A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Nov. 5, 2009 Volume 40 / Number 2

 

Achievements

Publications

Eric Ayars, Physics, with student researcher Estella Lai, had “Using XBee Transducers for Wireless Data Collection” accepted for publication in the spring 2010 issue of American Journal of Physics.

Geoffrey Baker, English, had Realism’s Empire: Empiricism and Enchantment in the 19th-Century Novel published by the Ohio State University Press, 2009.

James Karman, professor emeritus, English and Religious Studies, prepared the “Teacher’s Guide” and contributed to the “Reader’s Guide” for the Robinson Jeffers unit of the Big Read program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. His essay “Quest and Questioning in a Waste Land,” appeared in The Inner Journey: Myth, Psyche, and Spirit, a volume in the Parabola Anthology Series (2008). His The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers: Volume 1, 1890–1930, has just been published by Stanford University Press. Volumes 2 and 3 (1931–1939 and 1940–1962) will follow over the next two years.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, had “Social Action: A Continuum of Possibilities” published in Social Justice in Context, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2010. Her co-author was Penelope Wong, former Education faculty.

Donald Miller and Christopher Ivey, Biological Sciences, co-authored, with student Jackson Shedd “Support for the Microenvironment Hypothesis for Adaptive Value of Gall Induction in the California Gall Wasp, Andricus quercuscalifornicus (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae)” in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Vol. 132, 2009.

Claudia Peralta Nash, Professional Studies in Education, co-authored “Creativity and English Language Acquisition through Problem-Based Learning” in the TESOL Arabia 2008 Conference Proceedings and “Harry Potter and the Oppression of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse US Students” in Social Advocacy and Systems Change, Vol. 1, No. 2, fall/winter 2008–2009.

Char Prieto, Foreign Languages and Literatures, published a book review of Christine Arkinstall’s Histories, Cultures and National Identities: Women Writing Spain, 1877–1984 in Choice, fall 2009, and a review of Noel Valis’s Teaching Representations of the Spanish Civil War in Dissidences: Hispanic Journal of Theory and Criticism, fall 2009.

Wai-hung Wong, Philosophy, has published “Internalism About Justification and the Skeptic’s Dilemma” in Erkenntis, Vol. 71, 2009.

Awards and Activities

Kathryn Altman, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Petrographic Analysis of the Painted Dunes Flows at Cinder Cone, Lassen Volcanic National Park” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Eric Ayars, Physics, presented a Physics Colloquium titled “Using the Arduino Microcontroller in Undergraduate Labs” Oct. 8 to the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sacramento State University.

Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “The Effect of Student Motivation and Learning Strategies on Performance in Physical Geology Courses” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Kevin Duvernay, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Eocene-Oligocene Floras and Ione Stratigraphy at Upper Dutch Diggings Mine, La Porte, California” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Todd Greene, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “A Multi-Faceted Approach for Recognizing Discrete Bioturbation Episodes in Massive Deep-Water Sediment Gravity Flows, Pliocene Rio Dell Formation, Onshore Eel River Basin, California” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Jon Hooper, Recreation and Parks Management, taught a one-day “Wildlife Communication Workshop” as part of The Wildlife Society’s national conference in Monterey on Sept. 24. Participants in the workshop represented 13 states, three Canadian provinces, and 13 federal and state organizations.

Ralph Huntsinger, professor emeritus, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, is a technical program chair for the Modeling and Simulation—Methodology, Tools, and Applications conference, to take place in July 2010 in Ottawa, Canada.

Terence Kato, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Multi-Stage Exhumation of an Eclogite/Blueschist in the Coastal Range of Chile: A Comparison to Franciscan Tectonic Blocks” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Judith Kerrins, Educational Leadership, and Kay Cushing, Psychology, presented “Leadership Literacy: Helping School Principals Develop Leadership Expertise” at the 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference, University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, August 2009. While in Tanzania they also visited schools, including preschools, and interviewed children in Arusha, Tarangarie, and Lake Manyara.

Michael Magliari, History, received the 2009 California Council for the Promotion of History award for his role as founder and director of the history department’s Certificate in Public History program, established in 1993.

James McManus, Art and Art History, participated in a symposium organized by Michael Taylor at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in conjunction with an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the installation of Duchamp’s Etant donnés.

Donald Miller, Biological Sciences, presented “The Role of Dispersal in the Exploitation of Communal Galling” at the AAAS Pacific Division Annual Meeting, California Academy of Sciences and San Francisco State University, San Francisco, August 2009.

William Murphy, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Thermodynamics of Fluid-Driven Oxidation or Uraninite, Precipitation of Uranophane, and Coprecipitation of Neptunium” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Fulvio Orsitto, Foreign Languages and Literatures, presented “Rispecchiamenti mediterranei in Io, l’Altro di Mohsen Melliti” at the Annual North East Modern Language Association Convention in Boston in February 2009. He presented “Using Visual Literacy to Teach Language and Culture” and “Television and Italian Cinema during the 1970s” at the International Conference on The Image of Technology, Colorado Springs. He also presented “Cannibalism Italian Style” at the International Conference on Popular Italian Cinema at King’s College in London in May.

Claudia Peralta Nash, Professional Studies in Education, received the spring 2009 CSU Research Award for the project “Two Way Immersion Professional Development School.” She presented “From the Borderlands to the Heartland: Educating Immigrant Youth from the Mexican Diaspora,” and the paper “Fractured Memories: The Schooling Experience of Latinos in Diaspora,” and chaired the session “Revealing the Experiences and Understandings of Latina/o Preservice Teachers” at the April American Educational Research Association annual meeting in San Diego. She presented “Revealing the Impact of Globalization in Higher Education” at the March Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and “Domestication or Liberation: Better Prepared Educators” at the February National Association of Bilingual Education in Austin.

Michael Perelman, Economics, presented “Political Economy for the 21st Century: Adam Smith Today” and “The Dark Side of Adam Smith” at the International Conference on Political Economy Oct. 1, 2009, Kocaeli University, Turkey.

Christopher Peterson, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Ecologically Zoned Microbial Reef at Eagle Mountain, California” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Char Prieto, Foreign Languages and Literatures, gave the talk “Searching Lost History: Memory of the Spanish Civil War and the United States Involvement” in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, March 13, 2009. She presented “Spanish Women as the Seekers of Historical Memory: Post-Memory, Diaspora, and Exile” at the Intercontinental Congress Spanish Professionals in America, Madrid, Spain, June 2009.

Kara Scheitlin, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Aqueous Speciation Modeling of Surface Waters in the Lights Creek Mineral District, Plumas County, California” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Ed Seagle, Resort and Lodging Management, attended the first Hospitality Management Education Initiative meeting held in June at the CSU Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach along with 14 hospitality coordinators from CSU campuses, representatives from the Chancellor’s Office, and representatives of the hospitality profession located in Southern California.

Collin Stephens, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Age, Composition, and Emplacement of the Santiago Peak Volcanics, Southern California” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Quinn Street, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “Evidence for Channelized Flow Patterns of the Miocene Lovejoy Basalt, Northern California” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Rachel Teasdale, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented “New Monitoring Techniques for Hydrothermal Systems of Poas and Turrialba Volcanoes, Costa Rica” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 18–21 in Portland, Oregon.

Grants

Richard Holman Construction Management, was awarded $39,124 from PG&E to study the feasibility of adding hydropower plants on Rock Creek Dam and Pit River 3 Dam to meet the goals of 20 percent renewable power by 2010.

In the News

Edward Abramson, professor emeritus, Psychology, was quoted in “Depression, Low Self-Esteem: The Social Side of Obesity,” an article published Sept. 10 in the Tehran Times, and in “One Can Stay Thin by Sticking to Certain Rules,” published in the Winter Haven, Florida, News Chief Sept. 20.

Dave Daley, Agriculture, was quoted in “What Does Sustainability Really Mean?” published Oct. 9 on Pork magazine’s Web site.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, was quoted in “Out of the Shadows: The Wesson Family,” which appeared in the Fresno Bee Sept. 11, 2009.