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CSUSB Professor Verissimo recognized for continued service to community
Inland Empire Community News
Sept. 16, 2019
Angie Denisse Otiniano Verissimo, an associate professor in the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology at Cal State San Bernardino, was selected for the Wilmer Amina Carter Award from Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes’ (D-San Bernardino) office for her continued service to the Inland Empire community.
She received the award during Reyes’ 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony and Art Showcase on Aug. 17 in downtown San Bernardino.
Read the complete article at “Cal State Professor Verissimo recognized for continued service to community.”

White supremacist threat has ‘striking resemblance’ to Jihadism, experts tell Congress
Homeland Security Today
Sept. 17, 2019
Brian Levin, a criminologist and director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, testified before the  House Homeland Security Committee recently that “while white supremacists and ultra-nationalists will maintain their position at the top of the threat matrix, the risk is also diversifying.”
“Splintered free-speech platforms where hate speech is more prolific have enabled organizationally unaffiliated extremists and loners with a tool to congregate, radicalize, and broadcast not only bigotry but disturbingly lone acts of mass violence that reference prior attacks,” he said during the hearing on Sept. 10. “Let me note this was before El Paso.”
Levin said that by his center’s data, “white supremacist, far-right extremists… have killed at least 26 people so far this year — we had 16 service members killed in Afghanistan so far this year.”
Read the complete article at “White supremacist threat has ‘striking resemblance’ to Jihadism, experts tell Congress.”

CSUSB professor discusses rise in global oil prices in wake of attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities
Press TV
Sept. 16, 2019
David Yaghoubian, professor of history at California State University, San Bernardino, was interviewed for a segment on the impact of the Sept. 14 drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields and Abqaiq, a key oil-processing facility in the eastern part of the country. Houthi rebels in Yemen took credit for the strikes while the Trump administration blamed Iran.
Abqaiq processes about 7 million barrels of oil a day, or roughly 7 percent of the world’s crude output, according to the website
Yaghoubian discussed the effect of the attacks on global oil prices. “What is being predicted by analysts globally, both here in the United States and abroad is that by Monday (Sept. 16) we should be seeing rises between $5 to $10 (per barrel of oil), which could potentially push the price up in the $80-range for Brent crude (oil). And we’ve also seen a rise in the West Texas Intermediate crude … up to about 12 percent rather than the 18 percent that we say with the Brent crude. But these are indeed significant hikes.”
He said the oil market will have to adjust and “factor in of geopolitical risk premium. Because, so far, really the markets have been focused almost entirely on shale (oil) growth and on the supply necessities related to shale growth and markets. … This attack necessitates a focus on geopolitical risk.”
See the online video at “Trump allows oil release from strategic reserve.”

‘8 Second PR’ selected as textbook for California State University, San Bernardino PR writing class
The Times-Union (Albany, N.Y.)
Sept. 17, 2019
Jessica Block Nerren, a CSUSB communication studies lecturer, discussed the book “8-Second PR: Energize Your Story,” which she will use in her 344 COMM class for the fall quarter.
“After reading 8-Second PR, I decided to adopt it as our primary textbook for our PR writing class this fall. I think (the author) Liz Kelly has really gotten to the heart of what I want my students to take away from our studies together with practical examples, and I am excited to use it,” said Nerren.
She described her 344 COMM class as “an intermediate course in public relations that applies PR theory and principles through development of PR production skills, message construction and delivery” that includes writing assignments, workshops and a final paper over 10 weeks. Kelly has also been invited to be a guest speaker in October for this class.
Read the complete article at “‘8 Second PR’ selected as textbook for California State University, San Bernardino PR writing class by instructor this fall 2019.”

CSUSB professor emeritus writes on the peace dividend of Abiy Ahmed’s global diplomacy in Ethiopia
Sept. 17, 2019
Alemayehu G. Mariam, CSUSB professor emeritus of political science, in his weekly column, wrote, “We are beginning to see hard evidence of (Ethiopia’s Prime Minister) Abiy Ahmed’s return on investments in domestic and regional peace initiatives, good governance and structural reforms and his unrelenting campaign to change the global image of Ethiopia as a land of opportunity for citizens and non-citizens alike.
“I call this a ‘peace dividend.’
“When you invest in peace at home and abroad, peace invests in you in ways that are infinite.”
Read the complete article at “The peace dividend of Abiy Ahmed’s global diplomacy in Ethiopia.”

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