Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Human Identification Lab supervisor Shannon Clinkinbeard, a graduate student in anthropology, and graduate student Stefanie Kline examine a human skull with Professor Eric Bartelink, center.

Outstanding Research Mentor

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, was chosen as the 2011–2012 Outstanding Research Mentor. Bartelink is a forensic anthropologist and director of the CSU, Chico Human Identification Laboratory. Bartelink has received National Science Foundation funding, as well as internal funding, to support student research in isotope studies.

Prestigious Fellowships for Two Faculty Members

Brian Oppy, Psychology chair, and Lori Beth Way, Political Science, have been named American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows for academic year 2012–2013. They are among 57 international recipients chosen for this program that prepares future leaders in higher education.

Anthropology Student Receives CSU Awards

Maija Glasier-Lawson, a graduate student in anthropology and archaeology, received the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement, one of 23 awarded in the CSU system, for her outstanding scholarship while overcoming personal adversity. In addition, she received the Galinson Scholarship for her more than 1,000 volunteer hours for CSU, Chico and for the community. The total of the two awards is $6,000.

Speaker’s Award for Expert on Cults

Janja Lalich, Sociology, was given the Speaker’s Award for her keynote presentation, “Re-forming the Self: The Impact and Consequences of Institutional Abuse,” at the first annual convention of Survivors of Institutional Abuse in spring 2012. Lalich is the author of Bounded Choice: True Believers and Charismatic Cults and Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships.


Sherrow Pindar, Political Science and Multicultural and Gender Studies, published American Multicultural Studies: Diversity of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality (SAGE Publications, 2012). She also delivered a keynote address, “Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity,” at Hobart and William Smith College in spring 2012.

Kimberlee Candela, Political Science, published two encyclopedia articles—“Brown v. Mississippi (1936)” and “Johnson v. Zerbst (1938)”—in The Thirties in America (Salem Press, 2011) and the book chapter “Miranda Rights” in Key Issues in Crime and Punishment, Volume Three: Courts, Law and Justice (SAGE Publications, 2011).

Chris Coughlin, Child Development, Jesse Dizard, Anthropology, and Judy Bordin, Faculty Affairs, co-authored with Gloysis Mayers, Zayed University, “Cultural Context and Children’s Perceptions of Conflict and Peace” in Nurture: Research Journal of Pakistan Home Economics Association (2011).

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