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CSUSB included in $5 million grant from National Science Foundation for diversity in physicsInlandEmpire.usOct. 10, 2018 Cal State San Bernardino is part of a consortium of 16 California State University and nine University of California campuses collectively awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to dramatically increase diversity in physics and astronomy through the Cal-Bridge program.“We are trying to increase the diversity that we see in the STEM pipeline through graduate school,” said Carol Hood, a CSUSB professor of physics and co-director of the southern portion of the Cal-Bridge program. Hood has been with the program since it was launched four years ago.Read the complete article at “$5 million grant National Science Foundation for diversity in physics.”

Abilities highlighted at 12th annual DisABILITY Sports Festival at CSUSBRedlands PatchOct. 10, 2018A wheelchair may seem like a barrier for some people.To Aaron Fotheringham, it means freedom, he told athletes, their families and others attending the 12th annual DisABILITY Sports Festival at Cal State San Bernardino. “My wheelchair has given me some pretty cool opportunities, and this one (being at the DisABILITY Sports Festival) is one of them.”Though born with spina bifida, a condition in which his spinal cord did not develop properly leaving Fotheringham without the use of his legs, as a young boy he dreamed of being a professional action sports athlete, either a skater or bicycle motocross (BMX) rider. “But for obvious reasons,” he said, “I can’t ride a bike or a skateboard; my wheels are a little bit different.”Fotheringham was the featured guest athlete at the event, held on Oct. 6.“We believe in showing the importance of health and physical activity increasing the quality of life and providing learning opportunities, while raising awareness for people living with disabilities in our community,” said Guillermo Escalante, one of the co-directors of the DisABILITY Sports Festival and a CSUSB assistant professor of kinesiology. “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to realize that a disability is not an inability.”Read the complete article at “Abilities highlighted at 12th annual DisABILITY Sports Festival at CSUSB.”

CSUSB hosts DisABILITY Sports Festival featuring Los Angeles Dodger alumnus Dennis PowellInland Empire Community NewspapersOct. 10, 2018 California State University, San Bernardino hosted its annual Disability Sports Festival on Saturday, October 6. Former Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Dennis Powell opened the sports festival at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. “We believe everyone should have the opportunity to realize a disability is not an inability. Living with a disability does have its challenges. However, by taking risks and advocating for oneself, many of us with a disability can lead a successful and productive life,” remarked Dr. Priyanka Yalamanchili, assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling and chair of DisABILITY Sports Festival. “As a one-day free event to all participants, all ages, and all disabilities, the festival shows the importance of health and physical activity to increase the quality of life. The event also serves an educational component with a vendor village for participants to learn about community resources.” Read the complete article at “CSUSB hosts DisABILITY Sports Festival featuring Los Angeles Dodger alumus Dennis Powell.”

CSUSB professor interviewed about violence against the homelessThe ArgonautOct. 10, 2018 In an article about violence directed at the homeless – including a suspected serial killer – in the Santa Monica area, the online news site interviewed Brian Levin, CSUSB professor of criminal justice and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Police have yet to establish motives in any of these attacks, but the common denominator of the homeless being targets is clear. “One of the things that we’ve seen routinely are bias-related attacks against the homeless, which have outnumbered all other hate crimes reported by the FBI combined,” said Levin, who has testified before Congress about violence against the homeless. Levin said the often heated verbal opposition to homeless housing and services for the unsheltered can lead to these types of assaults.“We believe that negative stereotypes often contribute to attacks on homeless people,” he said. “One of the things that we noticed is there are many examples of overkill — more force is used than necessary.” Only five states and local authorities in Washington D.C. consider crimes against the homeless to be hate crimes, however.“There was pending legislation here in the 1990s, but it didn’t pass. We’d like to see California join other states and make it a hate crime to commit a violent act against a homeless person [because they are homeless],” Levin said. Read the complete article at “Crimes against the homeless.”

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