A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 11, 2006 Volume 36 / Number 8




Mahalley Allen, Political Science, had “Understanding Variations in Media Coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: Comparing Media Outlets in Their Coverage of Lawrence v. Texas” published in Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2006.

Jay Bogiatto, Biological Sciences, had “A Diet Analysis of the Barn Owl, Tyto alba, in Northeastern California with Notes on Comparative Methodologies” published in California Fish and Game, Vol. 92, No. 1, 2006.

Ed Bronson, professor emeritus Political Science, had “Severance” published in Jurywork: Systematic Techniques, 3rd ed., 2006, edited by W. Roundtree and E. Krauss, and had three pieces published in the second edition. He also co-authored the chapters “Pretrial and Trial Publicity” and “Change of Venue” in California Criminal Law Procedure & Practice, 8th ed., 2005.

Alan Gibson, Political Science, had Interpreting the Founding: Guide to the Enduring Debates over the Origins and Foundations of the American Republic published by the University Press of Kansas, 2006. He also had a review of James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government, edited by Samuel Kernell, published in Perspectives on Politics, 2006.

Liahna Gordon, Sociology, had “Bringing the U-Haul: Embracing and Resisting Sexual Stereotypes in a Lesbian Community” published in Sexualities, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2006.

Beau Grosscup, Political Science, had Strategic Terror: The Politics and Ethics of Aerial Bombardment published by Zed Books, 2006.

Bob Jackson, Political Science, had Annual Editions: Global Issues 06/07, 22nd ed., published by McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2006.

Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, had a review of Philip Jenkins’ Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America published in the March 12 issue of the San Francisco Sunday Chronicle.

Steve Lewis, History, co-edited The Eagle and the Virgin: Nation and Cultural Revolution in Mexico, 1920–1940, published by Duke University Press, 2005.

Kristen Mahlis, English, had “M. Nourbese Philip: Language, Place, Exile” published in the Journal of West Indian Literature, spring 2006. She also organized and chaired a panel about “Postcolonial Women’s Writing” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association meeting in Malibu in November.

Michael Marchetti, Biological Sciences, co-authored “Effects of Urbanization on California’s Fish Diversity: Differentiation, Homogenization, and the Influence of Spatial Scale” in Biological Conservation, Vol. 127, No. 3, 2006. He also co-authored “Proliferation Zones in the Salmon Telencephalon and Evidence for Environmental Influence on Proliferation Rate” in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A, Vol. 141, 2005.

Kate McCarthy, Religious Studies, had Interfaith Encounters in America published by Rutgers University Press, 2006.

Shekhar Misra and Gary McMahon, College of Business, had “Diversity in Higher Education: The 3 Rs” accepted for publication in the Journal of Education in Business.

James Morgan, Management, had “Religion at Work: A Legal Quagmire” published in the British journal Managerial Law, Vol. 47, No. 3/4, 2005.

Gary Peters, Geography and Planning, had “No One Exam Will Show If a Student Is Prepared for Life after High School” published in San Luis Obispo’s The Tribune on Jan. 15.

Rick Ruddell, Political Science, had “Social Disruption, State Formation, and Minority Threat: A Cross-National Study of Imprisonment” published in Punishment & Society, Vol. 7, 2005, and he co-authored “State Background Checks and Firearms Homicides,” published in Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 33, 2005.

Helga Ruge, retired lecturer Foreign Languages and Literatures, had Whither the Promised Land published by Clay and Marshall, 2005.

Stacy Schaefer, Anthropology, had “Plants and Healing on the Wixárika (Huichol) Peyote Pilgrimage” published in Pilgrimage and Healing, edited by Jill Dubuish and Michael Winkelman, by University of Arizona Press, 2005.

Michele Shover, Political Science, had Exploring Chico’s Past ... and Other Essays published by Xlibris Press, 2005.

Cynthia Siemsen, Sociology, had “Women Criminal Lawyers” published in Rethinking Gender, Crime, and Justice: Feminist Readings, edited by Claire Renzetti et al., by Roxbury, 2006.

Matthew O. Thomas, Political Science, co-authored “Non-Regime Politics: Using Regime Analysis to Understand the Aftermath of Katrina and New Orleans,” published in Urban Affairs Review, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2006.

Charles C. Turner and Lori Beth Way, Political Science, had “Disagreement on the Rehnquist Court: The Dynamics of Supreme Court Concurrence” published in American Politics Research, 2006.

Tony Waters, Sociology, had “Markets and Morality: American Relations with Tanzania” published in African Studies Quarterly, spring 2006 (web.africa.ufl.edu/asq). He also had “Why Students Think There Are Two Kinds of American History” published in The History Teacher, November 2005.

David Wood, Jim Pushnik, and Brianna Borders, Biological Sciences, had “Comparison of Leaf Litter Decomposition Rates in Restored and Mature Riparian Forests on the Sacramento River” published in Restoration Ecology, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2006..


Awards and Activities

Edward Abramson, professor emeritus Psychology, had his book Body Intelligence: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, and Feel Great About Your Body Without Dieting! chosen as a Wellness Finalist in the Books For a Better Life Awards by the Multiple Sclerosis Society in February. He also presented “The Psychology of Weight Regulation: Eating, Exercise, and Body Image” at the California Psychological Association convention in San Francisco in March.

Mahalley Allen, Political Science, presented “Understanding State Adoptions of Factory Farm Regulations” at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in March.

Ed Bronson, professor emeritus Political Science, prepared change-of-venue declarations and/or testimony in several recent cases, including criminal litigation against former Enron executives Jeffrey Skilling and Kenneth Lay, and HealthSouth financier Richard Scrushy.

Alan Gibson, Political Science, presented “Extending the Sphere: The Original Meaning and Contemporary Implications of Madison’s Argument from the Tenth Federalist Paper” at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University in February. He also presented “Democracy and the Founders’ Constitution: Towards a Balanced and Apolitical Assessment” at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in April. A 2005–2006 Research Fellow in the Madison program at Princeton, Gibson was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend for 2006.

Tom Lando, Political Science, was awarded the Ross Clayton Lifetime Distinguished Public Service Award by the Sacramento Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

Michael Leitner, Recreation and Parks Management, was a keynote speaker about “The Role of Leisure in Maximizing Healthy Life Span and Participation by Elders in Sports” at the Israel Society of Sports Medicine and 22nd International Jerusalem Symposium on Sports Medicine Conference in Ramat-Gan, Israel, in April. He also chaired a session about cardiac physiology and presented “Practical Aspects of Exercise and Training for Elders.”

James Luyirika-Sewagudde Jr., Graduate, International, and Interdisciplinary Studies, received the inaugural Exemplary Service Award from the National Student Exchange at its recent Annual Placement Conference. NSE is the domestic parallel to study-abroad, with exchange sites at 182 university members in the United States and Canada.

Paul Persons, Political Science, directed a workshop about “Environmental Practice—Ethical Issues” at the Land, Air, and Water Conference at the University of Oregon Law School in March, and he presented “Carrot or Stick, Working Towards Sustainability” at the CSU, Chico Sustainability Conference in March. He was awarded the Community Activist Award by the Women’s Health Specialists/Feminist Women’s Health Centers, and a Special Recognition for Community Activity by the Office of the California Assembly.

Stacy Schaefer, Anthropology, presented “Peyote, Tobacco, and Other Sacred Plants in Wixárika (Huichol) and Native American Church Rituals” at the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C., in December 2005. She received $3,374 from the Schaller Endowment for South American Anthropology to return to the desert of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, for further research in weaving, llama, and coca traditions, and to extend research to several indigenous communities in the region of La Paz, Bolivia. She was also invited to the Harvard Graduate School of Design in December as a consulting scholar in the final evaluation of portable solar light prototypes for rural indigenous communities.

Diane Schmidt, Political Science, participated in the Nonprofit Resource Center’s “Fundamentals of Board Leadership in Butte County” in March and in “Towards Sustainability” at the CSU, Chico Sustainability Conference in March.

Cynthia Siemsen, Sociology, was a reviewer for the second year for the National Science Foundation’s Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program in March.

Matthew O. Thomas, Political Science, presented “Keeping Control While Reaching for Rehabilitation: Juvenile Hall Culture” at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Toronto, Ontario, in November. He also co-presented “Who’s in the Know: Citizen Knowledge of Community Policing” and was a panelist for “Author Meets Critics: Archon Fung’s Empowered Participation” at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in Atlanta, Georgia, in January.

Ela Thurgood, English, presented “An Exploration of Intrinsic F0 in Hainan Cham Tones” at the Second International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages in La Rochelle, France, in April.

Graham Thurgood, English, presented “Hainan Cham, Anong, and Phan Rang Cham: Three Languages, Three Social Contexts, Three Patterns of Change” at the third Oxford-Kobe Linguistics Seminar at St. Catherine’s College, Kobe, Japan, in April.

Lori M. Weber, Political Science, was selected by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research for its Official Representatives’ Sabbatical Program in summer 2006 at the University of Michigan. She was also selected by the Field Institute for the 2006 Question Credits Program, for which she will write six questions for an upcoming California Field Poll.



Jorgen Berglund and William Fisher, Mathematics and Statistics, received $36,000 from the University of California Office of the President to provide a mathematics program to potential mathematics teachers and recruitment funds to support the program.

Jack Brown, KCHO, received $159,559 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to purchase on-air programs from NPR and others.

Sam Edelman, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Carol Edelman, Sociology, received $50,000 from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany to train K–12 teachers in California about the Holocaust and genocides.

Tag Engstrom, Biological Sciences, received $60,210 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Restoration Program for genetic analysis of giant garter snake populations in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys.

Tom Fox, English, received $35,000 from the University of California Office of the President for the Northern California Writing Project to provide leadership development and intensive programs for performance to teachers of low-income communities.

Joe Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, and Ken Derucher, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, received $500,000 from the Department of Labor for the Plastics Laboratory renewal in 2004. They also received $500,000 from the Department of Education for a second Plastics Laboratory renewal in 2005.

Karen Hafenstein, Art and Art History, received $20,000 from the University of California Office of the President to provide teacher leadership, direct service, and regional offerings in the arts, to maintain professional networks, and to have a campus presence on northeastern California community college campuses and at CSU, Chico.

Mike Kotar, Education, received $100,000 from the Shasta County Board of Education for an alternative certification/intern program.

Michael Marchetti, Biological Sciences, received $24,986 from the Butte County Water and Resource Conservation Department to conduct aquatic systems biomonitoring research to determine the possibility of using aquatic insects and fish larvae to monitor the environmental health of seasonal streams in Northern California.

Bev Marcum, Biological Sciences, and Esther Larocco, Professional Studies in Education, received $28,470 from the University of California Office of the President for continuing professional development institutes for teachers focused on science content instruction in Northern California.

Antoinette Martinez and Amy Huberland, Anthropology, received $66,537 from the California Department of Parks and Recreation for the Northeast Information Center to report location maps and historical resource records on file at the center and provide final versions of converted data in conjunction with bibliographic data.

Rita Mulholland, Professional Studies in Education, and Chris Prator, Disability Support Services, received $58,919 from Sonoma State University to provide CSU faculty with skills, support, and training to ensure that students with disabilities are provided a quality postsecondary education.

Jan O’Donnell, School of Social Work, received $318,586 from the University of California, Berkeley to fund 15 part-time BSW students and $790,534 from UC Berkeley to fund 26 full-time MSW students. She also received $250,000 from the University of California Regents to provide financial aid to MSW students who will commit to employment in a county mental health agency or nonprofit community-based organization under contract to a county public mental health agency.

Maggie Payne, Alice Bell, and Bruce Cole, Education, received $15,000 from the University of California Office of the President for mentor teachers, alignment of curriculum, and expansion of professional community network for the Northern California Foreign Language Project.

Jim Richmond and Kimi Kinoshita, Professional Studies in Education, received $19,500 from the University of California Office of the President for the California Reading and Literature Project serving K–12 teachers in Northern California.

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, received $268,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior Central Valley Project Conservation Program for investigations of the restoration and management of Cordylanthus palmatus at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge complex.

Dale Steiner, History, received $21,500 from the University of California Office of the President for the North State History-Social Science Project to develop teachers’ content knowledge and improve their instructional practices. Steiner and Jennifer Metherd, History, received $280,345 from the Glenn County Office of Education to provide U.S. history education for teachers in surrounding school districts for three years.

Bill Wattenburg and Mike Ward, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, received $25,000 from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to build and provide 12 tethered robotic vehicles for their laboratory.


In The News

Ed Abramson, professor emeritus Psychology, was interviewed on the Morning News on KRON 4 on Feb. 11 about “How to Eat Chocolate.” He has been quoted in US Weekly several times, most recently on Feb. 6. His book Body Intelligence was quoted in The Washington Post on April 6 (www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2006/04/05/AR2006040500757.html?referrer=emailarticle). He was also interviewed about preventing childhood obesity on The Parent Report, a radio program heard in 80 markets in Canada.

Ed Bronson, professor emeritus Political Science, was quoted in “An Enron Jury Free of Grudges?” in The New York Times on Jan. 30, and he was quoted in the Jan. 18 Omaha, Nebraska, World-Herald as an expert in the effort to move the Enron executives’ trial. He was also interviewed about the Enron case by CNBC on March 10 and by the Financial News Network on March 16.

Diana Dwyre, Political Science, was quoted in a Jan. 8 article in the Redding Record-Searchlight about the morality and ethical nature of trips by Rep. Wally Herger and others funded by groups with links to lobbyists.

Jim Fletcher, Survey Research Center, was quoted in a Jan. 15 article in the Contra Costa Times about a survey conducted by the NAACP about alleged profiling of blacks and Latinos by San Jose police.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, was quoted in the Marin Independent Journal on Feb. 26 about the attraction of cults.

Paul Lopez, Sociology, was quoted in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on April 10 about the possibility of a guest-worker program being included in proposed new immigration laws. He was also interviewed by KIVE, the PBS station in Sacramento, on Jan. 12 for a forthcoming bracero documentary to be shown in late May.

James Matray, History, was interviewed for an article about the guerrilla campaign along the Korean demilitarized zone from 1966 to 1969 for publication in the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Turhon Murad, Anthropology, was quoted in the Jan. 31 Sacramento Bee about a human tibia found a week earlier in a fireplace ash box in a Chico home.

Dan Ripke, Center for Economic Development, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 13 and the Modesto Bee on Jan. 27 about the low housing prices in Modoc County.

Kent Sandoe, Accounting and Management Information Systems, was quoted in the Jan. 20 San Jose Mercury-News about the trend of college professors to custom design their own textbooks.

Haney Scott, Finance and Marketing, was quoted in the Feb. 13 Redding Record-Searchlight about record earnings for several North State community banks in 2005.

Charles C. Turner, Political Science, provided live commentary for KHSL Channel 12 during the Nov. 8 special election. KHSL also interviewed him on Nov. 9 about that election and on Jan. 26 about the upcoming gubernatorial primaries.

Byron Wolfe, Communication Design, had a story and review of his book, Yosemite in Time, published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 12.