Nov. 3, 2011Vol. 42, Issue 2


James Karman, professor emeritus, English and Religious Studies, edited The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers: Volume 2, 1931–1939 (Stanford University Press, 2011).

Steve Lewis, History and International Studies, published “Modernizing Message, Mystical Messenger: The Teatro Petul in the Chiapas Highlands, 1954–1974,” about didactic puppet theatre to promote development programs in indigenous communities, in The Americas, Vol. 67, No. 3, February 2011. He published “Una victoria pírrica en el México posrevolucionario: los finqueros alemanes, las escuelas Artículo 123 y la formación del Estado en la costa de Chiapas, 1934-42,” about radical schooling on coffee plantations in Chiapas in the 1930s, in Anuario de Estudios Americanos, Vol. 67, No. 2, July–­December 2010.

Kristen Mahlis, Multicultural and Gender Studies, published “Signifying Toussaint: Wordsworth and Martineau” in European Romantic Review, June 2011. She co-authored “A ‘Conceptual Alliance’: ‘Interculturation’ in Robert Burns and Kamau Brathwaite” in the edited anthology Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2011).

Scott McNall, Sociology, former director of the Institute for Sustainable Development, and former provost and vice president for academic affairs, was lead editor of the three-volume The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices and Stories of Success (Praeger, 2011).

Don Miller, Biological Sciences, and Randy Senock, Geological and Environmental Sciences, coauthored with J. Lane “Butterflies as Potential Bioindicators of Primary Rain Forest and Oil Palm Plantation Habitats on New Britain, Papua New Guinea,” Pacific Conservation Biology, Vol. 17: 2011.

Michael Perelman, Economics, had “X Efficiency” published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 25, No. 4, fall 2011.

Masami Toku, Art and Art History, had Visual Culture and Literacy: Art Appreciation from Multicultural Perspectives published by Kendall Hunt in 2011.

Awards and Activities

Jon Hooper, Recreation and Parks Management, gave a presentation titled “Verbal Victories: Dealing with Difficult Communication Situations” at the Region 9 conference for the National Association for Interpretation in Roseville on Sept. 24. The presentation was aimed at giving participants tools for dealing with verbal confrontations, and Hooper presented a system that lets a person handle verbal abuse and disapproval in a nondefensive manner.

Larry Kirk, Chemistry and Biochemistry, spent four months, Jan. 28­–May 20, 2011, working for the Environmental Microbiology team in the Environmental Laboratory at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center facility at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He researched the microbiological breakdown of a new explosive called NTO in water and soil. While Kirk was staying in Vicksburg, he experienced a close call with a tornado, one ice storm, and the worst flooding of the Mississippi on record in the city. 

Ralph Huntsinger, professor emeritus, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, taught “Simulation and Application of Discrete Systems” at Beihag University in China Oct. 10, 2011, to Jan. 10, 2012. He is also the co–editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing.


Joel Arthur, Construction Management, and Ramesh Varahamurti, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, received $9,009 from UC Davis for continued development of the wheelrake harvester for harvesting canning olives.

Betsy Boyd, Agriculture, received $54,900 from Peterson Ranch and Vann Brothers for evaluating novel NOW traps in almonds and $10,000 from UC Davis to study the fecundity of navel orangeworm reared from pistachio, walnut, and almond hosts.

Joe Cobery and Tatiana Fassieux, Area Agency on Aging, received $123,465 from the California Department of Aging for a year-long project to provide enhanced outreach and enrollment assistance to eligible Medicare beneficiaries, especially in rural areas, and $3,800 from California Healthcare Advocates to expand the Senior Medicare Patrol.

Joe Cobery and Mary Neumann, Passages, received $1,843,116 from the California Department of Aging to provide various services to seniors in our five-county region through the Area Agency on Aging plan programs and Ombudsman Initiative.

Joe Cobery, Mary Neumann, and Carol Childers, Passages, received $619,090 from Butte County Department of Behavioral Health to reach out to community-dwelling Butte County adults with significant emotional disturbances/mental illnesses.

Roy Crosbie and John Zenor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $100,534 from the Office of Naval Research to perform a detailed evaluation of the underlying mathematical methods needed to support high-speed, real-time distributed multi-rate (HRDM) simulation and their optimum implementation in field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

Dan DeWayne, University Public Events, received $4,500 from the city of Chico for the UPE 2011–2012 student field trip series and $2,000 from California Presenters to partially support two live artistic performances in Laxson Auditorium showcasing music from Mexico.

Kathy Fernandes and Mike Magrey, Academic Technologies, received $19,224 from the California Department of Education for a 2011 infant nutrition online training project and  $10,000 from San Jose State University to host a series of nutritional needs online training courses for approximately 1,600 people responsible for school children.

Gail Hildebrand, Research and Sponsored Programs, received $37,660 from the University of Iowa for the 2011–2012 Camp Adventure program.

David Kagen, Science Education, Jennifer Oloff-Lewis, Education, and Brandi Aranguren, Center for Math and Science Education, received $749,600 from the National Science Foundation for Teaching Excellence in Math and Science Scholars II, 2012–2017.

Peter Kittle, English, received $30,000 from the Thermalito Union School District for the Thermalito Enhancing Education Through Technology Program 2011, providing professional development focused on the use of technology to improve literacy instruction to teachers in the district.

Julie Monet, Science Education, received $48,716 from California Postsecondary Education Community for “Fostering Modeling and Model-based Reasoning in the Science Classroom: A Colloquium to Develop Consensus and Set an Agenda for Research and Instruction.”

Maria Moreno, Upward Bound, received $15,499 from the North Central Counties Consortium for training and supervising Upward Bound students in local worksites.

Sally Parker, Political Science, received $38,526 from Butte County for student assistants to help Butte County Jail inmates with legal research.

Diana Parks, Office of International Education, and Bill Loker, Undergraduate Education, received $352,093 from the U.S. Department of State for a six-week professional development institute for 30 international secondary-school teachers to deepen their understanding of U.S society, education, and culture.

Chela Patterson and Caren Fernandez, Educational Opportunity Program, received $1,277,520 for the Student Support Services program from 2010 to 2015.

Dan Ripke, Center for Economic Development and Planning, received $9,600 from the city of Chico to provide intensive one-on-one business counseling services to five Chico businesses to develop and expand market reach.

Dan Ripke and Don Krysakowski, Center for Economic Development and Planning, received $10,000 in matching funds from CSU, Chico to support the center’s SBA FAST program.

Rich Rosecrance, Agriculture, received $5,000 from Kelp Products, Ltd., to evaluate the efficacy of Kelpak, a fertilizer supplement and plant growth stimulant, when applied on olives to increase fruit and oil production.

Jason Schwenkler, Geographic Information Center, received a total of $510,000 from the California Department of Conservation for “Development of Fine-Scale Vegetation Maps for Undeveloped Areas of the Sacramento Valley.”

Rachel Teasdale, Geological Sciences, received $25,000 for Gateway Science Museum enhancement through student service.

Mike Ward, Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, and Daren Otten, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, received $200,000 from the Alliance for Workforce Development for the launch of the Sustainable Manufacturing Program.

Erik Wasinger, Chemistry, received $91,100 from British Petroleum to do experiments on several new molecules to determine the unique electronic properties that make them viable as catalytic materials.

Cindy Wolff, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, will receive a total of $7,348,181 from the California Department of Health Services for the Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium 2011–­2013.

In the News

Joseph Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, was quoted in “A Plastic Sack Standoff in the Checkout Aisle” in The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 26, 2011.

Michael Perelman, Economics, was featured on Equal Time For Freethought, WBAI New York, Sept. 3, 2011, and interviewed by Unghyun Ahn on 1013 Main Street, eFM 101.3MHz, Seoul, South Korea, July 4, 2011.