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Faculty Research, Creative Activity Recognized

More than 160 posters, displays, and publications from across the disciplines were exhibited at the University Achievement Awards and Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service held last month. The outstanding showcase included contributions from President Conoley, faculty, students and faculty collaborations, and individual student research. Thanks to everyone who submitted work to be displayed.

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 CSULBís 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.

While 13 members of the campus community were honored at the event, the following faculty members received awards because of their significant research, scholarly and creative activity.

Identifying Patterns in Biomedical Data to Help Patients

Early Academic Career Excellence Award

Dr. Shadnaz Asgari honored at University Achievement Awards

In just three years at CSULB, Dr. Shadnaz Asgari has had a substantial impact on students, the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department and the university.

Dr. Asgari is an expert in signal processing, data mining and machine learning. Her research looks at the patterns in biomedical data to diagnose and treat patients with various neurological and cardiovascular disorders including brain trauma and arrhythmia.

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The Impact of Mental Health on Physical Well-Being

Early Academic Career Excellence Award

Dr. Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez honored at University Achievement Awards

Dr. Selena Nguyen-Rodriguezís career as a faculty member in Health Science has been shaped by her life experiences.

Her research interests stem, in part, from personal tragedy. Within a two-year period, two close family members were diagnosed with cancer. It was the difference in their attitudes when faced with terminal illness and the impact that had on their time left with loved ones that inspired Dr. Nguyen-Rodriguez to look into the effect mental health has on a personís physical wellbeing. Her research interests are in exploring the effects of psychosocial factors on a personís ability to cope with and survive chronic disease as well as psychological influences on immune system functioning and health behavior.

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Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Speech and Swallowing

Distinguished Faculty Scholarly & Creative Achievement Award

Dr. Betty McMicken honored at University Achievement Awards

Dr. Betty McMickenís research is revolutionizing the way speech-language pathologists understand speech and swallowing.

An associate professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department, Dr. McMicken is an expert on disorders of the voice, dysphagia (swallowing), motor speech disorders and aphasia, a disorder usually caused by a stroke or injury affecting the part of the brain that deals with language.

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Improving Education for Immigrant Youth

Distinguished Faculty Scholarly & Creative Achievement Award

Dr. Leslie Reese honored at University Achievement Awards

As a young college graduate, Dr. Leslie Reese didnít set out to become a university professor. After earning her bachelorís degree in anthropology at Stanford in the early Ď70s, she moved to Peru to teach English and help rebuild communities following a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake.

Five years later she returned to California, earned her masterís degree in bilingual education at CSULB and began a 20-year career in the Long Beach Unified School District as a bilingual teacher, specialist, program facilitator and District-level consultant.

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Giving Students a Real-World Experience

Outstanding Faculty Mentor for Student Engagement in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

Dr. Praveen Shankar honored at University Achievement Awards

Inside the Collaborative Autonomous Systems Laboratory students are designing and building unmanned vehicles that can measure the length of sharks under water, explore Mars, inspect the hulls of ships, and monitor the marine environment.

The cutting edge robotic systems are being developed under the mentorship of Dr. Praveen Shankar who established the lab three years ago with a focus on providing real-world, hands-on experience to engineering students.

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The Movement of Theatre

Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

Ezra LeBank honored at University Achievement Awards

Ezra LeBank is in the midst of an extraordinary career in physical theatre performance, pedagogy and innovation.

The upcoming publication of his book, CLOWNS: In Conversation with Modern Masters, by the leading academic theatre publisher in England, Routledge Publishing, is an indication of the level of scrutiny, rigor, and analysis that LeBank brings to his work.

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