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CSUSB assistant professor selected as faculty champion to grow local news partnerships
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
April 9, 2023

Gregory Gondwe, assistant professor of journalism studies at Cal State San Bernardino, is one of 33 educators selected from across the country for a new program by the Center for Community News (CCN) at the University of Vermont. The program was created to fund faculty champions who are starting and growing local news partnerships.

“I am delighted and honored to have been selected as one of the 33 faculty champions for the new program at CCN at the University of Vermont,” said Gondwe. “It is a testament to the importance of local news and reflects my teaching agenda, which centers around amplifying the voices of our local communities, particularly those in San Bernardino County.”

Inland region records steep downturn in startup businesses, CSUSB report says
IE Business Daily
April 10, 2023

The Inland Empire isn’t creating nearly as many startup businesses as it was a few years ago, a report has found.

In 2021, the percentage of businesses in Riverside and San Bernardino counties that were considered startups was 2.8 percent, according to the 2022 State of Entrepreneurship report, released on March 30 by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at Cal State San Bernardino.

While California and the United States both reported similar declines in startup businesses during that time, neither was as steep as the drop that occurred in the Inland region, said Mike Stull, director of the entrepreneurship center.

“Before COVID, we were ahead of the nation but behind California in startups, which was very good,” said Stull, who teaches in the Jack H. Brown College of Business & Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino. “Now we’re dropping a lot. If you look at the chart, the Inland Empire is a dive bomber.

“We’re well below the national rate and California [2.9 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively], which is not good.”

CSUSB: APIDA Heritage Month's 'Rebellion with Love' celebrates cultures, disrupts boundaries
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
April 9, 2023

The opening program, “South Asian Stories at Sunset,” on April 5 presented a rich cultural texture that broadened what it means to be a member of the Asian American, Pacific Islander and South Asian community at Cal State San Bernardino.

Hareem Khan, who co-chairs the APIDA organizing committee with Kimberly Anacleto, said, “As co-chairs, Kim and I really wanted to approach the month with intention by thinking about the kind of programming that would not only fit the month, but also disrupt some of its boundaries.”

She noted how the heritage celebration evolved and became more inclusive, beginning with Asian Americans, then expanding to Pacific Islanders and Desi (South Asian) Americans.

But Khan, an assistant professor of ethnic studies and anthropology, said she also saw how that effort could “still participate in the work of exclusion. For example, even the category of Desi, which is supposed to be inclusive of South Asians, tends to focus sometimes on India, sometimes Pakistan, ignoring the multiplicities of the region and the many countries making up the subcontinent, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and so on.

“APIDA should also be about uplifting the histories of Arabs and Arab Americans who are otherwise marginalized within APIDA Heritage Month, but also in many Asian American and ethnic studies departments,” said Khan, a practicing Muslim of Indian and Pakistani heritage. “In following Islam’s emphasis on critical thinking, I took this opportunity as co-chair, along with Kim, to be critical and curious about what constitutes this month, and what we can do to acknowledge some of its silences.”

CSUSB professor says hate crimes against religious groups are on the rise
KNX Radio (Los Angeles)
April 10, 2023

Brian Levin, director of CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, was interviewed for a segment about vandalism on April 9 at a Los Angeles Islamic center being classified as a hate crime. Hate messages were written on a wall at the center. Levin said hate crimes targeting religious groups have increased 27 percent from 2021 to 2022.

Unveiling the boost in the sandwich priming technique
Experimental Psychology Society

Pablo Gómez (psychology) was a member of a team of researchers who examined the masked priming technique (which compares #####-house-HOUSE vs. #####-fight-HOUSE), the gold-standard tool to examine the initial moments of word processing. “While there is consensus that the sandwich technique magnifies the size of priming effects relative to the standard procedure, the mechanisms underlying this boost are not well understood (i.e., does it reflect quantitative or qualitative changes?),” the abstract reads. “To fully characterise the sandwich technique, we compared the sandwich and standard techniques by examining the response times (RTs) and their distributional features (delta plots; conditional-accuracy functions), comparing identity versus unrelated primes.”

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