Dec. 8, 2014Vol. 45, Issue 3


Rachel Middleman

Rachel Middleman

Art history professor Rachel Middleman, right, has been selected for a Smithsonian American Art Museum Fellowship, one of the nation’s most distinguished awards in American art. She will spend the spring 2015 semester at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., conducting research for her book project on women and art. Read more about Middleman on CSU, Chico’s news website.


Carolynn Arpin, Chemistry, coauthored “Combined STAT3 and BCR-ABL1 Inhibition Induces Synthetic Lethality in Therapy-Resistant Chronic Myeloid Leukemia,” Leukemia, In Press, 2014.

Leslie Atkins, Science Education and Physics, coauthored the textbook Life Science & Everyday Thinking, a lab-based introductory biology course designed for general education students and future teachers, It’s About Time, 2014.

Geoffrey Baker, English, had a portion of his book, Realism’s Empire: Empiricism and Enchantment in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Ohio State University Press, 2009), Chapter 6, on Anthony Trollope, “Global London and The Way We Live Now,” reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 274, Gale, 2013.

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, coauthored the article “Application of Stable Isotope Forensics for Predicting Region of Origin of Human Remains from Past Wars and Conflicts” for the Annals of Anthropological Practice, Special Volume: “Practicing Forensic Anthropology: A Human Rights Approach to the Global Problem of Missing and Unidentified Persons,” Vol. 38, No. 1, November 2014, and the article “Intra-and Inter-Individual Variation in δ13C and δ15N in Human Dental Calculus and Comparison to Bone Collagen and Apatite Isotopes” for the Journal of Archaeological Science, Vol. 52, November 2014.

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, published “The History of Emerald Mining in Colombia: An Examination of Spanish-Language Sources,” The Extractive Industries and Society, 2014.

Sara Cooper, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, translated The Bleeding Wound/Sangra por la herida by Mirta Yáñez, a novel of postmodern transcendence and a painful recuperation of memory that reveals the reality of Cuba—in the heyday of the revolution and today. She was also editor-in-chief for the following books from Cubanabooks in fall 2014: Address in Havana/Domicilio habanero by María Elena Llana/translated by Barbara Riess; Homing Instincts/Querencias by Nancy Morejón/translated by Pamela Carmell; Always Rebellious/ Cimarroneando by Georgina Herrera/coordinated by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook; and Memory of Silence/Memoria del silencio by Uva De Aragón/translated By Jeffrey C. Barnett.

Gregory Cootsona, Comparative Religion and Humanities, published the article “C.S. Lewis and the Crises of Belief” in the Wall Street Journal. He published a book, C.S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian, Westminster John Knox Press, in September 2014.

Teresa Cotner and Masami Toku, Art and Art History, coauthored Art, Teaching and Learning, Kendall Hunt, 2014.

Bryan Dixon, Computer Science, coauthored the paper “Time and Location Power Based Malicious Code Detection Techniques for Smartphones,” Network Computing and Applications (NCA) 2014 IEEE 13th International Symposium, Aug. 21, 2014.

Dean Fairbanks, Geography and Planning, published the textbook Discovering Physical Geography: Our Global Environment, First Edition, Kendall-Hunt Publishers, 2014.

Jean Gallagher, Art and Art History, had a video installation titled Pour shown Sept. 13–Dec. 12, 2014, at the Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the If Wine Were Sublime exhibition. Pour is a conceptual investigation of stain or pour paintings (a major movement in the 1950s whose focus was showcased by artists such as Morris Louis or Helen Frankenthaler) and the idea of wine as a pouring medium based on the types of grapes grown in the Napa and Central Valleys. The piece was originally created for the Mondavi Center in Napa.

Timothy Heinze and Casey Donoho, Finance and Marketing, coauthored “Making Marketers Ethical:Background Variables for Sales Training,” International Journal of Marketing Studies, Vol. 6, No. 5.

Nik Janos, Sociology, coauthored “Gentrification and Justice in the Green City,” Cities and Global Governance Series, London, UK, Routledge, and “Greening the Industrial City: Equity, Environment, and Economic Growth in Seattle and Chicago,” International Environmental Agreements.

Keith Johnson, Anthropology, coauthored the article "Culinary Processing of Jackrabbits at Antelope Cave, Arizona," The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History, Vol. 79, No. 3.

Gayle Kimball, Sociology, published the article “Why Recent Global Uprisings Are Led by Youth,” Heathwood Press, August 2014. This article addresses youth demography, why ageist scholars ignore youth activism, and asks why youth were able to mobilize large masses of contentious direct actions. More input from youth is found in Kimball’s trilogy of books in progress on global youth activism, the global girl revolution, and global youth culture. The author invites readers to critique chapters of interest via email at

Jessika Lawrence, Communication Sciences and Disorders, authored the article “Embedding a Speech Sound Intervention Into Shared Story Book Readings,” Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Vol. 41.

Teresa Lloro-Bidart, Science Education, authored “Reassembling the ‘Environment’: Science, Affect, and Multispecies Educative Practice at the Aquarium of the Pacific,” Environmental Education Research, Sept. 29, 2014. She also coauthored “Whither Collaboration? The Capacity and Will to Integrate Professional Services to Close Reciprocal Gaps in Health and Education,” Professional Responsibility: The Fundamental Issue in Education and Health Care Reform, Springer Publishing Company.

Donald Miller, Biological Sciences, coauthored “High Mean Relatedness Among Communally-Galling Tamalia Aphids Revealed by AFLP Analysis,” Insectes Sociaux, Vol. 61, and “Interception of an Eastern North American Scorpionfly (Mecoptera: Panorpidae) Captured in California,” Pan-Pacific Entomologist, Vol. 90.

Michael Perelman, Economics, authored "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.

Matt Simkins, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, published the paper “Stroke-Induced Synergistic Phase Shifting and Its Possible Implications for Recovery Mechanisms,” Experimental Brain Research, Vol. 232, No. 11.

Bob Sprague, Management, published “Organizational Dissent and Servant-Leadership,” The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, Vol. 8/9, No. 1.

Ela Thurgood, English, published a review of Alan Yu's A Natural History of Infixation in Word.

Daniel Veidlinger, Religious Studies, coedited Buddhism, the Internet and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus, a “collective interdisciplinary exploration of the existence and nature of Buddhism in the digital and highly networked era we live in.” This is the first book in the new Routledge Studies in Religion and Digital Culture series, published in November 2014.

David Welton, First-Year Experience Program, published “Why your tripod is your most important purchase,” November 2014; “Libex ALLEX S kit tripod/slider system,” November 2014; “The formula for screenwriting success,” September 2014; and “Western Digital My Cloud EX2,” September 2014, in Videomaker.

Dana Williams, Sociology, coauthored the book Anarchy & Society: Reflections on Anarchist Sociology, Haymarket Press, 2014, with Jeff Shantz.

Awards and Activities

Carolynn Arpin, Chemistry, presented “Investigating Grb7 Inhibition by Use of Small Molecules” at the 148th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco in August 2014.

Leslie Atkins, Science Education and Physics, served as the science panelist at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education annual conference. Major Panel: It's Not Elementary: Preparing Elementary School Educators, March 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Geoffrey Baker, English, presented “Classifying Evidence: Detection, Character, and Belief in the Victorian Novel,” at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in London, Ontario, in November 2014 and “Realism and the Problem of Empiricism in Annette von Droste-Hülshoff’s Die Judenbuche” at the German Studies Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in September 2014.

Teresta Llori-Bidart, Science Education, presented “Producing an ‘Anthropology of Education in and for the Anthropocene’” at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Anthropology and the Environment Society, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6, 2014, and “Constructing a Charismatic Megapredator: Co-Teaching with the Shark at the Aquarium of the Pacific” at the All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Conference in Davis, California, on Nov. 17, 2014.

Donald Miller, Biological Sciences, delivered the following submitted presentations: “Evolutionary Ecology of the Social Parasite Tamalia inquilinus (Hemiptera: Aphididae) (with Sarah Lawson, Heather Estby, and Patrick Abbot), Entomological Society of America 62nd Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, and “C.A. Ecological Succession As Evidenced by Colonization of Arctostaphylos Host Plants by Tamalia Galling Aphids” (with Colleen Hatfield), Ecological Society of America 99th Annual Meeting, Sacramento.

Ryan Patten, Political Science, presented the findings of his recent book, Hunting for “Dirtbags”: Why Cops Over-Police the Poor and Racial Minorities, at a faculty colloquium on Nov. 18, 2014, hosted by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The book was published by Northeastern University Press in Boston in July 2013.

Michael Perelman, Economics, presented “The Anarchy of Globalization: Local and Global, Intended and Unintended Consequences" at Artvin University in Hopa, Turkey on Oct. 15, 2014; "Financial Parasitism” and "Radical Perspectives on Intellectual Property” at the Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, on May 31, 2014; and "Primitive Accumulation: From Adam Smith to Angela Merkel" and “Transition, Austerity and Primitive Accumulation" at UC Santa Cruz on March 6, 2014.

Anne Stephens, Science Education, was recognized by the California Institute for Biodiversity as the 2014 Nonprofit Leader of the Year for her support of environmental education in California. She accepted the award at the Institute's annual gala in Oakland on Sept. 27, 2014. She also presented a paper, “Creating Hybrid Space to Develop Environmental Literacy in Secondary Students,” at the North American Association for Environmental Education Research Symposium in Ottawa, Ontario, on Oct. 8, 2014.


Carolynn Arpin, Chemistry, received a $179,000 RUI grant from the National Science Foundation for “Novel SRN1/SNAr Domino Reaction Builds Molecules of Therapeutic Interest” in 2014. She also received a $350,000 AREA R15 grant for "Generation and Utilization of Dimeric GRB2 Antagonists to Treat Myeloid Leukemia" from the National Institute of Health in 2014. In addition, she received a faculty development grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for “Novel Synthetic Reaction Builds Molecules of Therapeutic Interest,” funded for .02 release time.

The Northern California Arts Project, directed by Teresa Cotner, Art and Art History, received continued funding grants from No Child Left Behind ($30,000) and from the California Subject Matter Project ($25,000), funding for July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

CSU Chico’s proposal for the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grant was one of only 24 proposals funded nationwide. The PRISMS Project (Promoting Rural Improvement in Secondary Mathematics and Science) received approximately $6.5 million over five years. The project includes two programs, Residency in Secondary Education, housed in the School of Education, and Next Generation Mathematics Teachers, housed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The primary purposes of these programs are to increase the pool of well-qualified teachers in mathematics, science, English, and special education for our rural schools; to support prospective and in-service teachers in effectively implementing the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards; to promote improvement and equity in student achievement, particularly in math and science; to increase the number and diversity of college-bound students in the region; and to promote greater interest among those students in pursuing STEM-related majors. The PRISMS Project is a comprehensive partnership involving several colleges of the university, Butte College, and three rural K–12 school districts. Maggie Payne, Education, is the PRISMS project director.

Jean Schuldberg, Social Work, was awarded a three-year Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals grant totaling $312,183 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant’s purpose is to increase the number of trained professional social workers in the behavioral health workforce who are versed in integrated health care to address the needs of Transitional Age Youth at risk for developing or having developed a recognized a behavioral health disorder.

Achievements is a standing feature celebrating recent accomplishments of CSU, Chico faculty and staff. Send submissions for the next edition by Jan. 30 to

Kacey Gardner, Public Affairs and Publications



Art history professor Rachel Middleman has been selected for a Smithsonian art fellowship in Washington, D.C. Read more.

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