California State University, Northridge

Did You Know...

January 2010

Cal State Northridge has received a $1.6 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency, to train undergraduate and graduate students for research careers in stem cell biology. Specifically, the three-year grant will provide an opportunity through the CSUN-UCLA Bridges Stem Cell Research Program for ten Northridge students each year of the grant—six graduate and four undergraduates—to intern with some of the world leaders in stem cell research at UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research Center (Broad Stem Cell Research Center), assisting with research and working with the latest technologies in the rapidly emerging field of regenerative medicine. Read more at

Leslie Sobol and Robert Hymers weren't interested in the usual route-writing a thesis or providing advice and assistance to taxpayers-for their culminating project in Cal State Northridge's Master of Science in Taxation Program. They wanted to do something that would truly demonstrate all they had learned in the program and create a legacy that would continue long after they left Northridge. Something that would inform and contribute to the latest teaching methods in the field of tax preparation, a tool that accounting students and professors and tax professionals could tap into for years to come. It took more than a year of work, but they created the Tax Development Journal,, the first student-run online publication that serves as a forum for intellectual discourse on emerging issues for tax practitioners and policy makers. The journal, which launched this fall, combines tax expertise with scholarly discourse to provide timely, insightful and important information about a broad array of topical tax areas.  Read more at

Megan Saraceni believes a series of "miracles" allowed her to survive cancer as an infant, to overcome childhood poverty and a dysfunctional home life and to endure the death of two siblings and her father to become Cal State Northridge’s 2009-10 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement recipient. The 26-year-old psychology major and art minor is one of 23 winners of the Hearst award. She is a peer educator in the Career Center and publicity director for a national honor society in psychology. She volunteers with Upward Bound and runs a therapeutic art program at a domestic violence shelter. Read more at

Astronaut, doctor, scientist, teacher-the careers of childhood dreams. But without access to the right training, they will remain dreams for hundreds of children from low-income families. Cal State Northridge has received a $1 million, four-year grant from the federal government to help turn those dreams into reality for 50 San Fernando Valley high school students from low-income families. The Upward Bound Math Science project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, will have Northridge students and project staff work closely with the high school students, parents and counselors at Canoga Park, Cleveland and Kennedy High Schools to encourage students in grades nine to 12 to follow up on their childhood dreams. Read more at

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