Professional Activities - Fall 2015

E. Frederick Anderson

E. Frederick Anderson (Emeritus, Social Work) represented Cal State LA at The National Forum on Aging, Diversity and Inclusion in Washington, DC, July 13, 2015. The forum provided an opportunity for approximately 55 national thought leaders to come together to share their knowledge and thoughts about where we have been, where we are currently, and where we need to go in the future with regard to aging, diversity and inclusion.

David Blekhman

David Blekhman (Technology) is a representative for Cal State LA’s academic research partnership with the Advanced Transportation Center of Southern California, 2015.

Dean Bullard and Dr. Pacheco Vega

Eric Bullard (Professional and Global Education) and Arturo Pacheco-Vega (Mechanical Engineering) traveled to Norway and visited the cities of Oslo, Trondheim, Tromso, and Bergen to represent the University and foster the partnership between research and higher education between the U.S. and Norway, April 18-24, 2015.

Professor DeChaine

Daniel Robert DeChaine (Liberal Studies/Communication Studies) participated in the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) annual convention, Spokane, WA, February, 2015.

Piers Plowman

Michael Calabrese (English) and his graduate students,  Anni Aslanian, Jonathan Lee and Carol Bryan, attended this year’s Medieval Association of the Pacific 49th annual conference in Reno, Nevada, April 9, 2015. Calabrese moderated the panel, “Revolt and Reform in Piers Plowman.” Aslanian, Lee and Bryan presented work analyzing sin, education, religion, and revolt in Piers Plowman.

Dr. Taylor Dark

Taylor Dark (Political Science) led 13 student members of the Cal State LA Political Science Association in a visit to Washington, D.C., June 16-20, 2015. They toured the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and National Archives, and had meetings with Reps. Adam Schiff, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Tony Cardenas. Members of the club were able to observe the legislative process first hand from both the House and Senate Galleries. The trip included a meeting with Brett Morrow, a recent political science graduate who currently works in Congress for Rep. Mark Takano.


Modern Language Association logo

Domnita Dumitrescu (Emerita, Modern Languages and Literatures) presented “La fusión entre el español y el inglés en la prosa de Junot Díaz” during the 25th Conference on Spanish in the United States and 10th Conference on Spanish in Contact with other Languages, at The City College of New York, March 26-29, 2015. She organized three panels and chaired two of these panels during the 130th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association in Vancouver, Canada, January 8-11, 2015. She also presented a paper, “Sobre el Spanglish y los estadounidismos,” at the fall, 2014 meeting of the AATSP –Southern California Chapter at USC, October, 2014.

Professor Graef performing on the flute

Sara Carina Graef (Music, Theatre, and Dance) was commissioned to write a piece for an exceptional instrument. The Mendelssohn Red, as it’s nicknamed, is a Stradivarius violin that was once owned by the Mendelssohn family.  The piece premiéred at Bard College’s Fisher Center in New York last November to a sold-out audience of 800.

Professor Veena Prabhu

Veena P. Prabhu (Management) presented a research paper, “Proactive Personality and Employee Retention: Exploring the Meditational Framework” and conducted a  professional development workshop, “Social Entrepreneurship and Civic Engagement: Development, Opportunities, and Challenges Among Millennials,” at the Southwest Academy of Management’s 2015 Annual Conference, Houston, TX, March 11-14, 2015.

American Journal of Health Behavior

Richard Wearn (Art) was selected to serve as a faculty mentor for this year’s Luckman Project, an annual collaborative project headed by a visiting artist who guides a number of outstanding students selected from the Department of Art at Cal State LA. The project culminates in June 2015.

Big data

Jongwook Woo (Computer Information Systems) was invited to present on Big Data during a FinTech Forum, “Introduction To Big Data and the Use Cases on FinTech,” at the Franchise Supervisory Service in Korea, which is equivalent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, July 10, 2015.