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CSUMB professor, colleagues land NSF grant

CSU Monterey Bay Professor Cheryl Logan and four colleagues have won a grant of nearly $900,000 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on ocean acidification and hypoxia.

Dr. Logan, along with Dr. Scott Hamilton from Moss Landing Marine Labs and Drs. Brian Tissot, Eric Bjorkstedt and Jeffrey Abell from Humboldt State will combine their expertise to examine how climate change can affect the behavior, physiology and gene expression of rocky reef fishes.

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CSU Labs Recognized Globally for Shark Research

Students and faculty at the CSU’s Pacific Shark Research Center in Monterey have discovered dozens of new shark species. The Shark Lab at CSU Long Beach uses cutting edge technology developed by student engineers to track white sharks.

The two labs are recognized around the world for their research on sharks, which has been printed in countless journals and featured on TV networks including National Geographic, PBS, BBC and the Discovery Channel.

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Sac State’s biomedical team wins top honors

Sacramento State’s biomedical team recently was cited as the one best positioned to bring advanced laboratory research to the marketplace. The honor was bestowed at the University of Michigan, which hosted a national online course on the most effective way to market medical breakthroughs.

Sacramento State’s team consisted of biological sciences student Manmeet Singh as entrepreneurial lead, Adjunct Professor John Chapman as mentor, and Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Warren D. Smith as principal investigator.

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Student biologist selected for CSU’s top prize

Biologist Shayle Matsuda is SF State’s 2014 recipient of the California State University Trustees Award, the highest student distinction within the CSU system. Every year, the CSU Board of Trustees selects a single student from each campus for the honor.

Matsuda, who is doing research for his master’s thesis and is seeking to graduate in the spring, has been named the Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar for extraordinary public service to his home, university or to the global community. Yet Matsuda appears to be serving all three. “I do a lot of science communications,” he said. “I also am trying to help grow a network of Bay Area young researchers who come from many diverse backgrounds.”

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Marine Sciences Faculty Receive NSF Research Grant

Three Humboldt State faculty members have received a $272,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of low pH and low dissolved oxygen on marine organisms along the North Coast.

The researchers—Eric Bjorkstedt, Jeffrey Abell and Brian Tissot—will be looking at how low pH—ocean acidification—and low dissolved oxygen—hypoxia—impact the behavior, physiology and genetics of juvenile rockfish.

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Fresno State students, faculty and staff win grants for entrepreneurial projects

Two Fresno State students, four faculty members and one staff member were awarded funds to help bring their entrepreneurial dreams to life. The funding was provided by a mini-grant joint project of New California Ventures, LLC and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State.

The mini-grant program was launched in fall 2013 through the Lyles Center to provide Fresno State students, staff and faculty the opportunity to seek support for up to $5,000 per project for the development of intellectual property and/or commercialization of products or services. To date, 49 applications have been received and nine project proposals have been funded for a total award amount of approximately $35,000

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$1.2M grant to improve abilities of deaf and hard of hearing children

Fresno State’s Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies received a $1.2 million grant to improve the quality of sign language interpretation for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to support Fresno State’s Educational Interpreter Personnel Preparation Grant (EIPP) project.

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Surfing gravitational waves in Italy

If you ask anyone living in Southern California where life happens, the answer is almost certainly going to be SoCal. That’s what I imagine it would be, since I’ve been living here my entire life, and I’ve enjoyed almost every second of it. I didn’t think I would ever have second thoughts about leaving such a place.

As a senior studying physics, I conduct experimental research with my mentor, Dr. Joshua Smith. He presented one of the biggest opportunities of my undergraduate career while I was doing some computational analysis of recent data. He mentioned that the University of Florida has an International Research Experience for Undergraduates program that was accepting applicants for the summer.

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Pilot Cancer Projects Focused on Minorities Awarded Funding

A National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute grant awarded to a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine is funding pilot projects aimed at reducing cancer disparities in ethnic minorities.

“CSUF and UCI-CFCCC Partnership for Cancer Health Disparities Research” has received $184,633 in the third of a four-year federal grant expected to total $1.3 million by 2015. The grant was awarded in 2012 to Sora Tanjasiri , professor of health science and director of Cal State Fullerton’s Health Promotion Research Institute.

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$600,000 Award for New Bioscience Scholarship Program

To provide support for biological science, chemistry and biochemistry students pursuing careers in the bioscience industry, Cal State Fullerton has been awarded a $617,139, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a new undergraduate scholarship program.

Science faculty members Barbara L. Gonzalez, Chandra Srinivasan, Marcelo E. Tolmasky and Sean E. Walker developed the “Scholarships to Enhance Excellence in the Chemical and Biological Research-based Workforce” (STEER) program.

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Last Updated: September 12, 2014