Sept. 8, 2014Vol. 45, Issue 1


Retired faculty and staff were honored at a brunch at the Warrens Center Aug. 14. From left, retirees Zoe Race, Margie Wilson, Rocky Raquel, Terrie Mays, and Leonard Bahland, flanked by President Paul Zingg and Vice President for Student Affairs Drew Calandrella, were among those honored.


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Pilar Alvarez-Rubio, Spanish, authored “Tendencias actuales de la literatura chilena” or “Current Trends in Chilean Literature,” Handbook of Latin American Studies, Vol. 68, September 2013; “THE Conversation America Must Have,” ChicoSol, Sept. 6, 2013, and Dilemas, Aug. 26, 2013; and “How I Came to Know Old Pete, and the Difference Between the US and the Chilean New Song,” translation from Spanish, LATINOPEN, Feb. 3, 2014. 

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, coauthored a chapter titled “Application of X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) for Sorting Commingled Human Remains” for the book Commingled Human Remains: Methods in Recovery, Analysis, and Identification, 2014 (with Kevin Dalton and Alexandra Perrone, CSU, Chico), and the articles “Comparison of Transmission FTIR, ATR, and DRIFT Spectra: Implications for Assessment of Bone Bioapatite Diagenesis,” Journal of Archaeological Science, June 2014 (with Randy Miller, CSU, Chico) and “Sexual Dimorphism in Finger Breadth Measurements: A Tool for Sex Estimation from Fingerprints” (with Turhon Murad, CSU, Chico), Journal of Forensic Sciences, July 2014.

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, authored “The History of Emerald Mining in Colombia: A Review of Spanish-Language Sources,” The Extractive Industries and Society, 2014, and “The Fetish and the Stone: A Moral Economy of Charlatans and Thieves,” Spirited Things: The Work of Possession in Black Atlantic Religions, 2014.

Nancy Carter and Neil Schwertman, Mathematics and Statistics, along with student Nathan Felton, published the paper “A Classroom Investigation of the Effect of Population Size and Income on Success in the London 2012 Olympics,” Journal of Statistics Education, Vol. 22, No. 2.

Jason Clower, Comparative Religion and Humanities, published the chapter “Chinese Resseniment and Why New Confucians Stopped Caring about Yogacara” in the book Transforming Consciousness: Yogacara Thought in Modern China.

Michael Coyle, Political Science, published two papers: “Expanding Deviance Toward Difference: A Linguistic Approach” and “How Prisons Became Dystopias of Color and Poverty: Prison Abolition Lessons From the War on Drugs.”

Tom Fahey, Kinesiology, coauthored “Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Obesity Epidemic: Issues, Policies, and Solutions (1960-present) in Oliver, TR,” The Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy, 2014, and “Sport and Exercise Physiology: Performance-Enhancing Substances – Anabolic Steroids” in Sports Science and Physical Education, Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.

Joe Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, published the chapter “Biodegradation Standards for Starch-Based and Other Polymeric Materials” in Starch Polymers: From Genetic Engineering to Green Applications, May 27, 2014; the book Sustainable Plastics: Environmental Assessments of Biobased, Biodegradable, and Recycled Plastics, July 2014; and the article “PHA Biodegradable Blow-Molded Bottles: Compounding and Performance,” Plastics Engineering, January 2013.

Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Sciences, coauthored “Cooking Up Diversity: Impact of a Multi-Component, Multi-Cultural, Experiential Intervention on Food and Cooking Behaviors Among K-2 Students From Low-Income Ethnically Diverse Families,” Appetite, September 2014, and “Correlations Between Children’s Exposure to Ethnic Produce and Their Healthy Dietary Behaviors,” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, May 2014.

Don Hankins, Geography and Planning, coauthored “The Retention, Revival, and Subjugation of Indigenous Fire Knowledge Through Agency Fire Fighting in Eastern Australia and California” in Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, July 2014.

Shelley Hart, Child Development, published “Achieving Depression Literacy: The Adolescent Depression Knowledge Questionnaire (ADKQ),” School Mental Health, Vol. 6, 2014, and “DSM-5 and School Psychology: Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder,” The Communique, Vol. 43.

Dave Hibbard, Psychology, coauthored “Exploring the Development of Perfectionism: The Influence of Parenting Style and Gender,” Social Behavior and Personality: An International Journal, Vol. 42, and “The Influence of Authoritarian and Authoritative Parenting on Children’s Academic Achievement Motivation: A Comparison Between the United States and Japan,” North American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 16.

Kevin Klipfel, Meriam Library, authored the articles “Authentic Engagement: Assessing the Effects of Authenticity on Student Engagement and Information Literacy in Academic Library Instruction,” Reference Services Review, Vol. 42, No. 2, and “Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation,” Ethos Review, Aug. 19, 2014 (this piece was subsequently featured in write-ups in the American Library Association’s publication American Libraries Direct and also featured on LIS News). He also coauthored “Education Training for Instruction Librarians: A Shared Perspective,” Communications in Information Literacy, Vol. 8, No. 1.

Mike Kotar, Education, and Julie Monet, Science Education, coauthored “Teacher-Driven Professional Development Through the Lens of Participant Action Research,” XChange, 2014. 

Kristen Mahlis, Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, authored "Secret Histories Revealed: The Journal of Joseph Elisée Pèyre-Ferry,” International Journal of Francophone Studies, July 2014.

Joel Minden, Kinesiology, published the article “Optimizing Activity-Based Fat Loss for Aesthetic Athletes: Interval or Steady-State Training?,” Alan Aragon’s Research Review, May 2014, and “The Competitive Edge: Resistance Training for Ballroom Dancers,” American Dancer

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, published Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript, Tempe: ACMRS/Brepols, coauthored with Susan M. Kim. This book was awarded a Millard Meiss Publication Grant from the College Art Association. He also guest-edited the “Mapping” issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture, with Dan Terkla, Vol. IV, No. I.

Michael Perelman, Economics, published “The Power of Economics vs. The Economics of Power,” World Review of Political Economy, Vol. 5, No. 3, and “The Political Economy of Intellectual Property,” Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 28, No. 1.

Sarah Pike, Comparative Religion and Humanities, published the article “Radical Animal Rights and Environmental Activism as Rites of Passage” in The Denial of Ritual, a special issue of the Journal of Ritual Studies, Vol. 27, No. 1. 

Susan Roll, Social Work, coauthored the article “Financially Vulnerable Families and the Child Care Cliff Effect,” Journal of Poverty, Vol. 18, No. 2. She was also quoted in the article “The Benefits Cliff: When Minimum Wage Increases Backfire on the People in Need” by Jana Kasperkevic in The Guardian, July 20, 2014.

Dennis Rothermel, Philosophy, coedited the collection of essays A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. The collection includes Rothermel’s essay “The Tones of Judgment in Local Evening News” and the essay he coauthored with Silke Panse, “Judgment Between Ethics and Aesthetics: An Introduction.” 

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, published the book Phylogeography of California in August 2014. 

Ann Schulte, Education, published the article “The Preparation of Mentors Who Support Novice Teacher Researchers” in Networks, Vol. 16, No. 1. 

Marc Siegall, Management, published the article “To Get the Right Answers You First Have to Ask The Right Questions: Improving College Students’ Prospects for Success,” B>Quest, 2014.

Matt Simkins, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, was the lead author of “Stroke‐Induced Synergistic Phase Shifting and Its Possible Implications for Recovery Mechanisms,” Journal of Experimental Brain Research, July 2014. 

Chris Souder, Construction Management, published the textbook Temporary Structure Design, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2014.

Ela Thurgood, English, published “The Acoustic Realization of Long Diphthongs of Hainan Cham” in Speech and Language Technology, Vol. 14/15.

Tony Waters, Sociology, published “Of Looking Glasses, Mirror Neurons, and Meaning,” Perspectives in Science, Vol. 22, No. 4, and “Suicide Among the Mla Bri Hunter-Gatherers of Thailand,” Journal of the Siam Society, Vol. 101.

Awards and Activities

Pilar Alvarez-Rubio, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, participated in a panel discussion, with Dr. Stacey Shafer, on the installation “Geographies of the Imagination.” She also presented “The Other 9/11” at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, CSU, Chico, Sept. 11, 2013, and introduced and led a discussion of the film Missing at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology at CSU, Chico on Sept. 21, 2013.

Rebecca Berner, Academic Advising Programs, shared her dissertation “Transfer Shock and the Experience of Transfer Students Transitioning to California State University, Chico: An Exploratory Study” at Sacramento State’s Outstanding Dissertation Showcase Panel for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program on April 14, 2014.

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, presented “Austerity, Luxury, Salvation, and the Indian Emerald Trade” at the conference "The Bodily and Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation,” University College London, June 17, 2014, and “Treated Emeralds and Silicon Breasts: Nature, Sex and Sovereignty in the Colombian Emerald Trade” at the American Ethnological Society Meetings, Boston, April 11, 2014.

Cyndi Daley, Agriculture, was awarded the Organic Pioneer Award from the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach for 60 years. She will travel to Kurztown, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 13, 2014, to receive the award and to visit with the Board of Directors. 

Joe Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, presented “Sustainable Plastics: Life Cycle Assessment of Biobased and Recycled Plastics” at the Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC conference in April 2014.

Bruce Grelle, Comparative Religion and Humanities, presented the paper “Cultivating a Sense of Self-As-Citizen: Making the Academic Study of Religion Relevant to Students’ Lives” at the biannual meeting of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values held at York St. John University, York, England, July 31, 2014.

Cathrine Himberg, Kinesiology, and John Roussell, Communication Design, released a documentary titled No Excuses! on Aug. 22, at

Eric Houk, Center for Water and the Environment, presented “The Economic Impacts of Short-Term Land Fallowing for Water Transfers in Northern California,” Western Economic Association International Meeting, Denver, Colorado, June 27–July 1, 2014, and “Groundwater Substitution Transfers: Modeling the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Groundwater Pumping Cost Externalities,” Western Agricultural Economics Association Meeting, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 22–24, 2014.

Christopher Ivey, Biological Sciences, presented “A Test for Associations Between Outcrossing Rate and Photosynthetic Rate Within Populations of Two Mixed-Mating Clarkia” at the 99th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America held Aug. 10–15 in Sacramento. 

Zachary Justus, Communication Arts and Sciences, was selected by President Paul Zingg as CSU, Chico’s Rotary Educator of the Year for 2014. Each year the Chico Rotary recognizes an outstanding educator from CSU, Chico; Butte College; and the Chico Unified School District for excellence in teaching, a strong commitment to community service, and outstanding achievement in the educator’s discipline.

Kevin Klipfel, Meriam Library, co-presented “How Do Our Students Learn: A Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction,” webinar, EasyBib Professional Development Series (invited), July 10, 2014; “How Do Our Students Learn?: A Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction,” LOEX 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 8–10, 2014; and “Communicating the Value of Information Literacy Instruction,” webinar, EasyBib Professional Development Series, April 9, 2014.

Ted Kromer and Reka Anna Lassu, Management, as well as alumna Rachelle Holloway took a group of 19 College of Business students on a leadership development journey to Spain, Italy, and Hungary in June 2014 through their private venture Expeditions to Planet Earth.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, was interviewed about her book Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships on the radio show Books of Excellence with Bonnie Kaye on Aug. 24, 2014. She also was a featured speaker at Move Forward Inc.’s Cult Awareness Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Aug. 15, 2014.

Kristen Mahlis, Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, presented “The Poetics of Revolution: Edouard Glissant's Monsieur Toussaint” at the annual conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, held in Mérida, Mexico, in May 2014.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, received the International Center of Medieval Art and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation Research Award, the American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Research Grant, and the HFA International Fellows Award, all for “Cartographies of Exclusion: Mapping Jews in the Middle Ages” in 2014.

Jim Morgan, Management, represented Division II on the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports for six years as the faculty athletics representative from Chico State to the NCAA.

Richard Nirard, Health and Community Services, received the 2014 President and Regent’s Award from the Northern California chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives for exemplary service. He has been on the Board of Directors for about 10 years and just finished a 3.5-year term as treasurer.

Michael Perelman, Economics, presented “Financial Parasitism. Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice” and “Radical Perspectives on Intellectual Property” a the Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, May 31, 2014.

Char Prieto, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, presented the paper “Say It Correctly!: Don Quixote in America and the Spanish Speakers in the USA United in Diversity” at the International Congress of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language held at the Washington, D.C., Library of Congress on June 6, 2014.

Clare Roby, Regional and Continuing Education, was elected by members of the Association for Continuing Higher Education to serve as 2014–2015 vice president. Roby will serve four years in Executive Committee positions, including president in 2016–2017, and culminating as immediate past president.

Susan Roll, Social Work, presented “Outcome Soup: Navigating the Potential for Psychosocial Growth From a Poverty Simulation” at the Academy of Leisure Sciences Teaching Institute in Pacific Grove in February 2014; “Effects of Work Environments, Income, and Family Life on Life Satisfaction” at the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, November 2013; “Exploring Empathy As a Critical Link Between Short Engaged Learning Activities and Overall Service Learning Experiences Among College Students” at the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, November 2013; and “The Child Care Cliff Effect: Findings from the Research” webinar, Voices for Children, Nebraska, Feb. 13, 2014.

Ann Schulte, Education, was named a member of the International Editorial Consultancy Board of the Australian and International Journal of Rural Education. She also just returned from a yearlong sabbatical in Warrnambool, Australia, where she was a visiting professor at Deakin University studying rural teacher education.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, presented a master class for undergraduate and graduate piano students at CSU, Sacramento on Feb. 21, 2014, and performed a guest solo recital featuring Viktor Kosenko's piano music at Sacramento State University's Bravo Piano Concert Series on March 15, 2014. She also organized and directed the 16th statewide Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance Competition at CSU, Chico on April 5, 2014. Her recital “88 Keys at Chico State” took place April 26, 2014.

Baohui Song, Agriculture, presented “Research and Professional Publications,” “Teaching Jobs in the US Universities,” “Agricultural Marketing,” “Agricultural International Trade,” and “New Development in Agricultural Marketing” at The Business College, Inner Mongolia University of Finance and Economics, June 3–4, 2014. She also taught the graduate-level course Intermediate Microeconomics, The College of Economics and Administration, Shenyang Agricultural University, June 9–20, 2014, and was committee chair for the Master’s Student Thesis Defense Committee, where she participated in the oral defense for 12 master’s students in agricultural economics at the College of Economics and Administration, Shenyang Agricultural University, June 2014.

Robert Tinkler, History, was selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on “Finding Mississippi in the National Civil Rights Narrative: Struggle, Institution Building, and Power at the Local Level,” cosponsored by the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, June 8–27.

Josh Trout, Kinesiology, presented “Movement Analysis Software/Apps in Physical Activity/Education Classes” at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2014.

Greg Watkins and Nick Repanich, Mechanical Engineering, presented their paper and poster “A Straightforward Method of Project Definition for Capstone Design Projects” at the 2014 Capstone Design Conference held June 2–4, 2014, at Ohio State University in Columbus. The poster was awarded Best Poster at the conference.


DingXin Cheng, California Pavement Preservation Center, received $1,500,000 for the next three years from California Department of Transportation for innovative pavement preservation technologies, technical support, training, and education.

DingXin Cheng, California Pavement Preservation Center, received $200,000 from California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for using Tire Derived Aggregates in civil engineering applications and testing on Rubberized Asphalt Concrete. 

Greg Cootsona, Religious Studies and Humanities, is directing a $170,000, one-year planning grant from the John Templeton Foundation to analyze the attitudes of young adults (18–30 years old) on faith and science.

Erik Houk, Center for Water and the Environment, is the principal investigator and project director for “Integrating Economics and Engineering to Develop a Competitive Federal Grant Proposal for Evaluating Sustainable Groundwater Management,” which received the Water Resources and Policy Initiatives Faculty Research Incentive Award for $5,067 in 2014.

Rebeca Lytle, Kinesiology, received a $15,000 donation from Cleanrite/Buildrite for her summer autism support program.

Susan Roll, Social Work, received $10,000 for exploring the development of empathy through a poverty simulation in a social justice pathway from the American Association of Colleges and Universities: Bringing Theory to Practice Project for 2013–2014.

—Compiled by Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications



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