Photo/Media Advisory for Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019:
CSUN and UNAM to Inaugurate iSTAR Lab

  • iSTAR logo

    UNAM and CSUN announce the creation of iSTAR.

What:           California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) will inaugurate the International Spatial Technology and Research Lab, known as iSTAR, at CSUN on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

UNAM is one of the most recognized universities in Latin America, and one of the largest and most artistically detailed. Its main campus in Mexico City is a World Heritage site that was designed by some of Mexico’s best-known architects of the 20th century. Murals at the main campus were painted by acclaimed artists, including Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

CSUN and UNAM initially partnered in 2014 with the creation of a Los Angeles-based center focused on scholarship on Mexico and Latin America. iSTAR is the latest collaboration and leverages both institutions’ strength in geospatial science and technology.

The event will include an open house, a signing ceremony between the two institutions and remarks from university administrators. In addition, there will be a presentation of the current lab projects and a demonstration of geospatial data.

When:           3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

3 p.m. – Arrival and Greetings

3:10 p.m. – Welcome and Remarks

3:45 p.m. – Questions and Discussion

3:55 p.m. – Closing, Document Signing

4 p.m. – iSTAR Lab Open House & Reception

Where:           California State University, Northridge

Campus Store Complex 200

18111 Nordhoff St.

Northridge, CA 91330


Dr. Yan Searcy
Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Matthew Cahn
Interim Vice Provost

Dr. Daisy Lemus
Faculty & UNAM Liaison

Danielle Bram
Director, Center for Geospatial Science and Technology

Dr. Alberto Ken Oyama Nakagawa
Secretary of Institutional Development

Dr. Francisco José Trigo Tavera
International Relations and Affairs Coordinator

Dr. Manuel Suárez Lastra
Director of the Institute of Geography

Paula de Gortari
Director at UNAM Los Ángeles

Dr. Luis Chias Becerril
General Coordinator, GITS

Media Contacts: Jeff Noblitt, CSUN Marketing and Communications, (818) 677-2130 or Daisy Lemus, CSUN UNAM Liaison, at the event.

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