Alumni Focus: Dor Shoshan ’15 From Chapman to Medical School

August 21, 2015 by | Alumni

Alumnus Dor Shoshan and his family have much to celebrate. Dor graduated with honors in May from Chapman University’s Biological Sciences program. He received both the Outstanding Senior Award in Biological Science as well as the Ronald M. Huntington Award for Outstanding Scholarship representing the graduating senior with the most distinguished record of academic scholarship.

A Summer with NASA’s Student Airborne Research Program

August 11, 2015 by Taylor Krause | Research

I am participating in the Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), which is a program funded by NASA and is targeted toward undergraduates of junior standing (AKA entering their senior year).  It’s a national program that takes place in Southern California, but includes students from all over the US and US territories (we have one girl from Puerto Rico).  There are a total of 32 students

Dean’s Diversion: Communicating Science

August 9, 2015 by | Dean

Science communication is something we do a great deal of here in Schmid College.  Whenever we publish a blog post, help write a press release, or give a public lecture, I am reminded of an excellent PNAS paper entitled “Bringing values and deliberation to science communication” by Thomas Dietz from Michigan State. The basic premise


August 3, 2015 by | Alumni

“What should our hashtag be this year?” “#ChapmanIFT2015″? “#IFT2015″? “#ChapmanDoesChicago”? This is the question students ask each other as we get prepared for the annual “Food Convention” as I like to call it.  This past July, Chapman University’s food science graduate students and faculty attended the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Meeting and Expo in Chicago.

Dean’s Diversion: The Importance of Being Self-Critical

July 12, 2015 by | Dean

As scientists and humans, we are all going to make errors in our work – hopefully those errors arise from honest mistakes and not bias. In experimental science, we are accustomed to performing research using the principles of the scientific method. We form a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, collect data, analyze and interpret the data,

Dean’s Diversion: Avoiding Pathological Science

June 28, 2015 by | Dean

A particularly good read (whether you are a scientist or not) is Irving Langmuir’s classic Pathological Science lecture from 1953 (download the PDF).  For most physical scientists, I imagine that the talk is well known.  There are extensive websites on the subject, as well as the obligatory Wikipedia page, so there is no need to

Dean’s Diversion: Summer Reading List

June 14, 2015 by | Dean

Towards the end of this past spring semester, I walked into my office to find the dreaded red “you have voice mail” light blazing on my phone.  As I listened to the message, I was happy to hear the voice of President Doti, who is known to use the medium to broadcast his musings to

E-cigarettes, Youth and Retailer Proximity to Schools

May 28, 2015 by | Research

This year I participated as the student leader for Dr. Georgiana Bostean’s Social Determinants of Health research lab. Over two semesters, we studied the new phenomenon of electronic cigarette use and the potential risks it poses to youth. The research team applied our knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to studying the density and proximity