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Nobel Prize talk on discoveries in chemistry, physiology and medicine scheduled for Nov. 18
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
Nov. 13, 2021

With the Nobel Prize award ceremonies just a few weeks away, the Cal State San Bernardino College of Natural Sciences is hosting a one-hour event on Thursday, Nov. 18 , to help shed light on several scientific discoveries being recognized and why they have – in the words of the prizes' founder – "conferred the greatest benefit to humankind."

The College of Natural Sciences Presents Nobel Prize Talks will be held during Coyote Hour (noon-1 p.m.) in the Physical Sciences Building, Room 10 (PS-10).

Kimberley Cousins, chair and professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department, will discuss the recipients of the Nobel Prize in chemistry and the research it recognizes. Michael Chao, chair and professor  in the biology department, will discuss the recipients of the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine and the discovery it honors.

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Glass blower from Seattle, a CSUSB alumna, gets second chance to win on Netflix’s ‘Blown Away: Christmas’
Seattle Times
Nov. 15, 2021

Glass artist Nao Yamamoto, a Cal State San Bernardino alumna who appeared on the Netflix glass-blowing series “Blown Away” last season, will be one of the featured artists in the four-episode “Blown Away: Christmas,” the show’s third installment that streams Nov. 19. Yamamoto earned her MFA at CSUSB; Katherine Gray, a judge on “Blown Away,” is a professor of art at CSUSB.

“She’s always been a mentor for me so it was very natural” having her as a judge on “Blown Away,” Yamamoto says. “I really enjoyed her giving feedback.”

Read the complete article at “Glass blower from Seattle gets second chance to win on Netflix’s ‘Blown Away: Christmas.’

CSUSB professor discusses UN resolutions against Israel regarding it treatment of Palestinians
Press TV
Nov. 14, 2021

Ahlam Muhtaseb, CSUSB professor of communication studies, was interviewed for a segment on the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution against Israel on multiple issues, from settlement buildings to the continued destruction of Palestinian homes, expulsion of Palestinian families from East al-Quds (East Jerusalem), and deprivation of Palestinians of the right to reside there. The program addressed the question of whether the UN action will change anything.

Muhtaseb said she was pessimistic about the UN action. While it was good that the majority of the world’s nations recognized the suffering and oppression of the Palestinian people, “unfortunately, the usual suspects, including the country I live in and have its citizenship, which is the United States, in addition to Canada and Israel, of course, they voted against, and tried actually, to stop this vote from happening,” she said. “My view is that as long as the United States is blindly supporting Israel, with almost no change, really, policy after we have the Biden administration, and some people having this false hope that it would change things on the ground, unfortunately it’s not.”

The interview with Muhtaseb, who was joined by British politician Chris Williamson, begins at about 2 minutes and 50 seconds into the segment.

See the full segment at “UN resolution against Israel.”

CSUSB professor discusses how extremists are drowning out local California governments
The Fresno Bee
Nov. 14, 2021

From Modesto to Placerville, Sacramento to Oroville to Redding, the dangerous, conspiracy theory-driven spirit behind the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots has spread across California as far-right extremists and anti-government activists mobilize to disrupt the work of local elected officials.

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said the conspiratorial, inexperienced and anti-democracy activists might end up filling the void after worn-out or terrified public officials step away. Levin said that is a threat to democracy and creates a real threat of violence. “They merely have to target traditionally sleepy local governance events,” Levin said. “And that is a problem. Someone is going to get seriously injured or worse.”

Further in the article, he said, “This is not a disagreement about policy, although it may appear to be,” said Levin, the San Bernardino hate-group researcher. “It involves people who are either violent, bigoted, conspiracists or others using aggressive tactics and harassment to degrade public policy at its most fundamental level. “Reasonable people can disagree on policies. But those who bring false science, conspiracism or bigotry to the table are a threat to a civilized democracy,” Levin said.

Read the complete article at “Angry, violent, toxic: How extremists are drowning out local California governments.”

Growing concern that extremists are working to disrupt local politics, CSUSB professor says
KCBS Radio San Francisco
Nov. 15, 2021

The news station’s continuing coverage of the aftermath of Jan. 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists included an interview with Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. The segment addressed growing concerns that extremists are mobilizing to disrupt local politics, such as at city council meetings and school boards.

“Look at state capitals and county supervisor meetings and things like that, because we’re seeing different strata with regard to extremism,” Levin said. “We’re seeing precursors on the internet, and even on cable news, which sometimes exaggerate various controversial issues.”

Listen here.

CSUSB professor quoted about political rhetoric that ‘emboldens bad actors’
The Times of Israel
Nov. 13, 2021

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was quoted in a column by Steven Windmueller on the political challenges the U.S. faces in the 2022 elections in light of the deep divide in the nation. One of the issues Windmueller writes about is the threat of political violence.

Levin noted that the political rhetoric “emboldens bad actors and provides potential vigilantes a sense of legitimacy.”

Read the complete article at “The political challenges before us: What’s ahead in 2022?

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