A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Dec. 9, 2010 Volume 41 / Number 3




Eric Ayars, Physics, co-authored with student researcher Estella Lai “Using XBee transducers for wireless data collection,” published in the American Journal of Physics, Vol. 78, Issue 7, July 2010. A photo of their apparatus was featured on the journal’s cover.

Patricia E. Black, Foreign Languages and Literatures, wrote the chapter “Medieval Debate Poems," in Vol. 3 of the Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Historical Developments, and Current Trends in Medieval Studies (3 vols.),edited by Albrecht Classen ( Berlin: de Gruyter), forthcoming.

Kimberlee Candela, Political Science, authored the entries “Japanese American Internment” and “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,” published in The Forties in America, Salem Press, 2010.  

Keiko Goto, Nutrition and Food Sciences, had “Academic researchers' roles in participatory action research, theory development and the improvement of community-based health projects” published in the Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, Vol. 1, Issue 2, September 2010. Goto also had “Local and cultural feast: Facilitating students’ learning in the area of sustainable food practices among different cultural/ethnic groups” accepted for publication by American Dietetic Association’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Supplemental Materials for Educators.

Casey Huff, English and Public Affairs and Publications, edited From Dusk to Need: 25 Years of Flume Press (Flume Press at California State University, Chico, 2010), with students in Chapbook Production, the capstone course in the recently suspended Literary Editing and Publishing Certificate Program. The anthology highlights poetry and short fiction from chapbooks published by Flume Press since its founding in 1984.

Paul Lopez, Multicultural and Gender Studies and Sociology, has had his books ¿Que Fronteras?: Mexican Braceros and a Re-examination of the Legacy of Migration (2010) and Los Braceros: Guest Workers, Settlers and Family Legacies (2009), both published by Kendall/Hunt Publishers, added to the recommended reading for the Smithsonian’s moving bilingual exhibition, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964.”

Michael Perelman, Economics, published “Constant Capital and the Crisis in Contemporary Capitalism: Echoes from the Late Nineteenth Century " in the Journal of Economic Analysis, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2010.

Lee Walker, Social Science, had her article “The Change to a Green Economy: Why Career Development Facilitators Are Already There" published in Career Developments, Winter 2009, Vol. 26, No. 1.

Awards and Activities

Eric Ayars, Physics, presented "Applications of Arduino Microcontrollers in Undergraduate Laboratories" and "Arduino Microcontrollers in the Physics Lab,” at the American Association of Physics Teachers national meeting, in Portland, Oregon, July 2010.

Ralph C. Huntsinger, professor emeritus, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and McLeod Institute of Simulation Sciences, has been chosen as an editorial board member of the Journal of Computer Sciences and Systems Biology. He has also been appointed general consultant of the Beijing Information Science and Technology University Center of the McLeod Institute of Simulation Sciences.

Natalya Shkoda, Music, released the first of her three-volume recording project Eleven Etudes in the Form of Old Dances, Op. 19,featuring piano works by Ukrainian composer Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko in 2006. Soon to be released is the second volume, featuring the complete piano sonatas by Kosenko. Shkoda is also artistic director of the Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance, a statewide competition to be held at CSU, Chico’s Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall March 5, 2011.

Michael Magliari, History, presented a paper, “Free State Slavery: Bound Indian Labor and Slave Trafficking in California’s Sacramento Valley, 1850–1864,” on Oct. 16, 2010, at the Western History Association annual conference.

Joe Picard, Continuing Education, received the 2010 Outstanding Administrative Process Award from the University Professional Continuing Education Association, Region West, for extending CSU global outreach through the Google Grants program.

Dirk Vanderloop, professor emeritus, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, recently completed Peace Corps language (Bislama) and cultural training in a rural village on Efate Island, Republic of Vanuatu. He is working as an advisor to the principal at Vanuatu Institute of Technology.

Lee Walker, Social Science, presented “Career Development Professionals and Career Information: A Powerful Combination for Transition to a Green Economy” at the 2010 National Career Development Association Global Career Development Conference in San Francisco, July 1, 2010.


Joe Cobery and Carol Childers, Passages-Adult Resource Center, received a grant for $305,907 from the Corporation for National and Community Service for the Foster Grandparent Program, which provides role modeling and tutoring in a variety of settings, including Head Start, elementary schools, preschools, after-school programs, juvenile hall, Boys and Girls Club, and daycare settings. They were also awarded a grant for $79,036 from the Corporation for National and Community Service, for the Senior Companion Program. Funding will support recruitment, training, and on-going development opportunities for community volunteers of the program.

Tag Engstrom, Biological Sciences, has been awarded $7,983 from AECOM for research on western pond turtle trapping. Research assistants will plan and implement a trapping study at Beale AFB to collect data in support of a study on western pond turtle health through a gradient of ecological conditions.

Joe Greene, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, has been awarded $37,000 from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) for the design for the Recycling Bottle Test Center – Phase 1, working with NAPCOR and the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers to develop the design specifications for a new test center at CSU, Chico, and for writing proposals to secure funding for a phase 2 project.

Curt Haselton, Civil Engineering, has been awarded $27,000 from UC Irvine for his project on ground motion selection and modification for bridge structures. This project is an extension of a previously funded research project by PEER lifeline program through the PEER Ground Motion Selection and Modification Program. This project will be a collaborative effort between Professor Farzin Zareian , principal investigator at UCI, and Haselton, co-principal investigator at CSU, Chico .

Peter Kittle, English, received $25,000 from the National Writing Project (NWP) for the NWP Siskiyou Satellite Support and $53,000 for NWP Site Support, both serving teachers to provide leadership and development training.

Michael Magliari, History, received a grant for $50,400 from the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, to complete his book Free State Slavery: Indian Servitude in California, 1850–1867, which will provide the first comprehensive account of the Indian slavery system in California during the Gold Rush and Civil War eras.

Chela Patterson, Educational Opportunity Program, and Caren Fernandez, Student Services Program, have been awarded a five-year grant for $1,277,520 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Student Support Services Program, to continue such services as tutoring assistance, graduate school preparation, peer advising, development of academic plans, and social and cultural activities.

Kevin Patton, Kinesiology, has been awarded $7,500 from the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health. Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, for a research project on the thinking and actions of physical education teacher development facilitators involved in successful physical education reform programs.

Sally Parker, Political Science, has been awarded $38,524 from Butte County for student legal research assistants, who will assist Butte County Jail inmates with legal research, conduct training on how to perform legal research on the computer or with the books in the law library, and inventory law books and research materials.

Joe Picard, Continuing Education, has administered more than $344,000 in online advertising campaigns through the Google Grants Program. October 2010 marks the third consecutive year of Google support.

Al Richardson, Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded a five-year research grant for $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the North American Engineering Innovation Training to collaborate with five universities in North American for a student education exchange.

Rich Rosecrance, Agriculture, has been awarded a three-year grant for $30,000 from CA Oliver Ranch for a research project on production practices of high-density olive oil production in California.

Emilyn Sheffield, Recreation and Parks Management, has been awarded $20,000, from National Park Service for developing an “Anza Trail Certification Toolkit” for Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The grant will fund co-designing modules for the toolkit, testing modules, revising modules and delivery to NPS, promoting the toolkit through service learning, volunteering, and youth development networks.

Neil Schwartz, Psychology, has been awarded a four-year grant for $420,000 from the U.S. Department of Education with the European Union– United States Atlantis Program to establish a transatlantic dual master’s degree program to prepare international cognitive visualization specialists. The consortium will include CSU, Chico, the University Pierre Mendes-France in Grenoble, and the University of Koblenz, Landau in Germany.

Mike Spiess, Agriculture, has been awarded $500,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for an irrigation training facility and water conservation, to provide continued support for water conservation activities in Northern California through technical assistance and training to water district and through work with the Irrigation Training and Research Center and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Michael Ward, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, and Teresita Curiel, MESA Schools Program, have been awarded $65,000 from No Valley Cal-SOAP Consortium for the Northern California Ca-Soap Consortium 2010– 2011. Project personnel will meet with Cal-SOAP, assist in preparation and implementation of Cal-SOAP workshops, maintain and report demographic/contact information, and participate in collaborative activities.

Erik Wasinger, Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded a two-year grant for $35,000 from Research Corporation for a study on electronic and geometrical structural characterization of metal-free and metal-bound sulfur radicals.

In the News

Carolyn Dusenbury, Library Reference and Instruction, and Bill Post, Information Resources, were quoted in “Down the Hatch,” in Campus Technology, Vol. 24., No. 3, November 2010.

David Gallo, professor emeritus, Economics, was quoted in “Report says Klamath dam removal would be economic boon; construction, restoration, fishing and farming would benefit, according to groups” in the Eureka Times-Standard, Oct. 16, 2010.

Kim Jaxon, English; Sandra M. Flake, Provost/VP Academic Affairs; Susan M. Green, History and Multicultural and Gender Studies; Michael P. Ennis, Psychology; Ann Schulte, Education; and Aiping Zhang, English, were quoted in “Big Classes Encourage Experiments in Teaching,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 2010.

Willie Hopkins, College of Business, was quoted in “Chico State’s business school rates highly,” in The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 28, 2010.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, was quoted in The New York Times, in “Digital Keys for Unlock the Humanities’ Riches,” Nov. 16, 2010.End