December 6, 2012Vol. 43, Issue 3

Achievements

Jay Fuller, Library Building Management and Student Personnel, published Shadows in Winter (Cool Waters Press, 2012). The book is about Ahto Twickanen, a young man struggling to find his place in a world split between the traditions of his Sami/Finnish ancestors and the realities of modern American culture. An excerpt of Fuller’s book was featured in the December 2012 issue of Empirical Magazine.

Publications

Melissa Groves, Child Development, co-authored “Child Development Laboratory Schools as Generators of Knowledge in Early Childhood Education: Models and Approaches,” Early Education and Development, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2012.

Ela Thurgood, English, wrote "Tonal Variations in Identical and Conflicting Contexts: A Case Study of Anong Disyllabic Utterances," Speech and Language Technology, Vol. 12, 2011.

Awards and Activities

William Dantona, Center for Regional and Continuing Education, was named president-elect of the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

Joe Picard, Center for Regional and Continuing Education, has administered more than $945,000 in international advertising campaigns through the Google Grants Program. October 2012 marked the fifth consecutive year of Google Foundation support.

Clare Roby, Center for Regional and Continuing Education, was recently appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Continuing Education, a refereed journal of the Association of Continuing Higher Education.

Natalya Shkoda, Music, presented a solo master class for piano majors at CSU, Sacramento in November 2012.  She has also been an invited adjudicator for the Young Performer's Piano Competition at the 35th Festival of New American Music in Sacramento.

Grants

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, was awarded $50,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund the Innovation Corps Program, which will explore avenues for profitable distribution of anthropological documentary films through the creation of ALVA Studios, a film production company.

Michelle Cepello, Education, and Lynne Bercaw, Education, received $354,415 from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the Northeastern California Preparation & Retention of Indian Educators project.

Daniel Dewayne, University Public Events, received $3,333 from the City of Chico to fund the University Student Field Trip Series 2012–2013.

Joseph Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, received $14,000 from i2i, Inc. for biobased plastic bio-polymers additive developments.

Colleen Hatfield, Biological Sciences, received $35,042 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rectify the Sacramento River and California Bank Swallow Colony Inventory Database.

Keith Herritt, Music, received $2,583 from the City of Chico to fund the North State Symphony Annual Youth Concert 2012.

Beverly Marcum, Biological Sciences, received $18,363 from the UC Regents Office of the President to fund the Inland Northern California Science Project.

Antoinette Martinez, Anthropology, and Amy Huberland, Anthropology, received $9,000 from the California Department of Parks and Recreation for a project that will gather, manage, and provide access to statewide inventory of historical resources; provide guidance in the use and interpretation of historical resources information; and provide broad public education in support of cultural heritage preservation.

Katherine Milo, Journalism, will receive a total of $1.2 million over the next three years from the California Department of Social Services to provide CalWORKS Family Planning Services information, including client appointment calendars, a list of family planning service providers, and other materials involving family planning, reproductive health, and personal responsibility.

Maria Moreno, Education, received $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the Upward Bound STEM 2012–2013.

James Pushnik, Biological Sciences, Rachel Teasdale, Geological and Environmental Sciences, and Brandi Aranguren, Center for Math and Science Education, received $30,980 from the California Department of Education to fund the Environmental Education Coordinator Program.

Nick Repanich, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, and Jason Coates, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, received $163, 421 from the Lawrence Livermore National Lab to develop a small remote-controlled video surveillance vehicle that can be stored in a backpack and deployed in the field.

Jennifer Rotnem, Center for Water and the Environment, Tag Engstrom, Biological Sciences, and Dan Pickard, Center for Water and Environment, received $113,000 from the U.S. Forest Service to fund a project that will collect, preserve, and identify aquatic macroinvertebrate samples from 12 stream and river reaches and four lakes on U.S. Forest Service land.

Jason Schwenkler, Geographical Information Center, will receive a total of $190,800 over the next two years from the California Department of Water Resources to fund the Delta Levees Program that will include habitat assessments and methodologies and improvements to levee anatomy datasets in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta levee.

Emilyn Sheffield, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, received $20,000 from the National Park Service to fund Phase 1 of a multiphase effort to investigate and analyze demographics data related to transportation in the National Park Service.

Mike Spiess, Agriculture, received $17,500 from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo to improve the management of agricultural irrigation canal deliveries in the Glenn-Colusa irrigation district.

Juni Banerjee-Stevens, Counseling and Wellness Center, is the project manager for a $250,000 grant from California Mental Health Services Administration to develop and bolster programs on campus that prevent suicide, reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and train gatekeepers to intervene when they come into contact with a student in distress.

Cindy Wolff, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, and Michele Buran, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, received $59,078 from the California Health Collaborative to provide physical activity trainings to the region’s community health leaders and county health departments to ensure safe, high-quality, and appropriate physical activity integration into festivals, farmers markets, retail food demonstration interventions, and other activities.

Cindy Wolff, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, and Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Science, received $50,000 from the Public Health Institute to fund Nourish 2012.

In the News

Chico State Athletics was mentioned on the Nov. 29 Daily Madden podcast. Former Oakland Raiders Coach John Madden talked about the legendary George Maderos and Chris "Wondo" Wondolowski, as well as other former Wildcat athletes who have made it to the professional sporting ranks.