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 Arts and Humanities
Salim Faraji, associate professor and chair of Africana studies, was interviewed about the historical context of the color hierarchy that exists in the African American community between light-skinned and dark-skinned African Americans, and the nature of colorism outside the United States as a global phenomenon in the documentary “Light Girls” directed by Bill Duke, which aired on the OWN Network on Jan. 19.
Mary Talusan Lacanlale, Asian Pacific studies program lecturer, was invited as part of the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble to perform at the Velaslavasay Panorama theater in Los Angeles on December 13 for the a special screening sponsored by the LA/Islam Arts Initiative for the film “The Cotabato Sessions,” which documents the indigenous music of the Magindanao people of the southern Philippines. Lacanlale played the Philippine kulintang gongs, an instrument that has been part of the Islamic ethno-linguistic groups in Mindanao, Philippines, for more than 1700 years.
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
John Thomlinson, professor of biology, is the lead course instructor for a California Naturalist Certification program that is being offered this spring at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum in association with the University of California.
Recent quotes and/or media interviews in the media from faculty
“That little box contains everything you ever need on a daily basis. You’re carrying around a phone, computer, friends — your everything in one box,” — Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, quoted in “Your Computer and Smartphone, Held Hostage” (C|Net.com, Jan. 19, 2015)
“We think that something disastrous will happen if we aren’t constantly checking in.”— Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, quoted in “Are You Too Attached to Your iPhone?” (Shape Magazine, Jan. 15, 2015).
“When they first came on the Internet in 1996, there was high-level debate over how to deal with the Internet. They were really scared by the way information becoming pretty much free in the Soviet Union had brought the Soviet Union down. That fear persists today.” — Larry Press, professor of information systems, quoted in “Why Was Alan Gross Smuggling Satellite Phones into Cuba?” (Motherboard.com, Jan. 5, 2015)
“I think Rubio is closer to the truth than Obama. Both have a degree of truth, but the Cuban government’s fear of the Internet was a bigger hindrance than the embargo.”— Larry Press, professor of information systems, quoted in “Sen. Marco Rubio says Castros, not embargo, reason Cubans don’t have Internet” (Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times, Dec. 26, 2014)
“Only foreign nationals and Castro can afford [Cuba’s Internet],”— Larry Press, professor of information systems, quoted in “What Washington’s Policy Shift Means for Cuba’s Awful Internet Service” (Time, Dec. 19, 2014)
“Wouldn’t it be cool if they did something uniquely Cuban like saying, ‘Hey, the Internet is a human right?’ Or if they did something radical like Google Fiber does, like say ‘Low-speed Internet is going to be free to everyone?’”— Larry Press, professor of information systems, quoted in “At the Heart of Obama’s Cuba Doctrine? The Internet” (Washington Post, Dec. 18, 2014)