School of Science Faculty Update

Hamaker Returns After Leading Seminar Program for Five Years

Charles Hamaker was honored at a reception last spring and thanked for five years of service as the director of the Collegiate Seminar Program. The School of Science happily welcomed Charlie back to the Math Department! Another science faculty member, José Feito (Psychology) took the helm of Collegiate Seminar last July.

SMC Science in the News reported on SMC research by Biology Professor Vidya Chandrasekaran and three current and former students–Wayne Doyle '11, Eric Shide '13 and Slesha Thapa '14–showing that energy drinks can delay the healing time of wounds to human tissue. Read about the research.

A San Francisco Business Times story about the growth of science, math and technology majors at Bay Area colleges noted that the biology major at SMC has grown by 131 percent since 2008. Read the article.


Keith Garrison (Biology) received the Early Career Award at the Annual Scholars Reception on February 22, 2013.

Sabbatical Research

Three science faculty members returned from sabbatical leaves in the fall and presented their research at a symposium. Mary McCall (Psychology) discussed “International Efforts to Build Inclusive Communities for Older Adults" while Hiroko Nakano (Psychology) and Mari-Anne Rosario (Physics) presented "An Analysis of Electroencephalographic (EEG) Oscillations in Argentine Tango Dancers." 

Faculty Scholarship

Kudos to the many science faculty members who published research findings in scientific journals this past academic year. View the latest list.

New Faculty Members

The School of Science has welcomed five new faculty members: Alice Baldridge (Environmental Science & Studies Program), James Berleman (Biology) and Mark Lingwood (Chemistry).  Learn about these new faculty members.