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Stockpiling and Stress: Dealing with Uncertainty

Stockpiling and Stress: Dealing with Uncertainty

You have undoubtedly seen photos of empty shelves at the grocery store. During the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, people are stocking up on supplies such as toilet paper, water and hand sanitizer, leaving little for other consumers. This is an act known as panic-buying. Buy why is this happening?

SDSU Ecologist Receives Prestigious Moore Foundation Award

SDSU Ecologist Receives Prestigious Moore Foundation Award

Forest Rohwer has been awarded $2 million to explore ways to help coral reefs adapt to climate change. He is one of 15 scientists from different research institutions around the world chosen by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to receive investigator awards to pursue research under the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative (SASI).

Climate Data at Your Fingertips

Climate Data at Your Fingertips

What makes 4DVD different from existing databases is that it optimally harnesses distributed computing, database technology and cloud server routing. Shen and Pierret demonstrated the difference by pulling up temperature data on existing databases. The images on those sites are not easily understandable.

Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Ellen Ochoa

Honorary Doctorate Awarded to Ellen Ochoa

Former astronaut and Director of the Johnson Space Center, Ellen Ochoa, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at SDSU. “I could not have imagined this career when I was a student at San Diego State…” Ochoa credits one of her former physics professors, Jeffrey Davis, with helping steer her into her interest…

First-Ever Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center Opens

First-Ever Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center Opens

“There’s a big illusion that when tobacco smoke disappears, we’re safe,” said SDSU psychology professor Georg Matt, director of the resource center. “Unfortunately, some of the most toxic compounds clinch to surfaces. They get embedded in carpets, they coat walls, they penetrate into walls. They become part of the indoor environment.”

Astronomers Discover Third Planet in the Kepler-47 Circumbinary System

Astronomers Discover Third Planet in the Kepler-47 Circumbinary System

Astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system’s title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds. Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, a team of researchers, led by astronomers at San Diego State University, detected the new Neptune-to-Saturn-size planet orbiting between two previously known planets.

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