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CSULB to Host Pair of Events Highlighting
Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity

CSULB is hosting two events this week highlighting outstanding examples of recent and ongoing research, published works and the creative accomplishments of faculty and students.

The All University Celebration of Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity, being held Thursday, May 1, at The Pointe in The Walter Pyramid, will feature a variety of student and faculty projects, from a wind turbine patented by two professors to a rocket designed by students. The event is free and open to the public from 2-5 p.m.

On Friday, May 2, the university will host the Social Science Research and Instructional Council's (SSRIC) 32nd Annual Student Research Conference, featuring some of the best social science research projects by students from CSU and California community college campuses. The conference, which will take place in the University Student Union ballrooms from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., is also free and open to the public.

"These events are part of our efforts to promote and enhance support for research, scholarly and creative activity," said Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Karen L. Gould. "The research, scholarly and creative activity being presented May 1st and 2nd represents a broad range of research and creative works that enhance classroom teaching, generate new knowledge and advance the disciplines."

Among the items being displayed at the All University Celebration of Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity are:

  • A LOX-methane-powered rocket developed by students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for the first known flight test of these propellants;
  • An SAE engineering society Formula race car designed, built and used in competitions by students;
  • The 26-foot "D.R. Nelson," the largest boat in CSULB's marine biology research fleet;
  • A high-efficiency vertical axis wind turbine -- a pollution-free, low-cost power generator developed and patented jointly by professors Hamid Rahai and Hamid Hefazi with a grant from the California Energy Commission;
  • Aerospace equipment designed by faculty and students with Boeing engineers at the Center for Advanced Technology Support for Aerospace Industry;
  • Posters displaying the research, scholarly and creative achievements of faculty and students;
  • Books, articles and other published works by faculty

The event, which is being organized by Jim Till, interim associate vice president for research and external support, will honor one graduate and one undergraduate student who conducted outstanding research, scholarly or creative activity. It will also recognize two faculty members -- one who served as an outstanding faculty mentor for student engagement and one whose research, scholarly or creative activity had a significant impact.

The 32nd Annual Student Research Conference, which is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences, will open at 9 a.m. with welcoming remarks by CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships Elizabeth (Beth) L. Ambos, Provost Gould and SSRIC Chair at Chico State University Lori Weber. During the remainder of the conference, approximately 40 students from throughout the state will present their research. Three students will receive awards for best undergraduate, best graduate and best use of quantitative data. The conference is being organized by Chicano and Latino Studies Professor José Moreno, along with the campus planning committee and is supported by SSRIC, the CSU Chancellor's Office, CSULB's Office of the Provost and the Dean's Office of the College of Liberal Arts.

"It is my hope that both of these celebrations -- the All University Celebration of Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity and the Student Research Conference -- will shine a light on some of the tremendous accomplishments of our faculty and students and further our sense of pride in the breadth and quality of research, discovery and creative work at CSULB and throughout the state," Gould said.