the natural phenomena - College of Natural Sciences



the natural phenomena - College of Natural Sciences
Inside this Issue:
Message from the Dean and Many
Thanks and Best Wishes….……………….1
Department Accomplishments ………….2
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Computer
Science and Engineering…..………………3
The Department of Physics…....…………4
Development Corner and Donor
Donor Thanks and Tribute To An Old
Commencement 2011 and CNS
Outstanding Alumna, Graduate and
rigor of the programs, the large number does
bode well for the availability of people to enter the medical fields in the future. Likewise,
the STEM disciplines (science, technology,
engineering and mathematics) realized good
growth, particularly the computer engineering
program, which was identified by 36 freshmen. The United States’ need for future
employees with a STEM background is quite
significant due to retirements and expansion
of the marketplace because of technology
and science.
B. Robert Carlson, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences
This year seems to have gone by so rapidly.
There have been the traditional events
such as graduation ceremonies, endless
meetings, guest speakers and entertainers
to the campus. There have also been a
series of one-time events such as completion of the observatory, a new nursing skills
laboratory and a water conservation demonstration garden for the campus. But the
year has also been marked by many new
students entering this campus with dreams
of earning a college degree to better prepare for their future, in spite of the very
real financial problems facing California
Of the 1,773 new CSUSB freshmen in fall
2010, 769 identified their major within the
College of Natural Sciences. Of that, 122
students were interested in careers in
medicine, while 321 students identified
nursing as their major of choice. While it is
unlikely that all of these students will complete these majors due to the academic
Our three construction projects will be completed this spring, two of which are being built
with donated funding. The Murillo Family
Observatory will be officially opened in the fall
2011. Anchored by 2 telescopes and 14
exterior viewing spots, the Murillo Family Observatory should become a signature building
for the campus. Dr. Laura Woodney, a faculty
member in the Department of Physics, will
provide leadership for the building programs
as we launch programs for the benefit of current and future CSUSB students. If you would
like to assist us in identifying or developing
these programs, please contact Dr. Woodney.
The Department of Nursing Skills Lab will be
a state-of-the-art site for preparing future
nurses. There will be 10 beds in the laboratory, which will replicate the equipment found
at hospital bedsides. Extensive technology
will allow different nursing scenarios to be
televised to each bedside so that the students can be working on different skill sets or
medical problems. The water conservation
demonstration garden was externally funded
by San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water
District, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians,
the Inland Empire Resource Conservation
District and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic
Garden. The garden will be populated by
thousands of plants that thrive in the Inland
Empire and will be on display for all to see.
While all of these exciting items are just
beginning, it appears that the time has come
for me to retire from my position. After 43
years in higher education (the last 10 of
which have been at CSUSB), I have decided
to make more time for personal needs. I am
pleased to announce that Dr. David Maynard,
currently serving as department chair for the
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
will become interim dean for the College of
Natural Sciences on Aug. 2, 2011. The opportunity to be part of this fine campus has
been a high point in my career, for we are
fortunate to have students who want to learn
and faculty and staff who want to provide an
excellent experience for the students. Your
support has also been greatly appreciated,
regardless of the form of the support.
Certainly, your commitment of time and
talents has been significant to the college,
but your positive comments to others about
what is going on at CSUSB in the College of
Natural Sciences has been of tremendous
support as well. I look forward to joining you
in that support role in a few months!
My best wishes for a happy and healthy year,
Rob Carlson
Dean, College of Natural Sciences
Dean Robert Carlson has announced his intent to retire on Aug. 1, 2011, as dean of the College of Natural Sciences. He came to the campus in 2001 after serving as chair of the Department of Exercise and Nutritional
Sciences at San Diego State University for 23 years. Prior to that, he held faculty positions at the University of
Kansas and The University of Texas at the Permian Basin. With a career that now spans 43 years in higher education, Dean Carlson has experienced a wide range of responsibilities, ranging from director of a perceptual
motor clinic through service as the chair of a Faculty Senate. At CSUSB, he has excelled in facilitating successful experiences for faculty, staff, and students. The college has added the Chemical Sciences Building, the
Murillo Family Observatory, the Geology Laboratory Building, a nursing laboratory building, a water demonstration garden, and a complete remodel of both the Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences Buildings. The student interest in majoring in the college increased from 2,200 students in 2001 to almost 4,400 students in
2010, during a period of time when the university growth was only 398 students. During this same period, external donations to CNS have increased from $19,000 in 2001 to more than $2 million per year for the last two
years. Faculty have been increasingly successful in competing for and securing external grants, where the totals
have increased from $3,189,000 in 2001 to $8,118,000 this past year. He has been very active in the PresiRobert Carlson
dent’s Academic Excellence Scholarship program. The college annually attracts about 40-45 percent of the student scholars who attend CSUSB, and Dean Carlson works directly with each of them. To date, 140 PAES students have been associated
with the college, with 44 of 63 completing their degree in four years or less. The Water Resources Institute is part of the college and has
been positioned to be a leader in water-related issues for Southern California. The outstanding water collection of the University of California
has been moved from UC Berkeley to CSUSB and UC Riverside. The aerial photograph collection within the Joseph Rowe Archives has been
greatly expanded with the assistance of the Academic Computing and Media and WRI personnel and should become a leading repository for
aerial photographs of Southern California, particularly San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the service area for CSUSB. We wish Dean
Carlson well in his retirement, and thank him for all that he has brought to this campus.
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Department of Biology
The Department of Biology continues to grow,
with more than 800 undergraduate and graduate majors. Biology faculty have been very
successful in securing funding for a wide variety of research and training projects. Drs.
Nicole Bournias-Vardiabasis and Jeff Thompson were awarded a $1.14 million grant from
the California Center for Regenerative Medicine to train undergraduate and graduate students in stem cell research. This year six students are conducting research in leading labs,
and the newly formed Student Society for Stem
Cell Research and the Department of Biology
hosted the inaugural Stem Cell Symposium.
Dr. Dave Polcyn received a $996,000 U.S.
Department of Education grant to further science education, and is working with K-6 in the
Coachella Valley. Graduate and undergraduate
students have remained busy conducting
research in a number of faculty research projects, and routinely present the results of their
research at professional meetings. Students
have also been successful in being accepted
to graduate programs around the country, as
well as acceptance to numerous medical,
dental, veterinary and pharmaceutical schools.
We encourage all of the biology alumni to keep
in contact with us by contacting Dr. Polcyn at
[email protected] Let us know where you
are and what you are currently doing!
Department of Geology
A proposal was submitted to the Board of Trustees to convert the pilot M.S. program in Environmental Sciences into a permanent M.S.
degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences.
The first geology option M.S. student, Amanda
Lopez, graduated in June. Joseph Salazar is
the second geology graduate to be accepted
directly into a Ph.D. program; Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Texas at
Arlington, with a fully funded scholarship. Sally
McGill continues her research on the slip rates
of San Andreas and San Jacinto faults. Her
students have presented their research results
at meetings of the Geological Society of American, Earthscope and the Southern California
Earthquake Center. Erik Melchiorre and his
students have been invited to present the results of their work at an international mining
meeting in Antofagasta, Chile in September.
Joan Fryxell was elected chair of the Geological
Society of America's Geology and Society Division. Next year is the 20th anniversary of the
establishment of the Department of Geological
Sciences. A number of activities are planned to
celebrate this event. Check us out on
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Department of Health Science and Human
The Department of Health Science and Human Ecology offers undergraduate concentrations in public health education, nutrition
and food sciences, healthcare management,
and environmental health, as well as the
master of science in health services administration and master of public health. In
2010, the state of California extended environmental health program approval for six
years. Dr. Christopher H. Lindfelt worked this
year with the Center for Health Disparities
Research and Training, formerly the Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions,
a program of the National Center on Minority
Health and Health Disparities that establishes and improves the scientific infrastructure of academic institutions that serve predominately minorities. Dr. Kim Clark and
colleagues at the San Bernardino County
Office of Education received $500,000 (one
of 19 national grants) to evaluate a program
he co-authored on teen pregnancy prevention. Dr. Ted Coleman continues on the
faculty at Hochschule Fulda International
Summer University in Fulda, Germany.
Department of Kinesiology
The kinesiology faculty members continue to
position the department to become a state
and regional leader with their professional
development. In addition to the excellence
in teaching effectiveness, the kinesiology
faculty members publish the results of their
research in several international journals
and some are recognized as leaders in their
respective fields.
Additionally the faculty
now provides professional service at the
international, national, regional, state and
local levels, something we were not capable
of doing five years ago. You can read results
from the faculty research in scholarly journals on topics ranging from motor behavior
on children and youth to the attitudes toward teaching students with disabilities.
Our faculty now conducts research in kinesiology on the range of human abilities from
public school students to individuals with
disabilities, with content areas including, but
not limited to, psychology, sociology, pedagogy, physiology, biomechanics as it relates
to physical activity, sport and exercise. You
can review our accomplishments our department web page [] and
read about our newest faculty member Dr.
Pablo Costas.
Department of Mathematics
The Mathematics Department welcomed Dr.
Su Liang in fall 2010 as our new assistant
professor. Dr. Davida Fischman and colleagues have received a five-year $900,000
Noyce Phase II grant to expand the Noyce
Math and Science Scholarships. Dr. Fisch-
man, Dr. Giovanna Llosent and others were
awarded a five-year $7.8 million NSF Math
and Science Partnership grant titled
“Academic Learning for Elementary Students (ACES).” Dr. Rolland Trapp, Dr. MinLin Lo and colleagues have received NSF
Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Math grant. Dr. Madeleine Jetter
and Dr. Susan Addington are involved in
implementing Project DELTA, a three-year
$3 million grant funded by California Math
Science Partnership program. Research
activity continues as well. The following
professors have given talks at symposia/
conferences: Susan Addington, Ilseop Han,
Madeleine Jetter, Yuichiro Kakihara and Su
Liang. Also the following professors have
their papers published/accepted: Ilseop
Han, Yuichiro Kakihara and Su Liang.
Department of Nursing
The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus graduated 32 BSN students and 13 RN-BSN
students in June. San Bernardino graduated 67 BSNs. Department administrative
assignments have continued to change.
Dwight Sweeney is currently serving as
interim chair of the department, Jean Nix is
the BSN coordinator, and Teresa DoddButera is the MSN coordinator. Construction continues on the new Nursing Skills
Lab and it should open at the beginning of
the fall quarter. An open house and reception will be scheduled once a final completion date is determined. The MSN program
received full accreditation from the CCNE in
spring 2010. Dr. Asma Taha was selected
as the University’s Outstanding Faculty
Advisor, and BSN graduate, Rebecca Scull,
was the Outstanding Undergraduate at
PDC. Dr. Marilyn Smith-Stoner took six students to Sweden. Visiting Professor OkSoon Park, from Seoul Women’s College of
Nursing donated $2,000 to the department’s scholarship fund. Alumni can contact the department at (909) 537-5380.
The faculty, staff and students
from the Department of Chemistry
and Biochemistry had another
stellar year. Dr. Yu Jung Kim was
awarded a Faculty-Seed research
CSUPERB grant. She is working
with biochemistry undergraduate
student Vannary Sann to study
movement of a mariner DNA transposon in insects and human cells
to develop a transposon tool for
use in genetic engineering. In Dr.
Brett Stanley’s research group,
Amanda Rodriguez and Andrea
Williams determined the emission
rates of fluoride and sulfate from
Nafion membranes in accelerated
degradation studies of proton exchange membrane fuel cells.
Amanda wrote her results in partial
fulfillment of the M.S. degree in
environmental sciences. In conjunction with wastewater treatment
agencies in the Santa Ana Regional
Dischargers Association, undergraduates Karen Antonio and
Fatima Alrahem investigated the
increased levels of
cyanide detected in treated wastewater.
Karen presented her results at the
Department Chair:
David Maynard
Kimberly Cousins
Larry Mink
Lisa Shamansky
Brett Stanley
Shumei Yang
Associate Professors:
James Noblet
Douglas Smith
John Tate
Assistant Professors:
Yu Jung Kim
Department Office:
Irene Carrasco
Terri Cortez
Chemistry Stockroom:
Jan Mack
Ken Makino
Department Chair:
Kerstin Voigt
Richard Botting
Arturo Concepcion
Yasha Karant
Josephine Mendoza
Owen Murphy
Keith Schubert
Tong Yu
Kay Zemoudeh
Associate Professors:
Ernesto Gomez
David Turner
Assistant Professors:
Haiyan Qiao
Department Office:
Alice Martinez
Monica Latimer
Computer Techs:
Kwon Han
Ching Yi (Birdy) Wang
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Southern California Conference on
Undergraduate Research and is
currently considering offers from
Notre Dame and Michigan for Ph.D.
studies in chemistry. Dr. Kimberley
Cousins took over as director of the
Math and Science Scholars program in spring 2010. Since 2007
there have been a total of 13
MASS scholars in chemistry and
biochemistry. MASS graduates in
Ph.D. programs include Michael
Kornoff (USC); Heidi Redden,
(University of Texas at Austin);
Brandon Feenstra, (MSES CSUSB);
and Greg Barding (UC Riverside).
Raissah Delos Reyes is currently
working as a chemist for Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, and Greg Barding is currently in the Ph.D. program at UC Riverside. Dr. Jim
Noblet’s group is contracted to
continue with lake water quality
monitoring on Lake Elsinore and
Canyon Lake. He currently has
four undergraduates and one
MSES student working on water
quality issues. Current MASS scholars include Amber Mora, Vannary
Sann, Eric Torres, Kathleen Elison,
The School of Computer Science
and Engineering finished the
academic year 2009-2010 with its
first three graduates of the B.S. in
the computer engineering program. We also had our first graduate of the B.S. in bioinformatics.
We started 2010-2011 under our
new name “School of Computer
Science and Engineering.” In
October 2010, the School of CSE
held its annual open house recruiting event. As in previous years, it
was a success with more than 220
participating students and teachers from 15 local high schools and
community colleges. During the
year, the CSE faculty secured a
number of external grants. Drs.
David Turner, Arturo Concepcion
and Tong Yu continued working on
their NSF grant titled “Revitalizing
Computing Education through
Community-Based Video Game
Development Projects.” The same
researchers received a
supplemental NSF award through the
Research Experiences for Teachers
program. The combined NSF
grants amount to $322,000. Drs.
Margarita Cuadras and Jeffrey
Yang. Three scholars (Amber, Eric
and Vannary) attended the ACS
National meeting in August 2010,
and Amber, along with senior Luz
Sandoval, presented a research
poster at the ACS National Meeting
in Anaheim in March 2011. The
M.S. program in environmental
sciences has changed its name to
“Earth and Environmental Sciences” to better reflect the geology
option. The professional science
master’s option is recognized by
the Council of Graduate Schools,
and the entire program has been
approved for regular program
status after completing a five year
pilot this year. This will be Dr.
David Maynard’s last year as
department chair. “It has been a
great honor and joy to serve as
department chair during the past
12 years and I greatly appreciate
the support from the students, my
colleagues in the department, the
college and university during my
term as chair.” Dr. Stanley will take
over as department chairman for
the 2011-12 academic year.
Concepcion and Turner also share
in a subcontract to CSUSB of a
$1.12 million Title 5 grant managed
by Norco College; CSE’s portion is
$367,000. Drs. Yasha Karant (PI),
Ernesto Gomez and Kerstin Voigt
have been awarded a grant in the
amount of $95,000 from the Army
High Performance Computing Research Center. The grant is bringing
a NVIDIA TESLA GPU supercomputer
to the school. Dr. Keith Schubert
received a $266,000 NIH grant to
build hardware/software systems
for the world's first proton computed
tomography machine to be built at
Loma Linda University Medical Center. Garner Holt Productions, Inc.,
has offered to loan Dr. Haiyan Qiao
a human sized animatronics figure.
This figure, which is of substantial
value, is a central component of the
“Yeti Vision Project.” In March, Drs.
Gomez and Schubert led two scientific investigations at the NASA
Ames Spaceward Bound
program. Dr. Karant served on a
webinar from Shelter Island Risk
Services, Shelter Island, N.Y., on
Cloud Computing, in April.
There has been no shortage of
visitors to the School of CSE. Our
B.S. in bioinformatics program
has just undergone a visit by a
team of outside evaluators from
UC Santa Barbara and the City of
Hope. A team of visiting scholars
from China stayed with us
through fall 2010, and we have
just welcomed the first three
undergraduate students from
Korea on a 1+3 program. In
recent months, Dr. Richard
Botting's website with notes on
5,000+ publications on software
development scored 1.5 million
hits! In short, there is much going
on at the School of CSE, and a lot
more to look forward to. Please
visit us at
Department Chair:
Paul Dixon
Karen Kolehmainen
Paul Renteln
Tim Usher
Associate Professors:
Laura Woodney
Department Office:
Maureen Murphy
Computer Tech:
James Sheu
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It has been another eventful year
for the Department of Physics,
particularly for our astronomers.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Laura
Woodney, who has had an incredible year. In the past 12 months,
she has been awarded tenure,
promoted to associate professor,
and named the inaugural director
of the new Murillo Family Observatory. There is some bittersweet
news as well. Dr. Sue Lederer has
left CSUSB to take a job that was
too good to turn down; our loss is
NASA’s gain. She has been hired
to take charge of optical measurements for NASA’s Orbital Debris
Program at the Johnson Space
Center; we’ll miss her. This fall,
we’ll be searching for a new astronomer to join the faculty to replace Dr. Lederer, and to assist
Dr. Woodney with the development
of the observatory. The Murillo
Family Observatory is in the final
stages of construction and will
have its grand opening sometime
in the early fall. Due to the vision
of emeritus professor Dr. Leo Connolly, and the hard work of Dr.
Woodney and her assistants, Paul
Gardner and Sean Mossman, the
observatory is going to be a wonderful new resource. We want to
thank everyone for their generous
donations. By the way, donations
are still being accepted if you’re
interested in contributing. The dual
-dome observatory will house three
distinct telescopes. One dome will
house the one-half-meter research
telescope optimized for wideband
spectral imaging, quantitative photometry and chemical analysis of
asteroids and comets. The other
dome will house a 17” telescope
with a 10cm solar telescope
mounted coaxially. The 17” scope
is optimized for photometry, widefield astrophotography and public
viewing. The 10cm solar telescope
is designed for direct observation
of the sun, including sunspot activity and coronal dynamics. In addition to the telescopes mounted
inside the two domes, the observatory has been designed with astronomical instruction and public
viewing in mind. The courtyard
patio of the observatory has 14
permanent piers that will allow us
to mount and quickly align our 8”
telescopes. With built-in electrical
power and red ground lighting, the
piers will make using the 8”
scopes much easier, and a lot
more fun. In addition, the ASI class
of 2011 has just donated a
TEC140 14cm telescope which will
offer crisp eyepiece views of planets from the patio, and allow
future students to have a chance
to learn astrophotography with one
of the best small refracting telescopes currently manufactured.
Alumni are encouraged to keep in
touch. Please keep an eye out for
the upcoming opening of the
observatory, and stop by to check
it out once it is open. Feel free to
pop in any time, e-mail Dr. Dixon at
[email protected], or contact your
favorite professor directly (for
addresses check out our website:
As each of us is individually affected by
the economic climate, the campus has
been collectively affected as well. As with
most public and private agencies dependent upon philanthropic support, contributions are down this year. The College of
Natural Sciences has been caught in this
downward trend, but we remain the most
successful unit within the university in
regards to making our goal. For the last
two years, the College of Natural Sciences
has exceeded 165 percent of target,
whereas this year, it appears that we will
be about 85 percent of target.
For multiple years, the focus on the building of the observatory and the need to
train additional nurses has been at the
forefront of our advancement effort. The
observatory will be opening early in the
fall term, so the bulk of this funding has
been completed. In the case of the need
for nurses, the societal need for additional new nurses has evaporated in that
hospitals are no longer hiring new nurses
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at a rate they were a couple of years ago. As
hospitals have become financially challenged,
their ability and need to support our programs
have decreased.
The economic downturn has rekindled an
interest in many people to support students
because they perceive that students are also
feeling the economic pressures. If we are to
have an educated society, these students
need to be assisted in their pursuit of an education. Consequently, the donations for scholarships have increased this year but not to
the extent of the reductions experienced in
the nursing area.
As we plan for next year, the College of Natural Sciences will be focusing its advancement
efforts on student scholarships, particularly
for the President’s Academic Excellence
Scholarships; water archive materials as we
transition to the absorption of the former
Water Resources Center Archives from the
University of California; development of a
natural science museum to be located in the
$100,000 - $499,999
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Riverside Community Hospital
California Portland Cement
Eisenhower Medical Center
Tenet Healthcare Corp.
$10,000 - $49,999
Western Municipal Water District
RMA Group, Inc.
East Valley Water District
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Inland Empire Utilities Agency
San Bernardino Valley Water District
Southern California Edison
Mr. Jim Imbiorski
$1,000 - $9,999
Christopher Reeve Foundation
The Community Foundation
Dr. David F. Maynard
First Five of San Bernardino
West Valley Water District
Mr. Henry T. Chen
Molina Healthcare of California
Loma Linda University Medical Center
Ms. Claudia Chance
Dr. Louis A. Fernandez
Inland Empire Health Plan
California Paralyzed Veterans
Mr. Ralph Wagner
Dr. Oksoon Park
Mr. John L. Anderson
Mr. David E. Neighbors
Dr. B. Robert Carlson
Krieger & Stewart, Inc.
Metropolitan Water Dist. Of So. California
County of San Bernardino
Dr. Dennis Pederson
Dr. Javier Torner
$500 - $999
Dr. Stephen N. Hordynski
Astra Tech
Ms. Susana Schanel
Dr. Cindy Paxton
County of Riverside
Mr. David B. Cosgrove
Genie Networks, Limited
Dr. Jeff Thompson
Mrs. Phyllis S. Anderson
Mrs. Kris Duchesne
Dr. Karl E. Plumlee
Dr. Teresa Dodd-Butera
Ralph Wagner Consulting Engineering, Inc.
Ms. Yen-His Chiang
Lake Arrowhead Comm. Services District
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Mr. John R. Cheetham
Mrs. Karen Higgins Wakamiya
Mrs. Monica Taylor
Mr. Pittawat Narktawan
Dr. Shumei Yang
Dr. Yu Jung Kim
Mr. James R. Cheney
Mr. Man M. Do
Ms. Trinidad M. Saldana-Platt
Ms. Chrisanta Austin
Lambda Theta Alpha
Ms. Colleen Meland
Mr. Julio Muneton
Ms. Laura Quintana
Mr. Robert F. Schumacher
Chemical Sciences Building; and the support
for nursing as we prepare for the economic
recovery. As part of the water archive transition, significant progress has been made
this year in making materials available
within the existing Joseph Rowe Archives.
You are invited to look at the aerial photographs for all parts of Southern California as
well as the oral histories. These items can
be located at
archives/. If you know of additional aerial
photographs that might be added to this
collection or persons who have been very
important to the history of water in Southern
California, please let us know so we can
expand this very valuable collection.
Rob Carlson, Dean
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Mrs. Olivia Rosas
Ms. Diane Hoffman
Mr. Douglas C. Richards
Mr. Jason Siegersma
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Mr. Ralph D. Leon, Jr.
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Mrs. Vita M. Willett
Mr. James H. Bixler
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Mrs. Vicki Carlson
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Ms. Mary Snaer
Mr. Alan R. Wolen
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Ms. Allison Mader
Arrowhead United Way
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Dr. Kerstin Voigt
Dr. Kay Zemoudeh
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Ms. Monica Alejandre
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Dr. Ora Robinson
Ms. Angela Garcia
Dr. David Turner
Mrs. M. Susan Miller
EMQ Families First
Ms. Brenda L. Holmes
Wescom Credit Union
Mr. David Moore
Ms. Marilyn Chaisongkram
Santa Ana Watershed
Dr. David Polcyn
Dr. Mary A. Ditto
Valiant Capital Mgmt
Mr. Xinsheng Chen
Dr. Dwight P. Sweeney
Mr. David M. Silence
Mr. Matthew Carricaburu
Mr. David Stern
Ms. Susan McGee-Stehsel
Dr. Marilyn Stoner
Dr. Deborah Cohen
Dr. George M. Georgiou
Dr. Paul Orwin
Mr. Michael B. Quinlivan
Mr. Barry M. Crane
Mr. John Clemens Tarter
Ms. Ching-Yi Wang
Ability First
Better Life Mobility Center
Mountain High Resort
R. C. Jenson, Inc.
Ballard Rehab Hospital
Sun Country Systems
Triactive America, Inc.
Cal State Northridge
Mr. William D. Parente
Dr. Kim Clark
Dr. Alan L. Smith
Mr. Peter F. Landrum
Dr. Daniel Fahey
Ms. Joyce C. Ahlgren
Dr. J. Paul Vicknair
Dr. Owen Murphy
Dr. Kimberley Cousins
Dr. Frank X. Woolard
Mr. Ralph Wagner
Mr. Kevin L. Yetter
Cucamonga Water District
Dr. Phyllis J. Nix
Ms. Adriana Bitoun
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Ms. Irene Carrasco
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Dr. Larry Mink
Ms. Lorena Gomez
Mr. Clayton I. Okafuji
Ms. Ingrid A. Valdez
Mr. Donald G. Buchanan
Mr. Ronald K. Hull
Dr. Timothy E. Pytell
Mr. Richard Duran
Mrs. Lizabeth Hope-King
Mr. Quentin J. Moses
Mr. Tom L. Mattson
Ms. Margaret F. Livingston
Ms. Mary-Christine Ulatan
Mr. Byron E. Conner
Ms. Heidi L. Schlitt
Mr. Edward A. Carloni
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Mrs. Patricia J. Logan
Mrs. Judy K. Matthews
Mr. Joseph L. Sanchez
Ms. Cynthia M. Swift
Mrs. Linda J. Thomas
Mr. Antonio V. Ruta
Mrs. Teresita Vaca
Ms. Paula Spencer
Mr. Malcolm Harbauer, Sr.
Mrs. Judith A. Tomak
Mr. Hugo L. Tello
Ms. Susan K. Behne
Mr. John K. Orr
Mrs. Arlene Collins
Mr. Edison Medina
Mr. Jorge Nieto
Ms. Linda J. Strom
Mr. Patrick W. O’Connor
Ms. Gina M. Denny
Mrs. Rachel L. Hoffman
Dr. Lisa Shamansky
Mrs. Skye K. Rivera
Mrs. Frances L. Davis
Mrs. Michelle Belicki
Mr. Trevor L. Hickey
Mr. Brett M. Bailey
Mr. Benjamin K. Elsmore
Mrs. Dana Evans
Ms. Anita Gutierrez
Mrs. Melodee A. Kistner
Ms. Cassandra S. Thomas
Mrs. Cynthia A. Paulo
Ms. Monica Latimer
Mr. Jose O. Acosta
Mr. Martin Alvarez
Ms. Julie M. Barthelemy
Mrs. Sigrid D. Behrens
Mr. Kevin P. Brady
Ms. Sandie Cano
Ms. Linda R. Carter
Ms. Dorothea Cartwright
Ms. Maria Chavez
Ms. Aster T. Ching
Mr. Frederick P. Clark
Mr. David W. Delmonico
Ms. Rachel M. Gollihar
Mr. Jimmy B. Grisson
Ms. Mary A. Grove
Ms. Cornelia Heun
Ms. Diane P. Hill
Ms. Natasha N. Hutson
Mr. Kevin M. Judd
Mr. Ron Lewis
Ms. Naomi Lopez
Ms. Claudia Lowrey
Mr. Rocio Madrid
Mema Mika’s Auto Trans.
Ms. Rosa E. Mora
Mr. Lee Munn-Arvinger
Ms. Anita Munoz
Mrs. Linda M. Niemeyer
Ms. Jennifer O’Connor
Mr. Timothy Odening
Ms. Brandi Palasek
Ms. Elsa Ramirez
Mr. Audulio L. Ricketts
Ms. Blanca E. Rodriguez
Mr. Juan G. Rojas
Ms. Shannon Rowe
Mrs. Julia A. Ungar
Mr. Jose J. Velez
Mr. Donald M. Wallace, Sr.
Mr. Andrew W. Wise
Mr. Danny G. Zank
Mr. Milton J. Zankowsky
Mr. Dung T. Vu
Mr. Earl A. Balancier
Mrs. Lisa M. White
Mrs. Elaine S. Berger
Ms. Elizabeth D. Sneed
Ms. Anita Marquez
Ms. Roxie Findsen
Mr. Daniel Moye
Mrs. Stephanie Bryant
Mrs. Jeanne Jero
Mr. Daniel Keller
Mr. Munjal Patel
Mr. Jeffrey Staggs
Mrs. Lisa Iannolo
Ms. Lisa Manfredl
Ms. Patricia Jenkins
Dr. Colleen Bonney
Ms. Brianne Meredith
California Diabetic Assoc
Dr. Karen Kolehmainen
Dr. James Noblet
Mr. Anthony Altenbach
Mr. Tomas Morales
Mr. Mario Rodriguez
Mrs. Janette Taylor
Mr. Michael Hoover
San Bernardino Valley
Water Conservation
Mrs. Denise Rautmann
Ms. Linh Phan
Mr. Jeffrey Davis
Ms. Johnnie Ann Ralph
Mr. Orville Spears
Mr. Scott Shaffer
Mrs. Tracy Lech
Mr. Diego Lopez
Mr. Ruben Hernandez
Ms. Wendy Andre
Ms. Lillian Wisegarver
Mrs. Donna Pruiett
Dr. John Craig
Mrs. Jeanette Knabenbauer
This year the Department of Biology and CSUSB lost a dear friend and long-time professor. Alex Sokoloff, emeritus professor biology, passed away at age 91. Professor Sokoloff was a founding member of CSUSB and the Department of Biology
(1966-1990), served as department chair, taught genetics, entomology and evolution to thousands of students over the
years, and mentored countless students in genetics research. He made significant contributions to the field of genetics
throughout his life, and was internationally recognized for his work on the genetics of the flour beetle Tribolium, a major
pest of stored grain. Dr. Sokoloff had a fascinating early life. Born in Japan to parents fleeing the Russian revolution, his
family moved to Mexico when he was 3. He came to the U.S. at the age of 18, and worked with Theodosius Dobzhansky,
one of the preeminent evolutionary geneticists of the time. As a graduate student Dr. Sokoloff had the great foresight to
recognize the potential of Tribolium as a model insect for genetic studies, and he continued this work throughout his life.
Dr. Sokoloff is widely regarded as "The Father of Tribolium Genetics.” Over the years he discovered and described hundreds of genetic mutants in Tribolium, many of which are still in use and are housed in the world Tribolium Stock Center
at the USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, Manhattan, Kan. His early work provided a spark that helped facilitate the
blossoming of the arthropod genomics community in Manhattan, and that culminated in the complete genome sequencing of Tribolium castaneum, the first genome completed for any beetle and for any insect pest of agriculture. The International Tribolium Meeting is now an annual event in Europe and America. Although Dr. Sokoloff was never able to attend, these meetings might never have come into existence if
not for his pioneering work and his inspiration of a new generation of Tribolium researchers. His four monographs, published from 19661977, are still regarded as the authoritative original sources for information on Tribolium genetics and biology. As an emeritus professor Dr.
Sokoloff remained active in research and was a constant presence in the Biology Department until shortly before his death. His dedication
and kind, gentlemanly demeanor were an inspiration to all, and he will be greatly missed.
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The College of Natural Sciences’ commencement ceremony took place on June 18, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the Coussoulis Arena on the CSUSB
campus. Before a crowd of their families and friends, more than 400 students received their diplomas. Among those students were several
who were singled out for various honors. Each year, the college chooses students it determines to be outstanding, both from the undergraduate and graduate populations. This year, the outstanding graduate students are Abel Sanchez, from biology; Anthony De La Loza from
computer science and engineering; Crista Jacobs, from health science and human ecology; Lyudmila Shved, from mathematics and Amy
Larsen from nursing. These students have shown great promise in their chosen fields, and the college is proud to recognize them. The outstanding undergraduate students are Krystina Bradford from biology; Karen Antonio, from chemistry and biochemistry; Luke Simpson, from
computer science and engineering; Mark Swift, from geology; Kelley Young, from health science and human ecology; Sugar Graham, from
kinesiology; Michael Swearingin, from mathematics; Evelyn Gonzalez from nursing; and Sean Mossman, from physics. These students have
worked very hard and richly deserve the honors. Additional students received departmental honors. From the Department of Biology:
Krystina Bradford, Casey Corsino; from the Department of Chemisty and Biochemistry: Karen Antonio, Juan De La Espriella, Nisar Farhat,
Tiffany Han, Ryan Strilaeff; from the School of Computer Science and Engineering: James Braudaway, Jason Fredrick, Joel Semchuck, Luke
Simpson; from the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology: Brenda Rangel; from the Department of Kinesiology: James Adams,
Bryce Cacho, Angela Carlson, Jennyfer Carlson, Claudia Chavez, Tarah Gonzalez, Sugar Graham, Anna Ho, Jarai Howard, Korianne Massuere, Steven McLeod, Garrett Nelson, Mary Norris, Shaun Pulsipher, Jacob Robinson, Jacob Rock, Carl Sanchez, Amanda Sauve, Linda Sims;
from the Department of Mathematics: Carmen Arredondo, Alyshea Corsaro, Annette Leach, Nicole Smith, Michael Swearingin; from the
Department of Nursing: Deborah Adeniji, Mayowa Adesina, Jasmin Advincula, Shawna Alvarez, Melody Arnell, Maria Ascencio, Clayton Baker,
John Balanay, Kartika Budiman, Christie Chapman, Nicole Delorefice, Gabriela Diaz, Joanna Fok, Tracee Gearhart, Jessica Goldman, Britney
Gonsalves, Cindy Gonzalez, Evelyn Gonzalez, Carol Granger, Ashley Haagsma, Erin Hall, Kathleen Heller, Hav Hung, Amber Hutt, Kedra Jingles, Glen Juranek, Jennifer Lemus, Erin Litka, Lindsay Mann, Thubelihle Mazwi, Ana Mendiola, Christian Mendoza, Stephanie Mitre, Elton
Moody, Claudia Munguia, Jenny Nguyen, Long Nguyen, Holly O’Neil, Esmeralda Orozco, Brittany Pappas, Christine Prusinski, Gilda Quinones,
Laura Quintana, Patricia Reyes, Matthew Rodriguez, Jonathan Ross, Rochelle Rossi, Anna Ruokis, Michelle Ryan, Jennifer Sais, Rebecca
Scull, Jennifer Simmons, Natalie Sloan, Cami Slocum, Kaely Stewart, Claudia Supriadi, Stephanie Townsend, Susan Tran, Jesus Vareal, Ruth
Villarama; from the Department of Physics: Sean Mossman and Nicholas Westberg.
Julie Hernandez graduated from CSUSB in
1998 earning a bachelor of science in health
science degree and
then earned a master
of science in health
services administration in 2008.
Julie Hernandez
serves as the director
of risk management and patient relations at
St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, where she has
been employed for the last 13 years. St.
Joseph Hospital is the largest hospital in
Orange County and has the fourth busiest
emergency department in the state of California. In 2009 Julie graduated from St. Joseph’s health system’s mission and mentoring formation program and that same year
was awarded the St. Joseph Hospital “friend
of nursing award”. In 2010 she was recognized as a certified professional in healthcare
risk management. Julie has also been a long
standing member of several healthcare risk
management associations. Julie is however
most proud of her work that involves patients
and families in designing care that promotes
quality and safety. Julie formalized a patient
and family advisory council which provides
input and direction to hospital administration
on the issues that matter most to patients
and their families.
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Anthony De La Loza is
graduating today with a
cumulative GPA of 3.86.
As an undergraduate
student, he was a College of Natural Sciences
Presidential Scholar, and
upon the completion of
his undergraduate deAnthony De La Loza
gree, he was named the
2008 Outstanding Undergraduate Student
for the School of Computer Science and Engineering.
These academic achievements
have earned Anthony membership from the
Golden Key International Honor Society and
from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Anthony has also displayed a strong and
selfless interest in helping individuals with
special needs. He wrote a thesis that presented a method to feed special needs individuals with eating disabilities through the
use of facial feature recognition and a robotic
arm. The amount of time, research and dedication that this thesis required shows just
how committed Anthony is to furthering the
research and design of assistive technologies
for special needs individuals. His ability to
conform and adapt to his environment has
resulted in a very successful career at
Krystina Bradford’s
academic ambitions
have taken her to
places and shown her
things that many of us
will never get to see or
experience. After handraising a litter of six
o rph ane d
ki t ten s,
Krystina knew that vetKrystina Bradford
erinary medicine was her life’s calling.
Krystina’s love of animals, coupled with her
academic ambition, took her all the way to
South Africa in the summer of 2010 to complete a four-week internship at the centre for
animal rehabilitation and conservation. During her time in South Africa, Krystina became
the source of comfort and protection to 12
orphaned baboons. When she returned,
Krystina was able to speak about her experience to biology faculty and students at the
fall 2010 biology symposium. While managing her own studies, Krystina also volunteers
at the Humane Society of Valley, the Chino
Valley Equine Hospital and the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. The fact that
Krystina has maintained a 3.923 cumulative
GPA while also being committed to helping so
many outside organizations is truly remarkable.

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