CSU Research Initatives and Partnerships

Research Updates

New course ‘The Food Environment’ provides hands-on research experience

This fall, San Diego State students can enroll in a new research-based course offered through the geography department, titled Community-based Geographic Research: The Food Environment.

Created by SDSU professors Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando Bosco, the course aims to give undergraduate students research experience so they can learn about the local food environment and its effects.

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Collaborative Research Leads to CSU Science Success

CSU faculty members continue to make waves in the science community as five CSU researchers have won a prestigious grant of nearly $900,000 from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research on ocean acidification and hypoxia. Dr. Scott Hamilton from Moss Landing Marine Laboratory-San Jose State, Dr. Cheryl Logan from CSU Monterey Bay and Drs. Brian Tissot, Eric Bjorkstedt and Jeffrey Abell from Humboldt State will be combining their expertise to examine how climate change can affect the behavior, physiology and gene expression of rocky reef fishes.

“Having a team of scientists who are located all across California and specialize in everything from ecology to molecular physiology to oceanography will allow us to more efficiently address challenging and complex scientific questions,” said Dr. Scott Hamilton.

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HSU Receives Grant to Promote and Protect Headwaters Forest Reserve

Humboldt State University and the Redwood Parks Association have received a $32,000 grant from the Bureau of Land Management and the Conservation Lands Foundation to promote stewardship of the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

The grant will fund development of a Friends of Headwaters website and social media presence and support coordination with community groups. It will also help organize and expand volunteer efforts at Headwaters, a 7,472-acre natural area southeast of Eureka.

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Are Three Brain Imaging Techniques Better than One?

New NIH grants will allow SDSU psychologist Ralph-Axel Müller to explore the autistic brain using fMRI, EEG, and MEG brain imaging technologies in tandem. Many recent imaging studies have shown that in children with autism, different parts of the brain do not connect with each other in typical ways. Initially, most researchers thought that the autistic brain has fewer connections between key regions. The most recent studies, however, point to an opposite conclusion: The brains of people with autism exhibit overconnectivity.

To date, almost all studies of autism in children have used a single imaging technique to explore connectivity. None has been able to capture a robust picture of the brain abnormalities associated with autism—until now. Two new grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will allow San Diego State University Psychology Professor Ralph-Axel Müller to combine three imaging techniques and harness the best of each one in his study of autism.

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‘Graduation day’ for ocean science researchers


For the 11 students who spent the summer conducting research through the Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program based at CSU Monterey Bay, Aug. 15 was graduation day.

The students – one from CSUMB, one from Hartnell College in Salinas and the other nine from campuses around the country – presented their work to a group of their peers, CSUMB faculty and administrators, and mentors from the collaborating agencies.

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Grad Student Wins Award for Spider Study

Biology graduate student Elizabeth Herrera won second place for her research presentation on embryonic spider development at this summer’s national meeting of the American Arachnological Society in Ohio.

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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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Student Conducts U.S. Department of Energy Research

Austin Xu Examined Environmental Impacts of Hydropower Plants

Biological science major Austin Howard Xu spent the summer examining the environmental impact of hydropower plants at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois.

Xu was selected as part of the DOE’s highly competitive Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program. His 10-week research stint focused on the effect of Glen Canyon Dam operations and the relationship between water temperature and growth of the native fish species of the Colorado River.

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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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Last Updated: August 28, 2014