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Wednesday Message

July 11, 2012

Five Multidisciplinary Research Awards Granted

For the second year, Academic Affairs and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) continued the Multidisciplinary Research Awards to motivate collaborative research among different academic units at CSULB.

We received 29 high quality proposals from all colleges and other academic units. Five awards, with the grant total of $59,890, were selected for their level of interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation, student involvement, and overall merit. We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the highly competitive and prestigious 2012 CSULB Multidisciplinary Research Award are:

  • Dustin Thoman (Psychology)
    Andrew Mason (CNSM)
    Paul Buonora (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
    “The role of belonging uncertainty in the underrepresentation of Latinos in Science”
  • Roger Chih-Cheng Lo (Chemical Engineering)
    Houng-Wei Tsai (Biological Sciences)
    “Miniaturizing chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) for high-throughput analysis of histone modifications”
  • Tina Arora (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling) David Whitney (Psychology)
    “Types of perseveration in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the work setting”
  • Grace Reynolds (Health Care Administration) and
    Eric Hass-Stapleton (Biological Sciences)
    “Incidence testing for HIV-1 in an at-risk population residing in Long Beach, CA”
  • Khosrow Moshirvaziri (Information Systems)
    Behnam Bahr (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
    “The Economic Impact of a Large Earthquake on Ports and Transportation System in Southern California”

We would like to thank faculty and students for having actively participated in this award competition. The creativity and diversity of these award applications was impressive. However, due to the limited budget availability, we are unable to sponsor all projects with innovative ideas. We strongly urge faculty to pursue other funding sources to support your research projects. Our commitment to student success and faculty support will continue.

We would also like to express our gratitude to the review panel for its review and recommendation of the 2012 Multidisciplinary Research Awards. The review panel includes the following faculty representatives:

  • Robert Chi (CBA)
  • Tom O’Brien (CCPE)
  • Shireen Pavri (CED)
  • Gail Farmer (CHHS)
  • Ken Green (CLA)
  • Matt Becker and Brian Livingston (CNSM)
  • Hamid Rahai (COE)
  • Cyrus Parker-Jeannette (COTA)
  • Tracey Mayfield (ULIB)


New Events Planned for Staff Week July 24-26

Staff Week is just around the corner, offering three days of events for CSULB staff members.

Scavenger Hunt

Team up with your coworkers for a scavenger hunt throughout campus on Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25 at 12 pm.

  • Scavenger hunt teams cannot have more than four people.
  • Teams can participate one or both days.
  • Meet at the Lymon Lough Fountain at Brotman Hall at 12 pm for the scavenger hunt list and instructions.
  • The team with the most golden tickets collected wins.
  • The winning team will be announced at the Staff Summer Social on Thursday, July 26.

Staff Family Game Night

Bring your families to the Student Union for Staff Family Game Night on Wednesday, July 25 from 6 – 8 pm.

  • Play pool, start a game of table tennis or participate in cosmic bowling – all are free.
  • Have dinner – a slice of pizza, a cookie and a drink are $2.50. Food must be preordered. Food cannot be ordered at the event. The following staff members are accepting orders and payments for dinner:
Lupe Swartz 5-2389 / Brotman Hall 303
Cynthia Riley 5-5587 / Brotman Hall 379
Jeniffer Fuentes-Mishica 5-4747 / Dance Center
Denitra Jones 5-8546 / Parking & Transportation Services
Gretchen Dinger 5-4239 / McIntosh Humanities Building 515
Ana Cortez 5-2392 / Peterson Hall 2 119
Lara Haentzschel 5-8341 / Facilities Management 116

Staff Summer Social

Join us for live music and ice cream at the Nugget patio on Thursday, July 26 from 11:30 am 1:30 pm.

  • Local band Low Low Jones will bring their mix of funk, rock and soul to the Nugget.
  • The winning scavenger hunt team will be announced.
  • Additional information about this event will be available next week.

For questions, contact Lupe Swartz at extension 5-2389 or


Submit Applications for Acting Research AVP by Monday

CSULB faculty and staff are invited to submit applications for the Acting Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs position by Monday, July 16. Additional information about the position and the application process can be found in the position description.


Did You Know?

CSULB’s MS in Psychology, option in Human Factors program is one of 15 graduate programs in the country accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the accrediting board for human factors programs in the U.S.



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