NSS COVID-19 Talks
The college will host a discussion with Dr. Gabrielle Beauburn on the impact of the pandemic on mental health. The virtual event will be held on April 27, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additionally, the college will host another discussion with Ashim Malhorta, Ph.D. and Erika Titus-Lay, PharmD, on "COVID-19 Vaccination: Science, Fiction, and Social Constructs" on May 4, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m

Visit the NSS COVID-19 Talks webpage for more information and to register for the event.

Zoom meeting ID: 817 1440 6419
4th Annual NSS Faculty Retreat (April 30)
The NSS Steering Committee invites all faculty to this year’s faculty retreat to be held on April 30, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The goal of the workshop is to develop a common framework for conversations about sensitive issues, including race, gender, ethnicity, and equity, and new ideas for collaboration among our faculty. The event will feature Francesca Gino, Ph.D., (Harvard Business School) as the keynote speaker, and facilitated by Tracey Durand and Lisa Williams of Education in Equity Partners. There will also be a 45-minute block of Lightning Talks around the topic of Difficult Conversations. All faculty are invited to submit their talk through the RSVP link. The deadline to submit is April 28, 2021.

For more information on the retreat, please visit the faculty retreat webpage
NSS Spring 2021 Meeting
Faculty and staff are invited to the college’s spring meeting on Thursday, May 6,2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting information and agenda will be distributed a week before the event. 
Cal State LA Big Data Forum
The 2021 Cal State LA Big Data Forum Series will be held on April 22, 2021, and April 29, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students will share their experiences with big data during the forum and discuss their research findings covering various economic, social, and political issues.

RSVP here to receive the virtual meeting information. 
Drs. Ronald and Marilyn Bates Internship in Local Government Virtual Panel Discussion
The Master of Public Administration program (political science) will host a Drs. Ronald and Marilyn Bates Internship in Local Government virtual panel discussion for students interested in learning about local government issues and opportunities offered through the internship program. Featured speakers include Ronald Bates, former city manager to several Southern California cities; Bryan Cook, Temple City city manager and Cal State LA alumnus; Iliana Flores, administrative assistant to the city manager and city council of Temple City; and Shantay Armstrong, current M.P.A. student and Bates Internship recipient. The event will be held on April 21, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Zoom meeting ID: 849 9479 4559
Ángela Vergara Book Launch Event
Please join the Department of History for a book launch in celebration of Professor Ángela Vergara’s (history) new monograph Fighting Unemployment in Twentieth-Century Chile. Professors Eileen Ford (history), Enrique Ochoa (history), and Ericka Verba (Latin American Studies) will discuss the book with Vergara on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting ID: 889 9788 0926
Event Wrap Up
The college hosted "Picture a Scientist: A Women’s History Month Panel", an event commemorating Women’s History Month. The panel held on March 18, 2021, was moderated by Dean Scott-Johnson and featured NSS faculty members Krishna Foster (chemistry and biochemistry), Silvia Heubach (mathematics), Daphne Liu (mathematics), Pamela Regan (psychology), Elizabeth Torres (biological sciences), Linda Tunstad (chemistry and biochemistry), and Xin Wen (chemistry and biochemistry). The college also hosted Reverend James Lawson and Paraska Tolan-Szkilnik, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania), for the event, "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Lessons Learned and Not Learned" on February 24, 2021. View the recap of both events below.
Faculty Focus
The National Science Foundation awarded Professor Yixian Wang (chemistry and biochemistry) for the project, “Career: Development of New Plasmonic Electrochemical Microscopy Centered Techniques for Advancing Single Entity Analysis.”

Professor Kristen Discola (sociology) was featured in a Forbes article on gender bias in relation to Happy Meals boxes. Discola also authored the book, Redefining Murder, Transforming Emotion: An Exploration of Forgiveness after Loss Due to Homicide, which investigates the ideas and experiences of individuals who have lost loved ones to homicide to advance the understanding of the emotional transformation of forgiveness. 

Reminder - Dean Scott-Johnson hosts a bi-weekly Lunch with the Dean or office hours on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The next Lunch with the Dean will be held on April 22, 2021.

Zoom Meeting ID: 885 2620 1801
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