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Women’s Research Colloquium Slated For April 10 At The Pointe

Published: April 2, 2013

CSULB faculty members May Ling Halim, Panadda Marayong and Kim Vu will be the featured speakers at the university’s spring 2013 Women’s Research Colloquium on Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 5 p.m. in The Pointe of The Walter Pyramid. This year’s theme is “Initiating, Advocating and Implementing Action.”

The colloquium is an opportunity to learn about research done by women and/or research related to women’s issues and concerns. The event highlights CSULB scholars and provides an opportunity to learn about their work and engage in discussions about their findings.

Marayong, an assistant professor of mechanical/aerospace engineering, and Vu, a professor of psychology, will discuss “Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers by Combining Research and Outreach” along with Lily Gossage, who coordinates CSULB’s engineering education and outreach area.

Focusing on ways to inspire more female students to pursue majors and careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, the presentation will include survey research on CSULB’s Engineering Girls Summer Internship and NASA Learning Experience programs to demonstrate their long-term impact on STEM success for young women.

Halim, an assistant professor of psychology, will present “When Women Perceive Discrimination,” which looks at her research into whether perceived ethnic and language-based discrimination is associated with poorer overall physical health and higher levels of depression among African-American and Latina immigrant mothers.

Halim’s presentation will include an examination of whether these associations with health trickle downstream to infant children—that is, if women perceive greater discrimination, will their children also have poorer physical health?

Presented by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Women’s Research Colloquium was created in 1986 to highlight current research of CSULB women faculty and staff members. Founded through the joint efforts of the CSULB branch of California Women in Higher Education, the Women’s Resource Center and the Office of University Research, the colloquium is an occasion for researchers to present their work to the entire university community.

The cost to attend the colloquium is $20 for faculty, staff and guests, and it includes a dinner that begins at 5 p.m. The presentations begin at 5:30 p.m.

RSVPs for the colloquium should be made by Wednesday, April 3, by contacting Cynthia Angiuli at 562/985-1688. Payment may be made in advance or at the door.

–Rick Gloady