A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
February 11, 2011 Volume 41 / Number 4




Claudia Beaty, Administrative Support Coordinator, History, had “California State Senator Ray E. Johnson: Citizen Turned Lawmaker” published in the Butte County Historical Society’s quarterly publication, Diggin’s, Vol. 54, No. 4, winter 2010.

Lynn Elliott, English, is co-author of the book The Boy From the Mountains Beyond, published by Memoir Press.

Chiara Ferrari, Communication Design, had Since When Is Fran Drescher Jewish? published by the University of Texas Press, January 2011.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, co-authored with Karla McLaren, a Chico State graduate, “Inside and Outcast: Multifaceted Stigma and Redemption in the Lives of Gay and Lesbian Jehovah's Witnesses,” published in the Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 57, No. 10, 2010.

Michael Perelman, Economics, had The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism: How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers published by Monthly Review Press, January 2011.

Heather Quilici, Regional & Continuing Education, had “The Greening of Disney Corporation” published in ACCED-I Connections, January–March 2011.

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, co-authored “Perceptions of Strengths and Deficiencies: Disconnects between Graduate Students and Prospective Employers,” published in BioScience, February 2011.

Awards and Activities

Kenny Chan, Finance and Marketing, delivered the keynote speech at the Glenn County Business Symposium in Orland on Dec. 10. Three teams of students from his MKTG-475 Retailing class also presented to a panel of seven judges their strategic retail plans to help the Glenn County Office of Education establish a retail storefront and nursery.

Dave Daley, Agriculture, led a research project on “Impacts of Crossbreeding on Profitability in Vertically Coordinated Beef Industry Marketing Systems” in cooperation with California State University, Chico, Lacey Livestock, Harris Feeding Co., and Harris Ranch Beef Co. The project began in 2005.

Lynn Elliott, English, wrote the play “Pirandello’s Wife,” performed at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, New York, from February 3 through February 19.

Bruce Grelle, Religious Studies, presented “Moses Who? Literacy, Citizenship, and the Study of Religion in Public Schools” in an Ethics Center presentation at Fresno State's Alice Peters Auditorium and “Learning to Live With Our Deepest Differences” at the Interfaith Alliance of Central California’s annual meeting in Fresno, both on Jan. 20.

Celina Johnson, Agriculture, attended the annual Colusa County 4-H Lamb and Goat Field Day in Williams in January. She presented carcass evaluation and stomach analysis seminars.

Michael Magliari, History, presented “What’s New in California History: A Review of Major Publications and Historiographic Trends Since 2000” at the California State Parks Cultural Resources Managers Training Conference, Marconi Conference Center, in Marshall, on Jan. 11.

Beth Shook, Anthropology, presented “Human Populations and Genetics: Past, Present, and Future,” hosted by the Placer Nature Center at the State Theatre in Auburn on Feb. 4.

Graham Thurgood, English, gave a talk titled “Chamic Migrations, Contact, and Typological Restructuring: The Need for an Integrated Approach” at the Linguistics Society of America Winter Meeting held in Pittsburgh on Jan. 8.

Melody Yaeger, Anthropology, hosted three Fun Friday science sessions for students at Lassen View Elementary School in Chico in January.


Jorgen Berglund, Mathematics, received $49,700 from the Tehama County Department of Education for year two and three of the North State Math Partnership and $24,000 from the California Mathematics Project to focus on increasing the retention of 6–12 grade math teachers in California.

Jacque Chase and LaDona Knigge, Geography and Planning, received $36,716 total from Shasta College for a two-year Geospatial Technologies NSF Advanced Technological Education Program.

DingXin Cheng, California Pavement Preservation Center, received $118,068 from Kennec, Inc. (CalRecycle) to develop a comprehensive technical manual on the use of tire-derived aggregate in civil engineering applications.

Cindy Daley, Agriculture, received $98,842 from the CSU, Fresno Foundation for “Estimating Forage Intake from Milk Nutrients Important to Human Health.”

Terri Davis, Professional Studies in Education, received $40,000 from Duke University for Engaging All Learners Through Service-Learning, a consortium of teacher education programs promoting service-learning pedagogy.

Curt Haselton, Civil Engineering, received $166,799 total from the University of Texas, Arlington, for a three-year study of strategies for mitigating damage at reinforced concrete wall-slab interfaces subjected to large deformations.

R. Gary Hicks and DingXin Cheng, California Pavement Preservation Center, received $21,734 from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, for the second year of a project to develop guidelines for pavement preservation treatments and for building a pavement preservation program platform for Alaska.

Rebecca Justeson, Professional Studies in Education, received $57,706 from the University of California Office of the President to help teachers in North State Region 2 reach rural and economically poor students.

Peter Kittle, Northern California Writing Project, received $43,482 from the University of California Office of the President to serve teachers of low-income communities by providing leadership development and intensive programs for performance.

Benjamin Levitt, Mathematics, received $25,340 from the University of California Office of the President for a Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Program 2010–2011.

Elaina McReynolds, Regional and Continuing Education, received $22,685 from the Northern California Botanical Society for the Northern California Botanists Conference 2011.

Diana Parks, Office of International Education, and Bill Loker, Undergraduate Education, received $183,955 from the International Research and Exchanges Board for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.

Nick Repanich, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, and Manufacturing Technology, received from Lawrence Livermore National Security $296,040 to design a robot platform and modify the existing prototype platform, $151,035 to generalize controls of various robots into one common platform base, and $37,544 to develop radio frequency identification reader robot design and implementation.

Dan Ripke, Center for Economic Development, received $692,995 fro the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for the Northeastern California SBDC Program to provide business technical assistance services to strengthen the small business community and promote economic growth within the 23-county service region.

Mark Stemen, Geography and Planning, received $75,322 for the Recycling and Rubbish Exhibit 2010–2012.

Cindy Wolff and Wendy Oji Kaplan, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, received $441,494 for a 2011–2012 food stamp outreach program.

Chris Yakes and Jorgen Berglund, Mathematics, received $33,400 from the University of California Office of the President for the Chico Math Project 2010–2011 to assist local math teachers.

Chuck Zartman, Professional Studies in Education, and Terry Curtis, Communication and Education, received $93,780 from the Chungcheongbuk-do Provincial Office of Education in Korea to conduct 20 days of instruction for 35 teachers from the province.

Chuck Zartman, Office of International Education, received $111,600 from Konkuk University to sent 50 students from Konkuk University to the CSU, Chico Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies from Jan. 30, 2011 through Feb. 25, 2011.

In the News

Troy Jollimore, Philosophy, was one of 18 American critics and reviewers to contribute to the Huffington Post feature “Book Reviews: Major Critics Speak on How to Keep Them Relevant,” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anis-shivani/book-reviews-major-critics_b_811976.html#s225449&title=Jay_Parini.End