When CSUN formalized research as one of the university’s seven priorities in 2012, even the most optimistic member of the campus community could hardly have imagined the impact. In 2016, the journal Nature named CSUN a Top 25 Rising Star for scientific research, alongside Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and NASA. CSUN was the only public university in California on the list. On Feb. 7, CSUN took the first step toward even greater research success with the groundbreaking of a 10,000-square-foot facility dubbed Research Building 1. Under construction next to the Chicano House and across from the Art and Design Center and CSUN Art Galleries, the building will provide flexible and reconfigurable research space. It will enable and encourage multidisciplinary research teams of faculty and students to collaborate on a wide variety of projects — including the BUILD PODER team that will call the building home. BUILD PODER is the result of a nearly $22 million National Institutes of Health grant to encourage diversity in biomedical research fields. The building also will be the home of faculty from research clusters focused on materials science and health disparities. “The new facility builds upon our research momentum,” CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison said. “I am confident that the new building environment will support and encourage even more research productivity at CSUN.” The building is expected to open in the fall.