Faculty and Staff Achievements – Summer 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 summer 2021.

Awards

Michael Johnson Jr. (Cinema and Television Arts) was awarded $1,200 by CSUN for his participation in the Summer eLearning Institute.

Publications

Amir Gharehgozli (Systems and Operations Management) and his co-author published an article in Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review titled “Robot Scheduling for Pod Retrieval in a Robotic Mobile Fulfillment System.” He also published an article in the European Journal of Operational Research titled “High Multiplicity Asymmetric Traveling Salesman Problem with Feedback Vertex Set and Its Application to Storage/Retrieval System.”

Zhaleh Semnani-Azad (Management) was interviewed by BBC for an article about gender salary gap in negotiation called “How the Salary ‘Ask Gap’ Perpetuates Unequal Pay.”

Research and Sponsored Projects

Alexander Alekseenko (Mathematics) received $150,000 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “Development of Fast Methods for Solving the Boltzmann Equation Using Low Rank Tensor Approximations and Data Driven Reduced Order Models,” and also received $1,249,954 from the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in support of a project entitled “Equitable Calculus for Life Sciences.”

Eduardo Amorim (Biology) received $352,457 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “Characterizing Human-Pathogen Interactions and Natural Selection with Ancient DNA.”

Jose Luis Benavides (Journalism) received $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of a project entitled “Farmworker Movement Digital Photo Archive, Multimedia Website, and On-Demand Exhibition.”

Annette Besnilian (Family and Consumer Sciences) and David Boyns (Community Health and Wellbeing) received $25,000 from the LA County Department of Public Health in support of a project entitled “CSUN CalFresh Healthy Living Program.”

Abdelaziz Boulesbaa (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $24,999 from Pasadena City College in support of a project entitled “Utilization of Undergraduate Research to Promote Equity and Completion in Micro Nano Technology Professional Workforce Education.”

Danielle Bram (Geography) received $3,100 from the US Forest Service in support of a project entitled “US Forest Service Monitoring Plots: Data Processing and Attribution Project,” and $100,000 from California State University, Long Beach in support of a project entitled “Impact of Sea-Level Rise on Groundwater Pollution Vulnerability in Shallow Coastal Aquifers.”

Danielle Bram and Regan Maas (Geography) received $11,900 from California State University, San Bernardino in support of a project entitled “DACIP Task Order 3 – Ventura.”

Thomas Chan (Psychology) and Nhut Ho (Autonomy Reseach Center for STEAHM) received $40,000 from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in support of a project entitled “Speed Dating Trust: Simulation-Based User Enactment Study in Mars 2020 Ground Planning Systems.”

Gabriela Chavira (Psychology), Carrie Saetermoe (Psychology), Crist Khachikian(Civil Engineering and Construction Management), and Patchareeya Kwan (Health Sciences) received $4,094,074 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “BUILD II.”

Deborah Cours and Elizabeth Adams (Undergraduate Studies) received $200,000 from the Los Angeles Postsecondary Education Funders Collaborative in support of a project entitled “Los Angeles Postsecondary Education Funders Collaborative – Transfer Success L.A..”

Maria-Rita D’Orsogna (Mathematics) received $80,000 from the U.S. Army in support of a project entitled “Mathematical Modeling of Limbic System Dynamics, Pathophysiology, and Response to Stress.”

Michael Eller (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $30,000 from Intel Corporation in support of a project entitled “Nano-scale Molecular Analysis of Materials for Intel.”

Martha Escobar (Chicana/o Studies) received $135,000 from the CSU Chancellor’s Office in support of a project entitled “Project Rebound at CSU Northridge.”

Paula Fischhaber (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $362,500 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “SLX4 in Nuclease Recruitment.”

Gilberto Flores (Biology) received $362,500 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “Mechanisms and Consequences of Human Milk Oligosaccharide Growth and Bile Stress Across Diverse Strains of the Potential Therapeutic Bacterium, Akkermansia Muciniphila.”

Kim Goldberg-Roth (Educational Psychology and Counseling) received $34,033 from Valor US in support of a project entitled “Emergency Response to Interpersonal Violence,” and $108,000 from the Los Angeles County in support of a project entitled “County Victim Services (XC) Program.” She has also received $29,891 from the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence in support of a project entitled “Supporting Crisis Services During a Pandemic,” and $525,832 from the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services in support of a project entitled “Family Preservation – San Fernando Valley,” as well as $16,661 from the Children’s Advocacy Centers of California in support of a project entitled “COVID 19: Putting the Needs of Child Abuse Victims First,” and $25,000 from the City of Los Angeles in support of a project entitled “Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Program.” Additionally, she received five awards from the City of Los Angeles: $63,837 in support of a project entitled “Domestic Response Abuse Team (DART) — Mission,” $63,837  in support of a project entitled “Domestic Response Abuse Team (DART) – North Hollywood,” $63,837 in support of a project entitled “Domestic Response Abuse Team (DART) – Van Nuys,” $63,837 in support of a project entitled “Domestic Response Abuse Team (DART) – West Valley” and $61,200 in support of a project entitled “Domestic Response Abuse Team (DART) – Family Justice Center (FJC).”

Meng-Che Ho (Mathematics) received $210,000 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “RUI: Randomness, Computability, and Complexity in Groups.”

Nhut Ho ​and Bingbing Li (Autonomy Reseach Center for STEAHM), Farshad Ghodoosi (Business Law) and Joseph Bautista (Art) received $149,532 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “FW-HTF-P: Workers and Technology Together (WATT).”

Ray Hong (Biology) received $344,500 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “Mapping of Chemosensory Neuron Function to Uncover Changes in Neuronal Fates.”

Nicholas Kioussis (Physics and Astronomy) received $64,061 from the Northwestern University in support of a project entitled “Partnership for Development of High-Performance Magnetic Memory Technology.”

Janet Kubler (Biology) received $47,324 from the California Sea Grant in support of a project entitled “Laminaria Farlowii, A New Species for Sustainable Aquaculture in California: Nursery Methods, Climate Change Resilience and Preliminary Market Assessment with Outreach through the California Seaweed Fair.”

Luciana Lagaña (Psychology) received $108,750 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “A Preliminary Model of Physical Pain Among Community-Dwelling Multiethnic Older Women.”

Amy Levin (Social Work) received $1,868,520 from the University of California, Berkeley in support of a project entitled “CalSWEC Title IV-E Social Work Training Program.”

Bingbing Li (ARCS), Kouroush Sedghisigarchi (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Xunfei Jiang (Computer Science) and Xudong Jia (College of Engineering and Computer Science) received $66,000 from UC Irvine in support of a project entitled “Energy & Appliance Standards for Plug Loads: Assessing Current Needs and Future Opportunities.”

Chieh-Cheng Lo (Mathematics) received $134,046 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “RUI: Symmetries, Stability, and Related Problems,” and $45,431 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in support of a project entitled “A Homological Approach to Machine Reasoning.”

Tyler Luchko (Physics and Astronomy) received $412,422 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “RUI: Collaborative Research: CDS&E: Theory and Methods for Implicit Molecular Solvation in Ligand and Ion Binding.”

Debbie Ma and Justin Kantner (Psychology) received $351,755 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “RUI: Processing Ambiguity: From Initial Perception to Race Classification of Multiracial Faces in Diverse Observers.”

Rachel Mackelprang (Biology) received $959,997 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “Collaborative Research: Microbial Processes and Carbon Transformation in the Thawing Permafrost.”

Maosheng Miao (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $116,010 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “CAREER: Chemical Trends of Elements Under Pressure and Their Effects on the Form and Properties of Materials.”

Elena Miranda (Geological Sciences) received $17,429 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “Collaborative Research: Strain Localization, Shear Zone Connectivity, and Magma-deformation Interactions by Depth Within a 65 km Thick Transpressional Continental Arc.”

Deqing Ren and Damian Christian (Physics and Astronomy) received $595,996 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project entitled “Development of a Polarimeter for Solar Synoptic High-Sensitivity Observations.”

Shelley Ruelas-Bischoff (Student Affairs) received $8,260 from California State University, Chico in support of a project entitled “CalFresh Outreach at CSUN.”

Nyssa Silbiger (Biology) received two awards from the National Science Foundation: $324,419 in support of a project entitled ” CAREER: Predicting Ecosystem Metabolism of Rocky Intertidal Communities in Warming and Acidifying Oceans,” and $50,350 in support of a project entitled “RUI: Collaborative Research: Defining The Biogeochemical Context and Ecological Impacts of Submarine Groundwater Discharge on Coral Reefs.”

Katherine Stevenson (Mathematics) received $130,000 from the College Futures Foundation in support of a project entitled “Transition to College Math and Statistics Sustainability Project.”

Claudia Toledo-Corral (Health Sciences) received $31,829 from the University of Southern California in support of a project entitled “Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) — Renewal.”Houssam Toutanji and Xudong Jia (College of Engineering and Computer Science) received $35,000 from California State University, Sacramento in support of a project entitled “Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation — (Chancellor’s Office Award).” They also received $30,000 from California State University, Sacramento in support of a project entitled “Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation — (National Science Foundation).”

Jessica Vey (Chemistry and Biochemistry) received $108,750 from the National Institutes of Health in support of a project entitled “Mechanistic Studies to Enable Rational Design of Isobutylamine N-hydroxylase.”

Ivor Weiner (Special Education) received $137,864 from the North Los Angeles County Regional Center in support of a project entitled “Van Nuys Family Resource Center and Library.”

Maria Elena Zavala (Biology) received $28,122 from the American Society For Cell Biology in support of a project entitled “Improving Diversity and Career Transitions through Society Support (ASCB IPERT Subaward to Maria Elena Zavala, Co-PI).”

Maria Elena Zavala, Ray Hong, and Cheryl Hogue (Biology) received $66,665 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in support of a project entitled “U-RISE Training the Next Generation of Basic Biomedical Researchers A Holistic Approach.”