Cal State L.A. and San Jose State received $9.6 million to conduct NASA-related research and education to help train a new generation of scientists and engineers. more…
Science & the CSU
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Stewards of the Oceans
For the past 40 years, U.S. national marine sanctuaries have worked to provide a secure habitat for species close to extinction and protect historically significant shipwrecks and artifacts —and now California State University (CSU) students are helping to guard these underwater treasures.
As part of CSU’s role in advancing sustainable environmental science, the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) has partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) to place students in unique internships. more »
CSU students are addressing today’s top issues including the impact of minimum wage increases, California’s water crisis, and the public perception of police officers. They are also developing solutions that can make a difference in our lives including creating power from carbon dioxide and making breakthroughs that could lead to more effective treatments for cancer.
These topics were among nearly 200 research projects presented at the CSU’s 29th annual Student Research Competition at CSU San Bernardino May 1-2. The event hosted the best and brightest students from throughout the CSU–in order to participate, students had to be selected by their campus or take top honors in their own campus research competition.
Over the two-day event, 260 students from 22 CSUs presented 200 research projects in 19 sessions, which were broken down by student level and a number of research categories including humanities and social sciences, agriculture, chemistry, biology and health sciences. more…
The CSU’s Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) leverages the expertise of about 250 researchers from throughout the CSU to help solve the state’s complex water issues. Due in part to this system-wide initiative, the CSU is now recognized as a critical resource working to solve the state’s water challenges.
One of WRPI’s goals is to provide faculty expertise to support California’s need for sustainable water resources.
CSU experts are also educating Californians about the importance of sustainable water consumption in the home. Daily water use plays a major role in the state’s supply.
WRPI water expert and Sacramento State Professor Christine Flowers-Ewing insists that Californians need to do our part to save water, and it can start in the home. Here are seven tips that Flowers-Ewing says anyone can do to help reduce water use: more…
In a small, multipurpose electrical engineering lab located at the heart of campus, a team of 27 California State University, Northridge students, four professors and a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist eagerly gathered around a table covered with circuit boards. They were witnessing a historic first rehearsal between the custom-made CSUNSat1 cube satellite and a JPL energy storage system that will help explore deep space in extremely cold temperatures.
California State University Bakersfield provides Fruitvale Junior High School students access to the campus Fab Lab. The opportunity has enabled the junior high school to offer Project Lead the Way Class, the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs, with students beginning projects in the classroom and completing their design work in the Fab Lab.
“A Fab Lab is the place where students and entrepreneurs come to imagine, to design and to make almost anything that they want” said Sherry Lassiter, director of Fab Foundation.
With Fab Lab consisting of the same core machines and processes in all of its locations, the CSU is joining a global network of over 400 Fab Labs in more than 50 countries. more…
A deadly fungus responsible for the extinction of more than 200 amphibian species worldwide has coexisted harmlessly with animals in Illinois and Korea for more than a century, a pair of studies have found.
The World Ag Expo is the largest farm equipment and technology show in the world and takes place in California’s Central Valley, one of our nation’s most important agricultural regions. As the CSU produces more than half of the state’s graduates in agriculture, the event sets the perfect stage for faculty and students to showcase how the CSU is helping California maintain its status as an agricultural powerhouse.
Nearly 700 students, faculty, alumni, administrators and partners gathered at the 27th annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium in Santa Clara Jan. 8-10 to share research and advance innovation in the life sciences.
The symposium, organized by the CSU’s Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), showcases the research of hundreds of students working toward high-demand science, technology, engineering and math degrees. This year, CSUPERB received 318 abstract submissions from 21 CSU campuses, representing research from about 160 faculty-led labs across California.
MAES—Latinos in Science and Engineering—has come a long way since hosting its first symposium 40 years ago at CSU Fullerton. Today, they boast more than 50 professional and collegiate chapters across the country, with the mission of encouraging and supporting Latino students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Every year, MAES hosts a symposium to give student members an opportunity to meet industry recruiters, present original research and compete for scholarships. This year, CSU students made a big splash at the 40th Annual MAES Symposium in San Diego.
CSU teaching credential students are getting hands-on experience teaching scientific principles like Archimedes’ principle and Newton’s theory of gravity through their application in sports like baseball and golf.
The future teachers from CSU campuses across the state are serving as mentors in the Chevron STEM ZONE, an interactive exhibit that highlights the scientific side of sports through a variety of hands-on learning stations for kids. The idea is that sports can make science more engaging.
STEM ZONE travels to a number of golfing and sporting events throughout the state. At nearly each stop, local CSU students are invited to serve as exhibit mentors. CSU faculty prepare the teacher candidates to highlight scientific and engineering practices, depending on the sport.