Achievements – Spring 2021

The work of CSUN faculty and staff members is recognized in a variety of ways, including:

  • Funding from outside organizations to support unique programs and cutting-edge research facilitated on campus.
  • Publications of books or articles.
  • Professional awards.
  • Presentations at conferences.
  • Appointments and elections to governing boards.

Please use this link to announce your achievements for publication in CSUN Today. 

Below is a list of the individuals whose work was recognized during the spring 2021 semester.

Awards

Beatriz Cortez (Central American and Transborder Studies) was chosen as one of three artists for the 2021 Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program. She will be producing work in three different desert locations from April 27 to June 15 and showcasing her work in a Zoom studio visit in the last week of the program.

Kim Goldberg-Roth (Educational Psychology and Counseling) is being recognized by the United Chambers of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley with an “Inspirational Woman” award.

Publications

Kiren Dosanjh Zucker (Accounting) and her co-authors published the 13th edition of the textbook “Law, Business, and Society,” which Zucker has co-authored since its ninth edition.

​Paulo Marchetti (Kinesiology) published the book “Strength Training Manual: Applied Science” through Kendall Hunt Publishing on March 1. The book aims to assist undergraduate students in strength training and presents a didactic text aiming to unite the practice of strength training with scientific literature, in addition to bringing current problems and practical solutions for different groups of practitioners and objectives.

Research and Sponsored Projects

Ravinder Abrol (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $65,310 from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in support of a project titled “Nanobiologic Targeting of Metastatic Breast Tumors: Crossing Multiple Barriers.” He also received $145,000 from the National Institutes of Health, in support of a project entitled “Probing the Structural Basis of Innate G Protein Specificity in G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling.”

Elizabeth Adams (Undergraduate Studies) received two awards from the University of Pittsburgh —  $134,000 and $26,544 — in support of a project titled “Scaling Student Support with Conversational Artificial Intelligence.”

Andrew Ainsworth (Center for Assessment, Research and Evaluation (CARE)) received $150,000 from the City of Los Angeles in support of a project titled “LA City Gang Injunction Settlement Evaluation.”

Amanda Baugh (Religious Studies) received $60,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a project titled “Rethinking Religious Environmentalism.”

Igor Beloborodov (Physics and Astronomy) received $96,779 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in support of a project titled “NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS).”

David Bermudes (Biology) received two grants from the National Institutes of Health: $97,875 in support of a project titled “Tumor-Targeting Salmonella Expressing Tumor-Selective Cytotoxic Proteins in Combination with Protease Inhibitors,” and $10,875 in support of a project titled “Tumor-Targeting Salmonella Expressing Tumor-Selective Cytotoxic Proteins in Combination with Protease Inhibitors.”

David Boyns (Community Health and Wellbeing) received $18,747 from the Child Care Resource Center in support of a project titled “Help Me Grow.”

Danielle Bram (Geography) and Natale Zappia (History) received $25,791 from the University of Southern California in support of a project titled “Mapping Los Angeles Landscape History: A Multi-Institutional Collaboration.”

Danielle Bram (Geography) received $62,000 from California State University, Chico in support of a project titled “California Broadband Field Testing.”

Danielle Bram and Regan Maas (Geography) received $41,651 from California State University, San Bernardino in support of a project titled “Developing a Standardized Statewide Geospatial Dataset of Water Agencies for California.”

Anthony Cantrell (Younes and Soraya Center for the Performing Arts) received $30,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of a project titled “Martha Graham Dance Company Music Restoration Project.”

Thomas Chan (Psychology), Kacie Blackman (Health Sciences), and Carrie Saetermoe (Psychology) received $580,192 from the U.S. Department of Defense in support of a project entitled “The AWARE Project: Arming Wearable Augmented Reality Equipment to Strengthen Psychological Reserves and Resilience.”

Maria-Rita D’Orsogna (Mathematics) received $17,868 from the U.S. Army, in support of a project titled “Mathematical Modeling of Limbic System Dynamics, Pathophysiology, and Response to Stress.”

Rafi Efrat (Accounting and Information Systems) received two grants from the United States Department of the Treasury: $95,000 from the United States Department of Treasury in support of a project titled “The Bookstein Low Income Taxpayer Clinic” and $70,000 in support of a project titled “The CSUN VITA Program.”

Michael Eller (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $29,263 from the Mayo Clinic in support of a project titled “Context Rich Mass Spectrometry of Molecular Localization and Cellular Interaction.” He also received $83,500 from the Semiconductor Research Corporation in support of a project titled “Nano-Projectile SIMS for Evaluating Molecular Homogeneity in Ultra-Small Domains.”

Leily Farrokhvar (Systems and Operations Management) received two gifts from the West Virginia University: $48,232 in support of a project titled “Ohio River Valley Supply Chain,” and $29,697 in support of a project titled “Open Platform to Attract, Organize, and Coordinate Volunteers for Rural and Small Urban Transit.”

Brian Foley (Secondary Education), Virginia Oberholzer Vandergon (Biology) and Kellie Evans (Mathematics) received $715,953 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of a project titled “Extending and Enhancing the STEM Teacher Pipeline through a Community of Learners and Virtual Lesson Study.”

Kimberly Goldberg-Roth (Educational Psychology and Counseling) received seven awards from the California Office of Emergency Services: $90,056 in support of a project titled “Sexual Assault Response Team (XS) Program,” $199,857 in support of a project titled “CalOES (XY) Underserved Unserved Child and Youth Advocacy,” $350,696 in support of a project titled “CalOES Rape Crisis Program NW16,” $663,810 in support of a project titled “CalOES Rape Crisis Program VN16,” $257,500 in support of a project titled “Child Abuse Treatment (AT) Program,” $180,456 in support of a project titled “Unserved/Undeserved Victim Advocacy and Outreach (UV) Program,” and $257,500 in support of a project entitled “CalOES Child Advocacy Centers (KC).” She also received $97,664 from the City of Los Angeles in support of a project titled “L.A. City Victim Services (XC) Program,” and $25,832 from the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, in support of a project titled “Family Preservation – San Fernando Valley.”

Christine Hayashi (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received $4,164 from the LA Unified School District in support of a project titled “Professional Development Services in Support of Private Schools.”

Julia Heinen (Department of Community Engagement) received $2,000 from Bringing Theory to Practice, in support of a project titled “Participatory Democracy in a Time of Disruption: Creating an Integrative, Holistic, and Intersegmental Framework for Citizen Building Among a New Generation of College Students.”

Dena Herman-Mendes (Family and Consumer Sciences) received $23,654 from Share our Strength, in support of a project titled “Ventura County: Cooking Matters for WIC Moms and Kids.”

Nhut Ho (Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM) and Thomas Chan (Psychology) received $3,950 from the University of California, San Diego, in support of a project titled “Navi NASA Suits.”

Nhut Ho (Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM) received $150,000 from the United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research in support of a project titled “Dynamics of Trust Evolution and Calibration: A Field Study of Heterogeneous Human-Machine Teams with High Levels of Autonomy Operating in Contexts with Real Users, Real Systems, and Real Consequences.”

Bradley Jackson (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received $35,000 from the Aerospace Corporation in support of a project titled “Reconfigurable Small Satellite Antennas.”

Ellen Jarosz (Collection Access and Management) received $60,452 from the University of Southern California in support of a project titled “LA as Subject Digitization Residency and Training Program.”

Xudong Jia (Engineering and Computer Science) received $24,394 from California State University, Pomona in support of a project titled “Statewide Collision Data Analysis, Research Studies, and Ranking Program.”

Jonathan Kelber (Biology) received $362,500 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project titled “Spatiotemporal Mechanisms of eIF5A1/2-Mediated Metastasis in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.”

Patchareeya Kwan (Health Sciences) received $4,500 from California State University, East Bay in support of a project titled “Culturally Appropriate Interventions to Increase CRC Screening in South Asian Populations.”

Steven Loy (Kinesiology) and Lisa Chaudhari (Health Sciences) received $6,000 from the American Council on Exercise in support of a project titled “Qualitative Evaluation of 3 WINS Fitness.”

Bingbing Li and Nhut Ho (Autonomy Research Center for STEAHM) received $94,000 from the El Camino Community College in support of a project titled “California Advanced Defense Ecosystems & National Consortia Effort.”

Rachel Mackelprang (Biology) received $7,880 from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in support of a project titled ” Virtual Opportunities for bIoinformatiCs reSearch (VOICES): Virtual Planetary Protection Bioinformatics Seminar Series and Workshop.”

Sean Murray (Biology) received $108,750 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project titled “Identification and Characterization of Factors Affecting Cytoskeletal Proteins — the Mediators of Bacterial Cell Shape.”

Kerry Nickols (Biology) received $15,274 from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in support of a project titled “Benefits Beyond Biomass: Bio-Physical Feedbacks within Marine Protected Areas May Promote Ecosystem Resilience in the Face of Global Climate Change.”

Virginia Oberholzer-Vandergon (Biology), Brian Foley (Secondary Education), Matthew d’Alessio (Geological Sciences), Norman Herr (Secondary Education) and Li Ye (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $24,000 from The Regents of the University of California in support of a project titled “San Fernando Valley Science Project (State).”

Jennifer Pemberton and Kim Goldberg-Roth (Educational Psychology and Counseling) received $204,500 from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, in support of a project titled “Campus Sexual Assault (CT) Program.”

Debi Prasad Choudhary (Physics and Astronomy) received $388,769 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project titled “RUI: Multi-wavelength Spectroscopic and Spectropolarimetric Diagnostics of the Solar Atmosphere.”

Luca Ricci (Physics and Astronomy) received $28,393 from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in support of a project titled “Exploring the Signatures of Forming Planets in the Disk Molecular Emission with the ngVLA.” She also received $17,153 from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in support of a project titled “Following the Multi-Isotope Trail to Understanding the Formation and Early Evolution of Our Solar System.”

Jeanne Robertson (Biology) received $68,759 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project titled “Mechanisms and Dynamics of Premating Reproductive Isolation Along a Speciation Continuum.”

Christoph Schaal (Mechanical Engineering), Peter Bishay (Mechanical Engineering) and Jamie Booth (Mechanical Engineering) received $549,257 from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) in support of a project titled “Multi-Scale Mechanical Characterization Laboratory.”

Carol Shubin (Mathematics) received $11,295 from San Jose State University in support of a project titled “CSU Alliance for PUMP.”

Mark Steele (Biology) received $376,525 from the Regents of The University of California, Santa Barbara in support of a project titled “SONGS Mitigation Monitoring Program, 2020-2021: Reproductive Output, Growth, and Food-Chain Support of Fishes on the Wheeler J. North Artificial Reef.”

Melissa Takahashi (Biology) received $145,000 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project titled “Discovering Novel Antimicrobial Agents that Target sRNA Regulated Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms.”

Daniel Tamae (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received three gifts of $130,500, $12,160 and $14,500 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in support of a project titled “Metabolic Targeting of Cancer Cells via the Methylglyoxal Detoxification Systems.”

Joseph Teprovich (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $29,950 from the Savannah River National Laboratory in support of a project titled “Nanocomposite Spectroscopy Characterization for Solar Batteries.”

Claudia Toledo-Corral (Health Sciences) received $50,000 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project titled “BUILD: The Role of Environment on Stress Physiology in Minority Young Adults.”

John Valdovinos (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received $145,000 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “Methods to Wirelessly Power Fully Implantable Intravascular Blood Pumps.”

Ivor Weiner (Special Education) received $202,492 from the California Department of Education in support of a project titled “Family Focus Empowerment Center.”

Jennifer Wolfe (Secondary Education) received $32,185 from the Regents of the University of California in support of a project titled “California Subject Matter Project Grant for the Cal State Northridge Writing Project.”

Jeremy Yoder (Biology) received $70,415 from the Revive and Restore in support of a project titled “An Inventory of Adaptive Genomic Diversity of Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia sensu lato).”

MariaElena ZavalaRay Hong and Chery Hogue (Biology) received $320,282 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in support of a project titled “U-RISE Training the Next Generation of Basic Biomedical Researchers A Holistic Approach.”