Sept 8, 2015Vol. 46, Issue 1


Wayne Murray

Wayne Murray

Wayne Murray, recently retired evening facilities operations manager for the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC), was presented with the 2014 Staff Safety Award June 18. Murray was recognized for his longstanding dedication to creating and maintaining a safe environment for WREC users, including conducting semiannual building evacuation drills; coordinating emergency response trainings; and adhering to a high standard of safety and sanitation. Murray retired in June after 10 years of service.


Carolynn Arpin, Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-authored the article “STAT3 Pathway Regulates Lung-Derived Brain Metastasis Initiating Cell Capacity Through MIR-21 Activation,” published in the journal Oncotarget.

Gary Bess, School of Social Work, co-authored the publication Circles of Care VI: A Guide to the Needs Assessment Process through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), August 2015.

Victoria Bernhardt, School of Education, authored the book Data, Data Everywhere: Bringing All the Data Together for Continuous School Improvement, published through Routledge, August 2015, as well as the chapter, “Data Analysis,” from the textbook Powerful Designs for Professional Learning, Third Edition. She also co-authored the book Shifting to Common Core Literacy: Reconceptualizing How We Teach and Lead, published through Solution Tree. 

Gary Braun, Accounting, co-authored “Language and Culture in the Interpretation of the IFRS,” published in the journal Dirección Estratégica, Vol. 53, August 2015. The article was also published in Spanish under the name “Idioma y la cultura en la interpretación de los IFRS.”

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, published “Nostalgia for War and the Paradox of Peace in the Colombian Emerald Trade” in the journal The Extractive Industries and Society, May 2015, and “The History of Emerald Mining in Colombia: An Examination of Spanish-Language Sources” in The Extractive Industries and Society, November 2014.

Kevin Buffardi, Computer Science, published "Reconsidering Automated Feedback: A Test-Driven Approach" at the Association for Computing Machinery Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2015.

Kenny Chan, Finance and Marketing, co-authored the study “Exploring the Antecedents and Consequences of Míng Pái Kòng (Brand-Name Fanaticism) Among China’s Generation Y,” published in the Journal of Global Marketing, Vol. 28.

David Dvorin, Music and Theatre, published the book Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro X Advanced Audio Production: Composing and Processing Professional Audio, Fourth Edition through Peachpit Press, July 2015.

Dianna Dwyre, Political Science, and Evelyn Braz (MA, Political Science, ’15) co-authored the article “Super PAC Spending Strategies and Goals” for the journal The Forum, Vol. 13, No. 2.

Simon Goberstein, Mathematics and Statistics, co-authored the paper "Perfect Congruences on Bisimple ω-Semigroups,” with three visiting students and one visiting professor from CSU, Chico’s 2013 summer Research Experiences in Mathematics for Undergraduates and Teachers program. The paper was published in the research journal Semigroup Forum, Vol. 91, No. 1, August 2015.

Keith Johnson, Anthropology (Emeritus), co-authored the article “Prehistoric Puebloan Yucca (Yucca) Quids With Wild Tobacco (Nicotiana) Contents: Molecular and Morphological Evidence From Antelope Cave,” published in the Journal of Field Archaeology,  June 2015.

Patrick Johnson, Psychology, co-authored “Characterizing Use Patterns and Perceptions of Relative Harm in Dual Users of Electronic and Tobacco Cigarettes” for the journal Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology; “Examining Delay Discounting of Condom-Protected Sex Among Men Who Have Sex With Men Using Crowdsourcing Technology” for the journal AIDS and Behavior; and “Delay and Probability Discounting of Sexual and Monetary Outcomes in Individuals with Cocaine Use Disorders and Matched Controls” for the online journal Plos One. He also co-authored the chapter “Novel Drugs of Abuse: Cannabinoids,
Stimulants, and Hallucinogens” for the book The Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse, published through Academic Press.  

James Karman, English; Comparative Religion (Emeritus), published the book Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet, July 2015; and the book The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, With Selected Letters of Una Jeffers: Vol. Three, 1940-1962, August 2015, both with Stanford University Press.

Paul Krause and Paul Guy, Accounting (Emeritus), co-authored the article “A Time-Series Analysis of Using Current and Deferred Income Tax Expense to Forecast Income Tax Payments,” published in the May/June No. of the Journal of Applied Business Research.

Kevin McGown, Mathematics and Statistics, had the paper, “On the S-Euclidean Minimum of an Ideal Class,” accepted for publication in the number theory journal Acta Arithmetica.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, published “Locating the Devil ‘Her’ in MS Junius 11” in the journal Gesta, Vol. 54, No. 1; “Are the Monstrous ‘Races’ Races?” in the journal postmedieval, Vol. 6, No. 1; and “Of Wood and Bone: Crafting Living Things” in the journal Preternature­, Vol., No. 2.

Hadil Mustafa; Electrical and Computer Engineering; published the article "Flipping Embedded System Design Class Using Project-Based Learning" at the Research in Engineering Education Symposium, July 2015.

Nicholas Nelson, Physics, co-authored the article "Effects of Initial Condition Spectral Content on Shock-Driven Turbulent Mixing," published through the American Physical Society.  

Alek Palmersmith, Music and Theatre, edited and published the video “The Ugly Duckling—Belén Vivero—Abbey Road Studios,” documenting Ecuadorian film composer Belén Vivero conducting a 50-piece orchestra inside the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, UK.

Susan Roll and Sue Steiner, Social Work, co-authored the chapter “Returning to the Collective: New Approaches to Alleviating Poverty” for the book The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States, published by Routlege. Roll also co-authored an article with Laurie Browne; Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management; titled “Learning How to Teach Poverty:  A Case for Community of Practice, published in SCHOLE: A Journal of Leisure Studies & Recreation Education, Vol. 30, No. 2.

Benjamin Van Dusen, Science Education, authored the newsletter “Making Friends in PER and Beyond” for the Physics Education Research Consortium of Graduate Students, July 2015.

Awards and Activities

Heather Altfeld, English, has been awarded the 2015 Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry for “Two Pockets” and “Blueprint for the Infinite.”

Carolynn Arpin, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received $8,000 from the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology’s (CSUPERB) President’s Commission Scholars Program to fund the research “Study of a Novel Domino Reaction that Builds Molecules of Therapeutic Interest.” She also received $15,000 from CSUPERB’s New Investigator grant to fund the research “Generation of Dimeric GRB2 Antagonists to Treat Myeloid Leukemia.”

Farshad Azad, Kinesiology, was recognized as the founder of the new system of martial arts, Jungshindo, and was promoted to senior grandmaster rank in Hapkido. The honor was given during a ceremony this summer with other grandmasters by the highest rank Korean martial arts teacher, Great Grandmaster Ji Han Jae, who is the founder of the art of Hapkido.

Victoria Bass, Educational Opportunity Program, was among several representatives from partner agencies recognized by the Butte County Office of Education’s Foster Youth Program for championing foster youth education.

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, served as executive producer on the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA) documentary, The Impact of the Frolic, which received a Northern-California-area Emmy Award, June 2015. The film was directed by Matt Ritenour (BA, Anthropology, ‘13) and produced by Georgia Fox, Anthropology.

Kenny Chan, Finance and Marketing, received a grant from the National Natural Science Foundation of China to fund the research project “Exploring the Antecedents and Consequences of Míng Pái Kòng (Brand-Name Fanaticism) Among China’s Generation Y.”

Rob Davidson, English, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant to lecture at Tunghai University in Taichung City, Taiwan, for the 2015–2016 academic year. Davidson will teach classes in American literature and creative writing. 

Perry Gee, Nursing, received $15,000 through the Pipeline to Proposal Award to fund the research project “Comparative Effectiveness of Online Peer Support for Diabetes Treatment Approaches,” published through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Gee was also selected as the first nurse scientist for Dignity Health's new nursing research division, May 2015.

Susan Green, Multicultural and Gender Studies; History, was elected to and is serving her first term on the California Teachers Association Board.

Cheng Tu Hsieh, Kinesiology, Tessa Hanson (BS, Exercise Physiology, '15), and Zachary Lamm (BS, Exercise Physiology) presented the papers “Baseball Feet-First Sliding Technique,” “Attack Height and Jump Height in Men's Volleyball Players,” and “What Can We Learn From Top 10 Percent Students in Biomechanics?” at the 33rd International Society of Biomechanics in Sports in Poitier, France.

James Karman, English; Comparative Religion (Emeritus), presented an illustrated lecture titled “Robinson and Una Jeffers: A Life in Letters” at the Book Club of California in San Francisco, August 31, 2015.

Michael Magliari, History, presented his paper, “The West’s Peculiar Institution: The Compromise of 1850, Popular Sovereignty, and the Legalization of Indian Slavery in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, 1846–1864,” at the Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, April 18, 2015.

Rachel Middleman, Art and Art History, attended the Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History (STITAH) on the topic “Inherent Vice and Best Intentions.” The teachers institute is a competitive program run by the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Center for British Art. It is supported by the Kress Foundation.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, won the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Best Book Prize for his co-authored book, Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in Beowulf Manuscript.

Patrick Johnson, Psychology, co-authored the presentations “Use Patterns, Perceptions of Relative Harm, and Gender Effects in Dual Users of Electronic and Tobacco Cigarettes” for the Misty Aspirations: Vaping Symposium at the 77th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Phoenix, Arizona; and “Opportunity Costs of Reward Delays and the Discounting of Hypothetical Money and Cigarettes” for Delay Discounting of Different Commodities: Opportunity Costs, Fungibility, and Alcohol, a symposium conducted at the 41st Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in San Antonio, Texas.

Char Prieto; International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; presented the paper “Places of Memory and Identity: Spain, Pierre Nora, and Les Lieux de Mémoire” at the International Congress of Spanish Professionals in America in Segovia, Spain, July 2015. She also presented the paper “Don Quixote and His Influence in the Spanish Classroom Four Hundred Years Later” at the International Symposium of Hispanic Literature at CSU Dominguez Hills in March 2015.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, was an invited guest artist at the North State Symphony’s Arrive concerts, May 9 and 10, 2015. Additionally, Shkoda’s performance of the Gigue in D Minor, Op. 19 No. 11, from her debut CD, Eleven Etudes in the Form of Old Dances by Ukrainian composer Viktor Kosenko, was broadcasted internationally on Radio New Zealand’s Classic Morning program on May 16, 2015.

Matthew Stone; Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management; presented “Investigating the Effect of Flight Delays and Cancellations on Travel From Small Communities” at the Travel & Tourism Research Association International Conference in Portland, Oregon, June 2015. He also spoke at the California Hotel & Lodging Association Northern California Conference in San Jose, May 2015, about Airbnb’s marketing strategy.

Benjamin Van Dusen, Science Education, received $3,000,000 (spread across several on-campus institutions) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for improving undergraduate STEM education. Additionally, as a grant writer for a biotech startup, Van Dusen received a $748,559 Small Business Innovative Research grant from the NSF for research in improving oil production efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

Charles Urbanowicsz, Anthropology (Emeritus), was named a Smithsonian Journeys Expert for his extensive knowledge of and journeying through the Pacific.

Tenures and Promotions

In spring 2015, the following faculty members were recognized by Interim Provost Susan Elrod for achieving tenure or a promotion.

College Type New Rank Department Review
Jacob Brimlow Assoc AGR Tenure and Promotion
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Sheikh Ali Shahnawaz Assoc ECON Tenure and Promotion
Ryan Patten Full POLS Accelerated Promotion
Susan Roll Assoc SWRK Early Tenure and Promotion
David Eaton Full ANTH Promotion
Don Hankins Full GEOP Promotion
Sherrow Pinder Full POLS Promotion
Hyunjung Kim Assoc MGMT Tenure and Promotion
Kim Hinrichs Full MGMT Tenure and Promotion
Tim Heinze Assoc FNMK Early Tenure and Promotion
Communication and Education
Kathleen Gabriel Assoc EDUC Tenure and Promotion
Zachary Justus Assoc CMAS Tenure and Promotion
Chang Lee Assoc RECR Tenure and Promotion
Kevin Patton Full KINE Accelerated Promotion
Susan Wiesinger Full JOUR Accelerated Promotion
Humanities and Fine Arts
Rouben Mohiuddin Assoc ARTS Tenure and Promotion
Kim Jaxon Assoc ENGL Tenure and Promotion
Robert Jones Assoc PHIL Tenure and Promotion
Michelle McConkey Assoc MUSC Tenure and Promotion
Char Prieto Full ILLC Promotion
College of Natural Sciences
Julie Holland (Schneider) Assoc NFSC Promotion
Rachel Teasdale Full GEOS Promotion
Tag Engstrom Full BIOL Promotion



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