Some of the biggest problems in applied science – such as personalized genome mapping and affordable renewable energy – require the aid of some of the world’s smallest devices. In the meticulously maintained clean room at CSU Northridge, students create and test these nanotech devices under the direction of Assistant Professor Henk Postma.
Fresno State students teach science as they learn. Funded by an Engaged Department Implementation Grant, the undergraduates prepare demonstration experiments as part of the general education Chemistry and Society course, first-year general chemistry laboratories, and upper-division analytical chemistry course. In partnership with the local non-profit Discovery Science Center, the Fresno State Chemistry Department conducts one-hour labs throughout the academic year for kindergarten through 6th grade students. These events allow children the opportunity to learn from both CSU undergraduates and faculty.
Submarines and submersibles (small subs) provide their operators with some capacity to interact with the outside world. However, you run into problems when scientists want to add a new outside tool that they can operate while safely inside. Just drilling control wire holes in the hull does not work – given humans’ pesky need to breath and the crushing pressure of deep water.
The students of CSU Monterey Bay Professor Steve Moore’s robotics class came up with a solution, and in so doing created “Squid Disco.”
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 »
CSU campuses lead the way in exploring fuel cells as a clean, ultra-efficient way to generate energy. This technology has developed from units designed for spacecraft and vehicles to large-scale units that now power buildings and homes.
San Francisco State University and Pacific Gas and Electric demonstrate the potential of fuel cells through a project that combines two separate systems for a total of 1.6 megawatts of electrical power – enough energy to supply about 1,200 homes.
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 »
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) brought CSU experts together with other state science and education leaders to create the 2011 Innovate to Innovation (i2i) action plan. The report’s goal is to secure California’s role as an innovative leader in sciences.
The CCST coordinated the annual year-long plan, which was presented to California lawmakers in Sacramento last month. The CCST was established by the state legislature in 1988 to offer expert advice to the state government and to recommend solutions to science and technology related issues.
This year’s plan addresses two critical priorities for California—education and water resources—and CSU personnel made considerable contributions.
If you’ve made the journey from Southern California to Las Vegas, you’ve probably seen the sign for Zzyzx, the I-15 exit somewhere in between Barstow and Baker, California—about 175 miles from Los Angeles. Curious motorists pass by it, wondering what actually exists beyond it and who would dwell in this inhospitable and desolate place.
The answer would be desert researchers, of course. Zzyzx -pronounced “zy-zicks”- is an ideal location for these folks because it’s home to the CSU Desert Studies Center, a rich research resource in the Mojave.
CSU East Bay’s Concord campus recently hosted a science themed summer camp that prepared students to care for the watershed, Delta and planet. For a week, 42 Contra Costa County high school students attending the 2011 Environmental Sciences Camp had an opportunity to explore renewable energy, water management, habitat conservation and the impact of plastics on the ecosystem.