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. To share faculty news, email email@example.com.
College of Arts and Humanities
Associate Professor of Film, TV, and Media Toddy Eames earned the award for Best Cinematography at the Vermont Film Festival for the film AXEL, a short documentary she co-produced. AXEL explores themes of childhood and rebellion through the lens of a 14-year-old skateboarder, musician, and graffiti artist in upstate Vermont.
Professor and Chair of Africana Studies Donna Nicol and Executive Director of the Dymally Institute Anthony Asadullah Samad, along with others, co-authored the “State of Black Los Angeles County Report,” which launched April 8 at the Douglas F. Dollarhide Community Center in Compton.
The report’s findings show that that Black people in L.A. County continue to experience the effects of structural racism perpetuated over generations. It is also the starting point for adopting and implementing anti-racist policies and initiatives to eliminate racial disparities across multiple domains.
College of Education
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Jarod Kawasaki authored “Racial Capitalism and Student Teachers of Color: A Mixed Methods Case Exploring the Cost of Becoming a Teacher” in the New Educator journal’s special issue on teacher shortages in the U.S. The article shines light on the financial burdens that teacher candidates of color experience when becoming a teacher. It uses racial capitalism as a framework for critiquing assumptions of financial capacity embedded in state policy and teacher preparation programs that ask candidates of color to complete a full-time unpaid fieldwork experience in order to become a teacher.
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Biology Terry McGlynn appeared in the Netflix children’s series Ada Twist, Scientist (Season 4, Episode 20, from 22 minutes). He talks about ants’ behavior and anatomy during the episode, which focuses on real-life scientists and their fields of study.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
At a time when relationships between traditional media (like newspapers) and police have become strained, social media allows law enforcement to regain more control over narratives of crime. Such was the expert opinion of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Administration Sarah Britto, who was interviewed by FiveThirtyEight for an article about racial bias on police Facebook pages.
“Start with the lowest credit limit and slowly proceed to increase the limits over time. Have a talk with your children when paying the credit card in full when due. Explain the importance of meeting due dates and paying for their purchases in their entirety.” – Prakash Dheeriya, professor of finance, was a featured expert in a parents’ guide to debit and credit cards for kids by MoneyGeek.
“The Long Beach Grand Prix takes place during Earth Week and near areas affected by the Port of Los Angeles (and the Port of Long Beach) in the ‘Diesel Death Zone.’ This is the perfect venue to showcase environmentally conscious technological advancements in racing and in large-scale sporting events.” – Jenney Hall, lecturer of interdisciplinary and environmental studies, spoke about the impact of the Acura Long Beach Grand Prix with the Daily Breeze.
Having an ex appear in dreams is the subconscious bringing up about feelings that have not been addressed. Generally speaking, an ex shows up in your dreams “because of unfinished business.” – Beverly Palmer, professor emerita of psychology, was quoted in “17 Surprising Reasons You’re Dreaming About Your Ex,” a Women’s Health article.
“AI has the potential for misuse, as unscrupulous developers could create malicious software for economic or political gain [or] use AI to impose control over others, leading to permanent tyranny. It is important to be aware of these issues when considering AI’s impact on society.” – Professor of Computer Science Marek Suchenek was interviewed about artificial intelligence for Decrypt.