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Happy Cows and Students

By Cindy Daley,
Professor, CSU Chico College of Agriculture

Professor Daley (top right) with a group of her students and staff in front of cows from the CSU Chico Organic Dairy Unit.  The logo above reads: ''Happy cows come from California.  Happy students come from Chico State.''

Professor Daley (top right) with a group of her students and staff in front of cows from the CSU Chico Organic Dairy Unit. The logo above reads: ''Happy cows come from California. Happy students come from Chico State.''

Students working with the campus organic dairy program suggested the slogan: “Happy cows come from California.  Happy students come from Chico State.”  It is such an appropriate saying for this group–clever, funny and true.  It has been nearly four years since Chico State launched the Organic Dairy Unit, and I have witnessed a group of students become deeply engaged in what they are doing and excited about a future in agriculture.
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On the track of wildfires

CSU experts drawn to science of flaming landscapes
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By Sean Kearns,
CSU Science Communications Advisor

A fire burns outside of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Swanton Racific Ranch.

Photo courtesy Swanton Pacific Ranch

Just what is “spreading like wildfire”?

It can be a multi-story wall of flames racing uphill at 40 miles an hour, burning at 400 degrees F – or much hotter.  It can be a blaze that roars across the top of a vegetative canopy – and then returns to ignite what was left underneath.  It can be a searing rage that leaps into the sky and, with its back to the wind, lands on a distant untouched stretch of land – and torches it.

Sometimes it seems to stay put, burning hotly in a bowl of chaparral under the heavy atmospheric lid of an inversion layer, with the fast-rising pressure intensifying the heat – until the fire blows up like a ruptured pressure cooker, unleashing an incendiary rain.

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The Quest for Knowledge Begins with Questions

By Sean Kearns,
CSU Science Communications Advisor

National Science Foundation logoIn the research realm, the pursuit of knowledge often begins with a short, though not necessarily simple, question.  Junior faculty in the CSU are getting a boost from the National Science Foundation to connect research and teaching to find answers to their questions, such as: 

  • How bright is the sun?
  • What does it take to generate a good shape?

These are among the questions pursued by the 23 CSU faculty members whom the NSF has on its CAREER path.  Formally known as Faculty Early Career Development grants, NSF’s CAREER awards support junior faculty members who “exemplify the role of teacher-scholars.”  They will each receive at least $400,000 over a five-year period.

Turning the lab tables, I asked some of the CAREER recipients to answer a few more questions. 

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Gulf Recovery in Murky Waters

By Sean Anderson
Assistant Professor
Environmental Science and Resource Management
California State University, Channel Islands

CSUCI Assistant Professor Sean Anderson stands in the marshes of Louisiana.

CSUCI Assistant Professor Sean Anderson stands in the marshes of Louisiana.

Soon, my CSUCI students and I will return to Louisiana to continue wetland restoration and community service that we began along the Gulf Coast in the immediate wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  For the past five years, our restoration efforts and research have focused on the bottomland hardwood forest in Plaquemines Parish.  When in Louisiana, my students spend about half their days working on wetland restoration and half on building sustainable food systems and community food gardens in and around New Orleans.

In the still unfolding aftermath of BP’s catastrophic Deep Horizon oil spill, we’re not sure what to expect this coming year.  Anytime oil and seawater combine in large quantities, there are immediate and long-term political, economic, social, natural and scientific consequences. 

Simple questions – like “How much oil spilled into the gulf?” – get murky in a hurry.
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A Profile in Diplomacy

By Erik Fallis
CSU Public Affairs

The 2010 National Model United Nations delegation from California State University, San Bernardino representing Morocco.

The 2010 National Model United Nations delegation from California State University, San Bernardino representing Morocco.

Delegates representing the 192 members of the United Nations (UN) crowded the Great Hall in New York. Exhaustion was evident on several of the delegates’ faces. Over the last week, they tackled some of the world’s greatest challenges: war, terrorism, disease and famine. They checked and rechecked their governments’ positions, while trying to pull together some sort of agreement that could pass the General Assembly. This day, April 15, 2006, was the final plenary session, and the last vote for dozens of international documents.

The sound of thousands of delegates shuffling around nervously could be deafening. Decorum was essential, and standing at the green marble podium–an imposing UN logo just overhead–with gavel in hand was California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) alumnus Kevin Grisham (B.A. Criminal Justice, 1997), director general of the 2006 National Model United Nations (NMUN).
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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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