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Behavioral and Social Sciences


Infant Observation Room Launched

The Child Development Program and Associated Students Child Development Laboratory collaborated on an Infant Classroom observation room. Professor Cindy Ratekin spearheaded the project, which enhances observation and research opportunities.

Faculty and Students in the UAE

Professors Chris Coughlin, Child Development, and Jesse Dizard, Anthropology, traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with students Caity Sanders, Child Development, and Sean Moriarty, Anthropology, for their project “Children’s Perceptions of Conflict and Conceptions of Peace: A Cross-Cultural Comparison between the United Arab Emirates and the United States.” They collaborated with students from Zayed University.

Interdisciplinary Center on Aging Established

Seema Sehrawat, School of Social Work, is director of the new Interdisciplinary Center on Aging. Its mission includes the creation of innovative partnerships in the North State.

Professor Helps Create International Program

Neil Schwartz, Psychology, was instrumental in establishing the Dual Master’s Degree in International Cognitive Visualization, a collaboration between CSU, Chico; the Université Pierre-Mendès-France–Grenoble II in France; and the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany. The degree prepares cognitive visualization specialists to work with global companies.

State Capitol Interns Honored

Political Science students Kathryn Huttleston and Scotty Whyte, who both have internships at the state capitol, received Charles M. Price Fellow Awards.

Economist Honored

Michael Perelman, Economics, received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Political Economy for the 20th Century from the World Association of Political Economy in May 2010. His latest book is The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).

National Award

Margaret Leigey, Political Science, received the 2009 SAGE Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Opens Its Doors

The Museum of Anthropology, established in 1970, has been reborn as the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology in a new location in the Meriam Library complex. The museum serves as a training ground for Museum Studies students and as a way to reach out to the North State community. Its name honors Professor Emerita Valene Smith.




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