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It was a big weekend for surfers on the Central and South Coasts, with what’s known as “king tides” hitting the region’s beaches. Some Cal State Channel Islands researchers are trying to use the combination of surfers, and the monster tides to help us learn more about what’s happening short term, and long term along our coastline.

It’s one of the most beautiful, and most unique state university campuses in California. But, the nearly two decade old Cal State Channel Islands campus has a now often forgotten past. Some six decades ago, what was Lewis Ranch was purchased by the State for creation of a mental health facility which would become known as Camarillo State Hospital.

Photo by Gareth Harris

It may be hard to believe, but the brain, nervous system and genome of a particular type of worm is similar to that of humans. And that’s why several students at a South Coast college are conducting research with these kinds of worms to better understand how humans make decisions. 

A South Coast university is holding a candlelight vigil to honor victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill attack as well as those impacted by the state’s wildfires.

Cal State Channel Islands is inviting the public to join students and staff for Tuesday night’s event.

Photo by Cal State Channel Islands

Self-carving pumpkins. Flaming gummi bears. And, kids creating glow in the dark slime. Those are just some of the more than 100 science demonstrations and hands-on activities happening on Saturday at Cal State Channel Islands Science Carnival.

There’s a growing need for people to fill jobs in a field of engineering called mechatronics, which combines mechanical and electrical engineering with computer programming. Some Ventura County teenagers are gaining the skills now to pursue such a career in the future.

Empathy is an important part of nursing that’s difficult to teach. But now nursing students on the South Coast are using technology to learn how to empathize with their patients. Virtual reality is helping students step in their patients’ shoes.

A university on the South Coast has developed two majors that don’t require students to purchase textbooks.

Cal State Channel Islands is the first in the CSU system to have what it calls undergraduate "Z-Majors" in which students can use quality, free and readily available educational resources as opposed to textbooks.

Photo by Shane Bowers

An exhibit created by two college students opens on the South Coast this week to portray some of the Ventura County firefighters who battled the Thomas Fire. 

A new pop-up exhibit called “Burned, But Not Forgotten” will feature photographs and interviews with Ventura County firefighters who were on the front lines of the devastating Thomas Fire. The photos and video are through the lenses of Cal State Channel Islands art student Shane Bowers and his classmate as part of their senior project.

(Photo courtesy CSUCI)

A South Coast university announced that it will honor the former Second Lady of the United States at its commencement ceremonies this year.

Tipper Gore will receive an honorary doctorate from Cal State Channel Islands during the May 19th ceremonies.

A foundation has donated more than $200,000 to help veterans who are students at a South Coast university.

The Dr. Richard Grossman Burn Foundation is giving $220,000 to the Cal State Channel Islands Veterans Affair Program.

A walk down a short little trail takes you to a unique new South Coast garden, with drought resistant plants which could be the future of landscaping in the region.

(Lisa Russell Films)

It’s a long way from the streets of Ventura to places like Kenya, and Indonesia where Lisa Russell produces films about global healthcare efforts.

The Emmy Award winning health advocate admits it was a very long, and unplanned path to her very unusual job, which combines her interests in healthcare and storytelling. Russell grew up in Ventura, and this week is returning to Ventura County for the screening of her latest film.

A South Coast university has announced it will become 100% smoke and tobacco free.

Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo will take the step August 23rd.

The Cal State Chancellor’s Office has ordered all 23 campuses in the system to ban smoking. The new restrictions include traditional smoking as well as chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vaping devices.

Cal State Channel Islands officials say they never had formal smoking areas, but they cropped up over the years.  Ashtrays will be removed from CSUCI, and no smoking signs posted around campus.

(CSUCI Photo)

California State University trustees have approved a plan for more residential development at a South Coast campus.

Cal State Channel Islands wants to expand its University Glen community.

Plans call for 54 homes, 66 townhouses, and 480 apartments.

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