April 6, 2015Vol. 45, Issue 4


Heather Altfeld

Heather Altfeld

Heather Altfeld, English and Honors Program, received the inaugural Poets at Work Book Prize for her first poetry collection, The Disappearing Theatre. The international poetry contest was judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn. The award includes publication of her book this spring by Poets at Work Press and award monies.


Damon Aiken and Timothy Heinze, Finance and Marketing, and Matthew Meuter and Ken Chapman, Business, published the abstract for their paper “Collaborative Course Development: A New Model for Improved Student Outcomes.”

Leslie Atkins, Science Education and Physics, coauthored the chapter “Engaging Future Teachers in Having Wonderful Ideas” in Effective Practices in Preservice Physics Teacher Education, American Physical Society, 2015. 

Janell Bauer, Journalism and Public Relations, coauthored the article/chapter “Interrogating Meanings of Work in Children’s Literature” for the journal Communication Teacher, Vol. 29, No. 2, January 2015. She also coauthored the essay “(Making a) Difference in the Organizational Communication Undergraduate Course” which was accepted for publishing by the journal Management Communication Quarterly, and authored the essay “Navigating the Complexities of Grief” for the January 2015 issue of Communication Director

Craig Buschner, Kinesiology, and David Daum (BA Kinesiology ’06; MA Kinesiology ’08) published a book chapter entitled “Research on Teaching Blended and Online Physical Education” in the Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended through ETC Press.

Kenny Chan, Finance and Marketing, published “Exploring the Antecedents and Consequences of Míng Pái Kòng (Brand-Name Fanaticism) among China’s Generation Y” in Journal of Global Marketing, 28 (April-June): 67-82. The article was co-authored with Xia Wang of Renmin Univeristy, China, and the project was supported by a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Ken Chapman and Matthew Meuter, Business, published the abstract to their paper “From Bad Apples to Sour Grapes: The Influences of Bad Apples on Group Dynamics and Outcomes. 

Bob Cottrell, History, published the book Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Rise of America’s 1960s Counterculture with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2015.

Sergei Fomin, Mathematics, recently coauthored “Linear Long Wave Propagation over Discontinuous Submerged Shallow Water Topography” for Applied Mathematics and Computation, Vol. 252, with mathematics major Ravi Shankar and phsycis major Tucker Hartland; and “Influence of Underwater Barriers on the Distribution of Tsunami Waves” for the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, Vol. 119, Issue 11, with Shankar.

Georgia Fox, Anthropology, published a book, The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco, through the University Press of Florida, January 2015.

Liahna Gordon, Sociology, published Real Research: Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use with Sage Publications, March 2015. She also coauthored with Tony Silva (BA Sociology, ’12) the essay “Inhabiting the Sexual Landscape: Toward an Interpretive Theory of the Development of Sexual Orientation and Identity,” for the Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 62, Issue 4.

John Eckalbar, Economics, published with his son, Walter Eckalbar, the article "Dynamics of an SIR Model with Vaccination Dependent on Past Prevalence with High-Order Distributed Delay” in the journal BioSystems, Vol. 129, March 2015.

Ron Hirschbein, Philosophy (emeritus), published The United States and Terrorism: An Ironic Perspective, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, April 2015.

Yan Huang, Health and Community Services, published “Alcohol Consumption Among Asian Americans in the U.S.: A Systematic Review” in the Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, Vol. 3, No. 6.

George Keithley, English (emeritus), published a novel, Ring of Fire, with Plain View Press, Feb. 5, 2015. Additionally, his poem, “Snowmelt in a Clearing,” was published in Miramar, the poetry journal based in Santa Barbara, California. 

JaNae McLaughlin, Kevin Patton and Craig Buschner, Kinesiology, published the abstract to their paper “Parental Influences on Children’s Physical Activity Behaviors.” 

Steffen Mehl, Civil Engineering, along with master’s student and lecturer Jeffrey Davids, Civil Engineering, authored the article "Sustainable Capture: Concepts for Managing Stream-Aquifer Systems," in the journal Groundwater, 2015. 

Joel Minden, Kinesiology, authored the article “Self-Experimentation for Practical Significance” for the February 2015 edition of Alan Aragon’s Research Review (AARR), as well as the article “Sport Psychology for Competitive Dancers” for the March/April edition of American Dancer magazine.

James Morgan, Management, published the textbook Business Law, 5th ed., with BVT Publishing, 2015, and the article “Crafting Enhanced Rights for the Religious Business Owner: An Examination of the Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby” for Labor Law Journal, Vol. 65, Issue 4. 

Ryan Patten, Jonathan Caudill, and Sarah Messer, Sociology, authored “The Dirty South: Exploratory Research into Game Warden Fatalities in the United States” Critical Perspectives on Green Criminology, 2014, an edited collection from the Internet Journal of Criminology. 

Michael Perelman, Economics, authored a chapter titled "How Economics Bolstered Power by Obscuring It" for the onlinw anthology State of Power 2015, published by The Transnational Institute.

Neil Schwartz, Psychology, coauthored the paper “Hyperaudio Learning for Non-Linear Auditory Knowledge Acquisition” for the journal Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 41, as well as the paper “Differences in Electronic Exchanges in Synchronous and Asynchronous Computer-Mediated Communication: The Effect of Culture as a Mediating Variable” for the journal Interactive Learning Environments, October 2014. 

Robert Shapiro, Geological and Environmental Sciences, coauthored the article “Hematite-Coated Microfossils: Primary Ecological Fingerprint or Taphonomic Oddity of the Paleoproterozoic,” for the journal Geobiology, Feb. 2, 2015.

Chris Souder, Construction Management, and Jon Re-Kiewit coauthored “Benefits of an Electronic Plan Table in Design-build Construction,” for the 51st Associated Schools of Construction Annual International Conference in College Station, Texas, April 2015. Souder also authored “Determining the Most Economical Formwork System, A Contractor’s Perspectivefor the Construction in the 21st Century Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, May 2015.

Chris Souder and Rich Holman, Construction Management, coauthored “What Is the Typical Faculty Demographics for a Construction Management Program in the United States?” for the 51st Associated Schools of Construction Annual International Conference in College Station, Texas, April 2015.

Graham Thurgood and Ela Thurgood, English, published with Li Fengxiang (Frank), the book A Grammatical Sketch of Hainan Cham: History, Contact, and Phonology with Walter de Gruyter Press in Boston.

Tony Waters, Sociology, and Dagmar Waters, Teaching International Languages, published Weber's Rationalism and Modern Society with Palgrave Macmillan, April 2015.

Brunella Windsor, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, published Eredi del Mondo, Pionieri nel Nuovo: Aspetti linguistici e culturali dell'italiano di migrazione in California with Edizioni Accademiche Italiane, November 2014.

Awards and Activities

Damon Aiken, Finance and Marketing, presented the paper “Collaborative Course Development: A New Model for Improved Student Outcomes,” coauthored with Timothy Heinze, Finance and Marketing, and Matthew Meuter and Ken Chapman, Business, at the Academy of Marketing and Science’s 2015 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Leslie Atkins, Science Education and Physics, presented “Crosscutting Concepts and Elementary Teacher Preparation” for a panel on Exemplary Ways to Prepare Elementary School Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge at the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in San Diego in January 2015. She will also be on the American Physical Society’s Inspired Teaching of Physics panel at its meeting on Composing Science: Integrating Scientific Inquiry and Writing Instruction in San Antonio, Texas, in March 2015.

Geoffrey Baker, Comparative and British Literature, presented a paper, "The Exemplary Particulars of Realist Narration: The Case of Die Judenbuche," at the 2015 meeting of the Modern Language Association in Vancouver, B.C., Jan. 7–11, 2015. 

Ken Chapman and Matthew Meuter, Business, presented their paper “From Bad Apples to Sour Grapes: The Influences of Bad Apples on Group Dynamics and Outcomes” at the Marketing Educators’ Association 2014 Conference in Silicon Valley, California.

Todd Greene and Karin Hoover, Geological and Environmental Sciences, conducted a study on the Lower Tuscan Aquifer in the northern Sacramento Valley, in an attempt to better understand what is believed to be a major potential water source for California.

Tim Heinze, Marketing, received the Northern California Business Vanguard Educator of the Year award, which was presented at an award ceremony in late 2014.

Yan Huang, Health and Community Services, was named director and president of the Olu Olu Institute Consortium for Teaching, Research, Learning and Development (ooiCTRLD), and will serve as such from 2015 through 2017.

George Keithley, English (Emeritus), read from his recently published novel, Ring of Fire, at Lyon books in Chico, Feb. 19, 2015. Additionally, his poem “Days and Nights in the Great Basin,” published in the Sewanee Review, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

JaNae McLaughlin, Kinesiology, gave a poster presentation on the paper "Parental Influences on Children's Physical Activity Behaviors" at the 2015 Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America Convention, March 19, 2015, in Seattle, Washington.

Irene Morgan, Nursing, received the Exemplary Online Instruction Award in recognition of her graduate course NURS 650: Instructional Process in Nursing Education, Feb. 1, 2015. The award is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and is based off of the Quality Online Learning and Teaching rubric.

Neil Schwartz, Psychology, will present the papers “The Influence of Text Coherence and Test-Graphic Correspondence on Children’s Comprehension” and “4-STEP:  A Back-Transition-Based Approach to Adapting Experimental Texts” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association April 16-20 in Chicago, Illinois.

Russell Shapiro and Todd Greene, Geological and Environmental Sciences, led the Pacific Section Society for Sedimentary Geology Fall Field Trip titled, “Continental Extension Old and New at the Edge of the Mojave,” Nov. 8­9, 2014. Participants in the field trip looked at geological formations in and around the Silurian Hills and Salt Spring Hills in the northern Mojave Desert.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, had her performances of the piano works by Ukrainian composer Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko (1896–1938) broadcasted both nationally on the WCVE's "Classical Music" in Richmond, Virginia, on Nov. 12, 2014, (Piano Sonata No. 2 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 14) and internationally on the Radio New Zealand’s "Cadenza" on Nov. 26, 2014 (Gigue in D Minor, Op. 19 No.11).

Tal Slemrod and Denise Whitford, Education, presented their paper "Strategies in Educational Technology for Teaching in a Hybrid Environment" at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education in March 2015.

Peter Smits, former interim vice president for University Advancement, was presented with the CASE District VII Tribute Award on March 6 at the district’s biannual conference in Newport Beach. The award recognizes longtime members who have achieved a high level of professional achievement and participate in exceptional mentoring and volunteer activities. Smits, who served for 20 years as vice president for advancement at Fresno State, is a CASE senior fellow and a former member of the district’s board of directors. His appointment at CSU, Chico concluded March 31.

Ela Thurgood, English, presented "The Centrality of Creaky and Other Phonation in Tone Differentiation” at the special session Aspects of Creaky Voice at the 89th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Portland, Oregon, Jan. 215, 2015.

Shannan Troxel, Communication Studies, presented the paper, "On Earth as It Is in Heaven: Intersections of Christian and American Ideology in Democratic and Republican National Convention Prayer," at the Religious Communication Association's annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, November 2014.


David Alexander, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, was awarded a $5,148 grant for the redesign of the course, "Thermodynamics."

David Alexander, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, and Colleen Robb, Management, were awarded a grant that will allow Chico State engineering and business students to compete in the 2016 U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition.  

Keiko Goto and Cindy Wolff, Nutrition and Food Sciences, were awarded a $149,890 grant to fund the project “Foodie U: The Impact of a Pilot Mindful Eating Intervention on Food Behaviors among Children and Families” in March 2015. The project seeks to generate new knowledge of the many possible behavioral factors that contribute to childhood obesity prevention. 

Hadil Mustafa, Electronic and Computer Engineering, was awarded a $9,864 grant for the redesign of the course Digital Design Fundamentals.

Char Prieto, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, received the $3,500 College of HFA International Fellows Award for summer 2015. With a cohort of fellows, she will visit Spain during the summer to scout and organize a study abroad program for a 14-day immersion experience with CSU, Chico students.


—Compiled by Zach Phillips, Public Affairs and Publications 



English professor Heather Altfeld’s first poetry collection was selected for the inaugural Poets at Work Book Prize. Read more.

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