Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Student Service Learning in Health and Community Service

Several components have been added to the Department of Health and Community Service’s well-established service-learning curriculum in recent years. Many of these fall under TEAM Chapman, a set of projects in which college students team with public school students in programs that improve individual and community health. Programs have included an environmental school, community cleanups, workshops in leadership skills, and an educational program for migrant farmworkers and their families on the dangers of pesticides. HCSV students participated in the National Education Association’s Read Across America program in March 2005, reading to students in local schools. They also participated, with community members and children, in the creation of a community garden, called the Peace Garden.

Political Scientist is Research Fellow at Princeton

Alan Gibson, Department of Political Science, is a research fellow in the James Madison Program for ideas and institutions at Princeton University for the academic year 2005–2006. He also received an academic fellowship, along with Andrew Flescher, Department of Religious Studies, from the Foundation to Defend Democracies, for a 10-day course on terrorism at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University in June 2005.

Economist Publishes Book on Impacts of Markets

Michael Perelman, Department of Economics, published The Perverse Economy: The Impact of Markets on People and Nature in late 2005. Perelman, an international expert on agricultural economics, has written more than two dozen books and hundreds of articles in the field.

Political Scientist is E-Intelligent

Stafford Thomas, Department of Political Science, serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. He participated in a roundtable at the 2005 meeting of the Western Political Science Association, discussing e-intelligence analysis policy.

Sociologist Recognized as Expert on Cults

Janya Lalich, Department of Sociology, author of Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults (University of California Press, 2004), is interviewed often by national media on cult-related incidents. In spring 2005, she was interviewed by Los Angeles radio station KNX about a school shooting in Minnesota; she was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about the Children of God cult; and she was interviewed by Sacramento radio station KFBK about a foiled Valentine’s Day suicide pact.

Social Workers and Cultural Competency

Jean Schuldberg, School of Social Work, published The Challenge of Cross-Cultural Competency in Social Work: Experiences of Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States (Edwin Mellen Press, 2005), a study of cultural competency needs in social work education. Schuldberg coordinates the gerontology program for the School of Social Work.

Graduate Student Examines Mass Graves in Bosnia

Renee Kosalka, a master of arts candidate in physical anthropology, is a forensic anthropologist for the International Commission on Missing Persons. Kosalka is working in Bosnia and Herzegovina exhuming mass graves and examining remains, including those related to the Srebrenica Massacre of 1995. In January 2005, she worked as a morgue technician in Thailand following the tsunami disaster.

Forensic Anthropologist in Iraq

P. Willey, a board certified forensic anthropologist, spent two months in Iraq in the fall of 2004 assisting the Regime Crimes Liaison Office and their agent, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, in gathering evidence found in mass graves. Willey acted as senior anthropologist and morgue director. Willey, an expert in the forensics of bones, is one of two board certified forensic anthropologists heading the forensics program at CSU, Chico. Turhon Murad and Willey have consulted on forensics cases throughout the United States.

Grant for Child Public Welfare Grad Students

Jan O’Donnell, chair of the School of Social Work, received $306,084 from UC Berkeley for the Title IV-E Masters of Social Work Child Welfare Project. Twenty-six students will be enrolled in the MSW program in child public welfare.

They Know Where to Look

Diane Schmidt, Department of Political Science, and Kathleen Carlisle Fountain, Meriam Library, published “Locating Research Materials Using Indexes, Databases, and the Internet” in Writing in Political Science: A Practical Guide, (3rd ed., Longman, 2004).




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