Faculty and Staff Achievements for February 2019
Each month, the work of California State University, Northridge faculty and staff 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 in February 2019:
Awards and Honors:
Nanci Carr (Business Law) received the third-place Best Paper award for her article, “‘#SP’ or ‘Thanks [Brand]’: Is Not Enough: FTC Guides for Social Media Influencers on Endorsements and Testimonials” from the Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.
Jody Myers (Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program), who serves as faculty advisor and a board member for Hillel 818, celebrated with the CSUN organization’s staff and students as they received the Philip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award at Hillel International Global Assembly in Denver, Colo., this winter. Hillel 818, which serves CSUN and college students throughout the San Fernando Valley, received the award in recognition of its leadership and vision.
CSUN’s Online M.S. in Communicative Disorders program is celebrating its 20th anniversary, a remarkable run that has produced outstanding graduates working in Speech-Language Pathology around the world, supporting CSUN’s mission of accessibility. The program has admitted students from 45 states plus Washington, D.C. Thirty-four of the students indicated speaking a second (and sometimes third) language, and there have been 29 different language spoken by students. The majority of graduates work in the public schools. Other employment areas include private practice, hospitals, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and home health. In 2013, the program received the Outstanding Program Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.
Joy Griffin (Marketing)’s BUS 497BBH team took second place nationally at the annual Small Business Institute Conference for their comprehensive business plan for Ella’s Jüs & Delights. This is the seventh consecutive year that a team from CSUN under Griffin’s guidance has earned first, second or third place honors in the national SBI Project of the Year competition, all for development of a comprehensive business plan for a local business or nonprofit. The team consisted of cross-disciplinary business honors students Muddassir Billoo, Matthew Dandan, Kevin Garg, Gabriel Perez, Steven Yano and Harrison Handel.
Anne Wu (Master of Professional Accountancy) led two Beta Alpha Psi, Epsilon Chi Chapter teams to success in the Best Practices Competition at the Beta Alpha Psi 2019 Western Regional Meeting in San Jose. Team members won first place in the “Roots” and second place in “Branches” categories. The “Roots” team comprised students Alec Agana and Humberto Gonzalez. The ”Branches” team comprised Walangare, Anna Hakopian, Kirstin Shost and Richard Maldonado.
Research and Sponsored Projects:
Ravinder Abrol (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Maria Elena de Bellard (Department of Biology) received $54,000 from the National Institutes of Health for a BUILD Pilot Project entitled “Probing the Interplay of CXCR7 and CXCR7 Receptors in Melanoma Progression.”
Patrick Bailey (Student Involvement and Development) received $281,214 from the CSU, Chico Research Foundation in support of a project entitled “CalFresh Outreach at CSUN.”
Eli Bartle and Katie Mortimer (Department of Social Work) received $412,500 from The Regents of the University of California in support of their project “University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF).”
Shari Tarver-Behring and Kim Goldberg-Roth (Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling) received $46,080 from the Friends of the Family in support of a project entitled “Friends of the Family Subcontract for Prevention and Aftercare Services/Activities.”
Jennifer Cotton (Department of Geological Sciences) has received $243,067 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “RUI/Collaborative Research: The rise of C4 grasses in South America: Linking grassland transitions to the South American summer monsoon.”
Eileen Evans (Department of Geological Sciences) has received $61,275 from NASA in support of a project entitled “Imaging the next great Cascadia earthquake: Optimal design for a seafloor acoustic-GNSS network.”
Crist Khachikian (Office of Research and Graduate Studies) received $120,000 from the City of Los Angeles in support of a project entitled “ReLAY Institute.”
Nicholas Kioussis (Department of Physics and Astronomy) received $57,383 from the U.S. Army in support of the project “Identification of Surface Defect Candidates and their passivation in Strained-Layer Type-II Superlattices for Infrared Detectors.”
Mingsung Kwon (Department of Elementary Education) received a TeachingWorks-CSU methods course fellowship in the amount of $10,500 for elementary math methods course instructors to develop practice-based, justice-oriented teacher education. TeachingWorks is an organization at the University of Michigan led by Deborah Ball, dedicated to ensuring that all children have skillful teachers who are committed to and able to support their growth, with a particular focus on promoting equity and the advancement of justice through teaching. The fellowship is sponsored by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the California State University (CSU) system.
Kah Chun Lau (Department of Physics and Astronomy) has received $36,666 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of a project entitled “Water in Redox Active Ionic Liquid (WIL) Electrolytes for Energy Storage.”
Maosheng Miao (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) has received $219,359 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “CAREER: Chemical Trends of Elements Under Pressure and their Effects to Forms and Properties of Materials.”
Jennifer Pemberton, Kim Goldberg-Roth and Sheri Strahl (Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling) received two grants from the California Office of Emergency Services: They received $738,460 in support of a project entitled “CalOES RAPE CRISIS PROGRAM VN,” and $390,133 from the California Office of Emergency Services in support of a project entitled “CalOES RAPE CRISIS PROGRAM NW.”
Kathleen Rowlands (Department of Secondary Education) has received $39,082 from the the regents [Regents? DW] of the University of California in support of a project entitled “Cal State Northridge Writing Project (CSMP/ESSA).”
Reza Sayed and Robert Ryan (College of Engineering and Computer Science/Student Services Center) received two grants for a project entitled “CO Supplement Sub Award – CSU Louis Stokes-Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) Senior Alliance”: One grant for $30,000 from the CSU Sacramento/CO and another grant for $25,000 from the CSU Sacramento/National Science Foundation.
Carol Shubin (Department of Mathematics), Li Liu (Department of Computer Science), Bruce Shapiro (Department of Mathematics) and Taehyung Wang (Department of Computer Science) have received $838,157 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “Data Science Program with Career Support and Connections to Industry.”
Daniel Tamae (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $136,000 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “Metabolic Targeting of Cancer Cells via the Methylglyoxal Detoxification Systems.”
Joseph Teprovich (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $24,996 from the Savannah River National Laboratory in support of a project entitled “Material Development and Characterization for Energy Storage and Conversion Devices.”