The Dean's Corner

Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver, Interim Dean

Dr. Isi Ero-Tolliver

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students in the School of Science, We welcome you to our website. The School of Science is committed to achieving excellence in its educational programs, and our departments and programs provide:

  • Formalized instruction;
  • Hands-on research experiences;
  • Didactic and clinical experiences for professional programs;
  • Technical training for prospective commissioned officers in the United States Navy, Marine Corps or Navy Nurse Corps; and
  • Outreach opportunities.

The School of Science prepares its students for futures in industry and academia. In addition to learning in the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in summer internships or research programs. Students can then present their research at scientific conferences where they can meet and network with scientists and other students in similar disciplines, as well as with recruiters from industry, government, scientific laboratories and graduate schools. The School of Science also provides academic preparation for students contemplating health careers through programs in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics.

School of Science faculty members and researchers conduct nationally and internationally recognized research in fields such as atmospheric and planetary sciences, medical physics, cancer imaging, and cancer research. The School of Science also excels in nuclear, particle, and optical physics, and is currently exploring the fields of material science, nanotechnology, and alternative fuels and energy. Research has already resulted in tangible applications such as the launch of weather satellites, the development of an imaging device for breast cancer, and numerous patents in the areas of medical instrumentation, optical physics and holographic storage.

Additionally, the School of Science hosts a number of exciting summer programs for middle school, high school, college, and graduate students, as well as middle and high school teachers and college faculty. Each program has a unique aim, but all share the common goal of utilizing the resources of the School of Science and external sources to enrich the educational and research experiences and the academic strengths of their participants.

Faculty of the Month

Dr. Abiodun Adibi
Dr. Abiodun Adibi received his PhD in Veterinary Parasitology from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. His M.S. in Microbiology from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN. He teaches Parasitology, Microbiology, Histology and MSD Medical Histology.

His area of research is environmental microbiology; he is currently studying nitrogen fixing bacteria associated with Liriope muscari, an ornamental plant. He and his research collaborators recently published an article titled “Characterization and isolation of peptide metabolites of an antifungal bacterial isolate identified as Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subspecies plantarum strain FZB42”.

He along with two colleagues in the Department of Biological Sciences submitted an NSF grant proposal last year, the goal of which was to improve Microbiology. Dr. Adibi continues to bring a sense of community, respect and belonging into the classroom creating a welcoming learning environment for students. Students find him to be enthusiastic and caring. Dr. Adibi is flexible adjusting his approaches to teaching to ensure students are learning.

As a faculty member he well respected and works collaboratively with his colleagues, creating a respectful environment where constructive criticism, suggestions and advice enhance the ability of both himself and his peers to grow.