CSUSM Announces Fall 2009 Frontiers in Science Schedule


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

With the new fall semester at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) comes another series of seminars exploring the frontiers of science. These seminars are intended to introduce audiences from all disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines.

This semester, seminar topics range from biophysics to astronomy, mining, and fusion energy. The first seminar of the semester will feature three CSUSM undergraduate students who will speak about their summer research experiences.

All seminars will be held in Science Hall 2, room 242, from Noon to 1 p.m. and will include refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information go to http://physics.csusm.edu/events/events.html.

The fall 2009 Frontiers of Science schedule is as follows:

September 17
Summer Research Experiences
Speakers: Cyprian Czarnocki (Physics), Melinda Lopez (Math), and Keau Wong (Biology)

September 24
Accidental Science - A New Genre of Herbicides & Antibiotics
Christopher M. Smith, Ph.D., Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, UCSD
October 8
he Ground Upon Which We Walk - Perspectives from a Mining Engineer
Ian Firth, Engineer, Hanson Aggregates West Region
October 22
400 Years of Astronomy - A Brief History of the Telescope
Scott Kardel, Palomar Observatory
November 12
Remembering Forgotten Peoples: Working to Eradicate Transmitted Helminthiasis
Raffi Aroian, Ph.D., Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, UCSD

December 3
The Physics and the Future of Fusion Energy Research
Chris Holland, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Energy Research, UCSD

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit http://www.csusm.edu/guide. Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $2 to $7 depending upon length of stay.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.