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  July 27th, 2018
Six SDSU Students Receive Prestigious CSU Scholarship
Six San Diego State University students were selected as 2018-19 Sally Casanova Scholars, a CSU award to help students continue their education in doctoral programs. This year’s College of Sciences Scholars are: Ellen Kuang, chemistry graduate student, mentor: Erica Forsberg; Adoril Oshana, psychology undergraduate student, mentor: Kate Hattrup; and Elizabeth Villanueva, child development undergraduate student, mentor: Margaret Friend.

  July 26th, 2018
Research to Reverse Alcohol's Effects on the Young Brain
Is it possible to reverse the cognitive deficits seen in children exposed to alcohol in the womb? San Diego State University psychology professor Jennifer Thomas has made this question a central focus of her life's work. Thomas led the team that first studied how the essential nutrient choline, plentiful in food like eggs and liver, may improve the cognitive and behavioral function of a fetus or infant whose brain is impaired from prenatal exposure to alcohol. Now Thomas has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award to research how exactly choline affects development of the alcohol-exposed brain.

  July 24th, 2018
Deconstructing the Universe
“A breezy yet comprehensive and authoritative treatise” is one critic’s description of Thomas R. Scott’s new book, which takes on the formidable task of explaining the universe and the laws that govern it. “The Universe as It Really Is: Earth, Space, Matter, and Time” begins with physics and the building blocks of the universe—time, gravity, light and elementary particles—and goes on to explain Earth’s place in the cosmos and the forces that shape our planet. Scott also provides vivid narratives of breakthrough discoveries in science, such as the shape of the atom and the nature of the nucleus. Also considered is how we use GPS to measure time, and what that has to do with relativity.

  July 17th, 2018
A Blossoming Collaboration
The wolf’s cholla cactus (Cylindropuntia wolfii) is an intimidating tangle of thorny green limbs inhabiting the Sonoran Desert of Southern California and Baja California. Yet once a year, its prickly stems erupt with bright red and yellow flowers, beacons for the desert’s wild bees and other pollinators. Usually, the cholla blooms in April, but when San Diego State University evolutionary plant ecologist Lluvia Flores-Rentería visited the Sonoran Desert during that time earlier this year, the flowers weren’t there.

  July 16th, 2018
Professor Honored for Work on Prenatal Alcohol Exposure
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder presents many challenges, including a suite of cognitive and behavioral deficits, to people who grow up with the disorder, as well as their families and caretakers. Yet FASD is also notoriously difficult for health researchers to diagnose and investigate. Despite difficulties, progress continues to be made thanks to scientists like San Diego State University neuropsychologist Sarah Mattson, who last month was recognized by the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group for her outstanding research contributions to the field.

  July 13th, 2018
Distinctive New Microscope at SDSU Allows for Groundbreaking Research
As a San Diego State University student in 1981, Tim Day could not have imagined that 37 years later he would be at the helm of a company that would make a truly transformative gift to the university's science enterprise. Day is the son of SDSU President Emeritus Thomas Day and co-founder of DRS Daylight Solutions, a company that recently donated a $475,000 newly developed chemical imaging microscope called the SperoQT to SDSU's College of Sciences. "This instrument will allow us to see this at a real, defined, chemical level that nobody else has been able to see yet. It's going to be very powerful."

  June 27th, 2018
Can Pinyon Pines Survive Climate Change?
Pinyon pines are an indispensable part of the American Southwest. Many Native American tribes relied upon the sustenance provided by their pine nuts--a harvest crop that remains economically important today. Woodland creatures depend upon the trees for shelter and as a food source. So it's critical for ecologists to understand how these trees will cope with warmer, drier conditions under climate change, according to San Diego State University evolutionary ecologist Lluvia Flores-Renteria. Findings from her recent studies suggest higher temperatures can interrupt the trees' reproduction, which could reduce their numbers and even lead to localized extinctions in particularly warm areas.

  June 22nd, 2018
Combining Research, Instruction and Prizes is All the Buzz
"Viral discovery is critical for understanding how viruses evolved inside of us and in other ecosystems, and what they mean for human and ecosystem health." Summertime in California means pleasant weather, cookouts, beach days--and mosquitoes. But how much of a danger to human health do those pests pose? That question drove Melissa Giluso's research into the viruses carried by California mosquitoes. Giluso, who graduated in May with a degree in biology from San Diego State University, is the first-ever winner of the Microbial Metagenomics Discovery Challenge, which caps off the inaugural semester of a new SDSU course focused on viral discovery research methods.

  June 22nd, 2018
Summer Research a Transformative Experience for Undergrads
When Hannah Liddle walked into San Diego State University professor Byron Purse’s chemistry lab for the first time, something clicked. All of a sudden, the things she read in her textbook transformed from rote facts and abstract ideas into concrete building blocks of knowledge capable of solving big problems and answering important questions. “I knew instinctively that this is what I wanted to do,” she recalled. “I love research. I have an innate curiosity when it comes to asking the reasons why. Why something is working. Why is it not working?” Liddle, a biology senior, is working with Purse this summer to investigate new ways to detect the genetic material of germs and viruses.

  June 6th, 2018
The History of SDSU Research: Founding-1970

The seeds of San Diego State University's current research success can be traced back to the school's earliest days. Since its incarnation as a teacher-training institution known as the San Diego Normal School, the university has grown into a top public research university. Today, SDSU is an economic driver of San Diego, as well as a primary source for the region's workforce.

This is the first in a series detailing SDSU’s history in the field of research covering the following periods:
[1897 - Research a priority from the start], [1943 – Research foundation created], [1950s – More stringent requirements for faculty], [1950s – More stringent requirements for faculty], [1959 – Master’s degrees offered], [1960 – Legislation temporarily thwarts ambitions], [1963 – JFK receives honorary doctorate], [1967 – First Ph.D.], and [1968 – Mount Laguna Observatory Opens].

  May 30th, 2018
Fishermen, Conservationists Collaborate on New Fishing Tool

Historically, fisheries and the conservation community have struggled to find common ground. The tension between one side's desire to increase profits and the other's to preserve endangered or protected marine species that can be killed as bycatch has made it difficult to find solutions that satisfy both.

Now, a new online tool developed by researchers at San Diego State University in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other universities could win support from both groups. EcoCast, developed with funding from the NASA Applied Sciences Ecological Forecasting Program, provides computer-generated maps to help fishermen target productive fishing spots while alerting them to areas likely to harbor protected species.

  May 17th, 2018
STEM Diversity Programs Put Undergrads on Path for Research Success

"We're constantly seeing proof that we do have value in the science field and we can achieve all of these amazing things. It's encouraging to see all these students who come from underrepresented backgrounds achieving so much," said Kennedy, a chemistry major who, as an undergraduate, researched a protein that holds promise for targeted drug therapy. "We're constantly seeing proof that we do have value in the science field and we can achieve all of these amazing things. It's really motivating."

  May 4th, 2018
Reframing Learning with Learning Glass and Lightboard
A few years back, two professors who had previously only taught in face-to-face courses found themselves developing online courses, deprived of their beloved chalkboards. Professor Matt Anderson at San Diego State University and Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University knew they wanted to preserve the immediacy afforded by drawing by hand while lecturing, but turning away from the camera to draw was even more unacceptable than turning away from a live classroom.

  April 30th, 2018
John D. Schopp Memorial Lecture: Dr. Konstantin Batygin
Planet Nine From Outer Space! Dr. Konstantin Batygin of California Institute of Technology will explain his recent prediction of the presence of an as-yet unseen planet in the outermost reaches of our solar system, and will describe the ongoing search for this mysterious possible neighbor. Monday, April 30, at 7:00pm on the SDSU campus. All are welcome.

  April 27th, 2018
Grant Writing Fellowship Spurs Early Success
SDSU's GREW program has helped pave the way to research funding for many early career scholars. When San Diego State University chemistry professor Jeffrey Gustafson received a $400,000 research award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the grant officer who approved his proposal highlighted the strong faculty mentorship programs at SDSU as a boon to the institution. The goal of GREW is to create a recipe that early-career faculty can follow, and that builds on their own capabilities as experts in their fields.

  April 27th, 2018
How Should your Garden Grow?
A new grant from USDA will promote indigenous knowledge, sustainability and agricultural careers to students. Ramona Perez, along with the grant's principal investigator and food scientist Changqi Liu; biochemist John Love; and environmental scientist David Larom, created the Sustainable, Optimized Urban and Latino-driven Agriculture (SOULA) project, which is directing the Oaxaca trip and several other agriculture-focused activities.

  April 25th, 2018
2018 Quest for the Best Winners Named
The Quest for the Best award recognizes 10 high-achieving SDSU students for their outstanding performance in academics and community service: Congratulations to College of Sciences' Holly Norman, major: Microbiology with minors in chemistry and Farris Nabulsi, major: Computer science.

  April 24th, 2018
Making VR Learning a Reality
"How awesome would it be to float in space and see how the sun's light illuminates the moon and creates the phases? Things like this are possible today thanks to virtual reality." Gur Windmiller, an astronomy instructor in the College of Extended Studies, said virtual reality learning is a perfect fit for teaching students about astronomy.

  April 18th, 2018
Dams and Levees Lead to Slow Underwater Landslides
"We're definitely seeing a big change to the seafloor ecosystems, but more research will be needed to see what the consequences will be." Now, a recent study led by San Diego State University geologist Jillian Maloney has found that this sediment recession is happening below sea level as well, resulting in changes to the seafloor that could threaten seafloor ecosystems and oil pipelines.

  April 5th, 2018
Raising Researchers
Fernanda Figueroa enrolled at San Diego State University determined to have "the whole college experience." Her resume proves the point--she is president of the Imperial Valley Associated Students, a campus ambassador and vice president of the psychology club. A scholarship helped her finance a summer 2017 study abroad experience in Milan.

  April 3rd, 2018
SDSU Welcomes High School Students for (STEM)2 Exploration Day
San Diego State University's Pre-College Institute (PCI) hosted (STEM)2 Exploration Day, an on-campus, day-long event that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for ninth- and tenth-grade students.

  March 28th, 2018
Stewards of the San Diego River
Mladenov and fellow engineers as well as biologist Thomas Zink and environmental health researcher Richard Gersberg, are involved in several projects studying riverine ecosystems throughout Mission Valley and in the river's lower tributaries.

  March 22nd, 2018
Yellowstone’s Supervolcano: Newsweek Interviews SDSU Geologist Dr. Victor Camp
"The controversy has kind of been brewing for quite a long time," Victor Camp, SDSU geologist told Newsweek. "This takes us much, much much deeper, in order to have true evidence of a mantle plume, we really need a study like this."

  March 19th, 2018
SDSU Students Named Inamori Fellows
These College of Sciences students were selected as Inamori Fellows and received $5,000 scholarships: Hannes Schraft, Biology; Jeanette Zambrano, Psychology; Karen Schwartz, Psychology; Michael Verrier, Homeland Security; and Bingyan J. Wang, Biology.

  March 16th, 2018
Fishing Less Would Save Profits and Endangered Species
“Often we think of fisheries management and conservation as being irreconcilable, results show how measures to promote sustainable fisheries can both support profits and protect threatened and endangered species...” SDSU biologist Rebecca Lewison noted.

  March 15th, 2018
Why the Buzzed Brain Thinks It Knows What It's Doing
A new study led by psychologist Ksenija Marinkovic at San Diego State University sheds light on the question of why people feel like they are in complete control of their actions when they're drinking even while their cognitive control is clearly impaired.

  March 12th, 2018
Ten SDSU Students Advance to CSU Student Research Competition
The following College of Sciences students were recognized with $500 President's Awards for outstanding achievement in original scholarship. They will represent SDSU at the CSU Student Research Competition: Jamie Renna, Psychology (Mentor: Phillip Holcomb); David White, Psychology (Mentor: Ksenija Marinkovic); and Madison Kennedy, Biochemistry (Mentor: Christal Sohl).

  February 16th, 2018
Global Warming's Frozen Giant
The importance of the collecting year round measurements in the Arctic to improve our model simulations has been progressively recognized by the community and society, as shown by the continuing interest by the media in the research results of San Diego State University's Global Change Research Group.

  February 14th, 2018
World's Most Venomous Spiders Are Actually Cousins
Two groups of highly venomous spiders might be seeing more of each other at family reunions. A new study led by SDSU biologist Marshal Hedin has found that two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia--long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy.

  February 12th, 2018
Thirdhand Smoke Lingers in Casinos Months After Smoking Ban
"Over years of smoking, layers of smoke residue stick to surfaces and penetrate deep into materials. If you work at a casino that allows smoking or are a guest, you already know you inhale secondhand smoke every time you breathe." Said SDSU Professor Georg Matt.

  January 25th, 2018
SDSU Joins Push for Improving Undergraduate Math Education
"There is clear and growing evidence that we can improve math learning and retention for all students through active learning that promotes cognitive engagement." Co-PIs Chris Rasmussen, Mike O'Sullivan and Janet Bowers in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are leading this initiative.

  January 23rd, 2018
Faculty-led Study Abroad Offers Students Unique Experiences and Connections
Geological sciences lecturer Isabelle SacramentoGrilo has taught Natural Disasters at SDSU for 17 years. But last summer, she was to present the subject matter in an entirely new way; conducting class while strolling down the cobblestone streets of Lisbon, Portugal.

  January 18th, 2018
New Course in Virus Hunting
"Viral discovery is critical for understanding how viruses evolved inside of us and in other ecosystems, and what they mean for human and ecosystem health," Biology Professor Rob Edwards said. "This course will help inspire a new generation of scientists to find the next crAssphage."

  January 11th, 2018
New EIS Complex Highlights Collaboration
"I'm looking forward to seeing the collaborations that result from our scientists and engineers being co-located under the same roof," said Stephen Welter, vice president for research and dean of Graduate Affairs. "The new complex has a world-class set of labs and facilities that just did not exist on this campus before."

  January 8th, 2018
An MRI Machine of Our Own
"There's a lot of advancement in the technology, and this [machine] is the top-of-the-line one," said psychology professor Martin Sereno, director of the SDSU brain imaging center. "It puts us a little ahead of a lot of other places."

  December 15th, 2017
Do Rattlers Like their Lizards Warm or Cool?
"Generally, the colder they are, the slower they are," said SDSU Ph.D. student Hannes Schraft working in the lab of biologist Rulon Clark. Do these snakes prefer certain temperatures of prey to others?

  December 12th, 2017
Phages Don't Need Bacteria to Enter the Body
A new study led in part by SDSU scientists is the first to discover that bacteriophages can directly interact with human cells. We estimate the average human body transports 30 billion phage particles from the gut into the cells, blood and organs of the body every day.

  November 17th, 2017
Henry Cluster STEMM Foundation News
SDSU professors from the College of Sciences and engineering gave PowerPoint presentations emphasizing the vision of teaching processes, not just content facts. I think everyone thought it was wonderfully successful.

  November 14th, 2017
Screen Time Might Boost Depression, Suicide in Teens
"These increases in mental health issues among teens are very alarming. Teens are telling us they are struggling, and we need to take that very seriously," said SDSU Psychology Jean Twenge.

  November 13th, 2017
The Most Abundant Human-Associated Virus no Longer an Orphan
The discovery of crAssphage is arguably one of the most striking feats of metagenomics to date. The nearly 100 kilobase genome of this phage was assembled from multiple human gut microbiomes in the laboratory of Rob Edwards at San Diego State University.

  November 9th, 2017
2017 URS Presenters Awarded at National Conferences
There were 25 students who had an opportunity to share the exciting and diverse research that they have been working on in their SDSU lab or their summer research projects to more than 60 symposium attendees: peers, faculty and guest from the College of Sciences and Engineering were all in attendance.

  October 24th, 2017
Wanted: Underrepresented Minorities to Help Save the Planet
"This has been a really successful program in terms of getting students into the field for research," Oechel said. "Having these kinds of research opportunities available to underrepresented minorities helps us to attract even more standout, high-quality students."

  October 11th, 2017
Sorting the Myriad Medicinal Molecules of Coral Reefs
"We know what so few of these molecules are and what they do, that's a pretty big roadblock to developing therapeutic drugs derived from them." said, Aaron Hartmann, a postdoctoral biologist with a dual appointment at SDSU and the Smithsonian Institution."

  October 10th, 2017
Preserving Paradise
SDSU is the steward of one of Southern California's last wild places. When Murray Schloss came to Riverside County in the 1920s to found a utopian society, little did he know his dream would come true--just not in the way he had planned.

  October 5th, 2017
In Memoriam: Dr. Albert W. Johnson
It is with great sadness to announce that former biology faculty and dean for the College of Sciences, Dr. Albert Johnson passed away on September 23, 2017. In addition to Johnson's university activities, he served as a member on numerous boards and organizations.

  September 29th, 2017
Sparking Interest in Undergraduate Research
SDSU psychology professor, Lisa Kath is new Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. “There are so many excellent research and creative endeavors going on at SDSU, helping to get more undergraduates involved is a really wise investment.”

  September 28th, 2017
Six Aztecs Receive Prestigious CSU Scholarship
This year’s College of Sciences Sally Casanova Scholars and their mentors are: Elena Arroyo and Arlette Baljon, faculty mentor; Ilex Beltran-Najera and Claire Murphy, faculty mentor; Manuel Gonzales and Aaron Blashill, faculty mentor; and Jeanette Zambrano and Dustin Thoman, faculty mentor.

  September 18th, 2017
Barry Evans' Aztec Experience
I have always been extremely passionate about computer graphics. I picked up programming through game development at the age of 12, and I spent countless nights teaching myself the basics. When I got to college, computer science seemed like the obvious choice.

  September 15th, 2017
Aztec Authors: iGen
I've been researching generational differences for 25 years, mostly using large national surveys of teens that are published every year. Around 2012, I started to see some sudden changes in teens' behavior and mental health, suggesting that a new generation--born 1995 and later--had arrived.

  September 14th, 2017
Celebrating 120 Years of SDSU Science and Research
The first chair of the SDSC chemistry department, Ambrose "Amby" Nichols, was one of the earliest SDSC faculty members to receive a major research award. An alumnus of the Manhattan Project that had helped develop the atomic bomb.

  September 12th, 2017
Promoting Health for Sexual Minority Men
SDSU psychologist Aaron Blashill is shining a spotlight on often overlooked health issues among sexual minority men. He recently received two separate grants from the National Institutes of Health to examine HIV prevention strategies and body image disorders prevalent among sexual minority men.

  September 6th, 2017
SDSU MRI Center Welcomes its 13-ton Prisma
The SDSU MRI Imaging Center, located in the soon-to-be-opened Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences building, just received its 13-ton Siemens Prisma 3T MRI scanner. Dr. Marty Sereno directs the new center which is scheduled to open mid-2018.

  August 24th, 2017
SDSU Faculty Awarded Tenure, Promotion
Dr. Wei Wang of the College of Sciences' Department of Computer Science was promoted to Associate Professor effective the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, announced by Provost and Senior Vice President Chukuka S. Enwemeka.

  August 22nd, 2017
2017 Convocation Faculty Monty Awards
Chris Rasmussen is a professor in the College of Sciences' Department of Mathematics and Statistics and a partner in SDSU's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE). A recipient of National Science Foundation.

  August 21st, 2017
Fall Campus Construction Update
"What's unique about the lab spaces within the EIS Complex is that all of them are set up to be interdisciplinary, with physically open layouts to facilitate increased intellectual flow between labs," said Stephen Welter, SDSU's vice president for research and dean of Graduate Affairs.

  August 16th, 2017
SDSU Sciences Dean Recognized for STEM Diversity Efforts
Dr. Estralita Martin, assistant dean for student affairs for the College of Sciences, was recognized by the online magazine INSIGHT Into Diversity with an Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award.

  August 16th, 2017
Tom Paulus' Aztec Experience
I chose to attend SDSU because it was close to home and presented an excellent value for the education I would receive and the experiences I would have. SDSU stood out to me as a school with an excellent computer science program and a vibrant campus community.

  August 10th, 2017
Dispatches from the Aleutians, Part 3
As we sped away on our inflatable boat, the 177-foot R/V Oceanus immediately disappeared into the dense fog. We relied on GPS to guide us to our dive site off Ogliuga Island. The small arrow on the screen pointed the way, as we kept our eyes peeled for shallow rocks...

  July 31st, 2017
Dispatches from the Aleutians, Part 2
We are on week two of our Aleutian Island cruise, and if we aren't transiting between islands, our days are dominated by our diving schedule. We average five dives a day, ranging from 15 to 60 minutes in length. Working for that long in Bering Sea conditions requires a lot of warm clothing and warm food.

  July 27th, 2017
Recognizing Staff Excellence: Thelma Chavez
Thelma Chavez has been at SDSU for nearly 24 years and coordinates several federally-funded research programs to help prepare underrepresented students for graduate school. She oversees the MARC and MESA programs, as well as the LSAMP.

  July 25th, 2017
$134 Million in Research Grants and Contracts for SDSU
"By almost every metric we can look at, the efforts and success of our faculty are obvious," said Stephen Welter, SDSU's vice president for research and dean of Graduate Affairs. "Over the past five years, we have had more faculty submitting more grants, resulting in $134 million in total grants awarded..."

  July 21st, 2017
Climate Change and Culture Collide in Study Abroad Program
14 SDSU students explored the intersection of climate change, environmental science, public health, psychology and entrepreneurship during a two-week trip, providing invaluable experience for those interested in careers in both science and business.

  July 21st, 2017
Dispatches from the Aleutian Islands, Part 1
This summer, SDSU ecology professor Matthew Edwards is leading a research expedition to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska to study its kelp forests and the wildlife within. This is the first in a series of field notes that students on the trip will be providing. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation.

  July 20th, 2017
A Muscular Legacy
The NIH awarded SDSU biologist Sanford Bernstein a MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) Award in recognition of, and to further support, his research investigating the protein pathways involved with muscle contraction and disease-related muscle degeneration.

  July 12th, 2017
Set Up for Success: Eric Gonzalez
As a voracious consumer of science fiction, Eric Gonzalez knows how scientists tend to be portrayed on the big screen: geeky glasses, lab coats and few interpersonal skills. As a recent biochemistry graduate with research experience and accolades under his belt and a science career in his future, though, he knows there's so much more to being a scientist.

  July 10th, 2017
Whittier Fire Video Stream by HPWREN
Whittier Fire as seen from Santa Ynez Peak. Live streaming provided by HPWREN and AlertSoCal projects at UC San Diego and San Diego State University, in partnership with UC Santa Barbara and University of Nevada, Reno (AlertTahoe).

  July 6th, 2017
Building on Excellence
"Areas of Excellence hires have proved to be extremely important," said Stephen Welter, SDSU's vice president for research and dean of Graduate Affairs. "Faculty hired through this initiative have been asked to look for intellectual common ground to spur cross-disciplinary and cross-college collaboration, and they have succeeded."

  July 3rd, 2017
Tom Scott Memorial Fund Established
The family of retired San Diego State University dean and vice president Thomas R. Scott has created a memorial fund to support student scholarships for international experiences.

  June 23rd, 2017
Walter Oechel on the Paris Agreement
"In recent weeks I have been in Poland, Italy and Spain," said Oechel. "In speaking with scientific colleagues and the general public, my perception is that people feel it is ridiculous that the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement.

  June 21st, 2017
SDSU Hosts First-Ever CSU Entrepreneurship Workshop
This week, SDSU and the 2017 Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) International Convention hosted the first-ever California State University (CSU) I-Corps Entrepreneurship Workshop in San Diego.

  June 20th, 2017
Showcase Demonstrates VR Technology at SDSU
Melanie Olaes, a graduate student in the SDSU Department of Astronomy, took participants on a virtual tour of the moon using a program called the Universe Sandbox and a VR headset known as the HTC Vive.

  June 19th, 2017
Jazmin Coronado's Aztec Experience
Computer science professor Patricia Kraft was one of the reasons why I chose to stay in the computer science field. She was very open and talked to me about specific issues and how to overcome them, which is something I still appreciate to this day.

  June 12th, 2017
The Plight of Furry City Slickers
Several researchers and graduate students from SDSU were among the conference presenters. Biologist Heather Marschalek described her work looking at how urbanization is impacting the populations of grassland songbirds.

  June 5th, 2017
Neha Nene's Aztec Experience
I chose computer science as my major because I have always enjoyed math and logical thinking. I was introduced to computer science in high school, and since then, I knew I wanted to pursue computer science as my major in college.

  May 22nd, 2017
Rethinking Coral Reefs’ Microscopic Life
Ben Knowles, a former graduate student within SDSU virologist Forest Rohwer’s lab, upended the conventional theories of viral dynamics with the discovery of viruses that stayed lysogenic even as their host cells became more densely concentrated.

  May 19th, 2017
In Memoriam: Thomas R. Scott
A man of great energy, athleticism, intelligence and eloquence, a loving husband, father and grandfather, Thomas R. Scott succumbed to the effects of a heart attack on May 15, 2017.

  May 9th, 2017
Class of 2017 Standouts
Arthur Flores, B.S. computer science was named the 2016 SDSU Male Student-Athlete of the Year. He has received SDSU scholar-athlete recognition on five occasions and is a four-time member of the Dean's List. Flores is also a two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award recipient and Mountain West (MW) scholar-athlete honoree.

  May 5th, 2017
Top 10 Degrees for 2017
This year, SDSU's Department of Psychology is sending 481 graduates into the workforce. The department ranks third among California universities in funding from the National Institutes of Health--the field's primary funder.

  May 2nd, 2017
SDSU Psychologists Are Top Contenders for NIH Funding
Linda Gallo: studies the relationship between neighborhood environment and metabolic disorders in Hispanics/Latinos. Phillip Holcomb: investigates the neural dynamics of certain types of reading in deaf readers. Inna Fishman: delves into the early neural signatures of autism spectrum disorder using advanced brain imaging techniques.

  April 26th, 2017
Building for the Next Generation
"It's important that people understand the campaign was building upon an already solid foundation," said Stanley Maloy, dean of the College of Sciences. "We were strong at research then, but the campaign has allowed us to grow stronger."

  April 26th, 2017
Renowned Paleontologist to Speak at SDSU
The director, Professor Dr. David Lordkipanidzek of the Georgian National Museum will speak at SDSU on Wednesday, April 26. The exhibit will open at 1:30 p.m. with the lecture from 2-3:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public.

  April 24th, 2017
Pediatric Support for Mental Health
The studys lead author, V. Robin Weersing, professor in SDSUs Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, said that our mental health system is not currently suited to identify and successfully treat this many youth. Additionally, families report barriers to pursuing mental health referrals that they might receive...

  April 10th, 2017
Harmony Saunders' Aztec Experience
In five years, I plan to be in the fourth year of my MD/Ph.D. combined degree program conducting research in tumor immunology on my Ph.D. research project. I also plan to be finished with the Step 1 exam of the United States Medical Licensing Examination for my MD degree.

  April 7th, 2017
Getting Coral Polyps to Settle Down
SDSU biology graduate student Amanda Alker was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study coral metamorphosis. Alker works in the lab of SDSU biologist Nick Shikuma, whose research previously established that a common marine bacterium, Pseudoalteromonas luteoviolacea.

  April 7th, 2017
2017 Quest for the Best Winners Announced
The following CoS individuals were selected as 2017 Quest for the Best award winners: Grant Varnau (physics), Mark Sanders (microbiology), Erika Grecia Meza (psychology)

  April 4th, 2017
Hunting the Original Star Stuff
Fridolin Weber searches the universe for these elusive particles that can only exist in extreme astronomical conditions, such as inside the hearts of super-dense neutron stars. The SDSU theoretical astrophysicist will present findings from his galactic hunt on Friday, April 7.

  April 3rd, 2017
Megan Morris: What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?
Enrolling in Dinsdale's Ecological Metagenomics course, in one semester I learned how to process environmental microbial samples, sequence the DNA, and do some simple bioinformatics analysis with the results.

  March 30th, 2017
Don't Bug this Beetle
"It's a foul-smelling liquid that is quite shocking and distasteful to predators such as toads," said Tanya Renner, an assistant professor in SDSU's biology department. If a predator tries to eat the bombardier, it gets a mouthful of this unpalatable liquid.

  March 21st, 2017
Protecting Against Cyberattacks
Edward Foale is studying a range of cybersecurity issues, such as the rising threat of state-sponsored hacking, known as "hacktivists," and how to balance threat assessments with proportionate response.

  March 20th, 2017
2017 IBA team places 1st in section!
Imperial Barrel Award team placed first in the Pacific Section. The team is headed to Houston on April 1st to compete against other section winners in the Worldwide Competition.

  March 16th, 2017
Opening the Entrepreneurship Pipeline to Underrepresented Researchers
"We are looking forward to hosting life science researchers from universities nationwide at SDSU," said Susan Baxter, executive director of CSUPERB), which houses the CSU I-Corps program."

  March 16th, 2017
Prestigious Recognition for SDSU Virus Researcher
"Professor Edwards was recognized for his important, innovative contributions to bioinformatics and metagenomics of bacteria and viruses," said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, SDSU provost and senior vice president.

  March 15th, 2017
Student Research Symposium Winners Announced
The following CoS students were recognized with $500 President's Awards for outstanding achievement in original scholarship: Harmony Saunders, Biology; Megan Morris, Ecology; and Dustin Abbott, Psychology.

  March 15th, 2017
SDSU Hosts Kyoto Prize Symposium Winner
Kanade’s lecture is entitled on "Fun Research in Computer Vision and Robotics: Think like an Amateur, Do as an Expert." 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 15, Montezuma Hall. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

  March 7th, 2017
New Study Shows Americans are Having Sex Less Often
"These data show a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex," said Jean M. Twenge, the study's lead author and professor of psychology at San Diego State University.

  March 3rd, 2017
Boosting Your Own Defenses against Heart Disease
Christopher Glembotski, director of the SDSU Heart Institute, found that the protein appears to promote the natural ability of heart cells to ward off stress-induced damage.

  February 22nd, 2017
What's New at SDSU: Psychology
A paper by SDSU autism researcher Ralph-Axel Mueller and former master's student Amanda Khan (currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at Suffolk University in Virginia) was named one of the most highly cited articles of the year published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

  February 21st, 2017
SDSU Biologist Awarded Prestigious Sloan Fellowship
"My lab found a bacterial factor that's involved in triggering metamorphosis of tubeworms and similar marine organisms, the award from the Sloan Foundation will help us figure out how these bacteria can be used to stimulate coral reef growth."

  February 15th, 2017
Ellen Ochoa Selected to U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
SDSU College of Sciences alumna and veteran NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Ochoa has been recognized with NASA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award.

  January 25th, 2016
Homeland Security Program Students are Intelligence Analysts on "The Hunted" TV Series
Two SDSU Homeland Security graduate students will be intelligence analysts on this season of "The Hunted" on CBS. Casting agents confidentially and specifically contacted the SDSU HSEC program early last year due to recommendations from several SDSU HSEC alumni already working in the intelligence community.

  December 14th, 2016
Jimi Hendrix Lends New Plant Species His Name
Jimi Hendrix may have died more than 45 years ago, but his botanical legacy will live forever. In a new study, a team of researchers, including San Diego State University plant biologist Michael Simpson, identified a new and rare species of succulent and dubbed it Dudleya hendrixii, or "Hendrix's liveforever," in honor of the guitar virtuoso.

  December 8th, 2016
Going Tooth-to-Tooth with Dinosaurs
Move over, hyenas and saber-toothed cats; scientists have discovered a mammal with an even stronger bite. San Diego State University biologist Eric Ekdale was part of a team of researchers who describe in a new study an early marsupial relative called Didelphodon vorax.

  December 8th, 2016
Student Organization Spotlight: Psi Chi and Psychology Club
We host social, academic, fundraising, and service events year-round. Some events include potlucks, lectures, board game nights, graduate student panels, stress-relief yoga, and our annual Psi Chi initiation ceremony.

  December 6th, 2016
What Mustard Can Tell Us About Climate Change
How well could native California plants withstand increasing temperatures in a warming climate? Using the state's native wild mustard plant as a model organism, new research led by scientists atSDSU and Siena College aims to answer that question.

  December 2nd, 2016
How Americorps Crew is Making a Difference in Temecula Region
Pablo Bryant, SDSU reserve manager, said the university jumped at the chance to participate because it meant land at Santa Margarita that had been impacted by research projects could be restored.

  December 1st, 2016
Student Organization Spotlight: Pre-Dental Organization
The San Diego State University Pre-Dental Organization provides students with insight into the field of dentistry and opportunities related to the dental field, including volunteer work in the community.

  December 5th, 2016
Division of Labor in the Brain
The study, led by Ralph-Axel Mueller, Ruth Carper and Jeffrey Treiber of SDSU's Brain Development Imaging Lab, investigated how connections within the brain are organized differently in children and adolescents with ASD than in their typically developing peers.

  November 28th, 2016
Shooting for the Stars
SDSU astronomy student David Jaimes hopes to be the first graduate student in his discipline to use the 50-inch Phillips Claud Telescope at the Mount Laguna Observatory.

  November 21st, 2016
Public Private Partnership Fund Launched by San Diego State University in Georgia
SDSU in Georgia announced the launch of the first-of-its-kind Public Private Partnership fund university degree program in Georgia.

  March 21st, 2017
Protecting Against Cyberattacks
Edward Foale is studying a range of cybersecurity issues, such as the rising threat of state-sponsored hacking, known as "hacktivists," and how to balance threat assessments with proportionate response.

  March 20th, 2017
2017 IBA team places 1st in section!
Imperial Barrel Award team placed first in the Pacific Section. The team is headed to Houston on April 1st to compete against other section winners in the Worldwide Competition.

  March 16th, 2017
Opening the Entrepreneurship Pipeline to Underrepresented Researchers
"We are looking forward to hosting life science researchers from universities nationwide at SDSU," said Susan Baxter, executive director of CSUPERB), which houses the CSU I-Corps program."

  March 16th, 2017
Prestigious Recognition for SDSU Virus Researcher
"Professor Edwards was recognized for his important, innovative contributions to bioinformatics and metagenomics of bacteria and viruses," said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, SDSU provost and senior vice president.

  March 15th, 2017
Student Research Symposium Winners Announced
The following CoS students were recognized with $500 President's Awards for outstanding achievement in original scholarship: Harmony Saunders, Biology; Megan Morris, Ecology; and Dustin Abbott, Psychology.

  March 15th, 2017
SDSU Hosts Kyoto Prize Symposium Winner
Kanade’s lecture is entitled on "Fun Research in Computer Vision and Robotics: Think like an Amateur, Do as an Expert." 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 15, Montezuma Hall. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

  March 7th, 2017
New Study Shows Americans are Having Sex Less Often
"These data show a major reversal from previous decades in terms of marriage and sex," said Jean M. Twenge, the study's lead author and professor of psychology at San Diego State University.

  November 14th, 2016
SDSU Well-Represented at Largest Neuroscience Meeting
SDSU students and faculty from a range of research disciplines presented their latest findings this week in San Diego at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

  November 14th, 2016
Homecoming Royals Crowned
SDSU psychology senior Taylor Lemker and accounting senior Jason Ogbeide were crowned Homecoming royals during halftime of the SDSU Homecoming football. Homecoming Court members were nominated by student organizations, including Associated Students councils, Honors Council and Greek Life chapters.

  November 7th, 2016
Eight Aztecs Receive Prestigious CSU Scholarship
Eight San Diego State University students with ambitions to work in higher education have been honored by the California State University Chancellor's Office as 2016-17 Sally Casanova Scholars including: Amelia-Juliette Demery and Kevin J. Burns (faculty mentor); and Susana Najera and Estralita Martin, (faculty mentor).

  November 7th, 2016
Support for High-Achieving STEM Students
Fourteen students from the College of Sciences are receiving scholarships from an organization with a long history of supporting SDSU students. SDSU hosted four representatives from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCS) for a formal ceremony this week.

  October 31st, 2016
SDSU's Brain Imaging Pioneer
"The new imaging facility will provide our faculty with greater access to cutting-edge brain imaging equipment and techniques...Once you have your own magnet, you don't have to be the second wheel," Sereno said. "It changes the balance of power."

  October 24th, 2016
NSF Statistics Network STATMOS Funded SDSU and SIO
An NSF sub-contract $76,800 was awarded to Sam Shen, another $10,809 to Barb Bailey in September 2016. The sub-contracts are from an NSF network grant to Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (STATMOS).

  October 17th, 2016
Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Sallis Elected to National Academy of Medicine
"The National Academy of Medicine announced the election of James F. Sallis, UCSD's Distinguished Professor and chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine.

  October 17th, 2016
Diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Disorder More Easily
"The risk is that without the facial features commonly associated with FASD, we can miss the signs of prenatal alcohol exposure in children," said the study's lead investigator, SDSU neuropsychologist Sarah Mattson.

  October 10th, 2016
College of Sciences Staff Honored for Years of Service
40: Michael Arnold | 35: Gary Sumnicht | 25: Steven Barlow, Joseph Newsome, Marcia Queen | 20: Lisa Heizer, Samantha Westover | 15: Eric Ackerman, Amy Jensen | 10: Eddie Lopez.

  October 10th, 2016
Collaborating Coast to Coast
Three students from the Department of Geological Sciences traveled to Aracaju, Brazil to study abroad at Tiradentes University. During their time in Brazil, Ariella Goldstein, Emma Vierra, and Keith Kastama participated in field-based research of coastal systems.

  October 10th, 2016
Student Organization Spotlight: American Medical Student Association
Health Professions Advising Office Director Gwendolyn Hill has made a significant impact not only in AMSA but to all of the health organizations on campus. She advises more than 700 students every semester and has improved the pre-health department here at SDSU.

  October 3rd, 2016
Runaway Global Warming
"The authors report that the net effect of draining in their study is an increase in the amount of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere, which will ultimately magnify climate change," SDSU biologist Donatella Zona wrote in her commentary.

  October 3rd, 2016
Could You Spell that for Me, Please?
"The results are bit surprising, as many speculated that the Great Recession would 'reset' American culture toward more group-oriented values, such as choosing traditional names," said the study's lead author, SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge.

  September 26th, 2016
A Smoker's Lasting Legacy
"It's important to know how long thirdhand smoke lingers in a home environment and if the former smoker and other residents are exposed to its toxic compounds," said Georg Matt, the study's lead author and a psychology professor at SDSU.

  September 26th, 2016
Sciences and Engineering: The Aztecs have landed in the Republic of Georgia
The first cohort of 10 students from San Diego has begun classes in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Likewise, 7 Georgian students from chemistry and engineering are now attending the San Diego SDSU campus.

  September 26th, 2016
Presidential Graduate Research Fellows
SDSU welcomes 12 Presidential Graduate Research Fellows from around the world to the Aztec family. Including Stefan Ehard from Ulm, Germany. (MS, Applied Mathematics)

  September 19th, 2016
Universities creating advance courses in Cybersecurity and Anti-terrorism.
"SDSU has seen tremendous growth in 2016 enrollment in-part due to the need for qualified homeland and cybersecurity-trained professionals in the United States and around the world," said Lance Larson, assistant director of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security.

  September 19th, 2016
SDSU Continues to Move up in U.S. News Rankings
"The recognition from U.S. News and World Report is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters," said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. Several SDSU graduate programs rank in the top 50 nationally including Clinical Psychology (No. 25).

  September 12th, 2016
Lifelong Learning
Williams, who graduated from SDSU in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, has long been a student of human behavior. He received a graduate certificate in 1957 from SDSU in social work administration and continued to be involved with the university over the years as a lifetime member of the SDSU Alumni Association.

  September 12th, 2016
More Politically Independent, But Polarized
A team led by SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge examined data from three large, nationally representative surveys of high school seniors, entering college students and adults in the United States administered since the 1970s. The surveys included responses to a variety of political questions from 10 million participants.

  August 29th, 2016
An Aztec Living Among Elephants
San Diego State biology senior Tori Parker traveled to Thailand for four weeks this past summer to learn about Thai culture and experience what it's like to participate in real veterinarian work.

  August 22nd, 2016
Fighting Barnacle Buildup with Biology
"Bacteria-induced metamorphosis has been known to happen for almost a century, but no one knows how it works," says Shikuma, a member of SDSU's Viral Information Institute. The institute, led by biologists Forest Rohwer and Anca Segall, is at the forefront of investigations into microbial genomics.

  August 22nd, 2016
Los Peligros del Zika en San Diego
Stanley Maloy, Decano del Colegio de Ciencias en la Universidad Estatal de San Diego, aseguro que es necesario recordar como inicio el Virus del Nilo Occidental. "Parecia muy lejano algo que empezo en Nueva York, pero ahora ya tenemos a personas que mueren por este mosquito en la region".

  August 15th, 2016
Inspiring Future Scientists
"This isn't happening," shouts one child in disbelief as nearly half the balloons go inside the container. Another child simply exclaims "This is so cool!" as Gerardo Mendoza, a physics student in physics professor Milton Torikachvili's lab, is demonstrating the effect liquid nitrogen has on an inflated balloon.

  August 8th, 2016
Millennials Less Sexually Active than Gen-X Peers
Since time immemorial, older generations have fretted over the sexual habits of young people. In today's world, however, elders might just be wondering why young people are having so little sex, according to a new study by SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge.

  August 1st, 2016
Kavli Fellow Travels to Indonesia
"Dr. Holland's fellowship is not only a monumental honor for him as a scientist, but also a recognition of the role science can play in bringing countries closer together," said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at SDSU.

  August 1st, 2016
$130 Million in Research Grants and Contracts for SDSU
"I am extraordinarily proud of the successes of our faculty, staff and students who are competing nationally to bring essential resources to our campus and our region." —SDSU President Elliot Hirshman

  July 25th, 2016
SDSU Tracking Sand Fire to Help Keep Firefighters Safe
"If you can actually look at what is the smoke doing, where exactly is the smoke, what is the shape and the color of the smoke. For a firefighter those are critical pieces of information that they can say 'send people there or don't go there, that is way too dangerous," said Dr. Eric Frost, director of the VizCenter.

  July 4th, 2016
Big Data, Better Health
What factors influence whether a person is healthy? Individual habits and hygiene play a role, certainly, but demographics also significantly shape a person's health. Minorities and people from disadvantaged groups suffer disproportionately from certain types of cancer, obesity, sexually transmitted disease, asthma and heart disease.

  June 27th, 2016
Going Viral
Microbial ecologist Forest Rohwer, has been assembling a super-team of diverse, highly skilled researchers to combat problems too big for any single scientist or discipline to solve.

  June 13th, 2016
New Planet Is Largest Discovered That Orbits Two Suns
It's a bit curious that this biggest planet took so long to confirm, since it is easier to find big planets than small ones, said SDSU astronomer Jerome Orosz, another coauthor on the study. It took so long to confirm because its orbital period is so long.

  June 6th, 2016
$10 Million Endowment for Health Disparities Work
Better infrastructure will allow researchers across SDSU’s campus to share data and resources and answer new kinds of questions, said Kristen Wells, an assistant professor of psychology at SDSU who contributed to the endowment application.

  June 6th, 2016
Aztec Science Camp Returns
Topics will vary so that children can attend for up to two weeks and engage with new ideas about science each week. Camp Sessions include Planet Protectors and Toyologists, and Rokenbok Designers and Clue Creators.

  May 30th, 2016
Climate and Disease: Why 1-2° Degrees Matters!
Although some of the consequences of climate change may take many decades before impacting humans, the small temperature changes caused by global warming have already altered the prevalence of many human diseases. Speaker: Dean Stanley Maloy

  May 30th, 2016
Exchange, Faculty-led Programs to SDSU-Georgia Ramping Up
This fall will mark the launch of the student exchange program between SDSU's main campus and its new Georgian program. In addition, a group of SDSU study abroad students will travel from San Diego to Tbilisi in July for the faculty-led program International Security, Politics and Culture.

  May 23rd, 2016
CSRC Professor Calvin Johnson to receive 2016 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) Award
DOE Argonne National Laboratory selected CSRC Professor Calvin Johnson to receive a 2016 ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) award for his work on: "Nuclear structure for tests of fundamental symmetries and astroparticle physics."

  May 23rd, 2016
Faculty Foster Innovation
Mike O'Sullivan, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics: for a research-based restructuring of its pre-calculus and calculus sequence to ensure the integrity and cohesiveness of the sequence and foster greater student success in STEM disciplines and degree completion.

  May 16th, 2016
Could Flies Help Us Understand Brain Injuries?
Given the prevalence of these injuries, it's surprising that the genes and cellular pathways that can blunt TBI's harmfulness are relatively unknown, said Kim Finley, associate professor at SDSU's Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center.

  May 16th, 2016
SDSU Students Present at CSU Research Competition
Brandonn Zamudio captured first place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Session for undergraduates. He won a $500 prize for his presentation titled "Effects of Late Gestational Cannabinoid Exposure on Behavioral Development in Rats."

  May 9th, 2016
Paul Ganster Recognized for Lifetime Achievement
Paul Ganster, director of San Diego State University's Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias, was recognized by the Association of Borderlands Studies (ABS) with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

  May 9th, 2016
Meet the Plant Detective
Simpson and his students and colleagues at San Diego State University are credited in the field for unearthing six new plant species and two new varieties and for "rediscovering" another species thought to be extinct.

  May 2nd, 2016
Ask an Aztec: Theodore Germanos
Theodore Germanos graduated from San Diego State University with a biology degree in 2011. He went on to attend Meharry Medical College and will be graduating with a medical degree and starting residency in June 2016.

  May 2nd, 2016
Dean Stanley Maloy Receives Doctor Honoris Causa
At a ceremony on April 23, CoS Dean Stanley Maloy was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa (Dr. h.c.) in the field of International Relations by Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Academic Council for outstanding contribution in the development of teaching, research, expertise and internationalization of disciplines.

  May 2nd, 2016
We Share a Molecular Armor with Coral Reefs
SDSU biology professor Forest Rohwer and other colleagues analyzed coral tissue samples that had been collected from coral reefs off the Southern Line Islands in the central Pacific Ocean, about 2000 km south of Hawaii. These coral reefs are considered among the most remote and pristine reef systems in the world.

  May 2nd, 2016
Shannon Yandall DeJesus' Aztec Experience
I am fascinated by the human mind and love the work I do as a research assistant in Paul Gilbert’s lab. I declared my major because I want to continue to examine the operation of the brain and study the impact of various structural brain factors on psychological functioning.

  May 2nd, 2016
Nine Students Receive Fulbright Awards for 2016-17
Zachariah Martinez (biology, B.A.) will serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Bulgaria and create a health and wellness program for his students.

  May 2nd, 2016
Above and Abroad
Homeland security graduate students Charles McGrath and Kelly McEtchin received prestigious Boren Awards and will each study abroad this fall and receive between $20,000 to $30,000 in funding.

  April 25th, 2016
Algae Disrupt Coral Reefs' Recycling
As reefs are dominated by fleshy algae, "most of the energy in the ecosystem goes into the microbes," said the study's lead author, Andreas F. Haas, a biologist at SDSU. "It no longer supports the variety of reef organisms which make up a healthy system anymore."

  April 25th, 2016
Doc Morris Lecture to Highlight Quantum Advances
Caltech physicist H. Jeff Kimble will touch on how single atoms and photons serve as "quantum Lego blocks" that form larger quantum systems with various functions, and could even one day make up a "quantum internet."

  April 18th, 2016
Strive Hits Full Stride
"It's something we really needed funding for to make it sustainable," said Mount Laguna Observatory Director Robert Quimby. "If Strive hadn't been there, there's not an obvious place to turn to for a project like this."

  April 11th, 2016
2016 Quest for the Best Winners
College of Sciences students Zachariah Martinez and Shannon Yandall were recognized for their contributions to San Diego State University in the fields of academics, research, student life and service.

  April 25th, 2016
Doc Morris Lecture to Highlight Quantum Advances
Caltech physicist H. Jeff Kimble will touch on how single atoms and photons serve as “quantum Lego blocks” that form larger quantum systems with various functions, and could even one day make up a “quantum internet.”

  April 18th, 2016
Strive Hits Full Stride
"It's something we really needed funding for to make it sustainable," said Mount Laguna Observatory Director Robert Quimby. "If Strive hadn't been there, there's not an obvious place to turn to for a project like this."

  April 11th, 2016
2016 Quest for the Best Winners
College of Sciences students Zachariah Martinez and Shannon Yandall were recognized for their contributions to San Diego State University in the fields of academics, research, student life and service.

  April 4th, 2016
A.S. Elects Ready to Lead
College of Sciences Representatives: Dakota Dececco, Lauryn Davis, Gabe Sheehan, and Imani White.

  April 4th, 2016
Where am I Wednesday: A Secret Campus Oasis
The SDSU Greenhouse is located between Life Science North and Life Science South. The green thumb behind the operation is Bob Mangan, who earned his bachelor's degree in botany from SDSU in the 1970s.

  March 28th, 2016
Charles Moreno's Aztec Experience
I chose SDSU because it is one of the nation's major public research institutions that could help me achieve my career goals. Another reason I chose SDSU is because my military experience is highly valued here.

  March 28th, 2016
There's no SDSU without YOU!
As an educator, you have made a tremendous impact on your students during their time as an Aztec. On Tuesday, students gave back, handing out Hubert's lemonade and KIND bars to faculty and staff.

  March 21st, 2016
Fewer Americans Now Pray
An SDSU researcher found that declines in religious practice have now spread to personal beliefs and private activities. The percentage of Americans who prayed or believed in God reached an all-time low in 2014, according to new research led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge.

  March 21st, 2016
Randy Philipp Leads National Mathematics Educators
Randolph Philipp, a professor in San Diego State University's College of Education, is the president-elect of the nation's largest professional association of mathematics teacher educators. A 25-year veteran of SDSU, Philipp is director of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE).

  March 21st, 2016
Reshaping the Arctic Landscape
"The increased degradation of these ice-wedge polygons might have a substantial impact on the greenhouse gas balance of these systems," said Donatella Zona, a coauthor on the study and assistant professor at San Diego State University and research fellow and lecturer at the University of Sheffield.

  March 21st, 2016
Piggybacking Viruses
"Kill-the-winner seems to make sense," said Ben Knowles, a viral ecologist at SDSU and the study's lead author. "The logic behind it has been around for a while. The reasoning is very seductive."

  March 21st, 2016
Kyoto Symposium Honors a Pioneer
San Diego State University is hosting pioneering chemist Toyoki Kunitake, who received the 2015 Kyoto Prize -- Japan's highest private award for global achievement -- in the area of "Advanced Technology.

  March 14th, 2016
Investing in Stem Cell Futures
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced in January that San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos will each receive $3,045,000 to continue the institutions’ Bridges to Stem Cell Research Internship Programs (BSCRIP).

  March 14th, 2016
Hunting Behemoths
You might not expect something named "behemoth" to fit under a microscope, but it's a relative term in the arachnid world. With its legs fully extended, the creature is roughly the size of a dime.

  March 14th, 2016
Meet me at Cymer Plaza
"We're building the EIS Complex to encourage and support collaboration between the various engineering and science disciplines, and Cymer is a company whose business is all about bringing these disciplines together," said SDSU College of Sciences dean, Stanley Maloy.

  March 14th, 2016
A Gut Check for PCOS-related Obesity
"What you see when you look at obesity," Kelley explained, "is large changes in specific groups of microorganisms that are involved in breaking down dietary fiber and regulating metabolism. We wondered if women with PCOS also have the same types of changes in their gut bacteria."

  March 14th, 2016
Talent Sprouts
"I was so impressed with the methodology in the labs and the fact that SDSU is producing working chemists--students who know their way around the labs. Our academic system doesn't always teach hands-on science, but that should be the most important part of a chemistry education."

  March 7th, 2016
Making a Splash in Marine Science
From an influx of red tuna crabs to visits from tropical fish, students and faculty in SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute are studying how El Niño's "superstorm" season is changing the face of our local marine ecology.

  March 7th, 2016
Cutting Edge of Discovery
“In high school chemistry, I’d ask questions and the response I’d get was, ‘We don’t know that yet,’” recalled Sohl, an assistant professor of chemistry at San Diego State University. "That was thrilling to me."

  February 29th, 2016
Not Your Typical Girl's Day Out
"An event like this is important to SDSU because it demonstrates our support of increasing diversity in STEM," said Michelle Bunn, Project Lead The Way affiliate director in the College of Engineering. "It also allows students and their parents the opportunity to learn about SDSU's Colleges of Engineering and Sciences programs and scholarships."

  February 29th, 2016
PI Highlight: Dr. Inna Fishman
Dr. Inna Fishman, Assistant Research Professor of psychology, investigates how brain networks are organized and function in typical and atypical development. Her work focuses on the brain circuits that are related to, and give rise to our complex social behavior.

  February 15th, 2016
SDSU Georgia Announces New Programs
Qualified students, who apply to SDSU Georgia during the early admission period of Feb. 15 through March 15, will be conditionally accepted by SDSU Georgia and will automatically receive a partial scholarship from the university.

  February 8th, 2016
Mind Over Mood
"People are becoming increasingly aware of mental health issues, but there's still this tremendous gap in how prevalent depression is in people's lives, and how much we talk about it," said Dr. Robin Weersing.

  February 8th, 2016
SDSU Downtown Gallery pulsates with ‘Energy’
Segall and Ozkal’s piece is “actually pretty brilliant,” says Chantel Paul, Downtown Gallery Program Coordinator. “The marvel of watching this change … it’s so amazing and unpredictable.”

  January 25th, 2016
Caring for the Coast
The California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) awarded eight San Diego State University graduate students for their research endeavors dedicated to protecting marine environments -- the most out of any other CSU.

  January 25th, 2016
Smaller, Smarter Families
"When you're used to calling the shots, and then the baby dictates everything, it's hard to keep your sanity, much less get along with your spouse," writes Ms Twenge, a professor at San Diego State University.

  January 25th, 2016
SDSU Students Seek Mentors: Aztec Mentor Program Goal, 1,000 Matches
"I was a bio major and I knew I wanted to do something environmental, but I just felt for some reason bio was the only way to go, you know, for grad school reasons and all of that," she recalls. "I felt like I had to put myself in this box, but the Aztec Mentor Program has really opened the box."

  January 25th, 2016
Above and Beyond: Sally Casanova Scholars
The California Pre-Doctoral Program recognized seven SDSU Pre-Doctoral students with Sally Casanova scholarships, three from the College of Sciences: Babgen Manookian, Computational physical chemistry; Carlos Nowotny, Biochemistry; Alexis Romero, Physics

  January 25th, 2016
New at SDSU this Spring Semester
Four new faculty members will join us this semester: Dr. Jillian Wiggins & Dr. Dustin Thoman, (psychology) and Dr. Nicholas Shikuma & Dr. Xiaofeng Xu, (biology).

  January 18th, 2016
SDSU Shines at CSU Biotech Symposium
"Coming up with new discoveries is even more exciting when I'm able to train students to enjoy the research process." -- SDSU Biology Professor Kelly Doran

  December 28th, 2015
Stuart Hurlbert (The Turtle Whisperer)
Stuart Hurlbert is a Professor Emeritus in biology who specializes in lake ecology. He is also known as the SDSU Turtle Whisperer. You can find him at the Koi Pond by Scripps Cottage feeding carnitas to the turtles.

  December 21st, 2015
Methane Emissions in Arctic Cold Season Higher Than Expected
A team comprising SDSU ecologists Walter Oechel and Donatella Zonaand, NASA JPL, Harvard, and others, found that far more methane is escaping from Arctic tundra than prevailing assumptions and climate modelers previously believed. The finding challenges critical assumptions in current global climate models.

  December 21st, 2015
Consider a Semester at SDSU Georgia
College of Sciences students are invited to apply to the pioneer semester of the prestigious SDSU Georgia Exchange Program for Fall 2016. The exchange program, located in Tbilisi, Georgia,

  December 21st, 2015
Extinguishing Thirdhand Smoke
SDSU psychologist Georg Matt first became interested in thirdhand smoke about 20 years ago in a smoking cessation study that discovered nicotine byproducts could still be detected in the children of mothers who were former smokers, even after they had quit smoking.

  December 7th, 2015
Anatomy of Excellence
SDSU biologist Annalisa Berta has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a prestigious honor recognizing her many contributions to the study of the evolutionary biology of marine mammals.

  November 30th, 2015
SDSU No. 15 in Nation for Study Abroad
San Diego State University ranks No. 15 among all universities in the country for the number of students studying abroad, according to the latest Institute for International Education's Open Doors report.

  November 23rd, 2015
Searching for Early Signs of Autism
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Inna Fishman, a San Diego State University psychologist, a major grant to look for the early "brain signature" of ASD in children around two years of age.

  November 23rd, 2015
SDSU Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex Groundbreaking
Construction officially began on San Diego State University's newest building which will be a hotspot for collaborations between engineers and biologists, climatologists and entrepreneurs.

  November 16th, 2015
Crystallizing the Mysteries of the Cell
SDSU biochemist Manal Swairjo sought out crystals for fun as a youngster, but now uses crystallography to better understand cells and improve medicine. “My personal motto is, if you can do physics, you can do anything.”

  November 16th, 2015
Measuring Beauty
Working together, mathematics, biology, and art history researchers from San Diego State University, the Getty Research Institute, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography created a tool to computationally measure the aesthetic appearance of coral reefs.

  November 9th, 2015
Who Needs Meteorologists?
Jose Castillo and his Ph.D. researchers in the Computational Science Research Center (CSRC) have developed a three-dimensional mathematical coastal ocean model to make forecasting more precise.

  November 9th, 2015
Introduction to General Relativity and the Physics of Compact Stars
SDSU Physics Professor Fridolin Weber has published a book on General Relativity and the Physics of Compact Stars. The book, published in Portuguese, is based on a graduate course that he gave at the Brazilian Center for Physics (CBPF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  November 9th, 2015
ARCS Drives Innovation, Research
Scholarship recipients: Vincent Berardi, computational science; Peter Calhoun, computer science; Daniel Cuevas, computer science; Bryon Hancock, cell and molecular biology; Sean Maddox, chemistry & biochemistry; Paul Maier, evolutionary biology; Megan Monsanto, cell and molecular biology; Timothy Montgomery, chemistry and biochemistry; Erik Paulson, chemistry and biochemistry; Stephen Rice, evolutionary biology; Kelly Ross, cell and molecular biology; Julia Rossi, computational science; Colette Smirniotis, computer science; Winston Stauffer, cell and molecular biology.

  November 9th, 2015
Coastal Ocean Dynamics
SDSU Computational Scientist José Castillo's research will benefit understanding of the impact of changes in the ocean, so that together we can find ways to protect our only remaining collective human resource.

  November 2nd, 2015
The Forest Beneath the Waves
Haggerty is part of a team of SDSU researchers dedicated to learning more about how the largest, fastest-growing species of kelp on earth (Macrocystis pyrifera) interacts with the microscopic bacteria and viruses surrounding it.

  November 2nd, 2015
Saving Endangered Drugs
SDSU biologist Roland Wolkowicz makes the case that stronger, more fruitful partnerships between academia and industry are needed to shepherd drugs from the lab to the patient's bedside.

  November 2nd, 2015
Campus Invited to EIS Groundbreaking
The campus community is invited to the groundbreaking of SDSU's Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. The event will take place at the future site of the complex, located between the engineering and physics buildings on the north side of campus.

  October 26th, 2015
Two Mutations Are Better than One
SDSU biologist Sanford Bernstein and colleagues experimented with fruit flies with genetically modified proteins in the flies' flight muscles to see what effects that would have on the proteins' functioning.

  October 26th, 2015
Insurance Company Donates $41,000 Gift to Benefit Actuarial Science Students
College of Sciences has received a $41,000 donation from Wawanesa Insurance. The gift will go toward scholarships to support students majoring in statistics with an emphasis in actuarial science.

  October 19th, 2015
The Phage is a Lonely Hunter
These phages provide an unwitting secondary immune system protecting them from harmful bacteria. Fostering helpful bacteriophages to counter bacteria forms the basis of an emerging type of medical treatment known as phage therapy. SDSU's Viral Information Institute (VII) is a key player in this nascent field.

  October 19th, 2015
SDSU Biology Ph.D. student, Liwen Deng Wins Best Poster Presentation at SCASM
Liwen (2nd year student in Biology's Cell and Molecular Joint Doctoral Program) presented work on Investigating the role of a bacterial response regulator to colonization and disease.

  October 12th, 2015
Off the Beaten Course: SCI 596
This winter break, Estralita Martin, assistant dean for the College of Sciences, will lead a student trip to Guatemala to explore a vast array of scientific topics in the country, including biology, ecology, geology, astronomy, psychology, mathematics, biodiversity and community health.

  October 5th, 2015
Discovery Slams Video (09/22/15)
Featured Speakers: Amy Schmitz Weiss, Ph.D. (School of Journalism & Media Studies), Daniel (Dann) Goble, Ph.D. (School of Exercise and Nutrional Sciences), and Tom Huxford, Ph.D. (College of Sciences).

  September 28th, 2015
$13M Grant to Combat Cancer
The SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership is headed by Martinez, co-leader of the Reducing Cancer Disparities research program at Moores Cancer Center; and Arredondo of SDSU; with Sheila Crowe, MD, UC San Diego professor of medicine and director of research, Gastroenterology; and Mark Sussman, Ph.D, professor of biology in the College of Sciences.

  September 28th, 2015
Sophie Peabody's Aztec Experience
Byron Purse, a chemistry professor, has been the most influential faculty member I've encountered during my SDSU journey so far. In addition to being a great professor, he also made himself easily accessible to students and tried to get to know them despite his research endeavors.

  September 28th, 2015
Empowering Women in STEM
Kelly Doran is a microbiologist who studies how bacterial pathogens cause disease. I really enjoy being able to discover new things and watching students grow in their understanding of science and the scientific process," she said. "I really enjoy mentoring students and imparting my love for research."

  September 14th, 2015
Set Up for Success
Edwin Perez's journey to pursue higher education was not an especially easy one. "Growing up my family was never really ever stable with money and we struggled with money on the daily -- we lived pay-check to pay-check," the junior studying computer science said.

  September 14th, 2015
A Better Class of Cancer Drugs
A recent study by San Diego State University chemist Jeffrey Gustafson has identified a new technique for improving the selectivity of these drugs and possibly decreasing unwanted side effects in the future.

  September 7th, 2015
New Faculty: College of Sciences
(Biology) Tanya Renner, Ph.D. Nicholas Shikuma, Ph.D. (Chemistry and Biochemistry) Christal Sohl, Ph.D. Manal A. Swairjo, Ph.D. (Computer Science) Xiaobai Liu, Ph.D (Mathematics and Statistics) Jorge Carlos Roman, Ph.D. Physics: Kenneth M. Nollett, Ph.D. (Psychology) Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D. Dustin Thoman, Ph.D. illian Lee Wiggins, Ph.D.

  August 31st, 2015
Zuma Award Winners
Leroy Lafferty, director of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance laboratory won for bringing cutting-edge technology and took on the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the complicated instruments.

  August 31st, 2015
National Science Foundation Fellows
San Diego State University welcomes two National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows to campus: Matthew Voigt, Ph.D. in Math and Science Education, and Priscilla Kelly, Ph.D. in Computational Science.

  August 24th, 2015
Guardians of the Park
Over the last 2.5 years Dr. Matt Rahn, an environmental scientist and professor at San Diego State University, and his students have been mapping the water pipes and valves that deliver water into the park.

  August 24th, 2015
Outstanding Faculty Awards 2015 - Dr. William Welsh
"I got attracted to astronomy because I just thought it was the coolest thing out there. I find it excited to think that we can find other planets like Earth."

  August 17th, 2015
Tenth Transiting "Tatooine"
The detection was a lucky catch for Kepler," said William Welsh, professor of astronomy at San Diego State University and lead author of the study. Most of the time, transits would not be visible from Earth's vantage point.

  August 3rd, 2015
Learning from Past Quakes
"This is also the case in our neck of the woods," said Kim Olsen, professor of geophysics in the SDSU geological sciences department, who contributed a set of earthquake computer simulations to the study.

  August 3rd, 2015
Can We Restart the Heart?
This is all very simplified, of course, but it's the basic model described by Mark Sussman, chief research scientist at the San Diego State University Heart Institute, who was recently selected by the American Heart Association's Basic Cardiovascular Science division to receive this year's Distinguished Achievement Award.

  July 27th, 2015
Collaborative Collisions
"SDSU has a long tradition of providing the kind of hands-on experience that has turned San Diego into a hotspot for biotechnology, cyber-technology, and other kinds of high technology," explained Stanley Maloy, SDSU's dean of the College of Sciences.

  July 20th, 2015
Controlled Burn
Justin Freiler, manager of the Visualization Center, is himself a former firefighter. He said firefighters receive training on how these factors affect fire speed and direction, but actually seeing it simulated on a three-dimensional surface and play out in real-time could help firefighters develop a much better intuitive sense of fire behavior under a variety of conditions.

  July 13th, 2015
Understanding The Psychology Of Water Conservation In San Diego
What does it take -- beyond the facts, figures and warnings -- to get people to change the way they use water? And what ethically is an individual's responsibility to conserve water during the drought?

  July 13th, 2015
Here to Help
"The Red Cross mentioned they were searching for people who've had specific types of training," said Lance Larson, assistant director of SDSU's graduate program in homeland security.

  July 13th, 2015
Research Ready
"The scientific world is always changing, so we teach our students to be adaptable," said Veronica Casas, the Keck program coordinator and an adjunct faculty member in the microbiology department at SDSU

  June 29th, 2015
Acceptance of Working Moms at All-Time High
"This goes against the popular belief that millennials want to 'turn back the clock,' or that they are less supportive of working moms because their own mothers worked. Instead they are more supportive," said Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at SDSU.

  June 22nd, 2015
Balboa Park's Aging Plumbing Threatens Museums' Collections
Matt Rahn, an environmental scientist and professor at San Diego State University, and his students are mapping the water pipes and valves delivering water into Balboa Park. The Friends of Balboa Park are funding the project.

  June 22nd, 2015
I.P. Innovation
San Diego State University College of Sciences and the University of San Diego School of Law are partnering on an innovative new program -- the only one of its kind in the United States -- that prepares students for upward career mobility in the growing life sciences industry.

  June 8th, 2015
Federal Security Breach "Far More Complex": Local Security Expert
“It isn’t about ‘I have your bank account, I’m going to steal your money.’ It’s about knowing what the [U.S. government] is, who’s doing what, who’s going where and how it will respond to things,” said Eric Frost, Ph.D. Frost is the director of San Diego State University’s Homeland Security Graduate Program.

  June 1st, 2015
Large Quakes May Dampen Themselves
Kim Olsen, a geologist and earthquake expert at San Diego State University, recently was awarded a $57,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to study these nonlinear effects.

  June 1st, 2015
When Children with Autism Grow Old
"Developmental disorders do not end after childhood," said Ruth Carper, a neuroscientist at SDSU and a co-investigator on the project. "Development is a lifelong process, and there is a real need to know what happens later in life for people with autism."

  June 1st, 2015
The Least Religious Generation
In what may be the largest study ever conducted on changes in Americans' religious involvement, researchers led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge found that millennials are the least religious generation of the last six decades, and possibly in the nation's history.

  June 1st, 2015
Aztec Science Camp
Back by popular demand, the second installment of Aztec Science Camp for Kids aged 6 through 13 will return to the Mesa this summer. The camp is designed to expose kids to science and develop their curiosity about the world around them.

  May 18th, 2015
Top 10 Degrees for 2015
No. 1: B.A. in Psychology...This year, 589 graduates studied how human beings develop, learn, think and feel through SDSU's Department of Psychology, which is in the top 10 in the U.S., and second in California, for National Institutes of Health grants.

  May 18th, 2015
2015 Student Standouts
Tenille Taggart, B.A., psychology, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies minor; Omair Zubairi, Ph.D., computational science; Maneet Deol, B.S., biology, emphasis in cellular and molecular biology, sociology minor; and Alicia V. Zamudio Montes de Oca, B.S., biology, and B.A., psychology.

  May 11th, 2015
Breaking Through the Blood-Brain Barrier
"You can think of the blood-brain barrier as a brick wall," explained Kim, who is completing his doctorate in Doran's lab. "Each cell of the blood-brain barrier is a brick and these tight junctions are the mortar."

  May 11th, 2015
Class of 2015 Leaves a Lasting Legacy
Patrick Soliven, who is graduating with a degree in microbiology, also gave to the Leave Your Legacy Campaign. "I came from a neighborhood where we grew up and didn't know a lot about opportunity and I knew a lot of talented people who just didn't have the resources to come to a good institution...

  May 11th, 2015
Faculty Monty Winners
Each year, San Diego State University recognizes outstanding faculty and honors them for their contributions to teaching, research and community service, this year's College of Sciences awardee is Professor William Welsh, Department of Astronomy.

  May 11th, 2015
Changing Attitudes About Sex
A new study by SDSU Psychology Professor Jean M. Twenge shows a generational shift in beliefs about sex and sexuality. Acceptance of premarital sex is at an all-time high along with an acceptance of homosexuality.

  May 4th, 2015
Finding a Home at SDSU
"She's trying to understand the basic chemistry that allows a cell to decide whether to live or die, which could help us survive viral infections better and stop cancers from growing," chemistry professor Tom Huxford said."

  May 4th, 2015
Science in turmoil: After the Arab Spring
"I had wanted to come back to Egypt to bring the scientific experience I gained in bioinformatics back to Cairo University," says Aziz, who was at San Diego State University in California at the time. "The revolution was the spark that changed everything overnight."

  May 4th, 2015
In Her Element
Since being accepted into the lab as a sophomore -- something chemistry professor B. Mikael Bergdahl's said is very unusual -- Cholewczynski has been involved in research toward finding a less harsh vaccine for Hepatitis C.

  April 27th, 2015
Bacterial Barbarians
Like a bouncer at a ritzy nightclub, the barrier is highly selective about who it lets inside. Unfortunately, bacteria can sometimes fool these cells into letting down their guard, causing deadly bacterial meningitis. SDSU biologist Kelly Doran studies the how these sly bacteria slip by the brain's defenses...

  April 27th, 2015
Diversity on the Mesa
Cathie J. Atkins exemplifies the values of the diversity award through her career-long commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice. She is a nationally recognized leader in developing programs to promote academic excellence among students who come from underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including students with disabilities.

  April 20th, 2015
I Can See Clearly Now
Physics professor Matt Anderson used to fret about the students in the back of the room--the ones who struggled to get through his Introduction to Physics with Calculus. Anderson, recipient of five outstanding faculty awards including this year's Senate Distinguished Professor Award, resolved to find a solution.

  April 20th, 2015
Unearthing New Antivirals
Over the past several years, the researchers, led by SDSU biologist Roland Wolkowicz, have been developing cell-based platforms that can be used to monitor the biomolecular activity of viruses inside their host cells. Based on a platform previously created for HIV, Wolkowicz, together with his team, built a new platform for dengue virus.

  April 13th, 2015
SDSU Uses Terascala-Powered HPC Storage Appliance to Study the DNA of Viruses and Bacteria
"To break this bottleneck, we purchased a Terascala-powered HPC storage appliance that balances our storage requirements with our computational infrastructure. --Christopher Paolini, staff scientist at San Diego State University"

  April 13th, 2015
Brain Connections in Autism
Hoping that advances in brain imaging technology would reveal new insights, Müller, working with the study's first author Amanda Khan, looked back to the cerebellum for their study. Khan is a former master's student at SDSU and now a doctoral candidate at Suffolk University in Boston.

  April 6th, 2015
Ed Riley Receives Starfish Award
Dr. Ed Riley (psychology) was the recipient of this prestigious award which is presented at the International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). There were about 1500 people in attendance, from members of the Canadian Parliament to FASD-affected individual.

  April 6th, 2015
Uprooting Math Anxiety
"It's really sad to hear kids and even adults say, 'I'm not good at math,'" said Melissa Soto, assistant professor of mathematics education at San Diego State University. "Kids start off excited about math, but by the third or fourth grade, they get more timid about it."

  April 6th, 2015
Medical expenses: Finding your way with a Patient Navigator
Driven by an increasing number of baby boomers dealing with chronic medical problems, the field has mainly taken shape in the last 5 to 10 years, according to Professor Theresa Cronan of San Diego State University.

  March 30th, 2015
Sailing the Viromic Seas
"I was supremely impressed by the collaborative nature of the research at SDSU," he said. "It's not a competitive environment where the big fish eat the little fish and take all the credit. We have extremely friendly colleagues and terrific students."

  March 23rd, 2015
Kyoto Symposium Honors an Inventor
Robert Langer, Sc.D. is the Kyoto Prize Laureate in advanced technology for this year's Kyoto Prize Symposium at San Diego State University on Wednesday, March 18.

  March 23rd, 2015
SDSU Science & Engineering Sampler Celebrates Pi Day
The College of Sciences and College of Engineering opened their doors to the community showcasing forensic science; telescopic views of the sun; planetarium showings; laser demonstrations; a tour of the Electron Microscope Facility, learn how researchers and firefighters work together, make ice cream using liquid nitrogen, and much more.

  March 16th, 2015
A More Tolerant America
"When old social rules disappear, people have more freedom to live their lives as they want to, and Americans are increasingly tolerant of those choices," said SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge, who is also the author of "Generation Me."

  March 16th, 2015
You Are When You Eat
Researchers at San Diego State University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies found that by limiting the time span during which fruit flies could eat, they could prevent aging- and diet-related heart problems.

  March 16th, 2015
A Sea Change for Ocean Resource Management
"Dynamic ocean management is an exciting coming-together of science and management," said Lewison, one of the project's lead scientists. "It captures the best available science and directs it to meet the needs of resource managers and industry, said San Diego State University biologist Rebecca Lewison.

  March 16th, 2015
Students, Scholars and Researchers
"Through SDSU's SRS, students investigate topics that spur intellectual curiosity relevant to today's society, they have the ability to not only become intellectual peers of their professors, but to push themselves academically in getting closer to achieving their career goals."

  March 16th, 2015
SDSU Graduate Programs Among Nation's Best
"America's Best Graduate Schools 2016" ranked SDSU College of Sciences graduate program in psychology, number 52 nationally and among the top 10 in California.

  March 9th, 2015
Diving into Marine Science
"One of the main goals of this event is to engage the public about the important research we're conducting at the Costal and Marine Institute Lab," said Erin Voigt, a biology graduate student."

  February 16th, 2015
Skilled with a Skull
The SDSU Museum of Biodiversity acquired a whale skull used for the computer modeling, researchers needed the head with all its flesh, muscle, brain and connective tissue; the museum wanted a skeletonized skull. How do you deflesh a whale's head? It turns out you call Mike Van Patten.

  February 9th, 2015
Inside the World of Viral Dark Matter
SDSU marine microbial ecologist, Forest Rohwer tells the New Yorker, "The thing that even most biologists don't get--let alone most of the rest of the world--is that phages are the most diverse things on the planet, and there are more of them than anything else, and we really don't have a clue what they're doing."

  February 9th, 2015
We Know Why You're Always Late
The research of Jeff Conte, an associate psychology professor at San Diego State University, has found that there are some personality differences that can contribute to chronic lateness.

  February 2nd, 2015
Baleen Whales Hear Through Their Bones
Research by San Diego State University biologist Ted W. Cranford reveals that the skulls of fin whales have acoustic properties that capture the energy of low frequencies and direct it to their ear bones.

  January 26th, 2015
7 Things About Calvin Johnson
SDSU physics professor Calvin Johnson's research is in theoretical nuclear physics. He models the quantum structure of atomic nuclei using very large matrices on supercomputers.

  January 26th, 2015
SDSU Hosts the "Year of the Phage"
SDSU emerged as a hub of innovative phage research around 2001 when biologist Anca Segall, formerly director of SDSU's DNA sequencing facility, recruited a young postdoctoral researcher from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His name was Forest Rohwer.

  January 12th, 2015
A Microbe Lover in San Diego
TWiM Host Vincent Racaniello meets-up with Stan Maloy on the campus of San Diego State University to talk about his career in microbiology and his work as Dean of Sciences.

  January 12th, 2015
7 Things About Professor Jeremy Long
Hip-hop saved my life -- seriously. Most people live with a lot of stress and academics are no exception. After a physical exam a few years back, my doctor encouraged me to identify strategies to reduce stress. On a whim, I took a hip-hop cardio class. The class provided an outlet for stress, kept me physically active and improved my mindfulness.

  January 12th, 2015
Why Ground Squirrels Go Ninja Over Nothing
Whole scientific careers have gone into understanding why a harmless handful of fluff like a California ground squirrel taunts rattlesnakes. Now Rulon Clark and his team at San Diego State University are exploring the puzzle of why the squirrels also seem to taunt rocks, sticks and the occasional shrub.

  January 5th, 2015
How a Position of Power Can Change Your Voice
Sei Jin Ko, a social psychology researcher at San Diego State University, explains that over a hundred college students came in to their lab to have themselves recorded, starting with a recording of their everyday voices.

  January 5th, 2015
What to expect in 2015
Marijuana legalization and transgender rights will expand, and religion, marriage, and overt prejudice will continue to fade. Pets will increasingly replace children as millennials face declining wages and delay entering adulthood longer than ever.

  December 22nd, 2014
Conrad Prebys Gives $2.5 Million to Endow New SDSU Faculty Position
The Conrad Prebys Chair in Bio-Medical Research will be a newly created faculty position that will join SDSU's world-class faculty researchers in the area of viromics, which takes a cross-disciplinary approach to learning more about bacteriophages and exploring their potential for medical usage.

  December 15th, 2014
Website Streams Unprotected Web Cameras From San Diego
"Websites like this are using an algorithm to crawl out on the internet and find webcams that are not secured. And what not secured means is they may not have a password set," said Dr. Lance Larson, assistant director of the Graduate Program in Homeland Security at San Diego State University.

  December 15th, 2014
Aztec Science Camp: Making Science Exciting for Young Students
Aztec Science Camp, co-sponsored by SDSU's CRMSE, was conceived to make science exciting for students from a young age, as they tour SDSU's planetariums, physics and chemistry labs.

  December 15th, 2014
The Reason for the (Flu) Season
Let's start with the fact that what we call the flu can be one of dozens of known strains of the influenza virus, Phillips told me in her office at the Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center.

  December 8th, 2014
The Power of Support
A recent $50,000 gift from the family of Professor Emeritus Kurt Bohnsack and his wife, Julie, will create a new scholarship endowment for students at San Diego State University.

  December 8th, 2014
Little Fish, Big Impact
Under the sea lies a world of wonder that most people will never have the opportunity to explore. While our heads may be filled with images of sharks, whales or giant squid, Kevin Hovel and five student researchers have bigger fish to fry -- so to speak.

  December 1st, 2014
Skewed Expectations
There has been a push in science education to reevaluate the ways in which children and adults are taught about science and math, according to San Diego State University biology professor and study coauthor Kathy S. Williams.

  November 24th, 2014
That's a Strong Statement
Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice. Listeners are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge.

  November 24th, 2014
A Green Oasis on Campus
The green thumb behind all this lushness is Bob Mangan. His business card lists his position as "Instructional Support Tech," but the greenhouse's website has a much more apt description: protector of plants.

  November 24th, 2014
A Lineage of Success
For as long as there's been a molecular biology program at San Diego State University, Sanford Bernstein has been at its center. The soft-spoken fruit fly researcher was recruited to join SDSU in 1983 as an assistant professor of biology,

  November 24th, 2014
New Eye in the Sky
What has always been an outstanding site for astronomical research just got even better, thanks to the addition of the brand new 1.25-meter (about 50-inch) Phillips Claud Telescope. The $1.5 million state-of-the-art instrument was made possible by a gift from the late amateur astronomer and philanthropist Phillips L. Claud Jr.

  November 24th, 2014
Avoiding Holiday Cyberscams
Lance Larson, assistant director of the Homeland Security graduate program at San Diego State, told KPBS Midday Edition that consumers who have had their credit card numbers stolen should investigate on their own.

  November 24th, 2014
Astronomer Wins "Surprise" Breakthrough Award
Last week, Quimby and several other researchers who worked with Perlmutter were recognized with the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Quimby will receive a $33,000 share of the total $3 million prize handed out.

  November 24th, 2014
Zahn Center Helps Students Pave the Way
Teams joining the Zahn Center this round include: HRGB Imaging Technologies, led by Ivan Bajic, a faculty member from the College of Sciences, is a high-resolution medical imaging process can deliver faster and higher resolution MRI images with significantly less errors.

  November 24th, 2014
Stoked on STEM Education
Have you ever thought about turning an ordinary household object into something brand new, useful and innovative? Science and engineering students at San Diego State University have...

  November 17th, 2014
Thirteen ARCS Scholars were Recognized for Their Achievements in Scientific Fields
The San Diego chapter of Achievement Rewards for Colleges Scientists foundation donated $97,500 for student scholarships at a recent ceremony on campus.

  November 10th, 2014
Science Fiction and the Human Condition
"H.G. Wells said something like, and I'm paraphrasing here, 'When everything is possible, everything is boring,'" Johnson said. "The technology in your stories needs to have limits. So, you can go faster than the speed of light--but people still die of cancer."

  October 27th, 2014
Let the Squirrels Worry About Snakes
"Being bitten is a very, very, very rare scenario," Clark said. "Snakes will only bite a human defensively. You're a bigger, scarier animal than they are. They only want you to get out of the way so they can hunt mice in peace."

  October 13th, 2014
SDSU's Top 5 Grants from the Past Year
In total, SDSU investigators brought in 731 awards worth $107.8 million. College of Sciences PI's include: Mark Sussman, heart stem cell research ($8.5 million over five years) and Faramarz Valafar, understanding mutations in drug-resistant tuberculosis ($2.5 million over four years).

  October 20th, 2014
Skeleton Crew
Somewhere on campus at San Diego State University, there are Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, mountain lions, tigers, a fin whale, a gray whale, grizzly bears, lemurs, cape buffalo, hippos and rhinos. They may lack muscles, organs and the spark of life, but still--you've got to admit that's pretty impressive.

  October 20th, 2014
Q: Why Did the Bobcat Cross the Road?
A: Because she didn't know it was safer to use the drainage culvert. An SDSU biologist is learning how to encourage safer animal-crossing along SR-67.

  October 20th, 2014
Weather History Time Machine
SDSU Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Samuel Shen contributes to new software that displays accurate models of historical precipitation, allowing far more researchers access to these models.

  October 20th, 2014
Taking Infestation with a Grain of Salt
SDSU biologist Jeremy Long's research suggests that it's not a simple as saying too many insects spell death for a host plant. Instead, his research suggests a complex interplay between insects, plant growth, and the overall stress of the marsh environment.

  October 13th, 2014
There's a Spider Next to You! (Probably)
"Any bench that you sit on or bike rack where you park your bike on campus, there's going to be some brown widows under there," said biologist Marshal Hedin, SDSU's resident arachnid expert. "Most people wouldn't suspect that, I guess."

  October 13th, 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.

  October 6th, 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 29th, 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 15th, 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 15th, 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 8th, 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 8th, 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..."

  September 1st, 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."

  September 1st, 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 25th, 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 25th, 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 25th, 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 4th, 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.

  August 4th, 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 28th, 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 21st, 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 14th, 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 14th, 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 14th, 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 30th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 26th, 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 26th, 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 19th, 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 19th, 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 5th, 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 5th, 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 14th, 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 14th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 31st, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 17th, 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 24th, 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 3rd, 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 3rd, 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 27th, 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 13th, 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 6th, 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 6th, 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 23rd, 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 23rd, 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 16th, 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 9th, 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 25th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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.

  November 4th, 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 28th, 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 28th, 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 28th, 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 21st, 2013
Erika Garcia, a senior biology-zoology major, has found her passion in a typically unpopular subject matter: spiders.

  October 14th, 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 7th, 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 30th, 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 23rd, 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 23rd, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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.

  September 2nd, 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 26th, 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 19th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 5th, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 15th, 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 15th, 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.

  July 1st, 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.

  July 1st, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 6th, 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."

  May 6th, 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 29th, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 15th, 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 15th, 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 15th, 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 8th, 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

  April 8th, 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 8th, 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 8th, 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.

  April 1st, 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.

  April 1st, 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.

  April 1st, 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.

  April 1st, 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 25th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 4th, 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.

  March 4th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 11th, 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 28th, 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 21st, 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 21st, 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 7th, 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 31st, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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...

  December 3rd, 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.

  December 3rd, 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.

  December 3rd, 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 19th, 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 19th, 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 12th, 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 5th, 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.

  November 5th, 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 29th, 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 29th, 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 8th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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."

  September 3rd, 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

  September 3rd, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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 20th, 2012
NIH Tabs SDSU Prof
The NIH named SDSU professor Sanford Bernstein chair of the NIH skeletal muscle and exercise physiology board.

  August 13th, 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 6th, 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 30th, 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 23rd, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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.

  July 2nd, 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 25th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 4th, 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.

  June 4th, 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.

  June 4th, 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.

  June 4th, 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.

  June 4th, 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 28th, 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 21st, 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 21st, 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 14th, 2012
Whale Secrets Revealed
It's 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 14th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 23rd, 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 23rd, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 16th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 26th, 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 26th, 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 26th, 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 19th, 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 12th, 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 5th, 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.

  March 5th, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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 20th, 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 13th, 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 16th, 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 15th, 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 16th, 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 26th, 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 25th, 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 12th, 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 5th, 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 5th, 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 5th, 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 5th, 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..."

  December 4th, 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 28th, 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 28th, 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 21st, 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 21st, 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 21st, 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 14th, 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 14th, 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 14th, 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 31st, 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 31st, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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.

  October 3rd, 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 19th, 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 19th, 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 19th, 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 12th, 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 29th, 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 8th, 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 8th, 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.

  August 1st, 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 25th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 20th, 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 20th, 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 13th, 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 6th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 23rd, 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 23rd, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 9th, 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 25th, 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 18th, 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 11th, 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 4th, 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.

  April 4th, 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 28th, 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 21st, 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 7th, 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 28th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 31st, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 20th, 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 20th, 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 13th, 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 13th, 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 6th, 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 22nd, 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 15th, 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 15th, 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 15th, 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 25th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 13th, 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 23rd, 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 23rd, 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 23rd, 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 16th, 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 16th, 2010
SDSU Makes top-40 most Popular Colleges 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 16th, 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..."

  August 2nd, 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 26th, 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 26th, 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.

  July 5th, 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 21st, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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 10th, 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.

  May 3rd, 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 26th, 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 26th, 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 19th, 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 19th, 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 29th, 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 29th, 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 15th, 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 8th, 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 22nd, 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 22nd, 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.

  February 1st, 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 18th, 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 21st, 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 14th, 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 14th, 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 23rd, 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 9th, 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).

  November 2nd, 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 26th, 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 26th, 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 26th, 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 19th, 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 19th, 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 19th, 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 7th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 24th, 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 27th, 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 20th, 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 13th, 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 29th, 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 22nd, 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.

  June 1st, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 11th, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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 27th, 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 20th, 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 20th, 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 13th, 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 30th, 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.

  March 2nd, 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.

  March 2nd, 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.

  February 2nd, 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 26th, 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 19th, 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 12th, 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 12th, 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 29th, 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, an online rating site popular among college, university and junior college students.

  December 22nd, 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 22nd, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 10th, 2008
Africana Studies Professor Discusses Presidential Election
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  November 10th, 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 3rd, 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 15th, 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 8th, 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 8th, 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 25th, 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 29th, 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 8th, 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).

  September 1st, 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.

  September 1st, 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 25th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 4th, 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 14th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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 16th, 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)

  June 2nd, 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.

  June 2nd, 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 19th, 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 28th, 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 28th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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 31st, 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 31st, 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 24th, 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 17th, 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."

  March 3rd, 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 7th, 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 19th, 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 5th, 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 29th, 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 29th, 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 29th, 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 22nd, 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 17th, 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 17th, 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 25th, 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 18th, 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 18th, 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 4th, 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).

  June 4th, 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 7th, 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 7th, 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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