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CSUSB professor discusses why the identity of the Capitol Riot bomb suspect is still a mystery

Business Insider

Oct. 28, 2021

The person responsible for placing two pipe bombs outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots has never been caught. The bomber likely acted alone, which would make him harder to find, according to Brian Levin, Cal State San Bernardino criminal justice professor and director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, who has a specialty in terrorism. He bases this on the fact that the bomber placed pipe bombs — which are fairly easy to produce — and hasn't been caught.

But bombers are tougher to catch because of the detached nature of the crime, Levin said.

“There’s a whole time aspect to bombing that I don't think people really appreciate,” he said. “Other crimes you kinda gotta be there most of the time.”

Bombers have “the real benefit of lying in wait, operating in the dark at night,” he added.

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CSUSB professor quoted about the challenges in the ‘Unite the Right’ jury selection


Oct. 28, 2021

Brian Levin, who heads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, was quoted in an article about the jury selection process for a massive civil suit brought by nine survivors of the violence in Charlottesville four years ago by Integrity First for America against 20 white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and their various organizations. The jury selection featured white nationalists demanding to know if prospective Black jurors think white people can face racism.

“These challenges come up during jury selection, and if the judge rules a certain way, it can be appealed,” explained Levin. “I think this judge is making a real concerted effort to get the most unbiased jury possible, from a very complex pool of jurors.”

Read the whole article at "The twisted racial claims in the 'Unite the Right' jury selection."

CSUSB professor quoted about Banning fault strand

The Desert Sun

Oct. 28, 2021

Although the Mission Creek fault strand is slipping much faster than the Banning strand, it’s still possible for an earthquake to occur along the Banning strand, said Sally McGill, a geology professor at Cal State San Bernardino. McGill added that a recent paper by one of her graduate students, Brian Castillo, found that for the past 3,000 years, the Banning strand has produced earthquakes roughly every 380 to 640 years, and the most recent earthquake was between 730 and 950 years ago. 

The Mission Creek strand is estimated to produce earthquakes roughly every 215 years. 

“The Banning strand is an active strand, and it does produce earthquakes, probably big earthquakes ... But this study on the Mission Creek strand found that that strand has a higher slip rate, which means averaged over thousands or tens of thousands of years, it's moving faster than the Banning strand. So it probably does produce earthquakes more frequently than the Banning strand,” said McGill. 

Read the whole article at "San Andreas fault near Desert Hot Springs moving faster than previously thought."

Grant will aid CSUSB logistics program

IE Business Daily

Oct. 28, 2021

Cal State San Bernardino has received a $25,000 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

The donation will help support the university’s Pathway to Logistics program, which prepares Inland Empire high school students for managerial and professional careers in logistics.

Money from the grant will be used to hire a program manager who will make more local high school students aware of the program. Student ambassadors will also be hired to help in that effort.

“We are honored to have the support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians,” said Kimberly Collins, executive director of the university’s William and Barbara Leonard Transportation Center, in a statement. “Through their generosity, we will be able to move forward on the Pathway to Logistics program goal.”

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