CSU Research Initatives and Partnerships

Research Updates

Gift Enhances Physics Research

A classroom in Science Hall 2 underwent a major renovation that transformed the space into new laboratories to benefit undergraduate learning and faculty research in physics, thanks to a $60,000 gift from Hunter Industries.

Applied physics is one of the fastest growing degree programs at CSUSM.

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Gravitational Wave Researchers Awarded Funding

The National Science Foundation has awarded Cal State Fullerton a $119,791 grant that will go toward doubling the size of a supercomputer used by faculty and student researchers in the Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center.

“MRI: Acquisition of a High-Performance Computer Cluster for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy With Advanced LIGO” will be directed by physics faculty members Geoffrey Lovelace, Jocelyn Read and Joshua Smith.

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Award Supports Lectures, Research in Chemical Sciences

Cal State Fullerton has received a 2014 Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions grant award to support a lecture series and undergraduate research in the chemical sciences. The University is one of five institutions nationwide selected for the $18,500 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation grant.

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CSUN Biotech Senior Attends Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship for Summer

Spending a summer away from home is often a highlight of college life, but rarely does it involve participating in seminars and lab research at an Ivy League university across the country. For Caroline Arellano-Garcia, a senior biotechnology major at California State University, Northridge, such an experience only enhanced her college years.

Arellano-Garcia is one of only 40 undergraduate students nationwide taking part in the 2014 Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) Internship Program, which provides participants with a challenging summer research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory. Since early June, she has conducted research in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in the laboratory of HSCI-affiliated faculty member Sandra McAllister.

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CSUN Students Dive Into Marine Research on Catalina Island

((L-R) CSUN graduate students J.R. Clark and Parker House use an underwater high-definition camera and underwater listening device called a hydrophone to record giant sea bass.)

Some of California State University, Northridge’s most interesting science research takes place not in Northridge, but 26 miles across the sea — at and around Catalina Island. The marine biology program in the Department of Biology offers undergraduates a fall semester at the island’s Wrigley Marine Science Center, and some graduate students spend much of the summer there engrossed in field work.

The next fall semester cohort kicks off its program Aug. 25. Students will spend 15 weeks on Catalina, based in the dorm and laboratory facilities, studying topics such as marine biology, invertebrate zoology and “ecology of marine fishes.”

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HSU Gets Research Submarine

Humboldt State University has acquired a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), a submarine that will be used to study marine habitats and organisms up to 3,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface.

The Deep Sea Systems Max Rover is a gift from the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center at Port Hueneme, Calif. to HSU’s California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and will be used by HSU faculty and students to conduct a variety of marine research. It was previously used by the U.S. Navy to recover aircraft, drones and conduct marine research.

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New Challenges: Why Teacher-Scholars are Taking their Research to the Next Level

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(Biology Professor Jill Adler-Moore looks at a fungus sample in a microscope during Medical Mycology lab at Cal Poly Pomona.)

Drought. Dying honeybees. Incurable diseases.

Today’s headlines are full of complex problems with global implications. They not only challenge political leaders, but the academic community as well. Researchers at Cal Poly Pomona know that searching for solutions will increasingly occupy their time.

“There’s going to be a lot of research in science, engineering, agriculture — actually in all the technical fields,” says Frank Ewers, Cal Poly Pomona’s associate vice president for research. “Because of the biomedical applications of genetic engineering, there are innumerable biological discoveries that will impact our ability to grow crops or fight against diseases.”

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Grad Student Researches Effects of Reducing Grass Irrigation

Wasted water is all around us. Graduate student Alan Moss is working toward a solution through research on deficit irrigation.

The project, titled “Deficit Irrigation on Bermudagrass,” aims to show that grass can be watered less, to conserve water, and still look healthy.

Bermuda grass is most commonly used on golf courses and sports fields, two areas that use considerable water. At the same time, golf is a popular Southern California pastime and an important industry to the state’s economy. In 2011, it generated a total economic impact of $13.1 billion, supporting over 128,000 jobs.

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College of Engineering Working with Northrop Grumman on New Cockpit Design

The future of cockpit design may be recast for tomorrow’s fighter pilot thanks to Northrop Grumman-sponsored research led by College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani.

The potential for the cockpit redesign is enormous. “This is a project that has the potential to take the combined team of Northrop Grumman and CSULB College of Engineering to a big funding agency like the Department of Defense,” Golshani said. “Northrop Grumman is very interested in making this their next contribution to aerospace, beginning with the first phase of preliminary studies.”

Student participation in the research will yield thesis topics for individual graduate students and senior projects for groups of students.

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Cal State L.A. partners with JPL to offer SpaceSHIP research training

Cal State L.A. recently hosted more than 20 high-achieving teens from the Los Angeles area as part of the 2014 Summer High School Internship Program (SpaceSHIP), sponsored by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology.

This was the first time that the University Library partnered with JPL on this program for select LAUSD high school students with a 3.0 GPA or above, and provided a training session focused on how to conduct literature research. This collaborative effort also represents one of many partnerships that underscores the University’s commitment to engagement, service and the public good.

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Last Updated: August 15, 2014