Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Behavioral and Social Sciences


Portable Solar Light Project

Professor Stacy Schaefer, Anthropology, collaborating with Shelia Kennedy, Harvard University, had her portable solar light project among the Huichol Indians featured in the exhibition on sustainable design, Designing for the Other 90%, at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Plotting for Success

Students from Geography and Planning won top awards at the California Geographical Society meeting. Janna Waligorski won first place for her map Shasta Valley Surface Geology; Michael Commons won the Geosystems Award for research on the invasive star thistle and second place for his map Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace: Race to the Theory of Evolution; and Sylvana Cares won third place in paper cartography for Invasion of the Tree of Heaven and the Historic Transcontinental Railroad.

Women as Global Leaders

Dean Gayle Hutchinson and Child Development faculty Chris Coughlin, Judy Bordin, and Cindy Ratekin traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to the Women as Global Leaders Conference. Honors students Allison Schultz and Emma Nie, with students from Zayed University, presented findings on their cross-cultural study “Children’s Perceptions of War and Peace.”

Investigating Human Kindness

Daniel L. Worthen, Psychology, and Andrew Flescher, Religious Studies, co-authored The Altruistic Species: Scientific, Philosophical, and Religious Perspectives of Human Benevolence (Templeton Foundation Press, 2007).

The Polygamist Cult Debate

Professor Janja Lalich, Sociology, participated in meetings convened by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to address how to serve the needs of children removed from the FLDS polygamist community in Eldorado, Texas, in April 2008. Lalich is the author of Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults and Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships.

Faculty Books

Diana Dwyre, Political Science, co-authored Limits and Loopholes: The Quest for Money, Free Speech, and Fair Elections (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008). Tony Waters, Sociology, published When Killing Is a Crime (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007). P. Willey, Forensic Anthropology, co-authored with Thomas P. Lowry, MD, Mystery of the Bones: Syphilis, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Arikara Indians (Vallombrosa Press, 2008).

Danielle Casal

Down to Bare Bones

Graduate student Melanie Beasley, with the aid of Professor Eric Bartelink, Forensic Anthropology, was key in finding resources to establish a new stable isotope preparation lab within the Human Identification Lab to analyze bones from historic sites.

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