A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Sept 20, 2007 Volume 38 / Number 1




Victoria L. Bernhardt, Professional Studies in Education, had Translating Data into Information to Improve Teaching and Learning published by Eye on Education in 2007.

Frank Burk, professor emeritus (deceased), Mathematics and Statistics, had A Garden of Integrals published by The Mathematical Association of America in 2007.

Weikun Cheng, History, had “In Search of Leisure: Women’s Festivities in Late Imperial Beijing” published in The Chinese Historical Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2007.

Rob Davidson, English, had his short story “The Student” published in Quercus Review, No. 7, 2007.

Andy Flescher, Religious Studies, and Daniel Worthen, Psychology, had The Altruistic Species published by Templeton Foundation Press in 2007.

Duane Knudson, Kinesiology, had Fundamentals of Biomechanics, 2nd Edition published by Springer Science in 2007.

Peter Lopez, Psychology, had “Do Hostile Sexual Beliefs Affect Men’s Perceptions of Sexual-Interest Messages?” published in Violence and Victims, 22, 2007.

Michael Magliari, History, had a review of Albert Hurtado’s John Sutter: A Life on the North American Frontier published in the Journal of American History in June 2007.

Michael Perelman, Economics, had The Confiscation of American Prosperity: From Right-Wing Extremism and Economic Ideology to the Next Great Depression published by Palgrave in 2007.

Tony Waters, Sociology, had When Killing Is a Crime published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in 2007.

Nanette Wylde, Art and Art History, had “Storyland v2” published in the Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 1 by the Electronic Literature Organization, available on CD-Rom and on the Web at collection.eliterature.org.

Awards and Activities

Weikun Cheng, History, presented “Seeking Pleasure Outdoors: Leisure, Space, and Policing Women in Early Twentieth-Century Beijing” at the Second International Conference on Urban Popular Culture in Modern China in Chengdu, China, in July.

Peter Cruise, Health and Community Services, was elected chair of the Health and Human Services Administration section of the American Society for Public Administration’s in March.

Rob Davidson, English, was elected vice president and program chair of the William Dean Howells Society at the 2007 American Literature Association national conference in Boston, Mass. He will be president of the society for 2009–2011.

Cris Guenter, Education, delivered “Using Wikis, Podcasts, and Blogs in Your Teaching” as the keynote address for the Walter Westrum Celebratory Technology Integration Seminar Series for the faculty at National Louis University in Chicago in May.

Char Prieto, Foreign Languages and Literatures, took three students in March to “Facing Fascism: New York and the Spanish Civil War” at the Museum of the City of New York and to the symposium “Culture and Politics in a Time of War: New York and the Spanish Civil War” at the New York University School of Medicine.


Jorgen Berglund, Mathematics and Statistics, received a total of $369,030 from the California Mathematics Project to focus through January 2012 on the retention of current grade 6–12 math teachers in California.

Joe Cobery and Carol Childers, Passages-Adult Resource Center, received $79,253 from the Corporation for National and Community Service for a corps of senior companion community volunteers and $306,987 to offer services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Kristin Cooper-Carter, Concrete Industry Management, received $44,820 from Portland Cement Association and Development to develop a survey to ascertain from the paving, demolition, and recycling industry how much concrete is demolished, recycled, and landfilled in representative areas across the United States.

Tag Engstrom, Biological Sciences, received $64,294 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to explore the genealogical relationships of giant garter snake (T. gigas) populations across the range of the species and, if appropriate, delineate genetically based distinct population segments.

Dave Ferguson, Upward Bound, received $560,001 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue running the Upward Bound Academic and Summer Residential Program for 8–12th grade students.

Sergei Fomin and Christopher Pavone, Mathematics and Statistics, received a total of $337,930 through April 2010 from the National Science Foundation to invite nine students and three teachers to a summer program of mathematics research.

Orlando Madrigal, Computer Science, received $510,000 from IBM to fund student learning opportunities.

Lal Singh, College of Agriculture, Joel Arthur, Civil Engineering, and Ramesh Varahamurti, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, received $176,057 from the CSU, Fresno Agricultural Research Initiative to study robot tomato transplanters.

Mike Spiess, College of Agriculture, received $143,541 from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to offer outreach activities and courses to the Northern California area water districts at the University Farm and develop a newsletter to enhance communication with the districts.

Chuck Zartman, Center for Bilingual Studies, received $106,950 from Chu’ng Buk Province Office of Education in Korea for Korean teachers to come to Chico for intensive communication-based English language training.

In The News

Janja Lalich, Sociology, had an excerpt from her book Bounded Choice about the Heaven’s Gate cult mass suicide published in a special issue of U.S. News & World Report in June.

Printing Services was featured in a June 1 article in In-Plant Graphics about the purchase and successful use of a new Konica Minolta bizhub C6500 color printer with an external Fiery controller.

Valene Smith, professor emerita, Anthropology, was quoted in an article about tourists’ manners, “They Came, They Toured, They Offended,” in the May 27 New York Times.