Effie Passero, who studied opera and theater at CSUF in 2009, has made it into the top 24 contestants on the current season of “American Idol.”
Passero, 26, is an assistant property manager from Modesto.
On a recent episode, the singer-songwriter belted out Heart’s “Alone,” which left judge Luke Bryan clapping and prompted a standing ovation from judge Katy Perry.
Passero will compete next on April 15 and 16, when the field will be narrowed to 14 and viewers can vote on their favorites.rn
Climate change, symmetry are focus of undergrads’ winning projects
rnCameron Hooper’s research on how atmospheric aerosol particles affect climate change has won him a Mathematical Association of America outstanding poster award for undergraduate research.
A research scholar in CSUF’s Graduate Readiness and Access in Mathematics program, Hooper combined math with chemistry to identify atmospherically relevant compounds that might influence climate change. He works with faculty mentors Laura Smith, assistant professor of mathematics, and Paula Hudson, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry
He was one of four student mathematicians from CSUF to be honored at the recent Joint Mathematics Meetings of MAA and the American Mathematical Society in San Diego.
James Shade and Christian Do, mentored by Adam Glesser, associate professor of mathematics, and Matthew Rathbun, assistant professor of mathematics, studied the concept of symmetry, which has a wide variety of applications — from artistic composition to orientation of molecules. The research has potential applications in coding theory, particularly in computer programs that work with symmetries.
Saul Lopez, mentored by Scott Annin, professor of mathematics, studied a “generating set” for an algebraic structure — like building blocks or DNA of a structure — where the entire structure can be constructed from the foundational elements in the generating set. The research could be applied to such fields as computer science and cryptography.
“As a first-generation university student, doing research opened my eyes to a new world in academia — and attending conferences like MAA helped widen that world,” said Lopez.
Over 400 research projects were presented at the national meeting by more than 650 students, from universities including MIT, UCLA, Harvard University and Harvey Mudd College, as well as California State University campuses.rn
Faculty members share expertise on dance, human rights, vinyl
rnCal State Fullerton faculty members are traveling the world sharing their expertise and research on varied topics.
Alvin Rangel, associate professor of theatre and dance, is helping develop a Horton technique curriculum for the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association Dance College in New South Wales, Australia. In February, Rangel taught techniques to the students and conducted training sessions for faculty. The Horton technique draws on diverse indigenous dances and emphasizes an anatomical approach. He also established a multimedia archive that includes videos featuring CSUF students.
Rangel was recently recognized among “10 contemporary black choreographers we should know” by ArtsBoston.
Tenzin Dorjee, associate professor of human communications studies, traveled to Myanmar as a commissioner for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He also testified in Washington, D.C., before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on “Tibet ‘From All Angles’: Protecting Human Rights, Defending Strategic Access, and Challenging China’s Export of Censorship Globally as a USCIRF Commissioner.”
In late February, Jesse Battan, professor of American studies, presented the paper “From Fourier to Freud: Changing Conceptions of ‘Sexual Revolution’ in the United States, 1820-1930” at a conference sponsored by the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics and the Center for Ethics and Value Inquiry in Ghent, Belgium.
Waleed Rashidi, assistant professor of communications, presented a paper “Reading Between the Lines: A Content Analysis of 1990s Independent and Alternative Rock Vinyl Records’ Run-Out Grove Etchings” at an Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. He presented his work in progress “Play, Rewind, Play Again: Experience of Millennials’ Usage of the Cassette Tape as Music Media” at the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association’s summit.rn
— Wendy Fawthrop
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