at the gym, eating peanut butter by the jar, or baking banana bread.

My interest in the social media assistant position stems from my eagerness to gain experience in creating content through the various digital platforms. I will work diligently to promote any activities, opportunities, and events provided through NSCI and am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the St. Edward’s community as a whole!

Please welcome Lindsay to NSCI when you see her.

Volunteer at 2017 Energy Thought Summit in Austin

Zpryme is running an Energy Thought Summit conference 27 – 30 March 2017.  They are looking for student volunteers to help with the conference.  You can learn more about the event at their conference website, including a draft agenda for the 4 days of the conference.

Volunteers are free to attend the entire event, which will be held in several venues downtown.  Zpryme is looking for students who volunteer 4 – 8 hours over the 4 days of the conference.

Faculty can get discounted admission if they organize a group of 4 – 5 student volunteers, or totally free admission for groups of 6.

Contact David Drew at Zpryme for more information.

As will all posted off campus opportunities, St. Edward’s and NSCI are simply passing along information and by doing so, provide no endorsement of the organizations or guarantee of the kind of experience you will have. Interested parties are advised to do their homework to figure out if the opportunity is a good fit.

 

Embedded Study Abroad Opportunity for Fall 2017: Epidemiology in Chile

Dr. Trish Baynham’s BIOL 2330, Epidemiology, will include an optional study abroad component in Chile.  the course runs Fall 2017 with the study abroad component to occur 3 – 14 January 2018.  Application deadline is March 7.  For more information, contact Mike Merrill in GEO (512-428-1051) or Dr. Baynham.