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From discovering an unrecognized genus of extinct horses to the international nuclear agreement with Iran, CSUSB faculty are in the news

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CSUSB adjunct faculty member coauthors study on a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses
Phys Org
Nov. 28, 2017

An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age.

The new findings, published November 28 in the journal elife, and coauthored by Eric Scott, a paleontologist and adjunct faculty member at California State University, San Bernardino, are based on an analysis of ancient DNA from fossils of the enigmatic "New World stilt-legged horse" excavated from sites such as Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming, Gypsum Cave in Nevada, and the Klondike goldfields of Canada's Yukon Territory. …

Scott, the program manager and principal paleontologist at Cogstone Resource Management Inc., said that morphologically, the fossils of Haringtonhippus are not all that different from those of Equus. "But the DNA tells a fascinatingly different story altogether," he said. "That's what is so impressive about these findings. It took getting down to the molecular level to discern this new genus."

Read the complete article at “Analysis of ancient DNA reveals a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that once roamed North America.”

Relationship expert and CSUSB psychology professor Kelly Campbell interviewed about cheating in relationships
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Whether it's deciding when to end a relationship, spotting signs of codependency in a relationship, or determining why people cheat, we often turn to the experts when we're dealing with matters of the heart because it's hard to see clearly when you're in love with someone and wearing rose-colored glasses.

So we asked a Kelly Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and human development at California State University, San Bernardino, to weigh in on one of romance's most controversial questions: What is considered cheating in a relationship? First and foremost, she advises, "Partners have to define this for themselves. Each person may have a different take on what constitutes 'cheating,' so [you] should be clear with each other about [your] definitions [for clarity on] when a relationship rule or norm has been violated."

Read the complete article at Asking for a Friend: What Is Considered Cheating in a Relationship?

CSUSB professor comments on Iran’s options should U.S. fail to meet its obligations called for by international nuclear agreement
Press TV
Nov. 22, 2017

David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed about Iran’s possible options should the United States fail to meet its obligations under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the  agreement with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union and Iran that aims to ensure Iran’s nuclear program does not produce weapons, as well as lifting sanctions against Iran.

Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said Tehran has prepared packages of measures to counter possible violation of the nuclear deal by the U.S. Kamalvandi also said Tehran will take such measures if the U.S. chooses to create the worst possible situation. He noted Iran will remain committed JCPOA as long as the other sides of the deal meet their commitments. Kamalvandi said the packages of responses include technical and non-technical measures.

Yaghoubian said that it was possible the Trump administration, which has spoken out against the JCPOA, would not support the agreement. “I believe the most important thing to note about these statements regarding the various options – from enrichment opportunities to heavy water to the additional protocols – that nowhere in his (Kamalvandi’s) statements did he express the interests or agenda of Iran to develop any sort of nuclear weapons adjunct or non-civilian nuclear energy developments.”

Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.

Read the complete article at “Tehran ready to counter US violation of JCPOA.”

CSUSB professor Brian Levin pays tribute to Orange County human relations activist Rusty Kennedy
The Orange County Register
Nov. 27, 2017

Rusty Kennedy, CEO of OC Human Relations and a veteran of working for 40 years to get people to understand each other in Orange County, is retiring. Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, paid tribute to Kennedy and his work.

Kennedy will be remembered long after his retirement for “his great alacrity with law enforcement and legal issues,” said Levin.

“He has this ability to bring people together,” Levin said. “We could always count on him to put things in context, put people at ease and bring everyone together.”

And yet, Kennedy had the ability to step aside and shine the spotlight on community members, the unsung heroes, Levin said.

“Rusty has created models for hate crime data collection, tolerance training and school programs,” he said. “He’s had an impact beyond Orange County. In the area of human relations, he’s a legend. There will never be another Rusty Kennedy.”

Read the complete article at “After four decades of service, OC Human Relations CEO Rusty Kennedy announces retirement.”

Social media can be a ‘force multiplier’ of hatred, CSUSB professor says
CNET
Nov. 28, 2017

An article about the role of social media, and how it magnifies hatred online by giving people who might not be affiliated with organized hate groups a sense of community, included comments from Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

"You don't have to be a card-carrying member of a local skinhead group or local [Ku Klux] Klan group," says Levin. Social media, he says, has become a "force multiplier" of hatred. 

Read the complete article at “Here's the brutal reality of online hate.”

CSUSB professor interviewed by Spanish publication about some people’s fascination with Charles Mason (in Spanish)
Taringa.net (Mexico)
Nov. 22, 2017

The Spanish-language news website talked to experts, including CSUSB criminal justice professor and authority on extremists Brian Levin, about people’s fascination with cult leader and convicted murder Charles Mason, who died in prison on Nov. 19.

His cult’s murder rampage – Manson ordered the killings but did not participate in them – took place in early August 1969, when the U.S. was mired in the Vietnam war, Richard Nixon was president, and the nation was still recovering from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.

These factors led some to consider Manson's violence as another "war cry" for the counterculture, according to Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at CSUSB. "The violence [of Manson] hit the elements of American society that people were not necessarily familiar with," he explains. It was the failed counterculture, the racial war, the violence as a means of political expression but without pointing to the traditional symbols (like a president) which fed this whole concept of society out of control.

Read the complete article at “Por que las personas siguen obsesionadas con Charles Manson.”

Cal State San Bernardino professor celebrates 50 years
High Desert Daily
Nov. 26, 2017

Robert “Bob” Blackey has made CSUSB history — and he is, in fact, a history professor. The 2017-18 academic year marks Blackey’s 50th and final year of teaching at Cal State San Bernardino, the first faculty member at the university to reach this milestone. To date, no other CSUSB faculty member has even reached 45 years of service.

Read the complete article at “Cal State San Bernardino professor celebrates 50 years.”

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