February 2020
Dean's Corner
Headshot of Dean Scott-Johnson
Happy Spring Semester! On behalf of the associate deans and University administration, I welcome faculty, staff, and students back to the college for a semester that promises to bring academic success and growth. 

I began this semester by reflecting on our student and faculty accomplishments in Fall 2019. A new cohort of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program represented the University at the program’s Western Regional Conference held at Heritage University and the University of Washington. The students presented their research, attended workshops, and networked with fellow attendees. The Science Faculty for Inclusive Excellence and Transformation (Sci-Fit) team from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant began providing workshops for faculty in equitable and inclusive pedagogy. Furthermore, the Social Equity Engagement geo-Data (SEED) scholars from the Cal State LA Big Data Project completed their summer internships and projects and presented their findings to Esri’s management team last November. Additionally, the college presented the project updates at the fall meeting of the Cal State LA President’s Council. These student-focused activities all further the college’s mission of being student-centered and civically engaged, while supporting the University’s Graduation Initiative 2025 Campus Plan .

I am also happy to report that the college published its inaugural annual report, Impact . Highlighted in this issue are student success stories, faculty research, college programs and projects, and donor updates.

This semester, I am encouraged by the upcoming events within the college that serve to engage our current students, faculty, and alumni. The Department of Psychology hosted the “I am Psyched” exhibit at the University Library from January 21 through the 27 th . The exhibit explored the history and contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology. In the coming weeks, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host the 24 th Annual Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture with special guest speaker, Emanuel Waddell, professor of chemistry at the University of Alabama. On April 16, 2020, I am proud to announce that the college will host its first annual endowed Peréz-Silverman Symposium. Generously sponsored by NSS alumni, Jeff Silverman and Amelia Peréz-Silverman, the event will explore health determinants and promotion of equitable healthcare access. More details on the symposium to come. Also in April is the second annual Cal State LA Big Data Community Forum , which will highlight student projects, research posters, and story maps as part of the University’s Big Data Project.

As always, I welcome alumni back to our campus as event attendees, or to learn more about the college’s departments and programs. To NSS graduating students, I look forward to applauding your accomplishments and congratulating those who walk the stage during our upcoming commencement ceremonies.
Always a Golden Eagle (Alumni News)
The American Political Science Association (APSA) named Anibal Serrano a 2020-2021 APSA Minority Fellowship Program Fellow . Serrano graduated from Cal State LA with a B.A. in political science and a minor in history. APSA awards the fellowship to students from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science.

Juliana Lawrence was named a Schwarzman Scholar, one of the world’s most prestigious graduate fellowships from Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Lawrence is among 145 Schwarzman Scholars from more than 4,700 applicants that includes students from 41 countries and 108 universities. Lawrence graduated magna cum laude at age 18 from Cal State LA with a degree in biochemistry. Read more>>

Anne Kelly, Ph.D. , was hired as the Director of Research and Education at the Desert Studies Center in the Mojave National Preserve. Kelly received both her teaching credential from Cal State LA in 2005 and a Master of Science in Natural Science in 2007. This position fills a valuable gap for the California Desert Studies Consortium in promoting science education and research at the CSU Desert Studies Center field station. In addition, Kelly received a National Science Foundation (NSF) collaborative grant to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in field sciences. 
Staff and Faculty News
Archaeology magazine recognized the discovery of a cave system near the center of the Maya city, Chichen Itza, by archaeologist Guillermo de Anda, and Cal State LA professor of anthropology, James Brady , as one of the top discoveries of 2019.

Choi Chatterjee (history), Steven Marks, Mary Neuberger and Steve Sabol edited The Global Impacts of Russia’s Great War and Revolution. The Wider Arc of Revolution, Part 1, Volumes 1 and 2 .  

Happy retirement to Barry Clausen , who ended his career as the much-loved Rosser Hall custodian. Clausen came to Cal State LA eight years ago and has since left an indelible mark on faculty, staff, and students. After taking a well-deserved break, he plans to travel with his wife, who coincidentally retired on the same day from California State University, Fullerton. 

Eric Wood , professor of biological sciences, was part of a team that published a paper in Science about the effects of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity. The team discovered that animals that evolved in environments with large-scale habitat-altering events are better equipped to handle forest fragmentation caused by human development than species in low-disturbance environments. Read more>>
For more NSS faculty accomplishments, visit the University Reports page .
NSS in the News
Save the Date

Lecture by Emanuel Waddell, Ph.D.
March 13, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.
Golden Eagle Ballroom

April 16, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.
Goldean Eagle Ballroom

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