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CHHS Congratulates Health Science Professor Dr. Niloofar Bavarian

Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Recipient 2015-2016 Acacdemic Year

Dr. Bavarian

The College would like to congratulate Dr. Niloofar Bavarian on receiving the Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. Dr. Bavarian is an Assistant Professor in the Health Science department, and has received this award for engaging and mentoring students in research.

Dr. Bavarian was nominated by a number of her students due to her mentorship on different research projects. An example of one of the projects Dr. Bavarian is leading was highlighted last year in Beach Magazine; the BUILD-funded study has the dual goal of investigating prescription stimulant misuse in the college population so that research-based prevention strategies can be developed, as well as promoting research activity among students.

Thus far in Spring 2016, three student-led abstracts presented at a local health conference, two student-led posters will be presented at the UROP symposium, and one student-led abstract was submitted to a local conference at UCLA. In addition, two students have applied for the ORSP Summer Student Research Assistantship to continue their work on this project over the summer.

In addition to these BUILD-related research activities, Dr. Bavarian has mentored additional students who have successfully disseminated their research. Two students competed at CSULB’s Annual Student Research Competition; three additional student-led posters were presented at a local health conference at CSULB; one additional student will be presenting a poster at a separate local health conference for the Raise Foundation; and one of Dr. Bavarian’s thesis students, who is also a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar, had an abstract based on her thesis accepted for presentation at a national health conference.

Dr. Bavarian received her Ph.D. and Masters in Public Health from Oregon State University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Prevention Science at UC Berkeley before coming to the Health Science department here at CSULB. When asked about her feelings on accepting this award, she says, “During my formal career as a student and postdoctoral fellow, I had the good fortune of receiving quality mentorship; I knew that when I was given the opportunity, it would be my duty to “pay it forward.” For Dr. Bavarian, this meant incorporating both the service aspects of teaching with important Academic research work: “Recently, a good friend of mine who is not in academia asked me what I prefer, teaching or research. I told him, ‘The beauty of being a research mentor is that you get to integrate both!’”

The Academic Affairs Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity, established in 2008, honors student mentoring within the previous 18 months. The award will be presented on Friday, April 15 at the University Achievement Awards at The Pointe in the Pyramid.

The original Research @ The Beach article in Beach Magazine can be found here


Child and Family Center Open House

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The Child and Family Center, a National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited program located in the Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Building, will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 8, in FCS rooms 107 and 109.

The center, a nationally recognized student-teacher training facility, provides childcare services for CSULB employees and their families for children 18 months to 5 years of age. The open house is an opportunity for families to receive enrollment applications and information, meet the lead teachers and administrators, learn about the center's curriculum, and is the only day to tour the facilities. Applications for the 2016-17 school year will become first available at the open house.

For more information, visit the Child and Family Center Website or contact Jodi Morinaka or Arlene Nelson


CHHS' Rashida Crutchfield Weighs in on the Homeless Student Problem in


Homeless College Student

As quoted from Rolling Stone Magazine, see the full article here Tens of Thousands of College Students Have Nowhere to Sleep

"Last year, more than 56,000 students identified as homeless on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, form. But the real number of homelss students is almost certainly higher: That number excludes those who cannot identify as homeless because they lack sufficient proof, such as verification from a shelter. It also does not include the unknown number of college students who intermittenly experience housing insecurity but handle it on their own by couch surfing with friends or sleeping in their car or campus library, never telling a university official...

According to Rashida Crutchfield, an assistant professor at California State University, an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach's School of Social Work who is researching housing insecurity in her university system, there is no norm when it comes to how students end up homeless. 'If I emancipate or age out of foster care, I am more likely to be homeless. That exists, but not all students who are homless have had foster care experience,' she says. 'We've got an increase in students who have limited economic stability. Out students are working, part-time and full-time, and they're supporting themselves and they're helping their families. A lot of students are just living paycheck-to-paycheck and if something happens, if some emergency happens, they can end up homeless.'"


Fighting for Agricultural Health and Safety Abroad

APHA International Award

Every year, the Occupational Health and Safety Section presents four awards at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. These awards are granted to highly deserving individuals or organizations that provide tireless advocacy for the health and safety of workers in the U.S. and internationally. The 2015 International Award was presented to Dr. Sarath Gunatilake, Director, Employee Health Metropolitan State Hospital and Professor Health Science Department, California State University, Long Beach. This the first time a Sri Lankan was given this prestigious award. Click here to watch a video of the ceremony and listen to Dr. Gunatilake's speech on the importance of protecting agricultural workers from harmful pesticides all over the world: APHA Award Dr. Gunatilake.

This award was presented primarily in recognition of Dr. Gunatilake’s research work with Dr. Channa Jayasumana, from the Rajarata University Medical School, Sri Lanka, on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) among rice paddy farmers in Sri Lanka. The disease has already killed 23,000 farmers. Their research findings indicated that the main cause of CKD in Sri Lanka is the contamination of the drinking water and the food supply with pesticides-mainly Glyphosate- and heavy metals such as Arsenic and Cadmium that is present as contaminants in synthetic fertilizer. These results were published: This article received worldwide attention. Subsequently, four other articles were published by Drs. Gunatilake and Jayasumana in support of this hypothesis. Today, World Health Organization has declared Glyphosate as a possible human carcinogen (possibly causing cancer). Several developed nations including Netherlands and France have followed Sri Lanka’s example and banned marketing of Glyphosate. Major marketing companies in Switzerland and Germany have now withdrawn this product from the market. Other countries that have now imposed bans or severe restrictions on Glyphosate include Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Argentina, El Salvador, and Bermuda

In 2009 The Southern California Public Health Association presented Dr. Gunatilake with the Ruth and Milton Roemer Award for his services on disaster management to Sri Lanka during the South East Asian Tsunami and his efforts on training health workers in the Long Beach Health Department. Dr. Gunatilake has trained dozens of Sri Lankan physicians in the U.S, on Community Medicine, Health Education and Medical Administration and also served as foreign examiner in the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine in Community Medicine. In 2011, the Sri Lanka Government Recognized Dr. Gunatilake for the outstanding services rendered to the Sri Lankan Health Care sector with a special awarded presented by the Counsel General in Los Angeles. In 2014 California State University, Long Beach awarded Dr. Gunatilake the Research Accomplishment of the Year award. In the past Dr. Gunatilake has worked as a consultant to the World Bank, World Health Organization, The Asian Development Bank, the USAID and the South Pacific Commission.