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Students from Dr. Jackie Trischman’s CHEM 497, “Chemistry in the Community”, class led twenty students from the American Chemical Society (ACS) student club and thirty students from select chemistry classes in offering science badge work like “Science of Style,” “Detective,” and “Chemistry Merit Badge” to 150 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from grades 2-12 at CHEMEXPO, the San Diego celebration of National Chemistry Week, on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9am-3pm at Miramar College. Under the direction of Dr. Robert Iafe, the students from the ACS club also performed chemical demonstrations on stage, including the spontaneously exothermic “Exploding Gummi Bear” reaction, for hundreds of high school chemistry students throughout San Diego County. The overall event is sponsored by the San Diego Section of the ACS and thousands of people attended the event over the course of the day.
On October 24th, young women took on the challenge of solving real-world problems through computer coding at the fourth semiannual Women’s Hackathon, at CSUSM. The event, which is designed to encourage women to pursue computer science careers, brought together over 90 middle school, high school and college students from 20 schools in Southern California to design and develop websites, mobile applications, games and digital marketing strategies that focused on two social issues, foster youth and safe care for the elderly.
The event was organized and implemented by Dr. Youwen Ouyang, Professor and Chair of Computer Science Department, Shauna Ruyle, a Marketing Consultant, and Cal State San Marcos graduate, Sahar Mosleh Adjunct Faculty and Dr. Nahid Majd, faculty member of the Computer Science Department. The team was supported by 14 industry professionals on the planning committee, approximately 18 volunteers (students and parents), 20 IT and Software mentors and 10 esteemed judges from the IT industry and local companies.
The College of Science and Mathematics, College of Business Administration, and Extended Learning have launched its Professional Science Masters Program in Cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity program, which is the first of its kind in California, welcomed its first cohort of students on September 8th. CSUSM worked closely with industry leaders to ensure that this program is closely aligned with industry needs.