CSU Leader
News and Information for California State University Leaders
Vol. 10, No. 2, January 27, 2011

CSU Drives California’s Knowledge-based Industries

CSU Drives California’s Knowledge-based IndustriesThe California State University is at the forefront in helping California expand and enhance its research, pharmaceutical production, healthcare and biotechnology industries. More than 100,000 people are employed in pure life sciences production and research in California. The CSU plays an integral role in preparing well-educated students to enter the life science and biomedical professions by providing them with hands-on experience. Full Story.

The Science Behind the CSU

The Science Behind the CSU The California State University offers students the opportunity to pursue a variety of health science degrees, including biology, dietetics/nutrition, health and physical fitness, nursing, and psychology, among others. Additionally, the CSU is the largest statewide higher education system in the nation to launch the prestigious Professional Science Master's Degree program (PSM), with 22 programs on 17 campuses. PSM programs, which include everything from biotechnology to medical physics to environmental science, are designed as part of a rigorous two-year master's degree program preparing professionals with the science and management skills needed by the state's science and technology industries. Full Story.

Science and the CSU Blog

Students Tackle Brain Receptors, Find Mutant Genes, Win Awards

Bustle and brainpower were in abundance at the 23rd annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, held Jan. 7-8 in Anaheim. Experts described challenges – and achievements – of delivering medicine and designing medical technology in developing countries. A panel of two journalists, two geneticists and a bioethicist provoked lively and lingering discussions on privacy and DNA testing. Tips and business cards flowed at career-networking sessions. Professors shared their findings from the frontiers of cellular physiology, bioinformatics and genetic regulation. Full Story.

From the Lab, the Beach, the Abyss

To reach the restaurants and fish counters of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, seafood travels an average of 3,400 miles. The ocean-atmosphere feedback systems affected by climate change may have their pace set by waters mixing far below the surface—in the abyss. Those nuggets are among findings from the inaugural CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) student-research showcase, at which faculty mentors and student researchers discussed their work with the CSU’s Board of Trustees and campus presidents. Full Story.

CSU Board of Trustees Meeting Recap: January 25 & 26, 2011

CSU Board of Trustees

  • CSU’s Early Start and Early Assessment Program initiatives have the potential to dramatically decrease the need for remediation during a student's collegiate experience. Release.

  • The CSU continues to benefit from extraordinary personal generosity even with the prolonged economic downturn affecting the amount of giving, according to the 2009-10 Philanthropic Annual Report presented on Jan. 25 to the CSU Board of Trustees. Release.

  • The CSU Trustees approved a 10 percent increase to the tuition fee for the university's Doctor of Education degree (EdD) programs for the 2011-12 academic year. Release.


SJSU Associate Professor Announces Major NASA Discovery

Credit: NASA

San José State University Associate Professor Natalie Batalha spearheaded NASA's mission in discovering its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.
Press Release.

CSUSB Installs Domes to Enhance Observatory

Construction crews place one of two domes on the Murillo Family Observatory. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

Cal State San Bernardino added two domes atop the 40-foot-high structure that will become the $3 million Murillo Family Observatory, in preparation for the telescopes slated to be installed in early 2011. Press Release.

CSUF Attempts to Detect Ripples in Space and Time

Joshua Smith stands next to the clean room devised by student researcher Chris Francis. In the background are undergraduate Cinthia Padilla and graduate student Thomas Abbott. Photo by Karen Tapia

Cal State Fullerton researchers are trying to identify gravity waves in an effort to better detect and study black holes.
Press Release.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Blog:
A Showcase of CSU Biotechnology Expertise

The latest Voices and Views blog highlights the 23rd Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium, which showcased applied research in the CSU as it set the stage for students’ future success in scientific and technological careers.

The day after attending a presentation by their mentor, CSU Fullerton Assistant Professor Hope Johnson, this group of Fullerton students watched the presentations of graduate research in order to cheer on their fellow student, Jason Schott.


Questions? For questions about editorial content, e-mail Michael Uhlenkamp at muhlenkamp@calstate.edu. For technical questions, e-mail leader-help@calstate.edu. Review past issues at the CSU Leader archives.   Subscription Information: To subscribe or unsubscribe to CSU Leader please visit the CSU Leader homepage and provide your “Subscription Information.”