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Faculty in the News, Jan. 21

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 Palm Desert Campus hires first full-time faculty member
Palm Desert Patch
Jan. 21, 2020
 
This January, the Cal State San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus welcomed its first instructional tenure-track faculty member specifically hired for the campus, Pablo Gomez. This marks an important milestone in the campus's 34-year history - since its inception, all faculty members have been non-tenure adjunct faculty.
 
Read the complete article at “CSUSB Palm Desert Campus hires first full-time faculty member.”
 
Also see a brief video clip by Palm Springs stations KDFX, KPSP and KESQ of a news segment on Gomez at “08:33 KDFX (Fox) Newschannel 3 on Fox 11

Sam Crowell, CSUSB professor of education, emeritus, interviewed about ‘bringing secular spirituality into education’
WBUR (Boston)
Jan 21, 2020
 
From the program “Here and Now:” While traveling to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sam Crowell, CSUSB professor of education, emeritus, noticed even the poorest of schools place a plant in the classroom.
This practice speaks to the presence of spirituality within nature, says Crowell, founder of the master’s program in holistic and integrative education at the California State University, San Bernardino. In Argentina, he says he observed kids at one high school working on solutions to local ecological problems that they would present to businesses and city councilors.
 
Crowell shared this experience when hundreds of educators, philanthropists and nonprofits recently convened at Columbia University Teachers College’s “Spirituality in Education” conference.
 
Read the complete article and listen to the online audio at “Bringing secular spirituality into education.”
 
The segment was also picked up by NPR affiliates.

CSUSB professor consulted during development of video game ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’
News Dio
Jan. 17, 2020
 
A gaming news website article on the video game “Horizon Zero Dawn” reported that Stuart Sumida, CSUSB professor of biology, was consulted by designers on the movement of robotic creatures.
 
Sumida has conducted anatomical consultations on a myriad of projects, including the films The Lion King, Dinosaur, Hercules and Harry Potter, and the countdown of Disney World for extinction and Expedition to Everest. Richard Oud, chief creator of creatures for the game, also took a multi-month course focused on the animation of animals and creatures.
 
Read the complete article at “Make Horizon Zero Dawn machines feel like living creatures.”

A column by the head of National Urban League cites latest research by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
St. Louis American
 
Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, in a column about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., referenced the latest research by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
 
Morial wrote: “The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, found that hate crimes were at their highest level since September 11, 2001, in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, with the Jewish community being the most frequent target in all five of the cities
 
“‘These data reflect several trends, including an escalating tribalism, where various prejudices like anti-Semitism, xenophobia and homophobia, among others, are widely shared across a diverse grouping of people,’ Brian Levin, the report's lead author, said. ‘Next, local demographic changes in densely populated cities means more people are coming into contact with each other right at a time when fearful stereotypes are increasingly become the kindling for violent behavior.’”
 
Read the complete commentary at “MLK more relevant as hate crimes rise.”

CSUSB professor discussed influence of white supremacist group, ‘The Base,’ after some of its members were arrested
NBC News
Jan. 17, 2020
 
Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was one of the experts interviewed for an article about The Base, a white supremacist group, an the arrests Thursday of three alleged members of the group in a on the East Coast, which has put a renewed focus on the largely decentralized movement spanning chapters in North America and around the world.
 
A post from Roman Wolf, believed to be a pseudonym for The Base's founder, described the arrests as "targeted harassment" and warned the group "will continue our struggle for survival undeterred."
It's a threat that law enforcement should continue to take seriously, said Levin.
 
"Having a network is a dangerous thing — particularity when there are folks with military or technical experience involved," Levin said.
 
With 2020 being an election year, he added, he expects the number of hate crimes to only increase. Over the past decade, his research has found that the two worst months for hate crime incidents in the U.S. were in November 2016 and October 2018.
 
"Groups like The Base are a symptom of a polarizing, fragmented society, but they're accelerated by it as well," Levin said. "While these sorts of groups have a short half-life once law enforcement comes after them, if you think this is the last we've heard from The Base or groups like it, you're sorely wrong."
 
Read the complete article at “What is The Base? FBI arrests of alleged white supremacists puts focus on extremist group.”

Latest report by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism cited in article about African American and Jewish relations
NBC Boston
Jan. 19, 2020
 
An article about African American and Jewish relations in Brooklyn, N.Y., and recent anti-Semitic attacks on ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jersey City, N.J., and Monsey, N.Y., cited research from CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
 
According to a report from the Center of the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, there were 213 anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City as of Dec. 25, 2019, compared to 189 in 2018.
 
Other large cities with significant Jewish populations reported increases, too. The center reported that anti-Semitic hate crimes reached an 18-year high in the country’s largest cities: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
 
In Los Angeles, there were 58 anti-Semitic crimes up from 43 in 2018. Chicago saw an increase to 19, up from 13 the year before.
 
"Hate crimes are getting more violent," said Brian Levin, the center's director.
 
The worst month as far as the number of incidents over the last decade was November 2016, he said. The worst day in 13 years was the day after the presidential election.
 
Read the complete article at “‘We’re Going to Win This:’ African Americans, Jews in Brooklyn Reject Return to 1990s Tensions.”

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


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