CSUSM NewsCenter (Biology)

2019
October
28,
2019
| 11:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
A neuron is a cell in the central nervous system that transmits information to other cells. Luis Arrioja was sitting in his high school AP Psychology class at nearby Escondido High a few years ago when the lecture turned to neurons and their role ...
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September
19,
2019
| 07:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The first time Jeff Jaureguy attended college, he was aimless and half-hearted. The second time he attended college, he did so mostly to take advantage of a chance to go on an exotic vacation (more on that later).  For Jeff, the third time truly w...
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June
20,
2019
| 06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Rehabilitating fire-scarred hillsides by hydroseeding the terrain may cause more harm than good to the microbial composition of the soil, according to research by Cal State San Marcos students taking part in a groundbreaking new course funded through...
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May
01,
2019
| 05:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
Kyle Lunneberg’s life changed forever on April 17, 2017. On that fateful day, his lifelong friend Alex Lazo committed suicide. Lunneberg’s personal and academic life as a student at Cal State San Marcos took an understandable dark turn. But wit...
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2018
November
09,
2018
| 06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
It wasn’t long ago that Anthony Rincon spent his days filling in the gaps between kicking the ball around the soccer pitch. As a high school student at El Camino in Oceanside, Rincon’s time and thoughts focused on soccer. School was something to d...
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October
01,
2018
| 05:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
Karina Gonzalez Herrera is returning to Cal State San Marcos this month. She will catch up with old friends from the College Assistance Migrant Program who helped her make a smooth transition to college. She will reunite with professors who guided he...
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September
21,
2018
| 06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Diego Sustaita was familiar with the behavior of shrikes. Watching from a distance, he could see the bird dive after its prey and then return with the prey in its mouth, soon to be impaled. It was what happens in between that time, from the poi...
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May
15,
2018
| 06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
The epiphany came when Mariana Arevalo was imparting a bit of parental advice to her oldest son as he was readying to enter high school. Education, she said, was of paramount importance. College, she emphasized, was the key to a better future. “Af...
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2017
July
19,
2017
| 01:38 AM America/Los_Angeles
“Cal State San Marcos is providing a center for learning and discovery in North San Diego County while strongly serving the region.” -- Dr. Casey Mueller Dr. Casey Mueller has been intrigued with animals since she was a little girl growing up o...
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April
20,
2017
| 06:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
Angelica Rocha has had a lifelong passion for science. As a young girl, while many of her peers were reading Teen Magazine, Rocha was immersed in the science section of periodicals such as Newsweek. “Imagine my excitement when I grew up to lear...
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March
14,
2017
| 08:12 PM America/Los_Angeles
It seemed like a good idea at the time, but a move to hydroseed a hillside ravaged by the 2,000-acre Cocos fire at the edge of Cal State San Marcos is changing the natural landscape and may lead to more fires in the future. That’s the conclusion f...
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March
14,
2017
| 04:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, an acclaimed molecular biologist, executive and diversity advocate, presents “From the Mexican Revolution to Biological Revolutions: My Life in Science” on Thursday, March 30 at Cal State San Marcos. The event is part of ...
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January
05,
2017
| 08:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
Dr. Arun Sethuraman is using the power of bioinformatics to unlock the secrets of life. “My interest is in looking at how we can use the power that we now have with computers and computer programming to make sense of this huge of amount of biologi...
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2016
December
07,
2016
| 05:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
Jane Kim said there is a common misconception among some of her molecular biology students before they start doing research. Many consider the material in their textbook to be definitive and unchanging. “Sometimes they’ll think, ‘How can this n...
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November
07,
2016
| 04:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
Denise Garcia can remember a time when she had to work to get faculty to participate in an open house for the North San Diego County Bridges to the Future Program. But, as a recent open house showed, those days are long in the past. Nearly two ...
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October
06,
2016
| 08:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Cal State San Marcos’ College of Science and Mathematics enjoyed great success with its first “STEM In Your Backyard: Vista Village” event in March. It proved so successful, in fact, that it has become a biannual event. The second annual STEM I...
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September
27,
2016
| 12:48 AM America/Los_Angeles
Frontiers in Science (FIS), a scientist speaker series, kicks off its fall series on Sept. 29 with a session featuring three Cal State San Marcos undergrads who did summer research with faculty in physics, biology and chemistry. FIS seminars explo...
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July
20,
2016
| 11:51 PM America/Los_Angeles
John Eme is familiar with the misconceptions some people have about alligators and crocodiles. He had some himself. Eme, an adjunct faculty member in Cal State San Marcos’ biology department, has been researching alligators and crocodiles for a...
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February
29,
2016
| 06:04 PM America/Los_Angeles
In honor of International Women’s Day, on March 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. two female CSUSM professors, Drs. Amber Puha and Bianca Mothé, will walk into a bar—Wavelength Brewing Co. in Vista—to present topics related to their research. But Wavelengt...
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February
22,
2016
| 12:10 AM America/Los_Angeles
Bear Biologist and CSUSM Associate Professor Thomas Spady lent his scientific knowledge and understanding of issues facing black bears to the creation of a new children’s book series, Secrets of Bearhaven. The series, by author K.E. Rocha, and creati...
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2015
December
07,
2015
| 08:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
The brain is one of the most complex and magnificent organs in the human body. Neurosurgeons train for a minimum of 15 years—including four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school and seven years in a residency program—to garner th...
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November
02,
2015
| 05:07 PM America/Los_Angeles
The contrast of blackened soil and burnt shrubs adjacent to young, brightly green plants was striking as biology students hiked the south hillsides of campus where 18-months ago the Cocos Fires raged dangerously close to CSUSM, resulting in the evacu...
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September
10,
2015
| 02:43 AM America/Los_Angeles
Cal State San Marcos student veteran Maylin Caldwell was one of 23 awardees—one from each of the CSU campuses—recognized on September 8 by the CSU Board of Trustees and the CSU Foundation Board of Governors for demonstrating superior academic perform...
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September
02,
2015
| 12:35 AM America/Los_Angeles
Assistant Professor Badal Joshi is helping to mold the applied mathematics program at Cal State San Marcos. “I feel I can have a great impact on how the program evolves here,” said Joshi, who earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and taught at...
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May
21,
2015
| 06:11 PM America/Los_Angeles
They are among the best and the brightest at Cal State San Marcos. Six outstanding graduates were honored by CSUSM President Karen Haynes at a special awards dinner earlier this month. All were recognized for their academic excellence, service to ...
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