CSU Leader
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Vol. 11, No. 16, Aug 16, 2012

CSU Contributes to Curiosity

CSU Contributes to Curiosity

When NASA's Curiosity rover successfully landed on Mars Aug. 5, it captured the attention and imagination of the world. But the brainpower behind Curiosity’s mission is right here in California. And it includes several CSU alumni and students.

Campus alumni from Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento and San Diego—as well as two students in CSU’s STAR teacher education program—played a variety of roles in the mission, which is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. JPL manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project, which runs the rover. More.

It Starts With Art

State budget cuts have jeopardized arts education in California's K-12 schools. As an example, the number of It Starts With Artstudents enrolled in music programs has been cut in half over the past decade, according to the California Department of Education.

Art is critical to the communication, problem-solving and motor skill development in young children. When kids continue the arts into middle and high school, studies show their academic achievement improves in all areas, including math and science. More.

Women Triumph in London

After a 2012 Summer Games already coined the “women’s Olympics,” seven CSU Olympians returned from London with medals—and all of them are women.

The 2012 Summer Olympics had many firsts for women. There were more female athletes in the Games than at any other in history, and it was the first time women participated on every national team. On Team USA, women outnumbered men—and won 29 of America’s 46 gold medals. More.

Women Triumph in London


Sac State Builds New Generation of Leaders

This summer, promising high school students from throughout California attended a Sacramento State conference aimed to motivate leadership and civic engagement. More.

CSU Film Schools Get Grants

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association recently presented $160,000 in grants to film schools at CSU Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles and Northridge. More.

Watch the Golden Bear Cross Panama Canal

A Cal Maritime cadet put together a time-lapsed video featuring Training Ship Golden Bear as it passed through the Panama Canal during the 2012 Summer Training Cruise. More.

CSUB Gets Grant to Launch STEM Program

CSU Bakersfield has been awarded an $184,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to go toward increasing diverse science, technology, engineering or mathematics students and graduates. More.

CSUCI Marks a Decade of Distinction

This month, CSU Channel Islands commemorates its 10th anniversary and begins a yearlong celebration highlighting achievements of the past decade, and the bright future ahead. More.

CSU Channel Islands celebrates 10 years.

CSU Voices and Views blog

Featured Blog:
Setting the Stage

CSU Long Beach alumnus Nathan Stark makes his living as an opera singer.

Stark's vocal studies at CSULB took him from the Great Wall of China to Carnegie Hall. Today, he's joined the roster of New York's Metropolitan Opera.


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