Public Affairs

Gifted Students and Faculty Further Health Research

June 7, 2012
By Stephanie Thara

The California State University takes pride in employing top-notch faculty and educating the brightest students who continually make significant contributions to health science through their research. These gifted professors and scholars have caught the attention of health industry professionals and organizations, and have received countless grants and scholarships to explore potential solutions to health concerns.

CSU faculty and students have been called on to conduct research on life-threatening issues, such as obesity, cancer and HIV. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Cal State Fullerton $800,000 in grants for projects tackling obesity and promoting good nutrition. Projects include reducing obesity by examining biological processes that contribute to weight gain, creating training gardens and molding students into leaders who can affect nutrition policy in Latino communities.

Additionally, an $8,000 grant will enable Laura Milbrandt, a junior at CSU Channel Islands, to spend her summer researching a protein that has been linked to a variety of cancers. Her research will address a current human condition and has the potential to improve current cancer treatments.

Faculty have conducted numerous studies and published many books that help answer questions about certain human behaviors. Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, has been lauded for his examination of the impact of technology on health. He has been tapped as an expert on the “psychology of technology” by national media outlets like CNN and the New York Times, and has been awarded more than $280,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the study and treatment of technophobia.