September 11, 2017Vol. 48, Issue 1

Achievements

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Publications

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, coedited the book “New Perspectives in Forensic Human Skeletal Identification” for Elsevier Science in August 2017; coauthored three chapters in the books “Applications of Stable Isotope Forensics for Geolocating Unidentified Human Remains from Past Conflict Situations and Large-Scale Humanitarian Efforts,” “Human Skeletal Variation and Forensic Anthropology,” and “The Future of Forensic Identification Methods from the Human Skeleton”; coauthored with Colleen Milligan, Anthropology, the chapter “An Exploration of Skeletal Evidence of Injury Recidivism in Cases of Transients from Northern California” for the edited volume “Broken Bones, Broken Bodies: Bioarchaeological and Forensic Approaches for Accumulative Trauma and Violence,” published by Lexington Books in July 2017.

Victoria Bernhardt, Education, Emerita, authored two books, Measuring What We Do in Schools: How to Know if What We Are Doing Is Making a Difference published by ASCD in June 2017 and Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement, 4th Edition published by Routledge in August 2017.

Kevin Buffardi, Computer Science, Colleen Robb, Management, and David Rahn, Management, coauthored the article “Learning Agile with Tech Startup Software Engineering Projects,” published in the proceedings of the ACM Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE). Buffardi also authored “Comparing Remote and Co-located Interaction in Free and Open Source Software Engineering Projects,” published in ITiCSE.

Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Geological and Environmental Sciences, authored the chapter “Neogene Sedimentation, Volcanism, and Faulting in the Eastern Coyote Mountains, Salton Trough, Southern California” in Geological Society of America Field Guide 45, published in July 2017.

Christine Carroll, Agriculture, coauthored the article “A Review of Control Options and Externalities for Verticillium Wilts,” published in the journal Phytopathology. She also coauthored the paper “Crop Disease and Agricultural Productivity.” She also presented the paper at the Understanding Productivity Growth In Agriculture Conference hosted by the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 11, 2017.

Michael Chao, Agriculture, coauthored the article “Effects of Dietary Antioxidant Supplementation of Steers Finished with 30% Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles on Fatty Acid Profiles and Display Life of Strip Loins,” published in Animal Production Science. He also coauthored the article “Feeding wet distillers grains plus solubles contributes to sarcoplasmic reticulum membrane instability,” published in Animal Production Science.

Daniel Clark and Daniel Edwards, Chemistry and Biochemistry, coauthored the article “Virtual Protein Purification: A Simple Exercise to Introduce pH as a Parameter that Effects Ion Exchange Chromatography,” and was published online in the journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education on August 6, 2017.

William Cuthbertson, Library Research, Instruction, and Outreach, authored the chapter “I Got This Body at Meriam Library: Using Memes and Stickers for Collectable Library Marketing” in the book The Library Outreach Cookbook, published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Troy Cline, Biological Sciences, coauthored the article “Surveillance for Highly Pathogenic Influenza A Viruses in California during 2014–2015 Provides Insights into Evolutionary Pathways and Spatiotemporal Extent in the Pacific Americas Flyway,” and was published in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections. He also coauthored with graduate students Donald Beck and Elizabeth Bianchini the review article “Influenza Virus Replication in Macrophages: Balancing Protection and Pathogenesis,” published in the Journal of General Virology.

Rob Davidson, EnglishRob Davidson, English, had his third book, Spectators: Flash Fictions, published in June and it was nominated by Five Oaks press for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. The cover features a photo by Tom Patton, Art and Art History.

Diana Dwyre, Political Science and Criminal Justice, coauthored the article “Convergence or Divergence? Do Parties and Outside Groups Spend on the Same Candidates, and Does It Matter?” in the journal American Politics Research, published on July 30, 2017.

Todd Greene, Geological and Environmental Sciences, coauthored the article “Facies Architecture and Provenance of a Boulder-Conglomerate Submarine Channel System, Panoche Formation, Great Valley Group: A Forearc Basin Response to Middle Cretaceous Tectonism in the California Convergent Margin,” and was published in the journal Geosphere, Vol. 13, No. 3, in June 2017.

Danielle Hidalgo, Sociology, and student Paige Connell coauthored the paper “How to Challenge Neoliberalism in Our Universities: Doing Slow Research and Writing,” published in the journal Teaching/Learning Matters: ASA’s Newsletters for the Section on Teaching. Hidalgo also coauthored the chapter “Compulsory Heterosexuality” in the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd; and “The Dyadic Imaginary” in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd Edition, published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Kishore Joseph, Agriculture, coauthored the article “Intraday market effects in electronic soybean futures market during non-trading and trading hour announcements,” published in the journal Applied Economics.

George Keithley, English, Emeritus, authored the flash fiction “Lakota Thunder Beings,” published in the literary journal Santa Fe Literary Review, Vol. 12.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, Emerita, coauthored the book Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over, published by Routledge on August 30, 2017. Also, she was featured in the article “In Plain Sights: Human Trafficking Goes On—Unrecognized, Unreported—Right Here,” in the Chico News & Review, August 3, 2017; interviewed for and quoted in the article “An Expert Weighs In: Can Certain Workouts Be Considered Cults?” for Running Competitor, published online on August 10, 2017; and reviewed the book I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming My Life from the Lord’s Resistance Army by Evelyn Amony, in the journal Nova Religio, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2017.

Garrett Liles, Agriculture, coauthored the papers “From Berries to Blocks: Carbon Stock Quantification of a California Vineyard” and “Deep Carbon Storage Potential of Buried Floodplain Soils.”

Joan Giampaoli and Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Sciences and Center for Healthy Communities, Shelly Hart, Child Development, and graduate student Xochil Medina coauthored the article “The Effect of a Farm Stand on Fruit and Vegetable Preferences and Self-Efficacy among Students from a Low-Income School” and was published in the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, Vol. 41, No. 1.

Shane Mayor, Geological and Environmental Sciences, authored the article “Observations of microscale internal gravity waves in very stable atmospheric boundary layers over an orchard canopy” and will be published in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Vols. 244–245, in October 2017.

Sandrine Matiasek, Geological and Environmental Sciences, was selected for the 2017 Outstanding New Investigator Award by the University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in March and received the award at the first annual Inspired '17 event on April 20. She was invited to give the talk “Water quality impacts of irrigated agriculture and urban storm runoff” at the University of the Pacific, Stockton on Tuesday, April 11. Her undergraduate researchers Spencer Carroll, Chelsea Meddings, and Richard Vitamanti presented their research at the Reclaiming the Sierra Conference on May 8 at CSU, Sacramento.

Emelia Michels-Ratliff and Michael Ennis, Psychology, coauthored the article “This Is Your Song: Using Participants’ Music Selections to Evoke Nostalgia and Autobiographical Memories Efficiently,” published in the journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, coauthored the chapter “Rocks of Jerusalem: Bringing the Holy Land Home,” in the book Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, published by Routledge in 2017;  authored the chapter “Mandeville’s Jews, Colonialism, Certainty, and Art History” in the book Postcolonising the Medieval Image, published by London: Ashgate, in 2017; and also authored the chapter “Giants of Old” in the book The Tiny Book of Mammoth Molars, published by MagCloud in 2017.

Rachel Middleman, Art and Art History, coedited a forum on artists’ estates and art history, “The Politics of Legacy,” published in Art Journal, Vol. 76, No. 1, spring 2017.

Joshua Louis Moss, Media Arts, Design, and Technology, authored the book Why Harry Met Sally: Subversive Jewishness, Anglo-Christian Power, and the Rhetoric of Modern Love, published by University of Texas Press in July 2017.

Anna Petrova-Mayor, Physics, and Sarah Knudsen (BS, Physics and Mathematics, '16) coauthored the article “Analysis and manipulation of the induced changes in the state of polarization by mirror scanners,” published in the journal Applied Optics, Vol. 56, No. 20.

Char Prieto, Char Prieto, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures, presented the paper “Antifascist Women after the Spanish Civil War. Spanish Diaspora, Migration and Exile” at the International Congress of Spanish Professionals in America, Zamora, Spain. She also received the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty Development Program from Chico State to attend an international congress in Seoul, South Korea. At the International Congress East-West Intercultural Relations, Institute of Latin American Studies, Seoul National University, she presented the paper “The Reshaping of America. Hispanic Influence and the California Case.”

Kenneth Rose, History, authored the book The Great War and Americans in Europe, 1914–1917 published by Routledge in March 2017.

Kristina Schierenbeck and Christopher Ivey, Biological Sciences, and alumni Andy Simpson authored the article, “Not All Plant Taxa Display Typical Latitude-Propagule Size Gradients: A Case Study in Arctostaphylos L. (Ericaceae)” published in Madroño, Vol. 64, No. 2.

Baohui Song, Agriculture, coauthored the article “Analysis of China’s crop target price insurance policy under WTO box classification rules” in the journal Research of Agricultural Modernization, 2017, 38(2).

Corey Sparks, English, coauthored the article “Student Scholarly Identity and Multimodal Making with a Digital Anthology Project,” published in The Once and Future Classroom, Vol. 12. No. 2.

David Stachura, Biological Sciences, coauthored the article “Sorting Zebrafish Thrombocyte Lineage Cells with a cd41 Monoclonal Antibody Enriches Hematopoietic Stem Cell Activity” in the journal Blood. He also coauthored a paper with former students Anja Wolf, Julian Aggio, Francis Wright, and Gabe Marquez titled “Zebrafish Caudal Haematopoietic Embryonic Stromal Tissue (CHEST) Cells Support Haematopoiesis” in the journal Scientific Reports.

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, was lead author of the article “Career Desires and Expectations of Event Management Students” and was published in Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management; and coauthored the article “Wine Travel in the United States: A Profile of Wine Travelers and Wine Tours” published in Tourism Management Perspectives. Also, his 2013 article “The Educational Benefits of Travel Experiences” is one of this year’s three most-read articles in Journal of Travel Research, the No. 1 SJR-ranked journal in the field of tourism, leisure, and hospitality management.

Angela Trethewey, College of Communication and Education, coauthored the textbook Exploring Communication Theory: Making Sense of Us, published by Routledge in June 2017.

Graham Thurgood, English, Emeritus, coauthored the paper “Rediscovering the Cham Heritage in Cambodia: Language, Script, and Community,” which appeared in The Historical Development of Chamic Languages, published in 2017 by Breogán Southeast Asia Co., Ltd.

Dana Williams, Sociology, authored the chapter “Teaching Anarchism by Practicing Anarchy: Reflections on Facilitating the Student-Creation of a College Course” in the book ‘Out of the Ruins’: The Emergence of New Radical Informal Learning Spaces, published by PM Press in 2017.

Christine Witt, Business Information Systems, MBA student Sri Hari Deep Kolagani, and Arash Negahban, Business Information Systems, coauthored the article “Identifying Trending Sentiments in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: A Case Study of Twitter Analytics,” published in the journal Issues in Information Systems.

Najm al-Din Yousefi, History, authored the article “Division and Discord among the Shiʿa ʿUlamāʾ: New Lights on the Failure of the 1927 Anti-Conscription Movement in Iran,” published in the journal Iranian Studies, Vol. 50, No. 5.

Hossein Zakeri, Agriculture, coauthored the article “Evaluation of growth and nitrogen fixation of pea nodulation mutants in western Canada” published in Canadian Journal of Plant Science.

Awards and Activities

Heather Altfeld-Fisher, English, Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, Sheri Simons, Art and Art History, Rachel Teasdale, Geological and Environmental SciencesHeather Altfeld-Fisher, English, Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, Sheri Simons, Art and Art History, Rachel Teasdale, Geological and Environmental Sciences, alumnus Oliver Hutton (BA, Communication Design, ‘07), formed a collaborative team and exhibited a portion of their ongoing work together in the show Vanished: A Chronicle of Loss and Discovery Across Half a Million Years at the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo in spring 2017. The project was initiated by former Chico State professor Byron Wolfe, Communication Design, and BFA student Naomi Herring has been working with Simons on the project since 2016.

Samara Anarbaeva, Journalism and Public Relations, was competitively selected to be a Plank Leadership and PR Fellow. She also completed an externship with DEVENEY, a marketing and public relations agency,  in New Orleans in July 2017.

The Associated Students Child Development Lab (ASCDL) recently became accredited by the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC). The ASCDL is the only accredited early care and education facility in Butte County.

Feraidon Ataie, Concrete Industry Management Program, presented his paper “Utilization of Rice Straw Fibers in Concrete” at the American Concrete Institute Convention in spring 2017. He also had three research projects funded: “Improving Alkali Activated Slag Properties by Using Rice Straw Ash,” funded by the California Rice Research Board;  “Improving Alkali Activated Metakaolin Properties by Using Rice Straw Ash,” funded by the CSU Agricultural Research Institute; and “Impact of Different Temperatures on Calcium Sulfoaluminate Cement Early Properties,” funded by RSCA.

Mike Baker, Facilities Management and Services, was awarded the 2016 Staff Safety Award. Each year an employee is chosen who reaches above and beyond those basic safety responsibilities to assist the campus with providing a safe work environment.

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, was awarded a 2017 David Lantis Endowed University Chair Award from CSU, Chico. He was also awarded the University’s Professional Achievement Honors.

Luciana Braga and Kevin Patton, Kinesiology, received the 2017 early career research grant from SHAPE America in the amount of $3,451 for the project “How I Move: Girl’s Physical Activity Experiences In Their Daily Lives.” The project aims to explore adolescent girls’ movement experiences as embedded in the social, cultural, and physical contexts of their daily lives. 

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, was awarded the University’s Professional Achievement Honors.

Jacob Brimlow, Agriculture, and Naomi Stamper, Center for Healthy Communities, copresented the paper “Estimating How Increases in Local Food Sales Transactions Costs Perceived by Growers Are Related to Market Channel and Farm Characteristics” at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting in Chicago from July 30–August 1, 2017.

Michele Buran and Naomi Stamper, Center for Healthy Communities, copresented the paper “Early Childhood Physical Activity Toolkit Enhances Teacher Instruction” at the 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego from May 30–June 2, 2017.

DingXin Cheng, Civil Engineering, was awarded the University’s Professional Achievement Honors.

Gregory Cootsona, Comparative Religion and Humanities, was asked by Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, to serve on the advisory board for “Reaching Evangelical American Leaders to Change Hearts and Minds (REAL CHANGE)"  Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University during 2017-18.

William Cuthbertson, Library Research, Instruction, and Outreach, copresented the paper “Creating Primary Sources with First-Generation Students” at the LOEX 2017 conference in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 12, 2017.

Patrick Donnelly, Computer Science, and colleagues at the University of Colorado and the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) exploration grant under the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program for their project, “Cyber-enabled Teacher Discourse Analytics to Empower Teacher Learning.”

Patrick Doyle, Agriculture, was awarded the University’s Professional Achievement Honors.

Michelle Givertz, Communication Arts and Sciences, was awarded the University’s Professional Achievement Honors.

Joseph Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, presented his paper, “PHA and PLA Biodegradable Plastics with Rice Straw Filler to Create Biobased Structural Insulating Panels (BSIPs)” at the Proceedings of the SPE ANTEC Conference in May 2017.

Todd Greene, Geological and Environmental Sciences, was awarded $18,000 through a US Geological Survey EDMAP grant program for graduate student Glenn Hoffmann to work on the project “Geologic mapping of the Tuscan Formation and related rocks within the 7.5’ Richardson Springs Quadrangle, Butte County, California.”

Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Sciences and Center for Healthy Communities, and graduate students Shannon Pierson and Gauri Karnik copresented the paper “Examination of Cue-Elicited Food Craving and Emotional Eating among Elementary School Children” at the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Expo in April 2017. Also, Goto and Joan Giampaoli, Nutrition and Food Sciences and Center for Healthy Communities, with Pierson and Karnik, copresented the paper “Impact of a Pilot Mindful Eating Intervention on Food-Related Behaviors among Elementary School Children and Parents” at at the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Expo in April 2017.

Cody Hein, Intercollegiate Athletics, earned American Volleyball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year honors after guiding Chico State to a 23–7 record, a CCAA North Division title, a finals appearance in the CCAA Championship Tournament, and the program’s first NCAA Championship Tournament berth in eight years.

Molly Heck, Multicultural and Gender Studies and the School of Social Work, will present “Trauma Informed Strategies for Complex Dynamics in Shelter” at the Annual Membership Conference for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Domestic Violence. She will also be providing consultation during its Executive Director Leadership Institute in Kinston, North Carolina on September 19–20, 2017.

Danielle Hidalgo, Sociology, received the 2017–18 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award in the amount of $6444.25 for her research project, “Globalizing Sexual Fields: A Study of Sexual Capital In and Beyond the Nightclub Dance Floor.” She also received Chico State’s 2017–18 Course Redesign with Technology Award in the amount of $10,897.

Kristen Kaczynski, Geological and Environmental Sciences, won the Paul Persons Award at this year’s This Way to Sustainability Conference. This annual award recognizes a faculty member who contributes strongly to involving students in sustainability initiatives at the University.

Irene Korber and Jodi Shepherd, Meriam Library, presented their paper, “More Than Just ‘Front End’ and ‘Back End’: How and Why Technical Services and Public Services Can Better Serve Users with a Collaborative Relationship,” at the California State University New Librarian Summit on August 3 at CSU, Northridge.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, Emerita, had her paper “Perspectives on US Cult-Related Court Cases” translated into Chinese for the Chinese newspaper Xin Guan Cha or New Observer on August 1, 2017.

Sandrine Matiasek, Geological and Environmental Sciences, was awarded the 2017 Outstanding New Investigator Award from Research and Sponsored Programs.

M.E. Matthews, Math Education, and Anne Stephens, Science Education, join Managing Director Brandi Aranguren as faculty codirectors for the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE). Since 1993, the CMSE has helped strengthen K–16 teaching practices in math and science and serves as a regionwide liaison between Chico State, colleges, K–12 schools, and the business community.

Rebecca Ormond, Media Arts, Design, and Technology, presented her paper, “Exploring Non-Linear Story Formats in Stereoscopic Virtual Reality,” and served as a panelist on the BEA-UFVA Tenure and Promotion issues for Creative Faculty panel alongside the BEA and UFVA presidents at 71st Annual University Film and Video Association Conference in Los Angeles in August 2017.

Lisa Ott, Chemistry, and Janine Stone, Economics, took an interdisciplinary team of students including economics major Amber Williams, chemistry, biochemistry, physics major Joshua Crane, and agricultural business major Matthew Lemon to the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC, in May 2017. The students presented the results of their year-long research project “Developing Novel Non-volatile, Reusable, Biodegradable Solvents from Biodiesel-Waste Glycerol.”

Tom Patton, Art and Art HistoryTom Patton, Art and Art History, exhibited a set of photographs called Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) at the University of Pennsylvania from June 24, 2017 through July 15, 2018.

Michael Perelman, Economics, organized and participated in a panel at the Left Forum at John Jay College in New York. Also, Perelman gave a talk for the History of Economics Society at the University of Toronto. His book, Marx’s Crises Theory: Scarcity, Labor, and Finance, was recently translated into Chinese.

Sarah Pike, Comparative Religion and Humanities, presented her paper on “Rewilding America: Spirit and Land in Primitive Skills Communities” at the Sustainable Societies conference put on by the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley on April 28, 2017.

Lauren Ruth, Art and Art History, 2017 Out of Body ExhibitLauren Ruth, Art and Art History, exhibited a new kinetic sculpture, At Your Service, in the Out of Body exhibition at ACRE Projects Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, in May 2017.

Jean Schuldberg, School of Social Work, was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), California Chapter on July 12, 2017.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, had her new CD featuring premiere recordings of Viktor Kosenko Twenty-Four Children’s Pieces for Piano, Op. 15, broadcast by the 98.7 WFMT radio station in Chicago on both April 3 and 13, 2017.

Monica So, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and her undergraduate researchers, Vivien Cherrette, Sungwon Yoon, and Nicole Mackie, performed 10 weeks of summer research from May–August 2017 at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore. Their work was focused on developing better materials for heat-to-electricity conversion. She presented three talks at the 253rd American Chemical Society’s National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco in April 2017: “Application of Polypyrrole-Based Selective Electrodes in Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy to Determine Nitrate Concentration”; “Fabrication and Characterization of Solution Processed Perovskite Solar Cells by Undergraduates at California State University, Chico”; and “Preliminary Electrochemical Studies on Effects of Linker Length and Metal Nodes on Redox Hopping in Layer-By-Layer Assembled Metalloporphyrin Metal-Organic Framework-Like Thin Films.” At both California State University, Sacramento and California State University, Los Angeles in March 2017, she presented the talk “Fabrication and Characterization of Solution Processed Perovskite Solar Cells by Undergraduates at California State University, Chico.” So also earned a $6,000 grant from the Research Scholarship and Creativity Award for her proposal “Sponges for Decontaminating Water with Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Carcinogens” in May 2017; $15,000 from the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) New Investigator Award for her proposal “Sponges for Decontaminating Water with Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Carcinogens” in May 2017; and $20,000 from the Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) Grant Development Program for her proposal “Contaminant-Selective Sponges for Removal of Ocean Toxins” in April 2017.

Baohui Song, Agriculture, was invited to deliver 32 hours of guest lectures on intermediate microeconomics for undergraduate students in the College of Economics and Management at Shenyang Agricultural University in Shenyang, China this past summer. While at Shenyang Agricultural University, he also delivered a number of invited presentations, including “Teaching Demonstration: How to Teach an Agribusiness Course in the US,” “Studying and Visiting the US as a Visiting Scholar,” and “International Trade Practice Introduction.” Song also presented his poster, “Comparison of Teaching Agribusiness Courses between US and China’s Universities” at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association annual meeting, July 29–August 1, 2017 in Chicago.

Corey Sparks, English, presented the paper “Digital Humanities as Anamorphosis” on April 1, 2017, at the Exemplaria Symposium: The Way We Do Theory Now in Austin, Texas.

David Stachura, Biological Sciences, and Elena Harris, Computer Science, were awarded a $414,540 grant from the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) grant program titled “Genetic Control of Hematopoietic Cell Generation and Differentiation.”

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, had his travel advice featured in the May 28, 2017 edition of the Sacramento Bee in the article 8 Awesome Travel Hacks That Will Save You Money This Summer.”

Dave Taylor, Intercollegiate Athletics, collected his 400th career victory as the Chico State baseball team’s head coach this season. Also, he was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association and West Region Coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to a 45-11 record, their second straight CCAA title, 17th NCAA Championship Tournament in the past 22 seasons, and the top fielding percentage in the nation.

Gary Towne, Intercollegiate Athletics, was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Women’s Coach of the Year, and USTFCCCA Men’s Coach of the Year. He has now earned that title 18 times in his 22 seasons as the program’s head coach. Towne also added to his CCAA Coach of the Year total, taking home the award for both women’s and men’s cross country. Towne has now earned that title 22 times.

Ben Van Dusen, Science EducationBen Van Dusen, Science Education, codirected the Regional Learning Assistant (LA) workshop at Oregon State University where he prepared faculty from around the country to use LAs. Van Dusen traveled with his lab members to the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the Physics Education Research Conference (PERC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. At these conferences, Van Dusen was invited to give the talk “The Many Faces of Equity: A Systemic View of Near Peers in Physics,” and run the session “Professional Skills for Graduate Students session.” Other members of Van Dusen’s lab also gave a variety of presentations. For example, postdoctoral researcher Jayson Nissen presented the talk and poster “Performance on In-class vs. Online Administration of Concept Inventories and Attitudinal Assessments.” At the Frontier and Foundations in Physics Education Research Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, Van Dusen presented the poster “Systemic Inequities in Introductory Physics Courses: The Impacts of Learning Assistants” and Nissen presented the poster “The LASSO Platform: Assisting Instructors in Learning About STEM Student Outcomes.” At Chico State’s College of Natural Science poster session, Van Dusen presented the poster “The Learning Assistant Model’s Systemic Support of Marginalized Physics Students’ Learning.” At the National Association of Research on Science Teaching, Nissen presented the talk “The Impact of Learning Assistants on Inequities in Physics Student Outcomes.”

Gregory Watkins, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, was awarded the University’s Professional Achievement Honors.

Christine Witt, Business Information Systems

Christine Witt, Business Information Systems, hosted a faculty Level One ERPsim training in Chico during August. Faculty from universities across the United States and Mexico traveled to Chico to attend the training. The training was sponsored by Chico State’s Center for Enterprise Systems and Informatics Research and the College of Business.

Alyson Wylie, Center for Healthy Communities, Joan Giampaoli and Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Sciences and Center for Healthy Communities, and Jennifer Joyce, Center for Healthy Communities, copresented the paper “Parent and Teacher Perspectives on School-Based Mindful Eating Intervention” at the 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference in San Diego from May 30–June 2, 2017. Wylie and Goto, with graduate student Shannon Pierson, also copresented the paper “Teacher Observations and Impressions of Mindful Eating Lessons” at the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Expo in April 2017.

 

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

Cover art of the book Spectators: Flash Fictions, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Achievements

Rob Davidson, English, had his third book, Spectators: Flash Fictions, published in June and it was nominated by the press, Five Oaks, for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. Read more.

Miguel Maldonado is one of 800,000 Dreamers affected by the revocation of DACA.

Here to Thrive: A Chico State Dreamer Shares His Story

Despite the planned revocation of DACA, Dreamer and Chico State student Miguel Maldonado says he is not afraid and is here to stay. Read more.