|Students win top CSU honors|
June 19, 2007
Students from molecular biology, elementary education and design and industry took home first place awards in the 21st annual California State University Research Competition held May 4 and 5 on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus. They were among ten SF State student researchers selected to compete this year in a field of 168 from the 23-campus CSU system.
Chandiramani took the top award in the Biological and Agricultural Sciences
category for research on the role of synthesized nitric oxide in the development
of skeletal muscle in chicken embryos. "Our goal is to figure out
the pathway that makes stem cells into muscle cells," she said. The
findings will be valuable in combating muscular degenerative diseases.
Chandiramani, who began her work two years ago under the direction of
Wilfred Denetclaw, assistant professor of biology, said. "I was very
fortunate to get involved in this research as an undergraduate."
Chandiramani received a B.S. in biology, cell and molecular structure
in May. A native of Bangalore, India and resident of Burlingame, Chandiramani
is seeking a professional position in the U.S. biotech industry.
Jackson, an undergraduate major in design and industry, evaluated and
redesigned the signage in the University's J. Paul Leonard Library to
make the collections easier to navigate. "As a design student, usability
is an obsession," said Jackson. "All too often library patrons
are made to feel inadequate because they cannot find what they are looking
for due to signage that lacks a graphic identity." Jackson designed
color coded maps and used a typeface popular in airports to develop more
effective signage that clearly delineated where to find each floor's books,
periodicals, resources, facilities and exits. Jackson added that the project
was especially satisfying because it allowed him to "give back to
the school." He conducted his research under the advisement of Paul
Catanese, assistant professor of design and industry.
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