Emily Allen (Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology), dean, joined other CSU engineering deans and the American Society for Engineering Education in Feb. 2019 for discussions with legislators on congressional education and science committees in Washington, D.C., including California Senator Dianne Feinstein and California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. The higher education leaders were advocating for Pell Grant increases and increased funding for STEM education at minority-serving institutions.
Sarah Bardales, Elijah Dow, Valerie Longo, Noelle Machian, Michael Reyes, Lizette Toribio and Nora Torres
Sara Bardales, Elijah Dow, Noelle Machian and Lizette Toribio (University Writing Center) presented at the 2019 Southern California Writing Centers Association Tutor Conference, UC Irvine, Feb. 23, 2019. The panel presentation, “Bridging the Gap: Older and Returning Students in the Writing Center,” explored the theory behind non-traditional students engaging with writing centers. Supporting the value of tutors’ scholarship, fellow tutors Valerie Longo, Michael Reyes, and Nora Torres also attended the conference. The tutors interacted with fellow writing tutors from other centers in an effort to make visible the experiences older and returning students encounter and the support systems in place for their academic success.
Eric Bullard and Harkmore Lee
Eric Bullard (Professional and Global Education), dean, and Harkmore Lee (Professional and Global Education), associate dean, delivered a best practices session, “Cal State LA Downtown: A new campus providing access to education in the heart of Los Angeles,” at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Partnering for Equity Conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 22-24, 2018. (Pictured above is Eric Bullard.)
Stanley Burstein (History, Emeritus) interviewed Assistant Professor Timothy Doran about his new book, Spartan Oliganthropia (Brill 2018), during a special lecture in the University Library on Feb. 14, 2019. Burstein also delivered the 2019 Zamankos Endowed Lecture, entitled “Africa Meets Greece: The Case of Kush,” at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, March 19, 2019.
Choi Chatterjee (History) presented a seminar at Georgetown University, in which she analyzed Emma Goldman and M.N. Roy’s understanding of the dialectic of state power and selfhood, Dec. 5, 2018.
William A. Covino, Robert Lopez and Nancy Wada-McKee
President William A. Covino, Robert Lopez (Communications and Public Affairs), executive director, and Nancy Wada-McKee (Student Life), vice president, presented a mini workshop, “Mind Matters: A Strategic University Wide Initiative to Improve Inner Well-Being,” at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Partnering for Equity Conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 22-24, 2018.
Funmilola Fagbamila (Pan-African Studies) was a keynote speaker for the 2019 Black History Month celebration at Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, VA, Feb. 22, 2019. She spoke on “Justice Too Long Delayed is Justice Denied: Black History Now.”
Jose A. Gomez and Zuhey Espinoza
Jose A. Gomez, executive vice president, and Zuhey Espinoza, director of policy and government relations, presented a lightning session, “Achieve LA: A Collective Impact Partnership Between the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and Cal State LA,” at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Partnering for Equity Conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 22-24, 2018. They also delivered a poster presentation, “Purpose-Driven Partnerships That Transform People and Places: Cal State LA’s Anchor Mission,” at the same conference.
Silvia Heubach (Mathematics) discussed “Mindset, Metacognition, and Math” on the Teaching in Higher Education podcast, March 21, 2019. She gave the following presentations at the Lily Conference in Anaheim, CA, March 1-2, 2019: “How to flip Calculus one Lesson at a Time”; “Facilitating Flipped Learning: Utilizing Cross-Campus Learning Communities”; and “Developing a Flipped Lesson Plan.” She also presented “Mastery-based grading at scale in GE Statistics” and “Coordination and Profession Development at Cal State LA” at the CSU Chancellor Office First-Term Reflections: Restructuring First-Year Writing, Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning, Long Beach, CA, Feb. 1, 2019.
Mine Üçok Hughes
Mine Üçok Hughes (Marketing) gave a presentation, “Destigmatization of Cannabis Consumption,” as part of the Southern California Consumer Culture Community Colloquium, which was hosted at Cal State LA, Jan. 26, 2019. She co-authored an article, “Strategic Target Marketing Considerations and Implications for the U.S. Hispanic Market,” with T. Stovall, E. Pehlivan, and R. Cardona, in Journal of Cultural Marketing Strategy, vol. 3, no. 2, 2018.
Anne Larson (Intercollegiate Athletics), senior associate director, co-presented a best practices session, “The Alliance Between the City of Los Angeles Gang Reduction/Youth Development Office (GRYD) and Cal State LA GRYD Iron,” at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Partnering for Equity Conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 22-24, 2018.
Taffany Lim (Center for Engagement, Service and the Public Good), senior director, presented a community conversation, “Should universities get involved in prison education? Higher Education's Role in Breaking the Cycle of Generational Incarceration,” at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Partnering for Equity Conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 22-24, 2018.
Marina Mondin (Electrical and Computer Engineering) attended the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, March 18-21, 2019. Participants discussed results from the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European-based Virgo gravitational-wave detector regarding searches for coalescing cosmic objects, such as pairs of black holes and pairs of neutron stars. Mondin along with 13 faculty and students from Cal State LA are involved with the LIGO research team.
Raphael Sonenshein (Pat Brown Institute), executive director, delivered a poster presentation, “Civic U© for Los Angeles local government: A model of university-designed civic education for the community,” at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Partnering for Equity Conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 22-24, 2018.
Jongwook Woo (Information Systems) was invited to be a keynote speaker at the 14th Asia Pacific International Conference on Information Science and Technology held in Beijing, China, June 23-26, 2019. He delivered a presentation on “The History and Trend of Data Analysis and Prediction with Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.” At the conference, Cal State LA graduate student Dalya Dauletbak received an outstanding paper award for her paper, “Traffic Data Analysis and Prediction using Big Data.”
Howard Xu, Jose A. Gomez and Zuhey Espinoza
Howard Xu (Biological Sciences), along with Jose A. Gomez, executive vice president, and Zuhey Espinoza, director of policy and government relations, presented a best practices session, “A Bioscience Initiative to Elevate Regional Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Cal State LA’s Venture Incubation and Entrepreneur Training Programs,” at the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Partnering for Equity Conference in Chicago, IL, Oct. 22-24, 2018.
Jessica Bodoh-Creed (Anthropology) is the author of a book, The Field Journal for Cultural Anthropology, published by Sage Publications, Jan. 22, 2019. The book is a field manual for introductory cultural anthropology courses with classroom and individual activities for students. The book covers topics from kinship to cultural relativism.
Bradley Campbell (Sociology) is the author of a book, The Rise of Victimhood Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan, Feb. 15, 2018.
Roberto Cantú (Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies) edited the book, A Scholiast’s Quill: New Critical Essays on Alfonso Reyes, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019. He also was interviewed in an article, “Octavio Armand: ‘A Concert for Misconduct’: Conversation with Roberto Cantú,” published in Latin American Literature Today, University of Oklahoma Press, Nov. 2018.
Zhen Cui and Yalan Feng
Zhen Cui (Economics and Statistics), right, and Yalan Feng (Finance, Law and Real Estate), left, are co-authors of an article, “Can social sentiment affect spouse-based immigration?”, in Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Online, vol. 26, issue 5, 2019.
Frank Gomez (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is co-author of the following articles: “Microfluidic Thread-Based Electrode System to Detect Glucose and Acetylthiocholine,” with M. Gaines, M.J. Gonzalez-Guerrero, and K. Uchida, in Electrophoresis, #39, 2018; “3D Multilayered Paper- and Thread/Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices for Bioassays,” with N.M. Neris, R.D. Guevara, and A. Gonzalez, in Electrophoresis, #40, 2019; “Simple and Sensitive Colorimetric Assay System for Dopamine Using Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Devices,” with C. Liu, Y. Miao, P. Cui, and W. Lee, in Talanta, #194, 2019; “An Optimized Microfluidic Paper-Based NiOOH/Zn Alkaline Battery,” with S. Burrola, M.J. Gonzalez Guerrero, and A. Avoundjian, in Electrophoresis, #40, 2019; and “Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices for Glucose Assays Employing a Metal-Organic Framework (MOF),” with G.C. Ilacas, A. Basa, K. Nelms, J. Sosa, and Y. Liu, in Anal. Chim. Acta, #1055, 2019.
Dustin Garnet (Art) co-edited the new anthology, Art, Culture, and Pedagogy: Revisiting the Work of F. Graeme Chalmers, published by Brill | Sense, Feb. 7, 2019.
Michael Haussler (Curriculum and Instruction), left, was featured in the “Educator Spotlight” on the Continuous Learner blog, Feb. 2019. The spotlight highlights practitioners and researchers in order to learn about their student success strategies, including evidence-based, research-based and promising practices.
Mine Üçok Hughes and Rika Houston
Mine Üçok Hughes and Rika Houston (Marketing) co-edited a special issue, “Alternative Imaginings,” for the journal Markets, Globalization & Development Review, vol. 3, no. 2, 2019. Hughes and Houston co-authored an article with Shikha Uphadhyaya (Marketing), “Educating future corporate managers for a sustainable world: Recommendations for a paradigm shift in business education,” in On the Horizon, vol. 26, no. 3, 2018.
William M. London
William M. London (Public Health) wrote for his online Consumer Health column at Skeptical Inquirer: “Some Success Against City of Hope’s Cancer Miracle Mongering?” and “Essential Considerations About Aromatherapy,” Dec. 2018.
Louis R. Negrete
Louis R. Negrete (Chicano Studies, Emeritus) is the author of a book, Chicano Homeland: The Movement in East Los Angeles for Mexican American Power, Justice, and Equality, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Feb. 2017. The book was recently featured in the Digital Journal on Dec. 12, 2018.
Christine Scoffoni (Biological Sciences) is the co-author of a research article, “The causes of leaf hydraulic vulnerability and its influence on 2 gas exchange in Arabidopsis thaliana,” in Plant Physiology, Oct. 26, 2018.
Yixian Wang (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is the co-author of an article, “Real-time determination of aggregated alpha-synuclein induced membrane disruption at neuroblastoma cells using scanning ion conductance microscopy,” with S. Su, A. Chieng, J. Parres-Gold, and M. Chang, in Faraday Discussions, vol. 210, 2018.
Mark Wild (History) is the author of a new book, Renewal: Liberal Protestants and the American City after World War II, published by University of Chicago Press, March 21, 2019.
Andre S. Avramchuk, Barry Hunt and Serj Eyvazian
With the leadership of Andre S. Avramchuk (Management) and the guidance of Professors Barry Hunt and Serj Eyvazian, the 2019 Healthcare Management Team took first place in the Western Regional Healthcare Executives College Bowl Case Study Competition. The team members consist of graduate students Josue Arvayza, Diana Ghaly, Otito Odiakosa and Maurice Tut who also received a $1,500 prize. The competition was held at The California Endowment in Los Angeles on April 15, 2019.
Chris Bachman (Mechanical Engineering) secured a $325,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to establish an Innovation and Design Center that will foster a learning community focused on design and manufacturing. Faculty members involved in this three-year project include Jane Dong (ECST), Jai Hong (Technology), Ted Nye (Capstone Senior Design), Michael Thorburn (Capstone Senior Design), Nancy Warter-Perez (Mechanical Engineering), and KiMi Wilson (Curriculum and Instruction).
David Blekhman (Technology) was recently selected as the 2019-20 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology. As a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Blekhman will teach specialized courses in alternative energy technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, starting in the fall of 2019 and continuing into spring of 2020. He will also collaborate with the Chalmers faculty on research related to alternative energy technology.
James Brady (Anthropology), co-director of the Great Maya Aquifer Project, helped rediscover a 1,000-year-old ancient Maya ritual cave located about 80 feet beneath the ruins of Chichén Itzá in Mexico. The project is organized by the National Coordination of Archaeology for the National Institute of Anthropology and History. The discovery was featured in a recent issue of the National Geographic.
Jilly Ya-Chih Chang and Mitch Fryling
Jilly Ya-Chih Chang and Mitch Fryling (Special Education and Counseling) secured a five-year training grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to bring together early childhood special educators and behavior analysts, creating interdisciplinary teams that focus on interventions that can improve social communication skills in young children who have various disabilities.
Ray de Leon
Ray de Leon (Kinesiology and Nutritional Science) secured a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide biomedical and behavioral sciences research opportunities to undergraduates. The grant, from the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will establish the Summer Program of Research Opportunities for Undergraduate Training (SPROUT) at Cal State LA to offer firsthand research experience to students, along with a paid stipend for the summer. The co-principal investigator is Kimberly Morland (Public Health).
Dolores Delgado Bernal
Dolores Delgado Bernal (Chicana/o and Chicana/o Studies) was presented the Saber es Poder Academic Excellence Award in Mexican American Studies by the University of Arizona on March 30, 2019. This award recognizes a distinguished scholar whose work has demonstrated sustained excellence and long-term commitment to advancing our understanding of Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrant populations in the United States.
Diane L. Fazzi and Cheryl Kamei-Hannan
Diane L. Fazzi (Education), associate dean, and Cheryl Kamei-Hannan (Special Education and Counseling) secured a five-year training grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to support orientation and mobility specialists and teachers of students with visual impairments as they earn master’s degrees and credentials in special education and clinical rehabilitative services.
Cheryl Kamei-Hannan and David Peterson
Cheryl Kamei-Hannan, top left, and David Peterson (Special Education and Counseling), bottom right, secured a five-year training grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to train teachers and rehabilitation counselors to work collaboratively to improve services for students with visual impairments who are preparing to transition from school to college or career.
Kittiya Lee (History) was elected president of the Brazil Studies Committee of the Conference of Latin American History for the 2018-19 term.
Paul Liu (Technology), second from the right, was honored as a recipient of Northrop Grumman’s 2019 World Class Team Special Recognition Award for outstanding performance in support of its Global Supplier Diversity Programs. The award was presented during the recognition awards luncheon at the National Electronics Museum in Maryland on May 16, 2019.
Carole Frances Lung
Carole Frances Lung (Art) has been presented a 2019 United States Artists Fellowship, which recognizes artists for their contributions to the field. This is one of the most important national fellowship programs in the United States.
Sara Pugach (History) was awarded a Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellowship to attend a seminar in Dakar, Senegal, to enhance curriculum development for the teaching of African History, Jan. 6-22, 2019. She was also awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Reinvitation Grant for summer 2019.
Emmanuel Sanglay (Public Safety), center, was recognized by the California State University with a Life Saving Medal at the Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 23, 2019. Sanglay was among seven officers across the CSU who received commendations in the inaugural ceremony.
Pamela E. Scott-Johnson
Pamela E. Scott-Johnson (Natural and Social Sciences), dean, was elected to serve as a member-at-large with the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Directors for a three-year term, 2019.
Xin Wen (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was granted $50,000 by the National Science Foundation for her project “I-Corps: Towards Thermally Stable Formulations,” 2018.
Through the mentorship of Deborah Won (Electrical and Computer Engineering), far left, Cal State LA computer science major Abigail Garcia, center, received a 2019 CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission Scholar Award of $8,000 to fund a project titled “Automating Calibration of Wireless Sensor Driven Exergames on a Mobile Fitness App.” Garcia and Won are one of 11 student-faculty teams to be presented the Presidents’ Commission Scholar Awards to fund summer research projects. The $6,000 student scholarship will be sent to Cal State LA’s financial aid office for disbursement and the $2,000 lab support will be sent by CSUPERB to the faculty mentor’s college or department.