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Volunteers from College of San Mateo caught images that assisted in determining the path of the meteor that exploded over the Bay Area on Wednesday.

An innovative new program to boost science and math in the classroom called “Mentor Makerspace” kicked off at CSM yesterday.

CSM student Luis Alvarez is about to embark on what may be the ultimate hands-on homework assignment: this 20-year-old astrophysics major from San Mateo is preparing to spend three weeks in the subfreezing landscape of the Arctic as part of an astronomical research project.

CSM has been awarded two grants through the California Community Colleges State Chancellor’s Office for $300,000 and $148,000 respectively, under the Economic and Workforce Development Program.

CSM student Luis Alvarez has been selected as an intern for the San Mateo Arctic Research Telescope (SMART) Project to participate in an astronomy research project that will include field travel to the High Arctic.

San Mateo and Hillsdale high school students have teamed up with their teachers and professors at College of San Mateo to develop a tool to identify star types, a star’s radius and its distance from the Earth by analyzing the energy a star emits.

Professor of Biology Kathy Diamond and Professor of Astronomy, Mathematics and Physics Mohsen Janatpour are beginning their third year of participation in the CalTeach/Aurora Program sponsored by UC Berkeley.

Craig Venter himself is already a scientific legend due to his role in the sequencing of the human genome. But one aspect of his story is less well-known, and shows how scientific talent can emerge from unlikely sources: In his case, the U.S. Navy and community colleges.

The team headed by science teacher Sally Seebode is studying a mysterious binary star system as participants in the NASA Infrared Processing and Analysis Center’s Teacher Archive Research Program.