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CSUSB professor contributes chapter to ‘The Routledge Companion to the American Landscape’

Yolonda Youngs (geography and environmental studies) coauthored a chapter, “Public Landscapes,” in “The Routledge Companion to the American Landscape.” The book “provides a comprehensive overview of the American landscape in a way fit for the twenty-first century, not only in its topical and regional scope but also in its methodological and disciplinary diversity,” according to the publisher.

Soldier Self-Regulation: Applying Self-Regulatory Concepts to the U.S. Army Context
Military Behavioral Health

Nicholas Moon (psychology) led a group of researchers who published a study that focused on Army personnel, who “operate in volatile and stressful environments where self-regulation is critical to maintain performance, health, and well-being.” The study explored “salient issues in the potential application of self-regulation concepts and techniques to the Army context. In doing so, we review leading conceptualizations and major theoretical models of self-regulation, discuss aspects of military professions in which self-regulation may be particularly relevant, and identify challenges associated with applying existing approaches to self-regulation in the Army context. Finally, we discuss promising self-regulation interventions for competency development that may be beneficial for the Army and highlight where future efforts should be directed.”

As Jacksonville shooting victims are eulogized, advocates call attention to anti-Black hate crimes
The Associated Press via MSN
Sept. 9, 2023

An article on the aftermath of the Aug. 26 mass shooting in Jacksonville, Fla., included an interview with Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Authorities have said the incident that left three people dead was racially motivated.

Levin cautions that there are gaps in the FBI’s hate crime reports that can present a misleading picture of hate crimes in parts of the country. Florida, along with Virginia, Mississippi and Arkansas, had the lowest reporting rates of hate crimes to the FBI in 2021.

“We generally see increases in hate crimes in election years and around catalytic events,” said Levin. “We’re talking about almost 500 to 700 more hate crimes in an election year. Politics seems to be a catalyst.”

Levin said there is substantial underreporting. Even with the FBI’s revised reporting for 2021, the rate only captured 80% participation, he said.

“Imagine if we had even more,” he said.

The center’s work was also cited in Axios on Sept. 11: “Houston sees rise in hate crimes.”

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