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  October 10th, 2014
SDSU Develops Technology to Help with Wildfires
Inside SDSU's Visualization Center, manager Justin Freiler is playing with fire; not literally, but in the virtual sense. "We can adjust wind direction, humidity, temperature; all the things that affect fire behavior," Freiler said.

  September 30th, 2014
Depression Increasing Across the Country
A study by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge shows Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades. Analyzing data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults...

  September 26th, 2014
From Rock Star to Real Stars
This fall, SDSU hired astronomer Robert Quimby as director of the Mount Laguna Observatory. The observatory is notable for a few reasons. It's located at one of the best places in the Northern Hemisphere for watching the sky.

  September 12th, 2014
A Link Between Jacobsen Syndrome and Autism
A rare genetic disorder known as Jacobsen syndrome has been linked with autism, according to a recent joint investigation by researchers at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego.

  September 9th, 2014
Continuing Along the Path toward Excellence
SDSU identified four research enterprises at the university that are notable not only for their success in advancing the state of their particular science, but also for their interdisciplinary nature and for their potential to contribute to critical global issues.

  September 4th, 2014
Research Shows Public Trust Dwindling
A study led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge shows trust in others and confidence in societal institutions are at their lowest point in more than three decades.

  September 2nd, 2014
Tech Experts Encourage Security Upgrades After Celebrity Hack Attack
Dr. Lance Larson, a cyber security expert at SDSU, said the prevailing theory is that the hacker used a "brute force attack. What they do is they use your email address or your login, and they keep trying new passwords over and over..."

  August 29th, 2014
Tracking Wildlife on the Not-So-Lonely Road
"Can't look. Driving," she responds, eyes on the road, hands at 10:00 and 2:00--a picture of concentration. A few seconds later she adds with a laugh, "I know a lot of biologists who are the scariest people in the world to drive with because they're always checking out animals."

  August 26th, 2014
College of Sciences New Faculty
The College of Sciences welcomes: Robert Quimby, Ph.D., Gregory Holland, Ph.D., Wei Wang, Ph.D., Jerome Gilles, Ph.D., Bo-Wen Shen, Ph.D., William Zahner, Ph.D., and Ksenija Marinkovic, Ph.D.

  August 22nd, 2014
At SDSU, First-Day Jitters for Faculty, Too
After moving his family cross-country from Boston, Bill Zahner is eager to begin as an assistant professor in mathematics and statistics at San Diego State University. He is one of several dozen tenure-track faculty hired for the fall.

  August 21st, 2014
Are Three Brain Imaging Techniques Better than One?
Two new grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will allow San Diego State University Psychology Professor Ralph-Axel Müller to combine three imaging techniques and harness the best of each one in his study of autism.

  August 19th, 2014
Sequencing at Sea
This three-week, five-island expedition took place last year with a research crew including San Diego State University computer scientist Rob Edwards, biologist Forest Rohwer, postdoctoral scholar Andreas Haas and graduate student Yan Wei Lim.

  August 18th, 2014
Outside Classroom, Students Learn to Apply Themselves
He observed a park employee looking at a computer that showed a pipe break. "He knew the general vicinity but didn't know where the exact valve was because they hadn't mapped out the pipes," said Maloy, who quickly saw that SDSU faculty and students could help.

  August 1st, 2014
Kids' Science Camp Makes Learning Fun
During Aztec Science Camp, kids are "doing science the way science should be done," said Sarah Atallh, a lead teacher of the program. For the first time, kids ages 6 to 11 are getting hands-on experience at the camp, hosted on San Diego State University's campus.

  July 31st, 2014
A Stem Cell Link Between Coxsackie Virus and Heart Disease?
In the study, led by SDSU molecular biologist Ralph Feuer and former SDSU heart researcher Roberta Gottlieb, the researchers turned to mouse models to investigate the link between coxsackie and heart failure. Both experts in stem cells, they had a hunch that the virus might be undercutting the organ's ability to repair itself.

  July 24th, 2014
Novel Virus Discovered in Half the World's Population
Robert A. Edwards, a bioinformatics professor at SDSU, and his colleagues stumbled upon the discovery quite by accident. Working with visiting researcher and corresponding author on the study Bas E. Dutilh.

  July 21st, 2014
How We Could Discover Intelligent Life Beyond Earth
A planet also must be a certain distance from its parent star in a habitable zone, said Jerome Orosz, professor of astronomy at San Diego State University.

  July 15th, 2014
SDSU Announces Partnership with Nation of Georgia
In a first-of-its kind endeavor, San Diego State University is partnering with three prominent universities in the Eastern European nation of Georgia to open SDSU campuses in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

  July 10th, 2014
Ducks do it Differently, and Science Wants You to Know About it
SDSU Professor Rulon Clark has coauthored a commentary called "Time to step up: defending basic science and animal behavior." The commentary moves beyond any single research project to reinforce the relationship between basic and applied science.

  July 9th, 2014
Most Influential Scientific Minds
Walter Oechel and Forest Rohwer, both professors of Biology at San Diego State University, were identified as two of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" by Thomson Reuters.

  July 8th, 2014
Illumination in Education
Matt Anderson, a physics professor at San Diego State University, together with a team of engineers from SDSU's Instructional Technology Services are defying instructional norms with the introduction of a unique learning tool.

  July 7th, 2014
Stepping Up a Notch: An Expanded Mathematical Model for Notch-Delta Signaling
SDSU PhD student, Jerry Chen's thesis research is featured on the cover of PLOS Computational Biology. His article was co-authored with Joseph Mahaffy and Bob Zeller

  June 30th, 2014
SDSU Researchers Win Half of GEN 10 Awards
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) magazine last week announced the winners of its annual GEN 10 Award competition for research excellence among graduate students, winners included Daniel Cuevas, computational science; Bryan Hancock, cell and molecular biology; Lauryn Keeler, bioinformatics; Brandon Kim,cell and molecular biology; and Tiffany Y. Liang, bioinformatics.

  June 30th, 2014
Dazzling Colors and Pretty Songs
Animals have limited resources, and they have to spend those in order to develop showy plumage or precision singing that help them attract mates and defend territories," said Nick Mason, the paper’s lead author.

  June 25th, 2014
Let Them Google That For You
Thanks to the SDSU psychology master's program in industrial and organizational psychology, Renee Payne and Kate LaMons have found success at the search engine giant post-graduation. The pair were offered positions at Google immediately following graduation

  June 9th, 2014
Cellular Self-Destruction
Steven Quistad, a graduate student working in the lab of SDSU virologist Forest Rohwer, made the discovery earlier this year somewhat by accident. Rohwer leads SDSU's Viral Information Institute, one of the university's Areas of Excellence.

  June 8th, 2014
In Memoriam: Marie Dolansky, former professor of Mathematics
Marie Dolansky, former professor of Mathematics at SDSU, passed away on March 8, 2014. She was 93. From 1981 until 1994 she taught mathematics at San Diego State University and at several community colleges in the San Diego area until her retirement.

  June 5th, 2014
SDSU Homeland Security Program Students Part of D-Day Remembrance
The students went to France for two weeks as part of a summer course called "The Lessons and Legacies of D-Day." "Going there allows them to get that visceral sense of what it was all about," said Jeffrey McIllwain, the professor. "They walk it, they smell it, they see it."

  June 2nd, 2014
Global Climate Change and Infectious Disease in the San Diego-Baja California Region
This international course focused on the effects of climate change on the environment, and resulting impacts on plant, animal, and human disease in the binational Southern California-Baja California border region.

  May 22nd, 2014
Always Late? How To Be On Time -- For Real
Jeff Conte, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University who has studied lateness in the workplace, says that there are deep-rooted personality characteristics at play, making lateness a very difficult habit to break.

  May 20th, 2014
Bacteria in Saliva may Help Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer
The findings suggest that ratios of particular types of bacteria found in saliva may be indicative of pancreatic cancer," said Pedro Torres from San Diego State University in the US.

  May 16th, 2014
Research says Young People Today are more Narcissistic than Ever
Professor Twenge had been studying self-esteem in young people, who specialises in narcissism. They joined forces to investigate whether people born in more recent generations score higher against narcissism measures than in previous generations.

  May 16th, 2014
SDSU's Class of 2014 Graduates
Phillip Rey Silva, the first in his family to attend college, he began to think about pursuing a Ph.D. at the end of his sophomore year. In the fall, he will be attending Yale University and has a long-term goal of teaching neuropharmacology.

  May 2nd, 2014
Autism Tied to Increased Connectivity in Brain Networks
Inna Fishman, Ph.D., from San Diego State University, and colleagues used resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging to compare brain networks in 25 adolescents with ASD

  May 1st, 2014
Bright Futures for STEM Graduates
As part of their mission to prepare undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and behavioral science students for direct-entry into Ph.D. programs, the Minority Access to Research Careers and Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program...

  April 13th, 2014
Scientists Set to Roam the World
San Diego Union highlights the work of Tom Rockwell, David Kimbrough, Matt Lauer, Erin Riley, Walt Oechel, Forest Rohwer, Arion Mayes, Sam Shen and Stephen Schellenberg.

  April 9th, 2014
Quirky Quarks Inside Neutron Stars
San Diego State theoretical astrophysicist Fridolin Weber has uncovered new evidence that such lonesome quarks, known in the physics world as deconfined quark matter, may indeed exist deep in the belly of neutron stars.

  April 1st, 2014
Marine Bio Beats
Jeremy Long, a biology professor at San Diego State University, has utilized music as a teaching mechanism for years. His unique teaching style fuses marine biology concepts with elements of hip-hop.

  April 1st, 2014
California Overdue for "The Big One:" Quake Expert
San Diegans should be no more worried today than we would've been a month before Friday's quake according to Pat Abbott, Professor Emeritus of Geology SDSU. "We're definitely due for The Big One, but overdue on geological time might mean it's another 100 years in terms of human time."

  March 25th, 2014
Can Diversity Stimulate the Creative Brain?
"I personally benefit from having diverse students in my lab," Devos said. "They bring knowledge and sensitivities that I don't have. Their presence can change the lens of perception for the group and lead to more creative solutions."

  March 17th, 2014
Mapping the Impact of Fishing
"When we talk about fisheries' catch, we're talking about what fishers are aiming to catch," explained Professor Rebecca Lewison... "Bycatch are the animals they don't want or mean to catch."

  March 19th, 2014
Exploring a Future in STEM
Through a panel of SDSU college students and stimulating workshops and labs, students from various urban San Diego middle schools will have the opportunity to explore career options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  March 18th, 2014
Kyoto Symposium Honors an Inventor
Robert Heath Dennard, Ph.D., who invented one of the most significant advances in computer technology, Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), was honored as the Kyoto Prize Laureate in advanced technology at this year's Kyoto Prize at SDSU.

  March 7th, 2014
Inside Look at Marine Research
She is one of nearly a dozen San Diego State University researchers working with the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory on research that ranges from coral reef interactions to the way the ocean affects the survival of sea urchins.

  March 6th, 2014
Showcasing Student Researchers
More than 375 students showcased their research, scholarships, and projects... College of Sciences winner include: Lauryn Keeler, Berenice Rösler, Gerardo Soriano, Theresa Morrison, Carl Bolano, Marcelo Nieto, Andres Bermudez, Lindsay Rotblatt, Anthony Rodriguez, and Maria Lopez Cabrera.

  March 6th, 2014
Nobel Laureate Presented 2014 Wassenberg Memorial Lecture
Born in Italy and educated at Antioch College and Harvard University, Capecchi received the Nobel Prize, along with Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies, for "their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells."

  February 21st, 2014
Is A "Buttery" Molecule Behind Cystic Fibrosis Flare-ups?
According to a recent study led by San Diego State University postdoctoral researcher Katrine Whiteson. The molecule can be detected in higher concentrations in CF patients than in healthy ones.

  February 20th, 2014
SDSU seeks way to fight Cystic Fibrosis
San Diego State University biologist Katrine Whiteson is trying to create a breathalyzer that detects the onset lung inflammation in people with Cystic Fibrosis.

  February 11th, 2014
Where in the World
"Most of biology has been thinking about it backward," Rohwer maintains. "We never studied viruses until recently because we didn't know they existed. Actually, there are more viruses and they have more diversity than any other living thing.

  March 19th, 2014
Exploring a Future in STEM
Through a panel of SDSU college students and stimulating workshops and labs, students from various urban San Diego middle schools will have the opportunity to explore career options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  February 2nd, 2014
Is kelp in local waters radioactive?
"We don't know if we're going to find a signal of the radiation," says Edwards. "And I personally don't believe it'll represent a health threat if there is one. But it's worth asking whether there's a reason to be concerned about a disaster that occurred on the other side of the planet some time ago."

  February 2nd, 2014
Pruning Synapses Improves Brain Connections
"The finding of a microglial role in synaptic pruning, and ultimately the emergence of efficient distributed networks, is very interesting," said Ralph-Axel Müller from San Diego State University

  January 21st, 2014
"Sedimentary Bathtub" Amplifies Earthquakes
Like an amphitheater amplifies sound, the stiff, sturdy soil beneath the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area could greatly amplify the effects of an earthquake, pushing the potential devastation... That's the conclusion of geology professor Kim Olsen.

  January 8th, 2014
Scaling Mountains, Then Moving Them
His family nickname was starvation kid, and his most treasured toy was a simple rubber ball. Though Sam Shen grew up in rural poverty in the years following the Great Chinese Famine, he knew he was one of the lucky ones.

  January 3rd, 2014
Informath Combines Art, Science
"We want to show people that math can be fun and integrated everywhere," said Molly Kelton, co-director of the collaborative and CRMSE researcher. "Most people don't think of math as creative and we want to dispel that stereotype."

  January 3rd, 2014
Official: Baja Road may Reopen by Summer
"Very frankly, that road should never have been built... the decision to build along the fragile cliffs doomed the roadway. The seismic activity in that region doesn't help, he said, but it wasn't the main factor in the road's deterioration." said Pat Abbott, a geology professor at San Diego State University who has studied the area in question.

  December 20th, 2013
The Future of Medicine in the Palm of Your Hand
The SDSU X-Team's strategy, says team captain and SDSU graduate student Lambert Ninteman, is to take existing technologies and find a way to integrate them and make them communicate with one another, rather than building new technologies from scratch.

  December 19th, 2013
Earthquake Simulations on Titan Make for Safer Buildings
Kim Olsen, a geophysicist at San Diego State University, have been able to perform the simulations at much higher frequencies than was previously possible due to the computational power of Titan, a 27-petaflop Cray XK7 machine.

  December 11th, 2013
Scientists See Relief in Budget Deal
"The NIH funds that support these types of efforts have been becoming more and more limited over the last few years" said Stanley Maloy, dean of SDSU's College of Sciences.

  December 3rd, 2013
Saving African Elephants
San Diego State University biology professor Scott Kelley is on a mission to help improve the water quality for the largest walking animals on the planet - African elephants.

  December 2nd, 2013
SDSU, Balboa Park are InforMath
Funded by a $726,733 National Science Foundation grant to SDSU's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, the program will involve the center's researchers and staff from the Mingei International Museum.

  November 19th, 2013
Rising Acidity Threatens Marine Ecosystems Off San Diego
Matthew Edwards, professor of biology at San Diego State University and the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory, has studied the impact of acidification on kelp forests for more than 20 years.

  November 7th, 2013
Inside the Autistic Brain: New Research Challenges Current Beliefs
Ralph-Axel Muller and colleagues at San Diego State University discovered hyper-connectivity in the brains of teens with autism, particularly in the regions that control vision.

  November 6th, 2013
SDSU Receives $8.5M for Heart Research
"Regenerative medicine using stem cells has changed the way researchers and clinicians are thinking about and trying to treat heart failure," said Mark Sussman, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of biology at SDSU.

  October 31st, 2013
MESA Student Leaders
A select group of San Diego State University students recently honed their leadership skills at an invitation-only conference in San Diego for math-based majors. The event was sponsored by the California Utilities Diversity Council.

  October 24th, 2013
Innovation in Education
More than 90 attendees shared their successes and challenges regarding online K-12 STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- teaching and learning.

  October 22nd, 2013
ARCS Scholars Drive Innovation
"Understanding research centrality is critical to San Diego State University," said Hirshman. "Research isn't an option or an add on -- it's a necessity."

  October 22nd, 2013
Can Monster Oarfish Really Predict Earthquakes?
"I don't discredit or disrespect the Japanese theory at all," Pat Abbott, a seismologist at San Diego State University, told reporters. "The science and study just isn't there.

  October 17th, 2013
Spiderwoman
Erika Garcia, a senior biology-zoology major, has found her passion in a typically unpopular subject matter: spiders.

  October 8th, 2013
Highlights of the BMC-series: September 2013
For example, a 15-week Ecological Metagenomics course at San Diego State University recently brought together 21 biology and computer science undergraduates to successfully sequence the California sea lion genome, 14 bacterial genomes and 14 microbial community samples...

  October 1st, 2013
SDSU to monitor firefighters as they work
"We know very little about these stresses," says Matt Rahn, an SDSU environmental scientist who is leading the study, which involves a partnership with Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, and other first responders.

  September 26th, 2013
SDSU Ranks #19 Nationwide Advancing Women in STEM
Narrowing the gap in women's representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has been a popular topic recently, from local coffee shops to the office of the President.

  September 19th, 2013
Setting Up for Success
Now in its third year, LabZone is a service-learning outreach initiative designed to give future educators a place to learn theories in math and science education while engaging underserved youth.

  September 17th, 2013
The 300-Year-Old Fertility Statistics Still in use Today
Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego State University in the US, was 34, recently remarried, and looking to start a family, when she heard it from her doctor...

  September 15th, 2013
SDSU Graduate makes Popular Science's 'Brilliant Ten' List
The recognition "is really exciting for me," said Breitbart, whose laboratories sit on Tampa Bay on the St. Petersburg waterfront. "We get lost in the day-to-day a lot of the time, and you don't get a lot of recognition that says, 'Hey, here's someone doing something that's actually going to make a difference in society.'

  September 12th, 2013
Undergrads Sequence California Sea Lion
A 15-week Ecological Metagenomics course at San Diego State University brought together 21 biology and computer science undergraduates to successfully sequence the sea lion genome...

  September 13th, 2013
Shuo Ma Invited to Lecture at the International School on Earthquake Science, Hakone Japan
He will be amongst an elite group of 15 earthquake scientists from around the world invited to speak at conference organized by The Earthquake Research Institute of the University of Tokyo and the Southern California Earthquake Center.

  September 8th, 2013
Researchers Affirm Dangers of Drinking during Pregnancy
"Supported by decades of research, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) asserts that prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in this country," said Sarah Mattson, professor of psychology and associate director of SDSU's Center for Behavioral Teratology.

  September 4th, 2013
NASA Ponders Kepler's future
Over time, starlight will start to fall on different pixels with slightly different sensitivities. "Every single day, it's as if you're going to use a different detector, a different telescope," says Kepler scientist William Welsh of San Diego State University in California.

  August 27th, 2013
Research Paper wins Best Paper at Symposium
Dr. Tao Xie and two of his students, Abdul Abdurrab and Wei Wang, presented their paper, "DLOOP: A Flash Translation Layer Exploiting Plane-Level Parallelism", at the The 27th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium and was awarded Best Paper in the Parallel Architecture track.

  August 26th, 2013
Did You Know That Viruses Are Saving Your Life Right Now?
A brand new study from San Diego State University sheds new light on this amazing process. The secret lies in one of your most underappreciated body fluids: mucus.

  August 22nd, 2013
Household Item Could be Sickening Local Bobcat Population
I think what we're seeing is an epidemic in a wildlife population," said researcher Megan Jennings. Jennings, a post-doctoral researcher, who trapped and released Duke, had actually been tagging bobcats to look at their movements.

  August 14th, 2013
Fruit Flies Give Insight into Human Health
Sanford Bernstein spends most of his time in the company of fruit flies, but not without good reason. The San Diego State University distinguished professor of biology has been studying fruit flies for more than 30 years, using the tiny insects as test models to uncover new treatments for human muscle and cardiac diseases.

  August 8th, 2013
A Champion for Change
Kristyl Smith is a Jill-of-all-trades. The San Diego State University psychology senior is a dynamo involved in numerous campus organizations, activist groups and beauty pageants -- and that's only the beginning.

  August 6th, 2013
Interning at Harvard
Jerrell Ray Tisnado, a senior at San Diego State University, is one of 44 undergraduate students accepted into the 2013 Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program.

  August 2nd, 2013
Update from the Arctic
"We are currently doing land and marine surveys in the area. Diving here is cold - 30 degrees. Kelp forests with brittle stars, nudibranchs and jellyfish so far," he wrote July 30 after diving near Hooker Island, one of nearly 200 frozen islands in Franz Josef Land.

  July 19th, 2013
SDSU Contributes to Sustainability in China
Eleven San Diego State University students participated in a two-week SDSU study abroad program at Xiamen, China. The Summer School on Climate Change is focused on global climate change and vulnerability of natural resources and was led by Sam Shen (mathematics) and Chun-Ta Lai (biology).

  July 18th, 2013
SDSU Scientists Heading to Arctic
It's off to the great white north for San Diego State University biologist Forest Rohwer and his grad student Steve Quistad. They leave this weekend for Russia, where they'll catch the ice breaker MS Polaris...

  July 17th, 2013
Line Island Expedition Will Shed Light On Microbial Dynamics Of Coral Reef Robustness and Decline
The interactions between microbes and macroorganisms in coral reefs, specifically how these systems respond to perturbation, are being investigated by the Laboratory of Forest Rohwer at San Diego State University.

  July 15th, 2013
Women in Science: 50 Years After Silent Spring - The Silent Spring Series -- Exploring Ethics
Rachel Carson's legacy is well known, but what has not been as widely recognized are the challenges she faced as a woman in science 50 years ago. While much has changed in the last five decades, three women active in science today assess the hurdles that remain. Join Dorothy Sears, Christina Deckard, and Lynne Friedmann for an insightful discussion moderated by Stanley Maloy.

  July 12th, 2013
SDSU building a $1.5 mil Telescope
San Diego State University is about to build the most powerful telescope in school history, a $1.5 million instrument that will enable astronomers to more clearly see everything from the birth of stars to the texture of galaxies far beyond the Milky Way.

  July 11th, 2013
Recession's Silver Lining
"Although young people's concern for others and for the environment is still lower than it was in the 1970s, the recession has apparently led youth to focus more on others compared to the economic boom times of the mid-2000s." said Jean M. Twenge, professor of psychology at SDSU.

  June 26th, 2013
Unlikely Planets Found in Violent Star Cluster
The study likely means that the estimate of 50 billion planets in the Milky Way galaxy, a number derived from Kepler data, is low since it does not include stars in clusters, added astronomer William Welsh, with San Diego State University.

  June 25th, 2013
A Deep Brain Disorder
Nair and Dr. Ralph-Axel Müller, an SDSU professor of psychology who was senior investigator of the study, examined more than 50 children, both with autism and without.

  June 24th, 2013
SDSC GeoComputing Lab named winner of HPC Innovation Excellence award by IDC
The IDC award cites Cui's team for the development of a highly scalable and efficient code--using GPUs (graphical processing units) as opposed to CPUs, or central processing units - that accelerate a widely-used wave propagation code called AWP-ODC, which stands for Anelastic Wave Propagation by geological science professors Kim Olsen and Steven Day.

  June 20th, 2013
Doctor Challenges Women and Fertility Myths
Twenge says a new study found that among 38 and 39 year olds, 80 percent became pregnant naturally within six months. Older research has indicated that 1 in 3 woman ages 35 to 39 will not get pregnant after a year of trying.

  June 19th, 2013
Protein Essential for Normal Heart Function
A study shows that a protein called MCL-1, which promotes cell survival, is essential for normal heart function. Contributors include Mark Sussman from San Diego State University.

  June 14th, 2013
Lessons From Combat
Dr. Heidi Kraft had just arrived at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to speak to a group of Navy doctors and nurses when she got the call. It wasn't just any call -- it was one from the White House -- inviting her to be a guest of President Barack Obama's and speak at the National Conference on Mental Health in Washington, D.C

  June 14th, 2013
Where Innovation and Collaboration Can Start in Higher Education: Digital Ninja Workshops
My colleague, Kevin Robinson, and I embarked on a unique educational collaboration that we began about a year ago that we call "Digital Ninja Workshops."

  June 10th, 2013
'Dark Matter' of Life: Mysterious Bacteria Captured
Now that they have the genome, and know, for instance, that TM6 needs a host to survive, the researchers hope to finally culture the bacterium and learn how it behaves. The research is "a technical tour-de-force," said Moselio Schaechter, a bacteriologist at San Diego State University, who was not involved in the study.

  May 20th, 2013
New Immune System Discovered
Mucus may be slimy and gross, but a San Diego State University research team, led by Biology Post-doctoral Fellow Jeremy Barr, has discovered that it is also home to a powerful immune system that could change the way doctors treat a number of diseases.

  May 20th, 2013
ASM Live Denver 2013
Be part of the studio audience for the American Society for Microbiology 2013 General Meeting's live internet talk show, ASM Live. Host Stanley Maloy, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Dean of the College of Sciences, San Diego State University, will discuss the latest science at the meeting with a variety of guest researchers and will take questions from the audience and the internet.

  May 20th, 2013
Protective Phages
Working with corals, fish, and human samples, researchers from Forest Rohwer's lab at San Diego State University began to notice there was a much higher percentage of bacteriophages in mucosal linings than in surrounding surfaces.

  May 13th, 2013
Non-Smokers Beware
"Our findings demonstrate that some non-smoking guest rooms in smoking hotels are as polluted with third-hand smoke as are some smoking rooms," said SDSU psychology professor Georg Matt.

  May 1st, 2013
Today's Teens: More Materialistic, Less Willing to Work
"Compared to previous generations, recent high school graduates are more likely to want lots of money and nice things, but less likely to say they're willing to work hard to earn them," said Twenge, author of the book "Generation Me."

  April 30th, 2013
"Planet Hunter" Stops at SDSU
Kepler is a NASA initiative that aims to detect Earth-like planets orbiting stars. Barclay recently led a team that discovered a new planetary system, including the first super-sized Earth-like planet that could possibly be habitable.

  April 29th, 2013
From Trekkie to Techie
An interdisciplinary team of faculty, researchers and students from San Diego State University has entered Qualcomm's Tricorder X-Prize Competition for a chance at $10 million and the opportunity to revolutionize healthcare.

  April 25th, 2013
Study Reveals Trends in Science Education
The results of this study suggest that science faculty with education specialties at institutions with Ph.D. programs are more likely to get science education grants on their personal or institutional reputation in the basic sciences rather on the basis of their formal training in science education.

  April 22nd, 2013
The Other Microbiome
Forest Rohwer, a microbiologist at San Diego State University, has spent more than a decade researching the bacteria and viruses that inhabit coral reefs, developing ways to study the microbes, and asking how they interact with each other.

  April 18th, 2013
Astronomers Discover Two Habitable Zone "Super Earths"
"These two planets are the most Earth-like we have found to date. They are similar in both size and temperature to our planet," said William Welsh, professor of astronomy at SDSU.

  April 18th, 2013
San Diego State University Students Work on Boston Bombings Case
Immediately after the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, students at San Diego State University were already trying to solve the case. "Within two minutes of when it happened we were already working on it," said Eric Frost, Director of the SDSU Visualization Center or as it's popularly known, the "Viz Center."

  April 12th, 2013
In Memoriam: James "Jim" Ross
James "Jim" Emerson Ross passed away at the age of 73 on April 3, 2013 from complications due to Parkinson's disease. Ross retired from San Diego State University in 1999, earning the title of professor emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

  April 11th, 2013
The Beat of Marine Education
San Diego State University Professor Jeremy Long is a celebrated marine biologist and researcher, as well as an integral member of the SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute. But what many people don't know is that Long also possesses a hidden talent: rapping.

  April 9th, 2013
Navy Unveils Laser Weapon
San Diego State University Associate Physics Professor Dr. Matt Anderson said infrared lasers like these could allow US forces unprecedented defense capabilities.

  April 8th, 2013
New Strain of Avian Flu Begins to Spread through China
The outbreak of the H7N9 virus in China will be an important story to follow for the SDSU students attending the study abroad course this summer in Xiamen, China. The two-week course will focus on the spread of infectious diseases and global change in China.

  April 8th, 2013
Global Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Disease with Stanley Maloy and Alan Sweedler
San Diego State's Stanley Maloy presents the direct and indirect consequences of climate change that are shifting the habitats of animals and plants, increasing the spread of infectious diseases, and altering the availability of clean water and food supplies.

  April 5th, 2013
Putting a Car on Mars
Seven of the eight SDSU alumni who helped put the Rover 'Curiosity' on Mars will visit campus and give a lecture on April 19. The event will take place Friday, April 19, 2013, 3 pm at Arts and Letters 201. Space is limited. Please reserve your seat at sdsualumni.org/curiosity.

  April 3rd, 2013
GPU-Powered Supercomputers run Petaflop-level Earthquake Simulations
The accelerated code, targeted at GPUs as opposed to CPUs, is based on a widely-used wave propagation code called AWP-ODC, which stands for Anelastic Wave Propagation and was named after Kim Olsen and Steven Day, geological-science professors at San Diego State University.

  April 2nd, 2013
CSU Schools Expanding Online Offerings
"The one thing that is key is to make sure the information is there. The student can ask questions and get answers to their questions in a very quick amount of time," Maloy said. "Students in the class interact with other students. And they get all the content they would have got if they were in person."

  April 2nd, 2013
Chris Rasmussen makes Plenary Address at JMM
Professor Chris Rasmussen was selected to present one of only six MAA Invited Addresses at this past winter's Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest gathering of mathematicians in the U.S. with over 6700 attendees.

  March 28th, 2013
The Heart of the Mesa
For years, SDSU biology professor Annalisa Berta made an annual gift to SDSU to support student scholarships. But as the university geared up to launch The Campaign for SDSU in 2007, Berta felt it was time to reconsider her commitment. Pillars of the campaign include: Gordon and Janis Shackelford; and Patricia and Jerry Koppman.

  March 28th, 2013
Student Research Symposium Winners
Laura Frutos, psychology; Trevor Gregg, astronomy; Brandon Kim, biology; Katy Patras, biology; Alterra Sanchez, biology; Karalani Cross, psychology; Annalia Valdivia, psychology; Laura McIntyre, microbiology; Intisar Khamo, biology; Marley Hilleger, microbiology; Marina Watanabe, biology; Genaro Hernandez, biology; Rita Auro, biology; Jennifer E. Schefski, biology; Alyssa R. Deline, chemistry; Victoria D Nguyen, chemistry; Jeremy S. Mitchell, Physics.

  March 28th, 2013
A Look into SDSU's Marine Lab
SDSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory opened its doors to the public on March 10. Take a look at their informational video. The Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory is a powerful tool for San Diego State University scientists who are researching environmental problems up and down the coast of southern California.

  March 26th, 2013
SDSU Boasts Scientific Research
Faculty and students from SDSU's science departments opened their doors and minds to the public to showcase SDSU's ongoing scientific research. A number of expositions were presented during the three-hour event, including a tour of the night sky in the campus planetarium, a look into the human brain with MRI research, and making ice cream using the cryogenic power of liquid nitrogen.

  March 21st, 2013
Beauty in the Gutters
"Soil in the urban environment is not unlike soil outside of the city, but the history and origin become harder to pinpoint," Lipson said. "The scientific analysis of this gutter debris gives us important information about the soil and where it comes from."

  March 18th, 2013
Sample SDSU's Science Research
The SDSU Science Sampler will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Activities will be held in various buildings and labs within the College of Sciences. The event is free and open to the public.

  March 18th, 2013
Harvard Beckons
Erin Fletcher, who graduates in May, will join 2012 SDSU graduate Ellese Carmona as a candidate in Harvard's biological and biomedical sciences Ph.D. program. Both Aztecs were members of Kelly Doran's microbiology lab.

  March 13th, 2013
SDSU Alumnus Wins Apps Challenge
"I realized we have applications that make almost every aspect of our life simpler, so there's no reason why compelling energy management applications shouldn't be widely available as well," said Wakil, who earned his master's degree in computer science from SDSU.

  March 12th, 2013
Houston, We Have an Aztec
Ellen Ochoa, '80, is director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the first Hispanic and second woman to hold the position. In 1993, she became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the space shuttle Discovery

  March 11th, 2013
Heart Monitors
Glembotski's team found a gene in the heart that reduces damage by improving protein folding. Recently, they designed a new therapy for boosting the expression of this gene in the region of the heart most affected by heart disease.

  March 8th, 2013
Revelle Award goes to SDSU biologist
Kevin Hovel was given the award at the San Diego Oceans Foundation gala, adding his name to a list of winners that has included pioneering kelp research Paul Dayton, and Walter Munk, the infamous Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor.

  March 7th, 2013
Grants of the Week
Grants of the Week highlight some of the new awards received by SDSU researchers. Mark Sussman, IRRI: $73,750 and $373,750 | Kim Olsen, Geological Sciences $31,138 | Rafaela Santa-Cruz, CRMSE $3,100.

  March 6th, 2013
A Preventable Malady
"That's where my real love is," he says. "When I take people who do basic research to see the kids, it changes their lives. They're studying this problem in a cell culture dish, and then you say, 'This is why you're doing it; it's this little kid right here.'"

  March 6th, 2013
Is Climate Change Aiding Spread Of Infectious Diseases?
The latest research into climate change suggests that global warming may impact the spread of infectious diseases. The complex interconnection of how plants, animals and insects thrive on our planet is just beginning to be unraveled by scientists.

  March 5th, 2013
Federal Grant Programs Defended
Stanley Maloy, dean of San Diego State's College of Sciences, said critics will often point to seemingly esoteric grants without realizing their reach. He cited the example in 2008 of then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin criticizing federal grant funding for fruit-fly research.

  March 1st, 2013
Investing in the Future
There are dozens of funded SDSU programs and research projects poised to advance in size and scope with an injection of donor funds. The endowment established by Atkinson's gift lays a foundation for growth in a many different areas.

  February 27th, 2013
Van Collects Gas-Emission Data
An ongoing research project by San Diego State biology associate professor Chun-Ta Lai will begin to implement the change needed to stabilize and control San Diego's air quality.

  February 13th, 2013
Kyoto Symposium Honors 'Father of Computer Graphics'
Dr. Ivan Sutherland, considered the "father of computer graphics," will be honored as the Kyoto Laureate in advanced technology at this year's Kyoto Prize Symposium at San Diego State University.

  February 13th, 2013
STEM Experts Share Experience
"This is a great way for people to learn about internships, network with employers, and discover career opportunities in fields they may not have considered," said Paul Fryling, president of BTSA and SDSU bioinformatics master's student.

  February 8th, 2013
Twenge to Talk About Generation Me
4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 Arts and Letters Building 201. There will be free parking for attendees on levels 4 through 8 of Parking Structure 4

  January 22nd, 2013
A Man for All Sensors
Think the sensors in your iPhone are cool? Consider this--a shark's sensitivity to electric fields is 400 times as powerful as the most effective manmade sensor.

  January 16th, 2013
Little Mysteries, Big Discoveries
Rohwer, a San Diego State University biology professor, will travel to Indonesia's Coral Triangle to study microbes as part of a prestigious Partnerships for International Research and Education grant.

  January 15th, 2013
Workplace Inclusion Benefits Businesses
Professors Beth Chung, Michelle Dean, Karen Ehrhart, Amy Randel and Lynn Shore formed the Institute for Inclusiveness and Diversity in Organizations to study how organizational leaders interact with diverse employees.

  January 7th, 2013
Only the Toughest Would Survive on Tatooine Worlds
"This means we cannot dismiss binary stars as being inhospitable," says William Welsh of San Diego State University. "That opens up a vast number of possibilities that were previously considered too hostile for life."

  January 5th, 2013
Making Narcissists of Us All?
Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State Univeristy, and Keith Campbell, professor of psychology at the University of Georgia, authored a new book entitled The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, arguing we are in the grip of a new narcissism pandemic escalating over the past two decades.

  December 29th, 2012
Himalaya at Risk of Major Quakes
With regard to preparedness for earthquake hazards, Thomas Rockwell of the Department of Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, wrote in an accompanying article: "Pinning the details of the rupture down in future work could help develop a more complete view of earthquake hazard in one of the most densely populated seismic zones in the world."

  December 19th, 2012
Baja California Plant Field Guide, 3rd Edition, Offers a Lush Look at Region's Flora
The descriptions encompass plant habit and height; stem, leaf, flower, fruit, and fruit morphology; range; elevation; pollination biology; ethnobotanical uses; and discriminating comparisons with close relatives, all according to Dr. Michael G. Simpson, San Diego State University.

  December 18th, 2012
What Does It Take to Fool a Snake? Send in the Robot
"It's likely that the snake realized as soon as it bit the fake squirrel that it bit something that wasn't a live animal," says Dr. Clark, an assistant biology professor at San Diego State University.

  December 14th, 2012
'Why?' and 'How?' and the importance of critical thinking
I believe this word followed by a question mark is one of the biggest advantages we have as a society, with the phrase "How?" coming in as a close second. The reason is simple— searching for their answers fosters creativity, initiative and innovation.

  December 14th, 2012
San Diegans Awakened by 6.1 Mexico Earthquake
"The quake happened beneath the seafloor in an area that was a subduction zone tens of millions of years ago," said SDSU seismologist Tom Rockwell. "This is a very old area of faulting. It still builds up some strain that releases as a quake every once in awhile."

  December 3rd, 2012
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Identifies 16 Leading Scientists to Pursue High-Risk Research in Marine Microbial Ecology
SDSU Professor/marine biologist Forest Rohwer was chosen through an extensive review process that considered over 180 leaders in marine microbial ecology and related fields, conducting synergistic and innovative research to uncover the underlying principles...

  November 29th, 2012
In Memoriam Theodore J. "Ted" Cohn
Biology Professor Theodore "Ted" Cohn passed away November 25, at age 82 after a prolonged illness. Ted joined the SDSU Zoology Department in 1964 after completing his Ph.D. in entomology under T. H. Hubbell at the University of Michigan.

  November 29th, 2012
Autism Research Uncovers Brain Connections
San Diego State University psychology research professor Inna Fishman is embarking on a study to identify the differences in brain networks of children and adolescents with autism and those who are typically developing.

  November 28th, 2012
A Woman Who Means Business
The San Diego Business Journal recently acknowledged Roberta Gottlieb, director of the Donald P. Shiley Bio-Science Center at SDSU, with a "Women Who Mean Business Award."

  November 19th, 2012
Alternatives to Insecticides: High Impact Solutions Without Environmental Trade-offs
Dr. Stephen Welter of San Diego State University focuses on biologically based alternatives to insecticide use in American agriculture that also consider non-target environmental effects, worker safety issues, and consumer needs as well as the more traditional models of economic trade-offs.

  November 19th, 2012
SDSU Alumna Tabbed to Lead Space Center
Former astronaut and SDSU alumna Ellen Ochoa will be the next director at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Ochoa earned a bachelor's degree in physics from San Diego State University. She said SDSU professor Richard Morris inspired her to pursue her dreams.

  November 15th, 2012
Well Connected
"The Science DMZ will generate new research partnerships for SDSU," said Jose Castillo, Ph.D., principal investigator for the grant and director of the Computational Science Research Center...

  November 15th, 2012
A Third of Marine Species Remain Undescribed
The study is the first comprehensive register of marine species of the world. The register was authored through a massive collaborative effort by hundreds of researchers from around the globe, including San Diego State University biology professor Annalisa Berta.

  November 8th, 2012
Tissue Regeneration at Heart of New Institute
One of the foremost leaders in this area, Mark Sussman from San Diego State University, today announced the opening of SDSU's new Integrated Regenerative Research Institute to help advance this area of research in San Diego.

  November 1st, 2012
$2.8 Million Grant Prepares Students for Science Careers
"Spanning across multiple colleges and disciplines, this intensive program prepares junior and senior-level students for competitive doctoral, research and leadership careers in the biomedical and behavioral research fields," said program director William Tong, a chemistry professor at SDSU.

  October 31st, 2012
Superstorm Sandy Deciphered
"This is just not a hurricane we are dealing with," Abbott said. "But three weather systems that are combining into one."

  October 29th, 2012
Science Scholarships Awarded
The San Diego chapter for Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists foundation donated $90,000 for student scholarships at an Oct. 26 ceremony. Students will receive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

  October 25th, 2012
Scientists Partner to Protect Environment
As part of a $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, student researchers from SDSU's departments of geography, biology and educational technology will travel this month to the Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve, home to the monkey known for its golden fur, to examine the effect of payments for ecosystem services.

  October 25th, 2012
Subaru Funds Math and Science Education
The undergraduate students enroll in a 3-unit service-learning course taught by Professor Alexander "Sasha" Chizhik, in which they learn theories behind informal mathematics and science education.

  October 22nd, 2012
New Discoveries in Treating Heart Disease
"One of the greatest challenges of modern medicine is to harness the power to heal when doctors can't coax the body to repair itself," said Mark Sussman, professor of biology and director of the new Integrated Regenerative Research Institute at SDSU.

  October 15th, 2012
Armchair Astronomers Find Four-Sun Planet
"Despite the chaotic forces that were present two billion years ago when these stars were born, this planet managed to form out of the maelstrom," said SDSU astronomer William Welsh. "It is telling us once again that nature likes to make planets."

  October 2nd, 2012
Raytheon Sponsors San Diego Region Joint Planning Conference for Engineering and Science Chapters
"Hosting the MESA Joint Planning Conference is a benefit to Raytheon because Raytheon believes in diversity in our workplace. Our Employee Resource Group/Employee Network Group (ERG/ENG) are eager to support our community and STEM activities," said Marie R. Ang, Software Engineer for Raytheon.

  October 1st, 2012
In Memoriam: Gordon Gastil
Russell Gordon Gastil, professor emeritus of geology at San Diego State University, passed away at home in La Mesa on the afternoon of Sept. 29 in the loving company of family and friends. Gordon's insatiable curiosity and geologic insight served as a model for hundreds of San Diego State University students across five decades...

  September 24th, 2012
In Birds' Development, Researchers Find Diversity by the Peck
A new and highly rigorous genomic analysis by coauthor Kevin J. Burns, a biologist at San Diego State University, has shown that among the three Caribbean bullfinch species, this crushing type of beak actually evolved twice, independently.

  September 24th, 2012
NSF grant, Qualcomm funds to train science, math teachers
San Diego State University has received nearly $3.5 million to support 32 math and science teachers over five years, with the goal of boosting their teaching skills and helping them to grow into mentors and leaders.

  September 21st, 2012
From SDSU to Mars
In early August, the Mars Rover "Curiosity" successfully landed in an effort to discover more about earth's next door neighbor. Seven SDSU alumni who work with the Mars Science Laboratory played a variety of roles in the mission, from systems engineer to spacecraft navigator...

  September 20th, 2012
Congress Hears UAV Expert from SDSU
San Diego State University researcher Mike Hennig recently provided insight on unmanned aerial vehicles at an open forum for Congress.

  September 20th, 2012
To the Arctic and Beyond
"I've never sampled through snow before," Miller said. "Most researchers don't measure during winter, but there is increasing evidence of a fair amount of biological activity in the cold."

  September 19th, 2012
When "the Big One" Comes
SDSU professor and seismologist Kim Olsen has created a computer-generated model of this monster quake in order to project its capacity for destruction.

  September 19th, 2012
A Living Lab
"Our collaborative intends to make the park a world center for water and related energy efficiency," said Alan Sweedler, Ph.D., SDSU's environmental sciences program director. "With the university's contributions of technical expertise and student support, the park becomes a living laboratory for us."

  August 28th, 2012
Milestones in Microbiology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Stanley Maloy, Bruce Stillman, and James D. Watson spoke at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ceremony at which a plaque commemorating the site was unveiled

  August 28th, 2012
Kepler Discovers Planetary System Orbiting Two Suns
"Each planet transits over the primary star, giving unambiguous evidence that the planets are real," said Jerome Orosz, San Diego State University Associate Professor of Astronomy and lead author of the study which is published today in the journal Science.

  August 23rd, 2012
Cymer Gift Honors Physics Legend
"Doc's lab is where we really learned the experimental side of physics," said Mark Johnson, '83, product manager at ViaSat Inc. "It's critically important that every physics student has the opportunity to go through the hands-on lab experience."

  August 23rd, 2012
Malcarne Awarded Faculty Monty
The SDSU Alumni Association's Awards for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the University were presented to one awardee from each of SDSU's seven colleges. Provost Nancy Marlin and Tim Young, presented replica Monty statues and checks to College of Sciences honoree Vanessa Malcarne, Department of Psychology.

  August 23rd, 2012
New Faculty Welcomed
Mauro Tambasco, Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario 2002) Tambasco is a board certified Clinical Medical Physicist whose previous appointment since 2004 was as Medical Physicist/Assistant Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Medical Physics at the University of Calgary.

  August 14th, 2012
NIH Tabs SDSU Prof
The NIH named SDSU professor Sanford Bernstein chair of the NIH skeletal muscle and exercise physiology board.

  August 10th, 2012
Study Tracks Rise of Feminine Pronouns
The use of male and female pronouns in books reflects changes in women's status during the 20th century.

  August 3rd, 2012
SDSU Alums Lead Mars Rover Mission
Six SDSU alumni are part of the Mars Science Laboratory team that will land the Mars Rover "Curiosity" on the planet this weekend.

  July 26th, 2012
Rejuvenating Aged Hearts
SDSU Heart Institute researchers successfully rejuvenated damaged and aged heart tissue with modified stem cells.

  July 23rd, 2012
Darwin Still Rules!
A new book by Stanley Maloy, dean of the College of Sciences, asks scientists why evolutionary research matters.

  July 23rd, 2012
Mobile Apps Program Unveiled
The SDSU College of Extended Studies is offering a new one-year certificate program.

  July 18th, 2012
Grad Research Program Concludes
For the past 10 years, SDSU professor Terry Cronan headed Career Opportunities in Research— a grant-supported program aimed at helping underrepresented and disadvantaged students access Ph.D. programs for mental health research.

  July 13th, 2012
China Trip Focuses on Science, Environment
The students are part of the "Global Climate Change and the Spread of Infectious Disease" program, and are spending two weeks in China studying and working with Chinese students on projects related to climate change, energy, water resources, marine ecology and how all of these areas impact public health globally, in China and the United States.

  July 10th, 2012
Tail Shakes Scare Snakes
Matthew Barbour and Rulon Clark decided to investigate things from a snake's perspective. Armed with snake tongs and bags, the San Diego State University ecologists trekked into the California wilderness and captured and anesthetized 22 rattlesnakes...

  July 6th, 2012
Keeping the Flu Away
Prior to this study, EP67 had been primarily used as an adjuvant for vaccines, something added to the vaccine to help activate the immune response. But Joy Phillips, Ph.D. a lead author of the study with her colleague Sam Sanderson, Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, saw potential for it to work on its own.

  July 3rd, 2012
SDSU Alumnus Wins Apps Challenge
When San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders announced the city was asking its citizens to develop innovative smart phone applications that would serve the public good, San Diego State University alumnus Suhail Wakil had an inspiration.

  July 3rd, 2012
Dive into Marine Biology
There has long been a gap between scientists and nonscientists when it comes to understanding how the biological world works. This void vexed Annalisa Berta, a biologist at San Diego State University.

  July 2nd, 2012
Hotter Temperatures Could Lead To More Wildfires, Damaged Eco-Systems
Matt Rahn, of San Diego State University's Environmental Sciences Department, describes what he calls the climate change "Positive Feedback Loop." Increased temperatures lead to more frequent and more intense wildfires, which produce large amounts of carbon emissions, which lead to increased temperatures.

  June 29th, 2012
SDSU Researchers Help Battle Colorado Fires From Hundreds Of Miles Away
A team at SDSU's Immersive Vizualization Center, known as the Viz Lab, is creating three-dimensional maps and imagery for Colorado's emergency responders and residents during one of Colorado's worst wildfires in more than a decade.

  June 19th, 2012
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Examined
The three-year study, led by SDSU psychology professor Sarah Mattson as part of a multi-site national research initiative, examines the relationship of prenatal alcohol exposure with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder on two key functions of the brain.

  June 18th, 2012
Study Improves Understanding of Surface Molecules in Controlling Size of Gold Nanoparticles
Co-authored by SDSU chemistry professor Gregory Kalyuzhny, the paper "Bulky Adamantanethiolate and Cyclohexanethiolate Ligands Favor Smaller Gold Nanoparticles with Altered Discrete Sizes," was published online June 15 in ACS Nano.

  June 17th, 2012
When Good Bugs Go Bad: Microbiome Dynamics and Disease
Dean Stanley Maloy interviews: Lita Proctor, National Human Genome Research Inst/NIH; Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University; and Karen Guillemin, University of Oregon

  June 17th, 2012
Microbial Colonization and the Host: Do the Colonists Reshape the Landscape?
Dean Stanley Maloy interviews: Katherine Lemon, The Forsyth Institute and Boston Children's Hospital; and Karina Pokusaeva, Baylor College of Medicine.

  June 13th, 2012
Diet Sodas may Confuse Brain's Calorie Counter
Erin Green and Claire Murphy of the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University recruited 24 healthy young adults for a battery of brain imaging tests.

  June 1st, 2012
Jeffrey Davis Recognized in Top-50 Most Published Authors in Applied Optics
SDSU physics professor Jeffrey Davis recognized in top-50 most published authors in the journal Applied Optics. Out of 65 articles submitted, 48 are coauthored with SDSU students. Davis ranked 15th.

  May 31st, 2012
In Memoriam: Dr. Edward L. Morgan
Edward L. Morgan, Ph.D, Research Professor of Biology and member of the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center at San Diego State University passed away May 31, 2012 after a short illness.

  May 31st, 2012
Gross, Man!
"Humans are spending an increasing amount of time indoors, yet we know little about the diversity of bacteria and viruses where we live, work and play," said Scott Kelley, lead author on the study and SDSU professor of biology.

  May 30th, 2012
VizCenter Receives National Award
The work by Viz Center director Eric Frost and his team was recognized by the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education with the Award for Institutional Excellence in Information Technology, the organization's most prestigious award for institutions.

  May 30th, 2012
Diverse Projects Awarded for Excellence
Steven Barlow, associate director, SDSU Electron Microscope Facility, which teaches students and researchers how to use microscopes. Barlow also established a system for K-12 students to access the microscope lab remotely.

  May 24th, 2012
And the Monty Goes To...
Vanessa Malcarne, professor of psychology in the College of Sciences is internationally recognized for her work on chronic diseases. She played a key role in developing the joint doctoral program in clinical psychology at SDSU.

  May 21st, 2012
Winners announced in National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition at Montana State
Best Presentation of Results Award -- San Diego State University. Team members were Heath Kirkwood, Scott Patterson, Michael Baude and Emily Mitchell, all of San Diego; and Kenny Sokolowski of Big Bear, Calif. Team adviser was Matt Anderson.

  May 17th, 2012
Beach Rocks In Woman's Pocket Start Fire
SDSU Professor and geologist Dr. Pat Abbot talks about a strange incident where a woman put orange and green rocks from San Onofre State Beach into her pocket and they caught fire.

  May 17th, 2012
A Shift in Heart Research
"This is a huge shift in the way medicine is done," said Sussman. "We essentially want to retrain transplant surgeons from replacing the entire heart and show them how to repair a heart with stem cells from the patient's own body."

  May 14th, 2012
Awe-Inspiring Sky Spectacle
"The view from San Diego should be awe-inspiring as the moon slowly devours the sun, leaving in its wake only a shining crescent of light," said Allen Shafter, chairman of the astronomy department at San Diego State University.

  May 10th, 2012
Whale Secrets Revealed
It's surprising...you would think we would know a lot about whales but we know less about their anatomy just because they are logistically very hard to study," said Annalisa Berta, SDSU professor of biology and project leader.

  May 9th, 2012
SDSU Marine Lab Opens Doors
"A thorough understanding of our local marine ecosystems is important," said Violet Compton, lab co-chair. "It will enable more effective conservation and enjoyment of marine resources by everyone in the local community."

  May 2nd, 2012
Science Educator Lauded for Student Achievement
"It was an honor receiving this recognition because it directly relates to the work I am currently engaged in," said Martin, who was one of four award recipients.

  May 1st, 2012
From Compact Scholar to Harvard
"I knew that an education would be crucial to success, but I had no idea how far it would go," she said. "I just knew that I had to do my part to make it happen."

  April 26th, 2012
2,321 Earth-Like Planets and Counting
The lecture, sponsored by the SDSU Department of Astronomy and the Mount Laguna Observatory Associates, will take place at 7:30 p.m., April 27, in Geology, Math and Computer Sciences room 333.

  April 26th, 2012
In Memoriam: Leslie Gail Herrmann
Leslie began her career at SDSU in 1986 in the Office of Counseling Services and Placement. She later worked in the Department of Geological Sciences and the School of Nursing before transferring to the Office of Academic Services.

  April 23rd, 2012
Pregnancy Guide for Impatient Women
"I wanted to make this scientifically rigorous and very helpful information available to all women in a way that was also fun to read," said Twenge, now a mother of three.

  April 17th, 2012
SDSU Recruits Best and Brightest
This strategy is critical to the university's development," Hirshman said. "San Diego's high-achieving students contribute greatly to academic and student life; they raise the bar for everyone."

  April 17th, 2012
Heal Thyself
Using cardiac stem cells from human heart-failure patients, researchers in Sussman's laboratory replicated them and then applied a molecule known as Pim-1, which acts like the proverbial "fountain of youth," to enhance regenerative potential of the damaged cells.

  April 16th, 2012
Science Prof Earns International Honors
Arthur Getis will receive the Founders Medal of the Regional Science Association for his contribution to the field of regional science.

  April 13th, 2012
NIH Tabs SDSU Expert for Lecture
"Dr. Riley has been at the forefront of discovery in fetal alcohol research throughout his illustrious career," said Kenneth R. Warren, Ph.D., acting director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism."

  April 12th, 2012
Students Win at National Research Conference
Two SDSU students, Chantal Gonzalez and Phillip Webster, were awarded first place for their poster presentations at the 2012 Emerging Researchers National Conference.

  April 11th, 2012
Rattlesnakes Cruise for Females, Find People
"They're cruising around, trying to find females," said Rulon Clark, rattlesnake expert and assistant professor of biology at San Diego State University. "That might be a reason people see more snakes in the spring."

  April 10th, 2012
A Vital Reprieve for a Planet-Hunting Telescope
"The news this week has lightened the mood considerably," says Kepler scientist Natalie Batalha, of the NASA Ames Research Center and San Diego State University, in what's clearly an understatement.

  April 9th, 2012
Stanley Maloy Appointed as Honorary Professor at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile.
Stanley Maloy, Dean, College of Sciences and Professor of Microbiology has been appointed as Honorary Professor at the Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile.

  April 9th, 2012
The Iceberg Was Only Part of It
The icy waters that night created ideal conditions for an unusual kind of mirage, according to Mr. Maltin, who owns a public relations firm in London and has written three books on the Titanic. Andrew T. Young, an astronomer and mirage specialist at San Diego State University, helped him refine his theory.

  April 5th, 2012
Dr. Edward P. Riley to Deliver 4th Annual Jack Mendelson Honorary Lecture at NIH
Edward P. Riley, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University (SDSU), and serves as the director of SDSU's Center for Behavioral Teratology. He also leads the NIAAA-funded Collaborative Initiative on FASD.

  April 4th, 2012
'Innovation and Creativity in Science' Lecture Series Kicks-off
Robert Kaplan, associate director for behavioral and social sciences research at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss the role of wireless technology in biomedical research and healthcare delivery in his lecture "Bringing the Laboratory to the People" on April 13 in Arts and Letters 201

  April 4th, 2012
Earthquake Experts Take Questions
SDSU geology professors Kim Olsen, Tom Rockwell and Pat Abbott will answer questions about earthquakes, landslides and tsunami from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. April 17 at the Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center in Mission Valley.

  April 4th, 2012
'Robosquirrel' Deployed to Research Relationship with Rattlesnakes
"Snakes will rarely strike a flagging adult squirrel, and if they do they almost always miss," said Rulon Clark, assistant professor of biology at San Diego State University.

  April 4th, 2012
'Me' or 'We': A Generational Debate
The latest salvo comes from Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego State University and author of Generation Me and the Narcissism Epidemic. Not surprisingly, she's still critical of her own generation, the Generation Xers born between 1962 and 1981, and the Millennials born after that.

  April 3rd, 2012
Metadata Technology Collaborating with Statistics Canada on New Data Repository for Research Data Centres
The project is lead at Metadata Technology by M. Pascal Heus, Vice-President and Head of Research. He is joined by Dr. Bing Zhu from the Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) at San Diego State University (SDSU) who will provide technical expertise around iRODS(TM).

  April 3rd, 2012
Bobcat Released Into the Wild
The bobcat, named "Duke," was trapped a week ago by San Diego State University researcher Megan Jennings, who noticed he was suffering from a skin disease known as mange.

  April 2nd, 2012
Darlene Shiley Honored
At San Diego State, Shiley named the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center in honor of her late husband, a bioengineer who invented the Bjork-Shiley heart valve. Her $5 million gift supports the center's unique research on the links between infection, inflammation and heart disease.

  March 26th, 2012
Baby Talk
Professor Margaret Friend, a developmental psychologist in SDSU's Department of Psychology, is leading the five-year international multi-site $2.2 million grant that will examine whether early language comprehension leads to literacy and school-readiness.

  March 24th, 2012
Detecting Earthquakes is Around the Corner: Specialist
"The next big earthquake we expect in California is the southern San Andreas," Dr. Pat Abbott said. "We're anticipating something like a magnitude 7.8 on the east side of the Salton Sea."

  March 22nd, 2012
A Town Wonders - What's that Noise? (VIDEO)
HLN Special Report - HLN (CNN Headline News): HLN's Viinnie Politan talks to geology professor Pat Abbott about strange noises and shaking occurring in Clintonville, Wisc., and what the possible causes may be.

  March 22nd, 2012
Uneducated or Just Plain Wasteful?
Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, and her colleagues Elise Freeman and Keith Campbell, have discovered that "today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources -- and often less civic-minded overall..."

  March 13th, 2012
Muscle Man
To Bernstein, an SDSU professor of biology, the fruit fly is much more than a bothersome pest. It is perhaps the key to unlocking new treatments for human muscle and cardiac diseases.

  March 6th, 2012
Googling or Garbling?
We are a population out of touch with science, and this is becoming an increasingly dangerous position. So, how has this happened? And, more importantly, how do we fix this problem?

  March 1st, 2012
In Memory: Arthur Young
Arthur Young, 35-year professor emeritus of astronomy at San Diego State University, died in Poway on Feb. 7, 2012, from complications of diabetes at the age of 72.

  February 28th, 2012
Prof. William Tong is CSUPERB
William Tong, SDSU professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was honored with the Andreoli Faculty Service Award at the 24th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium.

  February 27th, 2012
Undergrad Research Focus of $250K Grant
"Global climate change influences the dissemination and severity of infectious diseases - from changes in the geographical distribution of insect vectors to the transmission in food and water," said Stanley , dean of SDSU's College of Sciences and the program's director.

  February 27th, 2012
Tobacco Chemicals in 'Smoke-free' Rental Cars
Continuing the research of the effects of smoking in vehicles, this research was led by SDSU psychology professor Georg Matt and associate professor of public health Penelope Quintana. Matt's earlier research found that when surface areas absorb and trap tobacco smoke pollutants, they become reservoirs of these chemicals, or thirdhand smoke.

  February 24th, 2012
Rattlesnakes Not So Cold Hearted
SDSU biologist Rulon Clark and his fellow researcher used molecular tools to characterize the genetic relation of groups of timber rattlesnakes captured in the field. Results showed that both juveniles and pregnant females tend to group with relatives.

  February 22nd, 2012
Alums Dubbed Emerging Scholars
San Diego State alumni Kristian Brown and Geanncarlo Lugo-Villarino were both recognized as two of the nation's top 12 emerging scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

  February 20th, 2012
Biologist Discovers Mini Reptile
A team of four researchers, including Ted Townsend, biology professor at San Diego State, discovered and described B. micra along with three other new species of chameleons within the Brookesia minima group. The team's findings were published in a recent issue of the journal PLoS ONE.

  February 17th, 2012
Explosion in the Andromeda Galaxy
SDSU astronomy professor Allen Shafter helped discover a rare recurrent nova on the same binary star system first seen by famed astronomer Edwin Hubble.

  February 13th, 2012
Taking on Veteran Stress
Additionally, as nearly 20 percent of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD and San Diego County is home to the largest concentration of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the U.S, it was a logical step to drive the creation of the classes, said Georg Matt, chair of SDSU's Department of Psychology.

  February 9th, 2012
The Doctor Will Cure You Now
"This work is going to move science forward in a very important way," Maloy said. "We are not putting another brick in an existing wall; we are building the wall. Even if our research doesn't provide a perfect solution, NIH believes others will use this approach to proceed to the next level."

  January 12th, 2012
A Scientist's Life: Riding the Rails While Searching the Cosmos
Meet Allen Shafter, chair of the astronomy department at San Diego State University. Shafter, 56, studies a class of explosive stars known as classical novae. For brief periods, these stars can rival the combined luminosity of millions of regular stars like the sun, making them an object of great fascination for researchers.

  January 10th, 2012
Discovery Creates New Class of Planetary Systems
This work establishes that such "two sun" planets are not rare exceptions, but are in fact common with many millions existing in our Galaxy. The work was published on-line today in the journal Nature and was presented by William Welsh of San Diego State University at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas, on behalf of the Kepler Science Team.

  January 10th, 2012
TEMECULA: Quarry appeal will be heard in Riverside
In a Monday letter to the board, Temecula Mayor Chuck Washington, Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro and Matt Rahn of San Diego State University asked for at least one appeal hearing to take place at Temecula's Rancho Community Church.

  December 22nd, 2011
SDSU Scientist Named AAAS Fellow for 2012
Carrano, who is also chair of the chemistry department, is being honored for "distinguished contributions in the fields of inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, particularly for structure, function, reactivity and biology of microbial siderophores."

  December 19th, 2011
The 1,700-Foot Tsunami That Struck Alaska in 1958
Professor Kim Olsen of San Diego State University (SDSU) and his team created a supercomputer-powered "virtual earthquake" program that allowed them to recreate such an event. This program encompassed the work of scientists from SDSU, San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of California/San Diego, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

  December 8th, 2011
White House Honors SDSU Alumna
Two-time San Diego State University alumnae Angela Byars-Winston ('91, '92) was one of 12 men and women honored by the White House as 'Champions of Change.' The event recognizes leaders in the effort to recruit and retain girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields."

  December 2nd, 2011
Beyond Sprawl: Trying To Swap Nails For Test Tubes
"The industry's secret to success is strong demand," said Stanley Maloy, dean of the College of Sciences at San Diego State University. "There are so many questions out there to be asked. Almost every one of those questions has an opportunity in biotechnology. We have opportunities for innovation..."

  December 2nd, 2011
Fight the Pressure to Over-Schedule: 10 Tips to Take Back Your Family
Dr Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, found that today's children & college age students are overburdened to a degree once seen in child psychiatric patients in the 1950's.

  December 1st, 2011
San Diego Landmark Could Disappear
Dr. Pat Abbott, a geology professor at San Diego State University, said there's no way to pinpoint exactly when the cliffs will eventually disappear. "It's hard to say because we don't just let nature run its course out there," he said. "Make no mistake--the walls do not stop the erosion," he said. "They slow down the wave attack, but ultimately it will collapse."

  December 1st, 2011
CAPS Asks College Students What Role Overpopulation Plays in Challenges Ahead as Planet Surpasses 7 Billion People
"This unchecked growth has significant consequences to the state's long-term sustainability," says Stuart Hurlbert, emeritus professor of biology at San Diego State University and board secretary for CAPS. "Policy decisions we do - or don't - make related to growth now will define California for years to come..."

  November 29th, 2011
Forget The Rumors: Why Pfizer Might be Incentivized to Acquire Lpath Outright
Dr. Roger Sabbadini, currently a professor emeritus at San Diego State University, is Lpath's founder. He has helped developed a unique way to screen bioactive lipids and develop monoclonal antibodies against them. This has enabled the small biotech to develop drugs against pathways which aren't even being targeted by other companies.

  November 24th, 2011
Urban 'Cesspool' Turns to Showpiece Over Decades
Research by Rebecca Lewison, an ecologist at San Diego State University who studies toxins in San Diego Bay species, supports what regulators have said: The sediment near the two shipyards remains laced with heavy metals and chemicals that are the legacy of industrial and municipal practices in decades past.

  November 22nd, 2011
Should We Worry About Shaking on San Jacinto Fault?
There's been a series of small, but sometimes noticeable earthquakes, occurring on and near the San Jacinto fault. We turned to San Diego State University geologist Tom Rockwell to find out whether the shaking is something we should be worrying about.

  November 18th, 2011
Cyber-Bullying: Lethal Combo of Culture and Technology
"The main problem is that what so many people consider under the umbrella of 'bullying' are actually illegal events," Sattler said. "At the same time, how do you preserve freedom of speech while preventing this type of cyber-bullying?"

  November 17th, 2011
Black Hole Birth Announcement
"We now know that Cygnus X-1 is one of the most massive stellar black holes in the Milky Way," said Jerry Orosz, of San Diego State University. "It's spinning as fast as any black hole we've ever seen," he added.

  November 15th, 2011
Fin Massage Relieves Stress in Surgeonfish
Todd Anderson, a biologist at San Diego State University, California, who studies the ecology of reef fishes, says he's surprised that physical contact lowers stress in fish.

  November 10th, 2011
SDSU Researchers Find Coral More Susceptible to Herpes Viruses When Stressed
SDSU biology professor Forest Rohwer and post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Vega Thurber found that the more "stressed" coral was, the more likely the herpes virus was to replicate. The finding is particularly important because past research focused mostly on fungal and bacterial infections and nothing was known about viruses in corals.

  November 10th, 2011
New Surfing Record may be Broken at Cortes Bank
San Diego State University geologist Pat Abbott said, "Cortes Bank is one of the premier wave spots because of a valley that cuts through the underwater ridges. The water funnels into that valley, then hits the Cortes Bank and then rises into a huge wave."

  November 9th, 2011
Asteroid Passes Close to Earth
Dr. Jerry Orosz with San Diego State University was also following the rock. He said this one won't enter Earth's atmosphere, but in the future we could get a direct hit by a very large asteroid and the results aren't good.

  November 7th, 2011
Looking at New Ways to Learn Math, Science
"I think it's very important to expand the framework of mathematics and science, show people that math is not just cold formulas," Nemirovsky said. "We try to expand the experience to take into account emotional and aesthetic expression."

  November 7th, 2011
The Youngest Dinosaur Fragment Yet?
David Archibald, a dinosaur expert at San Diego State University in California who argues for a "multiple causes" theory, says that the find changes nothing. "The basic error of the authors is the belief that finding one fragment of dinosaur suddenly makes this gap go away [when] it does not," he says.

  November 7th, 2011
Younger Generation's Weak Work Ethic may be Factor in Wide Wealth Gap
Jean Twenge, author of Generation Me and professor at SDSU, said younger generations are more likely to say they don't want to work very hard. They value their leisure more and work is generally not the center of their lives, Twenge's report states.

  October 28th, 2011
Poor Neighborhoods Can Harm Health
"Many low-income communities lack access to parks, recreation areas and sources of healthy foods. Residents of poor neighborhoods are more concerned about traffic and crime, and those factors play a significant role in preventing participation in outdoor activity in their communities."

  October 25th, 2011
Women Donors Fund Science Scholarships
The San Diego Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists ARCS® Foundation awarded $120,000 in scholarship support for 16 Ph.D. students in the College of Sciences. Leaders of the local chapter presented the check to President Elliot Hirshman on Oct. 12 2011

  October 20th, 2011
Baja to get Quake Detection System
"Science does not have borders," said Pat Abbott, a geologist at San Diego State University. "It could come 50 years from now or it could be this afternoon, Every year that passes we get closer to the big one."

  October 20th, 2011
Viruses Stay Local
Stromatolite samples collected from two pozas in 2004 were examined by several co-authors in the research group of San Diego State University biologist Forest Rohwer, who has prepared the world's largest database of phage DNA.

  October 15th, 2011
A Lobster Hunt Unlike Most
The joint effort between lobster fishermen, state wildlife regulators, Kevin Hovel of San Diego State University, Ed Parnell, of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and ocean advocates successfully marked 5,000 lobsters between San Diego and Dana Point...

  October 14th, 2011
'Tatooine' Planet with Two Suns Discovered
"It's hard to overstate what a great advance the Kepler Mission is," said Professor Jerome Orosz, SDSU astronomy professor, who is a part of the team of scientists analyzing Kepler data. "Likewise, the discovery of Kepler-16 is perhaps the biggest discovery in exoplanet studies since the discovery of 51 Pegasi."

  October 13th, 2011
Just what's on the bottom of San Diego Bay?
The work is an outgrowth of the Center for Bay and Coastal Dynamics, which unites efforts at San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and the Unified Port District of San Diego. Its data will be made public so other groups can use it, and translated into curriculum for local schools.

  October 11th, 2011
Site Folds Gaming into Scientific Discovery
There is a game in cyberspace that has been causing quite a stir among gamers and scientists, SDSU chemistry professors John Love and Tom Huxford offered their expertise about the subject.

  October 9th, 2011
S.D. Scientist Finds Sea Turtles in Strange Places
"We pinch ourselves all the time," said Alexander Gaos, a doctoral student in a joint ecology program at SDSU and the University of California Davis. "Only three years ago people thought they were gone, and now look at us."

  October 4th, 2011
Opinion: Want to live longer? Build Walking into Your Routine
"Sloth is killing us," James Sallis said at the international Walk21 conference in Vancouver. "Everybody's talking about obesity and weight, but nobody is talking about physical activity."

  October 4th, 2011
Exploding Stars Reveal Pauses, Flickers and Flares
As many as five novae bright enough to be detected by the SMEI explode in our galaxy each year, Allen Shafter, astronomy professor at San Diego State University and one of the co-authors of the report have previously estimated, but more than half have gone undetected.

  October 4th, 2011
World Stem Cell Summit Highlights Advances in Regenerative Medicine
Mark Sussman, a professor from San Diego State University, called the identification of lung stem cells from human tissue samples capable of regenerating the highly complex and specialized structures of mature lungs a breakthrough in lung biology and regenerative medicine.

  September 30th, 2011
Faculty Fulbright to Study Marine Mammals
San Diego State has continued to excel in the international research setting, and its Fulbright recipients are just one example of this accomplishment. Joining the ranks of SDSU recipients is biology professor Annalisa Berta, who will study and present lectures and tutorials on the comparative biology of marine mammals at the University of Pisa, Italy, in October.

  September 26th, 2011
Targeting Killer Bacteria
"Many of the most dangerous bacteria are resistant to the multiple broad-spectrum antibiotics that we use now," said microbiologist Stanley Maloy, dean of SDSU's College of Sciences and co-principal investigator on the study.

  September 26th, 2011
NSF Awards $4.6M for Earthquake Study
Researchers from San Diego State University's Department of Geology and the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, will assist researchers from six other universities and the U.S. Geological Survey to develop detailed, large-scale computer simulations of earthquake faults under a new $4.6 million National Science Foundation grant.

  September 26th, 2011
Biology Research Garners Award
"He is an outstanding research mentor for students at all levels, and an exceptional classroom teacher," Maloy said. "He encourages students to think critically and creatively, and seamlessly integrates current discoveries into the classroom."

  September 26th, 2011
Saving Sea Turtles
SDSU grad student Alexander Gaos, found the critically endangered hawksbill turtles, which normally inhabit coral and rocky reefs, living among in-shore mangrove estuaries in the eastern Pacific Ocean. His work provides much-needed data on areas that hawksbills use for nesting, migration and feeding from Mexico to Peru.

  September 15th, 2011
Fireball blazes across San Diego Sky
Thousands of people in San Diego and across the Southwest from Phoenix to Los Angeles watched a fireball blaze across the sky Wednesday evening, prompting lots of speculation about UFOs. SDSU professors, Paul Etzel (astronomy) and Pat Abbott (geological sciences) are interviewed by Erica Fox of FOX News.

  September 14th, 2011
Spiny Lobsters 411
"The California spiny lobster is a species of great ecological, economic and cultural significance in Southern California," said Hovel, principal investigator of the team. "As a heavily fished organism in our waters, it is a priority species for protection in the marine protected areas."

  September 14th, 2011
NSF Awards $1M for Computer Science Education
The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, has received National Science Foundation grants to jointly expand the computer sciences curriculum among San Diego's high schools, community colleges and universities.

  September 8th, 2011
9/11 Still Haunts Some Amid Nation's Return to Normalcy
But on the whole, 9/11 has not caused a major shift in young people's attitudes, said Jean Twenge, a psychologist at San Diego State University and author of "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — And More Miserable Than Ever Before."

  August 25th, 2011
Experts Called on for East Coast Quake
When the earth shakes in San Diego, Pat Abbot and Tom Rockwell are typically the go-to experts for local media. So when a 5.8 earthquake shook the East Coast this week — something that just doesn't happen very often — the national media also turned to the two San Diego State professors.

  August 4th, 2011
Rural Areas' Lack of Sidewalks Fueling Obesity Problems
People who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks tend to be more physically active. Walkable neighborhoods - which are designed for people to walk from their homes to other places - people got 35 to 49 minutes more physical activity each week, according to James Sallis, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and one of the study's authors.

  August 3rd, 2011
Study Shows Hearts Can Be Repaired with Stem Cells
SDSU post-doctoral scholar Sadia Mohsin's study, conducted with SDSU biology Professor Mark Sussman as part of the university's Molecular Biology Laboratory Heart Institute, showed that genetically engineered human cardiac stem cells helped repair damaged heart tissue and improved function after heart attacks in mice.

  August 1st, 2011
Budget Cuts Leave California with Fewer Hands to Fight Wildfires
In an interview, SDSU researcher, Dr. Matt Rahn said California is gambling that it won't be burned by bigger fires and higher costs in the end. In particular, he said, cutting Cal Fire engine crews from four firefighters to three could undercut the agency's standard of trying to keep about 95 percent of wildfires to 10 acres or less.

  July 27th, 2011
JROTC Students Explore Biomedical Sciences at SDSU Camp
If building remote control robotic devices, studying robotic programming and learning the anatomy of the human heart aren't enough, students will participate in a variety of other activities. The camp also includes learning how the circulatory system functions, making a heart pump, doing a laparoscopic surgery activity, creating a rocket-powered car, attempting to fly an airplane through the use of flight simulators, exploring the use of solar panels and experimenting with hydrogen fuel cell cars.

  July 21st, 2011
Greenhouse is Hidden Gem on Campus
Deep within the confines of San Diego State, between the Life Science North and Life Science South buildings, is a spectacular greenhouse, a hidden treasure of the university. Showcasing more than 400 species of plants from around the world, the SDSU greenhouse is a fantastic display of rare and unusual specimens, as well as a place used for teaching and housing many botanic and genetic experiments."

  July 18th, 2011
Sharing A Planet With Volcanoes
The San Diego State University Department of Geological Sciences points out that the 'haze effect' bolstered by volcano-released ash and sulfuric acid in the stratosphere helps to offset global warming caused by greenhouse gases. "Without the cooling influence of such eruptions as El Chichon (1982) and Mt. Pinatubo (1991)..."

  July 15th, 2011
SDSC Visualizations Win 'OASCR' Awards at SciDAC 2011
SDSU Geological Sciences professors Kim Olsen and Steven Day were part of team who were recipients of the people's choice OASCR awards at the 2011 SciDAC (Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Program) conference for their ground motion visualization of an M8 earthquake.

  July 15th, 2011
Adolescent Binge Drinking can Damage Spatial Working Memory
SDSU Clinical Psychology doctoral student, Lindsay Squeglia recently published research states: Binge drinking is prevalent during adolescence. Adolescence is also a crucial developmental time for cognitive functioning, including spatial working memory. A new study has found the female may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of binge drinking.

  July 12th, 2011
Case Closed for Dino Killer?
J. David Archibald, a biologist at San Diego State University in California who thinks that receding inland seas were a key factor in dinosaur extinction, insists that the new paper "is not really news at all"; "finding one fragment of dinosaur [does not] suddenly make this gap go away; the gap is real."

  July 7th, 2011
Protein Battles Deadly Food Pathogen E. coli
Dr. Anca Segall of San Diego State and collaborators are now trying to learn more how the peptide inhibits the DNA repair mechanism in the bacteria. One possible outcome of their work is a spray-on wash that could kill bacteria on fruit and vegetable before they are consumed.

  July 5th, 2011
Why are we transfixed by Casey Anthony case?
"I think a lot of fascination with her is because she was a poster child for this generation in all the bad ways. All the things people are worried about with this group, it kind of came out with her." said Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University."

  July 5th, 2011
New Home for New Molecular Sciences Computer Cluster
The Computational Sciences Research Center (CSRC) has inaugurated the College of Sciences new Server Center by installing the recently purchased Molecular Sciences Computer Cluster (MSCC). The newly renovated server room will become home to the CSRC's wide range of computing equipment.

  June 17th, 2011
College Students More Confident than Previous Generations
"With grades and self-perceptions going up and actual ability unchanged or down, we've become a society that favors the appearance of success rather than actual success," said Jean Twenge, San Diego State University psychology professor and lead researcher.

  June 16th, 2011
Mega Region Initiative Launched
Business leaders and government officials from Baja California, Mexico; and San Diego and Imperial Counties celebrated together at the Viz Center the signing of a memorandum of understanding that officially launched the Cali-Baja Mega Region initiative, developed to capitalize on the larger region's diversified assets.

  June 7th, 2011
SDSU Students, Alumni Receive Fulbright Grant
"I have always liked cutting-edge technology and would like to venture into something that no one has done before--that no one dares to do," Cheung said. "Many people doubt that we will have a commercialized quantum computer soon, but then I can't help to think, 'if we already have internet, what's next?'"

  June 1st, 2011
Two Students Receiving Fellowship Awards
Mohsin Khan and Haruhiro Toko were given the awards for their excellent proposals and prior training, as well as the research environment in Mark Sussman's biology research lab. The awards, which support the best science in advancing cures for cardiovascular disease and stroke, are effective July 2011 to June 2013.

  May 27th, 2011
Research Shows Not Only The Fittest Survive
Dr. David Lipson of San Diego State University, concluded: "Earlier work showed that opposing food utilisation strategies could coexist in complex environments, but this is the first explanation of how trade-offs, like the one we studied between growth rate and efficiency, can lead to stable diversity in the simplest possible of environments."

  May 26th, 2011
New studies suggest that in autism, Brain may be Overconnected
In a study led by SDSU psychology Professor Ralph-Axel Mueller (published in Cerebral Cortex), all existing studies of functional connectivity were surveyed and it was found that a growing number of studies actually show a very different pattern of results, suggesting that in autism, the brain may be partly overconnected.

  May 24th, 2011
Monty Honorees: Outstanding faculty member from each of the university's colleges
Forest Rohwer, Ph.D., professor of biology in the College of Sciences, a record of research accomplishment along with service and teaching to San Diego State University and to the greater scientific community is exemplary...

  May 23rd, 2011
Two Aztecs Take Home CSU Research Awards
SDSU undergraduate student Alex Liu won first place for his research titled, "Neuropsychological Functioning Predicts Occupational Attainment in an Indian Cohort," as part of the behavioral and social sciences category. Graduate student Martis Cowles was awarded second place for his research titled, "A Planarian Ortholog of Lissencephaly 1 is Required for Stem Cell Maintenance," under the biological and agricultural sciences discipline.

  May 23rd, 2011
Stomach Bug May Be Linked to Parkinson's
It is clear that a possible link between Parkinson's disease and the stomach bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, can no longer be ignored. There's enough solid data that it would be wrong not to look into it more closely, said Stanley Maloy.

  May 17th, 2011
"Freedom Riders" College of Sciences Staff Contributes to Film with Her Research
SDSU College of Sciences Staff, Holly Roose of the McNair Scholars Program, is a proud member of the research team for the film, Freedom Riders. In 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South.

  May 17th, 2011
The Generosity of Friends: The Campaign for SDSU gains momentum with recent large gifts from several donors.
A number of the recent gifts resulted in changes to the names of campus landmarks. Now seen on Montezuma Mesa are the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center, the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center and the Fowler Athletics Center.

  May 5th, 2011
SDSU Homeland Security Students Take 3rd Place in DHS Conference
Homeland Security Program students James W. Dovine III, Marilu Ramirez, and John Williams took 3rd place in the DHS Science Conference - Fifth Annual University Network Summit's annual Student Day Poster competition, held March 30 - April 1, 2011. This year's theme was "Catastrophes & Complex Systems: Transportation."

  May 4th, 2011
Funding Excellence and Innovation
This year's recipients of the President's Leadership Award for Faculty and Staff Excellence: Eric Frost, co-director, graduate program in homeland security, and professor, College of Sciences; Salvarado Espinosa, School of Public Affairs; Steve Fisher, Athletics; Nan McDonald, School of Music and Dance; L. Paul Sutton, and School of Public Affairs.

  May 3rd, 2011
James Sallis Receives National Award
San Diego State psychology professor James Sallis will receive a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition during an upcoming council meeting on May 10.

  April 25th, 2011
Students Stargaze at Laguna Observatory
Less than an hour's drive from San Diego State near the Cleveland National Forest, this observatory serves the research needs of SDSU faculty and graduate students alike. The observatory houses four telescopes in all -- the largest one 50 inches wide.

  April 21st, 2011
NSF awards a grant for a high-speed computer network between SDSU and UCSD
The National Science Foundation recently awarded SDSU's Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) a grant for a high-speed network that will connect SDSU directly with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology.

  April 12th, 2011
$5M Shiley Gift Renames BioScience Center
Local philanthropist Darlene Shiley has pledged $5 million to support San Diego State University's BioScience Center. The gift was announced on Saturday, April 9, during a gala celebrating President and Mrs. Stephen L. Weber, who will retire after leading the university for 15 years.

  April 11th, 2011
What's in a Name?
Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University said, "whether or not your name sounds upper class might not matter if you do not like it."

  April 8th, 2011
Alcohol Intake During Pregnancy is Bad For the Baby's Hearing
According to the study conducted by Jennifer D. Thomas, associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University it was found that alcohol exposure results in circadian dysregulation in human kids.

  April 4th, 2011
ADHD and Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Comparing Profiles of Learning and Memory Impairments in Two Groups of Children
"Children with FASD and ADHD can appear very similar," explained Sarah N. Mattson, a professor in the department of psychology at San Diego State University and corresponding author for the study.

  April 4th, 2011
Big Mexican Quake Changed Thinking about Faults
The earthquake occurred on a minor fault that only moves every 10,000 to 20,000 years, so we can add this to Hector Mine and Landers (and possibly Northridge) quakes for large, unexpected earthquakes in Southern California.

  April 3rd, 2011
Can Games Such as Wii Fit get Your Kid Fit?
An editorial accompanying the study by San Diego State University psychology professor James F. Sallis states that too much time playing video games could prevent kids from engaging in sports or playtime that would also help fight obesity and keep them healthy.

  March 29th, 2011
SDSU 'Fault Finder' Reveals History of Quakes
"Tom can read the story of geology in a way that most people can't," says Ken Hudnut, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena. "He has this Jedi-like ability to see and sense things."

  March 28th, 2011
Autonomous Helicopter Aerial Imaging for Monitoring of Natural Reserves
Mahmoud Tarokh and his team of two graduate students, Paulo Merloti and David Pai, have successfully demonstrated in the field the autonomous helicopter project. The objective is to apply a robotic helicopter for environmental monitoring in the wetlands, particularly at the Tijuana River National Estuary.

  March 28th, 2011
Hands-On Science Fair
Students from Black Student Science Organization (BSSO) held a science event for Walter J. Porter Elementary School. The students learned about DNA extractions, a biodome, and featured a lemon juice bottle rocket to teach chemistry.

  March 22nd, 2011
Graduate Programs Rank Among Best in Nation
More than a dozen San Diego State University graduate programs are ranked among the nation's best in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools 2012," which was released online March 15.

  March 15th, 2011
Middle and High Schoolers Explore STEM
Ask a friend what "STEM" means and you may get a blank stare. But, as soon as Cynthia Park, executive director of the SDSU Pre-College Institute asked last Friday, dozens of young people immediately answered.

  March 7th, 2011
Stimulating Weekend for Student Researchers
It was a stimulating weekend at the fourth annual Student Research Symposium as more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students exhibited their research projects in Montezuma Hall.

  March 1st, 2011
Superfluid state for Galaxy's youngest neutron star?
Fridolin Weber of San Diego State University in California, who was not involved in either team's analysis, calls the research "a very important contribution" because it uses the theory of superfluidity to provide a testable explanation for the rapidly cooling star.

  February 25th, 2011
Forum Connects Students with Local Tech Industry
"Computational science makes the use of computers easier by developing computational models," said Jose Castillo, SDSU mathematics and statistics professor and director of the SDSU Computational Science Research Center (CSRC).

  February 4th, 2011
New Maps First to Track Global Coastal Fishing Activity
"Quantifying fishing efforts is a necessary measure of fishing activity, and is a key link to evaluating sustainability and environmental impacts of coastal fisheries," said Rebecca Lewison, SDSU biology professor and lead researcher on the project.

  February 3rd, 2011
SDSU astronomy professors played a large part in analyzing data about new planets, including some Earth-size candidates.
"The interesting thing is that we found a planetary system with six planets that were all eclipsing," said Bill Welsh, SDSU astronomy professor and one of nine astronomers nationwide serving as a participating scientist for the mission. "This shows us that we're going to find planetary systems, not just cases of one star with one planet circling it."

  February 2nd, 2011
BioScience Center Research Paves Way for Better Vaccines
Researchers in SDSU's BioScience Center have developed a new adjuvant for vaccines that could improve their effectiveness. The new technology could also allow for the development of new vaccines to prevent viral, bacterial and fungal infections, as well as several forms of cancer.

  January 26th, 2011
Students Go 'Under the Boat'
Mix one part class assignment, one part marine science, two parts humor and add a dash of Spongebob Squarepants, Finding Nemo and Flounder from The Little Mermaid. What do you get?

  January 13th, 2011
Aziz Awarded Young Arab Scientist Prize
Dr. Ramy Aziz, SDSU Computer Sciences postdoc and adjunct faculty, was recently awarded the TWAS-ARO Young Arab Scientist (YAS) prize 2010 for his various contributions and efforts in the field of "Biodiversity Conservation and Informatics."

  January 11th, 2011
Meadowbrook Middle School's AVID Class Visit to the Computer Science Department
Poway Meadowbrook Middle School's Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program visited SDSU on November 29th, 2010. In addition to the typical SDSU tour, the class stopped by the Computer Science Department to hear about computer science opportunities and participate in a research demonstration.

  January 7th, 2011
Study Shows that CPAP Therapy Reduces Fatigue, Increases Energy in Patients with Sleep Apnea
"This was one of the first double-blind studies of the effects of CPAP on fatigue," said lead author Lianne Tomfohr, graduate research assistant in the joint doctoral program at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego."

  January 4th, 2011
Ph.D. Programs Rank Among Best in the Nation
The National Research Council named the SDSU-UCSD joint-doctoral programs in speech-language pathology and clinical psychology among the top 10

  December 17th, 2010
Taking the No-No out of Nano
The Electron Microscopy Facility, in the Physical Sciences building, was recently awarded $708,000 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a new scanning electron microscope (SEM) that can take the no-no out of nano and make supersized images of miniscule objects.

  December 16th, 2010
Thirdhand Smoke's Lingering Effects
"We found that thirdhand smoke is trapped on surfaces like walls and ceilings and in household dust and carpets left over by previous residents," said Georg Matt, San Diego State psychology professor and lead researcher of the study, the first to examine whether THS persists in smokers homes after they move out."

  December 9th, 2010
Astronomers Find Fluctuations in Exploding Stars
Three of the novae stalled before reaching a peak, and all flickered or flared as the explosions ran their course, according to a new article in the Astrophysical Journal co-authored by San Diego State University astronomy professor Allen Shafter.

  December 9th, 2010
Escondido 'Bomb House' Burning Details
SDSU Chemistry Professor Andrew Cooksy is interviewed by KPBS about the dangers of burning-down a residence in Escondido that the San Diego County Sheriff's department and multiple fire agencies say is filled with explosive material that is too dangerous to remove.

  December 6th, 2010
Study: Sports Not Enough Daily Activity for Kids
"Parents may think that because their child is engaged in organized sports they are getting the recommended amount of physical activity each day, but what we've found is they aren't," said Jim Sallis, director of SDSU's Active Living Research Program. "This study suggests that kids really need to be getting additional physical activity outside of organized sports practices in order to meet the national guidelines."

  December 5th, 2010
Mark Dunster Contributes to a Popular Mathematics Handbook
The US Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics wrote that "The NIST Handbook is indeed a monumental achievement, and the many, many individuals who participated in its creation and dissemination are to be congratulated and thanked."

  November 18th, 2010
Capturing Sunlight, Storing Hydrogen Energy
Professor Doug Grotjahn's research was one of three out of 13 topics receiving a $50,000 grant for development of catalysts for making hydrogen from water. The goal is a revolutionary technology which would capture sunlight and store the energy as hydrogen, without making or using electricity, carbon-containing fossil fuels or carbon dioxide.

  November 11th, 2010
Scholarship Students Thank Donors
The feeling was expressed by scholarship recipients as they met donors, and it was also expressed by the donors themselves, who often pointed out that it was the students that led them to make a difference.

  November 9th, 2010
Retired Professor Donates Microscope to Alumni Center Library
Leaders of the ARCS San Diego chapter group presented the check to SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. All 14 Ph.D. students were part of the presentation and enjoyed spending the afternoon with President Weber by sharing with him the latest in their teachings, research and presentations.

  November 9th, 2010
Female Philanthropists Fund Student Scholarships
The feeling was expressed by scholarship recipients as they met donors, and it was also expressed by the donors themselves, who often pointed out that it was the students that led them to make a difference.

  November 8th, 2010
Undergraduate Students are Leading Beneficiaries of the Expanding Research Enterprise at SDSU
"The best education we can give to all our students--including future scientists--is to have them actively participate in research," said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber. "Research keeps our faculty sharp and current in their field and provides excellent learning environments for our students."

  November 1st, 2010
Physics professor, Richard H. Morris, Ph.D. announced his retirement after 53 years of teaching at SDSU.
"Doc" has supervised over thirty graduate theses in the above mentioned subjects. In celebration of his 50 years of teaching at SDSU, in 2007, the Department of Physics named the "Doc Morris Public Lecture Series" after Professor Morris. (Doc is the longest serving faculty member at SDSU)

  October 22nd, 2010
Building Molecules in Classrooms
San Diego State chemistry professor Andrew Cooksy visited Castle Park Middle School last month, bringing a bit of university science into the classroom as part of a new outreach program to serve San Diego area schools.

  October 14th, 2010
Grant Funds BioScience Center's New Research Tool
"This high-tech tool will enhance research being done at the BioScience Center, bringing us closer to identifying the connections between various infections and heart disease," said Roberta Gottlieb, director of the SDSU BioScience Center.

  October 13th, 2010
SDSU Research Foundation Adds Two New Board Members
Elizabeth Klonoff, SDSU professor of psychology and co-director of the SDSU/UCSD joint doctoral program in clinical psychology, will help direct the activities of SDSU Research Foundation.

  October 8th, 2010
Eric Frost Receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Cybersecurity
When it comes to cybersecurity, one San Diego State professor is at the forefront of the field. Eric Frost, SDSU geology professor and director of the Viz Lab, received a lifetime achievement award for his efforts and accomplishments in the field of cybersecurity at the first annual Cybersecurity Awards, hosted by Securing Our eCity.

  October 7th, 2010
Treating Anxiety with the Click of a Mouse
Social anxiety disorder, the most common anxiety disorder in the U.S., is often treated with medication or cognitive behavior therapy. But if medication doesn't work, and therapy is too expensive, what other option is there?

  September 13th, 2010
Rich Levine Elected ASA Fellow
"Levine was chosen for his "outstanding methodological contributions and groundbreaking applicates in the area of Monte Carlo statistical methods, for curricular developments and teaching innovations in computational statistics, and for exemplary service to the profession."

  September 9th, 2010
Determining 'Brain Age' With A Simple Scan
A new type of brain scan could help doctors identify children whose brains are not developing on schedule, and may eventually explain what goes wrong in the brains of children with autism.

  August 19th, 2010
Why They Chose SDSU Over UCSD
"I could do high-powered research at UCSD, but I really like that interaction with students, to help develop their love of science and their future careers," she said. "It's more work, but there's more of a reward."

  August 19th, 2010
Simulated Shake-Up Reveals Some Answers
"The scientific results of this massive simulation are very interesting, and its level of detail has allowed us to observe things that we were not able to see in the past," said Kim Olsen, professor of geological sciences at SDSU, and lead seismologist of the study..."

  August 18th, 2010
Can College Students Learn as Well on iPads, e-books?
Folu Ani, a graduate of San Diego State University and a member of the Class of 2014 at University of California-Irvine School of Medicine, holds an iPad. Given to each member of the class, the iPads came pre-loaded with all the textbooks and software required to complete their first year of medical school.

  August 16th, 2010
Disaster in the Making: Researcher Warns of Microbial Threat to Coral Reefs, Other Ocean Habitat
Professor Forest Rowher San Diego-based researchers found corals were dead or diseased, sharks and other large predators were scarce and only small fish darted past slime-covered reefs.

  August 13th, 2010
New Collaborative Educational Opportunity Between San Diego and Brazil
San Diego State University and Scripps Institution of Oceanography have received a new award from the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and their Brazilian counterpart, the Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior...

  August 13th, 2010
SDSU Makes top-40 most Popular Colleges
PayScale.com recently conducted a survey of the most popular colleges in the United States. 819,147 individuals responded to the survey, naming the college they attended or were attending.

  August 10th, 2010
Study Says More Firefighters Needed
"Wildfires result in billions of dollars of lost and damaged property, open space and infrastructure," Rahn said. "Adding a single firefighter to an engine will save money by saving time, property and, most importantly, lives."

  August 2nd, 2010
In Memoriam: Donald Shiley
"We are deeply saddened at the news of Donald Shiley's passing. Donald was a humanitarian in the truest sense. His contributions, both as an inventor and philanthropist, will leave a lasting legacy in our community and beyond..."

  July 30th, 2010
Make a Muscle, make a Difference!
SDSU biology professor Sandy Bernstein and lab personnel appear in Muscular Dystrophy Association Public Service Announcement. Chi Lee (PhD student), Anju Melkani (research technician), and Meera Viswanathan (MS student).

  July 22nd, 2010
ARRA Helps Define Molecular Structure, Career Direction for New College Grad
"Understanding how UNC-45 works may allow us to harness its function in protecting muscle from biological stress or ameliorating diseases caused by protein-folding defects," says Dr. Bernstein. "Clarke's contributions helped us to move our research forward dramatically."

  July 22nd, 2010
Trust Your Gut for Health Clues
In a recent study published in Nature, SDSU biology professor Forest Rohwer and Dr. Jeffrey Gordon, director of Washington University's Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, found that even identical twins, who have the same genetic makeup, each carry a unique collection of intestinal viruses.

  June 30th, 2010
SDSU Research No. 1 for Fourth Straight Year
For the fourth consecutive year, San Diego State University is ranked the No. 1 most productive research university in the nation among schools with 14 or fewer Ph.D. programs, according to Academic Analytics.

  June 21st, 2010
Sciencequest: Exploring Regional Science and Tech
SDSU Professor Rulon Clark is studying predator-prey interactions between rattlesnakes and small mammals, with a focus on how small mammals use antisnake displays to convince snakes to leave them alone.

  June 16th, 2010
SDSU and UC Offer New Joint Doctoral Programs
San Diego State University and the University of California are joining forces to offer two new joint doctoral programs beginning in fall 2010. After extensive review, the new programs in evolutionary biology and geophysics were approved this spring, joining SDSU's 14 existing joint doctoral programs and two independent doctoral programs.

  June 4th, 2010
Astronomy Professor Paul Etzel Receives Standing Ovation
On his 62nd birthday, SDSU Astronomy Professor/ Mt. Laguna Observatory Director, Paul Etzel receives a standing ovation as he gives his final lecture after 30 years of service, including 24 years on the faculty. Etzel will participate in FERP (Faculty Early Retirement Program), and will continue to teach and administer the observatory after retiring from the university.

  June 4th, 2010
SDSU Heads for the Skies with NASA-Funded Research
Walt Oechel, SDSU biology professor specializing in global climate change, will work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Lab to measure the greenhouse gas effect on the globe's most northern point.

  June 1st, 2010
The Lab Rats at the Bottom of Biotech's Food Chain
In a fluorescent-lit room at San Diego State University, three of these soon-to-be college graduates crowded around a three-foot-wide white box that looked like a fancy printer. The students were part of a new course that taught them to extract, prepare and analyze DNA from a California sea lion.

  May 19th, 2010
San Diego State to Build 50-inch Research Telescope
The $1.7 million Phillips Claud Telescope will replace SDSU's original 16-inch research telescope, and enable the school to analyze objects spotted during deep sky surveys conducted by other institutions.

  May 18th, 2010
Jean Twenge Awarded for Distinguished Achievement at Sigma Xi Annual Award Banquet
Psychology professor Jean Twenge pioneered a new research method, cross-temporal meta-analysis, and used it to become the first psychologist to study birth cohort effects in a systematic way. She has also performed ground-breaking research on the effects of social rejection and exclusion on behavior.

  May 7th, 2010
Cellphones May Save the Coast From Oil
"We're part of a whole group of hundreds to thousands of different people called Crisis Commons," said Eric Frost, co-director of the Immersive Visualization Center, also known as the Viz Lab."

  May 7th, 2010
Welcome to the Galaxy
Bill Welsh is part of a team looking for Earth-like planets. The San Diego State astronomy professor bolted awake, suddenly plagued with doubts about the computations he'd done for NASA's Kepler space mission. The mission was to launch in less than a week and Welsh was part of its nationwide science team.

  May 7th, 2010
Class of 2010 Outstanding Graduates
The College of Sciences congratulates: Fiyinfoluwa 'Folu' Ani (Biology pre-med), Jessica Compton (computer science), Marck Marounm (geology), Stephanie Renee Pena (psychology), and Kyla R. Power (psychology).

  May 7th, 2010
Liz Klonoff Receives Social Responsibility Award
Dr. Liz Klonoff (SDSU co-PI) is the recipient of the Western Psychological Association's (WPA) 2010 Social Responsibility Award. This award is given to an individual in recognition of substantial and influential work that facilitates peace, freedom, social justice, and/or protection of this planet's natural environment.

  May 4th, 2010
Grads Poised to Make a Difference
"In elementary, middle and high school, I was a victim of bullying and saw many of the disabled children that I worked with suffer from bullying," said Pena, who attended Bonita Vista High School. "Because of that, I always had the drive to bring awareness to this topic."

  May 3rd, 2010
New National Plan Encourages Physical Activity
"We are excited to have contributed to the creation of the National Physical Activity Plan, look forward to its implementation and commend its creators for the contribution the plan will make to improving the health of all Americans," said James Sallis, program director of Active Living Research (ALR), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  May 3rd, 2010
SDSU: Tech's 29 Most Powerful Colleges
The San Diego State University Research Foundation takes the school's creative intellectual property and makes it publicly available and commercially viable.

  April 28th, 2010
No State Microbe For Wisconsin
Lactococcus lactis will not become that state's microbe, or at least not this year. The busy little bacterium is used to make cheese, and while the Wisconsin assembly felt worthy, the state Senate did not.

  April 24th, 2010
The Montys College of Sciences Winner: Christina A. Waters, Ph.D.
Christina A. Waters ('89, biology), Ph.D., has a twenty-year history of research and management in drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical industry. Serving currently as president of Cell Therapeutics Europe and Systems Medicine, a subsidiary of Cell Therapeutics, Inc., she has developed a unique and specialized background in fostering new approaches to treatments for disorders and diseases.

  April 21st, 2010
Catching More Than Fish
The number of sea turtles inadvertently caught by commercial fishing gear during the past 20 years may reach into the millions, according to the first peer-reviewed study to compile sea turtle bycatch data from gillnet, trawl and longline fisheries worldwide.

  April 16th, 2010
Iceland Eruptions Wreak Havoc
Thousands of people are stranded at airports around the world, thanks to volcanic eruptions this week in Iceland. But it's not just flights that are being affected, said SDSU geology professor Vic Camp.

  April 13th, 2010
President's Leadership Fund Honors Five Aztecs
Five faculty and staff members were honored this year for the President's Leadership Fund, including: John Love, professor, SDSU Department of Chemistry. In addition to the recognition of their contributions to SDSU, each will receive a $5,000 award.

  March 23rd, 2010
Students Sequence California Sea Lion Genome
SDSU biology professor Elizabeth Dinsdale teaches a class using a "next-generation" DNA sequencer in collaboration with Roche 454 Lifesciences. The class is investigating the health of California sea lions and their environment.

  March 23rd, 2010
Quest for the Best: Each year, Student Affairs honors outstanding students and the faculty and staff who support them.
Sciences Awardees Include: Brianna Bennett, journalism, and Estralita Martin, College of Sciences; Daniel Brown, jazz studies and psychology, and Dan Cornthwaite, Associated Students; Karina Kangas, chemistry, and Janet Abbott, Division of Undergraduate Studies; Kyla Power, psychology, and Brendon Bray, Athletics; Tristany Wagner, geography, and Maureen Gibbins Paolini, Department of Biology.

  March 10th, 2010
Young Workers Value Jobs Less, Leisure More
"Our results show that the desire for leisure and a better work-life balance starts long before young workers have families, so companies will have to consider new policies for younger people who want leisure time to travel or spend with friends," Twenge said. "Of course, the generation itself may have to adapt their expectations if they want both higher salaries and more time off."

  March 2nd, 2010
Sea Squirt Offers Hope for Alzheimer's Sufferers
Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 27 million people worldwide and is the most common form of age-related dementia. There is no cure, however, San Diego State researchers Mike Virata and Bob Zeller have found that the sea squirt may hold the key for developing more efficient drugs to target the disease.

  March 1st, 2010
In the Information Age: The Ethics Center Forum "Who owns the data?"
"As part of our monthly series on ethics in science and technology, this morning we're discussing the issue of access to scientific research. I'd like to welcome my guests. Stanley Maloy is professor of biology and the dean of the College of Sciences at SDSU. Professor Maloy, welcome to These Days."

  February 19th, 2010
Research: From the Lab to Lands Afar: Student learning outside the classroom
"Before I began working in Dr. Edwards' lab, I had only a vague notion of how I could use my computer programming knowledge in the real world," Cuevas said. "Working with him has really opened my eyes to the higher purpose of learning."

  February 16th, 2010
$4.95 M Grant Will Train Vets, Others for Biotech Careers: The stimulus grant will help bridge education to employment in San Diego's life sciences industry.
The BRIDGE project is a partnership linking training and higher education with employment opportunities that address the regional and state-wide workforce needs of the life sciences industry. The project will focus on the critical need for clinical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, medical physicists and professional scientists.

  January 26th, 2010
Viz Lab Helping on the Ground in Haiti
"From thousands of miles away, researchers in San Diego State University's Immersive Visualization Center, also known as the Viz Lab, are helping first-responders on the ground in Haiti. Because of SDSU's long-standing partnership with the U.S. Navy, SDSU has been the primary resource for processing imaging data.

  January 14th, 2010
SDSU Program Works To Predict Floods
"There's so much development in the upper portion that the land base is no longer there to absorb that water, and so it just sort of runs off of our rooftops and our asphalt and our concrete," said Dr. Matt Rahn, the program's director.

  January 11th, 2010
High-Strung and Stressed Students More Common
A new study by San Diego State University finds that today's high school and college students are more high-strung and stressed out than ever before. The research, published in Clinical Psychology Review, finds that young people today report more anxiety and mental health problems than generations past.

  December 20th, 2009
Institutions Join Forces for S.D. Bay Research
The Center for Bay and Coastal Dynamics unites efforts at San Diego State University, the University of California San Diego, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and the Unified Port District of San Diego to better understand the region's most heavily used body of water.

  December 9th, 2009
Fred Hornbeck Retires After Four Decades on the Mesa
Frederick W. Hornbeck will retire after more than 41 years of outstanding service to the Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, the California State University System and thousands of students.

  December 8th, 2009
The Domino Effect: Surprising Links Between Infection and Heart Disease
Roberta Gottlieb, M.D., has a compelling way to demonstrate the pervasiveness of heart disease. "Look to your right," she says. "Now look to your left. One of the three of you is going to die of heart disease."

  November 20th, 2009
Small Things Considered Wins Big at PRNews' 2009 Nonprofit Awards
"I feel honored and pleased that a specialized subject area that's dear to my heart can garner such national recognition," said Moselio Schaechter, blog author and past president of the ASM. Schaechter, adjunct professor at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego, created the blog when he entered into "active retirement" to share his fascination with the breadth and depth of microbial activities on our planet.

  November 4th, 2009
Researchers Receive Competitive Grants, Top Rankings
San Diego State University researchers have received four highly competitive Challenge Grants from the National Institutes of Health, it was announced today. Additionally, psychology professor Linda Gallo received a $2.4 million ARRA "Grand Opportunity" award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

  October 30th, 2009
Vaccination Fascination: SDSU research professor Ed Morgan discusses vaccinations, their scarcity and why they are important.
"The classical approach for making influenza vaccines is you have to grow the virus," said Edward Morgan, San Diego State University research professor, about the vaccine shortage."

  October 22nd, 2009
SDSU Launches Biotech Certificate: The new certificate for biotechnology project management in quality assurance will be available online.
"The biotechnology and other life science industries are among the nation's most promising job creators. These are high-paying, high-demand jobs that will fuel the 21st century California economy," said Susan Baxter, CSUPERB executive director.

  October 21st, 2009
Women's Group Funds Grad Student Scholarships: Twelve graduate students in the College of Sciences will be supported by the $97,500 gift.
This year's scholarship recipients included: Peter Belmont, biology; Karen Campbell, computational science; Shirin Doroudgar, cell/molecular biology; Kimberlee Fischer, cell/molecular biology; Marc Gregerson, chemistry; Martin Kandes, computational science; Marc Rideout, biology/biochemistry; John Ruedas, cell/molecular biology; Aleksandr Stotland, cell/molecular biology; Jenna Tabor-Godwin, cell/molecular biology; Dana Willner-Hall, cell/molecular biology; and Robert Wilson, Jr., chemistry.

  October 21st, 2009
Research Uncovers Possible Cause of Red Tides
"It has long been known that bloom-forming microalgae that influence climate and harm ecosystems and man are closely associated with certain bacterial species, but the reasons why were unknown," said Carl Carrano, chair of SDSU's chemistry and biochemistry department and co-publisher of the study."

  October 15th, 2009
Computer Science Assistant Professor, Tao Xie is Awarded the Prestigious NSF Career Award of $436,000
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars...

  October 14th, 2009
SDSU Awarded Three Year Training Grant to Encourage Students Participation in Stem Cell Research
The SDSU College of Science has received a three-year grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to assist students pursuing careers in the growing scientific field of stem cell research.

  October 13th, 2009
National Science Foundation to Fund High-Speed Network
The $256,000 research grant will fund the infrastructure needed to build a high-speed computer connection between SDSU and UCSD.

  October 12th, 2009
Staff Awards Hits it Out of the Park
"Today, we are honoring colleagues who are living proof of SDSU's resilience and capacity to overcome these setbacks," said President Weber during his remarks. "It is difficult now, but it has been difficult before. And each of the people we honor today can tell you that."

  September 1st, 2009
Computer Science Master's Student Takes 2nd at IEEE Oceans 2009
Shyam Kumar Madhusudhana, a master's student in the Department of Computer Science, was recently featured in the summer IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Newsletter for winning second place in the IEEE Oceans 2009 graduate student poster contest. He has worked with Dr. Marie Roch (Associate Prof., SDSU) and researchers from Dr. John Hildebrand's whale acoustics group...

  August 20th, 2009
National Poll: Young People See Social Networking as Attention Seeking
"College students have clearly noticed the more self-centered traits of their peers - it's fascinating how honest they are about diagnosing their generation's downsides," said Twenge, co-author of The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement."

  August 20th, 2009
SDSU Receives Nearly $134 Million in Research Grants and Contracts
ARRA funding has helped provide additional support for researchers like Dr. Shelli McAlpine, SDSU associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. McAlpine's work focuses on developing potent new anticancer agents. Her research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), addresses an urgent need to create an antitumor agent that can target drug-resistant cancers.

  August 20th, 2009
SDSU Science and Engineering Receive $450,000 Educational Contribution from Qualcomm
San Diego State University today announced that Qualcomm, a long-time supporter of SDSU, has granted the university $450,000 to support its science and engineering programs. Qualcomm's donation will be distributed among the Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics (ISAM) program ($100,000), Project Lead the Way ($100,000), the College of Engineering ($100,000) and the President's Leadership Fund ($150,000)

  August 18th, 2009
Healing Hearts and Mentoring Students
Christopher Glembotski is one of five recipients of The President's Leadership Fund Awards for Faculty and Staff Excellence. The award recognizes his innovations in both science and administration. As a result of research in his lab, he and his colleagues have discovered several new genes that play important roles in the heart's capacity to recover from the stress of decreased oxygen during a heart attack.

  August 10th, 2009
Rebecca Vega Thurber: The Coral Doctor
It's not every day that a biologist's work makes it on to Comedy Central. But after giving a talk at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City about herpes-like viruses in corals...

  July 27th, 2009
Kelly Doran's Research Featured on Cover of The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Professor Doran's research investigates how bacterial pathogens breach the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to cause meningitis. Her data suggest that GBS Srr glycoproteins play an important role in crossing the BBB and in the development of streptococcal meningitis, the leading cause of meningitis in newborns.

  July 27th, 2009
Innovating Excellence One Discovery at a Time
"The exciting thing about what we do in synthesis is that it's partly science and partly art," Grotjahn said. "We're only limited by our imagination, because we can make new molecules and materials, with properties to be explored."

  July 21st, 2009
New Study Shows Real Economic Impact of Wildfires
"You think about what happens when you shut down the city of San Diego for a couple of days, which in essence is what happened," said Matt Rahn, director of research and education at SDSU's College of Sciences' Field Stations Programs, who led the study. "You close down our city, you close down our airport, you close down our ports and you realize how many delayed or cancelled flights there were, what the tourism impact was, what the impact to business lost was."

  July 20th, 2009
Immunologists Join SDSU BioScience Center
Five internationally known immunologists have joined the research faculty of San Diego State University's BioScience Center, bringing with them several active grants from the National Institutes of Health, the university announced today. The researchers, formerly of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, started at SDSU on June 30.

  July 17th, 2009
SDSU Receives Another $1.5 Million in Stimulus Research Funding
San Diego State University researchers, and in turn the San Diego region, continue to benefit from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with the announcement of an additional $1.5 million in funding this week. To date, SDSU has received 21 grants, totaling more than $4 million.

  July 13th, 2009
Turning Off the Tap
"Changing human behavior is one of the biggest challenges there is," said Jim Sallis, SDSU psychology professor. "Part of the difficulty is that behavior is influenced by so many factors - psychological, biological, social and cultural factors, as well as by policies, the environment and access to resources."

  July 9th, 2009
SDSU Receives Another $1.2 Million in Stimulus Research Funding
San Diego State University has received ten new research grants or supplemental grants as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act totaling nearly $1.2 million.

  June 25th, 2009
Pooling Human Resources
The SDSU Center for Regional Sustainability will drive green initiatives for the region. The center will coordinate regional efforts in water conservation and alternative energy creation, among other issues.

  June 22nd, 2009
U.S. Navy and SDSU Demo First-Responder Technology
"San Diego State is helping to bridge the gap between military acquisition and academia," said Jay Iannacito, scenario lead for CWID San Diego. "They are also providing the center, which will allow for the great number of visitors we will be receiving to watch these technology trials and evaluations."

  June 18th, 2009
Disaster Response in the Age of Twitter
"It's about using cloud computing and things that are out there that don't have to be built from scratch -- leveraging other people's resources," said Eric Frost, the SDSU geologist who runs the center, which is known as Viz Lab, a room with a lot of computing power and large-screen GIS displays that has helped with disaster response efforts worldwide.

  May 29th, 2009
Richard Levine Named Editor of Top Computational Statistics Journal
Richard Levine, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been appointed editor of the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics (JCGS).

  May 25th, 2009
Diana Osborn Masters Educational Technology
Osborn, who works in the College of Sciences, received her master's degree in educational technology this weekend. The program applies research, learning theory and emergent technologies in order to lead students in the revolution of new technologies, on-demand information and learning problem-based strategies.

  May 18th, 2009
And the Faculty Monty Goes to... James Sallis
Psychology professor, Dr. Jim Sallis, is an international authority whose research applies behavioral science to physical activity promotion, healthy eating and smoking prevention. Author of more than 375 peer-reviewed publications, he developed the SPARK physical education program, now used in more than 2000 schools. He directs the Active Living Research Program and is initiating an ecological analysis of activity, eating and weight in adolescents with $2.8 million in external funding. In 2007, the Society of Behavioral Medicine named him Distinguished Scientist, its highest honor.

  May 11th, 2009
Emilio Ulloa Recognized for Student Advising
Ulloa is being recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The professional association recently announced that Ulloa will receive the Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit as part of its 2009 National Awards Program for Academic Advising. Ulloa will be honored and presented with the award in San Antonio, Texas during the annual NACADA National Conference this fall.

  May 8th, 2009
Bruce Alberts Visits CRMSE
On May 8th, Dr. Bruce Alberts, former president of the National Academy of Sciences and current editor in Chief of Science, visited the SDSU Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE). Dr. Alberts has a strong commitment to science and mathematics education. He spoke with graduate students and faculty at the center to learn about the innovative research contributions of CRMSE to improving student learning and how these insights are being implemented in the K-12 education community.

  May 7th, 2009
SDSU faculty experts discussion of the H1N1 (Swine) flu
Stanley Maloy, dean of the College of Sciences - Maloy, a microbial sciences expert, discusses how and why this new flu virus evolved. He also addresses why some flu strains are deadly, while others are relatively mild.

  May 6th, 2009
Flu Fighting in the Age of Wikipedia
"The debate over Valafar's system highlights the convergence of the pillars of internet 2.0, such as social networking and community intelligence, with the centuries-old fight to contain infectious diseases."

  April 27th, 2009
SDSU Grad Programs Rank Among Nation's Best
Four of San Diego State's graduate programs have been ranked in U.S. News Media Group's 2010 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. Ranked programs include: Secondary Teacher Education, International Business, Psychology, and Education.

  April 24th, 2009
Roberta Gottlieb Gives Grant Advice at Workshop
Dr. Gottlieb is a professor of biology, director of SDSU's BioScience Center and the first Frederick G. Henry Chair in Life Sciences. The workshop, hosted by the SDSU Research Foundation, focused on best practices for obtaining external funding and included tips on how to market and establish oneself as a reputable scientist and collaborator.

  April 22nd, 2009
When Stars Explode: Watch the SDSU Live Interview with Astronomer Doug Leonard
In a recently published article in Nature, SDSU astronomer Doug Leonard and a co-researcher from Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science reported their surprising discovery of the most massive star ever confirmed to have ended its life as a supernova. According to conventional theory, the star -- more than a million times brighter than the sun -- should not have exploded, but it did, probably leaving behind a massive black hole.

  April 21st, 2009
'Narcissism Epidemic' Spreading Among College Students
Jean Twenge, SDSU psychology professor, and her co-author, Jason D. Foster, found that when increases were similar among ethnic and racial groups, narcissism in young women increased more than in young men, suggesting that recent cultural changes have affected girls and women more.

  April 15th, 2009
College of Sciences Represents at SD Science Festival
Biology professors Steve Barlow, Terry Frey and Mariam Ghochani, along with Pamela Moses of the Department of Psychology represented the College of Sciences at San Diego Science Festival in Balboa Park on April 4.

Organizers reported 100,000 attendees at this first-time community science fair and exposition.

  April 15th, 2009
Searching for Other Earths: The SDSU-NASA connection
"This is an important project in NASA's astrobiology path," said San Diego State astronomy professor Bill Welsh, the only Kepler Participating Scientist from Southern California. "It's asking, are there other planets like ours out there? That's the first question we need to answer."

  April 10th, 2009
Regional Event Highlights Cyber Security: "Securing the Perimeter" was jointly hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
There are currently more than a billion personal computers and more than four billion mobile phones in the world.

Some experts believe that most mobile phones will soon be as powerful as mini computers and, along with the efficiencies they bring to the workforce and our daily lives, so too do they bring safety and security issues unlike anything experts have seen before.

  April 6th, 2009
Provost Nancy Marlin recognizes the Work of Sarah Mattson, Professor of Psychology
Sarah Mattson, professor of psychology and associate director of San Diego State's Center for Behavioral Teratology, looks at children through a different lens. Instantly, she recognizes the telltale signs -- small eyes, thin upper lip and lack of ridges between the nose and upper lip -- that signal Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).

  April 6th, 2009
SMER Open House Attracts Hundreds of Visitors: The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve hosted an open house on March 28 as part of SDSU Month.
More than 500 people from around the region attended the event. Visitors arrived at the Temecula City Hall, and were shuttled to the reserve.

SDSU Professor Matt Rahn, director of research and education, gave lectures throughout the day, educating people about the reserve and its unique value as an outdoor laboratory and classroom. Visitors were also invited to take a docent-guided tour down to the gorge and the Santa Margarita River.

  April 6th, 2009
Dean Maloy Talks Science with Kids, Honored as one of the "Nifty Fifty"
"I strongly believe that the future of our community and our country depends on continuing developments in science, which will require a robust influx of young scientsts," Maloy said. "Even nonscientists need a solid foundation of science to make informed decisions in today's world. We need to help get young students interested and excited about science to achieve these goals."

  March 25th, 2009
Super-sized Supernova: Scientists Observe Largest Exploding Star Yet Seen
In the first observation if its kind, scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Professor Douglas Leonard of San Diego State University were able to watch what happens when a star the size of 50 suns explodes. As they continued to track the spectacular event, they found that most of the star's mass collapsed in on itself, resulting in a large black hole."

  March 16th, 2009
SDSU Works to Restore Shoreline
The Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory offers bayside research opportunities to faculty members and students. "It's one of the few laboratories ever built in an existing urban environment," said Todd Anderson, director of the lab. "It actually opens up avenues of research in the proximity to San Diego city that give us a real heads up and leg up on doing the kind of applied research that's of interest today."

  March 16th, 2009
When a Walk a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Over the past eight years, SDSU researcher Jim Sallis has been examining the physical attributes of communities to determine whether walkability of a neighborhood contributes to a healthier community.

  March 9th, 2009
Sam Shen Fights Fire with Math
When thinking of the common tools used to fight a fire, mathematics does not make it on most people's lists. But a recent paper published in Nature Geoscience has proven that thinking wrong.

Co-authored by SDSU mathematics chair Sam Shen, the paper states that severe fires in Indonesia responsible for some of the worst air quality conditions worldwide are linked not only to drought, but also to changes in land use and population density.

  February 26th, 2009
Douglas Grotjahn's Research Published in International Journal
Catalyst research by chemistry and biochemistry professor Douglas Grotjahn and his group was recently featured on the front cover of Dalton Transactions, an international chemistry journal published in the United Kingdom.

The cover of the journal shows a picture of how one of Grotjahn's new catalysts works, based on data collected by his research team, which includes professor Andy Cooksy, and for one year, Fulbright Scholar professor Sara Cortes-Llamas from Mexico.

  February 26th, 2009
Lecture Addresses Global Climate Change and Foreign Policy
The impacts of fossil fuel consumption and resultant carbon dioxide release to the atmosphere have been well known for more than 30 years.

On Thursday, Feb. 26, SDSU distinguished professor of biology Walter Oechel will speak on these and related issues as part of the annual lecture series organized by the Hostler Institute on World Affairs and the Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace. This year's lecture series examines foreign policy in the Obama administration.

  January 30th, 2009
2009 Monty Winners Announced
College of Sciences: Janet Collins ('75, psychology; '77, clinical psychology) serves as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Managing one of the largest national centers at CDC, she oversees an annual $1 billion budget and 1,000 employees dedicated to promoting well-being, preventing chronic disease and achieving health equity.

  January 26th, 2009
Provost Recognizes Joanne Lobato
Provost Nancy Marlin recognizes the work of Joanne Lobato, professor of mathematics education and SDSU director of the joint-doctoral program in mathematics and science education.

  January 26th, 2009
'Obama Effect' Lessens Achievement Gap
SDSU psychology professor David Marx and others found that the test-taking performance gap between blacks and whites disappeared during the Obama campaign.

  January 20th, 2009
EMC Introduces WebCompass Internship Program
The new program involves students from three colleges, including the College of Sciences, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts and the College of Business Administration.

  January 15th, 2009
Military and Vets Graduate Program Launched
"Our military and veterans have the background and skills that make them ideal candidates for these jobs but lack the opportunity for professional training that connects them directly with employers and focuses on the skills needed in high growth science and technology fields," said Stanley Maloy, dean of SDSU's College of Sciences.

  January 7th, 2009
Divide and Multiply: An SDSU program funded by QUALCOMM bucks a national trend while improving students' math scores
Ask a group of first graders to divide three by four and the response will be a sea of faces staring at you in varying degrees of confusion.

But if you ask the same group to divide three cookies equally among four friends, you may, in fact, get the correct answer to what is a moderately sophisticated mathematics problem.

Teaching children math as a component of their daily lives is not a new idea; rather, it is one ingredient in a complex recipe to improve math-teaching effectiveness in San Diego County school districts.

  January 6th, 2009
University Grants Program Announces 2009 Awards: More than $410,000 in grants will be provided to faculty across campus this year
Barbara Bailey, mathematics and statistics, "Diagnostics for Nonlinear Statistical Models Applied to Ground-water Flow"

Victor Camp, geological sciences, "Geochronology and Geochemistry of the Columbia River Flood Basalts, Buffalo Hills, Nevada"

Kelly Doran, biology, "Role of Bs1A Adhesin in Bacillus Anthracis Infection"

Carmelo Interlando, mathematics and statistics, "Classification of Norm-Euclidean Number Fields and Applications"

Gregory Kalyushny, chemistry and biochemistry, "Water-soluble Highly Luminescent Cadmium Oxide Quantum Dots"

Lisa Kath, psychology, "Follow-up Survey of Workplace Stress Experienced by Nurse Managers"

Rebecca Lewison, biology, "Effects of Contaminants on Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles in San Diego Bay"

  December 23rd, 2008
Is it Cool for a Professor to be "Hot?"
Corey Manchester, lecturer in statistics, and Isabelle SacramentoGrilo, lecturer in geological sciences, were recently ranked the third and fourth most attractive professors in the country, respectively, by RateMyProfessors.com, an online rating site popular among college, university and junior college students.

  December 19th, 2008
CSU Faculty Tackle Science Education
"This study investigates science faculty who focus their research and activities specifically on addressing the challenges of preparing science teachers, recruiting and training scientists and engineers for the 21st century, and cultivating a scientifically literate public," said Kathy S. Williams, San Diego State University biology professor and study co-author.

  December 17th, 2008
Cancer Disparities Are Target of $15 Million Grant to UC San Diego, San Diego State University
"We want to understand why these disparities exist and work to improve or eliminate them altogether," said co-principal investigator Elizabeth Klonoff, Ph.D., professor of psychology at SDSU and adjunct professor of psychiatry at UC San Diego, whose research looks at the role ethnicity and gender play in health, with emphasis on cancer-related diseases."

  December 8th, 2008
NewsCenter Podcast: Mumbai Attacks, Higher Ed Report Card, Dec. 8
Is the broad use of technology in the Mumbai attacks the "dawning of a new age" in terrorism? How common is the use of technology in international crime?

Jeffrey McIllwain, San Diego State University professor and co-director of the graduate program in homeland security, answered these and other questions as part of the Dec. 8 podcast.

  November 16th, 2008
Climate Change Lecture, Nov. 20
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Environmental Science Program will present a lecture by Richard Somerville, climatologist, University of California San Diego professor and author of "The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change."

The lecture, titled "Global Warming: What Do We Know And What Should We Do?" takes place 4 - 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, followed by a book signing to 5:30 p.m. in Love Library, room 430.

  November 16th, 2008
Teens More Confident, Less Competent
In comparison to previous generations, today's teenagers like themselves more and believe they'll be superior adults. Ironically, they also feel less competent and have less self worth.

That's what researchers using 30-plus years of data from the annual Monitoring the Future survey found. Jean Twenge, of San Diego State University, and W. Keith Campbell, with University of Georgia.

  November 13th, 2008
Mortar Board Hosts Faculty, Staff Appreciation Dinner
Mortar Board, the national honor society for college seniors, will host the 19th Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Aztec Center's Casa Real.

The purpose of the event is to honor persons who have made significant contributions to the education and academic achievement of the SDSU members of Mortar Board.

  November 9th, 2008
Africana Studies Professor Discusses Presidential Election
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  November 9th, 2008
Stressing Coral Concerns
San Diego State University researchers have discovered that ancient herpes-like viruses infect stressed coral.

In an experiment conducted earlier this year, SDSU biology professor Forest Rohwer and post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Vega Thurber found that the more "stressed" coral was, the more likely the herpes virus was to replicate.

  November 2nd, 2008
Explore Inner Space and Outer Space
Visitors to San Diego State University will explore worlds invisible to the naked eye when the College of Sciences hosts the annual "Inner Space/Outer Space: A Sciences Sampler." Amateur scientists, families and the general public are welcome at no charge to the event, which takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.

  October 27th, 2008
Geology Receives Three-Year Software Grant
The Department of Geological Science has just been awarded a three-year grant of the Kingdom Suite seismic interpretation software (10 seat license valued at $1,192,896.58) through the Seismic Micro-Technology Inc. University Gift program.

This software is used widely in the petroleum industry and will be a great advantage for our students entering the petroleum industry, as well as a valuable tool for research and interpretation of seismic reflection data.

  October 13th, 2008
Science Grad Students Receive Scholarships
On Thursday, Oct. 9, SDSU President Stephen L. Weber was presented with a ceremonial $130,000 check by San Diego Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation.

The scholarship gift from San Diego ARCS will assist 16 SDSU graduate students in science. While the check shows the full year's donation, only half has actually been deposited so far.

"It's really fantastic. It's such a nice way of rewarding students that work hard," said Kimberlee Fischer, a biology doctoral candidate.

  October 6th, 2008
Read the New Issue of 360 Magazine
The fall issue of 360: the Magazine of San Diego State University looks at these students and the challenges they've faced being Muslim in America since Sept. 11, 2001.

Other stories in the fall issue include:

Divide and Multiply
SDSU's ISAM program shows San Diego teachers how to present challenging math concepts in creative, new ways.

Modeling the Forces of Nature
SDSU's computational sciences program ranks among the best in the country.

  September 22nd, 2008
SDSU Expert Podcasts: Sarah Palin, Energy Policy
Energy policy in the presidential campaign

SDSU experts:
  • Alan Sweedler, SDSU Vice President for International Programs and Director of the Center for Energy Studies and Environmental Research
  • Eric Frost, geology professor and co-director of the master's degree program in homeland security
  • David Larom, lecturer in the International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) program and Asia Pacific Studies

  September 11th, 2008
Monty Winner: Catherine Atkins
In 2008, Catherine Atkins received the Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Contribution for the College of Sciences.

Atkins wore many hats at SDSU, including lecturer, professor in the Graduate School of Public Health, assistant dean for Student Affairs in the College of Sciences, professor of Psychology, associate chair of Psychology and associate dean in the College of Sciences.

  September 5th, 2008
Anthrax Study Uncovers Deadly Link
Researchers at San Diego State University have discovered a critical link in understanding the deadly bioterrorism agent anthrax.

Researchers are the first to prove that anthrax bacteria has the ability to directly penetrate the blood-brain barrier, a barrier which normally functions to keep dangerous viruses and bacteria from entering the brain.

  September 2nd, 2008
Freshmen Class Brings High Marks to Campus
When classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2, first-time-freshman Alex Howe will be surrounded by a sea of new faces.

Howe trekked cross-country from New Hampshire to attend SDSU, in part, he said, because of its national reputation for research.  With the prestigious Provost Scholarship he received, Howe plans to study biology.

  August 24th, 2008
John Graham Responds to Global Crises
As a member of San Diego State University's Immersive Visualization Center, he's helped map the tsunami in Banda Aceh, document Hurricane Katrina's aftermath in New Orleans and uncovered the art beneath Leonardo da Vinci's paintings.

And with the ongoing wildfires in Northern California - another sparked in Humboldt County yesterday that shut down Highway 108 near the Nevada border - John Graham has taken visual data information provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service to create a nearly real-time map.

  September 25th, 2008
SDSU Professor to Work on $2.9 Million International Protein Study
SDSU Biology Professor Sandford Bernstein will work with Professor Mike Geeves of the University of Kent, United Kingdom which was given over $2.9 Million for a protein study. The project will investigate proteins behind functions as diverse as cell division, hearing and heartbeats.

  September 6th, 2008
SDSU Astronomy Joins 100th Anniversary Celebration of Cleveland National Forest
A Centennial Celebration was held on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at Dos Picos Park in Ramona by the USFS with many partners in attendance, which included representatives of the SDSU Astronomy Department and Mount Laguna Observatory (MLO).

  August 28th, 2008
The Pressure is on to Ban Doping
Physics Review Letters spotlights the exceptional research of Professor Milton Torikachvili of San Diego State University; Sergey Bud'ko and colleagues at Ames Laboratory; and Iowa State University showing that they can induce superconductivity in undoped, single crystals of CaFe2As2 at low pressures.

  August 28th, 2008
Chemistry Chair/Professor Carl Carrano Wins Most-Accessed Article for July
"Nickel (II), Copper (II), and Cobalt (II) Solid-State Structures formed through Hydrogen Bonding with Diatopic Heteroscorpionate Ligands," published in Dalton Transactions is being featured online as one of the top-ten Most-Accessed Articles for July 2008.

  August 21st, 2008
BMIRC's Gene Wiki in Spotlight
A group of scientists from SDSU's Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics Research Center lead by Faramarz Valafar in collaboration with Genomic Institute of Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) have created the Gene Wiki, a community annotated library of gene functions, reported USA Today.

  August 14th, 2008
Study Shows Smokers' Cars Sell for Less Than Non-Smokers' Cars
"Cars with strong secondhand smoke odor showed nicotine surface contamination levels 30 times higher than cars free of the unpleasant odor," said Georg Matt, study co-author, psychology professor and department chair. "When smokers imposed in-car smoking bans, secondhand smoke levels in the air decreased, but dust and surface contamination levels remained elevated compared to nonsmoker cars."

  August 13th, 2008
Ricardo Zayas, Assistant Professor of Biology will Receive $1.7 Million for Stem Cell Research
Six San Diego scientists will receive more than $15 million in funding from the state stem cell institute, to support projects ranging from the development of a therapy to halt acute leukemias to research into therapies to prevent premature birth and birth defects. Professor Zayas will receive $1.7 million.

  August 12th, 2008
Kelly Doran, Assistant Professor of Biology Leads Team Discovery in Understanding why Anthrax Exposure is so Dangerous
SDSU researchers are the first to prove that anthrax bacteria has the ability to directly penetrate the blood-brain barrier, a barrier which normally functions to keep dangerous viruses and bacteria from entering the brain.

  August 11th, 2008
The College Welcomes our New Faculty
Biology: Ricardo Zayas, Ph.D. --- Geological Sciences: Shuo Ma, Ph.D. --- Department Of Mathematics And Statistics: Andrew Izsak, Ph.D. --- Department Of Psychology: Sara Unsworth, Ph.D. And Allison A Vaughn, Ph.D.

  August 2nd, 2008
Scientists from Two Universities Team up to Map Marine Habitats in San Diego Bay
Biology professor Todd Anderson is a co-director of the Center for Bay and Coastal Change, which maps marine habitats and geological features on the sea floor.

  July 8th, 2008
In Memoriam: Roger Davis
Dr. Roger Davis, Professor Emeritus of Biology at SDSU, passed away on June 17, 2008 after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. Roger was recognized worldwide as a leader in cardiovascular research; his accomplishments were evident in the form of over 200 scientific research papers published in the top journals in the field and numerous awads.

  June 30th, 2008
SDSU Mathematics Educators Hold Research Symposia in China and South Korea
In June 2008, a delegation of four researchers from the Department. of Mathematics and Statistics visited China and South Korea, in an effort to promote mathematics education research conducted at SDSU, to initiate new research collaborations with East Asian researchers, and to explore opportunities for faculty and student exchanges.

  June 26th, 2008
SDSU Helps to Link Military With First Responders
In an effort to help local officials with disaster preparedness, San Diego State University recently participated in this year's Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) event.

  June 26th, 2008
CSU Receives Grant from Sloan Foundation to Support Professional Science Master's Programs
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the CSU a grant of $474,000 to support Professional Science Master's programs. The award originated with a proposal from Faramarz Valafar, professor of computer science at SDSU.

  June 25th, 2008
Chemistry Chair/Professor Carl Carrano Wins Most-Accessed Article for the first-quarter of 2008
"Cobalt, Zinc, and Nickel Complexes of a Diatopic Heteroscorpionate Ligand: Building Blocks for Coordination Polymers," published in Inorganic Chemistry is being featured on the ACS Publications website as a Most-Accessed Article for the first-quarter of 2008.

  June 12th, 2008
It's Not Just Genetics
"If you build a park or playground, people will come," says James Sallis, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the director of the Active Living Research initiative...(page 3)

  May 27th, 2008
And the Monty Goes to...
Cathie Atkins, Associate Dean College of Sciences. Cathie wore many hats at SDSU, including lecturer, professor in the Graduate School of Public Health, assistant dean for Student Affairs in the College of Sciences, professor of Psychology, associate chair of Psychology and associate dean in the College of Sciences. Atkins' research has focused on the application of social learning theory to issues in health care.

  May 27th, 2008
Ronald Dietz Supports Student-Athletes, College of Sciences
As an homage to his crew team days, Ronald Dietz has made several philanthropic donations to SDSU in the last nine years. An alumnus from the classes of 1965 and 1967, with a bachelor's in chemistry and a master's degree in mathematics, Dietz also served as a manager for the men's crew team.

  May 26th, 2008
William Tong Breaks New Ground with Lasers
William Tong, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded the President's Leadership Fund Award for Faculty and Staff Excellence in recognition of his patented non-linear laser methods that can detect minute amounts of biological and chemical contaminants and are much more sensitive than currently used devices.

  May 19th, 2008
SDSU Math Department Wins Exemplary Partnership Award from San Diego Unified School District
In the Fall of 2007, the San Diego Unified School District honored the partnership between the SDSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Pershing Middle School. The partnership was designated "exemplary"; one of eight so honored out of several hundred partnerships.

  May 19th, 2008
Michael Bromley Receives Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award
Michael Bromley, Assistant Professor of Physics was recipient of the 2008 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. This award, presented by Dr. Ray Haynes from the Northrop Grumman Corporation, recognizes accomplishments as an outstanding teacher.

  May 14th, 2008
Susan Nickerson Awarded Most Outstanding Mathematics Educator
Susan Nickerson was named as this year's Outstanding Mathematics Educator at the Post-secondary Level. The purpose of this award is to honor teachers who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to higher achievement in mathematics.

  May 5th, 2008
College of Sciences Students Take First and Second Place at Research Competition
SDSU College of Sciences Graduate students Rodrigo Negreiros and Shady Amin place first and second at the Twenty-Second Annual California State University Student Research Competition at CSU East Bay May 2 and 3, 2008.

  April 25th, 2008
SDSU Launching New Graduate Program
SDSU is launching a new graduate program in Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics (BMI). This exiting interdisciplinary field brings together skills from a number of disciplines in sciences in order to prepare graduates for the changing workforce needs of tomorrow.

  April 23rd, 2008
Congratulations to SDSU Graduate Andres Deza, 2008-09 Fulbright Grantee
Andres Deza will work with the Universidad Catolica del Norte in Coquimbo, Chile, where he will conduct research on the significance of kelp forests for fish populations. He is an SDSU graduate with an MS degree in Biology/Fish Ecology. He plans to enter a Ph.D. program in marine biology after the Fulbright year.

  April 21st, 2008
Watershed Moment
SDSU Announces Environmental Project to Protect San Diego River Watershed. Field biologists from SDSU demonstrated a high-speed, wireless sensor network that will provide remote monitoring throughout the river watershed.

  April 7th, 2008
Rohwer Runs Robust Research Enterprise
Research is a tough business. After getting funding and approval for a research project, faculty must conduct the study, interpret results and then try to get it published -- a writing, editing and approval process that can drag several months.

  April 3rd, 2008
Pat Abbott Receives the Pacific Section SEPM Lifetime Achievement Award
Pat Abbott was presented with the A. Eugene Fritsche Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Section SEPM at the AAPG Pacific Section meeting in Bakersfield. The award presenter was Dr. Mario Caputo, Pacific Section SEPM's Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Publication Sales Manager. Abbott is 3rd recipient...

  April 1st, 2008
2008 Montys Award Winner: David Warner, M.D., Ph.D.
David Warner, M.D., Ph.D. ('86, physical science), has gained international recognition for pioneering new methods of physiologically based, human-computer interaction. He is CIO and Director of Medical Intelligence for MindTel LLC, which solves leading-edge problems in communication, health care, education, and recreation. He also directs the Institute for Interventional Informatics (I3).

  April 1st, 2008
2008 Montys Award Winner: Michael John Novacek, Ph.D.
Michael John Novacek, Ph.D. ('74, biology), is Senior Vice President and Provost of Science and Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. An internationally celebrated paleontologist, he has led widely acclaimed paleontological expeditions throughout the world and is well known for his authorship of more than 200 titles, including articles in the preeminent international journals Science and Nature.

  March 26th, 2008
Student Research Symposium, College of Sciences Winners
The SRS was open to undergraduate, master and doctoral students. Participants were given the opportunity to present their original research, scholarship, or creative activities through poster and oral presentations. The award ceremony was Saturday, March 1, 2008.

  March 26th, 2008
SDSU Team Wins Pacific Section AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program
The SDSU team wins the Pacific Section AAPG's Imperial Barrel Award Program (IBA) which includes all West Coast schools and a prize of $1500. Finals are April 17 in San Antonio against national and international competition. Team members are: Andy Aulia, Cameron Campbell, Sarah Johnston, Afton van Zandt, and Aaron Hebeler.

  March 20th, 2008
Biology Professor Roland Wolkowicz on National Webcast for HIV and Global Health
Professor Wolkowicz researches the use of random peptide libraries and other chemical genetics approaches for the study of viral pathogenesis and the search of antiviral factors. Main focus is on HIV-1 and HCV.

  March 12th, 2008
SDSU Researchers Profile Genes of Nine Biomes
"The magnitude of the microbial metabolic capabilities encoded by the viruses was extensive," said Forest Rohwer, SDSU biology professor and study co-author. "This suggests that viruses and microbes serve as an archive for the storing and sharing of genes among their hosts, and influence evolution and metabolic processes worldwide."

  March 3rd, 2008
Earthquake Sims May Lead to Early Warning System
A team of researchers led by Kim Bak Olsen, a geological sciences professor and seismologist, used a supercomputer-powered "virtual earthquake" program to calculate for the first time realistic three-dimensional simulations that describe the possible impacts of megathrust quakes on the Pacific Northwest region.

  March 3rd, 2008
SDSU Researchers Find Unique Genomes in Three Ancient Microbial Communities
"Taken together, these results prove that viruses in modern microbialites display the variability of distribution of organisms on our planet," said Forest Rohwer, San Diego State University biology professor. "It also suggests that they may be derived from an ancient, microbial community."

  February 26th, 2008
SDSU-led Team Finds that Microbes Endanger Coral Reefs
While fish populations have been decimated by overfishing worldwide, a research team led by San Diego State University biology professor Forest Rohwer have recently found how the practice can also endanger coral reefs.

  February 18th, 2008
Sanford Bernstein's Research Featured on Cover of Scientific Journal
Biology Professor Sanford Bernstein is co-author of a paper featured as the cover story in the current issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell, a monthly journal published by the American Society for Cell Biology. The results of this study suggest that specific mutations in the fly myosin protein affect its function as a molecular motor and result in skeletal and cardiac muscle responses that mimic defects seen in human diseases.

  February 18th, 2008
Eric Frost Honored by NIUSR
The National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue (NIUSR) recently presented their prestigious Eagle Award for Leadership to Eric Frost, a professor in the department of Geological Sciences. "To say that Frost is a pioneer when it comes to emergency planning and response would be to understate what he has done to not only bring together the resources of SDSU State and first responders, but also in his pursuit to prepare future leaders in the field."

  February 18th, 2008
Provost Marlin Recognizes Sanford Bernstein, Professor of Biology
Professor Bernstein came to San Diego State in 1983 to help build the cell and molecular biology program. Today, it has more than 60 master's students and approximately 40 doctoral students in a joint Ph.D. program with UCSD. Professor Bernstein has served as coordinator of the Ph.D. program since 2000.

  February 11th, 2008
A Gift from the Heart for the Heart
Darlene Shiley is giving new meaning to a gift from the heart by donating $1.25 million in her husband's name to San Diego State University for heart disease research. The gift will fund the Donald P. Shiley Center for Cardiovascular Research, which will be housed on the third floor of the SDSU BioScience Center, and will honor Donald's contributions to the field.

  January 4th, 2008
Linda Gallo Honored by American Psychological Association
Linda C. Gallo, psychology professor, was one of two recipients tied for the "outstanding contributor" in Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in area of health psychology. American Psychological Association (APA).

  December 10th, 2007
SDSU Undergrad Receives Prestigious Award for his Research
Richard Virgen, an undergraduate senior at SDSU, received a presentation award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Virgen was recognized for a poster presentation in the microbiological sciences.

  November 26th, 2007
SDSU Researchers Discover Protein that Regenerates Heart Cells
"The heart was never designed to replace cells that are lost in large quantities, which is what happens during and following a heart attack... However, by using Pim-1, we can activate stem cells in the heart and regenerate heart cells that can help enhance long-term survival and recovery of cardiac function" said SDSU Heart Institute member and lead researcher in the study Mark Sussman.

  November 16th, 2007
SDSU Ranks #1 Small Research University in Nation
Our Ph.D. programs rank nationally as follows: Mathematics Education #2, Clinical Psychology #2, Physical and Mathematical Sciences #5, Computational Sciences #9, and Health Professions Sciences #10, These rankings were based on objective measures of publications, citations, funding, and major awards. ('Small Research University' signifies fewer than 15 Ph.D. programs.)

  November 2nd, 2007
SDSU Biology Professor Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
San Diego State University biology professor J. David Archibald has been named a 2007 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  October 28th, 2007
SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Mathematics Education Ranked 7th in Nation by AMS
Authors of the American Mathematical Society surveyed mathematics education doctoral programs regarding program structure, students, and faculty. They report in "Notices" what they found... SDSU-UCSD Ph.D. program is ranked 7th in the nation. (Table 1, p. 1291)

  October 26th, 2007
SDSU Experts Work Around the Clock to Gather Critical Fire Data
"When we heard the fire reports, we self-deployed," Frost said. He and his team have been generating data that fills in gaps between information sources. They quickly feed the data to local emergency responders to help them determine where services are most urgently needed.

  October 23rd, 2007
Chemistry Department Chair, Carl Carrano's Research Article Recognized in the Journal "Science" Editor's Choice Section
The journal "Science" has recently recognized an article by Carl Carrano and his students in their Editor's Choice section reserved for publications that they view as particularly newsworthy. The article published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society describes a novel chemical mechanism used by plankton to acquire iron, which is present in a usable form in very low concentrations in seawater.

  October 18th, 2007
SDSU Astronomer Leads Team in Discovery of Largest Known Stellar Black Hole
A multi-national team of astronomers led by San Diego State University's Associate Professor of Astronomy Jerome Orosz announced today the discovery of an exceptionally large black hole in orbit around a huge companion star in the nearby galaxy known as Messier 33 in a study published in the October 18 issue of the journal Nature.

  October 15th, 2007
Mitochondrial Research
Science magazine featured a paper by biology department chair Terrence Frey, his former graduate student Maria Sun and undergraduate student James Williams about the role mitochondria play in cell death in its Oct. 5 Editor's Choice section, which highlights top research around the world.

  October 15th, 2007
Predicting Wildfires: Science Insider
Biology Professor/Associate Chair Janet Franklin's PostDoc fellow is featured in "Discoveries & Breakthroughs: Inside Science." Dr. Alexandra Syphard has dedicated her life to figure out where wildfires will happen before they happen. "In California as a whole, 95 percent of the fires are caused by humans," Syphard says.

  October 15th, 2007
Inamori Foundation Funds Institute for Public Security and Health
To that end, the Institute for Public Security and Health, a joint program of the College of Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services, received a $60,000 grant from the Inamori Foundation to study public health and emergency response technologies and protocols.

  September 24th, 2007
Cold-Loving Seaweed not Limited to Chilly Waters After All
Some researchers had expected that there may be kelp forests lurking around the Galapagos, but the world-wide distribution of such forests, as predicted by the new model, has not been previously appreciated, says Matthew Edwards, a marine ecologist at San Diego State University.

  September 17th, 2007
NASA Names SDSU Alumna Astronaut Ellen Ochoa Deputy Director of Johnson
"Ellen has proven her exceptional capabilities many times in space as well as in her many roles on the ground, including most recently her superb management of flight crew operations," said Johnson Director Mike Coats. "We are extremely fortunate to bring her outstanding reputation throughout the agency and her wealth of experience to this new task."

  September 11th, 2007
California Homeland Security Director Tours SDSU Viz Center
The SDSU Visualization Center (Viz Center) has once again attracted positive attention from government Homeland Security officials. Bob Welty, Co-director of the VizCenter and the Regional Technology Center (RTC), provided Bob Salesses with an overview of the center's many capabilities and discussed the RTC's role as the technology clearinghouse for the San Diego region.

  September 11th, 2007
Glembotski Named Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs
Biology professor Chris Glembotski has been named associate dean of Graduate Affairs. His first day in the new role was Aug. 22. "Chris is one of our most respected faculty members," said Tom Scott, vice president for research. "He is a master teacher and among the most productive researchers on campus.

  August 27th, 2007
The College of Sciences Welcomes New Faculty
Miriam Bennett, Ph.D. | Jianwei Chen, Ph.D. | Rulon Clark, Ph.D. | Kelly Doran, Ph.D. | Robert Edwards, Ph.D. | Roberta Gottlieb, M.D. | Christopher Harrison, Ph.D. | Melody Sadler, Ph.D | Usha Sinha, Ph.D.

  August 27th, 2007
Psychology Professor Recognized for Start of Active Living Research Program
Psychology Professor James Sallis directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Active Living Research program.

  August 13th, 2007
Faculty Awarded Promotion and Tenure
Kim Bak Olsen, Geological Sciences | Robert J. Mellors, Geological Sciences | Peter Blomgren, Mathematics & Statistics | Mark G. Ehrhart, Psychology | Kevin A. Hovel, Biology | David Lipson, Biology | John J. Love, Chemistry & Biochemistry | Jerome A. Orosz, Astronomy | Marie A. Roch, Computer Science | Forest Rohwer, Biology | Roxana N. Smarandache, Mathematics & Statistics | Robert W. Zeller, Biology

  August 13th, 2007
Darlene Pickrel Retires from Psychology
After 22 years with SDSU, Darlene Pickrel retired from her administrative coordinator position. "She's gone on to a higher calling: being Nick's grandma," said Claire Murphy, chair of the psychology department. "Darlene has been an absolutely outstanding source of support for the department for 20 years..."

  July 23rd, 2007
Symposium Explored Links Between Heart Disease and Viruses
"This event was a great opportunity to explore this new area of study in heart disease," said Stanley Maloy, dean of the College of Sciences and former president of the American Society for Microbiology. "The SDSU BioScience Center is dedicated to studying the connections between infection, inflammation and heart disease, and we expect that this research will lead to new therapies and treatments for this prevalent disease."

  June 23rd, 2007
Astronomers Look to Quark Stars for a Fifth Dimension
Fridolin Weber, an astrophysicist at San Diego State University, California, likes the proposal."Cygnus X-3 is perfect for searching for extra dimensions," he says. "It's basically a cosmic particle accelerator." But he adds that more evidence is needed to explain the cygnets' origin. The work will appear in the journal Astronomische Nachrichten.

  June 18th, 2007
Dr. Ricardo Carretero, Associate Professor, Mathematics is Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient
"Dr. Carretero has distinguished himself as an outstanding teacher and scholar, not only among his students; but among his colleagues as well."

  June 15th, 2007
SDSU Grad Student Corey Jones Helps Extract Mastodon
"We'll have a beautiful example of a mastodon," Riney said, pointing to the bones unearthed so far, including upper and lower jaws, tusks, rib fragments, teeth and a vertebra."

  June 14th, 2007
San Diego State University: A Regional Asset
This collaboration has already proven successful: SDSU researchers recently discovered a "minicell" vaccine delivery system that has potential to protect against several disease-causing infections. This discovery was made possible by CSUPERB in collaboration with a local biotechnology firm, Vaxiion.

  June 4th, 2007
Man's Best Friend is Also Great Workout Partner
More evidence to suggest dogs make better pets than cats. Dori Rosenberg, a graduate student in San Diego State University's joint doctoral program in clinical psychology found that dog owners who walk their dogs are more active and less overweight than those who don't.

  June 1st, 2007
SDSU Ranked Number One Small Research University in the Nation
"San Diego State University has been named the number one small research university in the nation, according to a new ranking index based on the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (FSP Index).

  May 29th, 2007
SDSU Homeland Security Master's Program is Partner in Opening of the World Disaster Response Summit
With partners like the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, American Red Cross... and San Diego State University Master's Program in Homeland Security we are confident that this partnership will serve the public and fulfill our mission.

  May 21st, 2007
I Don't Think That's Soap Scum
"We found a rainforest of biodiversity on your shower curtain," said Kelley, now an assistant professor of microbiology at San Diego State University. "There are a few things in there that could be problematic for people with HIV, young children and older folks."

  May 3rd, 2007
Are Your Plastic Products Poisonous?
It's all around us. It's in our homes, toys and cars. --PVC, when it burns, it produces dioxins. "That is supposed to be one of the most toxic chemicals known to humankind," said San Diego State University environmental chemist Dr. Hong-Liang Chang...

  May 1st, 2007
Deadly Ocean Algae Killing California Sea Life
Chemistry Professor/Chair, Carl Carrano on KPBS TV: Ocean algae that produces a toxic acid is killing sea life along the California coast. Scientists don't know why the deadly algae bloom is especially large this year.

  April 16th, 2007
Student Research Benefits Cancer Education
"Vanessa Malcarne, SDSU professor in the Department of Psychology, played a key role mentoring students doing research, leading them to present their findings at the annual meeting for the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE)."

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