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A Scientist’s Responsibility

Sepehr Eskandari, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences
Alumnus of Cal Poly Pomona

Sepher Eskandari in the lab at Cal Poly Pomona.

Sepher Eskandari in the lab at Cal Poly Pomona.

My most important responsibility as a scientist is to teach the next generation.  This is because science is not static – it is not the sum of all existing knowledge.  Rather, science is a dynamic process that builds one discovery on top of the other.  Today’s scientific community is asking questions that will not be answered in my lifetime, but in my students’ lifetimes – perhaps.

I derive great joy working with and teaching students in my lab at Cal Poly Pomona.  Together, we research the chemistry implicated in brain processes that may one day lead to treatment options for seizures and strokes.  The work itself is rewarding but the intellectual curiosity and maturation I see developing in students who spend upwards of four years (spanning both their undergraduate and graduate years) in my lab makes a greater personal impact. More …


Looking Beyond the Cure

By Elisabeth Freeman
President at International Center for Professional Development
Executive Director at Legacy Direct
Alumna of CSU Channel Islands

Elisabeth Freeman meets with students in Matetsi

Freeman meets with students in Zimbabwe

People in Africa are dying alarmingly early in life, primarily from preventable or treatable diseases.  AIDS continues to be a prolific killer, but so are diseases tied to starvation, poor infrastructure and lack of sanitation.

I have already outlived 80 percent of my childhood classmates in Zimbabwe.  This realization drives home just how fortunate I have been to access the medical treatment and quality of life in the United States, but it also underscores the tragedy of the health disparities that exist in this world.

After coming to California, my education at CSU Channel Islands started with optimism of finding a cure for AIDS and relieving the suffering for millions in Africa.  As I went through the biology program, I learned that the problem was more complex – not just from a medical standpoint but also in terms of education, infrastructure and resources.
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A Showcase of CSU Biotechnology Expertise

By CSU Public Affairs 

The celebration of student and faculty work at CSU campuses statewide took place under the theme of 'Innovating Educational Practices for the Biotechnology Industry.'

The celebration of student and faculty work at CSU campuses statewide took place under the theme of 'Innovating Educational Practices for the Biotechnology Industry.'

Focusing on a wide range of cultures — from the tribal and corporate to the academic and microbial — the 23rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium earlier this month showcased applied research in the CSU as it set the stage for students’ future success in scientific and technological careers.

To a lively gathering of about 500 CSU students and faculty and nearly 100 industry professionals, community college representatives and elected officials, the symposium presented panels of experts with global perspectives and the discoveries of individual researchers.

With 236 research posters, students from 22 CSU campuses described and discussed their findings related to genes, proteins, cancers, crops, nerves, viruses, and more.  Students, faculty and industry leaders dialogued through career networking, educational sessions and roundtable discussions.

Organized by the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), the symposium is the major statewide event fostering the development of emerging biotechnology researchers and professionals in California.

Several awards celebrated particularly strong work by students and faculty. More …

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Exploring the Frontier of Biotechnology

By Carmen Domingo
Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University

In the spring of 2009 the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM ) provided funding to 11 CSUs and Community Colleges to train students in the area of stem cell biology. The primary goal of this new program is to train a diverse work force ready to push the field of regenerative medicine forward.
As the Program Director of the CIRM Bridges program at San Francisco State University (SFSU), I have had the privilege to help establish this new program and observe first hand the impact that this program has had on the career trajectories of CSU students.
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