27 th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities 
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Congratulations to NSS students who presented their research at the university’s 27 th Annual Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities. This year’s symposium featured 159 oral presentations and poster exhibitions. Winners of the Cal State LA symposium will represent the university at competitions with students from other California State University campuses. 

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NSS Black Students Meet-and-Greet
NSS Black students gathered on February 6, 2019 for a meet-and-greet with Dean Scott-Johnson. Attendees learned about important resources available for academic and student support while networking with fellow students, faculty and administrators. Krishna Foster, co-director of the MORE programs, and Enrique Ochoa, faculty program coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, were also on hand to give presentations on their respective research programs. Other presenters included Michelle Hawley, associate vice president and dean of Undergraduate Studies, Andrew Long, director of the Center for Academic Success, and Frederick Smith, director of the Cross Cultural Centers.

The event was sponsored by the Dean’s Office and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.  
Roxanne Mayoral - Amy Poehler's Smart Girls
Roxanne Mayoral, forensic anthropology graduate student, was recently featured on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization’s website in recognition of her work in academia. In the feature, she discusses her academic journey and offeres advice to young women interested in pursuing a degree in STEM. 

Re-discovery of Maya Ritual Cave and the Great Maya Aquifer Project
Archeologist in an old cave looking down.
James Brady, professor of anthropology and co-director of the Great Maya Aquifer Project , Guillermo de Anda, project director, and their investigative team re-discovered a cave with over 150 ritual objects in the Yucatán Peninsula. The objects have been untouched for more than a thousand years. The discovery was made as part of their work searching for the water table beneath Chichén Itzá and is widely regarded as one of the most important finds in the research history of the site.

The cave, Balamkú, was initially discovered more than 50 years ago but was intentionally buried afterwards for reasons unknown. The researchers also believe that this find could provide more details into Maya cave rituals and intimate details of the civilization. 

Read more on National Geographic and the New York Times.
Helpful Honda Hero of the Year – Hasmik Arakelyan
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Hasmik Arakelyan, Department of Psychology’s faculty lecturer, was named a “Hero of the Year” in 2018 by KNX at their annual Helpful Honda Heroes luncheon on February 1, 2019. The station recognized 51 Helpful Honda Heroes for their continuous community service work and impact on the community.

Arakelyan, also a professor at Los Angeles Valley College, has continuously worked to provide safe spaces for students in the LGBTQ+ community. Her accomplishments include the establishment of a “rainbow scholarship” for LGBTQ+ LAVC students. She is currently working on the creation of an LGBTQ+ center at the college. 

Book Talk with Timothy Doran 
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The history department held a book talk with Timothy Doran on the publication of his new book, Spartan Oliganthropia . The talk was facilitated by fellow history department faculty member, Stanley Burstein. In the book, Doran examined the cultural and social factors that led to the population decline of Ancient Sparta, with consequent damage to its political and military power. The event was attended by students, faculty and staff.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
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The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for its fall 2019 cohort. The cohort will join the previously selected cohort of rising and graduating senior fellows, where they are provided with mentoring and financial support as they prepare for entry into Ph.D. programs and eventual careers as scholars and faculty members in the humanities. The application deadline is March 27, 2019.

For eligibility criteria, program benefits and application process, visit the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program page.
3 rd Annual NSS Faculty Retreat
The NSS Steering Committee is calling for proposals for the 3 rd Annual NSS College-wide Retreat titled, “ Agents of Change: Promoting Equity-mindedness through Teaching and Research .” The committee invites proposals that showcase the innovative ways in which faculty members engage students in research and practice that promotes equity and/or understanding of civic responsibility. All tenured, tenure-track and lecturer faculty are welcome to participate.

For interested presenters, please to submit a brief abstract (150 words) by April 10, 2019.

The retreat will be held on May 10, 2019. More details to follow. 
NSS Spring Food Drive
It is not too late to contribute to the NSS Spring Food Drive for the Cal State LA Food Pantry . Items collected will provide currently enrolled students with free food regardless of verified need as a means of supporting their wellbeing. To support, please bring non-perishable and non-expired food items to any NSS department office or the Dean’s Office and place in the blue bin. Food items to consider include rice, oatmeal, canned meat, beans, canned fruit, juice, soup, snacks and pasta sauce.. 
Honors Convocation and Dean’s List Celebration
The 2019 NSS Honors Convocation will be held on March 22, 2019 at the Golden Eagle Ballroom. The event will honor the Dean’s List students who in 2018 achieved a grade point average of 3.9 or higher. The event will also recognize the Outstanding Graduate Student Award recipients. Faculty attending the Honors Convocation are encouraged to wear regalia.

The college will also honor students on the Dean’s List (all students who achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in 2018) at the Dean’s List celebration on May 3, 2019 in the La Kretz Hall lobby. NSS faculty and staff are invited. 

Faculty Focus
Michael McLendon discussed his recent book, The Psychology of Inequality: Rousseau’s Amour-Propre, at Claremont Graduate University on March 12, 2019.

The Phi Alpha Theta history honors society is holding its annual banquet on March 17, 2019 at Alpine Village in Torrance. The society will initiate new members, announce awards, and discuss the practice of history. For more information, please contact PAT president, Magdalena Gutierrez.

Eileen Ford, professor of history, received a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation in support of her work on William Wrigley Jr. in Southern California. This project will examine transformations brought to the Southern California culture in the early part of the twentieth century with a particular focus on William Wrigley’s work in Santa Catalina island and in Los Angeles. 
Upcoming Events
The LA River: the Present, and the Future

Join curators, Choi Chatterjee, Sergio Maldonado, Jewelyn Mims and Mark Wild for the opening reception of The LA River: The Past, the Present, and the Future, an art exhibit featuring original photographs of the LA River from the Los Angeles Times Archives spanning a hundred years.

April 10, 2019
5:30 p.m.
University Library North A Level 
NSS Alumni Panel

Mark your calendars for the NSS Alumni Panel followed by a catered networking reception. The event is sponsored by the Associated Students, Inc. More details on panelists to follow.

April 24, 2019
6:00 p.m.
University –Student Union Theatre
Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting 

Join fellow NSS faculty and students as Cal State LA hosts this year's Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting. The event is a large regional meeting for scholars, teachers, and students in psychology.

April 25 - 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. daily
Pasadena Convention Center
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