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Laurels: April 2012

Published: April 16, 2012

Angela Aleiss, College of Business Administration, presented a paper titled “The Religion of Twilight: Mormons, Vampires and Angels” at the Fifth Annual Religions in Conversation Conference held at the Claremont Graduate University’s School of Religion.

Behnam Bahr, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and his graduate student Sam Mays presented a paper titled “Reconfigurable Wind Blades” at the Smart Structures/NDE conference held in San Diego in March. Bahr and his graduate students Pedram Safi and Sergio Varela presented another paper titled “Mobile Robot with Retractable Paws” at the same conference.

Gloria Inzunza-Franco, Mi Casa, Mi Universidad, received an award “Mujeres Destacadas” (Exceptional Women) from the Los Angeles newspaper La Opinion.

Maridith Janssen, Recreation and Leisure Studies, was presented with the Outstanding Recreation Therapy Educator Award at the California Recreation Association Annual Conference in March.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, co-edited the book By Any Means Necessary: Malcolm X, Real Not Reinvented for the Third World Press in 2012. He also gave the Annual Slavery Remembrance Memorial Lecture titled “Engaging the Holocaust of African Enslavement: The Ethics of Remembrance and Reparations” sponsored by the International Slavery Museum at the Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool, England. In addition, he was inducted into the Museum’s Wall of Black Achievers.

T. Alex Washington, Social Work, has been appointed as a visiting associate professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco beginning this summer. CAPS provides core support for multidisciplinary and high-impact HIV research, enhances the excellence of research projects, trains a new generation of HIV scientists and assists implementing partners. Those in the program work with CAPS researchers for three summers with some contact during the academic years between summers. Each summer, visiting professors will spend six weeks at CAPS in San Francisco working with the other participants and CAPS faculty in weekly meetings to develop their initial research projects and programs of research. Funding for the program is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. CAPS expects to fund each visiting professor for up to $25,000 to conduct health disparities preliminary research before the second summer. The goal of Washington’s proposed research is to develop and pilot-test an intervention to increase HIV testing uptake among young African-American men who have sex with men. Washington will use findings from a recently completed CSULB-RIMI-funded formative research study to inform the development of the HIV-testing video intervention.