Sept. 12, 2016Vol. 47, Issue 1


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Promotions and Tenure

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology; Holly Nevarez, Health and Community Services; Leesa Huang, Psychology; Chunyan Song, Sociology; Stephanie Hamel, Communication Arts and Sciences; Aaron Quinn, Journalism; Shelley Von Berg, Communication Arts and Sciences; Teresa Cotner, Arts; Katherine Whitlock (posthumous), Music and Theatre Arts; Richard Holman, Construction Management; Christopher Souder, Construction Management; Katharine Gray, Mathematics; and Stephanie Chervinko, Counseling and Wellness Center; were promoted to full professor.

Colleen Milligan, Anthropology; Jennifer Oloff-Lewis, Education; Kurtis Kredo, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Todd Gibson, Computer Science; Maria Giovanni, Nutrition and Food Science; Gayle Kipnis, Nursing; and Brian Lindaman, Mathematics; were promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure.

Nicholas Lynch, Accounting; and Kirk Aiken, Finance and Marketing; were promoted to full professor and awarded tenure.

In the News

Janja Lalich, Sociology, Emerita, was quoted in Turkey’s English-language publication, Daily Sabah, in the article “Unquestionable Devotion, Through Subservience: Gulenism Does Have a Psychological Basis,” published August 19, 2016.

The logo for Fix a Flat DayCurtis Sicheneder, director of the Wildcat Recreation Center, Joe Picard, marketing director of Continuing Education, and the Associated Students Bike Cart mechanics were the recipients of the second place National Intramural Recreation Sports Association 2016 Creative Excellence Award in Sustainability for Fix a Flat Day! in April 2016. The annual campus sustainability event is sponsored by CSU, Chico’s Summer Session and features free bike tire repair for students, faculty, and staff.


David Alexander, Mechanical and Mechatronic and Sustainable Engineering, coauthored the article “Processes to Formalize Sponsored Educational Activity Agreements between Industry and Universities Related to Capstone Design Projects,” in the International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 31, No. 6(B).

Nancy Anderson and Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Science, coauthored a textbook, “Global Food and Nutrition,” for the “Ecology of Human Nutrition” course. It was published by Kona Publishing in time for the fall 2016 semester and is in the process of being marketed across the US, Canada, and Europe.

Amanda Banet, Biological Sciences, coauthored the article “Linking Reproduction, Locomotion, and Habitat Use in the Trinidadian Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)” in the journal Oecologia, Vol. 181, No. 1 

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, coauthored the articles “Stable Isotope Evidence of Independent Child Foraging in Prehistoric Central California” in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Vol. 7; “Maternal Time Allocation and Parental Investment in an Intensive Hunter-Gather Subsistence Economy”; “Stable Isotope Evidence of Episodic Access to Marine Resources at CA-SCL-287”; “Longitudinal Perspective on Diet at Marsh Creek Through a Stable Isotope Mixing Model”; and “C and N Stable Isotopes in Human Dental Calculus at CA-CCO-297, a Late Phase II Period Site on San Francisco Bay” in Reconstructing Lifeways in Ancient California: Stable Isotope Evidence of Foraging Behavior, Life History Strategies, and Kinship Patterns, published through the Center for Archaeological Research at Davis, UC Davis.

Jude Bayham, Agricultural Business, coauthored the article “Measuring the Value of Groundwater and Other Forms of Natural Capital” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 113, No. 9.

Jay Bogiatto, Biology, coauthored a paper with his graduate and undergraduate research team entitled, “Temporal pattern of wetland use by American and Eurasian Wigeon in the Sacramento Valley, California” in Northwestern Naturalist, Vol. 96, No. 3, published in December 2016.

Gary Braun, Accounting, coauthored the article “Interpretation of Probability Expressions in Accounting: The Effects of Frame Switching” in the Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Vol. 27.

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, authored the article "Austerity, Luxury and Uncertainty in the Indian Emerald Trade,” in the Journal of Material Culture.

Lindsay Briggs and Yan Huang, Health and Community Services, coauthored the article “Asset-Based Community Maps: A Tool for Expanding Resources in Community Health Programs” in Pedagogy in Health Promotion, published in 2016.

Kevin Buffardi, Computer Science, authored the research paper “Localized Open Source Software Projects: Exploring Realism and Motivation.”

Anita Chaudhry, Economics, coauthored the articles “Collective Action in Decentralized Irrigation Systems: Evidence from Pakistan” in World Development, Vol. 84 and "The Value of Rain: Benefit-Cost Analysis of Rainwater Harvesting Systems” in Water Resources Management, Vol. 30, No. 12. Both were published in 2016.

Young Cho, Communication Arts and Sciences, authored the article “The Art of Self-concretization as a Necropolitical Embodiment: The Self-immolation of Chun Tae-il” in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 102, No. 1, published in February 2016.

Andrew Dick (posthumous), Sociology, William Rich, Education, and Tony Waters, Sociology, coauthored the book Prison Based Vocational Education Reform in the United States: A Critical Perspective, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2015.

Thomas Fahey, Kinesiology, coauthored the textbook Fit & Well (12th edition) and wrote the chapter “Exercise” for Core Concept in Health, both published by McGraw Hill.

Sergei Fomin, Mathematics, coauthored the article “Fractional Diffusion Modeling of Heat Transfer in Porous and Fractured Media” in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 103, published in 2016.

Michelle Givertz, Communication Arts and Sciences, coauthored the articles “Attachment Orientation Moderates the Relationship Between Dedication and Constraint Commitment and Felt Constraint in Married Couples” in Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, published January 11, 2016; “Direct and Indirect Effects of Commitment on Interdependence and Satisfaction in Married Couples” in the Journal of Family Psychology, November 2015; and authored the article “Parenting Styles/Discipline” in the International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication, published November 13, 2015.

Dan Greaney, coordinator of the CSU, Chico Redding Office, authored the book The Worst Generation: A Myopic Prosperity through Roundfire Books, set to be released September 30, 2016.

Bruce Grelle, Comparative Religion and Humanities, coauthored the book, The Practices of Global Ethics: Historical Backgrounds, Current Issues, and Future Prospects, published by Edinburgh University Press in February 2016. He also gave a plenary presentation titled “Worldviews, Ethics, and Ecology: ‘Sustainability’ as a Context for Religion Education” at the 20th Biennial Meeting of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values in Chicago on August 5, 2016.

Elena Harris, Computer Science, coauthored the article “BRAT-Nova: Fast and Accurate Mapping of Bi-Sulfite-Treated Reads” in Bioinformatics, published April 23, 2016.

Feng He, Kinesiology, coauthored “Protein-Pacing Caloric-Restriction Enhances Body Composition Similarity in Obese Men and Women during Weight Loss and Sustains Efficacy during Long-Term Weight Maintenance” in the journal Nutritions, Vol. 8, No. 8; “Comparison of High-Protein, Intermittent Fasting Low-Calorie Diet and Heart Healthy Diet for Vascular Health of the Obese” in the journal Front Physiol; “Protein-Pacing and Multi-Component Exercise Training Improves Physical Performance Outcomes in Exercise-Trained Women: The PRISE study” in the journal Nutritions. Vol. 8, No. 6; andReactive Oxygen Species Formation and Bystander Effects in Gradient Irradiation on Human Breast Cancer Cells” in the journal Oncotarget, published May 20, 2016.

Danielle Hidalgo, Sociology, authored the articles “‘Tonight, You are a Man!’: Negotiating Embodied Resistance in Local Thai Nightclubs” in Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia; “Teaching Spaces of Possibility: Cultivating Safe, Relaxed, and Challenging Classrooms” in Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America; and “Embodying Ballet” and “Embodying Theory: Problematizing the Mundane in Everyday Life” in ASA Section on Body & Embodiment Blog.

Christopher Ivey, Biological Sciences, coauthored the articles “Outcrossing and Photosynthetic Rates Vary Independently Within Two Clarkia Species: Implications for the Joint Evolution of Drought Escape Physiology and Mating System” in Annals of Botany, Vol. 118, and “Seed-Set Variation in Wild Clarkia Populations: Teasing Apart the Effects of Seasonal Resource Depletion, Pollen Quality, and Pollen Quantity” in the journal Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 6.

Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, authored the chapter “Love: The Vision View,” in Love, Reason, and Morality, published by Routledge in 2016.

Kishore Joseph, Agricultural Business, coauthored the article “Commodity Storage under Backwardation: Does the Working Curve Still Work?” for Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Vol. 38, No. 1.

Gayle Kimball, Sociology, Emerita, authored two books, Ageism in Youth Studies: The New Ism for Cambridge Scholars Publishing, set to be published in 2017 and School Success: Stay Centered and Ace Tests for Equality Press, published in 2016.

Roland Lamarine, Health and Community Services, authored the articled “Marijuana: Modern Medical Chimaera” in the Journal of Drug Education, Vol. 42, No. 1, published in 2012.

Wallace Leese, Accounting, and Johann Anderson (BS, Accounting ’14) coauthored the article “A Formula For The Units To Satisfy An Operation’s Desired Rate of Return in CVP Analysis – A Conceptual Approach” in the American Journal of  Business Education, Second Quarter 2016, Vol. 9, No. 2.

Nan Li, Communication Arts and Sciences, authored “CSR with Chinese Characteristics: An Examination of the Meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility in China” for the Journal of Corporate Citizenship, published March 2016, Vol. 61.

Shane Mayor, Geological and Environmental Sciences, coauthored the article “Comparison of an Analog Direct Detection and a Micropulse Aerosol Lidar at 1.5-μm Wavelength for Wind Field Observations—with First Results Over the Ocean” for the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Vol. 10, No. 1.

Fay Mitchell-Brown, School of Nursing, and Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Science, coauthored the article “A Study of Hmong Immigrants’ Experience with Diabetes Education: A Community-Engaged Qualitative Study” in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing, published in 2016.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, authored the chapter “‘In Those days’: Giants and the Giant Moses in the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch,” in Imagining the Jew: Jewishness in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture and contributed to “Beachcombing” in Walk on the Beach: Things from the Sea, Vol. 1.

James Morgan, Management, authored the article “Faith (Re)engages with Business: Cultural, Legal, and Managerial Dimensions” for the International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 58, No. 4. 

Hope Munro, Music and Theatre, authored the book What She Go Do: Women in Afro-Trinidadian Music, published by University Press of Mississippi.

Arash Negahban, Business Information Systems, coauthored the article “Unleashing the Power of mCRM: Investigating Antecedents of Mobile CRM Values from Managers’ Viewpoint” in International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, Vol. 32, No. 10, published in 2016.

Ben Nolting, Mathematics and Statistics, coauthored the articles “Balls, Cups, and Quasi-Potentials: Quantifying Stability in Stochastic Systems” in the journal Ecology, Vol. 97, No. 4, and “QPot: An R Package for Stochastic Differential Equation Quasi-Potential Analysis” in The R Journal.

Marianne Paiva, Sociology, edited the book Sociology in Everyday Life for Kona Publishing and contributed several chapters, including “Why the Super Bowl Matters, Especially to Sociologists”; “On the Culture of Binge Drinking in a Residential College Town”; “The McDonaldization of Higher Education”; and “The Role of Ethnic Enclaves in Socioeconomic Mobility.”  

Susan Roll, Social Work, coauthored the article “Income Inequality & Life Satisfaction: A Multilevel Analysis of Workers in the U.S.” in Social Indicators Research, Vol. 128.  Roll and Laurie Browne, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, coauthored the article “Toward a More Just Approach to Poverty Simulations” in the Journal of Experiential Education, Vol. 39, No. 3. Both articles were published in 2016. 

Al Schademan and Maris Thompson, Education, coauthored the article "Are College Faculty and First Generation, Low-Income Students Ready for Each Other?” in The Journal of College Student Retention, Vol. 18, No. 2.  

Ann Schulte, Education, and Lyndsay Klipfel, graduate of the Rural Teacher Residency program, coauthored the article “External Influences on an Internal Process,” published in The Educational Forum, Vol. 80, No. 4. 

Matt Simkins, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, coauthored the research paper “Upper Limb Bilateral Symmetric Training with Robotic Assistance and Clinical Outcomes for Stroke”  in the International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics, Vol. 9, No. 1, published in 2015. He also authored the research paper “A Physiologically Based Hypothesis for Learning Proprioception and in Approximating Inverse Kinematics” in Physiological Reports, Vol. 4, No. 10, published in 2016.

Monica So, Chemistry and Biochemistry, coauthored the article “Liquid-phase Epitaxially Grown Metal-organic Framework Thin Films for Efficient Tandem Catalysis Through Site-Isolation of Catalytic Centers" in ChemPlusChem, Vol. 81. Also, she coauthored the article “Effects of Solution-Based Fabrication Conditions on Morphology of Lead Halide Perovskite Thin Film Solar Cells” in Advances in Materials Science & Engineering, Vol. 2016, with her undergraduate research team, Jeremy Barnett, Vivien Cherrette, and Connor Hutcherson.

Chunyan Song, Sociology, Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Science, Cindy Wolf, Nutrition and Food Science, Min Hu, student, coauthored the article “The Impact of Social and Cultural Factors on the Consumption of Western Fast Food among Chinese Children” in the Community Development Journal, published in January 2016.

David Stachura, Biological Sciences, coauthored “De Novo Loss-of-Function Mutations in SON Disrupt RNA-Splicing of Genes Essential for Brain Development and Metabolism, Causing an Intellectual Disability Syndrome” in The American Journal of Human Genetics, published August 17, 2016; “Ex Vivo Tools for the Clonal Analysis of Zebrafish Hematopoiesis” in Nature Protocols, Vol. 28. No. 11, published April 28, 2016; and Cellular Dissection of Zebrafish Hematopoiesis” in Methods Cell Biol, Vol. 133, No. 11, published in 2016.

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, coauthored the “2016 World Food Travel Monitor,” published by the World Food Travel Association. Resulting from a grant awarded by the WFTA, this research has been featured in Asian Hospitality and many Italian publications. In addition, he authored the articles “Deciding not to choose:  Delegation to Social Surrogates in Tourism  Decisions” in Tourism Management, Vol. 57; “Reliability as a factor in small community air passenger choice” in the Journal of Air Transport Management, Vol. 53; and “Impact of Delays and Cancellations on Travel From Small Community Airports” for Tourism and Hospitality Research.

Ben Van Dusen, Science Education, authored the article “How Misfits Find Homes” in the Physics Education Research Consortium of Graduate Students Summer Newsletter. He also coauthored “Learning Assistant Alliance: Social Organizing Tools for Sharing Resources and Building Institutional Networks” for the Proceeds of the 2016 Envisioning the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education Conference.

Dana Williams, Sociology, coauthored  the article “An Anarchist in the Academy, A Sociologist in the Movement: The Life, Activism, and Ideas of Howard J. Ehrlich” in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 10, No. 2, published in 2016.

Awards and Activities

David Alexander, Mechanical and Mechatronic and Sustainable Engineering, presented the paper "Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Innovation for Engineering and Business Student Teams", 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, La. in June 2016.  He and Colleen Robb, Management, were PI and CoPI, respectively, and advisors for the Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 CSU, Chico student team. Engineering and business students formed a team to compete against 11 other school across the country and Puerto Rico in New Orleans last May. The University team came home with the first place award for the Best Deployment Strategy. Also, Alexander was nominated for the Myles Tracy Outstanding Student Organization Advisor award for his services to the Tiny House Club. The award is sponsored by CSU, Chico Student Life and Leadership.

Amanda Banet, Biological Sciences, was awarded a $24,653 grant by the California Institute of Water Resources to fund research that examines how incubation temperature influences juvenile salmonid swimming performance later in life.

The film cover for Illusions in Stone.Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, completed the ethnographic documentary film, “Illusions in Stone: The Global Story of The Emerald Trade.” Also, the film he executive produced, “A Walk Through Time,” won a Telly Award.

Kevin Buffardi, Computer Science, presented his research paper “Localized Open Source Software Projects: Exploring Realism and Motivation” at the IEEE-sponsored International Conference for Computer Science & Education in Nagoya, Japan.

Michael Chao, Agriculture, received the 2016 Lowe R. and Mavis M. Folsom Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on April 12, 2016.

Anita Chaudhry, Economics, and Dean Fairbanks, Geography, presented “Droughts and Water Sales in California: A Parcel-level Analysis” at the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Summer Meetings at Breckenridge, Colorado in June 2016. This research examines the effect of droughts and water transfer policies on rice fallowing in Butte County, Calif.

Dawn Clifford, Nutrition and Food Science, was selected to receive the Emerging Alumna Award from the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University in recognition of her academic and career achievements, particularly in the areas of simulation education in dietetics and as a national expert in motivational interviewing.

Rob Davidson, English, recently completed a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Award, serving as Visiting Professor in Foreign Languages and Literature at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, 2015-2016. Davidson lectured in creative writing and American literature for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Kasey DeAtley, Agriculture, received the Young Professional’s Conclave Outstanding Apprentice Award at the 2016 Annual Society of Rangeland Management meeting.

Cris Guenter, School of Education, was awarded the House Cup by the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching as an associate editor with the Editorial Board for Teacher Education. MERLOT is an online community of faculty and institutions collaborating to increase the quantity of high quality web-based, interactive teaching, and learning materials.

Christine Herrera, Mathematics Education, presented “An Analytical Framework of Analysis Students’ Conceptualization of Limits” at the 13th International Congress of Mathematical Education in Hamburger, Germany in July 2016. She also participated in the 2016 National Science Foundation’s STEM For All Video Showcase with the submission of “Breaking Down Language Barriers: Math Instructions for ELLS.”

Kyle Horst, Psychology, was awarded a grant with the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to provide educational stipends to our graduate psychology Marriage and Family Therapy students. The five-year $500,000 contract will fund the MFT educational stipend program which awards qualified students $18,500 with an obligation that they “payback” their award through one-year of service in the California public mental health system. The contract awarded 20 stipends to be distributed over the next two years, with an additional three years of follow-up. CSU, Chico’s MFT program was one of three contracts awarded and the only contract to be awarded to an individual institution.

Eric Houk, Agriculture, presented “Impact of Land Fallowing on Agricultural Production and Aquifer Levels in Northern California” at the Western Economic Association International Annual Conference in Portland, Oreg. on June 30, 2016.  He also presented “Water Transfers from Agriculture: Estimating the Impact of Foregone Production and Aquifer Decline in Northern California” at the International Society for Ecological Economics Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on June 28, 2016.

Christopher Ivey, Biological Sciences, presented “Seed-set variation in wild Clarkia Populations: Teasing Apart the Effects of Seasonal Resource Depletion, Pollen Quality, and Pollen Quantity” at the Botanical Society of America annual meeting in Savannah, Ga. in August 2016.

Kishore Joseph, Agriculture, presented the articles “Intraday Market Effects in Electronic Soybean Futures Market during Non-Trading and Trading Hour Announcements” and “Does the Boxed Beef Price Inform the Live Cattle Futures Price?” at the 2016 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Meeting in Boston, Ma. He was also recently selected as an associate editor for the Open Access Journal of Agricultural Research.

Zach Justus, Communication Arts and Sciences, coauthored and presented the article “Tropes in the Rhetoric of Gun Control: A Pragma-Dialectic Analysis” at the Western States Communication Association Annual Convention in San Diego, California in February 2016. This paper received the Top Paper in Argumentation.

James Karman, English, Comparative Religion and Humanities, Emeritus, received the 2016 Gold Medal for Notable Contribution to Publishing from the Commonwealth Club of California in recognition of his three-volume Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers, published by Stanford University Press. The ceremony was held in San Francisco, Calif. in June 2016.

Julia Kobrina-Coolidge stands with a group at the Fulbright-DAAD Summer Academy.Julia Kobrina-Coolidge, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, participated in Fulbright-DAAD Summer Academy in Leipzig, Germany, for U.S. faculty in German. The Summer Academy offers professional development in areas relevant to the teaching of German including German language, literature and culture as well as professional and higher education.

Paul Lopez, Sociology, resigned with Kendall/Hunt Publishing to revise two books he authored about the former guest worker program, Que Fronteras?: Mexican Braceros and a Re-examination of the Legacy of Migration, 2nd Edition and The Braceros: Guest Workers, Settlers, and Family Legacies, 2nd Edition, to be intended for adoption at CSU, Chico and other schools. He also commented on the former guest worker program, U.S.-Mexico Bracero Program 1942-1964, for article by the Voice of San Diego on the Spanos family—owners of the San Diego Chargers—and the over-charging of guest workers for their food they bought from the Spanos family.

Shawna Malvini Redden, Communication Arts and Sciences, coauthored and presented “The Dialogue Surrounding Youth Engagement Online: A Critical Review of Literature” at the Qualitative Research in Management and Organizations conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 2016.  

Fay Mitchell-Brown, School of Nursing, presented “Facilitators and Barriers to Diabetes Education in Hmong Immigrants Living in the United States” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa and “Digital Story Telling” to AEL8, CSU, Chico.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, became the Department of Art and Art History chairperson.

James Morgan, Management, presented “Reengineering the Mandated Undergraduate Business Course in Legal Studies: The Growing Need for Collaboration” at the International Meeting of the Law Teachers Association, Northumbria University, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom in March, 2016.

Arash Negahban and colleagues presented “Social Capital Mobilization in Social Networking Services” at Americas Conference on Information Systems in Aug. 2016.

Rick Narad, Health and Community Services, received the ACHE Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives and California Association of Healthcare Leaders.

Rebecca Ormond, Media Arts, Design, and Technology, had her film, Landscapes, screened in St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase where it also received two juried awards for Best Experimental Film and Best Art Direction in July 2016. Her stereoscopic video art installation, Habitats, was exhibited in the New Media program at the 70th Annual University Film and Video Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in August 2016. Ormond and Jennifer Meadows, Media Arts, Design, and Technology, presented on the ALP and ACI’s Becoming an Avid Learning Partner Panel at the Broadcast Education Association Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in April 2016.

Mark Plenke, Journalism and Public Relations, has been elected president of the California College Media Association, a statewide group of journalism students and advisers. 

Clare Roby, Regional and Continuing Education, becomes President of the Association for Continuing Education at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference in October. ACHE is an international network of professionals dedicated to promoting excellence in continuing higher education, with more than 300 institutional and organizational members and 1200 individual members. ACHE provides members the opportunity to network with and learn from experts and colleagues, advance their leadership skills, and promote scholarship and research through the Journal of Continuing Higher Education and a range of grants and awards.

Susan Roll, Social Work, presented “The Child Care Cliff and its Effect on Low-Income Families” at the Policy Conference 2.0, Race and Inequality: Policy & Advocacy for Structural Change in St. Louis, Mo.

Al Schademan and Mimi Miller, School of Education, were awarded a $900,000 grant from the S. D. Bechtel Foundation to support the Triad Project, a partnership with the Chico Unified School District and part of the Preparing a New Generation of Educators Initiative by the Chancellor’s Office. The grant funds innovative teacher professional development in which teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, and university content specialists to plan, implement, and publish innovative units on the Triad Website based on the Next Generation Science Standards. 

Adrienne Scott, curator for the CSU, Chico Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, received the 2016 California State Superintendent's Award for Excellence in Museum Education for the Museum-in-the-Classroom project on March 3, 2016. The Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence in Museum Education competition is a joint project between the California Association of Museums and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Museum-in-the-Classroom is an outreach program developed by Scott with a twofold purpose: The first is to give students a real-world experience with primary sources and the second is to understand history as an interpretive act, not just as dates and facts.

Monica So, Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented the paper, “Layer-by-Layer Coordinated Thin Films of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): New Artificial Platforms for Solar Energy Capture and Directional Electronic Energy Transfer” at the 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego, Calif. in March 2016. She was awarded a $10,000 Research Stimulation Grant from CSU, Chico's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for her proposal “Exploiting Metal Organic Framework Chemistry for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion” in March 2016. She and her undergraduate researchers Jeremy Barnett, Vivien Cherrette, and Connor Hutcherson won the People’s Choice Award at CSU, Chico’s 12th Annual College of Natural Sciences Poster Session in May 2016. 

Anne Stephens, Science Education, presented “Floodplain Ecology Institutes for Educators: A Model for interagency Collaboration” at the This Way to Sustainability Conference on March 24, 2016. 

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, was elected to the board of directors for the West Federation Council of Hotel, Restaurant, & Institutional Educators.

Patrick Willey, Colleen Milligan, and Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, received a $40,000 contract from the Golden Gate National Park Conservatory, National Park Service, for “Analysis of Human Bones from Fort Mason.” Willey also received a Research Impact Award through the University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in the spring of 2016.

Christine Witt and Arash Negahban, Business Information Systems, presentedScaffolding the ERPsim to Augment Student Learning” at Americas Conference on Information Systems in Aug. 2016.

Ben Van Dusen, Science Education, launched CSU, Chico’s Learning Assistant program with 14 LAs in four departments across the College of Natural Science in the Fall ’16 Semester. He presented or copresented in sessions at the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Physics Education Research Conference titled "The Impact of LAs on Physics Classroom Inequities,” "The Impact of Learning Assistants on Student Outcomes in Physics Courses,” and "In-class vs. Online Concept Inventories and Attitudinal Assessments”. He led sessions at the Northwest Regional Learning Assistant Workshop titled "What is the LA Model?”, "How Can You Start an LA Program?” and "What is the Current Research on Faculty, LAs, and LA Programs?” At CSU, Chico’s College of Natural Science he presented a poster titled "Learning Assistants and Their Impacts on Student Learning.” He was awarded a $12,298 Scholarship of Learning and Teaching: Promising Practices with Technology grant to redesign SCED 141. He was awarded a $5,250 Research, Scholarly & Creative Activities grant to fund research into the impact of Learning Assistants on minority and low-income student outcomes at CSU, Chico.

Compiled by Amanda Rhine, editorial assistant in the Department of Public Affairs and Publications.

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