May 11, 2021
Volume 8, Edition 22
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Nazarian College Bull Ring Winner Gets ‘Fast and Furious’

Race car wings are usually custom-designed. The Synergy Active Aero team designed one that adapts to driving conditions, making it suitable for numerous types of cars. This idea earned the $5,000 grand prize in the 2021 CSUN Nazarian College Bull Ring New Venture Competition. Four student teams split $10,000 in total prizes in the “Shark Tank”-style competition.


BTS Conference at CSUN Draws Online Attendees from 39 Countries

The sensationally popular South Korean band BTS was the inspiration behind a virtual conference at CSUN that combined academics and fun, as the group’s music was a window into a wide range of topics — from choreography to social justice activism. More than 1,400 people from 39 different countries attended.

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Portrait of CSUN biology professor MariaElena Zavala in a lab.

CSUN Receives Nearly $3M Grant to Support Students in the Biomedical Sciences

CSUN has been awarded nearly $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to support students studying the biomedical sciences with an eye on eventually earning a Ph.D. The five-year grant will support Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE), led by biology professor MariaElena Zavala.

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Focus on Alumni & Community


CSUN Honors Classes of 2020/2021 with Hybrid Commencement Celebrations

CSUN is planning a series of memorable commencement celebrations for the 11,151 graduates of the class of 2019-20 and the 11,538 graduates of the class of 2020-21. The all-university virtual commencement ceremony kicks off the events on May 15.

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L.A. Times Virtual Ideas Exchange with Michael Eric Dyson, Presented by CSUN, May 11

CSUN presents a conversation with Michael Eric Dyson, one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the bestselling author of “JAY-Z,” “Tears We Cannot Stop,” “What Truth Sounds Like,” and “Long Time Coming.” He will speak with Los Angeles Times columnist Erika D. Smith, who writes about the diversity of people and places across California.

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CSUN to Host USA Softball Women’s National Team, May 16

CSUN Softball will welcome the USA Women’s National Team to Matador Diamond for an exhibition that will give the student-athletes the chance to compete against and alongside the best in the game. will stream the game.

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Teenage Drama Workshop Is Back, June 21-July 9

Teenage Drama Workshop is holding a three-week in-person session at CSUN, which includes a production filmed on campus but streamed virtually. The registration deadline is May 23.

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Life in Retirement, May 13

Are you preparing for retirement, or perhaps just settled into retirement life? Do you want to know how to maximize your money while minimizing your tax implications during retirement? The Office of Alumni Relations will host a free webinar to discuss this and much more.

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88.5-FM to Premiere the Rock ’n’ Roll Film ‘Rockfield: The Studio On the Farm,’ May 13

Nearly 60 years ago, two brothers converted the outbuildings on their Welsh farm into one of Europe’s best-equipped recording studios, and rock ’n’ roll history was made. A nostalgic drive-in movie premiere screening of the documentary about the farm and the legendary musicians who record there, “Rockfield: The Studio On the Farm,” will take place at the Regency 16 Theaters in Van Nuys.

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