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 students 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.