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Showing Benefits of Exercise Through Rat Studies

July 21, 2015

ben yaspelkis shows the mechanism he uses when performing research on rats

Hidden behind imposing laboratory doors, a militia of rats are lifting weights on miniaturized bench presses and running on mini treadmills. Scientists are scribbling notes and analyzing the rats’ tissue samples.This is the scientific frontier for two California State University, Northridge professors who are one step closer to understanding the benefits of exercise for humans. Kinesiology professor Ben Yaspelkis and biology professor Randy Cohen have been examining how exercise affects two different areas when it comes to the health of mammals as a whole — including humans.. Read more

Sensory Motor Program Elevates Children's Lives

July 13, 2015

csun student helps child participant of sensory motor program in kinesiology

When Draven Mayo showed up on the first day of California State University, Northridge’s Sensory Motor Program, the 3-year-old girl could barely walk in a straight line. Her global developmental delays, cerebral hypotonia and sensory processing disorder have diminished her muscle tone and made it difficult for Draven to sit up straight for long periods or maintain balance when she walked. However, as the Department of Kinesiology’s five-week-long sensory motor summer program neared its end, Draven reached milestones her mother never expected. Read the full story and see the video in CSUN Today. Go directly to the video. Read more

CSUN Nursing Celebrates 20 Years

June 24, 2015

csun nursing department chair marianne hattar and dean sylvia alva

In May 2015, the Nursing Department celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Sylvia A. Alva, Dean of the College of Health and Human Development said, “Throughout the program’s history, its faculty and staff have reached for and consistently achieved regional and national standards of excellence.” Dean Alva talked about the vision of the nursing faculty twenty years ago, and their ability to see the need to prepare more nurses in what was then, and continues to be, a rapidly growing and sprawling region.  Read more


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