A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
December 8, 2005 Volume 36 / Number 4




Mahalley Allen, Political Science, published “Laying Down the Law? Interest Group Influence on State Adoption of Animal Cruelty Felony Laws” in Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3.

Eric Ayars, Physics, published “Fake Papers as Investigation Prompts” in Journal of Physics Education, November 2005.

Sharon Barrios and Lori M. Weber, Political Science, published “Beyond the Audience of One: Producing a Student Journal of Politics,” forthcoming in PS: Political Science and Politics.

Kenny Chan, Finance and Marketing, co-authored and published “Product Associations and Tourism Marketing” in Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, Vol. 5, No. 2.

Jim Dwyer, Meriam Library; James Karman, professor emeritus, English; Kate McCarthy, Religious Studies; and Sarah Pike, Religious Studies, contributed to the two-volume Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Bron Taylor, editor-in-chief; Sarah Pike, associate editor (Continuum International, 2005).

Diana Dwyre, Political Science, with Robin Kolodny, Temple University, published “The Parties’ Congressional Campaign Committees in 2004,” in The Election after Reform: Money, Politics and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, edited by Michael Malbin (forthcoming 2006, Rowman and Littlefield Press); and “Learning a New Rule Book: Party Money in the Post-BCRA World,” in Financing the 2004 Election, edited by David Magleby (forthcoming 2005, Brookings Institution Press).

Bill Evans, Distributed Learning Technologies, and Vicky Breeden, Academic Technologies, published “CSU, Chico Develops Process to Choose Its Next-Generation Learning Management System” in the online publication Higher Learning, November/December 2005.

Philip Gash, Physics, published “So You Thought a Glass Thermometer Measured Temperature” in Journal of Fusion, a publication of American Scientific Glassblowers Society, May 2005.

Mike Graf, Child Development, published Whale Rescue and Glowworms (Harcourt Achieve, 2005).

Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, published a review of Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius, by Leo Damrosch, in the San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 13, 2005.

George Keithley, professor emeritus, English, has short stories appearing in the current issues of The Sewanee Review and Brilliant Corners. Two of his poems will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Sewanee Review and another poem in the Winter issue of Literary Imagination. He is, again, a contributing editor for The Pushcart Prize.

Donna Kemp, Political Science, is currently writing Mental Health Issues in America (ABC-CLIO, 2006).

Michael Magliari, History, published a review of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation, by Tammy Horn, in Ohio Valley History, Fall 2005.

Diane Schmidt, Political Science, was a collaborative author of “Avoiding Plagiarism Tutorial for Political Science,” published online as part of a MyPoliSciLab course, launched by Pearson Longman.

Michele Shover, Political Science, published “The End of the California Indian War on the Butte County Front: 1864–1865” in California Territorial Quarterly, Summer 2005.

Barbara Sudick, Communication Design, published “More Than the Sum of Its Parts,” an article highlighting the work of six of her students, on adobe.com (www.adobe.com/education/designschools/spotlights/chico.html).

Ela Thurgood, English, published “Correlates of the Tones of Tsat, an Endangered Language of Hainan” in Proceedings of the 12th International Congress on Sound and Vibration, 2005.

Charles Turner, Political Science, published “A New Honesty for a New Game: Distinguishing Cheating From Learning in a Web-Based Testing Environment” in Journal of Political Science Education, Vol. 1, No. 2.

Byron Wolfe, Communication Design, with co-authors Mark Klett and Rebecca Solnit, published Yosemite in Time: Ice Ages, Tree Clocks, Ghost Rivers (Trinity University Press: San Antonio, Texas, 2005). Yosemite in Time is also an exhibition at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive; it runs through Dec. 23. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art placed a piece from Yosemite in Time in their permanent collection exhibition Picturing Modernity; the exhibition runs through Jan. 22, 2006. The Yosemite in Time project was profiled in Sierra (July/August 2005), and the book was reviewed by National Geographic Adventure (October 2005).


Roy Crosbie, Electrical Engineering, received $75,000 from the Office of Naval Research to collaborate with the University of South Carolina and the University of Glasgow on techniques that support simulations of autonomous underwater vehicles.

Herman Ellis, associate vice president for Student Life, received $14,000 from the Prevention Research Center (PRC) to fund education for students about the laws concerning underage drinking. The PRC is a national center for the study of environmental approaches to the prevention of alcohol and drug-related problems.

Georgia Fox, Anthropology, received $1,000 to conserve Hawaiian artifacts received from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

John McMurtry and Gina Johnston, Geological and Environmental Sciences, received $10,532 from Paradise Irrigation District to conduct a limnological investigation of water quality in the two reservoirs that serve as the water supply for the town of Paradise.

Dan Ripke, Center for Economic Development, received $72,800 from the USDA Rural Development Agency to develop an “Open for Business” video series emphasizing business development in rural California.

Jennifer Rotnem, Bidwell Environmental Institute, Natural Sciences, received $53,397 from Pacific Gas & Electric to implement surveys to estimate pre-spawning mortality among Butte Creek spring-run Chinook salmon.

Awards and Activities

Ed Bronson, professor emeritus, Political Science, prepared legal declarations and/or testimony in several cases, including work on behalf of the defense in U.S. v. W.R. Grace (the corporate defendant in A Civil Action), in which the company and several executives are charged with a conspiracy that led to asbestos poisoning deaths of 200 people; and in the Rodriguez case in North Dakota, in which a college woman was allegedly kidnapped from a shopping center and murdered. Bronson acted as a consultant in the case of the death of CSU, Chico student Matthew Carrington and in the Birmingham, Alabama, case of Eric Rudolph, who pleaded guilty to the murder of a doctor who performed abortions and to the Olympic bombing episode.

Morris Brown, Journalism, presented “Applying Sun Tzu’s Strategies to Enhance Business Student Comprehension of Public Relations Concepts” at the 2005 International Business and Economic Research Conference in Las Vegas, in October. The paper discusses how the principles of this Chinese military strategist can be applied to the role of public relations and reputation management in organizations. Brown also attended the National Black Public Relations Society Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Weikun Cheng, History, presented “Policing Women in Early Twentieth-Century Beijing” at the 11th Annual International Conference of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences in the U.S., in Fullerton, in October.

Roy Crosbie, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was an invited participant at “The Future of Power Electronics,” a workshop organized by the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, at the Wye Woods Conference Center, in Maryland, in August. Crosbie was moderator of the modeling and simulation session. The workshop was attended by approximately 80 invited participants from universities, industry, and government agencies.

Dane Frazier, Mike Boote, and Dana Reedy, Development and Advancement, attended the SungardSCT Education Technology Association Western Regional conference, Nov. 6–8 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were members of the conference planning committee: Frazier as program chair; Reedy, advancement/alumni chair; and Boote, audio-visual/technical liaison. They gave presentations or led panel discussions on their areas of expertise in SungardSCT Banner advancement software.

Beau Grosscup, Political Science, presented “Dodging the Terrorism Label” at the International Conference on Social Science Research, in December. He is a regular contributor to InterPress News Service and KPFA Pacifica Radio (San Francisco).

Ralph Huntsinger, professor emeritus, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, presented lectures at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, in Korea, this fall semester.

Jim Jacob, Political Science, presented “The Movement to Make English the Official Language of the United States,” in French, at a joint meeting of the Society of Basque Studies and the French-American Society, in Biarritz, France, in August.

Michael Magliari, History, sat on the panel “Pacific Bound: Movement, Race, and Labor in 19th-Century California” at the Western History Association annual meeting, in October. Magliari chaired the panel “The Gunfight at Mussel Slough: History and Myth” at the annual meeting of the California Council for the Promotion of History, in October.

Jerry Ringel, Andrea Mox, and Jason Musselman, User Support Services, presented “Desktop Management: Reeling in the Great White Whale” at the annual meeting of the Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services in Monterey, in November.

Charles Turner, Political Science, presented “How Much Scope? What Kinds of Methods? Surveying the Undergraduate Scope and Methods Class” and chaired the panel “Court Agenda-Setting and Litigation” at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., in September. He also presented a “Preview of the Fall Ballot Initiatives” to the Chico Business and Professional Women organization, in September.