A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
September 18, 2008 Volume 39 / Number 1




Rob Davidson, English, published a literary essary, "Author's Note," in Roger: An Arts and Literary Magazine 3, 2008.

Duane Knudson, Kinesiology, had "North American Perception of the Prestige of Biomechanics Serials" published in Gait & Posture, Vol. 27, 2008.

Paul Lopez, Sociology, has signed a contract with Kendall/Hunt Publishers for The Braceros: The Untold Stories, which will be published in May 2009.

Michael Maliari, History, published a review of Ambiguous Justice: Native Americans and the Law in Southern California, 1849-1890 by Vanessa Gunter in the Pacific Historical Review, May 2008.

Awards and Activities

Teresa Cotner, Art and Art History, and four students traveled to Japan July 21-Aug. 11 to attend and present a paper at the InSEA (International Society for Education through the Arts) World Congress gathering in Osaka, Japan.

Rob Davidson, English, served as artist-in-residence at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York, in July. The residency included a public reading of Davidson's work on July 25.

Yves Latouche, AS Dining Services, was selected as the 2008 outstanding club member of the year by the College University Resource Board (CURB) at the group's conference in Las Vegas in July.

Michael Leitner, Recreation and Parks Management, conducted a workshop at the Israel National Tennis Center in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, on July 15 on"Enhancing the Recreational Aspects of Tennis Programs for At-Risk and Ethiopian Youth." Leitner spoke on "Ways to Increase Exercise and Reduce Obesity: U.S. & Israel Comparisons" at "Advancing Programs and Strategies for Improving Health in Israel," hosted by the Israel Ministry of Science, Culture, and Sport at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, on July 14.

Michael Magliari, History, presented the guest lecture "The Farmers’ Alliance and Populist Party in San Luis Obispo County, 1890–1900" to the San Luis Obispo Historical Society June 7. He also presented the paper "From Chico to Liverpool: Teaching Local California Agricultural History with a Global Perspective" at the annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society June 20.

Michael Perelman, Economics, presented "Historical Notes on Globalization and Power" at Políticas De Cambio Estructural: Evaluación Y Nuevas Líneas De Construcción De Programas Viables Y Sostenibles at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, Mexico City, in June. He presented "Marx, Carey and Liebig: The Early Environmental Economics of Guano" at the History of Economics Society Annual Meeting in Toronto in June. Perelman also participated in the debates "The Case for Single Payer" and "What Freedom Means to Me" at Freedomfest in Las Vegas in July.

Susan Place, dean, Graduate, International, and Interdisciplinary Studies, presented a plenary address on "Contributions of Geography to Sustainable Development" at the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the School of Geography at the National University of Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica, in July 2008. She also visited the site of USAC's new study abroad program in San Ramon that focuses on tropical ecology and environmental studies and expands Chico State's curricular offerings related to sustainability.

Ela Thurgood, English, presented "An Acoustic Study of English Affricate Sequences in the Production of Native speakers of Polish" at the Linguistics Colloquium, University of North Texas, April 2008.

P. Willey, Anthropology, was nominated as a charter Governing Board Member of the FBI and Department of Defense's Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology. In January 2008, he attended the group's inaugural meeting at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, where he was elected co-chair of standards involving stature estimation and sex assessment.


Roy Crosbie, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $62,650 from the Office of Naval Research for interim funding of an international simulation consortium.

Andy Dick, Sociology, received $182,261 from UC Davis for the second year of a $313,348 grant for a comprehensive study of vocational education programs in prison.

Dan Ripke, Center for Economic Development, received $1,053,613 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to continue a SBDC network in the Sacramento district office area.

Jennifer Rotnem, Natural Sciences, and Dan Pickard, Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory, received $75,600 from the University of Maryland for sample analysis to the species level by a qualified taxonomist.

Eugenie Rovai, Geography and Planning, received $64,037 from the National Park Service to collect and create a GIS map of cultural resource data in the Klamath Network to use in fire management planning.

Mary Stroup-Gardiner, Computer Engineering, received $250,000 from the California Integrated Waste Management Board to investigate the use of terminal blends and warm-mix asphalt.

Joel Zimbelman, dean, Humanities and Fine Arts; Patricia Black, chair, Foreign Languages and Literatures; and Susan Place, dean, GIIS, received a Fulbright grant for an instructor from Mansoura University in Egypt to teach Arabic 101 and 102 at CSU, Chico during the 2008–2009 academic year and received funding from the Chinese government in partnership with Huazhong Normal University for a foreign language instructor from China to teach Chinese language and culture at CSU, Chico for three years beginning in 2008–2009.

In the News

Craig Buschner, Kinesiology, was quoted in the July 31 USA Today article "Exercise Video Games Get Kids Hopping."

Cindy Daley, Agriculture, was quoted in the Women's Health magazine July/August 2008 article "Grass Is Greener: Want Guilt-Free Steak? Go Against the Grain," about the nutritional and ecological benefits of grass-fed beef.

Joseph Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing, was quoted in the June 2008 Business Week Online article "I Have Just One Word for You: Bioplastics."

Janja Lalich, Sociology, was quoted in "Questions Abound About Behavior at Texas Compound," in the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., June 15.

Michael Perelman, Economics, was interviewed by Jon Bailes and Cihan Aksan of the online publication State of Nature; for an hour on the Madison, Wis., radio station WORT in June; and on the radio show Media Matters with Bob McChesney on WILL in Urbana, Ill., July 20, about his book The Confiscation of American Prosperity.

Emilyn Sheffield, Recreation and Parks Management, was quoted in the Arizona Daily Sun article "Park Service Speaks About Staying Relevant," July 17.