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Faculty, Students and Staff Highlights

Professor Kelly Young, a local expert on reproductive biology, will give a presentation on Thursday, October 16, from 4 -5 pm in Peterson Hall 2 (PH2), room 110 as part of the Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series.  In her presentation, “Extreme Remodeling: Protease Expression and Action in the Seasonal Ovary,” Young will discuss reproductive seasonality in mammalian females.   A pre-seminar Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer (snacks and refreshments provided) will take place from 3:30-4:00 pm in PH2-110.

California State University, Long Beach faculty have been weighing in on the $700 billion bailout plan and the U.S. financial crisis in the media.  Read comments by Professor Lisa Grobar (Economics) in the Orange County Register and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.  Find remarks by Economics Chair Joe Magaddino and Professor Art Levine (Finance) in the Long Beach Press-Telegram.  Catch comments from Magaddino in the Contra Costa Times and from Professor Craig Smith (Film and Electronic Arts) on KPCC. In addition, you can watch the recent panel discussion examining the economic crisis and its potential implications featuring CSULB and industry experts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October at 6:10 p.m. on BEACH TV, Long Beach Charter Cable 18 and Lakewood Comcast Cable 28.

Professor Oliver Wang (Sociology) participated in a forum on the future of music criticism at USC’s Annenberg School organized by L.A. Times' chief pop critic Ann Powers and featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page, writers from Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, and City Beat and others. The panel discussed “the death of the critic” and how the Internet has affected arts writing. 

Professor Shira Tarrant (Women’s Studies) was quoted in the Baltimore Sun for a story about Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin balancing her roles as a mother and candidate. 

Professor Emerita  Jutta Birmele (German Studies) delivered two lectures at the Missouri Southern State University, Institute of International Studies, in September: So Unlike Ours: German Elections, German Parties. Also: Your Dignity, Not Your Happiness: The Principle Values of the German Constitution.

The Center for First Amendment Studies has just posted two new reports on its Web site.  The first concerns “The First Amendment and the Media.”  This booklet was presented at a First Amendment Summit in Washington, D.C. at the National Archives Building.  The second concerns “The First Amendment and Religion” and will be featured at the National Communication Association’s Annual Meeting in November and at the President’s Forum on International Human Rights in the spring.  These reports were written by Graduate Fellows at the Center and the Foreman Graduate Fellows in our joint MFA program with Professor and Director of the Center for First Amendment Studies Craig Smith (Film and Electronic Arts).


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Read one of Professor Diana Wagman’s (Film and Electronic Arts) latest columns in the LA Times:  In Campaign 2008, the story's the thing. 

Professor Jonathan Talberg (Bob Cole Conservatory of Music)  is directing the prestigious LA Bach Festival for the first time. The festival has performances throughout October and will end with a finale on November 2 at 4 pm.  For more information on dates and times, visit the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.

Professors John N. Tsuchida (Asian and Asian American Studies) Victor Rodriguez, and Jose Moreno (both of Chicano and Latino Studies) have received a $51,700 grant from the National Education Association to conduct research on the racialization of Asian and Latino students in K-12 and its impact on their education. They will produce a booklet by the end of this year, which will be used as a manual for providing training for teachers, administrators and school board members.  The initial project will focus on elementary school children in Long Beach and Anaheim.

Three students in the MA Human Factors Psychology Program, Joshua Kraut, Katsumi Minakata and Jimmy Nguyen, participated in a series of human-in-the-loop experiments at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, over the summer.  These experiments explored advanced concepts and technology for aircraft separation assurance, which is critical to relieving air-traffic controller workload, the primary constraint on airspace capacity.   The students served as "pseudopilots" in one project, and as human factors' observers in another project.  As observers, students recorded data on the performance of airline pilots flying in simulators with advanced aeronautics tools. 

Interim Dean for the College of Education Marquita Grenot-Scheyer is being honored at California State University, Los Angeles 35th Annual Alumni Awards.  Grenot-Scheyer is being recognized as the Distinguished Alumna for the Charter College of Education on November 6 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.