Aminah Bakeer Abdul Jabbaar
A feature film by Aminah Bakeer Abdul Jabbaar (Pan African Studies) was screened during the 26th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival. Muslimah's Guide to Marriage was shown Feb. 11, 14 and 17, 2018.
Choi Chatterjee (History) delivered a keynote speech at the International Conference on the Russian Revolution Centenary: The Russian Revolution Comes to the ‘East’ Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 17-18, 2017. She gave the following presentations: “Imperial Subjects in the Soviet Union,” at the Fellows Forum for the Critical Global Studies Institute, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 16, 2017, “Tolstoy and Tagore: Principles of Global Thinking,” at the University of Oregon, Oct. 4, 2017, and at Long Beach State, Sept. 14, 2017, “Russian Revolution in British India: Poets and Revolutionaries,” at the American Historical Association Annual Convention panel: Bolshevik Centennial, Jan. 6, 2017, and “Imperial Subjects in the Soviet Union: Rabindranath Tagore, M. N. Roy, and Re-thinking Freedom and Authoritarianism in the Twentieth Century,” at the international conference, Beyond 1917, Wadham College, Oxford (UK), May 14-15, 2017.
Domnita Dumitrescu (Emerita, Modern Languages and Literatures) presented several papers: “Code-fusion as a dialogue of cultural identities in Junot Diaz’s work,” at the 2017 Conference of International Association for Dialogue Analysis, Bologna, Italy, Oct. 11-14- 2017, and “Hispania and its reviews: Keeping abreast of the latest scholarship,” at the Modern Language Association Convention, themed “Celebrating 100 Years of Hispania,” in New York, Jan. 4-7, 2018. She also presented in two sessions, “Nuevas publicaciones de la ANLE” and “Hablemos de la ANLE,” during the Annual Meeting of the Asociación Americana de Profesores de Español y Portugués (AATSP), Chicago, July 6-9, 2017. She participated in a roundtable session, “El español estadounidense a debate,” organized by the Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University, Sept. 21, 2017, and in the “Encuentro sobre el español en los Estados Unidos: Retos para la formación de un corpus de referencia,” at Harvard University, Sept. 22-23, 2017.
Ramani Durvasula (Psychology) joined nine of Cal State LA’s psychology students in the United Kingdom for a two-week long study tour designed to give students a broader, more global perspective on their studies. At the University of Worcester in the United Kingdom, Durvasula also delivered a talk to staff and students on “Narcissism in America,” January 2018.
José Cruz González
The world premiere of a play by José Cruz González (Theatre and Dance), titled “American Mariachi,” was directed by James Vásquez and produced by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 2, 2018.
Carlos G. Gutiérrez
Carlos G. Gutiérrez (Chemistry and Biochemistry) was an invited speaker at the March for Science Los Angeles 2018: Rally and Science Expo at Pershing Square on Apr. 14, 2018. The event was organized by the Los Angeles Alliance for Science.
Richard Wearn (Art) exhibited a project in Taiwan at the Taipei International Contemporary Art Fair, one of Asia's most significant contemporary art fairs, Jan. 19-23, 2018. He was featured as the headline speaker in a series of lectures focused on the globalization of contemporary art.
Manuel Aguilar-Moreno (Art) wrote a review of the exhibition catalog, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas, edited by J. Pillsbury, T.F. Potts, and K.N. Richter, in the CAA Review, a publication of the College Art Association, March 20, 2018.
Roberto Cantú (Emeritus, Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies) authored a book, Border Folk Balladeers: Critical Studies on Américo Paredes, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, July 2018. He also translated a book chapter, "The X on the Brow: Reflections on Mexico (1952),” by Alfonso Reyes, in Mexican Philosophy in the 20th Century: Essential Readings, edited by C.A. Sánchez and R.E. Sánchez, New York: Oxford University Press, December 2017.
Choi Chatterjee (History) authored two articles: “Imperial Subjects in the Soviet Union: Rabindranath Tagore, M. N. Roy, and Re-thinking Freedom and Authoritarianism in the Twentieth Century,” in the Journal of Contemporary History, no. 4, October 2017, and “Gender Mobilization and Gender Panic: Soviet and Iranian Revolutionary Memoirs and the Exile’s Imagination,” in Mass Dictatorship Handbook, edited by Paul Corner and Jie-Hyun Lim, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
Jayati Chaudhuri and Deborah Schaeffer
Jayati Chaudhuri (University Library) and Deborah Schaeffer (Emerita, University Library) coauthored the article, “It Just Messes Your Mind: U.S. International Students’ Perspectives of and Experiences with Academic Text Sourcing,” with Janet Kesterson Isbell, which appeared in the January/February 2018 issue of the Journal of International Students.
Domnita Dumitrescu (Emerita, Modern Languages and Literatures) co-edited a book, L2Spanish Pragmatics: From Research to Practice, with Patricia Andueza, Evansville University, IN, Routledge, UK, 2018. She also authored three peer-reviewed articles: “Acerca de LIBSUS: Bibliografía lingüística del español en los Estados Unidos,” with Francisco Moreno Fernández, in Nueva York en español: Intersecciones hispánicas en EE.UU, ALDEEU: New York, 2017, “The depth of a vocation beyond the language: Interview with Alina Diaconu,” in RSAA Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, March 2017, and “Un tipo especial de Spanglish en la literature estadounidense: la fusion de codigos y el translenguar,” in Hispania 100.5 centenary issue, December 2017. She also authored a review of “Derrin Pinto and Carlos de Pablos-Ortega, Seamos pragmáticos: Introducción a la pragmática española,” in the Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, vol. 3, no. 2, December 2016.
Eileen Ford (History) authored a book, Childhood and Modernity in Cold War Mexico City, published by Bloomsbury Academic, Feb. 22, 2018.
Frank Gomez (Chemistry and Biochemistry) authored two research articles: “Enzyme Chemotaxis on Paper-Based Devices,” with G.C. Ilacas, A. Basa, and A. Sen, in Analytical Sciences, no. 34, 115-119, 2018, and “Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA) Based on Thread, Paper, and Fabric,” with A. Gonzalez, M. Gaines, L.Y. Gallegos, and R. Guevara, in Electrophoresis, no. 39, 476-484, 2018.
Catherine Haras (Center for Effective Teaching and Learning) coedited a publication, Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development, for the American Council on Education, 2018.
Jingjing Li (Geosciences and Environment) coauthored “Impacts of Aerosols on the Retreat of the Sierra Nevada Glaciers in California,” with H. El-Askary, W. Li, T. Piechota, T. Ta, A. Jong, X. Zhang, and T. Yang, in Aerosol and Air Quality Research, no. 18, 2018, and “A Framework for Exploring Joint Effects of Conditional Factors on Compound Floods,” with Z. Liu, L. Cheng, Z. Hao, A. Thorstensen, and H. Gao, in Water Resources Research, no. 54, 2018.
Patrick Krug (Biological Sciences) coauthored an article, “A biting commentary: Integrating tooth characters with molecular data doubles known species diversity in a lineage of sea slugs that consume ‘killer algae,’” to be published in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 126, September 2018.
Patricia Martz (Emerita, Anthropology) coauthored a research article, “Ancient human parallel lineages within North America contributed to a coastal expansion,” in the Science Magazine, May 31, 2018.
Pamela Regan (Psychology) authored the 9th edition of the textbook, Human Sexuality Today, with Bruce King, published by Pearson, January 28, 2018.
Patrick Sharp (Liberal Studies) authored a book, Darwinian Feminism and Early Science Fiction: Angels, Amazons, and Women, published by University of Wales Press, May 15, 2018.
Ericka Verba (Latin American Studies) authored book chapters in the following books: Violetta Parra: Life and Work, by L. Dillon, Tamesis Books, October 20, 2017, and Mapping Violeta Parra's Cultural Landscape, by P. Vilches, Palgrave Macmillan, November 20, 2017.
Anthony Cox (TV, Film and Media Studies) was honored by the Los Angeles City Council for his contribution to local journalism as a part of the city's African American History Month Celebration at City Hall, Feb. 6, 2018. He was a founding member and first president for the Black Journalist Association of Southern California.
Susan Cohen (Biological Sciences) secured a New Investigator Grant of $15,000 for her research, “Roles for the RNA-binding protein Rbp2 in the circadian clock mechanism of cyanobacteria,” from the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology, May 25, 2018.
Bianca L. Guzmán
Bianca L. Guzmán (Pathway Programs) has been selected by the Society of Community Research and Action as a recipient of its 2018 Ethnic Minority Mentorship Award. She will be recognized for her national expertise in the educational pipeline of K-20 students of color. The awards presentation is during the 126th Annual American Psychological Association Convention in San Francisco, CA, August 2018.
Hassan Hashemian (Civil Engineering) received the Administrator's Pubic Service Award from the Federal Highway Administration for his outstanding leadership and accomplishments in advancing transportation education, research and workforce development. The award was presented to Hashemian during the 2018 Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 2018.
Barry Hunt, Serj Eyvazian and Andre S. Avramchuk
Barry Hunt, Serj Eyvazian and Andre S. Avramchuk (Management) mentored the healthcare management graduate team who placed third at the 2018 Western Region College Bowl Case Study Competition. The event took place at The California Endowment office in Los Angeles on April 9, 2018. The winning students include Josue Arvayza, Latrice Brown, Maggie Ramirez and Neel Patel.
Elaine Eun-Young Kang, Emily Allen, Jianyu Dong, and Matthew Jackson
Elaine Eun-Young Kang (Computer Science), Dean Emily Allen (ECST), Associate Dean Jianyu Dong (ECST) and Matthew Jackson (Psychology) received a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase degree completion and career readiness among students in engineering and computer science majors. The grant is funded through the NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program, 2018–23.
Kimberly Kisler (Public Health) received this year’s APLA Health Leonard Peterson Award on behalf of Cal State LA during the APLA Health’s Annual Friends in Deed awards ceremony at The Warehouse in Los Angeles on April 28, 2018. Cal State LA has been recognized for providing professional interns who exemplify “a continuing commitment to life by making an extraordinary difference in the fight against AIDS and the need for accessible health care.”
Robert Nissen (Biological Sciences) secured a Research Development Grant of $15,000 for his research, “Analysis of Dyrk1-Wdr68 complexes by gene knockout in zebrafish,” from the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology, May 25, 2018.
Jeff Santner, Ted Nye, and Emily Allen
Jeff Santner (Mechanical Engineering), Ted Nye (Professional Practice Program) and Dean Emily Allen (ECST) received a $100,000 grant from the Southern California Gas Company to support research and undergraduate education in combustion engineering, March 14, 2018. The fund will also support undergraduate education on natural gas combustion, senior design projects, and student research.
Gabriela Simon-Cereijido (Communication Disorders) received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award from Teachers College, Columbia University, during the Academic Festival X: The Future of Education, Health, Psychology and Leadership, Apr. 7, 2018.
Jay Vargas (Criminal Justice and Criminalistics) secured a New Investigator Grant of $14,925 for his research, “The Correlation of the Frequency, Amplitude, and Power of Nystagmus and Saccadic Eye Movements with Blood Alcohol Concentration,” from the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology, May 25, 2018.
René L. Vellanoweth
René L. Vellanoweth (Anthropology) and his international team received the 2018 PaleoWest Foundation Research Grant for their multi-year project, “Human Responses to Trans-Holocene Environmental Change, Baja California, Mexico,” March 27, 2018.
Deborah Won (Electrical and Computer Engineering) was appointed to the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) Faculty Consensus Group, 2018-21. As Cal State LA's CSUPERB liaison, she will continue to promote resources for faculty and students in a variety of biotech-related efforts on our campus.