Tenzin Dorjee, associate professor of human communication studies, was appointed Dec. 8 by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Consisting of nine commissioners, USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal body that is principally responsible for reviewing the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the president, secretary of state and Congress. A member of the campus community since 2008, Dorjee studies Indian religions, peace and international education.
The National Academy of Inventors has named Fleur T. Tehrani, professor of electrical engineering, a 2016 NAI Fellow for her outstanding work in academic inventions and patents. She will be inducted April 6.
Election as a NAI Fellow is an honor bestowed upon academic innovators and inventors who have demonstrated “a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.” Tehrani has published numerous articles in the field of biomedical engineering and is the sole inventor on 13 U.S. and foreign patents. She is the inventor of metabolic rate monitors and several respiratory assist devices.
Owen Holmes, associate vice president for government and community relations, is the newly elected president of the Orange County Forum. His one-year term begins Jan, 1, 2017. The forum is a nonpartisan, current affairs organization convening the Orange County community in an interactive environment, to foster relationships, exchange ideas and discuss public policy issues with distinguished speakers and leaders. Cal State Fullerton is among the forum’s sponsors.