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    • 2018-02-09 11:05:40
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    Ivy League Graduate, Writer and Activist with Dyslexia Visits CSUCI to Reframe the Concept of Learning Disabilities

    Feb. 5, 2018 - Author, activist and Brown University honors graduate Jonathan Mooney didn’t learn to read until he was 12.

    Labeled “profoundly learning disabled,” and “dyslexic,” Mooney was terrified of reading, especially reading aloud in class.

    “I had a plan for suicide when I was 12 years old,” Mooney said during a TEDx talk. “Many things brought me to that place in my life. I struggled in school. I was the kid who spent most of the day chilling in the hall with the janitor.”

    Mooney went on to graduate with an honors degree in Literature and has written three books, so far. Mooney has conducted presentations in 49 states and five countries and been interviewed in national and international media outlets such as NBC, ABC, HBO and the New York Times.

    Mooney will discuss how he went from sixth grade dropout to Ivy League graduate at CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI)’s Grand Salon on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.  The public is also invited to attend the presentation.

    “Learning Outside the Lines: Strategies for Parents, Students and Teachers” will start with Mooney’s presentation, after which he will spend time answering questions about inclusion, the marginalization of those with disabilities, and what societal changes can be made.

    “In high school I was one of ‘those kids’ who had such a hard time reading, and specifically a tortuous time reading out loud.  I spent most of my high school experience in the bathroom hiding so I wouldn’t have to read out loud, with tears streaming down my face,” Mooney said during another presentation on another college campus.

    The presentation is sponsored by the University’s Wellness & Athletics program, fulfilling a desire President Erika D. Beck had to bring Mooney to the campus. In keeping with the University’s commitment to inclusion, Beck wanted the students to hear from someone who is able to reframe a learning disability into an asset rather than a deficit.

    “It is profoundly important for students with learning challenges to see that those challenges can be overcome, and that they are capable of achieving their greatest potential.” Beck said. “It is also invaluable for our entire academic community to learn strategies that will help students succeed in school and beyond.”

    Associate Vice President of Student Affairs/Wellness & Athletics Ed Lebioda agrees.

    “This is in line with our aim of working for greater awareness on this campus of the visible and invisible disabilities of students,” Lebioda said. “A student could be on the autism spectrum, have ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or dyslexia. Our services are intended to level the playing field.”

    Understanding that some students process information differently is in tune with CSUCI’s commitment to diversity.

    “His neurodiversity is diversity, but from a different angle,” Lebioda said. “The more we know about the diverse challenges, the more support and compassion we can provide.”

    Limited parking is available on campus with the purchase of a $6 daily permit; follow signs to the parking permit dispensers. Free parking is available at the Camarillo Metrolink Station/Lewis Road with bus service to and from the campus.  Riders should board the CSUCI Vista Bus to the campus; the cash-only fare is $1.25 each way. Buses arrive and depart from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org

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    Measuring the Impossible: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Hydrogen and Helium

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    Optimized oxides made from common metals use less energy and show the potential of new design approach.


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    DOE launches its first lithium-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell

    DOE launches its first lithium-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell

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    Lynbrook High wins 2019 SLAC Regional Science Bowl competition

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    UNLV Among 11 Teams Worldwide To Compete in 2020 Solar Decathlon

    UNLV Among 11 Teams Worldwide To Compete in 2020 Solar Decathlon

    Students to build sustainable home of healing for military veterans for U.S. Department of Energy contest; UNLV competed in 2013 and 2017.

    Three Brookhaven Scientists Named Highly Cited Researchers

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    Three scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have been named to the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List, which recognizes influential researchers whose work ranks in the top one percent of the world's most-cited scientific papers. Brookhaven's Radoslav Adzic, Mark Hybertsen, and Xiao-Qing Yang are among only 4,000 researchers from around the world whom achieved the distinction in 2018.

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    A new version of the AFLEET Tool from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory calculates and compares the costs and environmental benefits of a broad range of alternative fuel technologies. Covering 18 fuel/vehicle technologies, AFLEET Online offers an easy-to-use web-based platform.

    Remote-Control Plasma Physics Experiment is Named One of Top Webcams of 2018

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    Jefferson Lab Scientist Awarded Distinguished Lectureship

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    Journal Special Issues Honor Chemists Radoslav Adzic and Jan Hrbek

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    The Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Surface Science recognized the contributions of Brookhaven Lab chemists Radoslav Adzic and Jan Hrbek to electrocatalysis and catalysis.

    Argonne scientist elected as SAE Fellow

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    Scientist Michael Wang from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory was recently inducted as a Fellow of the professional engineering organization SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). The organization reserves this prestigious grade of membership for thosewho have made significant contributions to mobility technology and have demonstrated leadership in their field.


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    Measuring the Impossible: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Hydrogen and Helium

    Measuring the Impossible: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Hydrogen and Helium

    The two most abundant elements in the universe, hydrogen and helium, were previously thought to be impossible to measure by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

    New Model Sheds Light on Key Physics of Magnetic Islands that Can Halt Fusion Reactions

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    Early "Fossils" Formed by Tectonics, not Life

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    Scientists discover why solar flares produce X-rays; a few electrons avoid collisions and accelerate to produce a microsecond burst.

    Taking Diamond Qubits for a Spin

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    Too Close for Comfort: Nanoparticles Need Some Space to Transfer Energy

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    Particle crowding interferes with moving energy efficiently along promising molecular chains.

    Atomic Snapshots of Photosynthesis

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    Scientists catch details with atomic resolution, potentially helping design systems to use sunlight and water to produce fuels.

    Chemicals Can Change Their Identity, Thanks to the Liquids Where They Reside

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    Far from being a mere spectator, solvents can play a larger role in chemical reactions, likely including those used in energy storage and biology.

    Controlling Charge Flow by Managing Electron Holes

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