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Complete Genome Sequences of Pseudomonas alkylphenolica Neo and Variovorax sp. Strain CSUSB, Obtained in Undergraduate Microbiology Courses Using a Hybrid Assembly Approach
American Society for Microbiology
Feb. 27, 2020

A CSUSB Department of Biology team, led by faculty members Jeremy Dodsworth and Paul Orwin, has published a paper on some of its research.
The abstract reads: “Two Gram-negative bacteria with a high G+C content were isolated from soil in undergraduate microbiology classes by enriching for low nutrient growth and neonicotinoid pesticide tolerance. DNA from these isolates was purified and sequenced using a hybrid approach. Here we report the genome sequences of Pseudomonas alkylphenolica strain Neo and Variovorax sp. strain CSUSB.”
Listed as authors with Dodsworth and Orwin are Christopher NeVille, a current student, Dylan Enright and Ivan Hernandez, former students.

Opinion column on the Jussie Smollet case cites research by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
Feb. 26, 2020
Research by the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism was cited in an opinion piece by Mark Potok on the latest on the case of actor Jussie Smollet, who is accused of falsely reporting a hate crime in  Chicago in which he claimed he was attacked because of his race and his sexual orientation.
Many on the right say the incident is proof that many reported hate crimes are hoaxes, Potok wrote.
Further in the article, he wrote, “The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, looked into about 21,000 hate crimes reported to the FBI between 2016 and 2018, and found fewer than 50 false reports — considerably less than 1 percent, and nowhere near 15 percent, of the total.”
Read the complete article at “Why prosecuting Jussie Smollet is important.”

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