CSUSM NewsCenter (faculty)

2019
May
22,
2019
Youwen Ouyang and Marisol Clark-Ibáñez first connected in a meaningful way almost a decade ago at a summer “boot camp” for Cal State San Marcos faculty.   Clark-Ibáñez was a coach for the program designed to introduce e-learning to faculty members...
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April
17,
2019
When you walk around campus this spring, you can see a noticeable pop of color thanks in no small part to the Southern California super bloom. An unusually rainy winter and spring season has led to the local phenomenon that has resulted in nearly ...
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April
15,
2019
Judy Bauerlein has lived in Southern California for more than a decade, but she still has Pennsylvania in her bones.   Bauerlein was born in Ambler, a northern suburb of Philadelphia, one of 11 children in a family that’s a hodgepodge of German, I...
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March
25,
2019
If she were to list the truly unbelievable days in her life, Lalitha Nataraj will most likely forever put a fall day in September 2017 at or near the top. Having just stepped onto dry land following a Disney cruise with her family, the librarian a...
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March
14,
2019
Cal State San Marcos professor Christiane Wood has written the book on innovative education. Literally. Wood’s new publication, “The Literacy of Play and Innovation: Children as Makers” (Routledge, 2019) provides an in-depth study of four early ed...
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March
07,
2019
For Mary Robertson, it felt like the first day at a new school.   Her heart was pounding. She was racked with self-doubt. Would the kids like her? Would she fit in?  It was the fall of 2010, and Robertson was standing outside an LGBTQ youth dro...
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February
21,
2019
Dr. Xiaocong (Simon) Fan came to Cal State San Marcos in December after nearly two decades at Pennsylvania State University to help build a new software engineering program. His impact is already being felt. Fan is a driving force in developing cu...
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February
11,
2019
Dr. Andrew Spieldenner is impacting policy and attitudes on HIV. Spieldenner, an assistant professor of communication at Cal State San Marcos, is one of two new North American delegates to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), whi...
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January
10,
2019
Suzanne Moineau still remembers how she felt after teaching a class as part of her doctoral program at UC San Diego. Moineau had stepped in when her mentor had to miss a class, and it proved to be a transformational moment. “I was totally hooke...
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January
02,
2019
Richard Armenta knows what it feels like to be the lost student in the back corner of a cavernous lecture hall.   He knows what it’s like to be just a face in a crowd, to feel removed from and intimidated by professors, to struggle to find his way...
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2018
November
20,
2018
The way Laurie Stowell sees it, writing has been the poor stepchild of public schools for far too long. The Cal State San Marcos professor of literacy is trying to change that through the San Marcos Writing Project, a comprehensive effort aiming to b...
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September
19,
2018
In 2015, Palomar Mountain was one of nine bucket-list rides highlighted by Bicycling magazine in a feature called “The Best and Hardest Climbs in the U.S.” For some, it may indeed be a once-in-a-lifetime bucket-list ride. For Cal State San Marc...
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September
10,
2018
Welcome to the start of a new academic year at Cal State San Marcos. I hope that you, as fellow professors, had time this summer to engage in things that bring you joy, and that make you feel rejuvenated. I know that many of you taught in summer sess...
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August
28,
2018
Kambiz Hamadani, a Cal State San Marcos assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is among 26 faculty members being recognized by the California State University system with Faculty Innovation and Leadership Awards for their commitment to st...
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May
23,
2018
Malesha Taylor wants to help instill confidence in her Cal State San Marcos students to pursue a career in music if that’s their dream. “A lot of people think you can’t have a musical career, that it’s just a hobby,” said Taylor, who joined CSUSM’...
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April
27,
2018
Cal State San Marcos history professor S. Deborah Kang’s groundbreaking book unmasking the little-known history of our nation’s immigration agencies is quickly racking up the honors, with her new work, "The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on ...
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April
19,
2018
Any number of accomplishments might come to mind when one thinks of Merryl Goldberg. Acclaimed saxophonist. Leader in arts education. Wang Family Excellence Award recipient. One achievement that probably doesn’t come immediately to mind? Ski...
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April
13,
2018
Cal State San Marcos is going high-tech in an effort to bolster enforcement of its recently implemented smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy. The new endeavor will utilize a cellphone-friendly tracking app to scan QR codes placed on existing sign...
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April
12,
2018
Jodie Lawston is an avid cyclist who has ridden in races as long as 500 miles and who moved to Pauma Valley in part to be closer to the notoriously punishing climb up Palomar Mountain. She didn’t know it at the time, but when the Cal State San Mar...
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March
21,
2018
After three decades in the printing business, Mary Baker decided it was time to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Now a lecturer at the Cal State San Marcos School of Nursing who spearheaded a network of student-run community health clin...
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March
06,
2018
San Marcos, CA – Mary Baker, lecturer and director of the School of Nursing Student Healthcare Project at California State University San Marcos, was awarded the 2018 San Diego Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award for the category of nurse. Th...
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February
27,
2018
Jill Watts still remembers her first trip to the city of San Marcos. A native San Diegan, Watts was 10 years old when she made the long journey with her mother from their Southeast San Diego home to a chicken ranch in San Marcos. Watts’ father ...
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February
23,
2018
Sinem Siyahhan is shedding new light on the old adage “a family that plays together, stays together.” Taking a decade of research into the learning and bonding that occur when families play video games together, the assistant professor of educatio...
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January
30,
2018
Merryl Goldberg knows there are some people who would call cuts to arts education a budget issue. Not Goldberg. “It’s a priority issue,” said Goldberg, who is entering her 25th year as a faculty member at Cal State San Marcos. Goldberg point...
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2017
December
18,
2017
Her official title is Head of User Services at the Cal State San Marcos University Library. But Carrie Moran says one of her most important roles is promoting social justice and providing a voice for the queer community – especially considering the c...
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December
07,
2017
Born and raised in the highlands of Kenya, Dr. David Bwambok was mesmerized by the healing powers in traditional medicinal plants often employed to treat villagers in place of modern pharmaceuticals. He set out to find out why, earning a Ph.D. fro...
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November
27,
2017
For at least one Cal State San Marcos student, the Beyond the Stereotype campaign wasn’t just about fostering conversations among the campus community. It was also an opportunity for personal reflection. “I’m questioning some things, and that’s OK...
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November
20,
2017
San Marcos, CA – Dr. Keith Trujillo, a California State University San Marcos psychology professor and director of the university’s Office for Training, Research & Education in the Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the...
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November
03,
2017
Dr. Konane Martinez, who serves as chair of the Cal State San Marcos Anthropology Department, has been appointed to the California Office of Binational Border Health Advisory Group, a move that places her in a position to influence binational partner...
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September
11,
2017
“We’re innovative, we have quality students and we’re providing quality nurses” -- Deborah Bennett She began training as a nurse at the age of 14 in a small medical center serving the rural, border town of Deming, New Mexico. Today, Deborah Ben...
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