A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
November 10, 2005 Volume 36 / Number 3




Ed Abramson, Psychology, published “10 Easy Back-to-School Tips to Help Children (and Parents!) Eat Smarter This Fall” on www.singlemom.com, Aug. 25, 2005.

David Ball, Chemistry, and student Jennifer Howell, with colleagues from UC Santa Barbara, published “New Conjunctive Reagents as Cross-Coupling Partners En Route to Retinoid-like Polyenes” in Organic Letters, June 16, 2005.

Kristopher Blee, Biological Sciences, and students William Gray and Barum Kavousi presented “Physiological and Ultrastructural Analysis of Leaves in Response to Class III Peroxidase Gene Silencing” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists, in Seattle, in July. Blee, Gordon Wolfe, Biological Sciences, and seven students presented “Are Root-Associated Bacterial Communities Affected by Plant Defense?” at the same meeting.

Simon M. Goberstein, Mathematics and Statistics, published “PA-isomorphisms of Inverse Semigroups” in Algebra Universalis (Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland), Vol. 53, No. 4, September 2005.

Duane Knudson, Kinesiology, coauthored “Variability of Impact Kinematics and Margin for Error in the Tennis Forehand of Advanced Players,” published in Sports Engineering, No. 8, 2005.

Annette Levi, Agriculture, Kenny Chan, Marketing, and Dan Pence, Sociology, will publish “Real Men Don’t Read Labels: The Effects of Masculinity and Involvement on College Students’ Food Decisions” in an upcoming issue of Journal of American College Health.

Greg Liggett, Natural Sciences, Northern California History Museum, published “A Review of the Dinosaurs from Kansas” in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Sciences, Vol. 108, Nos. 1–2. He co-authored and published “Cenomanian (late cretaceous) Reptiles From Northwestern Russell County, Kansas” in PaleoBios, Vol. 25, No. 2.

Brian Paciotti, Sociology, published “Homicide in Seattle’s Chinatown, 1900-1940” in Homicide Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3, August 2005.

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, published the chapter “Evolutionary Consequences of Plant Invasions” in Conceptual Ecology and Invasions Biology: Reciprocal Approaches to Nature (Kluwer Press, 2005). She also published, with Jeff Bell, Biological Sciences, “Genetic Variation and Phylogeographic Analyses of Two Species of Carpobrotus and Their Hybrids in California” in Molecular Ecology, Vol. 14, 2005. Schierenbeck, Lawrence Janeway, Biological Sciences, and students Anil Kapoor and Frances Phipps, published “A Genetic and Morphological Study of Clarkia stellata and Related Species in Northeastern California (Onagraceae) in Madroño, 2005.

Ela Thurgood, English, published a review of Phonological Representation and Phonetic Phasing: Affricates and Laryngeals by Wolfgang Kohrein (2002) in Word, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2004.

Charles Turner, Political Science, published The Politics of Minor Concerns: American Indian Policy and Congressional Dynamics (University Press of America, 2005).

Joel Zimbelman, professor emeritus, Religious Studies, and Becky White, Philosophy, are co-editors of Moral Dilemmas in Community Healthcare: Cases and Commentaries (Pearson-Longman, 2005).


Jorgen Berglund, Mathematics and Statistics, received $94,250 from the Tehama County Office of Education to provide mathematics content and lesson methodology to teachers.

Paul Persons and Dane Cameron, Political Science, received $35,974 from Butte County for student assistants to provide legal services to Butte County Jail inmates.

Carol Childers, Area Agency on Aging, received $78,036 from the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund senior companion projects, $284,487 to fund the foster grandparent program, and $22,500 to provide mentoring to children in foster care.

Arlene Hostetter, Area Agency on Aging, received $738,208 from the California Department of Aging to continue to provide case management services, which keep local elderly from inappropriate placement in nursing facilities and foster independent living.

Ted Singelis, Psychology, received $172,000 from the National Institutes of Health for his study “Measures for Mexican American Weight Reduction Research.”

Masami Toku, Art and Art History, received $15,000 from the Japan Foundation to conduct an international conference on girls’ manga (comic book) art.

Paul Villegas, MESA, received $74,287 from EdFund to provide instruction to high school students and their parents about financial aid for college.

Awards and Activities

Tag Engstrom, Biological Sciences, attended an NSF workshop on freshwater turtle and tortoise genetics hosted by the Museum of Comparative Zoology, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in August.

Bruce Grelle, Religious Studies, was a guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Crossing Paths: The Intersection of Religion with Education,” a call-in show hosted by Ben Mehrens, on May 9.

Colleen Hatfield, Biological Sciences, co-presented “The Importance of Landscape-level Analyses in Understanding Bat Mortality at Wind Energy Sites” at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, in Montreal, in August.

Greg Liggett, Natural Sciences, executive director of Northern California Natural History Museum, Rachel Teasdale, Geological and Environmental Sciences, and Shirley Swanson, museum board member, presented “Public Outreach and Participation in the Natural Sciences Through Collaborative Efforts of the Northern California Natural History Museum and CSU, Chico” at the Geological Society of American Annual Meeting in October. Liggett co-presented “Unique Paddle Morphology of the Pliosaur (Plesiosauria) Brachauchenius lucasi” at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology annual meeting, in October.

Paul Lopez, Sociology and Chicano Studies, is collecting oral histories of former Mexican braceros for the Institute of Oral History Project at the University of Texas, El Paso, where they will be archived. Lopez’s oral histories will also be presented in the Latino section of the Smithsonian Institute’s Web site, and be part of an in-progress project on Latino history from the 1940s and 1950s for the Smithsonian.

Michael Magliari, History, received the 2005 Ray Allen Billington Award from the Western History Association for his article “Free Soil, Unfree Labor: Cave Johnson Couts and the Binding of Indian Workers in California, 1850–1867,” published in the Pacific Historical Review, August 2004.

James Morgan, Management, presented “God at Work: An Analysis of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2005” at the annual meeting of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in San Francisco, in August.