CHSS Connection: Presentations

Monday, February 01, 2021

January/February 2021 issue

Chávez, Evans, Lam to present at somatic movement conference

Engaging Embodiment conference logoAssociate Professor of Public Health Vivian Chávez and Public Health Lecturers Maiya Evans and Vincent Lam will be presenting at the upcoming online conference, Engaging Embodiment: Somatic Applications for Health, Education & Social Justice, to be held March 3-7. Their March 6 presentation is titled “Teaching Health Artfully Through the Body.” Their intention is to showcase the College of Health & Social Sciences’ innovation and creativity to teach Health & Wellness and what it looks like to reimagine the built and social environment for somatic movement, experiential learning and leveraging protective factors of community engagement. The conference, organized by The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, brings together more than 100 of the world’s leading somatic movement professionals to share how work in somatic movement impacts health, education and social justice.

Chávez to present at conference on arts and healing

Vivian Chávez, associate professor of Public Health, will present a workshop at the 4th Annual Conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing, sponsored by UCLArts & Healing in partnership with Expressive Therapies Summit. The meeting features more than 150 workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance/movement, drama, drumming/music, play/sandplay and writing/journaling integrated with mental health practices. Her workshop, “Cultural Humility from the Inside Out: Addressing Bias Through the Expressive Arts,” which will be held April 15, 6-8 p.m., introduces verbal and nonverbal communication skills to counteract hierarchical dynamics that separate people from one another.

Francisco-Menchavez speaks at anti-human trafficking conference

Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies, was a keynote speaker at the 2021 Anti-Human Trafficking conference, Movement in the Time of COVID-19, sponsored by Womankind on January 15.

Francisco-Menchavez offers advice for early-career academics

Associate Professor Valerie Francisco-Menchavez of the Department of Sociology & Sexuality Studies spoke at a February 4 workshop for Stanford University graduate students interested in learning more about and developing skills in community engaged scholarship and community-based research. She and other early-career scholars shared their experiences and offered advice for graduate students interested in becoming faculty members as community-engaged researchers. The event was sponsored by Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service.

Gen discusses book on nonprofits in policy advocacy

Nonprofits in Policy Advocacy book coverSheldon Gen, associate professor in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, discussed his new book, “Nonprofits in Policy Advocacy: Their Strategies and Stories” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) with co-author Amy Conley Wright in the American Society for Public Administration’s BookTalk Webinar Series. More than a dozen MPA students contributed to the research reported in the book.



Harvey, Peper discuss combating Zoom fatigue and ‘tech stress’

Rick Harvey and Erik Peper, professors in the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, presented “Mindfully Combating Zoom Fatigue and ‘Tech Stress’” in the webinar “Understanding and Overcoming the Roots of Trauma and Stress” on December 4.

Kinesiology students present research at conference on technology in physical activity sport

TAPAS 2020 conference logoGraduate students in Kinesiology Julissa Ortiz-Delatorre and Eric Gasmin presented their research at TAPAS 2020, an international virtual conference on Technology in Physical Activity Sport hosted by the University of Seville, Spain. They published two peer-reviewed conference proceedings with graduate and undergraduate student co-authors Leslie Castillo-Ortiz, Adriana Ruiz, Alexandra Esparza, and Maria Doaz and faculty/staff mentors Ryan Durk, Kent Lorenz, Matt Lee, Marialice Kern and Jimmy Bagley


  1. Ortiz-Delatorre J, Durk RP, Esparza A, Ruiz A, Doaz MJ, Kern M, and JR Bagley. Estimating Energy Expenditure during Active Virtual Reality Gaming. International Conference on Technology in Physical Activity and Sport (TAPAS 2020), November 24-27, 2020, Seville, Spain (Virtual Meeting)
  2. Gasmin E, Castillo-Ortiz LY, Durk RP, Lorenz KA, Kern M, Lee CM, and JR Bagley. Applications and Efficacy of Portable Wearable Metabolic Devices. International Conference on Technology in Physical Activity and Sport (TAPAS 2020), November 24-27, 2020, Seville, Spain (Virtual Meeting)

Turalba to present at American Educational Research Association meeting

AERA logoPublic Health Lecturer Ruby N. Turalba will present at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting to be held virtually in April 2021. Her presentation will be part of a paper session focused on “Representations and Understandings of Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Success in Education.” Turalba’s research highlights the academic and social-emotional impacts of culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy for Filipinx K-5 students. AERA receives more than 10,000 submissions each year and expects approximately 15,000 conference participants.