Tag Archives: College of Science

Spotlight: H-LSAMP Scholars Program

H-LSAMP guides star scholars
to shining achievement

Gabriel Hurtado and Miguel Cazares (from left to right) are scholars in the H-LSAMP program.

By Catherine Harper

For more than 12 years, the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP) Scholars Program in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University has helped students establish careers in scientific and technical fields. For Gabriel Hurtado and Miguel Cazares, scholars in the program and seniors at Texas State, H-LSAMP has led to a world of opportunity.

“I’ve learned that [H-LSAMP] is about diversity,” says Cazares. “It’s about all the diverse people that go into technical fields, and the many opportunities that are there.”

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Faculty: Mike Forstner

Texas State herpetologist works to help
Houston toads hop off endangered list

Bufo houstonensis, the Houston toad.

By Billi London-Gray

Blind salamanders. Fountain darters. Texas wild rice grass. The home of the Bobcats is also home to endangered species and environmental advocates. But looking beyond the San Marcos River, a Texas State University biology professor has been working persistently to help restore populations of endangered Houston toads.

Texas State professor Michael Forstner, who holds the Alexander/Stone Chair of Genetics in the Department of Biology and has taught at the university since 1999, is one of the foremost experts on the Houston toad. He has been studying and raising awareness about the species since 1995.

“Effectively all field research on the taxon during the past decade has been completed by Texas State faculty and students in biology,” Forstner says. “My group represents the current lead for science-based recovery efforts, provides data useful to applied and theoretical aspects of small population biology, amphibian recovery, and amphibian population declines.” Continue reading

Texas State Updates: Nanotechnology

New electronics material
comes closer to reality

A scanning electron microscope picture shows the structure of graphene. (Photo courtesy the University of Houston, via Purdue University)

A team of researchers, including Texas State University’s Qingkai Yu, have developed a method for creating a single-atom-thick material that someday could replace silicon in high-performance electronic devices.

The nanotechnology study was the result of work done at Texas State, Purdue University, the University of Houston, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratories and Carl Zeiss SMT Inc. Continue reading

Spotlight: Amanda Duran

Decoding diseases drives
first-generation grad to doctorate

Amanda Duran

By Billi London-Gray

Biochemist. Microbiologist. Scholar. First-generation college student. However you describe her, Amanda Duran exemplifies how hard work and a strong support system can put a student’s highest ambitions within reach.

“Amanda is an excellent student and an outstanding role model for women pursuing careers in science and engineering,” says Susan Romanella, director of the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholars Program (H-LSAMP) in Texas State University’s College of Science. “Her success also stands as a testament to the stellar education and experiences she has pursued while at Texas State.”

Duran, a brand-new graduate of Texas State, majored in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. And she says she came to San Marcos knowing exactly what she wanted. Continue reading

Spotlight: WISE Conference

WISE Conference showcases opportunities, awards research

By Billi London-Gray

The influence and achievements of women are on the rise in the scientific community and in the world of engineering.

The proof: The second annual Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference at Texas State University-San Marcos.

The conference — conceived by biology professor Dr. Dana Garcia and the Women’s Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization formed to benefit the College of Science — brought together leading researchers and industry experts to discuss and promote the work of women scientists and engineers. Continue reading

Spotlight: Leanna Miller

Industrial engineering student lights up a career path

By Billi London-Gray

Leanna Miller came to Texas State unsure where her path would lead. But with the help and guidance of her professors, she found a field she describes as “a perfect fit.”

The Texas State senior always new she had a knack for mathematics and problem-solving. She chose Texas State because of the school’s proximity to her hometown, Spring, and because of the beautiful campus. She chose her major after receiving guidance from a professor.

“My introductory professor helped guide all students into the correct major, where they belonged; for me, it was industrial engineering,” Miller says. Continue reading

Happenings: STEaMbowl

College of Science announces first annual STEaMbowl competition

Knowledge is power. Every college student believes this axiom of education. But this month, for five Texas State students, knowledge will become prize money, too.

The Texas State University College of Science will hold its first STEaMbowl competition Thursday, April 21, from 6-9 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room G01. Similar in style to “Jeopardy,” STEaMbowl is a single-elimination quiz competition. The winning team will receive $250. Continue reading