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Wednesday Message

August 22, 2012

Welcome to the 2012-13 academic year! I hope you were able to enjoy some time away with friends and family this summer.

The start of the new year brings the campus community together for Convocation, a long-standing university tradition. I hope you will be able to attend the event on Friday morning at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. You can read more about it in today’s Wednesday Message, which is returning to a weekly schedule.

Throughout the year, we will use the Wednesday Message as our primary means of communicating timely information on current and critical issues, deadlines, opportunities and upcoming events.

I wish you the very best in this new academic year.


Convocation is Friday

President F. King Alexander, Provost Donald Para and Academic Senate Chair Dan O’Connor will share their thoughts on the upcoming year at the 2012 Annual Convocation this Friday, August 24.

All faculty and staff are invited to the breakfast reception in the Dance Courtyard from 8 - 8:45 am as well as the program inside the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at 9 am.

If you require special accommodations, please contact Disabled Student Services at extension 5-5401.


Important Information About November Class Schedule

Veterans Day Schedule

Please review information about the change in schedule during the week of Veterans Day, a practice that began in fall 2010 and which will continue in future years.

  • In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, no classes will be held and campus will be closed on Monday, November 12.
  • All Monday classes will meet Tuesday, November 13, instead – at the same times and in the same university space normally occupied on Mondays.
  • All Tuesday, November 13 classes are canceled.
  • Special events will not be scheduled on Tuesday, November 13.

No Fall Break

Classes will be held Wednesday, November 21, the day before the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Because of the necessity to maintain an adequate number of instructional days in each academic term, it is not always possible to provide for a Fall break the day before Thanksgiving. Rather than add another day of instruction in December, the Campus Calendar Committee and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate recommended eliminating Fall Break for 2012.


Upcoming Training Sessions for IRBNet

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has adopted the industry leading IRBNet suite of tools, bringing electronic protocol management, online submissions and many other important features to the CSULB research community.

ORSP began accepting electronic protocol submissions via IRBNet effective July 2, 2012. All protocols (including revisions and renewals) must be submitted electronically via IRBNet, and all review decision letters will be issued electronically via IRBNet.

Training Sessions will be offered in the ORSP Seminar Room (F05-116) on the following dates. Each session should last less than an hour. RSVP to Mary Walker (

  • Tuesday, September 11th 10am
  • Wednesday, September 19th 2pm
  • Thursday, October 18th 10am

Additional training sessions will be scheduled as needed.

Some of IRBNet’s many features include electronic document management, web-based protocol sharing and collaboration, automatic notifications, electronic submissions and reviews, and important audit capabilities including electronic revision histories, electronic signatures and event tracking. ORSP has carefully chosen IRBNet not only for the important capabilities that it provides, but also because IRBNet is secure, web-based, and extremely intuitive and easy to use. You may access IRBNet from virtually any computer using a web browser by visiting

For additional information, please contact Mary Walker ( at (562) 985-5314.


Did You Know?

Dr. Katarzyna Slowinska (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received a four-year, $433,500 grant from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate how collagen, a naturally occurring bodily substance, can be manipulated into carrying and releasing cancer drugs directly at or even inside tumor cells.


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