James Brady (Anthropology) coauthored three papers that were presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Chicago, IL, March 30 – April 3, 2022. The first two, “A Further Illumination of Post-Mortem Practices at Midnight Terror Cave Using Paleogemomics,” and “Delving into the Structure of Ancient Maya Cave Rituals: Archaeological and Paleogenetic Insights,” were written with UC Santa Cruz faculty members Cristina Verdugo and Lars Fehren-Schmitz. The third, “More than Smoke: Questions Arising from Incense Burners from Balamkú Cave, Chichen Itza,” was coauthored with Guillermo de Anda from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) and former Cal State LA grad student Cinthia Campos, now a doctoral student at SUNY Binghamton.
Elaine Draper (Sociology) organized and chaired a session on “COVID Pandemic: Alienation, Inequalities, Mental Health, and Human Rights” at the annual Law and Society Association Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, and presented on human rights, individual choice, and the public interest at the LSA meeting in July 13-16, 2022. She served on the State Bar of California Pathway to Law School Program Advisory Council in 2021-22 and as a faculty judge at the 2022 Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities. In spring 2022, she organized a campus visit with Heal the Bay’s marine and coastal scientists to speak with students and faculty about environmental research and politics.
Silvia L. Martin
Pamela Regan, Kaveri Subrahmanyam, and Minas Michikyan
Jongwook Woo (Information Systems) organized a symposium, “The 2021 International Symposium of Big Data, AI and Education,” on Oct. 28, 2021. The symposium speakers were invited from leading companies and universities to discuss the current and future trends of IT technology and to explore possible collaboration with industry in artificiaI intelligence and big data. Woo was also a keynote speaker and he spoke on the topic of “Scalable Predictive Analysis using Multiple GPUs leveraging Big Data” at the 2022 International Conference on Future Information & Communication Engineering, held in Jeju, Korea, Jan. 12-14, 2022.
Dustin Garnet (Art) co-edited the book, Living Histories: Global Conversations in Art Education, published by Intellect Ltd., Oct. 6, 2022. He was also a guest editor for a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Visual Inquiry, titled “Inflection Points in/through Art Education: Conversations Today and a Look to the Future,” vol. 10, no. 3, 2022.
Arun Aryal and Shilpa Balan
Steve LaDochy (Emeritus, Geosciences and Environment) coauthored a paper with student Tania Torres and Yohsiang F. Hsu of Temple University, entitled “Los Angeles’ Urban Heat Island Continues to Grow: Urbanization, Land Use Change Influences,” in the Journal of Urban and Environmental Engineering, vol. 15, no. 2, 2021.
Sylvia L. Martin
Serie McDougal III
Melanie D. Sabado-Liwag
James D. Simon
Gregory D. Stevens
Gregory D. Stevens (Public Health) served as the co-editor of The Medical Care Blog, the official blog of the peer-reviewed journal Medical Care sponsored by the American Public Health Association, 2021-22. He also authored an article, “‘Protect our hospitals’ might convince Britons to get COVID-19 vaccines, but it won’t work in the U.S.,” in STAT News, Jan. 5, 2022.
Ericka K. Verba
Carmen Gachupin (Public Safety) along with the Parking and Transportation Services team received a second-place leadership award in the electrification of transportation category for installing level 3 electrical vehicle chargers as part of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Sustainability Awards Program. The awards honor businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies whose participation in LADWP rebate programs resulted in substantial positive environmental impacts. The awards ceremony was held virtually on April 7, 2022.
Arturo Pacheco-Vega (Mechanical Engineering) secured a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a hub for urban sustainability that will advance energy and water research, and expand opportunities for students to engage in intensive STEM education and training. The five-year NSF grant will help establish the CREST Center for Advancement toward Sustainable Urban Systems, known as CATSUS, in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. Co-investigators on the grant project include Gustavo Menezes (Civil Engineering); Sonya Lopez (Civil Engineering); Jeffrey Santner (Mechanical Engineering); and Yixian Wang (Chemistry). The grant announcement was made on Aug. 31, 2021.
Taffany Lim (Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good) helped secure a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will help the university establish the first in-person bachelor’s degree completion program for incarcerated women in California. The university is partnering with Chaffey College to offer the new prison education program, an expansion of Cal State LA’s Prison B.A. Graduation Initiative. Incarcerated students at the California Institute for Women in Riverside County will take courses in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, with an option in interdisciplinary studies in culture and society.
Cynthia Wang (Communication Studies) secured a $100,000 Digital Justice Development Grant from the American Council of Learned Societies to support the further development of The arqive: An LGBTQ Digital Storytelling Map. The grant announcement was made on May 25, 2022. The arqive is an interactive repository of geographically and temporally located LGBTQ events and stories that presents narratives of LGBTQ history around the world, foregrounding principles of social justice, diversity, and inclusion through humanities perspectives. The project team includes Zachary Vernon (Art) and John Hurley (Computer Science).