CSUCI professor Aloisio plans to take 25 students to Japan this month to learn about physics with the bullet train and gain lessons on global warming at Kyoto University. CSUCI students selected Aloisio as the Outstanding Professor for 2005. One of Aloisio’s students, Ronnie Sullivan, a sophomore English major, praised his professor’s approach. “Somehow he manages to bypass all of the jargon and allows us to absorb the information,” he said. “He’s the type of guy who wants to see everybody succeed.” At California State University, Northridge, which set a record campus enrollment in fall 2005 with 33,243 students, Kioussis seeks out students to attend workshops and help in his research to create smaller, yet reliable transistors in computer chips. “I think it’s quite important to involve students in research earlier on as undergraduates so that students do publish earlier on in their careers,” Kioussis said. At Mission College, Reynolds’ students are also actively involved in research. “They’re doing graduate-level research at the undergraduate level,” said Reynolds, an assistant professor of life sciences. Adrienne Paz, 21, of Pacoima is one such student who spent last summer at CSUN doing research on sea urchin embryos. “Mike is very animated with his lectures. He’ll dance in front of you if he has to. His talent brings importance to the subject,” said Paz, who plans to go to medical school. “He really reaches out to those in need and motivates anybody.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Whether it’s a community college or university, San Fernando Valley area residents need not look far for a quality education with dynamic, hands-on instructors. Colleges and universities in the Valley and nearby offer a wide range of programs – from free courses for seniors to more specialized classes to brush up on job skills. “We are fortunate to have such high quality faculty at our Valley colleges,” said Darroch “Rocky” Young, chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. “We have so many talented professionals who have won awards in their fields and have chosen to teach in a community college. Our students greatly benefit from their expertise and experience.” At Glendale Community College, photography instructor Joan Watanabe teaches a full load of four classes while retouching the faces of celebrities for TV editors during her time off at home. “The textbooks have their own mind-sets. I try to break things into step-by-step demonstrations,” said Watanabe, the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award at GCC. “I try to give them practical solutions to things.” Chemistry professor Simone Aloisio transforms his forensics lab into a working crime scene for students at California State University, Channel Islands. At the Camarillo campus, students spend weeks collecting and analyzing evidence, and eventually learn DNA fingerprinting. At Mission College in Mission Hills, instructor Mike Reynolds immerses his students into graduate-level lab work at a university or a biotech company – where they are paid. And at CSUN, professor Nicholas Kioussis introduces the newest ideas in physics to his students after brainstorming with some of the world’s top scientists. Kioussis was named a 2005-2007 scholar with the prestigious Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, headed by David Gross, the 2004 Nobel Prize winner in physics.
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