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Message from the President

presidentWelcome to the inaugural edition of Quest, our first publication dedicated to showcasing the exciting research, scholarly and creative activities of California State University, Long Beach faculty and students.

Universities play a key role in society by preserving evidence-based historical knowledge, generating new knowledge (and creating new things) and—perhaps most importantly—preparing the next generation to do the same. Scholarly activity is fundamental to these goals. Beach faculty’s wide-ranging research expertise adds to our university’s success, helps develop our region, and advances our world.

From earthquake prediction technology to product design, the articles in Quest offer a fascinating look at the varied and thought-provoking work being done by our faculty, often in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students.

I am impressed by the breadth and quality of research, scholarly and creative activities highlighted in this issue—each one of our colleges is represented—and proud of the significant amount of external funding faculty received. The included works address compelling problems facing the world and add to the cultural capital of our society. In sum, Quest makes me (once again!) grateful to lead this outstanding university.

Enjoy your exploration and be sure to let us know what you think.

Go Beach!


Jane Close Conoley