Francisco Balderrama (Emeritus, Chicano Studies/History) presented a discussion of his book, Decades of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s, at the Washington Irving Branch Library for its Connecting Cultures program, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 12, 2019.
David Blekhman (Technology) delivered an inaugural lecture as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology in Sweden. Blekhman is teaching specialized courses in alternative energy technology at Chalmers University of Technology through spring 2020. His lecture was part of this year’s Chalmers Sustainability Day on Nov. 8, 2019. As a Fulbright scholar, he was also invited as a special guest to attend the Nobel Prize Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden on Dec. 10, 2019.
James Brady (Anthropology) conducted archaeological excavations at Chichén Itzá, Yucatan, Mexico in August 2019 with graduate student Christina Iglesias and former student Humberto Nation, now a doctoral student at Oregon State University. He presented a paper, “Ritual Termination of Balamkú at Chichén Itzá,” co-authored with Cal State LA instructor Melanie Saldaña and Mexican archaeologist Guillermo de Anda, at the 10th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica held in Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 18-20, 2019. Brady also presented a paper, “Una nueva interpretación del Osario en Chichén Itzá,” in the Primer Coloquio de Arqueología del Gran Acuífero Maya at the Museo Nacional de Historia in Mexico City on Nov. 20, 2019.
Choi Chatterjee (History) gave an invited talk, “Leo Tolstoy and Rabindranath Tagore: Principles of Global Thinking,” at the Colegio de Mexico Center for the Study of Asia and Africa in Mexico City, Oct. 17, 2019. Chatterjee, along with Afshin Matin (History), Wat Kit Choi (Sociology) and Robert Weide (Sociology), also presented panel discussions during the international conference, “Politics of Autonomy beyond Nation-State: History, Theory, Practice,” at the University of Sussex in England on April 4, 2019.
Domnita Dumitrescu (Emerita, Modern Languages and Literatures) presented the following: “Las reseñas de Hispania al correr del tiempo: siempre al tanto de las últimas novedades académicas” at the 100 Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in Salamanca, Spain, June 25-28, 2018; “La enseñanza de la pragmática a los estudiantes de español como segunda lengua” at the 2nd Congress of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language in Washington D.C, Oct. 5-7, 2018; an invited plenary session titled “Actos de habla a través de las culturas: Implicaciones para la enseñanza del español como L2” at Jornadas de actualización en español como lengua extranjera, Universidad de Costa Rica, April 24, 2019; and “Variación lingüística y modelos de lengua en las aulas estadounidenses: Resultados de un cuestionario” at the 101 Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, San Diego, CA, July 8-11, 2019.
Taylor Dark (Political Science), fourth from right, helped the Cal State LA Political Science Association organize a field trip where political science students had an opportunity to visit the California State Capitol in Sacramento, CA, April 1-2, 2019. The group met with elected officials, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis.
Elaine Draper (Sociology) was a presenter and chair of the Distinguished Article Award in the Sociology of Law for the American Sociological Association in New York, August 2019. The association also recently appointed Draper to chair the Public Understanding of Sociology Award and to serve on the selection committees for the Donald Light Award for the Public Practice of Medical Sociology and the Marvin Olsen Student Paper Award in Environment and Technology.
Barry Hunt (Management), center, presented a lecture, "Becoming a Healthcare Manager: Understanding Costs of Care In Your Community and Beyond," during the Health Information Management Systems Society Roundtable Healthcare Speakers Talk at the California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA, May 23, 2019.
Donald Johnson, Katherine Roberts and Jay Vargas
Donald Johnson, Katherine Roberts and Jay Vargas (Criminal Justice and Criminalistics), along with their students, delivered a presentation during the poster session at the 133rd Semi-Annual Seminar for the California Association of Criminalists in Oakland, CA, May 13-17, 2019.
Silvia Martin (Marketing), along with Raj Javalgi and Luciano Ciravegna, presented the paper, “Marketing Capabilities: Competitive Strategy and International New venture Performance,” at the 10th Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Knowledge and Academy Conference, Verona, Italy, June 11-13, 2019.
Gustavo Menezes (Civil Engineering) was the guest speaker during the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District’s National Hispanic Heritage Month observance at the Corps’ LA District Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, Sept. 19, 2019.
Patrick B. Sharp
Patrick B. Sharp (Liberal Studies) presented a lecture, “Angels and Amazons: The First Women of Science Fiction,” at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library Special Collections, Cal State LA, Oct. 23, 2019.
Kathleen Sullivan (Anthropology), along with Christine Whitecraft of Cal State Long Beach and Cal State LA graduate student Raul Iglesias, produced the online story map, “Alamitos Bay Through Time,” for the Water Changes Everything exhibition at the Historical Society of Long Beach. The story map is currently on exhibit through June 13, 2020.
Richard Wearn (Art) presented a one-person exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan, at ArtFormosa, one of Asia’s leading international contemporary art fairs, 2019. He also exhibited a second installation project at the Shanghai International Art Fair. Following the exhibition in Shanghai, he spent a week as a visiting artist at the University of the Philippines, Manila. He was also invited to The Shenzhen International Art Fair to provide commentary on a selection of artists presented at the fair. Wearn also completed a two-week visiting artist residency at the National Taiwanese University of Arts in Taipei. He concluded his residency with a lecture at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.
James Brady (Anthropology) co-authored “Chichén Itzá y el Gran Acuífero Maya,” “La demistificación de la Tumba del Gran Sacerdote: Investigaciónes en la cueva/cenote debajo del Osario,” “Balamkanché Reevaluando: Observaciones Preliminares” and “Balamkú, Yucatán” in the March/April 2019 issue of Arqueología Mexicana. He also authored “Evidence of Bat Sacrifice in Ancient Maya Cave Ritual” in Archaeological Discovery, vol. 7, and “Maya caves” in Encyclopedia of Caves, third edition, 2019. He co-authored an article, “Finding Drama in Bones: Looking Beyond Identification in Ritual Faunal,” with Cal State LA instructor Melanie Saldaña and former graduate student Joseph Orozco in the Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology, vol. 7, 2019.
Susan Cohen (Biological Sciences) co-authored an article, “Roles for ClpXP in regulating the circadian clock in Synechococcus elongatus,” in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, July 30, 2018.
Elaine Draper (Sociology) wrote an article, "Book Review: Precarious Claims: The Promise and Failure of Workplace Protections in the United States by Shannon Gleeson," in the ILR Review, Cornell University, vol. 71, no. 4, August 2018.
Domnita Dumitrescu (Emerita, Modern Languages and Literatures) authored an article, “Dialect variation as reflected in the Diccionario de la lengua española: ideological and pedagogical implications,” in the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, Nov. 21, 2019. She also wrote three articles: “Hacia un modelo integrado de la enseñanza del español a los hispanounidenses a nivel universitario: El caso de Los Ángeles” in La presencia hispana y el español de los Estados Unidos: Unidad en la diversidad, New York: Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española, 2018; “Proyectos colaborativos actuales de la ANLE” in Glosas, vol. 9, no. 5, September 2018; and “Las reseñas de Hispania, al correr del tiempo: Siempre al tanto de las últimas novedades académicas” in Hispania, vol. 101, no. 4, December 2018.
Siegrun Freyss (Emerita, Political Science) authored Changing Urban Trends: Cultures of Decency and Well-being from the Premodern to the Postmodern, published by Routledge, Oct. 14, 2019.
William M. London
William M. London (Public Health) wrote for his online Consumer Health column at Skeptical Inquirer: “D. Gary Young (1949–2018), diploma mill naturopath and promoter of essential oils,” Jan. 9, 2019.
Silvia Martin (Marketing) co-authored a paper, “Explaining performance determinants: A knowledge based view of international new ventures,” in the Journal of Business Research, a top journal in business, vol. 101, August 2019.
Michael Locke McLendon
Michael Locke McLendon (Political Science) wrote a book, The Psychology of Inequality: Rousseau's "Amour-Propre," published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.
Simona Montanari, Robert Mayr and Kaveri Subrahmanyam
Simona Montanari, Robert Mayr and Kaveri Subrahmanyam (Child and Family Studies) co-authored an article, “Bilingual Speech Sound Development During the Preschool Years: The Role of Language Proficiency and Cross-Linguistic Relatedness,” in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Oct. 26, 2018. The paper was presented at the 12th International Symposium on Bilingualism at the University of Alberta, Canada, June 23-28, 2019.
Emily Moss (Music) wrote an article, “Beyond the Final Performance: How to Build Transferable Knowledge and Skills,” published in the Association of College and University Educators Community blog, June 5, 2019.
Joyce Parga (Anthropology) co-authored a research article with Honors College and Early Entrance Program graduate Shira Nansen. The article, “Heteropaternity of twins in ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta),” was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 169, no. 2, 2019.
Lauri Ramey (Emerita, English) wrote a book, A History of African American Poetry, that was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2019. The book presents the first critical history of the 400-year-old genre of African American poetry.
Ji Son (Psychology), along with James Stigler, co-authored an article, “The Better Book Approach for Education Research & Development,” in the Teachers College Record, vol. 123, no. 2, 2019. They also co-authored a free interactive introductory statistics textbook called Introduction to Statistics: A Modeling Approach.
Mine Üçok Hughes
Mine Üçok Hughes (Marketing), along with Will McConnell and Stephen Groner, co-authored an article, “A Community-Based Social Marketing Anti-Littering Campaign: Be the Street You Want to See,” in the Social Marketing in Action: Cases from Around the World, published by Springer, May 2019.
Robin Dodds (Special Education) was selected for an Organization for Autism Research (OAR) grant for her project on “Helping Optimize Language Acquisition: Online Parent Training Modules for Latinx Parents of Toddlers at Risk for ASD” during OAR’s Scientific Council meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 2, 2019.
Elaine Draper (Sociology) was appointed to the State Bar of California Advisory Council for the Pathway to Law School Program, 2019.
Domnita Dumitrescu (Emerita, Modern Languages and Literatures) was awarded the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual conference in San Diego, CA, July 8-11, 2019. This award recognizes her lifetime of dedication to Hispanic linguistics, her pioneering spirit in academia, and her 35 years of support and outstanding contributions to the association. Dumitrescu was also re-elected USA and Canada delegate of the Asociacion de Lingüística y Filología de la América Latina, 2019.
Renee Lemus Elisaldez
Renee Lemus Elisaldez (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), right, was featured in Oprah Magazine’s nationwide list of top Latinx podcasts, Aug. 29, 2019. The podcast is “Las Doctoras,” and is co-produced by Elisaldez and Cristina Rose of Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Dionne Espinoza (Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies) co-edited Chicana Movidas, which won first place for nonfiction multiauthored book and second place for Latina-themed book at the 2019 International Latino Book Awards. Published by the University of Texas Press, the anthology includes essays by Espinoza and Alejandra Marchevsky (Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies).
Eileen Ford (History) was recently appointed as a Duncan Gleason California Maritime History Fellow and an E. Peter Maulk, Jr. / Doyce B. Nunis, Jr. Fellow at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in support of her work on William Wrigley Jr. in Southern California, fall 2019.
Shirley Gray (Emerita, Mathematics) was inducted to the Western Kentucky University Hall of Distinguished Alumni during a luncheon at the Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, KY, Oct. 18, 2019.
Ashley Heers (Biological Sciences) was awarded a grant from the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology for her research project, “Avian athletes: functional implications of skeletal development,” 2019.
Barry Hibbs (Geosciences and Environment) was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation in support of establishing a Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students site at Cal State LA, 2019. The research project is “Changing Dynamics of Hydrological Systems in Urban Areas: Response to Human Disturbance and Climate Change.”
Paul Liu (Technology), far left, was recognized by Northrop Grumman for his 18 years of support of the company's Mentor-Protégé, Small Business Innovation Research and AbilityOne programs. He was recognized at Northrop’s Supplier Recognition Awards luncheon in Baltimore, MD, on May 16, 2019.
John Martin (Public Safety) was recently honored for his contributions to the community at the 10th Annual Coastal Awards Gala in Costa Mesa, CA, Oct. 5, 2019. Martin was one of 10 community members and organizations in the Los Angeles and Orange County regions to receive Above & Beyond Awards from Angel Light Academy's Leadership Training Institute. Angel Light Academy is a nonprofit that aims to teach leadership skills to youth and adults.
Karen McDermott (English), center, is a winner of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. McDermott’s script, “Lullabies of La Jaula,” was chosen among more than 7,300 scripts that were submitted for the competition. The fellows each received a $35,000 prize and the winning scripts were presented during a ceremony in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Nov. 7, 2019.
ChorSwang Ngin (Anthropology) received the General Anthropology Division (GAD) New Directions Individual Award for her work over the last 17 years as an anthropological expert witness helping attorneys and their asylum petitioners to gain favorable asylum outcomes. She was also recognized for her book, Identities on Trial in the United States: Asylum Seekers from Asia, at the GAD Awards Ceremony at American Anthropological Association in Vancouver, BC, Nov. 22, 2019. GAD is one of the largest, most diverse sections of the American Anthropological Association.
Edith Porter (Biological Sciences) was elected to the 2019-2020 Board of Directors for the Southern California branch of the American Society for Microbiology. The American Society for Microbiology is the leading society for microbiology at the international level.
Sara Pugach (History) was awarded a Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship to attend a workshop in Dakar, Senegal, in January 2019. The purpose of the workshop was to enhance curriculum development for the teaching of African history.
Siyon Rhee (Social Work), front row, third from left, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Korean American Social Work Educators Association during the 65th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Denver, CO, Oct. 25, 2019.
Olaseni Sode (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for his project, “Exploring the Many-Body Interactions in Condensed Phase C02: Development of a Novel Intermolecular Potential,” Feb. 6, 2019.
Ji Son (Psychology) has been awarded a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for the CourseKata project, in order to extend efforts into high school and develop a high school data science course based on her co-authored textbook, Introduction to Statistics: A Modeling Approach, 2019.
Walter Zelman (Public Health) was a recipient of the CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award for his exemplary achievements and contributions to student success. Zelman was one of only 19 faculty members in the CSU system to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding faculty leaders who use innovative practices in teaching, course design or support programs that significantly improve student outcomes. He was honored at a reception in conjunction with the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium in Sacramento on Oct. 17, 2019.