Summer Robotics Camp for Junior High Girls
Professors Benjoe Juliano and Renee
Renner from the Department
of Computer Science, and Ramesh Varahamurti
from the Mechatronic Engineering faculty were awarded a $346,000
National Science Foundation Grant to start an Intelligent
Systems Laboratory. The grant funding covers robotics equipment,
robotics classes for computer science and engineering students,
and partial funding for a summer robotics camp for junior
high girls for three years.
Historian Named Outstanding Professor
Professor Laird M. Easton,
Department of History, was named Outstanding Professor
for 2003–2004, the highest honor awarded to faculty
at CSU, Chico. The Faculty Recognition and Support Committee
recommends the recipient from a pool of high-achieving faculty
nominated by their colleagues. Easton received the honor for
his scholarly research and writing, which resulted in the
highly acclaimed The Red Count: The Life and Times of
Harry Kessler; his high-quality teaching; and his dedicated
mentoring of graduate students.
Linguist Selected as Outstanding Teacher
Professor Sara Trechter, Department
of English, was selected by the Faculty Recognition and
Support Committee as the 2003–2004 Outstanding Teacher.
Trechter received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University
of Kansas in 1995. Her fields of specialization include Native
American languages with an emphasis in Siouan languages, gender
and language, and comparative/historical linguistics.
Political Scientist Heads to Latvia
Professor Donna Kemp, Department
of Political Science, received a Fulbright Fellowship
for Eurofaculty. She taught two courses at the University
of Latvia in Riga in August 2004 and continued her research
on health. Kemp’s fields of expertise are public policy,
particularly health, mental health, and disaster policies.
Receives Fulbright Fellowship
Fruit production expert Rich Rosecrance,
College of Agriculture, received a Fulbright Fellowship
to South Africa. He will carry out research and teach classes
in pomology (fruit production) in Stellenbosch, South Africa
for 10 months beginning in July 2004. Rosecrance will teach
the physiology of fruit production to help students understand
the biology and management of orchard systems and how to improve
Health Services Administrator is Top Adviser
Richard Narad, Department
of Health and Community Services, received an Outstanding
Advising Award at the 2004 National Academic Advising Association
meeting. Narad was also honored as an outstanding project
director by the Office of Sponsored Programs for the eight
project awards totaling $574,469 he has received in the past
three years. His research focuses on public policy related
to the planning, implementation, and management of emergency
medical service systems.
Knots with the Big Guys
Thomas Mattman and Colin Gallagher,
Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, have received a three-year, $200,000 National
Science Foundation grant to provide research experiences for
undergraduates and teachers. Each summer for three years,
six undergraduate students and two high school math teachers
will visit the campus to do research with mathematics professors.
In 2004, the focus of the program was knot theory. In coming
summers, students will work on problems in number theory,
statistics, mathematical modeling, and dynamic geometry.
Worldwide SAP Alliance
Roy Boykin, associate dean of the College
of Business, has been a member of the leadership team
for the college’s partnership with SAP since its beginning
in 1995, and is currently the director of the program. SAP
AG, the world’s leading enterprise software company,
works with universities to develop and implement cutting-edge
information technology curriculum, bringing state-of-the-art
IT to the classroom.
Lifetime Achievement in Nutrition
Professor Faye Johnson, Department of Nutrition
and Food Sciences, was presented with the 2004 Presidential
Mentoring Award for Lifetime Achievement for Shaping the Future
of Dietetics from the California Dietetics Association. Suzanna
Nye, CDA president and a former student of Johnson’s,
presented the award.