As the first African American to serve as a dean of engineering in the California State University system, Alfonso F. “Rick” Ratcliffe felt obligated — and made it his life’s mission — to support minority students in engineering. Ratcliffe devoted most of his career, first as professor and then eventually as dean of CSUN’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, to that mission. Continue reading about how Ratcliffe Leaves a Legacy to Support Minority Students .
Images by the wandering Mars rover, transmitted back some 39 million miles to Earth, show a barren landscape dotted with rocks and other natural formations. High-definition pictures of those surface elements are more revealing, exposing different patterns and textures within those structures. This summer, Rimma Hämäläinen, who is pursuing a master’s of science in mathematics, led a small group of CSUN students. Continue reading about how Students Study Mars Soil for Signs of Ancient Life .
The pandemic and its impact on human interaction has changed the way many people do things—how they shop and how they socialize. But there is one area that California State University, Northridge film professor Nate Thomas is not too worried about, and that’s the movie-going experience. “At the moment we’re skeptical about what other people might be carrying, with how easily the COVID-19 virus can spread,” said Thomas. Continue reading about how Pandemic May Not Change Movie-Going Experience.
“Translucent” is a documentary that shows the raw reality of gender transitioning in a world where transgender representation is scarce and often inaccurate, giving a voice to someone who genuinely understands the struggle from personal experience. “I had the opportunity as a trans person and as a trans filmmaking student to tell my story, and tell it the right way,” said Avery Fox, co-creator and main subject of the documentary. Continue reading about Recent CSUN Grads’ Documentary Named Finalist .
CSUN President Erika D. Beck last week greeted the CSUN community — and welcomed students, faculty and staff returning to a partially reopened campus — in her annual Fall Welcome Address on Sept. 10. In kicking off the 2021-22 academic year that began Aug. 28, Beck set a tone of inspiration and challenge, reflecting the campus community’s focus on amplifying inclusive excellence and shaping a brighter future for Matador students. Continue reading about how CSUN President Celebrates New Initiatives.