Division of Biological and Physical Sciences
Alpha Epsilon Delta is creating a pre-professional FAQ
AED has initiated a new project with the intention of providing important information to new students interested in the health professions. We are assembling a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to any aspect of pre-health professions programs. This FAQ will be posted on the AED web site as it evolves. If you have a question about admission to health profession schools; about program requirements; about what courses to take; or about ANY aspect of the pre-professional program experience, please submit them to AED. There is an online form on the AED site for submitting questions.
Renovation of Caylor-White-Walters continues
Started in the Spring semester of 2010, the long-planned renovation of Caylor-White-Walters Hall continues to progress, now at a more rapid pace. Current work is focused on completing the interior of the new addition to the building. The addition will house new laboratory facilities for much of the science curriculum. After lab classes are moved into the addition, renovation of the existing Caylor Hall and White-Walters Hall will begin. When the entire project is finished, the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences and the Department of Mathematics will have brand new digs.
36 science students complete degrees
At the recent Spring commencement, Delta State awarded degrees to 36 science students. Twenty-six baccalaureate degrees were awarded in biology, six in chemistry, and two in environmental science. One student received both biology and chemistry degrees, and one student received both biology and environmental science degrees. Four masters degrees were awarded, two in natural sciences, and two in geospatial information technology.
Two science majors selected as orientation leaders.
Science majors Shelby McIntire and Giorgeo Grant have been selected as part of the 2013 Summer Orientation team. Orientation leaders are selected each year from the various academic disciplines to help incoming students and their parents learn about DSU during orientation sessions scheduled during the summer. Shelby is a pre-physical therapy biology major and Giorgeo is a pre-occupational therapy biology major.
DSU welcomes new science faculty: Dr. Christopher Jurgenson
This Fall, the Division of Biological and Physical Sciences welcomes a new faculty member, Dr. Christopher Jurgenson as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Jurgenson's specialty is biochemistry.
Fall Semester classes begin
Classes begin (Night classes begin 8/19). Most new students will register during summer orientation, but if you are not attending an orientation session, you can still register anytime before the semester begins. Register as early as possible to have the best class selection. New science majors who need registration instructions should call the Division Office at 662-846-4240 or the Admissions Office at 662-846-4020.
Registration for Fall semester closes
Labor Day holiday
Classes do not meet this day
Alumni House Simmons Room
Annual Division student/faculty cookout
All science majors (biology, chemistry, environmental science, any pre-health professions) are invited to the annual Division of Biological and Physical Sciences Cookout. This is a great opportunity to meet other science majors and all the Division faculty in a fun informal way. And of course - FREE FOOD! Please come and mingle with all the science nerds! Those of you that have been in the Division for a while know that we try to maintain a "family atmosphere." If you are new to the Division, come join the family. If you have been in the family for a while, come welcome the new folks.
Delta State University Astronomy Students Make Discoveries
DSU advanced astronomy students were recently announced the winners of the International Asteroids Search Campaign (IASC) coordinated by NASA after discovering more celestial bodies than any other participating university or college.Led by Mariusz Kukawa, official coordinator of IASC for DSU, students Jared Martin, Corey Clark, Harold (Miles) Duke, Jeremiah Matthews, Bryce Anderson, Taylor Whyte and Nicholas Zorn discovered five new asteroids and confirmed four other previously discovered asteroids. Traditionally, newly discovered asteroids or comets are named by discoverers (in addition to the official astronomical catalogue name). Proposals for names, given by the students, for these newly discovered objects are Liberty, American Dreams, Apollo 21, Optimus Prime, and Gniezno after the first Polish capitol. Never before have this many new objects been discovered by Delta State students in such a short time. Delta State students have had success participating in the IASC over the years. There were six new asteroids discovered, and the existence of 10 previously found asteroids were confirmed between the Fall 2009 and Spring 2013 Semesters. The first two asteroids discovered by the students in 2010 were named DSU and Cleveland MS. During the Fall 2012 semester, William Farabee, Steven Simmons, Kambria Jones, Marvin Strotter, Fraser Pain, Aaron Taylor, Jack Pilley, Vlad Zinka, and Robert Robinson discovered two new asteroids and confirmed the existence of four previously known objects. These two new objects were named Okra and Mississippi.
Wildlife Society chapter approved
The Wildlife Society (TWS) has recently approved as the newest student chapter at Delta State University. The Executive Board of the Southeastern Section of TWS approved its formation on April 26, 2013.
Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding receives technology grant to assist herbarium project
Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding has been awarded an Instructional Technology Challenge Grant from Delta State's Electronic Learning Network within the Office of Information Technology. The grant will provide hardware to support Dr. Riding's project "Digitizing the Delta State University Herbarium Collection, Preserving and Maintaining a Record of this Unique State Resource." Her project involves creating and cataloging digital images of plant specimens housed in the DSU herbarium.
Dr. SÚverine Groh receives technology grant to improve anatomy and physiology course
Dr. SÚverine Groh has been awarded an Instructional Technology Challenge Grant from Delta State's Electronic Learning Network within the Office of Information Technology. The grant will provide hardware to support Dr. Groh's project "Promoting Student Success in Anatomy and Physiology courses by Implementing a New Pedagogic Approach Relying on the IClicker-2 Technology."
Dr. Yongqin Zhang receives technology grant to enhance MAS-GIT program
Dr. Yongqin Zhang has been awarded an Instructional Technology Challenge Grant from Delta State's Electronic Learning Network within the Office of Information Technology. The grant will provide resources to support Dr. Zhang's project "Developing a Digital Spectral Library for Land Cover Types and Vegetation Species in the Mississippi Delta to Enhance Teaching of the MAS-GIT Program." Dr. Zhang is the graduate coordinator for DSU's Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies (MAS-GIT ) degree program.
DSU offers Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies
The Master of Applied Science Degree in Geospatial Information Technology (MAS-GIT) is a one-year online degree program that offers advanced coursework, practicum, and independent research opportunities in the application of geospatial science and technology. The program provides education in the practice of GIS, advanced geospatial analysis, remote sensing, digital image processing and information extraction, and more. The program coordinator is Dr. Yongqin Zhang
Orientation slideshows available online
During the freshman and transfer student orientation sessions, incoming science majors register for fall classes. During this process, students are presented a brief slide show explaining the various programs offered by the Division and to help them with the registration process. The slides form those presenations are now available online (PDF)