A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
April 13, 2006 Volume 36 / Number 7




Dalen Chiang, Accounting and Management Information Systems, had “Dimensions of Quality in Higher Education: How Academic Performance Affects University Students’ Teacher Evaluations” published in The Journal of American Academy of Business, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2006.

Paul Friedlander, Music, had the second edition of Rock and Roll: A Social History published by Westview/Perseus in 2006.

Larry L. Kirk, Chemistry; Larry F. Hanne, Dena M. Yoder, and Araceli Viramontes (student), Biological Sciences, had “Impact of Salmon Spawning on Microbial Communities in a Northern California River” published in the Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2006.

Duane Knudson, Kinesiology, had Biomechanical Principles of Tennis Technique published by Racquet Tech Press in 2006.

James Matray, History, had “The Korean Civil War” published in Revolution and Revolutionary Movements by Westview/Perseus, and had “Japan and North America” published in The Seventies in America by Salem Press, both in 2006. He also had a review of Korean Attitudes Toward the United States: Changing Dynamics, edited by David I. Steinberg, published in the October 2005 issue of Pacific Affairs. His review of Bradley K. Martin’s Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty will appear in the 2006 issue of Korean Studies.

James Morgan, Management, had “Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad Are Coming to Work: Will the Reception Be ‘Heavenly’?” published in the Journal of Business and Public Affairs, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2005, and had “Perhaps Oil and Water Can Mix: The Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2005” published in Employee Relations Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3, 2005.



Sam Edelman, Communication Arts and Sciences, received $10,000 from Koret for the Modern Jewish and Israel Studies program.

Tom Ferrara, Civil Engineering, received $38,178 from the University of Nevada, Reno to conduct research for Caltrans that will focus on three roundabout geometric design issues: maximum entry speeds, circulatory roadway diameter parameters, and sight distances.

Jim Fletcher, Recreation and Parks Management, received $9,616 from the University of California, Davis to provide personnel, facilities, and materials for follow-up telephone surveys of up to 300 farmers who did not respond to earlier mail surveys regarding water runoff permits from the State of California, a controversial issue in the farming community.

Joe Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, received $75,000 from the California Integrated Waste Management Board for evaluation of compostable packaging containers and bags in 2004. He also received $200,000 from the board for performance evaluation of environmentally degradable plastic packaging and disposable food service ware in 2005.

Chuck Nelson, Geographical Information Center, received $25,000 from the California Conservation Corps to locate, document, and map restoration activities by the CCC, the Department of Fish and Game, the Yurok Tribe, and other agencies on the lower Klamath River tributaries.

Dan Ripke, Center for Economic Development, received $5,117 from the Grindstone Rancheria to prepare a report of a study of the economic, market, technical, and financial feasibility of a proposed gravel extraction business at the rancheria in Glenn County. He also received $25,000 from SBC Excelerator to develop an interactive online community that will provide a venue for peer-to-peer collaboration and exchange of information for individuals and organizations that want to improve economic life in California.

Cindy Wolff, Biological Sciences, received $76,731 from the Butte County Office of Education to implement preschool nutrition educational activities and assist in implementing the Lunch Leagues program, including preparation and distribution of related materials, for three years.


Awards and Activities

Michelle Cepello and Teresa Davis, Professional Studies in Education, presented “Affirming Diversity through Community-Based, Service-Learning Strategies: What Candidates Should Learn and Be Able to Do” and “Expanding Community Partnerships: Collaborative Strategies for the Selection of Candidates and Improvement of Program Quality” at the 2006 Annual American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Conference in San Diego in January.

Dalen Chiang and Ru-fang Chiang, Accounting and Management Information Systems, presented “A Comparative Analysis of Operations Management Curriculum between California State University and Public Universities outside California” at the 18th Annual CSU-POM Faculty Conference at CSU, Monterey Bay in February.

Peter Cruise, Health and Community Services, chaired the graduate student research panels about “Contemporary Issues in Public Administration” at the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in February.

Joe Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, presented “Postconsumer Resin (PCR) Quality Assurance and Testing Protocol: Proposed Testing Protocol for PCR” and “Biodegradation of Compostable Plastics in Cow-Manure Compost Environment” at the Society of Plastics Engineers Global Environmental Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in March.

Christine Hsu, Finance and Marketing, had “Earnings Surprises and Portfolio Performance: Empirical Evidence from the U.S. Sector Markets” selected as the best peer-reviewed article in the 2004 issue of B>Quest, http://www.westga.edu/~bquest/2005/.

James Matray, History, participated in a roundtable titled “Culture, Money, and Power: American-East Asian Relations in Retrospect and Prospect” at the annual convention of the Asian Studies Association in San Francisco in April. In June, he will serve as commentator at a session titled “The U.S.-South Korean Alliance: Historical Perspectives on Current Issues” at the annual convention of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations at the University of Kansas.

Patricia Smiley, Kinesiology, presented “Content Management in Distance Education Courses” for the e-learning national conference sponsored by the Instructional Technology Council. E-learning is part of the New Media Consortium, an international consortium of 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies.

Greg Tropea, Philosophy, was elected to a three-year term as trustee of the Butte-Glenn Central Labor Council.