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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Arts and Humanities
Professor of Africana Studies Salim Faraji authored “Rediscovering the Links between the Earthen Pyramids of West Africa and Ancient Nubia” for the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, which also published the article within the book Origins and Afterlives of Kush: Proceedings of the University of California at Santa Barbara Conference in Nubian Studies, July 25-27 2019.
Faraji also gave a lecture on African democracy in May 2022 for the University of Juba, South Sudan in partnership with the U.S. Africa Institute.
Associate Professor of English Mara Lee Grayson‘s peer-reviewed article “Who is it Really For? Trigger Warnings and the Maintenance of the Racial Status Quo” was published in in College Composition and Communication. She was also interviewed about trigger warnings on BBC Radio.
Several of Grayson’s poems were also published, including “On Hypervigilance” in Poetry Northwest, “A Late-in-Life Miracle Baby’s Lament” in Sinking City Review, and “Call It Coping, Call It What You Will” in Pedestal Magazine. COMP: An Interdisciplinary Journal published her poem “I’ve come to California”–which has been nominated for the Best of the Net prize–and interviewed Grayson about her approach.
Assistant Professor of Art Devon Tsuno‘s new work “JūrÅdÅ” (Heavy Labor) was commissioned for the 2022-2023 MexiCali Biennial, and is currently on view at the MAH in Santa Cruz, Calif. In his work, Tsuno connects Japanese American history, agriculture, labor, and migration.
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
Associate Professor of Finance Rama Malladi authored “Pro Forma Modeling of Cryptocurrency Returns, Volatilities, Linkages and
Portfolio Characteristics,” published in China Accounting and Finance Review. The study helps accounting and financial modelers compare cryptocurrencies with other asset classes, such as gold, stocks, and bond markets, and develop cryptocurrency forecast models.
College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing
Professor of Kinesiology Carole Casten authored Dynamic Physical Education Lesson Plans for Secondary Physical Education, a lesson plan textbook newly released and republished by Dynamic PE ASAP. She is appearing on the podcast The PE Huddle to discuss the textbook and how to develop a curriculum to meet the needs of middle and high school students.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
“It makes sense to take out home improvement loans when interest rates are low to begin with. In that scenario, home prices tend to go up too, as homes become more affordable to potential buyers.” – Prakash Dheeriya, professor of finance, was a featured expert in a WalletHub piece about home improvement loans.
“The federal minimum wage has not been increased since 2009, and adjusted for inflation is now at the lowest it has been since 1956. The next increase should be significant, and the minimum should be tied to inflation to prevent inaction by congress from eating away at wages over time.” – Assistant Professor and Chair of Labor Studies Stephen McFarland was interviewed by WalletHub about Labor Day and how to improve workers’ lives.
“When fire ants encounter a big chunky piece of food that they can’t easily carry off, they cover it so that over the next several hours and days, the ants can selectively remove pieces of that animal as a prey item.” – Professor of Biology Terry McGlynn described ant behavior to explain a viral photo of petal-covered bees for The Scientist.
Associate Professor Susan Porter and Assistant Professor Kai Greene, both from the College of Education’s Department of Special Education, provided expertise to LAist about preparing teachers to help children with dyslexia.
Both faculty members are also part of the UC/CSU California Collaborative for Neurodiversity and Learning.