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Making Waves: Accomplishments of the CSULB Community

Published August 11, 2021

Director of Quantitative Ecology Lab receives award

Raisa Hernandez Pacheco
Raisa Hernandez Pacheco

Raisa Hernandez Pacheco, assistant professor and director of the Quantitative Ecology Lab, received a Travel Award from the Animal Models of Social Aging Research Network for her project focusing on developing continuously structured population models to describe and quantify the prevalence of stability, deterioration, and recovery from disabilities among socially advantaged and disadvantaged subgroups.

Hernandez Pacheco is using the monkeys (rhesus macaques) living on Cayo Santiago, a small island off of Puerto Rico, as a primate model system to study individual health within social contexts.




Professors’ research featured in Mineta Transportation Institute’s newsletter

Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh
Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh 
Forouzan Golshani
Forouzan Golshani

Mechanical engineering Assistant Professor Mahdi Yoozbashizadeh and computer science Professor Forouzan Golshani recently had their research featured in the Mineta Transportation Institute's July newsletter. Their research found that robotic parking technology presents an affordable option for congestion and air quality control around park & rides.

The mission of MTI at San Jose State University is to increase mobility for all by improving the safety, efficiency, accessibility, and convenience of the nation’s transportation system.

Alumni selected for prestigious fellowships that will begin this fall

  • Leslie Davila ‘12 won a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for her project Latinx Artivists Resist Violence in the 21st Century
  • Leopoldo Peña '12 was selected for a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University
  • Joyhanna Garza '15 was selected for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University
  • Curtis Maughan '12 was selected for a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University

William Lucas awarded July Employee of the Month

William Lucas, a stock clerk at Student Health Services, was named July Employee of the Month. Lucas, who has worked at The Beach since 2013, is described as an approachable, motivated employee, going the extra mile by being the consummate team player.

William Lucas
William Lucas

“The nurses and clinicians were impressed by William’s ability to keep us stocked with PPE such as face shields, N95 mask, goggles, gowns, and gloves,” said LaTanya Franklin, a licensed vocational nurse at SHS.

“Because of the demand for those supplies nationwide, we ran low but never ran out. William would spend countless hours calling around to different vendors to order supplies.”

Lecturer's article featured in Bright Lights Film Journal

College of Business Lecturer Angela Aleiss recently had her article “From The Squaw Man to Rutherford Falls: The Rise of Hollywood’s Contemporary Native American Woman,” featured in Bright Lights Film Journal. The article highlights how Native women have started to appear in multidimensional roles over the last few decades.

Aleiss is also the author of “Hollywood’s Native Americans: Stories of Identity and Resistance,” which will be published soon by Praeger Publishers.

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