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Faculty in the News, Feb. 22

NOTE: Faculty, if you are interviewed and quoted by news media, or if your work has been cited, and you have an online link to the article or video, please let us know. Contact us at news@csusb.edu.


CSUSB biology professor interviewed about the revival of Mystic Lake
The Press-Enterprise
Feb. 22, 2019
 
In another sign Southern California is having its wettest winter in years, Mystic Lake has risen again in the rural, agricultural valley between Moreno Valley and San Jacinto. The ephemeral body of water was largely absent the past decade, though it briefly appeared in 2017.
 
“For a long time it was a natural lake that was around most of the time,” said Anthony Metcalf, a Cal State San Bernardino biology professor and Mystic Lake expert. But the rerouting of the San Jacinto River decades ago and the recent drought combined to make the lake disappear for an extended period, Metcalf said.
 
Read the complete article at “Revived by rain, Mystic Lake is back near Moreno Valley, San Jacinto.”

CSUSB economics professors’ research on impact of minimum wage on consumers discussed
Pennsylvania Watchdog
Feb. 22, 2019
 
The legislative debate over increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania has now become an academic dispute, as well.
 
Daniel MacDonald and Eric Nilsson, professors at California State University, San Bernardino's Department of Economics, published a critique this week of the Feb. 6 testimony of Susquehanna University professor Matthew Rousu before the Pennsylvania House Labor & Industry Committee. The CSUSB professors said that Rousu misinterpreted their work
 
Read the complete article at “Professors spar over impact of minimum wage hike, but both sides agree that prices of goods will rise.”

White nationalist recruitment ‘glorifies getting military people involved,’ CSUSB professor says
MTP Daily/MSNBC
Feb. 21, 2019
 
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, joins MTP Daily to discuss the rise in hate groups and how white nationalist movements are seeking those in the military and law enforcement to join.
 
Watch the online video interview at “White nationalist recruitment ‘glorifies getting military people involved.’

CSUSB study on hate crimes show very few are false reports
Vanity Fair
Feb. 22, 2019
 
And opinion column by K. Austin Collins on the complex impact of Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime hoax included a reference to hate crime research by Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
 
“I have a hunch—more than a hunch—that the Smollett incident will be used as a cudgel against those of us who continue to push for greater accountability for the hatred being spewed in our current political and cultural climate,” Collins wrote. “It will not be enough to say that Smollett is the exception—though he is. Per Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, false reports of hate crimes account for only 0.2–0.3 percent of all hate crimes reported in the last three years. The F.B.I.’s hate-crime data, which relies on disparate local law enforcement to report and record crimes as motivated by bias, is ultimately not totally reliable for this reason.”
 
Read the complete article at “We weren’t fools to believe Jussie Smollett.”

Of reported hate crimes, very, very few are found to be hoaxes, CSUSB center study indicates
Vice News
Feb. 21, 2019
 
While a reported attack on Jussie Smollett initially said to have been motivated by hate appears to be a hoax, data shows that hate crimes are  almost never faked, the news site reported.
 
Of the 7,175 reported hate crimes reported nationwide in 2017, only 23 were found to be false, according to police and FBI data collected and analyzed by Brian Levin, a national expert in hate crimes and director Cal State San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. In 2016, 16 of the 6,121 reported hate crimes turned out to be hoaxes, according to Levin, who’s also a former New York City police officer.
 
That means, for both 2016 and 2017, only about .03 percent of reported hate crimes turned out to be fake.
 
Levin’s numbers from 2018 still aren’t finalized, but he’s estimated that 7,750 hate crimes were reported nationwide last year, and so far, just seven have turned out to be hoaxes.
 
Read the complete article at “Jussie Smollett’s hate crime was a hoax. But hate crimes are almost never faked, data shows.”

Most hate crimes are not hoaxes, CSUSB study indicates
Fox 5 (Washington, D.C.)
Feb. 21, 2019
 
Although much attention – and criticism – has been aimed at the alleged faked hate crime by Jussie Smollett, most hate crimes are not hoaxes, according to those who have studied the issue.
 
“Our preliminary data shows that over the past three years, there were 48 falsely reported hate crime,” professor Brian Levin, a national expert on hate crimes explained to FOX 5.
 
Levin, who heads  the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said what he’s observed is a real and growing problem.
 
“We just did a study of 30 of the largest American cities, including Washington DC, which is at an all-time high. We estimated there will be approximately 7,700 hate crimes at least when the FBI reports their data later in the year,” Levin stated.
 
Read the complete article at “Advocates worry Jussie Smollett case may deter victims of hate crimes to come forward.”

CSUSB’s Brian Levin discusses altercation involving YouTube personality and synagogue security guard
KABC Radio Los Angeles
Feb. 21, 2019
 
Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino,  joined talk show host Larry O’Connor to discuss the incident involving about Zhoie Perez, a YouTube personality known for testing the limits of the 1st Amendment, who on Feb. 14 got into an altercation that provoked a security guard at a Los Angeles synagogue to fire a shot that grazed her leg.
 
Listen to the segment at “The Larry O'Connor Show 2/21/19 - 11am.”

These news clips and others may be found at In the Headlines” at inside.csusb.edu
 


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