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SCCS big winner in winter awards

Less in that she’d already had a strong junior year and simply wanted to enjoy her final high school season before heading off to play at Cal State Northridge. -- Santa Clarita Valley Signal

Boeing Business Jets Taps Greg Laxton as New Leader

Laxton attended California State University Northridge and earned a bachelor’s degree in earth science and geography. He also earned a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Laxton then served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, where he logged more than 4,000 flight hours and retired as a lieutenant colonel. --Aviation International News

Big Data, Big Challenges – Keeping Your Information Safe

Contributed by: Sheza Gary, a technical director at Algoworks, a global IT service provider which operates chiefly in United States from its California office. She was previously a technical manager at CloudGenix. Sheza has a MBA from California State University, Northridge and a bachelor’s from Boston University. -- Inside Big Data

Ground squirrels act like tiny ninjas

It’s the squirrels penchant for digging these burrows that cause some humans to look upon them as pest animals, but the burrows actually help to rotate and aerate the soil, and cache seeds (for future plant growth and reforestation after wildfires). “By mixing mineral dirt with organic matter, ground squirrels encourage microbes to grow, speeding up soil production,” says grassland ecologist Paula Schiffman of California State University, Northridge. The squirrels’ abandoned burrows also provide housing for other animals that are unable to excavate burrows for themselves such as Burrowing Owls, California Red-Legged frogs, California Tiger Salamanders (which are fragile animals that spend about 10 months of the year underground)… and oddly enough even Rattlesnakes which often use abandoned squirrel burrows to hibernate in over the winter months. -- Record Bee

Envision the Future: Design a 3D Printed Educational Model for the Visually Impaired

“I first saw the impact that 3D printing could have on the blind and visually impaired when I was at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference last year,” Mara Hitner, Director of Business Development at MatterHackers, told “Watching the excitement of attendees (including Stevie Wonder) interacting with 3D printed math and biology models was incredibly emotional, because I knew there was a worldwide community of designers with 3D printers who would jump at the chance to help create them if they only knew of the need. A year later, we’re finally bringing the opportunity to life with the help of the e-NABLE community, Lulzbot, and Pinshape.” -- 3D PRINT.COM

Men's Volleyball: LBSU Sweeps CSUN

Sophomore Kyle Ensing finished with 17 kills on .484 hitting as No. 1 Long Beach State continued to excel, defeating No. 14 CSUN on the road in straight sets 25-19, 21-19, and 25-21. -- Gazettes Sports