Faculty Noon Time Talks: Spring 2018 Series

Faculty Noon Time Talks program series

About the series


As part of the Library's goal of facilitating intellectual engagement across campus, we are starting a new 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

PLN-130 will be set up with about 30 seats to provide a more intimate venue.

Coffee and cookies will be provided. 


Current & Upcoming speakers


Gayle BrunelleApril 30, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Gayle Brunelle, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Department of History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Creating an Exit Strategy: German-French Collaboration in the final year of World War II

Tajuana BastesTuesday, May 1, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Tajuana Bates
University Extended Education

The Hidden-in-Plain-Sight Treasures of California



Rose SakamotoMonday, May 7, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Rose Sakamoto, DrPH, MSN, CCRN, NP-BC
Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing
College of Health and Human Development

Effects of vitamin D supplementation on cognition in a robustly aging community sample

Rosanne WelchTuesday, May 8, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Rosanne Welch, MFA
Department of Cinema and Television Arts
College of the Arts

Why the Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture 





Monday, February 5, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.) John Koegel, Ph.D.

John Koegel, Ph.D.
Professor of Music—Musicology, Graduate Advisor
School of Music
College of the Arts

Pave Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot: (Re)Imagining California’s Musical Lives

Bryan Cantley Tuesday, February 6 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Bryan Cantley
Professor of Design Theory
Department of Visual Arts
College of the Arts.

Deviated ƒutures & ƒantastical Histories

Anthony R. Fellow, Ph.D. Monday, February 12, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Anthony R. Fellow, Ph.D.
Professor of Communications and Director of the Florence Program
Department of Communications
College of Communications

Tweeting to Freedom: The Use of Social Media in Fomenting Revolutions around the World

Lisa Winstead, Ed.D. Tuesday, February 13 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Lisa Winstead, Ed.D.
Associate Professor & Spanish Bilingual Authorization Coordinator
Elementary and Bilingual Education
College of Education

Bilingual Latino Teachers in Schools: Experiences of Language Shame and Loss

Rakesh Mahto, Ph.D.Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Rakesh Mahto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Computer Engineering Program
College of Engineering and Computer Science

Reconfigurable Photovoltaics (PV) Array and Its Applications

Nick Huntington-KleinMonday, February 26, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Nick Huntington-Klein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

The Effects of Complex Course Requirements on Student Major Choice

Jason SextonTuesday, February 27, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Jason Sexton, Pollak Library Faculty Fellow & Editor,  Boom California
Sarah Grant ,  Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Allison Varzally, Professor of History
Phuoc Duong, Asian American Studies

Boom Conversation on Vietnamese California

Sarah Grant Allison Varzally Phuoc Duong

Andi Stein Monday, March 5, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Andi Stein Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Communications
College of Communications

Why We Love Disney: The Power of the Disney Brand


R. Austin NationTuesday, March 6, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

R. Austin Nation, Ph.D., RN, PHN
Assistant Professor Nursing
School of Nursing
College of Health and Human Development

Substance Use and HIV among young Black Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

 Kit SeatonMonday, March 12, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Kit Seaton, MFA
Assistant Professor of Illustration
Visual Arts Department
College of the Arts

Adapting Fairy Tales for Graphic Novels and the Young Adult Audience

Ben CawthraTuesday, March 13, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Benjamin Cawthra, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Department of History
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Yesternow: Jack Johnson, Documentary Film, and the Politics of Jazz

(3/08/18): Please note that Dr. Cawthra's talk will be held in PLS-299.

Ioakim BoutakidisMonday, March 19, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Ioakim Boutakidis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Studies Chair- CAS Program Assessment Faculty Fellow of Student Success Vice-Chair Institutional Review Board
College of Health & Human Development

Psycho-social factors associated with student success: Factors that are amenable to change and intervention, and those that are not

(3/19/18): Please note this talk has been moved to PLS-299.

Parvin Shahrestani Tuesday, March 20, 2018  (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Parvin Shahrestani, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biological Science
Department of Biological Science
College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Flying into experiments: what do fruit flies tell us about human health and longevity?

(3/19/18): Please note this talk has been moved to PLS-299.

Shana Charles Monday, April 2, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Shana Charles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Science
Department of Health Science
College of Health and Human Development

Evaluating the Smoking Ban at CSU Fullerton: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Future Directions

Sinan AkcizMonday, April 16, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Sinan Akciz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geological Science
Department of Geological Sciences
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

New Views on the Past Earthquake History of the Southern San Andreas Fault

Cameron WalkerTuesday, April 17, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Cameron Walker, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Anthropology,
Department of Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Down by the River: the Creative Community of Muscle Shoals

Aitana GuiaMonday, April 23, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Aitana Guia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History
Department of History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Healthy Cities by Design? Car Culture, Social Movements, and the Greening of the Turia River in Valencia, Spain (1957-2018)

Peter WidmannTuesday, April 24, 2018 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Peter Widmann, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
College of Computer Science and Engineering

Current trends in low temperature plasma


Location & Floor Map


These programs will be held in room PLN-130 on the First Floor North of Pollak Library.