NSS Distinguished Speaker Series
The College of Natural Sciences will host a conversation with Tsenay Serequeberhan, professor of philosophy at Morgan State University. His work has a double focus (Continental and African/Africana philosophy) and is centered on social-political questions and concerns, broadly conceived. Serequeberhan is the author of, among other books, Existence and Heritage: Hermeneutic Explorations of African and Continental Philosophy, and Our Heritage: The Past and Present of African-American and African Existence. The virtual event will be held on October 1, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The college’s distinguished speaker series will feature a diverse mix of panelists to discuss their work and timely issues. The event series will also provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage in thoughful discussions. 

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Meeting ID: 928 7182 2247
Exhibit opening – The Ground Beneath Out Feet: A Hundred years of Earthquakes in Los Angeles
The Department of History invites you to the virtual opening reception of “The Ground Beneath Our Feet: A Hundred Years of Earthquakes in Los Angeles” on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Curated by Eileen Ford (history), Nicole Aros, Jewelyn Mims, and Choi Chatterjee (history), the exhibit features historical LA-area earthquake photographs that has been created in collaboration with the Los Angeles Times Digital Archives.

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Call for Course Re-Design Mini Grant Proposals
The College of Natural and Social Sciences invites all instructional faculty at Cal State LA to submit proposals for course redesign/modification to incorporate and utilize data from LA City Open Data. We are asking for applications to redesign/modify existing 2000-, 3000-, and 4000-level courses to use data from the City’s open data portal and/or GeoHub. Course outcomes contribute to the mission of this project, which is to promote civic action and community engagement through awareness of, access to, and utilization of LA City Open Data, by creating sustainable partnerships between Cal State LA, City of LA, non-profit organizations, and the communities we serve. 

Please send applications to [email protected], with the subject line NSF Big Data Application. Send applications in PDF format by Monday, October 12, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Selected faculty will be notified by October 19, 2020 via email. For questions or additional information, please visit the application webpage or contact project manager, Dawn Dennis.

Interested faculty are also encouraged to attend an information session on October 2, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:oo p.m. to learn about the project goals, LA City’s Open Data portal, and the non-profit landscape.

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Faculty may view previous course redesign participants here.
Department Seminar Series
Join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry this fall semester for a virtual weekly seminar series to be held on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. Seminars are presented by graduate students and guest speakers who love to share their knowledge of research within the chemistry and biochemistry fields including analytical, biochemical, educational, inorganic, organic and physical. For more information on the seminar series, email Michael Hayes (chemistry and biochemistry).

The Department of Biological Sciences will also host a series of scientific seminars for the fall and spring semesters. Visit the Department of Biological Sciences website for a list of topics and dates. To receive zoom meeting information for the seminars, please contact Lisa Torres (biological sciences).

The Department of Physics and Astronomy will host a virtual weekly colloquium series on Thursdays from 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. The colloquia will feature speakers from academia and industry with expertise in the fields of physics and astronomy. Contact Milan Mijic for more information on the series and to receive the meeting invitation. 
Faculty Focus
Ramani Durvasula (psychology) was quoted in a Washington Post article on narcissism and the current pandemic.

Kaveri Subrahmanyam (associate dean) was a contributing author on “Addressing Inequities in Education: Considerations for Asian American children and Youth in the Era of COVID-19” for the Society for Research in Child Development.

Robert Weide (sociology) was quoted in The New York Times opinion piece, Life in ‘Anarchist’ New York City.”

Seeking opportunities to get involved in the college? Please contact Dean Scott-Johnson, Associate Dean Ye, or Associate Dean Subrahmanyam for more information. 
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