Natural and Applied Sciences
Blending theory with practice,research, courses, and programs in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) allows students to focus on two broad domains: sustainability and environmental sciences and health and human sciences. Faculty and research fellows in the NAS department pursue diverse questions aligned with those domains and increasingly explore topics at the intersection of environmental sustainability, human health, and psychological sciences.
Teaching and Research Highlights
Nanotechnology, Scientists and Startups
"Our students are learning to cultivate a creative mindset and come up with business models that allow nano-enabled products.”
Creating Economic Value From Algae
At the Forefront of Sustainable Food, Bentley Research Fellow Brings Algae to the Table
Mining the Ice Age to Predict Our Future
NSF Grant to Study Glacial Melting Implications in Age of Global Warming
Bentley Professor Leads Effort to Detoxify Local Child Care Centers
Professor collaborate with local child care facilities to reduce exposure to several toxic chemicals
Students study the effects of seasonal road salt application on the chemistry of mountain streams
Rick Oches: Reconstructing Climate Change
For thousands of years, the Earth's climate has gradually shifted between periods of warming and cooling. Rick Oches, Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences suggests, today's climate trend is anything but "normal."
Forensic Science in Action with David Szymanski
From crime scene to courtroom, forensics plays a vital role in the criminal justice system . David Szymanski, Associate Professor of Earth and Forensic Sciences, discuss how physical evidence from the crime scene can be analysed to provide scientific information.
Helen Meldrum: The Power of Listening in Medicine
Helen Meldrum covers the importance of a communication between doctors and providers in the medical field with their patients.
Rick Oches: A Sustainable Future
The practice of sustainibility isn't good just for environment ; It is imporant part of business too.
Student Opportunities and Alumni News
Sustainability Science is Key for Competitive Advantage
Dr. David Szymanski is a geologist with research interests ranging from the chemical evolution of magmas to environmental impacts of human and natural processes on surface waters.
Danielle Blanch Hartigan, is social scientist with interdisciplinary research and teaching interests in psychology and public health.
Science is big business, and it's only getting bigger. Succeeding in this new bio-economy requires a synergy to produce informed environment, health-care and biotech leaders of tomorrow