California depends on water now more than ever. With a growing population, climate uncertainty, and aging infrastructure, issues surrounding water resources and policy are hard to ignore. The state faces many challenges—stemming from issues such as ecological problems in the San Joaquin Delta and growing pressure on our water delivery system.
When it comes to water, the California State University’s 23 campuses have vast expertise and wide-ranging resources. By collaborating with state agencies, these resources can be utilized to help solve the state’s water problems. The efforts also create learning and research opportunities throughout the CSU. That was the idea behind the CSU’s Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) when the systemwide group was created in 2008.
Southern California’s Salton Sea is an ecological disaster zone—it’s a stinking, stagnant, salty lake that experiences frequent “die-offs” of thousands of fish and birds. It appears nearly devoid of life, but the oddly beautiful body of water is a surprising oasis—it continues to support a valuable ecosystem of fish and migrating birds. A Sacramento State study aims to see how long this life can last.
The Twenty-Fourth Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium continued a proud tradition of bringing the CSU’s greatest minds in life science research, engineering and technological innovation. With more than 600 researchers, mentors, students and faculty from across the system, the yearly program provided an opportunity to build bridges on collaborative research, share educational practices and celebrate the achievements of CSU students and faculty.
No time went to waste during the symposium. Lunch featured faculty hosted topic tables, where a salad might be served with a side of bioengineering. Read more »
The CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology recently participated in a BayBio campaign to educate the public on the impact of life sciences on the environment, human health and the economy. A thirty second spot featuring the CSU ran on KPIX/KBCW, a CBS affiliate station, and was seen by half a million residents throughout the Bay Area and northern California.
Below are descriptions of the various campus projects highlighted in the spot. Read more »
At approximately 4 pm on Thursday, Sept. 8, two CSU campuses went dark. A blackout that began through human error in Arizona had spread across county, state and national borders. For the students, faculty and staff of San Diego State and CSU San Marcos the blackout is a major upheaval of their daily routine – interrupting work and instruction, darkening traffic lights and limiting communications. Of particular concern in the American southwest, the blackout also took out air conditioning during one of the hottest weeks of the year.
How does such a widespread failure occur? To understand grid system failure requires a grasp of how electric power is different from other resources. The primary challenge is that electrons are extremely difficult to store. Read more »