Introducing Impact 

Impact, the inaugural annual report issue for the College of Natural and Social Sciences is here. Highlighted in this issue are student success stories, faculty research, college programs and projects, and alumni updates.
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SEED Scholar Esri Visit 
Alfredo Estrada , Sophana Sak , and Martha Solorio , three Social Equity Engagement geo-Data Scholars (SEEDS) , presented their summer internship projects at Esri on November 25, 2019. During the summer months, each SEED scholar worked with a non-profit organization to improve upon an aspect of the agency’s program and service deliveries utilizing the City of Los Angeles’ open data portal, GeoHub. The packed audience included Esri president, Jack Dangermond, chief scientist, Dawn Wright, and various Esri employees - some of whom were authors of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications used by the students.

The scholars shared their takeaways from their internship experience such as a deepened understanding of the challenges faced in the non-profit sector, the complex nature of societal problems, and an appreciation of their expanded knowledge of GIS.

Dean Scott-Johnson, Associate Dean Ye, some faculty and staff accompanied the students on the excursion. The Cal State LA team were treated to a tour of the Esri campus and presentations on the tips and tricks when using Esri’s applications (GIS, ArcGIS, Story Maps). 

Change-makers! Past and Present in Western History
The opening night reception for the curated photography exhibit, “Change-makers! Past and Present in Western History” was held on November 21, 2019 at the University Library. The exhibit, curated by Dawn Dennis (history) and her HIST 2020 class, highlights individuals who have been intentional in their impact on the community as defined by connections through culture, language, history, religion, common interests, and values. 
Latin American Studies in Los Angeles Gathering
The first meeting of faculty who teach Latin American Studies and Latin American related courses at local community colleges and California State University (CSU) campuses was held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Cal State LA. Topics discussed at the gathering included pedagogical approaches to Latin American Studies, mentorship, community engagement, funding, and cross-campus collaboration. 
Cal State LA Model United Nations 
The Cal State LA Model United Nations delegation participated in the National Model United Nations conference held in Washington D.C. representing two countries: Mexico and Venezuela. The delegation was awarded Outstanding Delegation for its representation of Mexico and Distinguished Delegation for its representation of Venezuela. Three students, Marc Anthony Garcia , Ana Alfaro and Alexander Morales, were awarded Outstanding Position Paper while Garcia was awarded Outstanding Delegate in Committee by his conference peers.

Out of the 62 universities in attendance, Cal State LA was one of 10 awarded Outstanding Delegation and one of 20 awarded Distinguished Delegation. 
Vera Campbell Promise Scholarship Recipient Presentations
Three scholarship recipients of the Vera Campbell Promise Scholarship presented their summer research projects to an audience of community and business leaders, faculty and other local-area notables in the field of anthropology. Through the scholarship, the students received funding to join the Institute for Field Research schools in Mexico and Portugal for hands-on experience in the field, and to foster potential transnational partnerships. The students described their experiences as transformative – both personally and professionally.  
MMUF Western Regional Conference 
The Mellon Mays fellows attended the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Regional Conference at the University of Washington and Heritage University on the Yakima Reservation. Each year, students from various MMUF programs throughout the western region of the United States gather to present their research, attend workshops on applying for Ph.D. programs, and network with other fellows. The MMUF Western Region includes the California State University Consortium, Stanford University, the Claremont colleges, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Riverside, University of New Mexico, Whittier College, Heritage University, and Cal Tech. The conference was held from October 24-27, 2019. 
Social Impact Career Connector 

The Civic and Social Innovation Group (CaSIG) held its Social Impact Career Connector for students interested in a career with social impact. More than 20 community organizations attended to recruit students for volunteer, internship, or full time positions. 
National Chemistry Week 

Congratulations to the Chemistry and Biochemistry club for their outstanding work and effort during National Chemistry Week. The club organized activities for local elementary and middle school students which included tours of Professor Cohen’s lab and the greenhouse.

Train to Teach
The College of Natural and Social Sciences invites graduate students to apply for the “Train to Teach” Learning Community in Spring 2020. The focus of this Learning Community, the inaugural professional development for NSS graduate students, will

  • center on best practices in teaching;
  • bring together an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to discuss teaching/learning experiences and practices in a supportive setting;
  • explore teaching career interests and learn about teaching innovations and best practices, and deepen the understanding of pedagogy.

Interested graduate students should complete the online application by December 13, 2019. For questions about the program, contact Tina Salmassi (biological sciences).
Faculty Focus
Choi Chatterjee (history) gave a talk titled, Leo Tolstoy and Rabindranath Tagore: Principles of Global Thinking” at the Colegio de Mexico Centro de Estudios de Asia y África (Center for the Study of Asia and Africa in Mexico City. 

Ramani Durvasula (psychology) was a featured guest on the popular Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk .

Gilbert Garcia (sociology) was recognized as an Outstanding Associate Faculty member at Riverside City College. 

Steve LaDochy was featured in a New York Time’s article on the air quality in the aftermath of California’s recent fires. 

On October 3-4, 2019, ChorSwang Ngin (anthropology) worked with a group of judges, lawyers, and professors from around the world at Trinity College at Oxford University on a Collaborative Learning Workshop on cultural expertise.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley invited ChorSwang Ngin (anthropology) to give a lecture on “Cultural Expertise on Southeast Asia and Asylum Expert Witnessing.”

Henry D. Schlinger (psychology) was awarded the Exceptional Levels of Service to Students grant.

Ji Yun Son (psychology) was interviewed for an NPR article on new teaching approaches that emphasize real-world applications in college-level statistics courses. Listen here>>
Elaine Draper (sociology) published a review on the promise and failure of U.S. workplace protections for immigrant workers in a special issue of ILR Review on the impact of immigrant legalization initiatives and international perspectives on immigration and the world of work. She chaired and presented in New York the Distinguished Article Award in the Sociology of Law for the American Sociological Association. ASA also appointed her to the Public Understanding of Sociology Award, Donald Light Award for the Public Practice of Medical Sociology, and Marvin Olsen Student Paper Award in Environment and Technology committees that selected the recipients of these awards. She was appointed to the State Bar of California Advisory Council for the Pathway to Law School Program and received the University-wide Exceptional Service to Students Award from Cal State L.A. 
Upcoming Events
Please join the Cal State LA community for a community meeting of a public art loan program with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Linda Essig, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, will present, and Jessica DeShazo, professor of political science, will facilitate the discussion.

All are welcome to attend, comment, and ask questions.

When: December 4, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Music Building (MUS) 111
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