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Compact program makes college dream a reality for bright students

Beth Ford Roth

KPBS SAN DIEGO (2005-10-21) Thousands of seventh graders and their families will visit
San Diego State University Saturday. Most of them have never been on a college campus before. But they're part of a program that guarantees them admission to SDSU if they meet certain goals. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth has more.

The Compact for Success is a program in the
Sweetwater Union High School District. If students in the program graduate from high school with a 3.0 grade point average, pass both the entry-level English and math placement tests for CSU, and take the SAT or ACT, they're guaranteed admission to SDSU.

Most of the Compact scholars would be the first in their families to go to college.
Compact Director Gonzalo Rojas says the students must take rigorous academic courses.

Rojas: "For that reason even if the student were not planning on going on to the university, these are the skills they will need just to get a good job, and move on."

The first class of Compact students will graduate from high school this year.
Beth Ford Roth, KPBS news.

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Cyber security experts want to stay one step ahead

Beth Ford Roth

KPBS SAN DIEGO (2005-10-19) The Security Network of San Diego is the only collaboration of its kind in the country an organization of government agencies and businesses united to keep their city on the forefront of security trends. The Network came together today to discuss the latest in security technology. KPBS reporter Beth Ford Roth explains.

Experts at the forum discussed cyber-security : keeping the country and business's financial interests safe in cyber space. They also focused on the use of technology to protect against natural disasters and terrorist attacks.
Howard Evans is Dean of National University's school of technology and engineering. He says the school's programs in homeland security use engineering as a tool to prevent catastrophes.

Evans: "Our masters program is really geared towards people and asset protection in the sense that our students will understand explosions, chemical threats, biological threats, and these can also arise not just from terrorist activities but from accidents."

Security experts at the forum said universities need to do a better job of training future computer scientists to develop secure software immune to hackers and identity thieves. Beth Ford Roth, KPBS news.

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Nanotechnology research in San Diego

Tom Fudge

SAN DIEGO (2005-10-26)

Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field of science that uses particles that are so tiny that 10,000 of them could fit on the head of a pen. Despite the microscopic size of these particles, the potential for this technology is great. Nanotechnology is currently being used to make our computer chips faster and our cell phone screen's brighter. Nanotechnology is also being used to create better medicines, and to help us better identify chemical and biological weapons. Here in San Diego, researchers and scientists are working to see how nanotechnology can be used to identify and treat cancer cells. A team of researchers from UCSD is working to develop these microscopic bullets to fight cancer in its earliest stages. We talk to Dr. Andrew Kummel and Bradley Messmer from UCSD about the work they are doing with nanotechnology, and how it may someday be used to treat patients with breast cancer and leukemia.


  • Dr. Andrew Kummel, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Univesity of California, San Diego. He is a one of a team of researchersworking at UCSD to determine how nanotechnology can identify and treat cancer
  • Bradley Messmer, Ph.D. Research scientist at the UCSD's Rebecca and John Moores Cancer Center. He is also part of the research teamthat is working to use nanotechnology to fight cancer

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                                Laser technology could improve national security

Erik Anderson

KPBS SAN DIEGO (2005-10-19) A San Diego State University researcher is hoping to use laser technology he's developing to help homeland security efforts. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Chemistry professor William Tong is using seed money from the Department of Defense to develop laser base tools that can detect trace chemicals found in explosives.

Tong has already used his laser wave mixing system to help detect diseases or toxins in the body. He says the explosive detection technology could be designed to fit in a small portable package.

Tong: "The current technology, there are a lot of other methods available right now, they either are not portable or they don't provide good sensitivity or specificity."

Tong says the devices could be used at international ports of entry or shipping terminals to detect explosives being smuggled into the U.S. He says significant work remains before the technology is ready to be field tested.
Erik Anderson, KPBS News

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