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Women conduct experiments in a microbiology laboratory in the 1950s.
Women conduct experiments in a microbiology laboratory in the 1950s.

The History of SDSU Research: Founding-1970

June 6th, 2018 (Staff)

The seeds of San Diego State University's current research success can be traced back to the school's earliest days. Since its incarnation as a teacher-training institution known as the San Diego Normal School, the university has grown into a top public research university. Today, SDSU is an economic driver of San Diego, as well as a primary source for the region's workforce.

This is the first in a series detailing SDSU’s history in the field of research covering the following periods:

[1897 - Research a priority from the start], [1943 – Research foundation created], [1950s – More stringent requirements for faculty], [1950s – More stringent requirements for faculty], [1959 – Master’s degrees offered], [1960 – Legislation temporarily thwarts ambitions], [1963 – JFK receives honorary doctorate], [1967 – First Ph.D.], and [1968 – Mount Laguna Observatory Opens].


Fishermen, Conservationists Collaborate on New Fishing Tool

May 30th, 2018 (Michael Price)

Historically, fisheries and the conservation community have struggled to find common ground. The tension between one side's desire to increase profits and the other's to preserve endangered or protected marine species that can be killed as bycatch has made it difficult to find solutions that satisfy both.

Now, a new online tool developed by researchers at San Diego State University in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other universities could win support from both groups. EcoCast, developed with funding from the NASA Applied Sciences Ecological Forecasting Program, provides computer-generated maps to help fishermen target productive fishing spots while alerting them to areas likely to harbor protected species.


STEM Diversity Programs Put Undergrads on Path for Research Success

May 17th, 2018 (Kellie Woodhouse)

"We're constantly seeing proof that we do have value in the science field and we can achieve all of these amazing things. It's encouraging to see all these students who come from underrepresented backgrounds achieving so much," said Kennedy, a chemistry major who, as an undergraduate, researched a protein that holds promise for targeted drug therapy. "We're constantly seeing proof that we do have value in the science field and we can achieve all of these amazing things. It's really motivating."


Reframing Learning with Learning Glass and Lightboard

May 4th, 2018 (James Frazee)

A few years back, two professors who had previously only taught in face-to-face courses found themselves developing online courses, deprived of their beloved chalkboards. Professor Matt Anderson at San Diego State University and Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University knew they wanted to preserve the immediacy afforded by drawing by hand while lecturing, but turning away from the camera to draw was even more unacceptable than turning away from a live classroom.


Grant Writing Fellowship Spurs Early Success

April 27th, 2018 (Kellie Woodhouse)

SDSU's GREW program has helped pave the way to research funding for many early career scholars. When San Diego State University chemistry professor Jeffrey Gustafson received a $400,000 research award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the grant officer who approved his proposal highlighted the strong faculty mentorship programs at SDSU as a boon to the institution. The goal of GREW is to create a recipe that early-career faculty can follow, and that builds on their own capabilities as experts in their fields.


How Should your Garden Grow?

April 27th, 2018 (Michael Price)

A new grant from USDA will promote indigenous knowledge, sustainability and agricultural careers to students. Ramona Perez, along with the grant's principal investigator and food scientist Changqi Liu; biochemist John Love; and environmental scientist David Larom, created the Sustainable, Optimized Urban and Latino-driven Agriculture (SOULA) project, which is directing the Oaxaca trip and several other agriculture-focused activities.

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