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UC Berkeley doctoral candidate writes of how CSUSB biology professor helped her organize a symposiumPLOSMay 16, 2018

Sara ElShafie, a doctoral candidate in integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, wrote an article on how Stuart Sumida, CSUSB professor of biology, helped her organize a symposium, “Science Through Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences.”

She wrote: “I had no idea how to organize a symposium, let alone a symposium on this topic for an audience of scientists. But it seemed like a perfect opportunity to give science communication a central platform at a scientific meeting, and to invite artists to the discussion.

“With the help of my colleague Stuart Sumida, a fellow paleontologist with ties to the entertainment industry, I proposed a symposium, ‘Science Through Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences,’ with a speaker list evenly split between scientists and artists. The proposal was accepted for the 2018 SICB meeting with much enthusiasm. We spent the next year helping our presenters prepare to bring their perspectives together.

“I thought that it would be challenging to find common ground between the scientists and artists we had invited to the symposium. But as Stuart and I worked with the speakers to develop their presentations, we found that they kept converging on a set of core themes.”

Read the complete article at “Science and art find common ground: the importance of storytelling.”

CSUSB criminal justice professor quoted in article about online radicalization of young white men by the extreme far rightVice NewsMay 17, 2018

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino, is quoted in an article about the radicalization, via the internet, of young white men into the alt right, and turning them into real-life terrorists.

The precise far-right cause in question often seems less important than the broader resort to inflicting harm.

'Glorification of violence generally among the estranged is its own ideology,' said Levin. 'So, people with amorphous or offbeat philosophies often embrace violence as an ideology, not just a method. And they’re comfortable with dovetailing philosophies.'

Read the complete article at “The terrifying trend of white men radicalized online becoming IRL terrorists.”

Latest CSUSB hate crime study cited in article about hate crime case in MaineNewsOneMay 17, 2018

An article about the Maine attorney general bringing hate crime charges against two men who assaulted a 34-year-old African American man in April cited the latest study on hate crimes in the United States by the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.

Hate crimes in major cities skyrocketed by nearly 20 percent in 2017, according to police data compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. In fact, the number of hate crimes have climbed steadily over the past few years. Yet, few of those cases come before a jury, the news site reported.

Read the complete article at “In a rare legal move, Maine charges 2 white men with a hate crime.”

These news clips and others may be found at “In the Headlines” on the Inside  CSUSB website.