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Research @ the Beach - Faculty Research

The Impact of Liberal Arts Faculty Research

by Dean David Wallace - April 2016

Describing research in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is a daunting task, as the college includes 20 departments and eight programs spanning the humanities and social sciences. Faculty in the college conduct research on such varied topics as: Nepali women’s migration narratives, LGBTI hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible, the impact of sleep on dyadic relationships and collective decision making, and the relations among binge drinking, distress tolerance, and impulsivity.

Read more about the Impact.

Leadership Fellows Incorporate Research in their Projects

April 2016

In the Fall 2013, the Leadership Fellows Program was created by Interim President Donald Para and Interim Provost David Dowell to develop the next generation of university leaders, respond systemically to critical issues in higher education, and advance CSULB’s strategic priorities and goals. The program has been recognized nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for excellence and innovation in leadership development and diversity.

Read more about Leadership Fellows.

Reducing the Risk of Falling

April 2016

Falls among older adults are a leading cause of serious injuries that can lead to hospitalization, nursing home admission, serious psychological consequences or even death. Many older adults avoid activities because they fear falling. Limiting physical activities, however, may cause losses in physical strength, physical and emotional functioning, and independence, and thus actually increase the risk of falling and negatively impact their health-related quality of life.

Read more about Reducing the Risk.

Who Benefits when Companies Provide XBRL Financial Statements?

March 2016

Dr. Rod Smith’s (Accountancy) research could have implications on the way public companies provide financial statements and financial statement schedules. He is investigating whether eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) reporting is providing the benefits that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expected when it began requiring most U.S. corporations to provide financial statements in this interactive format.

Read more about who benefits more.

Modeling Training for Teachers in Educational Technology and STEM

Faculty Research - February 2016

Dr. Stephen Adams

New curriculum standards require teachers to teach about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and to use educational technologies. Dr. Stephen Adams (Professor in Educational Technology and Media Leadership) has been developing and studying a teacher training model for using educational technologies in STEM that has complementary goals related to both developing teachers and serving youth from diverse communities.

Read more about Dr. Adam's Research.

Using Animation to Address Social Issues

by Beomsik Shimbe Shim - Faculty Research - January 2016

A still from Shimbe's award-winning The Wonder Hospital

Beomsik Shimbe Shim (Art) has worked on Comedy Central’s "Futurama" and videos and album art for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Now he is creating animated films that address sensitive social issues that are overlooked by commercial production companies.

Read more about Shim's work.

Soil-Structure Interaction and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Through Federal and State Funded Research Grants

Faculty Research - December 2015

Luis G. Arboleda-Monsalve Photo

The research projects that Dr. Arboleda is developing at CSULB revolve around the integration of full-scale numerical simulations with real field monitoring data, laboratory data, and in situ testing to gain a deeper understanding of observed soil and structural behavior.

Read more about Dr. Arboleda's work.

Campus Study Aims to Examine Scope and Correlates of Prescription Stimulant Misuse

Faculty Research - October 2015

Dr. Niloofar Bavarian Photo

Prescription stimulant misuse is a growing issue in the college population. Dr. Niloofar Bavarian (Health Science) has been studying this health-compromising behavior ever since she was a graduate student at Oregon State University. In spring she will conduct a pilot study to examine the extent of the problem among undergraduate students at CSULB. Read more about Dr. Bavarian's research

Are We Predictable Pedestrians?

Faculty Research - October 2015

Pedestrian Research Diagram - Voronoi


To answer that question, Dr. Chung-min Lee (Mathematics and Statistics) researched pedestrian movement with colleagues in the Netherlands at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Read more about Pedestrian Research...


Improving Mental Health Outcomes in At-Risk Young Adults

Faculty Research - September 2015

Drs. Araceli Gonzalez and Guido Urizar (Psychology) are collaborating on a study that examines how psychosocial and physiological factors influence mental health outcomes.

Read more about Improving Mental Health in at-risk Adults...

After Nearly 30 Years Sanchez-H Project Published

Faculty Research - August 2015

When Tina Datsko de Sánchez wrote her poetry collection, “The Delirium of Simón Bolívar,” she never imagined it would take nearly 30 years to get it published. But in 2013 the bilingual collection of poetry about the 19th century South American military and political leader was published jointly by Floricanto Press and Berkeley Press, receiving international praise.

Read more about the Project.

BUILD Research Training Program Gets Underway


July 2015

Instructor leads student session

Less than one year since CSULB was awarded a five-year, $23.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the university has already made huge strides in engaging students in the initiative.

Read more about BUILD Research at CSULB.

Pandya Looks at English Learners’ Language, Literacy and Identity

Faculty Research Spotlight - June 2015

Jessica Pandya


When Dr. Jessica Pandya, Chair of the Liberal Studies Department, came to CSULB 10 years ago, she began an ethnographic study of the experiences of English language learners in test-saturated classrooms under the No Child Left Behind Act.


Read more about Dr. Pandya's work.

Faculty Research, Creative Activity Recognized

May 2015

They are six faculty members with different research, scholarly and creative interests, but they have at least one thing in common. The impact of their work earned them recognition as among CSULB’s most talented and dedicated faculty members last month at the University Achievement Awards and Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service.

Their work looks at the effect of mental health on physical well-being, explores movement in theatre and examines patterns in biomedical data to diagnose and treat patients with neurological and cardiovascular disorders. They are mentoring students as they build cutting-edge robotic systems, improving the quality of education and revolutionizing the way we understand speech and swallowing.

Read more Faculty Activity

An International Perspective

by Fran Siegel - Faculty Research - April 2015

Overland 14, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

My monumental form of collage drawing is an investigation of site-locations. Information is researched and reconstructed with multiple sources, viewpoints and mediums. Recent drawings have been acquired by LACMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Read more about Fran's work.

New Institute Advances Manufacturing and Automation Technologies

Faculty Research - March 2015

Photo of Faculty Member, Bob Minaie

CSULB’s Institute for Manufacturing and Automation Technologies (I-MAT) was established in December to enhance research and development activities in partnership with industry as well as state and federal agencies.

Read more about I-MAT.

Center Creates Opportunities for Faculty, Students and the Community

Faculty Research - February 2015

Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership

Ten years since it opened its doors, the CSULB/NCLR Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training offers students, faculty and the community a wide range of opportunities. Read more about the Center.

Looking to the Past to Understand Modern Climate Change

Faculty Research Spotlight - January 2015

Lora Stevens with an undergraduate student

After receiving a prestigious Fulbright Award last year, Dr. Lora Stevens (Geological Sciences) traveled to Vietnam where she developed international collaborations and made important research discoveries that can help scientists understand modern climate change and its impact. Read more about Lora Stevens' work.

President Conoley: The Role of Research at CSULB

CSULB President - Dr. Jane Conoley - December 2014

CSULB President Conoley

From my perspective, the key roles a university plays in our society are to preserve the best knowledge from the past; generate/discover new knowledge (and create cool new things); and prepare the next generation to do the same. Our faculty's expertise in research is foundational to Cal State Long Beach's success as a great university. Read more on the role of research.


2015–16 ORSP Research Grant Program

ORSP is accepting proposals for internal grants to help you prepare proposals for major external funding. Multidisciplinary research collaborations and partnerships are encouraged. Read more collaboration and partnerships.


External Grant Opportunities

CSULB subscribes to the Grants Resource Center, which allows you to receive customized alerts on funding opportunities and get higher education grants and contracts news. Read more about External Grant Opportunities.