A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 8, 2008 Volume 38 / Number 6

 

Achievements

Publications

Matthew Blake, Journalism, had “Political and Promotional Conceptions in Woody Guthrie’s People’s World Cartoons” published in the International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 2008.

Sarah Cooper, Foreign Languages and Literatures, had her reviews of Becoming a Woman: A Biography of Christine Jorgensen by Richard F. Docter and Queer Attachments: The Cultural Politics of Shame by Sally Munt published in Choice, spring 2008. Her review of Queer Latino Testimonio, Kieth Haring, and Juanito Xtravaganza by Arnaldo Cruz Malavé was published in Choice, fall 2007.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, had “Cults Today: A New Social-Psychological Perspective,” published in a Polish textbook and teaching manual, Zarys problematyki sekt, edited by Piotr Nowakowski (Dom Wydawniczy Rafael) and “Using the Bounded Choice Model as an Analytical Tool: A Case Study of Heaven’s Gate” published in The Phenomena of Cults from a Scientific Perspective, Piotr Nowakowski, ed., (Dom Wydawniczy Rafael). “Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups,” from her book, Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships, appeared in the Polish magazine Sekty i Fakty, fall 2007. She also had “My Soul Needed Repair” published in Social Issues Firsthand: Cults, Doreen Piano, ed., Gale/Cengage Learning, 2008.

James Matray, History, published entries on “Japan’s Constitution of 1947,” “Syngman Rhee’s Election as President,” and “U.N. Uniting for Peace Resolution,” in Great Events from History: The Twentieth Century, 1941–1970, 2008. His review of Allan R. Millett’s The War for Korea, 1945–1950: A House Burning appeared in the September 2007 issue of the Journal of Military History. Matray’s review of Priscilla Roberts’ (ed.) Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World Beyond Asia was published in the summer 2007 issue of Pacific Affairs.

Jim Overholt, Education, and Jim Lindsey, professor emeritus, Education, had the second edition of their book, co-authored with Nancy Aaberg, Math Stories for Problem Solving Success: Ready-to-Use Activities for Grades 6–12, published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2008.

Stacy Schaefer, Anthropology, had “Shamans, peyote, and coca sacraments: a path that maintains indigenous traditions and identity in a time of globalization” published in the journal Cultura y Droga, Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia.

Robert A. Schlising and Douglas G. Alexander, retired professor, Biological Sciences, edited Vernal Pool Landscapes, published by Studies From the Herbarium, CSU, Chico December 2007.

Masami Toku, Art and Art History, edited an exhibition catalogue of Shojo Manga Power!, published in English and Japanese on Feb. 14 by the Japan Association of Art Museums in conjunction with the touring exhibition of Shojo Manga Power!

Grants

Leslie Atkins, Physics, and Brandi Yarimie, Center for Math and Science Education, received $136,171 from the Chico Unified School District for the first year of a three-year partnership with the district to create opportunities for professional development for grades three through eight science teachers.

Deanna Berg, Civic Engagement, received $2,000 from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the foundation’s Faculty Fellows for Political Engagement Program.

Jorgen Bergland, Mathematics and Statistics, received from University of California Office of the President $28,052 for the Chico Mathematics Project supporting math teachers’ professional development and $20,000 to increase service to K–12 schools, particularly in teacher leadership development.

Ray Boykin, Business, received $22,400 from SAP Research for the tracking and managing of environmental parameters.

Dawn Clifford, Nutrition and Food Sciences, received $3,031 from Network for a Healthy California for Chico High School students to educate elementary school children about nutrition and physical activity.

Kristin Cooper-Carter, College of ECC, received $1,600 from the Big Chico Creek Watershed Alliance for Forest Ranch broom education and eradication.

Sherry Fox, Nursing, received $18,034 from Sonoma State University for a rural cooperative distance nurse practitioner program.

Tom Fox, English, received $31,000 from University of California Office of the President for the Northern California Writing Project.

Karen Hafenstein, Art and Art History, received $20,000 from the University of California Office of the President to support and extend programs aimed at improving the teaching and learning in the arts.

Kurt Haselton, Civil Engineering, received $10,000 from the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center for assessing the seismic performance of reinforced-concrete buildings.

Celeste Jones, Social Work, received $250,688 from the UC Regents/Office of the President to provide a stipend to Master’s of Social Work students who commit to work in a county mental health agency.

Peter Kittle, English, received $20,000 from the UC Office of the President for Northern California Writing Project efforts to build leadership capacity among its teacher-consultants.

Mark Leigh, Agriculture, received $26,412 from the California Department of Water Resources to propagate native seeds at the Agricultural Teaching and Research Center for the Colusa-Tisdale Bypass project.

Bev Marcum, Biological Sciences, received from the UC Office of the President $60,000 for the summer 2008 California Science Project and $28,467 for technical assistance to K–12 schools.

Diana Parks and Susan Place, Graduate, International, and Interdisciplinary Studies, received $203,618 from the Academy for Educational Development for a school reform models tour, Groups 2 and 3, Egypt.

Jim Richmond, Professional Studies in Education, received $26,650 from the University of California Office of the President for the California Reading and Literature Program to provide teacher education.

Jim Richmond and Kimi Kinoshita, Professional Studies in Education, received $20,000 from the University of California Office of the President for the reading and literature project serving K–12 teachers in the North State.

Jennifer Rotnem, Natural Sciences, and Jim Pushnik, Biological Sciences, received $10,000 from CSU, Chico to create A Village Green magazine and Web site to connect CSU, Chico with its service area and improve communication about sustainability.

Rapti de Silva, Mathematics and Statistics, and Brandi Yaramie, Center for Math and Science Education, received $299,408 from the Chico Unified School District for the first year of a three-year mathematics partnership with the district to create opportunities for professional development for grades three through eight science teachers.

Dale Steiner, History, received from University of California Office of the President $27,060 for the North State History/Social Science program of 2007–08 and $20,000 to increase service to K–12 schools, particularly in teacher leadership development.

Mark Stemen, Geography and Planning, received $30,000 from the City of Chico to provide data about greenhouse gasses in the Chico area.

Masami Toku, Art and Art History, got a grant of 120,000 Japanese Yen (approximately $118,000) from the Japan Association of Art Museums for a touring exhibition of Shojo Manga Power! and related events in Japan (2008). This is developed based on a previous U.S. touring exhibition of Shojo Manga! Girls’ Power! (2005–2007), which started in CSU, Chico and traveled to nine sites in North America.

Cindy Wolff, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, received $1,684,537 from the California Department of Health Services for year one of the Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium 2007–2010 and $75,308 from Butte County Children and Families for year one of the OPT for Fit Kids 2007–2010 project to promote nutrition and physical activity campaigns.

Awards and Activities

Mimi Bommersbach, Psychological Counseling Center, accepted the “Innovative Program Award” in October 2007 from the Organization of Counseling Center Directors in Higher Education for a joint Women’s Center, MCGS, and Counseling Center program, the “Red Tent.” On April 1, the Red Tent was selected as one of nine “Innovations in College Counseling Programs” at the American College Personnel Association Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Sarah Cooper, Foreign Languages and Literatures, presented “Cuba and the United States in a Sandbox: Tit for Tat in the Cuban Funny Papers Then and Now” at CUNY Cuba Project International Conference in New York, in March; “What’s So Funny? Contemporary Comics in Cuba” at the 7th Cuban Research Conference: Cuba 2008 in Miami, in Feb.; “Something to Laugh About: Issues of Gender and Sexuality in 1959 Cuban Comics” at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago in Dec. 2007; and “Humor and Revolution in Mirta Yáñez: La hora de los mameyes” at the Latin American Studies Association Congress in Montreal, Canada, Sept. 2007.

Laird Easton, History, was an invited speaker at the conference “Le comte Harry Kessler: Penser l’Europe à travers les arts,” held at the Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Allemand d’Historie de Art in Paris, France, April 14–17.

Ralph Huntsinger, professor emeritus, Computer Sci-ence and Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing, was elected to the Chico chapter of the Retired Public Employee Association Board of Directors.

Michael Leitner, Recreation and Parks Management, presented a workshop on “Adapted Dance for Frail Older Adults” at the Biannual Conference of the Israel Gerontological Association in Tel Aviv, Feb. 4–5.

Clement Luk, Computer Science, was a program committee member of the 2008 International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Science, held in Hong Kong, March 19–21. He also chaired a keynote speakers’ session.

Richard Narad, Health and Community Services, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Emergency Medical Services Museum Foundation.

Jeff Price, Biological Sciences, was one of the 300 attendees debating “An Inclusive Globalisation: Promoting Prosperity for All” at the Progressive Governance conference in London, April 4.

Stacy Schaefer, Anthropology, presented the paper “El chaman como viajero por el cosmos” at the invited international conference “Chamanismos: centro de gravedad indígena,” in Barcelona, Spain.

Masami Toku, Art and Art History, received the 2008 Ziegfeld International Award of United States Society for Education through Art in conjunction with NAEA (National Art Education Association) at the NAEA convention in New Orleans in March.

Dirk Vanderloop, Concrete Industry Management, presented an invited 90-minute session titled “Survival Tips for Front-Line Production Supervisors” at the 2008 CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tradeshow in Las Vegas on March 11.

In The News

Dave Daley, Agriculture, was quoted in the article “Hybrid Vigor Making a Comeback?” in Drovers, March 17.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, was quoted in the April 28 issue of People in an information box “Is the FLDS Really a Cult?” within the article “Life in the Cult.” She was interviewed on the Bay Area’s KPIX Channel 5 CBS for an April 6 Eyewitness News at 11 segment on cults and the raid on Warren Jeffs’ polygamist compound in Eldorado, Texas. Lalich was also interviewed for the April 9 LiveScience.com article “Texas Sect Earns Cult Status,” which was picked up by MSNBC.

Kate McCarthy, Religious Studies, was quoted in the For the Love blog on the Everything Alabama Web site by Kristen Campbell of the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register. McCarthy commented on a sermon series by a Greensboro, N.C., United Methodist pastor on “The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen.”

Chela Patterson, Educational Opportunity Program, was quoted in an article on Latino Greeks, “Latina Sorority Membership Linked to Successful College Adjustment,” in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Feb. 25, 2008.

Michael Perelman, Economics, was interviewed on Ian Masters’ Background Briefing March 30 on Los Angeles radio station KPFK.

Richard Ponarul, Finance, had his letter “ ‘Netspeak’ Is More Like Shorthand” published on the London Financial Times Web site April 17.

Stacy Schaefer, Anthropology, had her portable solar light project among the Huichol Indians featured in the exhibition and accompanying catalog on sustainable design, Designing for the Other 90%, at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Schaefer is collaborating with Shelia Kennedy, adjunct professor of architecture at Harvard University.