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Debra Cano Ramos

Debra Cano Ramos, writer and communications specialist, is looking for stories from our campus community about being a witness to history. Contact her at

Fewer Students, Staff Living in Campus Housing This Fall

Posted on: September 01, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

When Beyoncé Diaz moved into Cal State Fullerton student housing for the fall semester, she brought with her only the essentials: laptop, school supplies, clothes, toiletries — and hand sanitizer and masks. For Diaz, living on campus will be much different this fall semester than this time last year when there was a sense of […]

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Virtual Orientation Readies New Titans for Success

Posted on: August 25, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

In helping new students navigate Cal State Fullerton, junior Tavia Bentley gets asked a lot of questions — from how to sign up for classes to how virtual instruction will work this fall semester. Bentley, a student coordinator with the Titan Orientation Programs, finds the answers. “Our orientation team makes sure incoming students get the […]

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Geology Students Rock in Virtual Summer Field Camp

Posted on: August 07, 2020 in Student Stories

This summer, geology major Priscilla Martinez didn’t get to experience long days of hiking in the field or bonding with classmates over a bonfire. Instead, she spent four weeks in Cal State Fullerton’s first-ever virtual “Geology Field Camp” course, where she still gained valuable knowledge to excel in the geoscience world. The traditional summer field […]

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Mathematicians Rethink Approaches to Predicting Spread of COVID-19

Posted on: June 14, 2020 in Faculty Stories

While health and science researchers worldwide are racing to find a cure for COVID-19, Cal State Fullerton mathematicians are stepping up to do their part using the power of math modeling. Sam Behseta and Derdei Bichara of the Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics teamed up to apply mathematical and statistical approaches to understand the […]

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Biochemist Seeks New Drug Treatment for COVID-19 Patients

Posted on: May 21, 2020 in Faculty Stories

Biochemist Stevan Pecic is launching a scientific research project to identify and develop a new therapeutic drug for COVID-19 patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening lung condition developed by some seriously ill with the new coronavirus. Pecic will use medicinal and bioorganic chemistry techniques to identify a drug that will block two enzymes — […]

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‘YOU’ Platform Helps Students During Pandemic and Beyond

Posted on: May 15, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

To give students a comprehensive, holistic approach to their college education and well-being, and to connect them to on-campus and other useful resources, Cal State Fullerton has launched the YOU@Fullerton pilot program.  The virtual platform, coordinated by Student Affairs, is a one-stop shop to better serve and care for students and focuses on resources related to academics, […]

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Virtual Tutoring Program Launched to Help K-12 Students During Pandemic

Posted on: May 01, 2020 in Student Stories

Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education has launched a free virtual tutoring program to help K-12 students with their homework while distance learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual tutoring is staffed by education students who have all received a college degree and are in the process of completing their teaching credential program. Students are […]

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Science Alumnus on the Forefront of Developing COVID-19 Testing

Posted on: May 01, 2020 in Alumni Stories

Science alumnus Luigi Basilio is on the forefront of helping to develop accurate testing to detect the new coronavirus and stop the spread of COVID-19. “I’m very grateful to work at a company on the cutting edge of developing novel solutions for COVID-19,” said Basilio, a scientist at Zymo Research Corp., a biotechnology company based […]

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Motherhood, Geology Class and Ancient Volcano Research

Posted on: April 21, 2020 in Faculty Stories

The swift transition from working on campus to teaching online at home was not an easy one for mom and geologist Valbone “Vali” Memeti. “I have very limited time at home to do what I normally do in terms of research, not to speak about having ‘extra time’ to write proposals and papers,” says Memeti, […]

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Atul Teckchandani: ‘Living in Style’ With Virtual Teaching

Posted on: April 11, 2020 in Faculty Stories

Atul Teckchandani, associate professor of management and the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, shared that teaching his upper-division course on “Entrepreneurial Leadership” online was not what he expected. “My first virtual class session was more exhausting than I could have ever imagined. It was tough trying to keep […]

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Homeschooling, a COVID-19 Time Capsule and Helping an Elderly Friend

Posted on: April 11, 2020 in Faculty Stories

During these times of uncertainty and anxiety because of the COVID-19 virus, neuroscientist Math Cuajungco, like many parents, is juggling home schooling his 7-year-old twins, Thea and Seth, while teaching and keeping his rare disease research afloat.   “My husband is also an academic, so we are taking turns with home schooling activities and work-related obligations,” […]

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Take a Deep Breath While Living Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on: April 09, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

Mindfulness practitioner Natalie Tran knows the benefits of being aware of one’s thoughts, feelings and attitudes.  As an educator, she conducts research on the practice of mindfulness and provides training to faculty, students, parents and teachers, especially on how they can use this practice in the workplace and in the classroom. “Mindfulness is the energy […]

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Tuffy’s Basic Needs Services Center Serves Students in Pandemic Shutdown

Posted on: April 05, 2020 in Campus & Community Stories

Tuffy’s Basic Needs Services Center opened on campus two years ago to help students with basic necessities, such as food and toiletries, due to unforeseen emergencies or crises. Although the university has moved classes and most campus operations online due to the coronavirus pandemic, the center is continuing to help students in need — virtually. “Tuffy’s Basic Needs Services […]

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High School History Teacher, Grad Student on the Front Line of Online Learning

Posted on: March 27, 2020 in Alumni Stories

High school history teacher and Cal State Fullerton education graduate student Raymond Lopez has been teaching in the classroom for 26 years. Now, he’s teaching 11th grade students U.S. history — online. Lopez teaches at La Habra High School, and last week, the school district closed campuses and turned to distance learning, at least through […]

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Marine Science Research on Hold but ‘Not All Is Lost’

Posted on: March 27, 2020 in Faculty Stories

From her groundbreaking study on the novel ways manta rays and whale sharks filter food to the impacts of microplastics in the ocean, Misty Paig-Tran’s research is at a standstill. Her faculty-student research requires in-person lab time, and with the campus virtually shut down, their work is on hold.  Her research students, however, are pressing […]

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