A Vision for the Future: SDSU’s Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex

EIS building 1On November 6, SDSU broke ground on its newest building: the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science (EIS) complex. This building will feature 85,000 square feet of space dedicated to research, collaboration and innovation. The complex is a major part of the SDSU’s goal of becoming one of the top 50 public research universities in the country. It is designed for flexibility and to encourage collaboration among students and faculty alike. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2018.

EIS building 2The complex will host several established research centers including the Viromics Institute, the Smart Health Institute, and an imaging laboratory for brain research. Other research areas will include biomedical engineering, renewable energy systems and wireless communication, with more directions to be identified as planning for the building evolves. The initial 17 labs have been built specifically to offer flexibility for the future.

The College of Health and Human Services will be part of this exciting complex. Several areas of research within the Schools for Exercise and Nutritional Sciences and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences use brain imaging for their projects. Faculty from CHHS will also be part of the Smart Health Institute. The complex will also house the William E. Leonhard Entrepreneuership Center. This center will contain two programs designed to bring faculty and stu- dent innovations to market. The Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP) will bring business mentoring and prototyping and design experience to researchers with ideas ready for real-world appli- cation. The ZIP was instrumental in helping ENS professor Dan Goble move from research to prototype to commercial sales of his innovative balance testing system for diagnosing athlete concussions quickly and on-site, helping coaches make smart decisions about the need for medical treatment. The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center will bring in industry experts to offer curriculum guidance and an insider look at how markets are evolving.

EIS building 3“The EIS complex will create a crossroads for the STEM disciplines and a focal point for our entrepreneurship efforts—a place to meet, to team up and to dream”, said President Elliot Hirschman The building’s open, modular floor plan will help build collaboration, as will the mobile furniture, glass walls, coffee shop and communal whiteboards in the hallways for spur-of-the-moment brainstorming. The Thomas B. Day quad, named for the sixth SDSU president, will provide outdoor space for collabortion.

As with the Aztec Student Union, the EIS Complex designers are also keeping environmental concerns in mind and they will seek LEED Certification for the complex.
For additional information about the EIS building, visit http://eis.sdsu.edu for additional news stories, videos and drawings of the complex.

Development Connection

Creating an innovative space for collaboration among faculty and students in engineering, sciences and health has taken careful planning and the results promise to be exciting for the students studying and pursuing research in the new building.  Their research projects hold great promise for the future of the wider community as well.  With a focus on solving practical, real world problems, this research could easily lead to solutions for sustainable energy or clean water.  Your help is needed to make these grand dreams into reality.  Please consider a gift of any size to support this vision.  Contact Rebecca Williamson, development officer at 619-594-2868 or rwilliamson@mail.sdsu.edu, use the form on the back page of The Pulse or visit the online giving option on the www.sdsu.edu website.

Development Office

Planned Gifts: Giving Now and Later

Rebecca Williamson

Rebecca Williamson
Development Officer
(619) 594-2868
rwilliamson@mail.sdsu.edu

You may be tired of living at the mercy of the fluctuating stock and real estate markets, or looking for a way to support SDSU and benefit yourself as well.  A charitable gift annuity is a gift made to SDSU that can provide you with a secure source of fixed payments for life while simultaneously benefiting a program at SDSU.

The Charitable Gift Annuity provides benefits to both the giver and SDSU.  You receive:

  • Fixed payments to you or another annuitant you designate for life. These payments may be partially tax-free.
  • Charitable income tax deduction for the charitable gift portion of the annuity.
  • AND you further the charitable work of your choice at SDSU with your gift.

gift annuity explanationA charitable gift annuity is a contract between you and the university.  You transfer cash or property to SDSU and, in exchange, we sign an annuity contract and promise to pay fixed payments to you for life. The payment can be quite high depending on your age. If you decide to fund your gift annuity with cash, a significant portion of the annuity payment will be tax- free. You may also make a gift of appreciated securities to fund a gift annuity and avoid a portion of the capital gains tax.

For more information, or to set up an annuity, contact Rebecca Williamson (contact information above) or Allison Ohanian, Associate Director Planned Giving and Estates, 619-594-0771 or ohanian@mail.sdsu.edu. Find more information about planned giving at http://www.sdsugift.org.

Letter from the Dean

Dear Friends,

Marilyn NewhoffOne of the joys of being part of a university is being able to see the future. Especially here at SDSU, the future looks very bright indeed. Undergraduate and graduate students, along with their faculty, are conducting research in so many amazing directions.

Within CHHS alone, there are too many interesting projects to list. Some of the most exciting will be using the facilities designed into the new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences complex once it is complete.

Students and faculty alike are excited about the new laboratories and classrooms this building will contain. Faculty and students working with brain imaging are looking forward to being able to do their research right here on campus. Those working at the intersection of health and technology are also look- ing forward to expanded space and the ability to work together in one building.

Perhaps most exciting are the spaces that are being deliberately designed to encourage collaboration. Who knows what great idea might come about from a chance conversation in the halls when the students and faculty involved can turn to the whiteboard on the wall and start scribbling ideas?  Or when two people working on similar problems from different perspectives happen to strike up a conversation while waiting for coffee at the café?

Ideas around renewable energy, clean water, and improving health by harnessing the power of a virus are swirling around campus. Greater understanding of the human brain and human body can only help people live better, healthier lives. It is exciting to look into the future and see all of the possibilities every day. You are invited to come visit and see for yourself – contact Rebecca Williamson to arrange a visit. One especially exciting opportunity to see where our students are headed is to attend the student research symposium in March.  You are bound to be amazed at the wonderful things our students are researching.

 

Warmest Wishes,

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Marilyn Newhoff, Dean

Outstanding Aztecs

Jean Landis: Outstanding Aztec Alumna

Jean LandisJean Landis graduated from SDSU (then San Diego State college) in 1941 with a degree in physical education. She returned to campus in September to receive the SDSU Alumni Association “Monty” award, given each year to outstanding alumni from each college. Of course, she had been back many times between 1940 and 2015 as she was a faculty member in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences from 1969 until her retirement ten years later.

Ms. Landis was born and raised in El Cajon and graduated from Grossmont High School. She came to SDSU as a shy girl from a farming family. But her peers and her teachers encouraged her many passions and she gained confidence through her college career. She joined a sorority (Phi Sigma Nu) and participated in several sports.  After graduation, she returned to Grossmont High School to teach PE.

She had always been fascinated with planes and flying, even as a young girl.  So when the opportunity came to learn to fly through the civilian pilot training program, she jumped at it. She learned basic and then acrobatic flying skills. At the same time, World War II was heating up and the US was soon headed to war.

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Ms. Landis as a young WASP. Her
nephew created this short documentary
film to tell the story of the WASPs.

And Ms. Landis was headed to become a WASP: Women Airforce Service Pilot.  These women took on the task of delivering airplanes from the factory to domestic military bases where they were needed. They flew planes from base to base so they were in the right place at the right time. And they flew planes for target practice – pulling targets behind them as male military pilots trained to shoot. They were brave and strong and served their country well. Unfortunately, their country did not serve them as well, and they were summarily disbanded as the end of the war neared and the men were expected to want their jobs. It wasn’t until President Obama recognized the group, including Ms. Landis, with Congressional Gold Medals in 2010 that the story of the WASPs became widely known.

She went on to earn a master’s degree from Wellesley College and to serve as a faculty member at colleges in New England and the Midwest before returning to her native home in El Cajon to join the faculty of SDSU.

At the Monty awards ceremony, short videos introduce the honorees to the gathering.  At the conclusion of Ms. Landis’ video, she received a standing ovation, an acknowledgement of her service and her contributions to the country. She received her statuette without any indication that she was about to celebrate her 97th birthday.

Looking back on her college career and her life, she gives this advice to today’s students, “Get out there and go. Look forward, think outside the box and pursue endeavors you value. Take advantage of every opportunity you are offered.”

Faculty Monty Award Winner Dr.Guadalupe (Suchi) Ayala

Guadalupe AyalaEach year the SDSU Alumni Association honors an outstanding faculty member from each college with the “Faculty Monty” award.  Awardees are recognized at the All-University Convocation at the beginning of the year. This year’s CHHS honoree was Dr. Guadalupe Ayala, Associate Dean for Research in the college, professor in the Graduate School of Public Health, and co-director of the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health. The other awardees were: Risa Levitt Kohn (Department of Religious Studies, College of Arts and Letters); Gary Grudnitski (Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy, College of Business Administration); Carol Robinson-Zanartu (Department of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education); Sunil Kumar (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering); Gregory Durbin ( School of Theatre, Television and Film, College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts): and William Welsh (Department of Astronomy, College of Sciences).

Dr. Ayala was recognized for her achievements in designing evidence-based interventions to prevent and control a variety of chronic health conditions, including obesity, diabetes, and asthma among Latinos. She works with families, healthcare systems, schools, grocery stores, restaurants, and community-based organizations to create an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. She says, “I am currently running several studies including working with Latino grocery stores to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among store customers, preventing and controlling childhood obesity through a systems approach, and working with restaurants to promote healthy child menus.”

When she is not at work, Dr. Ayala enjoys traveling, working on mosaics, swimming, dancing, and hanging out with her husband Dane and their dog Rex.

School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences

Smart Health is in our Future

The Smart Health Institute will be one of the new labs in the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences building. “Smart health” is the intersection between engineering, health care and health research. In its simpliest terms, Smart Health uses technology, such as sensors and electronics, to measure and assist body function. A spectacular example of this was demonstrated at the University of California, Irvine recently when a parapelegic man was able to walk with the help of an electrode cap, wireless technology and electrodes on his legs. This is personalized medicine and personal technology working together to improve people’s lives.

One of two newly created Centers of Excellence at SDSU, the Smart Health Institute will be developing small sensors and wireless transmitters as research tools for ENS faculty, among other projects. Centers of Excellence are centers that allow collaboration between colleges and programs and reflects on SDSU’s goal of becoming a top research university. The Smart Health Institute includes faculty from the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Biology, Physics, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  ENS faculty members Sara Gombatto, Antoinette Domingo, and Harsimran Baweja are key members of the new institute.  A key new faculty member will be a biomedical engineer who can help bridge the gap between “medical speak” and “engineer speak”.

Dr. Sara Gombatto

Dr. Sara Gombatto

Dr. Gombatto is studying lower back pain, an area of interest she developed while in private practice as a physical therapist. While she observes clients in a laboratory setting, there are limitations in what she can learn there.  Clients may not be moving in a natural way due to being observed, and the lab exercises might not duplicate the types of movements that occur in every day life and cause back pain.  By fitting a client with a sensor that can track muscle movement throughout daily activity, Dr. Gombatto will be able to learn much more about what types of movements cause lower back pain, and how to modify the activity to reduce it. In order to make this practical, she worked with students in the School of Engineers to create a sensor that could be worn by a research subject. It transmits data, through wireless technology, to a hand-held device that displays the relevant information to the researcher. The data will help her determine what people really do when they move and what things will mitigate the pain-causing action. Her next step is helping to design an app that will filter the massive amounts of data available from such sensors to just the points a particular researcher is studying.

A research subject shows off the Smart Health sensors. The two grey disks are the sensors. The other dots are physical therapy tape used to track muscle movements visually and with video.

A research subject shows off the Smart Health sensors. The two grey disks are the sensors. The other dots are physical therapy tape used to track muscle movements visually and with video.

Other ENS researchers are also working on motion- tracking projects and are looking forward to the sensors they use becoming more sophisticated and more user friendly. Clients of the Fitness Clinic for People with Disabilities may be able to use this technology to improve their fitness and overall movement. Researchers doing work on gait control (the ability to walk correctly) can also use these sensors to track leg movement.

Roger Simmons, interim director of ENS, sees this technology being used for prevention of physical difficulties in the future as well as better rehabilitation for those with injuries that impact their movement and mobility. Especially as the faculty in the chemistry department add their expertise in nano-technology to make sensors and receivers much smaller. He hopes that the institute will help develop and test devices that will help with rehabilitation in physical therapy clinics, and then use the entrepreneurship tools that are also part of the EIS complex to bring these new products to market.  He also sees potential in the future for devices that may even prevent disabilities.

Introducing Dr. Roger Simmons, Interim Director

Dr. Roger Simmons

Dr. Roger Simmons

Professor Emeritus Roger Simmons is serving as the interim director of ENS after Dr. Fred Kolkhorst rejoined the faculty. Dr. Simmons joined the faculty in 1976.  He retired in 2012 but continued to teach and conduct research on a part-time basis until last year.

Dr. Simmons’ research focused on children with prenatal exposure to alcohol and the effects of alcohol exposure on their motor control. In collaboration with other faculty members, he designed a way to measure the differences in movement between typical children and children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. This work resulted in diagnostic tests and tools that are now used all over the US.

Over the years he has received many awards, including the faculty “Monty” award in 2013, and being named a distinguished professor by the SDSU Senate in 2010.

 

Graduate School of Public Health

Continuing the Fight Against Cancer

Elva Arredondo

Dr. Elva Arredondo will be one
of the key leaders of the partnership.

In 2008, SDSU and The Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego began a project to reduce cancer in the Hispanic population of San Diego and Imperial Counties. This year, the commitment of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was renewed with a $13.5 million, five year, grant so the project could continue.

“By renewing this unique partnership, NCI is recognizing the success and commitment of UC San Diego and San Diego State University to outstanding science, research education, and community outreach,” said Scott Lippman, director of Moores Cancer Center. “Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death for Hispanics, but together we are advancing research and closing the gap on cancer disparities in this community.”

The SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership will support 30 joint research projects. Many of these will include research opportunities for undergraduate students, a part of the SDSU strategic plan and the intention to become a top research university and an effort to encourage undergraduates to continue into research careers.  Research projects will have co-leaders, one from SDSU and one from UCSD, increasing the collaboration between schools and bringing the strengths of each program into the project.

Gregory Talavera

Dr. Gregory Talaveras’ research in reducing cancer in the Hispanic
community will continue with this new funding.

Hispanics have the highest rates for certain types of leukemia as well as cancers associated with infection, such as liver, stomach and cervical. Although Hispanics are less likely to develop the most common forms of cancers than non-Hispanic whites, such as breast, colon and prostate, they are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stages of these cancers and less likely to survive after diagnosis.  This is due in part to receiving fewer health screenings than average.

“The Partnership will provide an opportunity for investigators from various levels to conduct innovative research which will strengthen the cancer research agenda at SDSU and UCSD,” said Elva Arredondo, an associate professor and one of the primary members of the project team. “The grant will build on existing community partnerships and link SDSU and UCSD with new community organizations, including Family Health Center and San Ysidro Health Center. These efforts will help address cancer disparities evident among racial/ethnic groups, including Hispanic communities.”

Students from GSPH will be participating in research to determine the impact of holding community meetings to provide education regarding cancer, the importance of cancer screening and the importance of follow-up treatment. These efforts will target individuals with, or at risk for, cervical, breast and colorectal cancer.  Research of this type helps quantify the impact of such education efforts, as well as pinpoint the most effective strategies for reaching the community. The impact of community health educators and patient advocates in the health clinics will also be examined. Being able to quantify the impact of such programs will help policy makers determine which efforts to fight cancer are the most valuable and should be supported. Existing work regarding disparities in health care access and the effectiveness of behavioral programs, such as physical activity, will studied as well. Many of these studies are already in progress and this new funding will allow them to continue and expand.

The grant will also allow the partner- ship program to offer enrichment workshops for students and researchers, as well as summer and year-long internship opportunities.

Dr. Arredondo noted that the strong collaboration between SDSU and UCSD, a history of successful projects and the strong commitment to the community were also reasons that the NCI were attracted to this project. She looks forward to being able to increase SDSU’s cancer research capability, provide students with research opportunities and reach the community through this program.

Dr. Eunha Hoh named one of the “100 Inspiring Women in STEM”

Euhna HohEunha Hoh, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health, has been selected to receive a “100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award” from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine describes Hoh as, “a researcher focused on identifying diverse environmental pollutants, Dr. Hoh has developed a novel analytical approach for detecting a broad range of organic chemicals in marine animals, human breast milk, and third-hand tobacco smoke.

She is currently the principal investigator of two studies- one involving bio-accumulative compounds in blubber from bottlenose dolphins, and the other, an approach for assessing toxicity of tobacco product waste and the risks posed by third-hand smoke exposure.”

 

School of Nursing

A Summer of Learning and Discovery

GenesisLast summer, senior nursing student Genesis Reyes had a chance to experience conducting and presenting research through a very special program. She trav- elled from San Diego to Atlanta to conduct a research project at the Center for Disease Control. She was excited by both the opportunity to participate in the program as well as the chance to travel to a different part of the country. A native of Central California, she had never travelled to the East or Southeast before.

Her summer internship program was arranged through Morehouse College’s Project IMHOTEP, an 11-week internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of healthcare students in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health. It is targeted to students from underrepresented populations within healthcare.  Applications are accepted from students around the country and Genesis was the only one to attend from San Diego. The program provided travel, room and board on the Morehouse campus and a small stipend.

Genesis’ summer began with two weeks of classroom instruction before she spent eight weeks pursuing her research project. Her final week was spent presenting her research to CDC scientists. Her project centered on the policy issue of increas- ing the use of the National Healthcare Safety Network database. The CDC was about to release new data on the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria across the nation.  Before they did that, they wanted to find out if states were accessing and reporting information currently. The CDC’s main target was to improve access and reporting on a facility level, meaning each hospital would report data and that state and local government healthcare agencies could react to infections in their area. She found that not all states were accessing the database and more were not using facility-level data to monitor infection rates. She hopes the newly developed interactive website will be increasingly accurate and allow healthcare agencies to respond more quickly to increases in antibiotic infections in their area.

Genesis was very excited about her experience. She enjoyed learning more about public health and how public health agencies interact with hospitals and other health care sites. She was especially excited about the networking opportunities she had and the ability to learn from senior CDC scientists as well as being able to meet many hospital CEOs and senior management teams.

Genesis is planning to pursue a career in nursing leadership and hospital management and she is considering earning an master’s degree in business administration to complement her nursing degree. This semester she is enjoying an internship at the UCSD medical center and their quality task force. She is certain that this opportunity would not have been open to her without her summer experience.

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She feels that this experience will make her a better nurse by providing her with new resources to consider. She would like to see more interaction between the Graduate School of Public Health and the School of Nursing here at SDSU. She is especially grateful to the support and assistance she got from her mentors, Jeremy Goodman and Arlethia Royster. She says, “I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and owe this achievement to being a student in the SDSU School of Nursing”.

Genesis is featured on a video about her experience as an SDSU nursing student and her internship. Watch it on the School of Nursing website: http://nursing.sdsu. edu/programs/bs-in-nursing/testimonial-b/

 

 

School of Social Work

Social Work, Nursing and Public Health Team Up to Improve Care for the Elderly

younger woman helps elderly womanThree schools within CHHS and the UCSD Geriatric Medicine program will collaborate on using a $2.5 million grant to improve the care of older Americans, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease.  The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services and five additional com- munity partners will also partici-  pate in the new initiative, part of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program. The overall goal is to establish the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center and develop the next generation of geriatric health workers in San Diego County. The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, a $35.7 million effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to improve the quality of healthcare for older Americans.

“This award recognizes the cooperation between SDSU, UCSD, the County of San Diego, and multiple community partners in addressing the educational needs of professionals and families related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.” said Dr. Greiner, the director of the School of Nursing. “It is an opportunity to further develop inter-professional geriatric teams, a proven method for improving care to older adults with memory disorders.”

The San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center will be based out of SDSU’s Academy for Professional Excellence and will build on the strong foundation the academy has for training social service professionals throughout the state. The academy offers both in-person and online training to social workers and other service professionals in areas such as child welfare, behavioral health, leadership, and adult services to more than 10,000 professionals each year. Academy director Jennifer Tucker-Tatlow notes that she is very excited to be adding this new area of education to their portfolio. Long-time academy executive director and professor emeritus Anita Harbert says this is one of the highlights of her career and she is thrilled to have been part of the effort to bring this all together.

With a focus on Alzheimer’s and related dementias and the chronic conditions that impact memory loss, the initiative will:

  • Train graduate students, medical residents and fellows on integrated geriatrics and primary care, interdisciplinary team building, and the prevention, recognition and treatment of memory loss and associated chronic conditions. It will also expand clinical training environments to provide experiences in integrated geriatrics and primary health care delivery systems for students
  • Train area primary care providers and staff on screening, diagnostic crite- ria and treatment protocols, disease and care management and community resources derived from The Alzheimer’s Project
  • Train county service providers who work with people with memory loss and their families
  • Train caregivers on effective care strategies for themselves and family members
  • Develop and conduct a public education campaign on memory loss and related conditions
  • Conduct a needs assessment in Imperial County for expansion of Geriatric Education Center

With an aging population, all of the social service and health care professionals in San Diego and Imperial Counties will encounter more adults with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but this effort will go a long way toward training these professionals to provide the best possible care for their clients and the families who love them.

Congratulations, Dr. Anita Harbert, A Social Work Pioneer

Anita HarbertDr. Anita Harbert, Director Emeritus, was recently inducted into the Social Work Pioneers, the highest distinction given to social workers by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The award states that, “Pioneers are role models for future generations of social workers. Their contributions are reflected in every aspect of the profession, as well as in the establishment of social policies and human services programs. They have accomplished this through practice, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration, advocacy, legislation, and election to public office.”

Dr. Harbert was the Founder of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Studies and Services and had the vision to increase social work research in this area. She created the Center On Aging at SDSU and headed the Academy for Professional Excellence. The Academy provides training for social workers throughout California and the nation. Harbert is also known as an advocate for the profession in the California State Child Welfare system and she developed mechanisms to allow social workers to become integral to the system.

 

 

School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Sees a Bright Future

In 2013, the Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience was created as a Center of Excellence at SDSU. The center brings together researchers from the School of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, and the Department of Psychology in the College of Sciences. Its founding members from SLHS were Karen Emmorey, Tracy Love, and Lew Shapiro. Sarah Mattson, Ed Riley, and Axel Müller were the key members from Psychology. Three new faculty members were hired this year: Alyson Abel Mills (SLHS), Ksenija Marinkovic (Psychology), and Jillian Wiggins (Psychology), who will be arriving next semester.

portrait 1On September 18, the center held an all-day workshop centered around neuroscience research at SDSU. The morning session was open to anyone interested at SDSU and about 100 people attended. In the audience were curious undergraduates, gradu- ate students and faculty from around the university. After an introduction by Dr. Emmorey, the morning session consisted of 17 short presentations by core faculty members of the center, each describing their research area and techniques. This allowed others to identify new possible collaborations.

portrait 2As the newest faculty members, Dr. Mills and Dr. Marinkovic enjoyed a little more time to go into some detail about their work. Mills is studying how children learn new words through their context. Marinkovic is studying the impact of alcohol on cognitive processes and cognitive control.

The afternoon session included just the faculty members involved in the center. They discussed ideas of how to promote neuroscience, foster collaborations within the center and the university community, and how to support their students.  Since its inception, the center has sponsored a speaker series, developed an informative website (slhs.sdsu.edu/ccn/) and established student travel awards for graduate students. New collegium, pursuing new grant funding and additional support for graduate students are being discussed.

In order to study activity in the brain, each of these researchers use brain imaging, either currently or in the future of their research. They are looking forward to the completion of the new EIS complex, which will contain an imaging center. An on-site imaging center will allow neuroscience research to flourish and expand. Currently, imaging work is scheduled at one of the other imaging centers in San Diego, adding additional cost and inconvenience to imaging work.

Dr. Emmorey says, “The future for neuroscience at SDSU looks very bright and I am eager to see where the future takes us.  The increased collaboration facilities will certainly help us to expand our research and understanding of how our brains work.”