Cal State Northridge
College of Science &
Dept. of Biology
The Biology Department Newsletter
Volume 14: No. 1, Editor: J. Maxwell, Publisher J.W. Dole
California State University, Northridge
Summer Science Fellowships
for K-12 Teachers Available
Teachers from fifth through twelfth grades are encouaged to apply
to Dr. Steve Oppenheimer's summer research program. This program, supported by a
$395,772 grant from the National Science Foundation, provides each participating
teacher an $1800 summer fellowship.
Teachers accepted into the progam will get hands-on research experience working in
the laboratories of Biology faculty. Biologists who will mentor the teachers include
Drs. Larry Baresi, Robert Carpenter, Ed Carroll, Cathy Coyle-Thompson, Randy Cohen,
Steve Dudgeon, Janet Kübler, Jennifer Matos, Aïda Metzenberg, Stan Metzenberg,
Shawn Nordell, Polly Schiffman, Michael Summers, Paul Tomasek, Tom Valone, Paul Wilson
and Maria Elena Zavala.
Interested teachers are urged to contact Dr. Oppenheimer at 8l8/677-3336 or via email
Faculty Appointed to
Regional, State, National Boards
Dr. Stan Metzenberg has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the California Science
Project, a state-funded group involved in training science teachers. He will serve
a 4-year term.
Dr. Paula Schiffman was recently appointed to the L.A. County Environmental Review
Board, a group charged with evaluating the impact of proposed development on the
environment. The board advises the regional planning commission, the Board of Supervisors,
and other decision-making bodies in the unincorporated areas along the coast and
in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Dr. Jennifer Matos has been appointed to the Science Instructional Materials Advisory
Panel (IMAP) by the State Board of Education. The IMAP evaluates instructional resources,
including texts, submitted for adoption for grades K-8 and submits its recommendations
to the Curriculum Commission. In effect, the IMAP determines what California's elementary
school children learn about science.
Dr. Paul Tomasek serves on the Education and Training Board (BET) of the 50,000-member
American Society for Microbiology. The BET program works aggressively to improve
undergraduate microbiology education and pre-college science education.