NSS Fall 2019 Food Drive 
The college is currently holding a Fall 2019 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 well-being.

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. 
Chemistry and Biochemisty Club Back-to-School Social
More than 80 students attended the Back-to-School Night social hosted by the Chemistry and Biochemistry club on August 29, 2019. The event kicked off the fall semester and provided an opportunity for networking with fellow students, administrators and faculty. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, which co-sponsored the event, provided a team of professionals to counsel students on industry careers in biology, chemistry and biochemistry.
Department of Sociology Faculty-Student Meet n' Greet 
The Department of Sociology held two Faculty-Student Meet n’ Greet events on August 28 and 29, 2019. Faculty welcomed the attendees to a new school year and introduced their research areas and interests. They encouraged student engagement on campus either by joining a research lab or clubs and organizations within the university campus (such as the Cal State LA Sociology club).

Through a raffle, the students in attendance were offered the opportunity for a free lunch with department faculty. 
NASA DIRECT-STEM Kick-Off Event 
The NASA Data Intensive Research and Education Center for STEM (NASA DIRECT-STEM) held its annual kick-off event on September 14, 2019 to welcome more than 140 students into its fifth cohort. Guest speakers from University of California, Irvine and NASA shared information on various Ph.D. programs and available internships. Program alumni were also on-hand to discuss their experiences in the program and offer advice to current students. 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards 
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted its 2019 Awards Ceremony on September 12, 2019. The ceremony celebrated 21 students who were awarded monetary scholarships that ranged from $400 and $1,800. The scholarships were established by department alumni, former faculty members, and corporate sponsors.

Visit the NSS flickr page for more photos.
“Water Changes Everything” Exhibition at the Historical Society of Long Beach 
Kathleen Sullivan, Christine Whitecraft (Cal State Long Beach), and Raul Iglesias (master of arts student in anthropology) produced the outreach online story map, “Alamitos Bay Through Time,” for the “Water Changes Everything” exhibition at the Historical Society of Long Beach. Working with an upper division undergraduate anthropology class and select graduate students, the team created more than 90 Geographic Information System (GIS) map layers showing the effects of human-built changes over the last several centuries in the once fertile coastal estuarine system in the southern California Bight. The story map is currently on public exhibit through June 13, 2020.

View the story map here>>
Student-Professional Networking Event (Master of Public Administration Program) 
The Department of Political Science held a networking event co-hosted by the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) on September 26, 2019. Attendees included students and faculty from the Master of Public Administration program and ASPA members. The featured guest speaker, former Murietta and Jurupa Valley city manager, Stephen Harding, led a discussion on public service, leadership, challenges faced by public administration officials, and the role of public administrators.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Fellows 
During the summer months, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP-BD) fellows, Yasmeen Solano, Ugbad Fariah, Imelda Lopez and Krishna Algoso, conducted outreach activities at Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program, a summer program for K – 8 th grade students. The fellows demonstrated various experiments and taught the enrolled students science basics such as natural selection and state of matter phase changes.  
Political Science Association Excursion to Sacramento
Ten students in the Department of Political Science visited the California State Capitol on April 1 and 2, 2019, as part a field trip organized by the Cal State LA Political Science Association. The students met with members of the State Assembly, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, and members of the executive branch, most notably, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis . Faculty member and club advisor, Taylor Dark, accompanied the students and assisted in organizing the trip. 
A Note from NSS Librarians
Are you looking for information on how to measure your research impact? NSS science librarian, Tiffanie Ford-Baxter, has developed a webpage with useful information to aid with your research and teaching needs. It is one of a multitude of guides on NSS subject areas developed by both Ford-Baxter and NSS social sciences librarian, Kendall Faulkner.

For more information, visit the guide and subject directory pages.
Faculty Focus
Lani Cupchoy’s (history) new documentary film, “Urban Seeds,” on the community garden and the School Grown Movement, is currently on the festival circuit. Cupchoy will host a free screening at Cal State LA in the spring. 

Patrick Krug (biological sciences) was featured on KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand to discuss the growing decline of red abalone. Listen here >>

ChorSwang Ngin (anthropology) received the General Anthropology Division (GAD) New Directions Individual Award for her work over the last 17 years as an anthropological expert witness helping attorneys and their asylum petitioners to gain favorable asylum outcomes. She was also recognized for her book, Identities on Trial in the United States: Asylum Seekers from Asia .

Enrique Ochoa (history and Latin American Studies) authored an opinion article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. 

Edith Porter (biological sciences) received the American Society for Microbiology Award for Education . The award recognizes general excellence in microbiology education – all activities that inform and motivate students about the discipline of microbiology.

Debasree Raychaudhuri (mathematics) was featured on 89.3 KPCC, 1070 AM LA, and KNX 1070 to discuss Cal State LA’s efforts in the Math and Science Teacher Initiative. Funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the program intends to address teacher shortage in California. Listen here >>

Matthias Selke (chemistry and biochemistry) gave a plenary lecture titled “Photosensitizers and Nanomaterials: Recent Advances and Challenges,” at the 34 th Chemistry Congress of the Philippines.
Upcoming Events
The Chicana M(other)work Anthology Panel

The Department of Chicana(o) and Latina(o) Studies is hosting a panel on the Chicana M(other)work Anthology . The event will feature editors of the book who will share their mission to end the silencing of Mothers of Color and transform communities, universities, and institutions from the bottom up. The event is co-hosted by the Cal State LA University-Student Union, Cross Cultural Centers, Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies program, and Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS).

When: October 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: University-Student Union, Los Angeles Room


The Sixth Annual Cal State LA Distinguished Visiting Lecture in Ancient History

The Sixth Annual Cal State LA Distinguished Visiting Lecture in Ancient History will feature Professor Kathlyn Cooney for a talk on “Women and Power in the Ancient World: Patterns of Rule.” The event is free and open to the public.

When: October 10, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: University Library Community Room B-131


An Evening with Marjorie Agosín

Join the Latin American Studies program and the Cross Cultural Centers for “Poetry and Human Rights in the An Evening with Award-Winning Chilean Poet and Activist Marjorie Agosín.”

When: October 17, 2019
Time: 1:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Where: Salazar Hall 184


Urban Sustainability Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities

You are invited to attend Cal State LA's inaugural symposium on urban sustainability hosted by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.

Register here by October 21, 2019.

When: October 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Golden Eagle Ballroom


Save the Date for National Chemistry Week!

Join the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club as they celebrate National Chemistry Week from October 21 – 25, 2019. The theme this year is Marvelous Metals and the event will include a celebration of science, and outreach activities. 


Exhibit Opening - Change-makers: Past and Present in Western History

Professor Dawn Dennis (history) and students from History 2020 will curate the photography exhibit, “Change-makers: Past and Present in Western History,” at the University Library. The exhibit will highlight individuals who have been intentional in their impact on the community as defined by connections through culture, language, history, religion, common interests, and values. The opening night will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m . 
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