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QUICK FACTS: 2017-18 COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

COLLEGE OF SCIENCES GRADUATES

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EXTRAMURAL RESEARCH FUNDING

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SHANGHAI ACADEMIC RANKING OF WORLD UNIVERSITIES

  • The Department of Psychology is ranked within the top 150 worldwide (Top 59 in the US).
  • The Ecology program is ranked in the top 300 worldwide (top 80 in the US).
  • Earth Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, Biological Sciences, and Human Biological Sciences programs are all ranked in the top 500 or above.

Ancient Lake Contributed to Past San Andreas Fault Ruptures and Could Help Explain Fault’s “Earthquake Drought”

SDSU joint Ph.D. student Ryley Hill presented new work using geophysical modeling to quantify how the presence of a large lake overlying the fault could have affected rupture timing on the southern San Andreas in the past.

Jeff Roberts: Laser Focused on Research

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.

SDSU Named to Consortium for Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research

SDSU’s Homeland Security Graduate Program co-directors, Eric Frost and Lance Larson, will use additional funds provided by the award to deliver an education of the Homeland Security Enterprise with focused training on cyber and open-source intelligence to build up existing and future DHS needs and opportunities and solve real problems as a means to learning.

New Guidelines for Phage Preparation Can Accelerate Lifesaving Treatment

“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.”

‘Little Brain’ or Cerebellum — Not so Little After All

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.

Spiders, Doomed Flies, and Tougher Textiles — Just Add Water

A DoD grant will help SDSU’s Gregory Holland further explore spider silk and its possible application toward incredibly tough biomaterials.

Classroom Equity App Gets NSF Grant

A nearly $1 million grant for SDSU’s Daniel Reinholz will allow further exploration of a tool to reduce longstanding forms of implicit bias.

Researchers Aim to Reduce LGBTQ Youth Suicide with $3.6M Grant to Fund Novel Intervention

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%).

Researchers Tracing How COVID-19 Spreads, Mutates in the Environment

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.

Marine Microbiologist Receives Major NSF Career Development Award

The nearly $1 million grant will enable Nicholas Shikuma to further explore how bacteria cause metamorphosis in marine animals and corals.

Capturing the First Image of a Black Hole

The Event Horizon Telescope, a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration, captured this image of the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy M87 and its shadow. (Image: © EHT...

Astronomers Pinpoint Two New Double-Star Planetary Systems

On behalf of the international team of 60 investigators, including SDSU astronomers William Welsh and Jerome Orosz, the work was presented by researcher Veselin Kostov at the 235th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Honolulu on January 6.

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…

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.

First Evidence Discovered of a Gigantic Remnant Around an Exploding Star

Crosshairs indicate the location of the nova studied. Remnant can be seen as a partial arc to the right of the nova. SDSU professor helps discover precursors to the tools we use to map the universe.By Lainie Fraser A San Diego State University...

The Spring 2018 Doc Morris & John D. Schopp Public Lecture

This year’s Doc Morris & John D. Schopp Public Lecture will be given by Dr. Konstantin Batygin, a Professor of Planetary Science at Caltech, and a world leader in the study of planet formation.  Dr Batygin will explain his recent prediction of the presence of an...

Founding of the new Women in STEM student club

WSTEM is a recognized student organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage women in STEM and provide a safe and supportive space. The goals are to educate, support, and empower women in the STEM fields throughout all parts of their life as well as teach the...

Current Graduate Students

Michael BareianGraduate Research AssistantEmail: mbareian20[at]yahoo.comResearch Interests: Galaxy Formation and EvolutionThesis Advisor: Dr. Kate RubinHobbies: Basketball, Video Games  Mike EngesserTeaching AssociateEmail:...

SDSU astronomy professor Doug Leonard presents invited plenary lecture at the 230th meeting of the American Astronomical Society

American Astronomical Society photograph © 2017 by Corporate Event Images/Phil McCarten. On June 7, 2017, Professor Doug Leonard delivered an invited plenary talk on the explosion geometry of core-collapse supernovae at the 230th meeting of the American...

Halloween 2020: More Risk from Fellow Trick-or-Treaters than the Loot

Researchers say viral transmission risk is low, even when candies are handled by infected persons, but hand washing and disinfecting collected treats reduces risk even further.

Public Trust in Science on the Rise during COVID-19 Pandemic

Conservation ecologist and biology professor Rebecca Lewison concurred, observing that COVID-19 has demonstrated that through coordinated action, daunting challenges can be tackled efficiently.

SDSU Faculty Lead Collaborative COVID-19 Research Efforts: Health Care

Biology professor David Lipson is partnering with San Diego biotechnology company Menon Biosensors and UCSD researchers to develop a new COVID-19 test using a combination of molecular biology and nuclear magnetic resonance technology.

To Repair a Damaged Heart, Three Cells are Better Than One

“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.”

New Guidelines for Phage Preparation Can Accelerate Lifesaving Treatment

“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.”

Hot or Cold, Venomous Rattlesnakes Still Quick to Strike

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.

Spiders, Doomed Flies, and Tougher Textiles — Just Add Water

A DoD grant will help SDSU’s Gregory Holland further explore spider silk and its possible application toward incredibly tough biomaterials.

In the Arctic, Spring Snowmelt Triggers Fresh CO2 Production

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.

Reducing the Damage of a Heart Attack

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…

Corals Face Threat from Tiny Enemy

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.

Jeff Roberts: Laser Focused on Research

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.

Nurturing Undergrad Cancer Researchers

Partnership Scholars Program offers underrepresented students paid internships, training and exposure to cancer research. By Padma Nagappan   Nalani Coleman always knew she wanted to investigate diseases, especially cancer, so she found out about a research...

Discovery Chemist Aims to Drug the Undruggable

Jason Zbieg admits he has a competitive streak. It showed up in wrestling and baseball during his New Jersey childhood, and now he’s an avid golfer. “I just want to get as good as I possibly can in anything I do.”

Mimicking Photosynthesis to Make Fuel Cells Affordable and Green

Chemistry researcher and assistant professor Jing Gu, with San Diego State University, is focused on making hydrogen both affordable and green, through artificial photosynthesis that mimics the plants to convert solar energy into hydrocarbons that stores energy in chemical bonds.

SDSU Discovery May Lower Cost of Making Pharmaceuticals

The NSF funds chemistry professor Yong Yan’s groundbreaking work on drug synthesis.By Kellie Woodhouse A San Diego State University chemistry professor has made a discovery that could one day lower the cost of hundreds of prescription medications.Yong Yan...

SDSU Research Suggests Process for Lowering Cost of Hydrogen Fuel

“This is an exciting discovery for our group,” Gu said, whose research is supported by the National Science Foundation. “We recovered hydrogen from water using a low-temperature, low-pressure method with small-scale equipment in the lab.

Research Horizons: Chemistry Professor Erica Forsberg’s Gut Reaction Lab

An SDSU chemistry professor researches how the bacteria in our guts communicates with our brain. By Kellie Woodhouse   Why do we get that sinking feeling in our stomach when we are nervous? San Diego State University chemistry professor Erica Forsberg...

News from our Departments

Capturing the First Image of a Black Hole

The Event Horizon Telescope, a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration, captured this image of the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy M87 and its shadow. (Image: © EHT...

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…

Advance your Career with SDSU’s Degrees in Science

SDSU’s College of Sciences is the region’s largest center for science education and research. Comprising eight departments and various specialties, our College offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as curricula for pre-professional students in medicine, veterinary medicine, and dentistry. Our coursework is enhanced by research centers that provide our students with real-world experience and seminars given by notable leaders in the field. We also maintain off-campus sites at the Mt. Laguna Observatory, Coastal Waters Laboratory, and nearly 9,000 acres comprising four biological sciences research stations. Our faculty remain leaders in their disciplines through their research, enabling our students to benefit from both practical classroom instruction, as well as hands-on laboratory work with our professors.

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