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Biographer of the stars

As an observational stellar astrophysicist, assistant professor Mary Oksala uses telescopes located around the globe to tell the full life stories of the biggest, hottest stars.

Austin Truong

"This research is important because invasive species like the Pacific Oyster can cause extreme ecological and economic damage. By further understanding invasive species, scientists can work to conserve native marine life.

Kevin Lee

"3D modeling is becoming more widespread and useful for different applications - my research explores how to make 3D modeling accessible to the general public."

Derek Helton, '96 M.D., F.A.C.P.

"I sat in on a microbiology class with Dr. Barbara Collins and that pulled me in -  I was hooked."

Karen M. Olsen '83

"You really need to have the facilities and equipment to provide today’s students with the opportunities to rise up and impact businesses and the world—and they can’t do that without first-class facilities."

Cal Lutheran students to present research

Fifty of California Lutheran University’s top undergraduates will present their findings at the 15th Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Cal Lutheran biologist on 'Science Friday'

A California Lutheran University biologist will discuss her field studies of squirrel monkeys in her native Brazil during an episode of the nationally distributed public radio show “Science Friday” to be broadcast live from KCLU in Thousand Oaks on Friday, Oct. 12.

Cal Lutheran students research at CERN

Three California Lutheran University physics majors concluded three weeks at one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research, contributing to a massive project examining the makeup of the universe, on Saturday.

Kacey Egusa '18

"This fellowship allowed me to investigate my passion for scientific research and showed me what it takes to be an innovative, skilled and professional researcher."

Kelly R. Culwell '95, MD MPH

Now more than ever it is critically important that we educate not only future scientists, researchers and physicians about how to use science to communicate effectively, but also that we provide a basic science education to those who are pursuing careers in other fields.

Arnold Gutierrez, PhD

How can we get our undergraduates involved in research? That's the question. We know students learn better and stay interested in careers in science if they become actively involved. That's why it's so important to support the science campaign.

March for Science

"I also feel passionately about science education. Education should not be limited to scientists. This way everyone can engage better in policy decisions." –Mary Ellen Cosenza

Cal Lutheran Science Expo

Approximately 1000 middle and high school students, families and Cal Lutheran students visited our main campus to take part in a STEM Expo.

Computer science students present work

Students in the rapidly growing major of computer science will present their work in artificial intelligence, robotics and databases on April 27 at the Science Showcase during California Lutheran University’s annual Festival of Scholars.

Julie Martinez '19

Julie Martinez is a junior, double-majoring in english and biology with a minor in chemistry.

Dr. Marcie Leeds '99

The first surgeon to treat and diagnose Gabrielle Giffords after the Tucson shooting received her training over a lifetime.

Birds, cameras and travel go together. It's science.

Bird watchers flock to Ecuador, my current home, for the high density of species.

Cal Lutheran to break ground for building

The public is invited to the groundbreaking for California Lutheran University’s $30 million science center at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Humanizing Machines: AI, Ethics and the Future

2018 Harold Stoner Clark Lectures
Tuesday, February 20

Shannon Vallor discusses artificial intelligence and it's profound ethical questions for humanity’s future. Admission is free.

Peninsula Physical Therapy offers "Aloha" and active care

Alumnus Brandon Higa '07, PT, DPT, OCS is the lead physical therapist at Peninsula Physical Therapy, located at Ocean Beach Hospital and Medical Clinics (OBHMC) in Ilwaco, WA. Born and raised in Hawaii, Higa brings a part of his cultural upbringing to his work. Sprinkled throughout his therapy room are symbols of the Hawaiian islands. Hawaiian music, which is often played in the clinic, is a patient favorite. 

Things I've Learned: Tracy M. Downs '88

This former Kingsmen running back and Truman Scholar, now a University of Wisconsin–Madison surgeon specializing in urologic cancers, is at the top of his game.

Alumnus Bob Bolton gives Governor Jerry Brown tour of Alaska's Seward Peninsula

Alumnus Bob Bolton is a hydrologist working at the International Arctic Research Center, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He and a co-worker, terrestrial ecologist Amy Breen recently had an opportunity to share their work with California Governor Jerry Brown and his entourage.

California Lutheran professor to use Mexico science trip to help scientists capture hearts, minds

English Professor Bryan Rasmussen recounts his 2014 project working with a team of researchers to retrace the remote path of a 20th-century bird collector.

Killer Bacteria: County experts get funding to find solutions to avert antibiotic crisis

Dr. Katherine Hoffman, professor of analytical chemistry, discusses the need for solutions to antibiotic crisis and the fight against superbugs.

Cal Lutheran Grooms Underrepresented Students For Science Fields

The STEM Academy, a free, three-week summer program, is geared towards STEM students starting Cal Lutheran as freshmen or transfers to give them a jump-start to college.

Alumnus Brings Biotech Experiments to Students

Science teacher Darin Erickson '89 TC '92 is guiding students at Newbury Park High School through six labs that instruct them on an important lesson in the world of biotech.

Cal Lutheran receives $195,000 NSF grant

The National Science Foundation awarded two members of the California Lutheran University faculty a $195,000 grant to work with undergraduate students to research proteins that enable pathogenic bacteria to thrive.

Drug company chiefs to discuss biotech

Top executives of three drug development companies will discuss biotechnology at the first event in the California Lutheran University 2017-2018 Corporate Leaders Breakfast Series. 

Ella Calame's rescue mission

Specialists in skin disorders don’t often get credit for saving lives. This one traveled a long way to do it.

Cal Lutheran research in Shark Week

Research conducted by a California Lutheran University marine biologist into the DNA of great white sharks will be featured in Shark Week’s kickoff episode this summer.

NPR science correspondent to speak

A science correspondent for National Public Radio will headline a KCLU event at California Lutheran University on Sunday, April 23.

Cal Lutheran students to present research

Thirty-one of California Lutheran University’s top undergraduates will present their findings at the 13th Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 29.

Cal Lutheran receives $4.63M STEM grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded California Lutheran University a $4.63 million grant to support students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Thu Ho Meecham's excellent Shanghai adventure

Meecham '81 had never been to China and didn’t speak the language. “But I was single, in my early 30s, and it sounded like an exciting adventure … so why not?”

Joy in the Journey

2016 Outstanding Alumni Award
Laureen L. (Spinas ’83) Hill, M.D.

Student, professor launch composting project

California Lutheran University is teaming up with 100 pounds of worms to compost food waste from its dining hall.

Finding his path where science and technology meet

Austin Aker '05

Cal Lutheran students to present research

Thirty-five of California Lutheran University’s top undergraduates will present their research findings at the 12th Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Student interning for Homeland Security

A California Lutheran University student is working to develop a system to restore power after natural disasters through a Department of Homeland Security Summer Fellowship.

Cal Lutheran gets $2.32 million estate gift

California Lutheran University has received $2.32 million from the estate of an alumna’s parents to advance programs in three fields that were important to the family – ministry, science and education.

Student gets national research fellowship

A California Lutheran University student is researching muscle and neuronal development at the Baylor College of Medicine this summer as the recipient of a prestigious fellowship.

Top Cal Lutheran students honored

California Lutheran University honored several top students for their academic achievements at the 44th Annual Honors Day Banquet this month.

Cal Lutheran joins NCAA concussion study

California Lutheran University has been selected to join the most comprehensive study of concussion and head-impact exposure ever conducted.

Top anesthesiologist teaches readiness on Ebola

Dr. Laureen L. (Spinas '83) Hill was part of the team that successfully treated the first two U.S. Ebola patients. Now she advises far-flung colleagues on how to run a department during an outbreak.

Cal Lutheran students to present research

Thirty-six of California Lutheran University’s top undergraduates will present their research findings at the 11th Annual Student Research Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Antibiotic resistance in waterways studied

A California Lutheran University senior is testing local waterways for the presence of genes that may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

Another look at pesticides, from every angle

Cal Lutheran is bringing an array of tools to bear in its effort to understand the risks of exposure to chemicals on and around Ventura County farmland.