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Catching up with CSU’s Watershed Management Interns

April 9, 2013

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In 2011, the CSU’s Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) launched a four-year internship program intended to harness the research capacity of CSU faculty and students in order to address the critical water issues facing California.

The USDA-funded Watershed Management Internships are already giving CSU students valuable hands-on experience. The interns delve into various aspects of natural resource protection carried out by three USDA agencies: the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Agricultural Research Service and the Forest Service.

The first year saw a variety of projects on a wide range of topics, incorporating many aspects of environmental issues in California. Below are just a few examples of the work these students and faculty are doing:

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Going Global at the World Ag Expo

February 27, 2013

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Every February, 100,000 visitors from more than 70 countries flock to a small town in California’s Central Valley for the largest farm equipment and technology show in the world. Though its location may seem remote, the World Ag Expo takes place in one of our nation’s most important agricultural regions.

The CSU students and researchers that headed to the International Agri-Center in Tulare for this year’s expo Feb. 12-14 showcased some of what they do to help California maintain its status as an agricultural powerhouse.

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SJSU, Cal Poly Take Charge in Energy Innovation

February 14, 2013

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In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama called on America to advance clean energy research and technology. Obama said that investment in clean energy innovation holds the most promise for both our environment and economy.

San José State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo recently made announcements regarding their roles in such innovation: SJSU has launched a program to train students for the fast-emerging energy storage industry, and Cal Poly received a $1.3 million grant to help turn San Luis Obispo’s wastewater into energy.

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The Point Sur Arrives

February 1, 2013

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Congratulations to the crew of the R/V Point Sur for their Jan. 26 arrival at Palmer Station on Anvers Island, Antarctica.  Their journey has already spanned nearly two months since departing from home – Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in the Monterey Bay area. More …

Fusing Biology and Technology

January 11, 2013

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The 25th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium brought together students, faculty, alumni, administrators and partners from across the 23 campus university system to advance an intricate and cutting edge understanding of life.  More than 700 current and future biotechnology researchers and professionals participated in this silver anniversary symposium held in Anaheim from January 3-5, 2013.  The symposium was a showcase for the year-round work incubated by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB). Read more »

Is Agricultural Waste the New Plastic?

November 20, 2012

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Yeast is an essential ingredient in the beer brewing process. But after it serves its purpose during fermentation it leaves behind waste sediment, and it’s hard to come up with ways to recycle it.

Stumped with a sustainable answer to its yeast-waste, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company collaborated with researchers at nearby Chico State. The result was a research project that showed promising results in using agricultural waste as a means to create a biodegradable plastic.
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Obama back by popular demand: A CSU Fullerton professor does the math

November 6, 2012

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With polls showing the presidential race neck and neck, Americans are coming up with some creative ways to predict our next president—from a psychic pet squirrel, to the number of Obama and Romney masks sold for Halloween, even to the outcome of an Ohio State Buckeye or Florida Gators football game.

However, math remains the most reliable way to predict the president. Although polling is not an exact science, CSU Fullerton civil engineering professor Chandra Putcha is using math and science to take it to another level of accuracy.

Putcha created a comprehensive way to make predicting a more scientific process. He forecasted the outcome of the Nov. 6 presidential election using his own integrated approach that includes both state polls and probability calculations based on historical information.
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SF State Professor Weighs in on Superstorm Sandy’s Effects

October 30, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast. Photo courtesy of NASA.

On Monday, states all along the eastern seaboard felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy as she left eight million people without power, submerged parts of New York City under 13 feet of water, grounded more than 15,000 flights around the world, and left at least 30 victims in the United States dead. The eastern states are still experiencing the devastating effects of this storm today.

The first high tide cycle struck southern New Jersey Monday morning, inundating numerous locations with significant coastal flooding. During the second high tide later that evening, storm surge flooding swamped portions of New York City. Sandy was officially categorized as a post-tropical cyclone when she landed in New Jersey near Atlantic City at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, with top sustained winds of 80 mph.

“This is not just a normal hurricane,” said Jan Null, a lecturer of meteorology at San Francisco State University. “This happened at the tail end of hurricane season, at the time of year when the air has been drawn in from the cold front in Canada. This is a hybrid storm.”
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CSU Chancellor’s Office Greets Endeavour

September 21, 2012

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The CSU gets an amazing close up view of both shuttle and 747 as they cross above the university’s headquarters.

Late last year, we brought you the story of work that CSU aeronautical engineering programs are doing to ensure the U.S. continues to send humans to space after the Endeavour retires.  Today, the CSU Chancellor’s Office greets the shuttle itself as it flies piggyback to its new home at the California Science Center. Read more »

A Research Update from the Grapevine

September 10, 2012

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At Fresno State’s recent “Grape Day,” leaders in wine research discussed the fruits of their labor and kept local grape growers and winemakers up to date with some practical research. The campus also showcased its fabulous viticulture educational programs, which play a major role in the economy of the Central Valley, as well as the state.

California is America’s top wine producer and the world’s fourth leading producer after France, Italy and Spain. The Wine Institute reports that the industry generates a $61.5 billion annual economic impact to California.

Since winemaking is not an easy task, enologists (those who study the science of wine and wine-making) at Fresno State and other CSUs are developing practical research and fostering innovation to ensure that California continues to make the world’s finest wines. Here are a few of the projects featured at Grape Day that have the potential to make a major impact on California’s wine industry:

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