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CSUSB professor quoted in article about new class of drugs to treat pulmonary diseaseDigital JournalAug. 9, 2018 Paul Orwin, professor of biology at CSUSB, was quoted in an article about a new class of inhaled glycopolymer-based therapeutics for the treatment of pulmonary disease. Synspira, which is developing the therapeutics, announced the results of a study in Novel glycopolymer eradicates antibiotic- and CCCP- induced persister cells in Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” published in Frontiers in Microbiology-Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy.“There is a need for new target molecules with the ability to safely address persisters,” said Orwin, “These results provide evidence that PAAG rapidly permeabilizes and kills P. aeruginosa persister cells. In the in vitro studies, PAAG demonstrated bactericical activity against antibiotic and CCCP-induced persister cells and was able to completely eradicate persisters.” Read the complete article at “Synspira’s PAAG therapy demonstrates persistence against pseudomonas aeruginosa persister cells.”
CSUSB professor’s documentary shown at Al-Awda’s 13th Annual Conference and GalaWashington Report on Middle East AffairsAugust/September 2018 “Mapping Our Return” and “Marking 70 Years of Dispossession and Apartheid” were the themes of Al-Awda’s (The Palestine Right to Return Coalition) 13th Annual Conference and Gala May 11 and 12 at the Long Beach Petroleum Club.  The conference included a screening of the documentary “1948: Creation and Catastrophe,” and panel discussions on the ongoing Nakba, Palestinian resistance, efforts to combat Zionism in the U.S., the Palestinian right to return and colonialism and racism. Ahlam Muhtaseb, professor of communication studies at Cal State San Bernardino and co-director/executive producer of the documentary, attended the event. Read the complete article at “Al-Awda’s 13th Annual Conference and Gala.”
CSUSB professor discusses mistakes people make when starting a relationshipMyDomaineAug. 8, 2018 The beginning of a new relationship can be a lot of fun. Someone out there thinks you’re funny! And cute! And smart! They respond to your texts at once and want to know all about your day—even the parts you think are boring. Nothing they do is ever frustrating, or annoying, or downright weird. It all feels like you’re in a montage of bliss, and maybe, just maybe, this feeling will last forever. But here’s some advice for all you new lovebirds out there, courtesy of Kelly Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and human development at California State University, San Bernardino: Be cool. 'My advice for couples starting a new relationship is to follow the theory of ‘social penetration,’ meaning you discuss superficial topics at first and gradually lead into more intimate topics,” she says. “People often make the mistake of disclosing too much too soon, and this can be disastrous for new relationships. At the start of a relationship, you want your exchanges to be reciprocal and gradual, not one-sided and not too fast.” Read the complete article at “5 common mistakes people make when starting a new relationship — are you guilty?
CSUSB center report: Hate crimes are down overall in Los Angeles this year, but violent hate crimes are trending upThe Orange County Register/Southern California News GroupAug. 8, 2018 After a few years of sharp double-digit increases, the city of Los Angeles saw hate crimes decline by 6.8 percent in the first half of 2018, according the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. However, violent hate crimes bucked that overall drop, rising 8.3 percent, increasing from 72 to 78 incidents. In contrast, violent crime in general dropped 2.8 percent in Los Angeles, according to the study, which looks at hate crime statistics in the nation’s 12 major cities. While the drop in hate crimes, in general, is to be welcomed, 2018 still remains the second-worst year for hate crimes in a decade, said Brian Levin, the center’s director. Read the complete article at “Hate crimes are down overall in Los Angeles this year, but violent hate crimes are trending up.”
A year after Charlottesville, the alt-right movement frays; CSUSB professor joins in discussionThe Wall Street Journal via F3news.comAug. 8 The violent Charlottesville, Va., rally last August energized the alt-right, and many in its ranks predicted their momentum would continue. But a year later, what is billed as a “white civil rights rally” across the street from the White House is expected to draw a smaller crowd, its organizer said. Infighting, lawsuits and a social-media crackdown are hampering white nationalist and other right-wing groups, the groups’ leaders and people who track extremist groups say. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said the “level of cooperation and giddiness” among far-right groups who gathered in Charlottesville has fallen because of lawsuits and widespread condemnation and opposition. “The energy could not hold together,” Professor Levin said. “The movement is totally fragmented, far more than last year.” Read the complete article at “A year after Charlottesville, the alt-right movement frays.”
White nationalists influence a year after Charlottesville discussed by CSUSB professorUSA TodayAug. 8, 2018 A year after torch-carrying white nationalists at the “Unite the Right” rally shocked the nation by marching through Charlottesville, Virginia, the movement appears more fragmented than ever, but also riding a series of policy wins implemented by the Trump administration. Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, was one of the experts interviewed. “The hard-core hate world decided that the street-level violence and Nazi symbology wasn’t a good sell,” Levin said. “What they’re now saying is that European culture and western civilization is being thrown overboard for some globalistic goal that is not taking care of our citizens.” Read the complete article at “A year after Charlottesville rally, white nationalists enter mainstream conversation.”
CSUSB professor comments on neo-Nazis trolling Idaho residents with anti-Semitic robocallsWyoming Public Media/NPRAug. 6, 2018 On the program “All Things Considered:” According to The Spokesman-Review, residents in North Idaho are reportedly receiving anti-Semitic robocalls from a prominent neo-Nazi. Patrick Little is a self-described “white advocate” who ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat California’s four-term Democratic U.S Senator Dianne Feinstein. “This is a loser who lost in California,” Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said. “He’s now moving his roadshow of snake-oil selling to another state.”Levin said the media shouldn’t give neo-Nazis like this too much coverage – it only emboldens them – but these incidents are important to know about. “Once these folks put a foothold in a community, they can intimidate people,” he said. Read the complete article and listen to the online audio at “Neo-Nazi trolls Idaho residents with anti-Semitic robocalls.”
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