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Visually impaired professor advocates for the disabled

William Dailey is walking down a packed hallway through throngs of people with his faithful dog Farley, a black lab that helps him navigate the busy campus of Fresno State. Dailey, a professor of gerontology, is visually impaired.

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Future Army officers train in San Luis Obispo

Waking up at 4:30 a.m. and putting on a 40-pound rucksack to do training exercises might sound extremely challenging to the average person, but for Army cadets it’s a way of life. The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) held a field training exercise in San Luis Obispo.

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Addiction professionals visit campus

A 68-pound storage box full of colorful pills was displayed on campus Monday morning in front of a discussion panel – a panel assembled to help spread awareness of prescription abuse.

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ROTC mixes fun and seriousness at annual military ball

A combination of military tradition and camaraderie among peers, friends and family happened Friday at the 3rd-annual Joint Military Ball. The formal event welcomed more than 250 guests, including cadets and padre, to the Grand 1401 in downtown Fresno.

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Valley native storms onto the pop scene

One Central Valley native is making a name for himself in Los Angeles as a pop recording artist. Conrad, born and raised in Madera Ranchos, has close roots to Fresno, having grown up in the area. In addition to having a sister who attends Fresno State, Conrad recorded his second music video at Rome Nightclub on Cedar and Dakota Avenues during the last weekend of March.

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Student organizes conference to dispel autism stereotypes

Psychology graduate student Joey Wagoner’s brother, Colby, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 4. At the time Wagoner didn’t know exactly what this meant, but it soon became apparent Colby would not develop normally.

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No pesticides required; research offers a possible genetic resistance to plant disease

Peppers — an ingredient in so many American dishes are being threatened by a plant disease that is costing farmers a significant amount of money. Root rot of pepper plants infects more than 50 plant species. Innate genetic resistance, meaning disease resistance that is literally incorporated into the plant itself, is one of the ultimate goals of genetics professor and Biology Department Chair Dr. Jim Prince.

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Business student receives College Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Business administration student Mike Pronovost was surprised when, just says before the event, he was selected by the Chamber of Commerce for the College Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award was presented on Tuesday to Pronovost in front of more than 400 business leaders.

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Orange is for MS awareness

More than 50 trees are decorated with bright orange ribbons in the center of campus. At first glance, they might be mistaken for warning flags at a construction site. In reality, they are a powerful symbol of the continuing fight against multiple sclerosis.

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Culinology students demonstrate cooking tips at Fresno Food Expo

Sergio Romos sautéd steak in olive oil at the beginning of his cooking process. His assistant added sliced peppers and asparagus to the frying pan, which filled the air with the scent of fresh vegetables.

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Dietetic students encourage students, community to eat healthy in March

March is National Nutrition Month. Members of the Student Dietetic Association set up an informational display in the Free Speech Area Thurs. in an effort to promote student and faculty nutrition.

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Fresno State cancer researchers seek deeper understanding of cancer issues

Although Hispanic women are not diagnosed with breast cancer as often as Caucasian women, the disease tends to be diagnosed late in Hispanic Women. Biology professor Dr. Jason Bush, who has a Ph.D. in experimental medicine, is examining the link between breast cancer and pesticides.

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Researchers seek alternative to ozone depleting pesticide; collaboration key to success

lant parasites do over $120 billion per year in damage to worldwide agriculture.  Chemicals are available to eradicate these parasites, but they present safety problems.

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Dietetic interns aim to improve student nutrition with weight loss challenge

The Health Center will sponsor a nutrition-oriented challenge to educate students on how to eat and cook, utilizing proper nutrition. The challenge will also emphasize proper exercise.

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Supporters of Prop. 29 encourage students to aid in finding cancer cure

A message was delivered to students on Wednesday of a proposition that, if passed, will generate $600 million every year toward research on cancer, emphysema, stroke and heart disease prevention.

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Graduate degrees in the sciences profitable; financing becoming more difficult to find

More than 20 million students were enrolled in graduate schools in the United States in 2010.  A person with a bachelor’s degree averaged $43,000 annual income while the holder of a master’s degree averaged $53,000 according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Smoking policies becoming more stringent on college campuses

Numerous controversies have surrounded smoking policies on the Fresno State campus.  A group known as Project IMPACT has attempted to make the Fresno State campus smoke-free in the past, as well as attempting to pass legislation to require retailers obtain licensure for tobacco products, similar to the licensing requirements to sell alcohol.

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Dietetics students hope to improve athletes’ eating habits

A collaboration between senior dietetics students and athletes has guided and expanded the nutritional intake of athletes for three years.

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