Faculty Highlights, April 2017

Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section.

College of Arts and Humanities

Gilah Yelin HirschGilah Yelin Hirsch, professor of art, is participating in the First International Painters’ Symposium in Oaxaca, Mexico, April 14 – 30. Sponsored and supported by the art and culture branch of Mezcal d’oro, 20 artists toured archeological and anthropological sites, as well as artisanal villages during the first week of the symposium. The second week they were provided studios to produce art based on their experiences. An exhibition will follow and representative works of the artists will be acquired into the collection.

Devon TsunoDevon Tsuno, assistant professor of art, and Omar Soloria, CSUDH arts student, presented “Justice: Chicago 2017” at the event Open Engagement at the University of Illinois, Chicago on April 22. Tsuno also gave a talk in early April at the State University of New York Oswego about his work as a visiting artist there.

 College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Professor of anthropology Jerry Moore

Jerry Moore, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a fall 2017 fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, a research institute in Washington D.C. affiliated with Harvard University.

Philip VieiraPhilip A. Vieira, assistant professor of psychology, has co-published the article “A Biomimetic Phosphatidylcholine-Terminated Monolayer Greatly Improves the In Vivo Performance of Electrochemical Aptamer-Based Sensors,” in the March 2017 issue of Angewandte Chemie International Edition magazine.

Thomas LandefeldThomas Landefeld, professor of biology and pre-health adviser, gave the presentation “Underrepresentation of Ethnic Minorities in STEM and the Health Sciences: What are the causes and can we effectively address this issue?” during STEM Week to the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

 College of Extended and International Education

David churchmanDavid A. Churchman, professor emeritus of Humanities Graduate Studies, and chairman of the Behavioral Sciences Graduate Program, is currently serving as a 2017 Fulbright Scholar to teach at the Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo, Norway. At the institute, Churchman is researching cliometrics, policy analysis, conflict theories, and data bases to compare two historic multi-power periods (1648-1792 and 1815-1939) with the present to identify characteristics of state and non-state actors that influence the choice of war over alternative means of conflict resolution. From his findings, Churchman will draw policy implications for a more peaceful world.


Dana BeluDana S. Belu, associate professor of philosophy, has published the book “Heidegger, Reproductive Technology & The Motherless Age.” In the book, Belu examines the use and proliferation of advanced reproductive technologies through the lens of philosopher Martin Heidegger. She combines Heidegger’s phenomenology of technology with feminist interpretations of advanced reproductive technologies, and suggests feminist forms of maternal resistance, alternatives to enframed birth, and argues in favor of maternal agency and empathy during childbirth.

 Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty

Carolyn Caffrey Gardner“I certainly think about if there is equivalent open-access content available in a subject area when considering purchasing a new subscription or ending an existing one. But we are driven in part by what our students, faculty, and researchers want and need—and there’s more education and awareness needed around open-access issues.” –Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, was quoted in the article “How a Browser Extension Could Share Up Academic Publishing” in the April 6 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.