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Provost's Message

July 18, 2018

A Message From Provost Jersky

Provost Brian Jersky

Dear Campus Community,

Walking across the campus, I can’t help but feel excited about all the new incoming students on our campus. Their eyes have a sense of wonderment tinged with uncertainty as they embark on a new adventure. I am thankful for each and every one of our new as well as current students that help make up our Long Beach family.

Watching them learn, grow and transform their lives through education remains a constant motivation for me. This is why I pursue new ways to improve Academic Affairs so we can all serve our students better in their educational journey. They are the ultimate purpose we are all here.

I am also grateful that Governor Brown has decided to fund more of the CSU’s operating costs. The budget will enable each state institution to continue the critical work each provides to the next generation of students.

Unfortunately this did come with some concern about the future of higher education. What troubled me about this last round of state budget talks was how hard we had to fight to simply maintain operating costs. From elected officials, campus representatives to community leaders – everyone raised the rooftops in Sacramento to let them know how important public institutions of higher education are to our economy.  

A benefit that emerged from this was the outpouring of support we received. We were able to easily tout how our campus contributes not only to the state’s workforce, but to the surrounding communities. We also proved repeatedly how we are meeting the significant demand for a quality, affordable education in our region.   

Thank you for your continued service to our students and campus community. You all play a key part in our success.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer,

Brian Jersky
Provost and Senior Vice President


Academic Affairs News


Ehsan Barjasteh. Fabrication and Characterization of Next Generation Polyner Matrix and its Composites. Kaneka Corporation. COE. Chemical Engineering. Total Award: $360,000. (June 2018 – May 2021)
Thomas O'Brien. Partners in Sustainability: Online Training for the Transit Industry. University of Southern California. CCPE. Center for International Trade & Transportation. Total Award: $66,862. (September 2013 – September 2018)
Seiji Steimetz. 2018 Regional Economic Forum. County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. CLA. Economic Research. Total Award: $1,000. (April 2018 – December 2018)
Vasanthy Narayanaswami. CSULB MARC U*STAR Training Program. NIH - NIGMS. CNSM. Chemistry and Biochemistry. Total Award: $2,722. (June 2017 – May 2022)
Editte Gharakhanian. Env7 as a Conserved Member of a Novel Kinase Cascade Regulating Membrane Fusion. NIH - NIGMS. CNSM. Biological Sciences. Total Award: $36,875. (March 2015 – February 2018)
Kelley Young. Regulation of Folliculogenesis During Ovarian Recrudescence. NIH - NIGMS. CNSM. Biological Sciences. Total Award: $11,063. (April 2016 – March 2020)
James von Brecht. Collaborative Research: Nonlocal Interfaces in Biological Systems. National Science Foundation. CNSM. Math and Statistics. Total Award: $11,063. (August 2018 – July 2021)
Kahlil Dajani. Steam Generator Unit Alpha Stage Demonstration. Water Electric Energy LLC. COE. Antelope Valley Engineering Program. Total Award: $10,000. (May 2018 – August 2018)
Deepali Bhandari. Novel Insights into Cancer Cell Survival During Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress. NIH - NIGMS. CNSM. Chemistry and Biochemistry. Total Award: $14,268. (January 2017 – December 2019)
Forouzan Golshani. Boeing 2017 BR&T Projects. Boeing. COE. Dean's Office. Total Award: $19,296. (January 2017 – December 2018)
Angela Locks. Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. CSU Chancellor's Office - via The Mellon Foundation. AA. ORSP - OURS. Total Award: $442,167. (January 2018 – December 2021)
Iveris Martinez. Systematic Innovations in Serving the Needs of Older Adults at the American Gold Star Manor. Archstone Foundation. CHHS. Gerontology. Total Award: $52,500. (April 2018 – April 2020)
Hamid Rahai. Reducing Nox Emissions of a Cargo Handling Equipment with Humid Air System. San Jose State University Research Foundation. COE. COE Administration. Total Award: $61,907. (June 2018 – May 2019)
Nancy Meyer-Adams. National Homelessness Social Work Initiative. The University of Texas at Austin. CHHS. Social Work. Total Award: $10,000. (January 2018 – January 2019)
Nancy Meyer-Adams. DMH Mental Health Intern Training Program 2016. LAC Department of Mental Health. CHHS. Social Work. Total Award: $382,950. (July 2016 – June 2019)
Laura D'Anna. Asian Pacific Islander Implementation Pilot Project - Evaluation Subcontract. Cambodian Association of America. CHHS. CHER. Total Award: $45,600. (May 2017 – April 2022)
Richard Marcus. Peace Corps Recruitment Officer 2017. Peace Corps. CLA. International Studies Program. Total Award: $31,730. (August 2016 – May 2020)

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