Faculty Noon Time Talks: Spring 2020 Series

Fall 2019 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 have the opportunity to talk about their research in a formal but friendly setting to a cross-disciplinary audience.

Each 30 - 40 minute talk is followed by a Q&A period. 

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. 


schedule of speakers


Monday, January 27, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Dave Plouffe, M.A.Dave Plouffe, M.A.
Department of Visual Arts

Art Theft, Looting, and Repatriation

In this talk Dave Plouffe will discuss what happens to artworks during times of war. He will take a look at why these works were taken, recovery efforts, and highlight some infamous art thieves.


Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Maria Soledad, Ph.D.Maria Soledad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biological Science

Lessons from the enemy: Acinetobacter baumannii’s strategies to adapt to hostile environments and survive

Acinetobacter baumannii is a feared, drug-resistant pathogen, characterized by its ability to resist extreme environmental and nutrient-deprived conditions. Our lab has observed that pleural fluid (PF), an HSA-containing fluid, increases DNA acquisition, can modulate cytotoxicity, and control immune responses by eliciting changes in the A. baumannii metabolic profile. In the present talk we will learn how at the molecular and phenotypic level this bacterium can use different strategies used to overcome environmental stress. We will learn, how A. baumannii's pathoadaptive responses, induced by HSA-containing fluids, is part of this bacterium armamentarium to persist in hostile environments.


Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Bey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APRBey-Ling Sha, Ph.D., APR
College of Communications

Identity and the Census: What the Race and Ethnicity Questions Reveal about Who We Are

Prior to becoming a full-time academic, Dr. Bey-Ling Sha worked in the Communications Directorate of the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. This presentation reviews two centuries of how information has been collected on race and ethnicity, and offers a critical perspective on what the data tells us about the identities and of the nation. The CSUF partnership specialist for the 2020 census will be present to answer any questions about getting counted this year; Census Day is April 1.


Monday, February 24, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


James Ruby, Ph.D.James Ruby, Ph.D.
Department of Human Services

Student Qualitative Reflections on Integrating Acting Exercises into a Human Services Classroom Experience

Every Spring semester, a professor in the department of Human Services co-teaches a class with an adjunct faculty member who teaches acting and performance related courses. Together, they integrate actor training exercises and curriculum with human services curriculum. Theories related to actor voice and movement are integrated into theories and techniques of counseling and psychotherapy. Students experience a multitude of creative exercises in the classroom and reflect critically on how those experiences might be used in clinical and/or educational settings. This presentation will provide an overview of the class, demonstrate some of the experiential components, and report some initial outcomes that were recently published in a qualitative study, authored by the two instructors. Reported student outcomes are both personal and professional in nature and should serve as a foundation for further research.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Marie Loggia-Kee, M.A.Marie Loggia-Kee, M.A.
Part-Time Faculty
Department of Communications

The Secret Life of a Romance Writer

Journalism professor by day and romance author by night, Marie Loggia-Kee, aka Louisa Bacio, talks about the challenges of balancing the dual lives of non-fiction and fiction. In addition to getting your BIC (Butt-in-Chair) and writing sprints, Loggia-Kee discusses the submission and editing process, and building a social media presence. Since selling her first short story in 2010, Loggia-Kee has gone on to publish more than 40 novels, novellas and short stories with 15 publishers (at last count!).  


Monday, March 9, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299

Sherri Wolff M.A./CCC-SLP SallyAnn Giess Ph.D./CCC-SallyAnn Giess, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Clinical Educator & Lecturer
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Sherri Wolff, M.A., CCC-SLP
Clinic Director
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

A Valuable Campus and Community Resource: CSUF Speech and Hearing Clinic

In this presentation, SallyAnn Giess & Sherri Wolff will highlight the CSUF Speech and Hearing Clinic. The clinic provides service to the community and to the CSUF campus and is the site that graduate students experience their first required clinical training. Graduate student clinicians provide speech and language therapy under direct supervision of faculty to a wide variety of patients across the life-span who experience communication problems.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Pratanu Ghosh, Ph.D.Pratanu Ghosh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Emerging Non-Destructive Testing and Eco-Friendly Materials -Durable Solution for Nation's Infrastructure

Reinforced concrete bridge deck slab failures due to corrosion can be catastrophic, both in terms of human life and economic loss. According to the infrastructure report card, 25% of bridges in the USA are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and approximately $70 billion is needed to address their rehabilitation and retrofit. Reinforced concrete (RC) bridges often deteriorate due to ageing, materials, construction defects, exposure to harsh aggressive environments. Various deterioration processes lead to different types of defects, which imposes the main challenge for periodic health-monitoring programs. One of the major assessment techniques is non-destructive testing (NDT) evaluation and this is gaining great attention in the last two decades due to its low cost, reliability, and faster application. It is also a fast-growing, diverse, high-paying industry. This presentation will focus on emerging non-destructive testing and sustainable materials for health monitoring of nation's concrete bridges.


Monday, March 23, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Barbara Miller, MLISBarbara Miller, MLIS
Chicana/Chicano Resource Center Librarian
Pollak Library

Explore the Past, find the future: Introducing the Chicana & Chicano Resource Center Special Collection at the Pollak Library

The Chicana & Chicano Studies Department celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The Pollak Library is commemorating this by inaugurating The Chicana & Chicano Resource Center Special Collection. The Mexico & the Southwest Collection was established in 1972 to support the new department. In addition to collecting published materials, the staff produced audiovisual materials with Chicano Movement activists who visited our campus such as Cesar Chavez, Corky Gonzalez, Sal Castro and Bert Corona who was a professor on campus in the early 70s. The collection also contains oral histories with Chicano residents of Orange County, local Orange County Chicano Newspapers and other rare documents. Join me in exploring this once hidden collection.


Monday, April 6, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Gary Pollitt, M.A.Gary Pollitt, M.A.
Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics

A Measured Response to Managing Conflict: Understanding the Role of Automatic Thinking

In the talk, the presenter will pick up where he left off from his fall presentation, Measured Response to Managing Conflict in the Social Environment . Specifically, he will address the influence of automatic thinking on conflict dynamics and the role of motivated reasoning and the framing effect on behavior during emotionally charged interactions. Increased awareness of these patterns informs decision making and aids in self regulation. The talk would be of interest to anyone who wants to deal with conflict more efficiently and effectively.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) in PLS-299


Dennis Siebenaler, Ph.D.Dennis Siebenaler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Music

Cha Cha at the Chi Chi: The mid-century nightclub scene in Palm Springs

My research focused on the popular nightclub scene in Palm Springs in the 1950s and 1960s, in particular the Starlite Room of the Chi Chi Club. Significantly, Palm Springs nightclubs featured prominent African American musicians such as Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Eartha Kitt, and Lena Horne, at a time of racial discrimination in the entertainment industry. I will also share some live recordings from the Starlite Room, made by band leader Bill Alexander.





This series is being held in room PLS-299 on Pollak Library's  Second Floor South.