Center for Community Engagement

The Age of Information and the Power of Being Self-Informed

Author Name(s) Corrina Jacobitz Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Jaime Matera Abstract The spread of misinformation that breeds mistrust and disbelief in science has led to a variety of issues relating to health, the general understanding of the natural world, and technological advancement across the globe. This has led to beliefs and efforts such as the anti-vaccine movement, the belief the earth is flat, and various other misinformation and conspiracy theories. While… Read More »The Age of Information and the Power of Being Self-Informed

Analysis of Fieldworkers and Work in Oxnard, California: Effects of Policy and Climate Change

Author Name(s) Marnol Arevalos Faculty Advisor(s) Jaime Matera Abstract This work looks at how immigration policy and climate change affect the work environment for fieldworkers and their work. The hypothesis of this work is that immigration policy and climate change culminate in a series of disadvantages and advantages, but their overall outcome will generate an adverse work environment that will dissuade future immigrants from taking agriculture as an occupation. Therefore,… Read More »Analysis of Fieldworkers and Work in Oxnard, California: Effects of Policy and Climate Change

Mars Landing

    Author Name(s) Cynthia DeanDaniel SotoEmily HeulittPaul Kime Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Ivona Grzegorczyk Abstract We discuss the mathematical data, issues and equations related to the 2020 Mars mission that culminated in the Perseverance rover landing on Mars. The success of MARS 2020 program depended on many variables, and we analyze them including trajectories, forces, materials and changeable conditions. Presentation https://youtu.be/lwa98_gXWjA Poster View Hi-Res Supporting Materials

    Scientific Data for Reopening Schools

      Author Name(s) Kirstin Neumann, Melissa Perez, Monica Loftus, Brennen Libhart, Erandy Reyes Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Ivona Grzegorczyk Abstract Across the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in prolonged closures of schools. We have analyzed global, national, state and local data to determine the risks of reopening schools as well as studied the repercussions of schools remaining closed. Studies show that children are experiencing severe educational losses, hunger as well as… Read More »Scientific Data for Reopening Schools

      Analysis of hydrologic and weather data in Ventura County

      Author Name(s) Jessica TapiaChris SalasNorberto Huerta Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Kryshchenko Abstract Drought can be considered a devastating hindrance to the health of not only our natural surroundings, but our everyday lives. It is a costly phenomenon, both in financial and human-life contexts; although mitigation efforts may help, there is no true substitution for actual precipitation. Southern California is no stranger to drought; Ventura County specifically has seen particularly devastating wildfires… Read More »Analysis of hydrologic and weather data in Ventura County

      Campus Fever: Managing School and Fear of COVID-19

        Author Name(s) James Tobin Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Jaime Matera Abstract  This original research evaluates student stress response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, specifically focusing on how students maintain positive mental health in the face of this crisis, all while continuing their education. My research methodology focuses on surveys offered to CSU Channel Islands students, and all responses are voluntary. Students may choose which response is appropriate. The survey is also… Read More »Campus Fever: Managing School and Fear of COVID-19

        CI Student Generated Science Experiments to Engage the Local Community

        Author Name(s) Natalie Olivares Faculty Advisor(s) Safa Khan Abstract This research project is a living lab that aims to create an open learning database of student-created science experiments. My work involves a collaboration between other CI students, Dr. Khan (a chemistry professor at CI), and faculty from Rio Del Sol, an elementary school in Oxnard, to build STEM experiments for over 577 K-8th students. The experiments are being designed so… Read More »CI Student Generated Science Experiments to Engage the Local Community

        Reengineering Cooking with an Inexpensive Pellet Stove

          Author Name(s) Maximilian Seligman  Additional Author(s) Daniel Dominguez, Jackson Seligman, Enrique Garcia, Dr. Brian Rasnow Faculty Advisor(s) Dr. Brian Rasnow Abstract Global crises challenge us to reassess our research efforts. As our survival dictates decarbonizing energy sources, we’ve begun exploring technologies to improve cooking. Cooking accounts for 90% of the carbon-based energy used by 2.5 billion (poor) people, and causes ~3 million premature deaths per year from indoor air pollution.… Read More »Reengineering Cooking with an Inexpensive Pellet Stove