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Leading Faculty

Kinesiologist Chosen For Prestigious Fellowship

Gayle Hutchinson, chair of the Department of Kinesiology, was selected for the 2005–2006 American Council on Education Fellows program. This leadership development program prepares senior leadership for colleges and universities. Hutchinson has taught as a professor of teacher education in physical education since 1990. Her research includes teacher socialization, social equity, and teacher professional development. She received an EdD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1990.

Contemporary Religions Scholar is Outstanding Professor

Sarah Pike, Department of Religious Studies, was named Outstanding Professor 2004–2005 based on her publications, which include two books, her national reputation in the field of religious studies in America, and her exemplary teaching. Columbia University Press published her second book, New Age and Neopagan Religions in America, in 2004. Pike received her PhD from Indiana University in 1998.

Business Professor’s Book Targets Global Marketplace

Finance and marketing professor Nitish Singh and Arun Pereira, from Saint Louis University, co-authored The Culturally Customized Web Site (Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005). Designed for managers, executives, and Web designers in Web localization and marketing, the book will be used for university courses in e-marketing and international marketing. Singh was also appointed, with Kenny Chan, to the executive board of directors of the International Digital Business Academy.

Good Nutrition for Kids in the North State

Cindy Wolff is the director of the Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium (SCNAC), a network of agencies and school districts partnering to promote a healthy diet and physical activity in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students throughout the North State. Professor Wolff formed the program in 2001 in response to concerns raised by local school nurses and teachers. SCNAC has received more than $5.4 million in funding for the next three years; staff members include 40 undergraduate and graduate student interns from eight departments and faculty from four departments.

Microbiologist is Leader in Environmental Sustainability

Jim Pushnik, who holds the Rawlins Chair of Environmental Literacy, was one of 20 people from around the world selected to attend an Alliance for Global Sustainability workshop in Braunwald, Switzerland, in summer 2005. The attendees represented different types of higher education and focused on integrating concepts of sustainability and sustainable development into the curriculum of higher education. Pushnik, a molecular biologist, was the CSU, Chico Outstanding Professor in 1998. His research focuses on finding ways to help mitigate the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. As the Rawlins Chair of Environmental Literacy, Pushnik is a leader in increasing the environmental education available to students.

Altruism Course Receives National Recognition

A course developed and taught by Andrew Flescher, Department of Religious Studies, and Daniel Worthen, Department of Psychology, has been recognized as one of the top ethics courses in the country. “What Motivates Altruism?” was one of 11 courses selected for top honors by the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love.

New Center for Tolerance

Professor Sam Edelman, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Professor Carol Edelman, Department of Sociology, have worked together to create and fund the California Center of Excellence for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, Human Rights and Tolerance. The center was officially created in 2002 with the passage of the state Tolerance Education Act. The center provides resources to teachers statewide for teaching the Holocaust and other human rights and diversity subjects. The Office of Sponsored Programs honored the Edelmans as Outstanding Project Directors for 2004.

Faculty Honored for Professional Achievements

David Ball, Department of Chemistry, was recognized for his mentoring of undergraduate students and involving them in research. He obtained $40,000 in funds from a pharmaceutical company for summer scholarships for students researching synthetic organic chemistry.

Mark Tomita, Department of Health and Community Services, is nationally recognized for his work in health and education and public health informatics. He launched a peer-reviewed electronic scholarly journal, the California Journal of Health Promotion.

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