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

July 12, 2015 by L. Andrew Lyon | 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 L. Andrew Lyon | 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 L. Andrew Lyon | 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

Science Journalist, Author Gary Taubes to Deliver Schmid College Commencement Address

May 15, 2015 by | Events

As our graduating students depart Schmid College, they depart as scientists.  Regardless of their career paths, science communication is one of the vital roles they can play in society. It is because of the importance of science communication that Schmid College has chosen to invite science journalist Gary Taubes to speak at its Commencement Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on

Science Faculty Honored for Successes in Research Funding

May 8, 2015 by | News

On Thursday, May 7, the Chancellor’s Office through the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs recognized faculty who have received external financial support for their work.  The event honored five faculty members in particular who showed tremendous creative activity within their specific fields—three of whom were affiliated with Schmid College . The bestowed grants will

Students Intern at NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, UCI MIND

May 1, 2015 by | News

Schmid College students continue to expand their presence in the professional world through internship opportunities—this time with University of California Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (MIND). UCI MIND is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and it uses stem cells to develop models for Alzheimer’s disease. Schmid

Biology Students Awarded at Tri-Beta Conference

April 30, 2015 by | Student Sucess

Schmid College saw three of its biology students receive awards at the most recent TriBeta West Coast Regional Conference. TriBeta, a national biological honor society, offers students the opportunity to showcase their research and get feedback from elite minds in the field of biology. Amy Ortega and Kristen Gabriel received second place for the Frank

Battling Miscommunication in the Field of Food Science

April 30, 2015 by | Student Sucess

As food science students who are on the never-ending battle for knowledge, we are given the opportunity to offer our expertise on controversial food topics to friends, family and anyone else who may be curious (let’s face it, who isn’t curious about what they’re eating?!). However, while we spend much of our time with our

Schmid College Students Intern at Medtronic

April 29, 2015 by | News

With internships becoming increasingly vital to future careers, it’s no surprise that Schmid College students are taking full advantage of internship opportunities in their fields of study. According to, 69% of large companies offer full-time jobs to their interns—that’s a statistic that is hard for students nearing graduation to overlook. One of those students is Gabrielle