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The Marilyn Magaram Center News are intended to showcase and feature the events and programs the Center offers and how they impact the community within and outside of CSUN.

Can the College Student Diet be Fixed?

October 6, 2023

Workshop Schedule for Fall '23: Sense Your Health Series Virtual on Zoom every Wednesday 12:30pm-1:30pm 10/11/23: Sight & Cancer 10/18/23: Sound & Cancer 10/25/23: Taste & Cancer 11/01/23: Smell & Cancer 11/08/23: Touch & Cancer

I was diagnosed with prediabetes in August. I had some routine blood work done, and my hemoglobin A1C levels came in at 5.8, which meant that in the past three months, my blood sugar levels were high enough to put me on the pipeline to type 2 diabetes. I was scared of a future in which I wouldn’t be able to eat my favorite foods, and one where I would add routine blood testing to my daily life. Read more

Fall 2022 Director's Message

December 4, 2022

Dr. Besnilian

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney

As the Holiday Season begins and the semester draws to a close, the Marilyn Magaram Center (MMC) has so much to celebrate and be grateful for!

The Center has been a dream come true for so many people since it was first envisioned by our founders, the Magarams; and our founding director, Dr. Tom Chen.  It has been an honor for me to start as a student and an MMC intern when it was dedicated in 1991, and serve as Faculty Advisory Board Member, Internship Coordinator, Associate Director and Executive Director.  Read more

NASA Deep Food Space Challenge

November 30, 2022

NASA Deep Food Challenge

In collaboration with CSUN Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM (ARCS) the Marilyn Magaram Center is proud to be a phase two team for the Deep Space Food Challenge, an international competition where NASA offers prize purse awards to U.S. teams and recognition to international teams. Read more


November 28, 2022

Bod Pod

Our on-site body composition testing uses the BOD POD to determine an individual’s body fat percentage, total weight, and fat free mass using a highly innovative air-displacement technology. Read more

Maple Spiced Cookies & Royal Icing

November 14, 2022

Maple Spiced Cookies & Royal Icing

Make your holiday treats with sugar and spice! Our maple-spiced cookies can be prepared with or without frosting. These cookies were part of the Alumni Cooking Workshop series where guests learned how to make sugar cookies and decorate them. Read more


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