Bradley Campbell (Sociology) presented a lecture on “Dignity, Victimhood and the Future of the University” at George Fox University, in Newberg, OR, Nov. 7, 2018.
Choi Chatterjee (History) presented an invited lecture, “Leo Tolstoy and Rabindranath Tagore: Principles of Global Thinking,” as part of the Centre for Historical Research’s Boundaries of History series at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 2018.
Colleen Friend (Communication Disorders), director of the Child Abuse and Family Violence Institute, was the keynote speaker for the 36th annual Child Abuse Prevention Council Symposium, in Campbell, CA, April 27, 2018.
Barry Hibbs (Geosciences and Environment) organized and chaired the symposia, “Managed Aquifer Recharge,” at the Annual Meeting of the National Groundwater Association, in Las Vegas, NV, Dec. 3-6, 2018. He also presented the paper, “Environmental Isotopes in Time Series Resolve Issues of Imported Water Recharge in Basin Fill Aquifer,” and was co-author with graduate student Jonathon Arriaza on the paper, “Environmental Isotopes Delineate Recharge Sources in the Coachella Valley Aquifer, California,” at this annual meeting.
Portia Jackson (Public Health) coordinated the Keep Your Coverage Health Summit in partnership with ChapCare to educate college students to become healthcare coverage advocates for themselves, their families and their communities, on Oct. 25, 2018. Walter Zelman (Public Health) was one of the panel speakers at the summit.
William M. London
William M. London (Public Health) led a health numeracy workshop called "Numerical Hygiene" at CSICON 2018, a conference of the Center for Inquiry's Committee on Skeptical Inquiry, in Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 18, 2018.
Sunny Moon (Institutional Effectiveness), assistant vice president, was a keynote speaker at the California Association for Institutional Research’s 43rd Annual Conference at the Delta Hotels Anaheim in Garden Grove, CA, Nov. 14-16, 2018. Mark Pavelchak (Institutional Effectiveness), Yusuke Kuroki (Institutional Effectiveness) and Moon also presented a session on “DREAMers at Cal State LA: Achieving the American Dream (Assessment, Accreditation, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness)” at the conference.
Kaveri Subrahmanyam (Psychology), chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies, was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Mental and Behavioral Health Conference, Cal State LA, April 28, 2018.
Justin Wolske (TV, Film and Media Studies) participated in a panel discussion on “Entrepreneurial Immersion: Quantifying Efficacy Indicators in Experiential Education” at the Technology in Education Conference in CSU Dominguez Hills, Oct. 16, 2018.
Jongwook Woo (Information Systems) served as a Big Data technical advisor for Smart Factory of Isaac Engineering since May 2018. He presented opening remarks during the Isaac Engineering new building project in Korea on May 18, 2018. He presented a session on “Predictive Analytics of Financial Fraud Detection using Big Data Spark Machine Learning” during the IDEAS SoCal 2018, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Oct. 20, 2018.
Walter Zelman (Public Health) moderated a panel, featuring Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo and State Senator Holly Mitchell, during the Los Angeles State of Reform Health Policy Conference at the JW Marriott Los Angeles on Sept. 19, 2018.
Susan Cohen (Biological Sciences) is the co-author of an article, “Roles for ClpXP in regulating the circadian clock in Synechococcus elongatus,” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 115, no. 33, Aug. 14, 2018.
Timothy Doran (History) is the author of a new monograph, “Spartan Oliganthropia,” in the Brill Research Perspectives in Ancient History series, Dec. 13, 2018.
Ramani Durvasula (Psychology) is the co-author of a research article, “A Biopsychosocial Approach to Managing HIV-Related Pain and Associated Substance Abuse in Older Adults: a Review,” with T. Miller and P. Halkitis, in Ageing International, Springers, Oct. 12, 2018.
Frank A. Gomez
Frank A. Gomez (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is the co-author of the following: “Miniaturized Al/AgO Coin Shape and Self-Powered Battery Featuring Painted Paper Electrodes for Portable Applications,” with M.J. Gonzalez-Guerrero, in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, vol. 273, 2018; “Thread/Paper- and Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices for Glucose Assays Employing Artificial Neural Networks,” with W. Lee, A. Gonzalez, P.N. Arguelles, R. Guevara and M.J. Gonzalez-Guerrero, in Electrophoresis, vol. 12, 2018; “Thread/Paper-, and Fabric Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA),” with A. Gonzalez, M. Gaines, L.Y. Gallegos and R. Guevara, in Methods, vol. 146, 2018; and “A Microfluidic Glucose Sensor Incorporating a Novel Thread-Based Electrode System,” with M. Gaines, M.J. Gonzalez-Guerrero and K. Uchida, in Electrophoresis, vol. 39, 2018.
Barry J. Hibbs
Barry J. Hibbs (Geosciences and Environment) authored the following: with Rachel Ridgway and James Walker, “Redox transformation of arsenic and selenium along a groundwater flowpath beneath a drained terrestrial marsh,” and with Marissa DeHoyos, “Hydrochemistry of the hyporheic zone in coastal California watersheds dominated by Monterey-Modelo Formation substrate” in the Environmental Science and Technology 2018, American Science Press, Houston, TX, 2018. He also authored a paper on “Factors in developing salt balances in groundwater basins,” in the International Journal of Hydrology, vol. 9, no. 2, 2018, and with Godina Ying, another paper on “Modeling and assessing uncertainty in salt balances in groundwater basins” in the Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, American Academy of Sciences, Houston, TX, June 25-29, 2018.
Daniel Lambert (English) is the co-author of Love Adventure: Poems and Prose by Anhthao Bui and Daniel E. Lambert, CreateSpace, 2017, and the author of “What Stephen King Can Teach Us About Teaching Composition,” in MacMillan Community: Bedford Bits, Jan. 31, 2018.
Yangyang Liu (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is the co-author of a research paper, “Metal-Organic Framework Hybrid Materials and Their Applications,” in Crystals, vol. 8, issue 8, 2018.
Afshin Matin-Asgari (History) is the author of a book, Both Eastern and Western: An Intellectual History of Iranian Modernity, Cambridge University Press, Aug. 16, 2018.
Michael McLendon (Political Science) is the author of a book, The Psychology of Inequality: Rousseau's "Amour-Propre" (Haney Foundation Series), University of Pennsylvania Press, Nov. 16, 2018.
Madhu S. Mohanty
Madhu S. Mohanty (Economics and Statistics) is the author of an article, “Role of psychological variables in the determination of the worker's wage: Further evidence from the United States,” in the Australian Economics Papers, Wiley Online Library, Sept. 27, 2018.
Elliott Oring (Emeritus, Anthropology) is the author of The First Book of Jewish Jokes: The Collection of Lippmann Moses Buschenthal, Indiana University Press, Sept. 4, 2018.
Marla A. Parker
Marla A. Parker (Political Science) is the co-author of an article, “Factors that influence the transition of university postdocs to non-academic scientific careers: An exploratory study,” in Research Policy, Elsevier, Oct. 8, 2018.
Jeannette Vaught (Liberal Studies) is the author of an article, “A Question of Sex: Cloning, Culture, and Legitimacy Among American Quarter Horses,” in the open-access animal studies journal Humanimalia, Sept. 2018, and a book chapter, “How to Make a Horse Have an Orgasm,” in Living With Animals: Bonds Across Species, edited by N. Porter and I. Gershon, Cornell University Press, Sept. 2018.
Valentine M. Villa
Valentine M. Villa (Social Work), director of the Applied Gerontology Institute, is the principal editor and one of the primary authors of a report for the Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) initiative, entitled Age-Friendly Action Plan for the Los Angeles Region 2018-2021, Aug. 7, 2018. PALA seeks to prepare the Los Angeles region for a rapidly aging population through an innovative, sustained initiative that unites public and private leadership, resources, and strategies. The action plan was presented to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council. Villa also served on the PALA Action Plan Advisory Group for the past two years.
Walter Zelman (Public Health) is the co-author of an article, “California’s Efforts To Cover The Uninsured: Successes, Building Blocks, And Challenges,” in the journal Health Affairs, Sept. 1, 2018. Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. This special edition is devoted to an examination of “Health and Health Care in California.” He answered questions pertaining to the paper during a panel discussion at the Health Affairs’ Briefing in Santa Monica, CA, Sept. 17, 2018.
Melina Abdullah (Pan-African Studies), chair, was honored for her achievements as a scholar and activist during California State University, Northridge’s 13th Biennial Phenomenal Woman Awards on Nov. 4, 2018. She was also recognized as an original organizer of Black Lives Matter and for being instrumental in replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in Los Angeles while she was on the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission.
Emily Allen (College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology), dean, was a finalist for the Enterprise Executive of the Year during the Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Council and Awards event, held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles on June 22, 2018. She also secured a $525,000 grant from the Weingart Foundation to accelerate the achievement of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The three-year grant will allow Cal State LA to establish the Acceleration Initiative, which will prepare students from groups who are underrepresented to succeed in STEM.
Yong Ba and Arman Pazouki
Yong Ba (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Arman Pazouki (Mechanical Engineering) secured a $271,589 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Program for their project titled “Acquisition of a Rheometer for Research and Research Training at Cal State LA.”
Choi Chatterjee (History) was one of the first two winners of the Ab Imperio Award, recognizing the best study of 2017 in the new imperial history and history of diversity in Northern Eurasia up to the late 20th century. She was selected for her award-winning article, “Imperial Subjects in the Soviet Union: Rabindranath Tagore, M. N. Roy, and Re-Thinking Freedom and Authoritarianism,” that was published in the Journal of Contemporary History, no. 4, Oct. 2017.
Ramani Durvasula (Psychology) has been named chair-elect of the Training Advisory Committee of the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program for 2019-20.
Frank A. Gomez
Frank A. Gomez (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is president-elect of the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR), 2018. SCCUR is an organization of Southern California faculty, administrators and interested members of the community who share the common goal of improving education for college and university students through hands-on experiences of undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity.
Ester E. Hernandez
Ester E. Hernandez (Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies) was named a first place winner of the Best Nonfiction Multi-Author for a book she co-edited, entitled U.S. Central Americans: Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance (University of Arizona Press). She was recognized at the 2018 International Book Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 8, 2018.
Silvia Heubach (Mathematics) was named a recipient of the prestigious Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award for her innovative teaching practices that have increased student success in mathematics. Heubach was one of only 26 faculty members in the California State University system to receive the award, which recognizes faculty leaders who have implemented innovative practices that significantly improve student success. She was recognized at a reception in conjunction with the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium in San Diego, CA, on Oct. 17-18, 2018.
Barry Hibbs and Godina Ying
Barry Hibbs and Godina Ying (Geosciences and Environment) won first prize in the outstanding paper category at the 9th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology in Houston, TX, June 25-29, 2018. Their award-winning paper was titled “Modeling and Assessing Uncertainty Factors in Salt Balances and in Ground Water Basins.”
Timothy Lim (Political Science) is part of a team of seven researchers who recently won the “Global Laboratory Program for Korean Studies” grant, totaling more than $1.3 million over a five-year period. The grant is supported by the Ministry of Education in South Korea (administered by the Academy of Korean Studies), and is designed to broaden the international horizon of Korean Studies by creating world-class research results. The project is titled “Local Agency and National Responses to Globalization: The South Korean Case in Comparative, Transnational, and Diasporic Perspective.”
Pamela Scott-Johnson (College of Natural and Social Sciences), dean, secured a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase data accessibility and promote civic engagement among students and underserved communities in Los Angeles. The grant will establish a partnership between Cal State LA, the city of Los Angeles, Community Partners and the Social Equity Engagement geo-Data Scholars (SEEDS) to increase access and use of the city’s big data collection. The grant’s co-principal investigators are René Vellanoweth (Anthropology), Hengchun Ye (Geosciences and Environment) and Michael Willard (Liberal Studies).
René L. Vellanoweth
René Vellanoweth (Anthropology), chair, has been appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to the State Historical Resources Commission, 2018.
Gail Washington (Nursing), director for the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, was inducted into the 2018 class of American Academy of Nursing fellows in recognition of her career as a distinguished leader and nurse educator during the 2018 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, DC, Nov. 1-3, 2018.
Elaine Wittenberg (Communication Studies) is co-principal investigator of a grant from the National Cancer Institute for an R25 Cancer Education Project titled “Improving Patient-Centered Communication and Cancer Care,” 2018-19. She also received the 2018 Distinguished Book Award from the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association for a book she co-authored, entitled Communication in Palliative Nursing (Oxford University Press).
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