Stephen Mezyk is receiving one of 42 Department of Energy grants for university-led nuclear research and development projects. The $1.4 million grant will be awarded over four years. Mezyk’s research on Alpha Radiolysis of Nuclear Solvent Extraction Ligands used for An(III) and Ln(III) Separations (FCS-3), is one of 13 projects funded by the Department of Energy for the development of "technologies that will enable the safe and cost-effective management of the used fuel produced by the current and future nuclear fuel cycle in a manner that reduces proliferation risk." CSULB was the only non-PhD institution receiving one of the Fuel Cycle Research and Development grants and Mezyk’s grant was the largest awarded.
CSULB’s vocal jazz chorus, Pacific Standard Time, and four CSULB students received awards from DownBeat Magazine, a widely respected publication covering the world of jazz and blues. DownBeat’s Annual Student Music Awards are the largest national jazz competition for students.
Pacific Standard Time received the Graduate College Outstanding Performance award. Honors for outstanding performances by vocal jazz soloists went to undergraduate Katheren "Ren" Geisick and graduate student Ann Pedersen. The Jazz Arrangement Undergraduate College Winner was Alex Stephens for “In the Glow of the Moon.” The Jazz Arrangement Graduate College Winner was Andrea Calderwood for “Last Call.” The awards are featured in the June 2010 issue.
Britt Rios Ellis (NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training)) was recognized as a Woman of the Year by the National Hispanic Business Women Association in May. The association is an Orange County-based non-profit organization that empowers and encourages women and business owners to develop and increase their business and offers opportunities to students who wish to pursue higher education and a career in business.
Jeet Joshee, Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education at CSULB, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) for 2010-11. He began his term early April and will serve until April of 2011.
Additionally, he will also serve a three-year term as a commissioner in the association’s International Affairs Commission, a body that tracks trends in international higher education. As a board member Joshee will also chair the Opportunity and Equity Committee of UPCEA. The Opportunity and Equity Committee promotes diversity in its member institutions and it studies and identifies best practices in promoting diversity.
Barry Nerhus, who is working on his master’s degree in biology at CSULB, was featured in the Orange County Register for his efforts to save the threatened southwestern pond turtle in an Irvine marsh. Nerhus, who runs his own consulting business, Endemic Environmental Services, said he decided to pursue his master's degree at CSULB because of his interest in the species. Nerhus had done undergraduate research at the marsh in 2006, when scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey came to trap the turtles.
Andrew Byrom (Art) represented the United States at Kuala Lumpur Design Week 2010 in May. A formally trained graphic designer specializing in typographic layout and typeface design, Byrom was one of six international experts in the design field who was asked to speak at the event. Design Week serves as an opportunity for the design community to network and provides opportunities for design professionals and students to discover what is happening within the design community.