Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section.
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
Shari Berkowitz, assistant professor, and her colleagues recently published the study “Sleep deprivation and false confessions” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), one of the world’s most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals. The researchers’ breakthrough study found that after a single request, the odds of participants providing a false admission were 4.5 times higher if they had been deprived of sleep for 24 hours than if they had slept eight hours the night before.
College of Arts and Humanities
Marisela Chavez, chair and associate professor of Chicana/o studies, along with Lisa Alvarez of Irvine Valley College, participated Saddleback College’s third lecture in its “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” series on Feb. 17. The professors discussed different aspects of history behind Latino-American activism, including the rights of farm workers, high school walkouts, and women in the Chicano movement.
Lorna Fitzsimmons, associate professor of humanities, penned the article “Humanity in the contemporary world” in the January-February issue of the American Associations of University Professors journal. The article explores contemporary liberal arts and the “vitality” of the field today, such as the importance of a “broad liberal arts curriculum,” and the effects of globalization and socioeconomic instability of the field.
Steven Morris, adjunct professor of theatre arts, has been appointed executive director of the LA Stage Alliance, a service organization that represents the interests the Los Angeles theater scene. The alliance also runs the annual Ovation Awards.
Tyree Boyd-Pates, adjunct professor in Africana studies, wrote the Huffpost Black Voices blog editorial “DAB: Cam Newton and the Threat of the White Gaze.” The piece calls out Caucasian football fans who dislike football player Cam Newton due to the non-traditional way he acts on the field and plays the game as racist and “steeped in a long tradition of paternalistic attitudes toward black male athletes.”
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
“Your attention span is really short. Like, ridiculously short. Shorter, in fact, than a goldfish’s,” -Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, told Chelsea Handler during an episode of her new Netflix show “Chelsea Does.” She stopped by CSUDH to film a cognition test Rosen conducted on her in the George Marsh Applied Cognition Laboratory.
“I think it’s important for the legal community and jurors to do what they can to accurately and reliably assess evidence including confession evidence,” –Shari Berkowitz, assistant professor, said in a Reuters interview titled “Sleep deprivation tied to more false confessions.”
“In Cuba, in their homes they still have dial-up connectivity, like we used to have 20 years ago, and it’s only in certain homes, such as those of business men and others who need it in their work. Last year, they started rolling out WiFi access points in Cuba. There’s about 65 of them now that residents can use, but they’re very expensive and slow.” -Larry Press, professor of information systems, who was a guest on WEBZ’s show “Worldview” to discuss Cuba’s recent announcement to increase Internet access for its citizens.