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Research at the Beach - November 2016

In this issue:

Meet CNSM's New Associate Dean for Research

Barbara Taylor - Fall 2016

Snapshot of Dr. Barbara Taylor, new Associate Dean for Research

I am delighted to be part of CSULB. I arrived at the Beach in mid-August, coming from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), culminating experience at six different institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

It is easy to see why CSULB is one of the most popular universities in the nation and why staff and faculty become happily entrenched here.

Read more... about the new Associate Dean for Research

Research News

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs - Fall 2016

The Quest newsletter covering depicting CSULB Researchers

Quest 2016: Pursuing Innovation through Research, is now available and highlights the research achievements of CSULB faculty and students.

Looking for Funding to Support Your Program? ORSP provides you with search tools to choose from on its webpages.

CSULB Grant Development BeachBoard: Our goal is to provide resources to help you develop your grant proposal.

Read more... ORSP Announcements

CSULB Recognizes Faculty Receiving New Awards

Fall 2016

Award Recognition logo

Showcasing CSULB faculty receiving new awards between July 1 and October 31, 2016.

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Submissions for July-September 2016 51 Submissions totaling $31,026,733, New Awards for July-September 2016 53 New Awards totaling $22,872,811

The Physics may be Theoretical, but the Fun is Real!

Michael Peterson - Fall 2016

A mug with the phrase I am Donut

Mathematicians joke about a topologist mistakenly biting her coffee mug while pouring coffee into her donut. Topologists study the geometric properties of objects that are unchanged after bending, twisting, or pulling, however, cutting and tearing are not allowed.

Thus to a topologist, donuts and coffee mugs are identical since they both have one handle, or one hole, each. It turns out topology is playing an increasingly important role in physics, specifically condensed matter physics, and this is why I am working with my research group to intensively investigate it at Cal State Long Beach.

Read more... about Michael Peterson and Theoretical Physics

Collaborating with Mexico’s Indigenous Educators

Leslie Reese - Fall 2016

One of the most rewarding research projects that I have been involved in is current work with indigenous educators in Mexico on implementation of a dual immersion program designed to maintain their heritage language and culture.

My interest is in understanding how the linguistic and cultural rights of a non-dominant group are understood and enacted in a school system that has traditionally functioned to marginalize indigenous students and communities. More importantly, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with local educators in the construction of alternative instructional practices that favor students’ academic, social, and language development.

Read more... about Collaborating with Mexico’s Indigenous Educators

Global Need Exists for Greater Exposure to the Competencies Offered by an International Education Experience

Richard Marcus - Fall 2016

The Global Studies Institute (GSI) was established in September 2012 in service to the university community. Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, inaugural funding for the Institute came from the Haglund Global Studies Endowment gifted on the founding premise that students graduating from all of CSULB’s diverse programs will have been sensitized and exposed to global issues. Its mission is to incentivize, infuse, and serve as a conduit for international curricular and co-curricular innovations throughout campus.

Read more... about how the Global Need Exists for Greater Exposure to the Competencies Offered by an International Education Experience

Engineering Therapeutic and Regenerative Technologies

Perla Ayala - Fall 2016

Snapshot of Perla Ayala

The number of people waiting for an organ transplant has increased significantly in the past 20 years. The field of tissue engineering aims to develop strategies to achieve tissue regeneration, and/or to replace damaged organs by using biomaterials, cells, bioactive molecules, and combinations thereof.

Tissue engineering is a collaborative and interdisciplinary field; it incorporates knowledge from medicine, biology, chemistry, and engineering to design innovative therapies. The process of tissue regeneration is complex and involves numerous cell types interacting with each other and acting in specific temporal patterns. Often, this process is not effective and can lead to organ failure. The only option for some patients is organ transplantation.

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Successfully Teaching Sexual Assault Prevention

Marc Rich - Fall 2016

The interACT Troupe under my direction has been providing sexual assault prevention trainings on the CSULB campus, in the community, at universities around the United States, and military bases worldwide since 2000. Utilizing proactive performance (highest level of audience involvement), interACT is one of the most respected and recognized prevention programs in the United States. During an interACT presentation audience members literally join the actor-educators on stage to prevent sexual assault and support survivors.

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What Drives the Guerilla Open Access Movement?

Gabriel Gardner - Fall 2016

Snapshot of Gabriel Gardner

Scholars around the world have historically relied on libraries to collect secondary and primary sources for their research and for librarians to facilitate access to these sources.

As many collections have moved online, ease of access to these materials has been greatly increased. However, the costs associated with online access to scholarly journals has increased consistently over the years. For many libraries, such increases place a significant cumulative financial pressure on their budgets. Coexisting with annual price increases for many journals are the continually evolving models of open access publishing, which offer their articles free of charge to readers.

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Does Incentive-based Compensation for Chief Internal Auditors Impact Objectivity?

Sally Chung - Fall 2016

Snapshot of Sally Chung

The internal audit function (IAF) is increasingly seen as a key component of corporate governance. Auditing standards emphasize the potential impact of the IAF on the financial statement audit and thus the importance of internal audit objectivity. Our study focuses on a relatively unexamined facet of IAF independence, namely the potentially nefarious effect of incentive-based compensation (IBC) linked to company performance on IAF objectivity.

While IBC may align the interest of the IAF to that of shareholders, enhance the productivity and effectiveness, and improve the recruitment and retention of qualified internal auditors, it can also impair IAF objectivity. The internal auditors may be motivated to bias their audit evaluations in order to maximize performance measures and enhance their own personal wealth.

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