Chico Adelante Program

2021 Faculty Research Mentors

Project Title: “Identification and Repatriation of Remains from the US-Mexico Border: a Stable Isotope and Artificial Intelligence Approach” (student: Thomas Delgado)

Eric BartelinkNAME: Eric Bartelink

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: 15 ½ years

FIELD OF STUDY: Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, and Stable Isotope Analysis

PAST RESEARCH: Forensic applications of stable isotope analysis for predicting region of origin of unidentified human remains; paleodietary reconstruction in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley of California; skeletal evidence of nutritional stress in prehistory; prehistoric violence; study of marginalized populations in 19th century California; use of portable x-ray fluorescence to resolve commingled remains cases.


Project Title“Implicit Associations with Drug-related Attitudes: Assessing the relationship between race and drugs” (student: Kanvarbir Gill)

Shawn BatesNAME: Shawn Bates

DEPARTMENT: Psychology

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE:  I started at Chico State in Fall 2020

FIELD OF STUDY: Behavioral Neuroscience

PAST RESEARCH: In the past, I’ve researched the long-term effects of adolescent drug use, how the social environment affects the response to morphine, and the consequences of stress on cognitive function.


Project Title“Basic Needs Program Evaluation: Rapid Rehousing” (student: Yulisa Castaneda Ubias) & “Basic Needs Program Evaluation” (student: Dina Menendez)

Molly CalhounNAME: Molly Calhoun

DEPARTMENT: School of Social Work

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: I’ve just started my second year as an assistant professor at Chico State.

FIELD OF STUDY: In general, social work. For the Adelante Summer Researchers program, I worked with Dr. Stephanie Machado and Symphanie Algodon, as well as Adelante students Yulisa Castaneda Ubias and Dina Menedez, on the evaluation of the Basic Needs program at Chico State. The evaluation focuses on the food pantry and food security issues, as well as the impact of the first year of the Rapid Re-Housing program on students' housing stability. Outside of the Adelante program, my general field of study focuses on housing and the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. My current projects include: (1) state-sponsored gentrification and the impact of displacement for historic communities, (2) neoliberalism and the welfare state, and (3) Chico State student housing and food security.

PAST RESEARCH: In 2020, I completed and defended my dissertation research entitled: Navigating a Gentrifying Neighborhood: Examining the Impact of a HOPE VI Mixed-Income Housing Development on the Social Connectedness of Young People.


Project TitleLatino Partisanship and Voting Choice across Generations” (student: Humberto Partida) & “Latino Turnout and Electoral Disenchantment” (student: Carlos Gomez)

Devin Fernandes NAME: Devin Fernandes

DEPARTMENT: Political Science & Criminal Justice

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: 2 Years

FIELD OF STUDY: American Politics and Latino Politics

PAST RESEARCH: My work has focused on questions related to the policy environment and political landscape shaping Latino politics. This includes how reliance on third-party foundation support has affected the trajectory of Latino interest groups and Latino advocacy as well as how legislative incentives have impacted previous opportunities for immigration reform.


Project Title“In vitro and in vivo characterization of scoliosis bone” (student: Jackelin Villalobos)

Kristen Gorman with a group of students NAME: Kristen Gorman

DEPARTMENT: Biological Sciences

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: Since Fall 2017

FIELD OF STUDY: Genetics & Cellular Biology

PAST RESEARCH: The causes of idiopathic scoliosis.


Project Title: “Farmers Market consumers’ perceptions, attitudes, and demographics” (student: Jovita Avila) &  “Examination of Association Between Traditional Food Consumption and Quality of Life Among Cuban Adults” (student: Viviana Mendoza)

Keiko GotoNAME: Keiko Goto

DEPARTMENT: Nutrition and Food Science

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: Since 2006

FIELD OF STUDY: Food Culture, International Nutrition, Food behavior, Mindful eating

PAST RESEARCH: Here is the link to my publication list:

https://www.csuchico.edu/nfsc/about/people/faculty/keiko-goto.shtml


Project TitleThe Effects of Traditional Machismo and Caballerismo Attitudes on Sexual Decision Making” (student: Jordan Stifle) & “Perseverance to a Point: Does Grit: Interfere with Help-Seeking in First-Generation College Students” (student: Sara Zuniga)

Patrick JohnsonNAME: Patrick Johnson

DEPARTMENT: Psychology

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: Six years (Fall 2015)

FIELD OF STUDY: Behavioral EconomicsPAST RESEARCH: My students and I conduct research on the various behavioral processes underlying impulsivity and risk-taking. Over the years, we’ve applied these concepts to help us better understand problematic behaviors such as distracted driving, unprotected sex, smartphone overuse, fast food consumption, and substance abuse. Visit our lab website to learn more about our work: https://psjohnson.yourweb.csuchico.edu/.


Project TitleScavenging Patterns within the Willamette Valley of Oregon” (student: Cheyenne Collins)

Ashley KendellNAME: Ashley Kendell

DEPARTMENT: Anthropology

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: This is my 5th year

FIELD OF STUDY: Forensic Anthropology/Bioarchaeology

PAST RESEARCH: My research spans the sub-disciplines of bioarcheology and forensic anthropology and has focused on trauma analysis in the medico-legal setting, as well as in the bioarchaeological record. More recently my research has been focused on wildfire victim recovery and identification.


Project Title“Chico Students’ Attitude Towards the News” (student: Roxzel Soto Tellez)

Tonya LindseyNAME: Tonya Lindsey

DEPARTMENT: Sociology

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: Since 2017

PAST RESEARCH: Short Subjects series about healthy aging for the Committee on Aging and Long-term Care and about women and girls for the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Other projects include lead on the Unlawful Detainer report to the legislature for the Judicial Committee; lead on the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) online calendar, an inter-bureau project; co-lead on the data portal workgroup metadata catalog, an inter-bureau and interagency project; and, the library’s representative on the California Department of Education’s annual STEM conference steering committee, an interagency project.


Project Title“Atmospheric Canopy Wave Research” (student: Maria Iqbal)

Shane MayorNAME: Shane Mayor

DEPARTMENT: Geological and Environmental Sciences (soon to be Earth and Environmental Sciences)

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: 13 years

FIELD OF STUDY: Atmospheric Science 

PAST RESEARCH: Before coming to Chico State, I was an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.  My career's work has been on developing and applying atmospheric lidar to measure the wind and turbulence.


Project Title“Development of a Cellular Model for Neurological Effects on Smoking During Pregnancy” (student: Jessica Alvarado Valdez)

Kodeodeeswaran ParameshwaranNAME: Kodeodeeswaran Parameshwaran

DEPARTMENT: Biological Sciences

FIELD OF STUDY: Developmental nicotine exposure and molecular mechanisms of memory impairment, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Endocytosis and trafficking of membrane proteins in hippocampal neurons

PAST RESEARCH: My lab is centered on molecular mechanisms of memory in the mammalian hippocampus and how these mechanisms are disrupted in brain disorders that include dementia as a symptom. PubMed Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kodeeswaran+Parameshwaran


Project Title“Maximal aerobic power and running economy of Young and Older Trained, Female Runners” (student: Elsa Topete)

Ryan PerkinsNAME: Ryan Perkins

DEPARTMENT: Kinesiology 

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: Currently on 2 year

FIELD OF STUDY: Benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, such as exercise, on inflammation and aging.

PAST RESEARCH:  Exercise and the microgravity environment, lifelong aerobic exercise and inflammation, lifelong aerobic exercise and cardiovascular and muscle metabolic health, lifelong aerobic exercise and immune infrastructure, alternate day fasting and inflammation, hyperglycemia and inflammation, maintenance hemodialysis and inflammation.


Project Title“Knowledge of Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes among Latinx Students” (student: Ana Pompa)

Kathryn SillimanNAME: Kathryn Silliman

DEPARTMENT: Nutrition and Food Science

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: 31 years

FIELD OF STUDY: Nutrition

PAST RESEARCH: Most recent research projects involve nutrition knowledge and food security among collegiate athletes and knowledge of diabetes risk factors among college students.


Project TitleIdentification of diazotroph species in the sea anemone Aiptasia” (student: Ben Cabrera)

Cawa TranNAME: Cawa Tran

DEPARTMENT: Biological Sciences

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: 4 years

FIELD OF STUDY: Cnidarian cell biology and symbiosis

PAST RESEARCH: Invertebrate larval biology - settlement and metamorphosis of coral larvae in response to bacterial biofilms.


Project Title“Being Black/African American in a Predominately White Workforce: Challenges, Barriers, and Lessons Learned” (student: Dominique Soares) & “Instructors’ Antiracist Pedagogy: Experiences in Facilitating Race/Racism in the Classroom” (student: Nhoua Xiong)

Judy Vang NAME: Judy Vang

DEPARTMENT: Social Work

NUMBER OF YEARS AT CHICO STATE: BSW graduate in 2003, MSW graduate in 2004, started teaching Fall 2013

FIELD OF STUDY: Social Work and Social Research

PAST RESEARCH: HIV, youth suicide attempts among the Hmong community, Hmong parents' understanding of the judicial system.