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Former governor of Hawaii and CSUN alumna returns to campus

Former governor of Hawaii and CSUN alumna returns to campus

Gabby Escamilla

February 25, 2014

From a CSUN student to the first female governor of Hawaii, alumna Linda Lingle has returned this spring to teach a course on public policy at Cal State Northridge. “I got my first experience in leadership right here at CSUN when I was made the co-editor of the CSUN Journal,” Lingle said. “My professor at th...

CSUN math professor Maria D’Orsogna fights for Italian coastline

CSUN math professor Maria D'Orsogna fights for Italian coastline

Tushita Vidhale

February 10, 2014

As cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead would say, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Justifying the quote is a story of a woman whose strong sense of civic duty changed the life of several citizen...

CSUN professor shares writing inspirations

CSUN professor shares writing inspirations

Robert Fabian

February 4, 2014

Looking back on the years he spent in college studying English and literature, Louisiana native Martin Pousson can’t help but imagine that’s what made him a better writer - a published one at that. But he never expected his stories would lead him to win an award. Pousson, a CSUN English professor...

Professor forages spring water for consumption

Jason Gallaher

April 18, 2013

The debate of whether tap water or bottled water is better to drink still rages on, but there’s also another option to consider: foraging your own spring water. That’s just what Erica Wohldmann, professor of psychology at CSUN, has been doing for the past three years. Once a month she g...

Psychology professor talks about her 42 years at CSUN

Psychology professor talks about her 42 years at CSUN

Jason Gallaher

March 19, 2013

Everyone has favorite memories. Maybe it's that Christmas when Santa brought the perfect gift, a graduation after years of hard academic work, or an unforgettable birthday party. But what if those favorite memories weren't real and the mind made them all up? It's that process of memory fabrica...

CSUN Chicano studies professor plays the harp in family band

CSUN Chicano studies professor plays the harp in family band

Jorge Neri

March 12, 2013

At the age of 26, Fermín Herrera witnessed Andrés Huesca play the harp in a 1940s film. From that day, Herrera knew he wanted to master the jarocho harp, a unique instrument from the southern region of Veracruz, Mexico. "It's the energy he played with, the conviction, the security, the str...

From Watts to Harvard, CSUN Pan African Studies professor shares his journey

From Watts to Harvard, CSUN Pan African Studies professor shares his journey

Shaleeka Powell

February 26, 2013

Waking up and going to sleep to the sound of gunshots and police sirens was all he knew. He had witnessed gang violence on the streets and liquor stores on almost every corner. At times, he would even go to sleep on an empty stomach. No one would have ever thought he would become the first Africa...

DRES director overcomes personal challenges to serve others

Irene Nesbitt

March 1, 2012

Jodi Johnson had her life all mapped out after she graduated high school. She would apply to Cal State Northridge, enter as a pre-med student, and graduate with a bachelor of medical science degree. But an injury changed Johnson’s plans for good and took her in an unexpected direction. Shortly after Johnson graduated high school in West Milton, Ohio and tran...

CSUN English professor promotes diversity in and out of classroom

Martin Pousson, associate English professor, has been an advocate of the LGBT community since his college years. He now serves the LGBT community on campus by providing a safe space for them in his office in Sierra Hall. Photo Credit: Jeffrey Zide / Contributor


November 28, 2011

By Jeffrey Zide For anyone who has never attended one of Martin Pousson’s classes, a typical first day of class looks something like this: “There’s two things about me that don’t change that students need to know. One is that I’m covering up a lot of ink and it’s permanent,” Pouss...

Active California living a passion for CSUN professor

Assistant professor, Ashley Samson, in one of the Kinsiology classrooms. Samson has been at CSUN and California for a month now and says

Mary Pham

October 26, 2011

At first, it was a pipe dream, but the decision to move from Louisiana to California came easily for Ashley Samson. “I’ve always loved California and how it has so many outdoor activities,” Samson said, an assistant professor in the kinesiology department. “During my job hunt, it so ha...

L.A. culture inspires new mechanical engineering professor

Abhijit Mukherjee, new mechanical engineering professor at CSUN, sits in his office filled with boxes. He is still in the process of unpacking and moving in to his office. Photo Credit: Rachel Costahaude / Daily Sundial

Rachel Costahaude

September 18, 2011

Artistic expression may not be the first thing that comes to mind when hearing about mechanical engineering, but newly-hired professor Abhijit Mukherjee has meshed the two worlds. “My wife and I are very culture-oriented, that’s what keeps us going,” Mukherjee said.  “I mean, we work but work is fo...

Professor promotes a natural and sustainable lifestyle

Kristin Hugo

April 28, 2011

Teaching people the importance of sustainability can be depressing. When trees are being cut down faster than they can grow, sea creatures are being hunted to extinction and our energy sources can’t keep up with our demand, it can be mentally and emotionally exhausting to even think about the future, let alone teach courses about it.   Dr. Er...

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