A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Feb 14, 2008 Volume 38 / Number 4




Eric Ayars, Physics, had “A Versatile Text for the Introductory Computational Physics Course” published in the November/December 2007 issue of Computing in Science & Engineering.

Dawn Clifford, Nutrition and Food Sciences, had “Good Grubbin’: Impact of a TV Cooking Show for College Students Living Off Campus” accepted for publication in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Joseph Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, had the following articles published: “Biodegradation of Compostable Plastics in Green Yard-Waste Compost Environment” in the Journal of Polymers and the Environment, Vol. 15, No. 4, October 2007, and “Evaluation of the Performance of Rigid Plastic Packaging Containers, Bags, and Food Service Packaging in Full-Scale Commercial Composting,” California Integrated Waste Management Board Publications, April 2007.

Christopher Ivey, Kristina Schierenbeck, and Colleen Hatfield, Biological Sciences, co-authored “A Middle-School Curriculum in Pollination Ecology,” a poster for the Ecological Society of America, 2007.

Duane Knudson, Kinesiology, recently co-authored a paper titled “Pre- and Post-Impact Muscle Activation in the Tennis Volley: Effects of Ball Speed, Ball Size, and Side of the Body,” in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 41, 2007.

Ira Latour, professor emeritus, Art and Art History, had “Translations: The Reproductive Print Re-Interpreted in the 21st Century” published in The California Printmaker, Fall 2007.

Michael Magliari, History, had “Populist Historiography Post Hicks: Current Needs and Future Directions” published in Agricultural History, Winter 2008. He also had a review of The Overland Journey from Utah to California: Wagon Travel from the City of Saints to the City of Angels published in the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Fall 2007.

James Matray, History, had his review of Jae-ho Chung’s Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States published in the December 2007 issue of The International History Review.

James McManus, Art and Art History, had the chapter “Rose Sélavy: Machinist/Erotaton” published in the English and French editions of Marcel Duchamp and Eroticism, 2007.

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, co-authored “Evolutionary Dynamics of Waxy and the Origin of Hexaploid Spartina Species (Poaceae),” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Vol. 43, 2007, and “Spatiotemporal Patterns in the Non-Native Flora of California, USA,” Madroño, Vol. 54, 2007. She also worked on a poster for the Botanical Society of America meetings in Chicago in July 2007, “Microsatellite Data Indicate Gene Flow Among Platanus Species of the Northern Hemisphere,” with graduate student K. Lang and P. Manos.

Julie Schneider, Nutrition and Food Sciences, is the lead author on the article “The Prevalence of Low Serum Zinc and Copper Levels and Dietary Habits Associated with Serum Zinc and Copper in 12- to 36-Month-Old Children from Low-Income Families at Risk for Iron Deficiency” in the November 2007 issue of Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Graham Thurgood, English, published “A Comment on Gedney’s Proposal for Another Series of Voiced Initials in Proto-Tai Revisited” and “Tonogenesis Revisted: Revising the Model and the Analysis,” both in Studies in Tai and Southeast Asian Linguistics, Ek Phim Thai Co., 2007.

Mark Tomita, Health and Community Services, and R. Ruddell edited Issues in Correctional Health, published by Newgate Press in 2008.


Dawn Clifford, Nutrition and Food Sciences, received $3,030 from the Network for a Healthy California Sierra-Cascade Region for “High School Student Performers Teach Elementary School Students the Benefits of Fruits, Vegetables, and Physical Activity.”

Joe Cobery and Carol Childers, Passages Adult Resource Center, received $70,961 from Butte County Children and Families for year one of a three-year program to provide foster grandparents for children in daycare.

Kristin Cooper-Carter, Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, received $222,068 from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for the Iron Canyon fish ladder in Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve.

Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Sciences, received a $4,474 Faculty Development Award in fall 2007 to study the cultural factors affecting the healthfulness of Japanese fast foods.

Joseph Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, received a $78,000 Agricultural Research Initiative Research Grant for “Rice Waste and Beer Bottoms Waste Conversion to Biodegradable Plastics via Bacterial Transformation.” He received $7,500 from the Rice Research Board and $8,200 and $5,000 grants from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company for the rice waste and beer bottoms waste portions of his research, respectively. Greene also received $27,000 from Metabolix Company for Metabolix PHA compost testing.

Chuck Nelson, Geographical Information Center, received $200,000 from the California Department of Water Resources to provide geographic data sets for their levee risk management program.

Diana Parks and Susan Place, Graduate, International, and Interdisciplinary Studies, received $108,104 from the Academy for Educational Development for a comprehensive School Reform Models study tour of Egypt.

Al Richardson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $23,945 from the U.S. Department of Education for year one of a North American student education exchange among five universities.

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, and A. Edwards, Biological Sciences, received $10,000 from the U.S. Forest Service for population monitoring and habitat enhancement of Phacelia cookei Constance and Heckard in Klamath and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

Susan Toussaint, Children’s Center, and Melissa Groves, Child Development, received $86,199 from the U.S. Department of Education for the second year of a four-year program to continue and expand campus child care for children under 2.

Gordon Wolfe, Biological Sciences, received $119,858 from the National Science Foundation for year one of an integrated study of eukaryotic, prokaryotic, and viral diversity and dynamics at Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Awards and Activities

Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Geologic Map of the Eastern Santa Catalina Mountains, Footwall Block of the Catalina Metamorphic Core Complex, Arizona” at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, October 2007.

Joseph Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, presented on various aspects of biodegradable plastics and composting at the SPI Bio-Environmental Polymer Society Conference in October 2007, the California Integrated Waste Management Board Interested Parties Meeting in May 2007, and at the U.S. Composting Council in January 2007.

Ralph Huntsinger, professor emeritus, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, was appointed an expert for the European Space Agency in 2007. He is currently the Modeling and Simulation—Methodology, Tools, Software Applications conference chair for the 2008 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, to take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.

Michael Leitner, Recreation and Parks Management, was an invited speaker on the topic of “Sport: Serving the Population with Special Needs” at the Wingate Conference in Jerusalem, October 2007.

Stephen Lewis, History, received the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies’ Hubert Herring Award for outstanding work on Latin America for his book The Ambivalent Revolution: Forging State and Nation in Chiapas, Mexico, 1910–1945.

James McManus, Art and Art History, presented in 2007 “Marcel Duchamp—Shadows and Veils: not seen and/or less seen, constructing the androgyne” at Bowdoin College and “Sitting Out Two Wars—Marcel Duchamp in America: A Parade of Personas/Identity Shuffles” at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Michael Perelman, Economics, presented “Marx, Nature, and Possible Lessons for China” at the Conference on Marxism and Ecological Civilization at Claremont Theology School, Oct. 27, 2007.

Jeff Price, Geological and Environmental Sciences, chaired a session on climate change and riparian ecosystems and spoke on “Climate Change: A Global Perspective on Riparian Systems” at the Riparian Joint Habitat Conference in Sacramento, December 2007.

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, presented on “Spatiotemporal Patterns in California Plant Invasions” and presented and led a panel on the need for botanists at the Northern California Botanists’ symposium in January 2007.

Graham Thurgood, English, spoke on “The Complete Restructuring of Hainan Cham, a Language Under Intense Language Contact” and served as an outside member of Peter Norquest’s PhD examination committee at the University of Arizona in Nov. 5, 2007.

Becky Cox White, Philosophy, presented “Moral Reasoning and Problem Solving” Nov. 19, 2007, at Sacramento State as part of the university’s Visiting Scholars’ Program.

In The News

Michael Leitner, Recreation and Parks Management, was on the national television news in Israel in July 2007 for leading folk dancing between innings at the first-ever all-star game of the Israel Baseball League.

Michael Perelman, Economics, has been interviewed about his upcoming book, The Invisible Handcuffs, on Jan. 14 for the Bloomberg on the Economy national radio show. He was also interviewed for Livingroom, on Berkeley’s KPFA on Dec. 28; for Ian Masters’ Background Briefing, on L.A.’s KPFK on Dec. 16; and for Nancy’s Bookshelf on Chico’s KCHO Oct. 6.