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Cal State Long Beach to Host August Camps for Young Scientists

The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Science Education Department will host its annual Young Scientists’ Camp (YSC), a paid summer science camp for any child in second through eighth grade, from Aug. 4-15 on the CSULB campus. This is the 15th year for the program.

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This year’s theme is Life Science, taught by experienced and future science teachers and science specialists.

“I am excited that we continue to provide this science teaching and learning opportunity,” said Science Education Professor Laura Henriques. “It’s a wonderful science enrichment program for our area youngsters while also providing a mentored science teaching experience for future teachers. More than 2,700 students have gone through the camps since it started in 2000 and more than 250 prospective teachers have improved their teaching skills through the program.”

Second- and third-graders will study Amazing Animals in Action; third- and fourth-graders will have a Botany Bonanza; fifth- and sixth-graders will learn about Life at the Edge of the Sea; and seventh- and eighth-graders will look into Solving Environmental Challenges. The camp is hands-on, investigation based, with kids performing science experiments throughout the two weeks.

“Our younger kids will be exploring plants, animals and critters, including the interactions between plants and animals,” said Henriques. “Our upper elementary students will be studying marine biology. They will be doing their investigations in the lab right across from the CSULB Marine Biology Lab. Our middle schoolers will be doing environmental science and looking at the challenges we face.”

Support for this camp is provided by the Beckman Coulter Foundation with limited financial aid available through a grant from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation.

In addition to the Young Scientists’ Camp program on campus, Henriques will be offering a similar two-week program for homeless children from the Long Beach Unified School District. This program is funded by grants, local philanthropies and individual donations with the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation being a major contributor the past four years. Other donors and in-kind contributors include the El Dorado Women’s Club, St. Mary’s Low Vision Center and Downtown Long Beach Lion’s Club.

Both camps run from 8:30 a.m.-noon Mondays through Fridays with the homeless camp taking place off campus and YSC in labs on the CSULB campus. Participation in the homeless camp is by nomination from school counselors and teachers. Participation is YSC (on campus) is tuition based. Fees are $300 per participant, with a $25 discount for siblings. Class size is limited but space is still available for all grade levels.

For more information on either camp, contact Henriques or register by visiting the Young Scientists Camp webpage.

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Cal State Long Beach Well Represented in City Hall

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)  is well represented at Long Beach City Hall, with the mayor, five of the nine city councilmembers and the city auditor, each who attended CSULB.  They are: Robert Garcia, Mayor; Laura Doud, City Auditor; Lena Gonzalez, 1st District City Council; Suzie Price, 3rd District City Council; Patrick O’Donnell, 4th District City Council; and Dee Andrews, 6th District City Council.

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In addition, Roberto Uranga, 7th District City Council, attended CSULB, but did not earn a degree.  His wife, former city councilmember Tonia Reyes Uranga, is an alumus.

Garcia, Doud, Gonzalez, Price and Uranga were sworn into office on July 15.  Other Long Beach City Council members include Suja Lowenthal (District 2); Stacy Mungo (District 5); Al Austin (District 8); and  Rex Richardson (District 9).

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$125,000 Gift Continues Redmon’s Fencing Legacy at Cal State Long Beach

When you hear the name Jo Redmon, you automatically think fencing.

A recent gift of $125,000 from Redmon to establish The Jo A. Redmon Endowed Fund for Fencing will now forever link her name to the sport at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).

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Jo Redmon

“Jo Redmon’s generous gift will insure the preservation of the sport of fencing at CSULB,” said Ken Millar, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “We are grateful for Jo’s continuing to support the Department of Kinesiology.”

As a long-time professor and fencing coach at CSULB and now a valued emerita faculty member, Redmon’s love, investment and commitment to the campus’ fencing program was the driving force behind her teams’ success and helped build a firm foundation for the sport at the university for almost half a century. In addition, her tireless efforts played a substantial role in the success of the sport on the West Coast as a whole.

“I have worked at CSULB for 50 years, which has been two-thirds of my life,” said Redmon. “We used to have a terrific varsity program, but it dropped when I retired. Athletics wasn’t going to pay a fencing coach so we dropped to the two classes in the spring and I taught them for another 12 years. I loved doing it, loved the kids, loved the subject matter and loved the activity.

“With all of that in mind, I thought that it would be a good idea to keep the classes going, thus the gift,” she added. “After all this time, it would be a shame for Long Beach to not have fencing. I am blessed that I have the financial security to make the donation and that fencing will continue to be a part of our activity classes.”

The gift was made partially with cash and partially with an irrevocable bequest to achieve Redmon’s goals. The ability to guarantee her gift with assets from her estate will assure that the Department of Kinesiology can hire a qualified instructor each semester.

In recognition of her generous contribution, Redmon became a founding member of the Dean’s Circle, a select group of the College of Health and Human Services’ most generous and loyal supporters. She also will be recognized as a member of campus-wide groups, including the Carillon Society, which recognizes lifetime giving of donors, and the Legacy Society since her gift included a bequest.

After building teams at universities in Illinois and Colorado, Redmon came to CSULB in 1964 and built a fencing tradition by leading the 49ers to 14 first place finishes at the Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California Championships. Beginning in 1979 she never failed to qualify at least one fencer for the NCAA National Championships and coached eight All-Americans. In 1984 the 49ers placed 15th and in 1986 placed 9th overall at the NCAA Championships.

That hard-fought success earned Redmon wide respect and she served for five years on the National NCAA Men’s and Women’s Fencing Committee. She also served as chair in 1981 of the first Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women National Championship Committee. In 1993 the United States Fencing Coaches Association (USFCA) named Redmon Coach of the Year and in 2000 the USFCA honored her with the Lifetime Commitment to the Sport of Fencing Award.

In 2002 the university bestowed its highest athletic honor as Redmon was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of her successful competitive fencing heritage in the field of intercollegiate athletics. Today, still lecturing on and promoting the sport of fencing, she remains a beloved and respected emerita faculty member who has brought unrivaled accolade to the university for her contributions to the sport.

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Cal State Long Beach Engineering Dean Golshani Appointed to Advise Assembly Committee on Aerospace

By Rick Manly

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) College of Engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani was appointed recently to advise the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace chaired by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

“I am pleased to have Dr. Forouzan Golshani join the Aerospace Advisory Council.  He brings a wealth of knowledge as Dean of the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach, and I look forward to working with him and the council to support California’s aerospace industry,” said Muratsuchi.

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Forouzan Golshani

As a member of the aerospace advisory committee, Goshani said he hopes he can help to  bridge the gap between academic research and the types of policies enacted by policy makers.

“It’s an honor,” said Golshani. “It’s a great opportunity to offer input into things that matter. I have been specifically cognizant of the divide between technology and policy areas. The more Californians who are aware of technology, the more who will be better able to assess things from a modern technological perspective. I’m particularly pleased to be called upon to be a part of this committee.”

Golshani also believes he can make the biggest contribution to the issue of aerospace manufacturing revival.

“Manufacturing revival has diminished during the past two decades,” he said. “That is very unfortunate because, when you look at what made Southern California what it is, and at the iconic images of Southern California, they were from aerospace. Several things that many people identify Southern California with have their roots in the aerospace sector. We have seen a rapid erosion of this industry in Southern California. Boeing has downsized and Northrop has consolidated. The ability of this state to be the powerhouse of the nation has diminished. I hope we can help maintain this state’s supplier base to the local aerospace industry. That is still a huge advantage for the state’s economy.”

The meetings usually take place in the South Bay area and the next advisory committee meeting is anticipated to be sometime this month. Other committee members represent a wide range of organizations including including well-known aerospace companies like Boeing, Northrup Grumman and Lockheed Martin.

Advising an Assembly Select Committee will be a new experience for Golshani.  “I have not participated directly to such an extent in the legislative process. Although I’ve been on multiple delegations that traveled to Washington D.C. to talk with members of Congress,” he said. “My interactions with this committee of experts will enable us to align our academic and educational objectives with the state’s highest needs. I don’t see my role as that of an advocate specifically for just the university. The advisory committee must make sound recommendations for all the region. Generally, I see this committee as an advisory committee to bridge the area of technology with the area of setting policy. That is a powerful mix. If there is an opportunity to help engineering colleges at CSUs and UCs, that is an added benefit.”

Golshani works closely with his college’s Dean’s Advisory Council–a group of more than 20 senior executives from the regional high-technology companies.  “My work with our local industries has helped to inform me about the special committee’s goal,” he said. “Our advisory council comes together three times a year. We go over what matters to the industry and what affects CSULB and the College of Engineering. That is a great basis for formulating my advice to the members of the California Assembly about technology in general and specifically aerospace technology.”

As College of Engineering dean, Golshani has gained a clear perspective on Southern California’s aerospace industry.

“As I study the reasons for the erosion of the aerospace industry in Southern California, a number of factors come to light,” he explained. “Many of these reasons are related to Sacramento directly or indirectly. They include, for example, antiquated laws, including some environmental regulations. Too often, outdated laws remain on the books and they cause confusion and extra work for government and business because compliance becomes a much more difficult task when there is no clarity to the laws.

“In addition, many industries who leave California move to right-to-work states,” he added. “I hope to look at how to create a more level legal playing ground to help businesses stay in California. At the very least, we must work to see that outdated laws are not the reason businesses move out of the state. Another area that would be good to look at are the incentives provided to businesses extensively by other states. It is a matter of calculating dollars and cents to see what tax benefits would be lost if a business that generates employment moved out of the state.  There are things I and the rest of the advisory committee can analyze on behalf of the Legislature to inform them about how we might be able to make the state of California more competitive.”

Golshani came to CSULB from London’s Imperial College, Wright State University and Arizona State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Arya Mehr University of Technology in Iran, his Master of Science degree in engineering systems in 1979 and his Ph.D. in computer science in 1982, both from Warwick University.

Golshani believes his appointment demonstrates the seriousness with which the state considers the aerospace industry.

“The issue of aerospace manufacturing is huge,” he said. “The White House takes it seriously enough to offer a $1.3 billion federal funding to Southern California this month through a research center at USC which will benefit many partnering agencies across the region. Everything indicates this is timely and that it is important for us to be strategizing collectively how we can put this state on the right track.”

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