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CSUSB awarded $2.45 million NSF grant for STEM education
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
Nov. 2, 2022

Cal State San Bernardino has received a $2.45 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to investigate language-based challenges to students studying science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) at the university. The NSF grant is directed at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) such as CSUSB to improve undergraduate STEM education.

“The goal of the project is to support student success and retention by developing institutional culture and infrastructure at CSUSB to support language-based challenges to STEM students, including multilingual English learner students,” said Michael Chao, professor and chair of the biology department at CSUSB. He serves as the grant’s principal investigator, or PI.

CSUSB professor comments on arrest of two suspected extremists in Michigan and Ohio
Associated Press
Nov. 3, 2022

Brian Levin, director of Cal State San Bernardino’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was quoted in an article about the arrest of two alleged members of the extreme right-wing group, the Boogaloo Boys, in Michigan and Ohio, as authorities expressed concern over potential election-related violence.
“Hate crime and extremist plotting that rose in 2008, 2016 and 2018 correlated to conflictual elections, and this year election related invective appears to be rising,” Levin said. “Part of the timing of various arrests could be related to the escalated risk during this time as well as the authorities hitting a threshold of evidence where they could bring charges.”

CSUSB report: Inland manufacturing stumbles
IE Business Daily
Nov. 2, 2022

For the second time in three months, manufacturing in the Inland Empire has hit a bump in the road. The region’s purchasing managers index in October was 49.6, just under the 50 baseline that determines growth or reduction, according to data released this week by the Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis at Cal State San Bernardino.

That’s no reason to panic, because it takes three consecutive months either above or below 50 to determine if the region’s manufacturing sector is expanding or shrinking. But the index was below 50 in August – it made a strong comeback in September – and even a slight drop is reason for a little concern.

“At this point all we see is the continued volatility due to ongoing inflation, supply chain, and employment issues,” said Barbara Sirotnik, institute director and a co-author of the report, in a statement.

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