NEW ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER OPENS ON CAMPUS
Los Angeles-October 12, 1998... California State University, Los Angeles announces the opening of a Center for Environmental Analysis, funded by a $4.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, initiated by program director Carlos Robles, Cal State L.A. professor of Biology and Microbiology, is the first of its kind funded by the NSF on the West Coast.
The newly developed center is led by an interdisciplinary group of nine faculty members from the departments of Biology and Microbiology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Geography and Urban Analysis. Designated as one of the NSF's Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), the CEA-CREST Center will conduct vital ecological and environmental research on human impact in natural ecosystems. "Cal State L.A. is the perfect locale for this project, because of its proximity to various natural and urban habitats such as the Santa Monica mountains, the ocean and deserts," said Dr. Robles.
Qualified students will have a unique opportunity to conduct specific research with Cal State L.A. and University of California faculty whose projects relate to such areas as marine ecology, air pollution, and chaparral biology. Student fellowships will support students' University fees, materials, supplies, and travel expenses to national conferences. Internships with regional agencies and businesses will be available to participating students. A major benefit of the program is the opportunity for students to be fully funded in a Ph.D. program at regional campuses of the University of California.
The new CEA-CREST office is located in the Cal State L.A. Biological Sciences building, room 140. For information, contact Julie Schoen, program coordinator, (323) 343-5799,
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