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Research @ the Beach - Spring 2018

In this issue:

Discovered Cache of Rare Ancient Bronze Coins Date to Early Roman Empire

Paul Scotton - Spring 2018

Discovered Bronze Coins

The College of Liberal Arts’ Professor of Classics Paul Scotton, along with an excavation team, has unearthed a significant cache of bronze Roman coins buried under a collapsed building about 1,500 years ago in the ancient Greek city of Corinth during an earthquake and tsunami, which also destroyed a once bustling harbor. Also discovered were two large Roman civic basilicas, popular public buildings at that time.

The archaeological site has been the focus of the Lechaion Harbor and Settlement Land Project, where Dr. Scotton has been digging since the summer of 2016.

University Achievement Awards

University Achivement Awards

A Celebration of Instruction, Research, Creative Activity and Service

Recipients of the University Achievement Awards are recognized for their extraordinary efforts in teaching, research, scholarly activity, advising, mentoring and service to Cal State Long Beach.


ORSP Recognizes Faculty Receiving External Awards and Internal Research Grants, Mini-Grants and Summer Stipends

Spring 2018

Award Recognition logo

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects recognizes CSULB faculty who received new awards, both internal and external, over the last six months from October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

Introducing TED's Cinematographer

David Waldman - Spring 2018

David Waldman lighting a TED Talk

What makes capturing TED Conferences such a creatively and technically challenging endeavor is the need to serve three audiences equally: the audience in the room; those watching a live-cut simulcast; and the millions viewing the edited talks after they are posted online. David Waldman serves as the Cinematographer and Visual Consultant for the conference, bringing his expertise to the talks and also his CSULB classroom.

Explaining Autism Spectrum Disorder via Placenta Research

Jen-Mei Chang - Spring 2018

Jen Mei Chang with Student

When I tell people that I study placenta, their first reaction is typically, “is it really beneficial to eat the placenta?” I usually chuckle at a statement like that since I wouldn’t know the answer to that considering that I have never eaten one myself. When I tell people that I study mathematics and placenta, their reaction is always, “what does math have to do with placenta?” Well, the answer is, EVERYTHING!

30th Annual CSULB Student Research Competition Results

ORSP Staff - Spring 2018

This year's competition showcased scholarly research and creative activities completed by undergraduate and graduate students. 55 students showcased their research across nine discipline-specific categories, with 10 students selected to continue to the CSU statewide competition in May.

"If I’m Not Doing Anything Wrong, So What?"
How Social Media Data Breaches Disproportionately Impact People of Color and the Poor

Gwen Shaffer - Spring 2018

Gwen Shaffer

Participation in the modern world demands disclosure of personal information, and our increasing reliance on mobile devices compounds this reality. Today, we routinely communicate with friends through Facebook Messenger. We skip the mall and, instead, use our smartphones to fill Amazon shopping carts. And nearly 60% of all internet searches in the United States originate on a mobile device. Within each of these contexts, we willingly disclose—or inadvertently reveal—our political opinions, values and personal interests.

Gwen Shaffer's current research project aims to gain a deeper understanding of how marginalized groups who rely on cell phones to access the internet are disproportionately impacted by the tracking, storing and sharing of personal data on their devices.

Nourishing Young Runners for Optimal Bone Health

Michelle Barrack - Spring 2018

Michelle Barrack

As a competitive runner in high school and college, Michelle Barrack recognized the significant effect food choices had on her energy and ability to perform. She didn’t realize was how much food was needed to adequately fuel a long distance runner and the risks associated with chronic under-fueling.


Making our Campus "Water Sustainable" Using Abandoned Water Waste

Jin Gi Hong - Spring 2018

Cooling Towers on the CSULB Campus

Nowadays, water shortage has become a key issue in California. California communities, farms, businesses, and natural ecosystems depend upon adequate and reliable supplies of clean water. One of the promising ways to increase available water supply beyond nature’s hydrological cycle is to develop engineering strategies for sustainable and energy-efficient technologies.

Jin Gi Hong's research focuses on developing advanced zero liquid discharge wastewater treatment technology for potential water savings in our campus cooling system.