News from the College of Sciences
The dean of the College of Sciences gained early exposure to research opportunities and wants to ensure SDSU students do too. His priority is to ensure the high-caliber faculty recruited by the college have the resources to take their research to the next level.
Deva Reign assisted with humanitarian relief in Haiti for the U.S. Navy, built satellites at the Hughes plant in El Segundo and recorded his own rap albums — but only now is Deva finding his place in a field that has fascinated him since childhood.
“At 20 weeks we were still able to see the cells,” Monsanto said. “Our design takes advantage of the inherent beneficial attributes of three distinct cardiac cell types, each known to possess beneficial properties that blunt heart disease in their own way.”
Senior Dewayani Windy, an applied math major, used computational simulations to study how lung tissue grows and branches out to form airways. She learned to use math equations to describe complex biological processes.
“Many of our patients have so little time, so speed is of the essence and this protocol would really make a difference, since one run can produce enough doses to treat a patient for months.”
Neuroscientist Martin Sereno, director of the SDSU MRI Imaging Center, and his collaborators discovered the cerebellum is much larger than previously understood, enabling future advances in research.
In nature, how quickly a creature moves can mean the difference between life and death. Venomous rattlesnakes defend themselves by uncoiling and striking out when faced with predators or prey.
A DoD grant will help SDSU’s Gregory Holland further explore spider silk and its possible application toward incredibly tough biomaterials.
New research from San Diego State University finds that water from spring snowmelt infiltrates the soil and triggers fresh carbon dioxide production at higher rates than previously assumed.
SDSU researchers have discovered how a key protein can help the heart regulate oxygen and blood flow and repair damage. In a heart attack, a series of biochemical processes…
A nearly $1 million grant for SDSU’s Daniel Reinholz will allow further exploration of a tool to reduce longstanding forms of implicit bias.
#ShutDownSTEM is a movement to stop all academic work on Wednesday, June 10, supported by a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics taking action for Black lives. The shutdown should be a time to educate ourselves and discuss actionable goals to move toward a just, equitable, and inclusive STEM field; steps to take to reach those goals; and metrics for evaluating progress.
Climate change and environmental stressors are not the only threats for coral reefs worldwide. Overfishing allows other reef organisms such as algae to crowd out corals. This has a snowball effect that alters the battlefield corals face.
“When you smoke, tobacco smoke chemicals accumulate over time and create these reservoirs that fill slowly and also empty slowly. Some of these reservoirs may never be depleted because chemicals are still sticky.”
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults, behind unintentional injury, with suicide attempts much higher among LGBTQ youth (23% to 45%) than their heterosexual and cisgender peers (5%).
“There is something about certain plant species that makes them hotspots for transmitting infections, when an infected bee visits these flowers, they might leave the parasite behind to be picked up by the next visiting bee.”
A multidisciplinary team of experts in virology and computer modeling has quickly assembled at San Diego State University to learn more about how the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads in the environment and how its trajectory can be better predicted.
“Roland believed in the power of education,” said Cameron Smurthwaite, who studied under Wolkowicz and became a close friend. “Roland believed that science could bridge gaps between classes and people, and that education was a part of this.”