Faculty Noon Time Talks: Spring 2019 Series

Fall 2018 faculty Noon Time Talks

About the series


As part of the Library's goal of facilitating intellectual engagement across campus, we host a brown bag lunch series entitled "Faculty Noon-Time Talks." Faculty from across campus will have the opportunity to talk about their research in a formal but friendly setting to a cross-disciplinary audience.

Program Format:

  • The faculty member spends 30 - 40 minutes presenting their research
  • Followed by a Q&A period

Coffee and cookies will be provided. 


schedule of speakers


Monday, February 18, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-360

Matthew Kirby, Ph.D.Matthew Kirby
Geological Sciences
Department of Geological Studies

How we study California's history of drought, floods, fire, and vegetation: What the past can tell us about the future

Matthew Kirby will talk about California's drought, flood, and vegetation history over the past 32,000 years. He and his students examine long columns of mud extracted from Californian lakes. By analyzing the "stuff" in the mud, they create a history book of California's past climate. Understanding California's past climate provides context for present and future climate change. If you like mud, you'll like this talk.


Monday, March 4, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-360

Darren Sandquist, Ph. D.Darren Sandquist
Department of Biological Science

Director of CSU Desert Studies Consortium

Zzyzx and Beyond: the CSU Desert Studies Program

 The California Desert Studies Consortium (CDSC) was established in 1974 as an academic collaboration among seven California State University campuses with Fullerton being the host campus. The mission of the Consortium is to develop student academic skills, foster research and creative activities, and generate public awareness about desert systems through a multi-disciplinary desert studies program. Central to this mission is operation of the Soda Springs Desert Studies center located in the Mojave National Preserve at Zzyzx, California; a field station that a hosts instructional, research and other desert-related programmatic activities. CDSC Director and Professor of Biology, Darren Sandquist, will provide an overview of the CSU Desert Studies program, the Zzyzx field station, and emerging opportunities for participation in the desert studies program.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-360

Rosanne Welch, Ph.D.Rosanne Welch
Department of Cinema and Television Arts
College of  Communications

When Women Wrote Hollywood

This time I'll discuss the women in my new book "When Women Wrote Hollywood" (flyer attached) which covers female screenwriters from the Silents through the early 1940s when women wrote over 50% of films and Frances Marion was the highest paid screenwriter (male or female) and the first to win 2 Oscars - but fails to appear in film history books, which continue to regurgitate the myth that male directors did it all - even though it's been proven that the only profitable movies Cecil B. de Mille ever directed were all written by Jeannie Macpherson film ever won for Best Picture was written by Robert E. Sherwood (who people have heard of, mostly due to his connection to Dorothy Parker) and Joan Harrison. Interesting, huh? I hope so.


Monday, March 25, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLN-130

Chiranjeev Kohli, Ph.D., MBAChiranjeev Kohli
Professor of Marketing
Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

The Eighty Percent Solution to All the F*cking Problems

A manual designed for young adults to provide simple answers to life's not so simple problems of all types, including investments, self-improvement, relationships, and mental health issues.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299

Kelly Ruppert, M.S.Kelly Ruppert
Department of Geological Sciences

But I Went To College: How "Doing Everything Right Doesn't Mean Life is Easy".

But I Went To College! Come hear about how you can do everything "right" but still face big challenges in life. Far too often college students get the message that if you do certain things, success is sure to follow. This is not always true. Using almost unbelievable examples from Kelly Ruppert's life, this talk focuses on how students can prepare for upcoming challenges, face them head on, and come out on top more resilient than ever.


Monday, April 8, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-360

Zoot Velasco, MBA, CFREZoot Velasco
Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research
Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

A Beginner's Guide to Charitable Boards

Many University staff are asked to sit on boards or committees for charitable ventures. Some even start their own. Zoot Velasco, Director of the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at Mihaylo will give you a crash course on the responsibilities, rewards, and best practices for charitable board members.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299

Patricia Prestinary, M.L.I.S., C.A.Patricia Prestinary
Special Collections Librarian and Archivist
Pollak Library

Archives & Manuscripts 101*, or Everything you've always wanted to know about archives, but didn't learn in library school.

Intended for library professionals and M.L.I.S. students, and welcome to all, this talk will include a brief history of archives, the fundamentals of archival theory, basic archival processing principles, and digital archives. 


Monday, April 22, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-360

Bogdan D. Suceava, Ph. D.Bogdan Suceava
Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics

Geometry in the Dark Ages: Anatomy of Forgetting

The history of geometry is an interesting casebook: much of the achievements of the ancient Greek-Roman world have been forgotten in the Western Europe. Isidore's Etymologies, the bestseller of the Middle Ages, enjoyed a wide audience. We investigate the structure of mathematics, as it is described  in the Etymologies, an we discuss the sources on which Isidore relied when he described the structure of mathematics. A change of paradigm took place in Europe after the Recovery of Aristotle, in later centuries. It is quite surprising that they concept of curvature appears for the first time in the monograph De configurationibus, written by Nicole Oresme around 1350. We describe this work and its historical context, as well as further implications of Oresme's "doctrine of configurations", written by an author that, very likely, did not use Euclid's Elements among his sources.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299

Professor Robert CastroRobert Castro, Ph.D., J.D.
Professor & Pre-Law Advisor
Department of Politics, Administration, and Justice

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Doing Human Rights Work at the Karnes & Dilley Federal Immigration Detention Centers (TX)

Professor Castro recounts his work preparing recently re-united families for their credible and reasonable fear interviews as well as discusses the current conditions for detainees at one of the nation's largest immigration detention centers.