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Faculty Researchers Share Expertise at Pollak Library’s Noontime Talks

Topics Range From the Ridgecrest Earthquake to Supervolcanoes, Media Coverage of Trials to Meditating on Mass Shootings and More
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The Human Genome Project, managing conflict, media coverage of trials, the Ridgecrest earthquake, supervolcanoes and mass shootings. These are among topics Cal State Fullerton faculty researchers are presenting this fall at Pollak Library’s noontime talks.

Open to the public and campus community, the brown bag lunch series, beginning Sept. 25 through Dec. 3, features faculty experts from across disciplines. The noon-1 p.m. talks, which are followed by a question and answer session, will be held in Room 299 on the library’s second floor.

Featured speakers and topics are:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, “The Lessons 500,000 Human Genome Sequences Taught Us,” Nikolas Nikolaidis, professor of biological science (Related story: Human Genome Project)
  • Monday, Sept. 30, “Sketching to Learn: An Example From Physics,” Gina Passante, assistant professor of physics
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, “A Measured Response to Managing Conflict,” Gary Pollitt, lecturer in English, comparative literature and linguistics
  • Monday, Oct. 14,  “Does Media Coverage Bias the Outcome of Trials?” Jon Bruschke, chair and professor of human communication studies
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, “Shaken, But Not Stirred: M7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake,” Sinan Akçiz, assistant professor of geological sciences (Related story: Mapping Seismic Shaking)  
  • Monday, Oct. 28, “Health Information Technology Adoption by U.S. Hospitals: The Holistic Impact of Network Ties,” Gang Peng, associate professor of information systems and decision sciences
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, “Meditating on Mass Shootings as Events of Western Civilization and Colonialism,” Mario Alberto Obando Jr., lecturer in Chicana/Chicano studies 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, “What Kind of Lover Have You Made Me, Mother?” (Queering the Mexican mother-butch daughter love bond in Cherríe Moraga’s “Loving in the War Years” and “Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir,”), Melissa Mora Hidalgo, lecturer in women and gender studies
  • Monday, Dec. 2, “Supervolcanoes Require Superplutons: A Tale of Minerals From Yosemite National Park,” Vali (Valbone) Memeti, assistant professor of geological sciences (Related stories:  Yosemite’s Fire and IceAncient Volcanoes)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3, “The Art of Math,” Thomas Murphy, assistant professor of mathematics  

For more information about the talks, visit the library’s website. Visitor parking information is available online.