Project Directors and Faculty Honored The following project directors and faculty members were honored on Jan. 22 at the Research Foundation Recognition Dinner for their many contributions to the university through their research and professional activities. Professional Achievement Honors Art and art history professor Michael Bishop has earned a reputation as one of the finest working sculptors in California and the United States. Since joining the faculty in 1978, he has displayed his works in dozens of galleries, shows, and exhibitions. Bishop is the principal architect of the university’s M.F.A. in studio art and is a member of the University Graduate Advisory Board. He recently received the Art in Public Places Award from the state of California and received a California Arts Council of the Artist Fellowship Award for Visual Arts. Recreation and parks management professor Jim Fletcher is the current director of Applied Research and Evaluation and the former director of the Survey Research Program. He has an outstanding record of generating external funding of $500,000 to $600,000 each year. In addition to a full academic load since coming to CSU, Chico in 1984, Fletcher recruits promising undergraduate and graduate students and mentors them to become teacher-scholars, engaging them in research and preparing them for doctoral study. He also served as chair of the Department of Recreation and Parks Management for 10 years. Computer science professor Benjoe Juliano, with two co-principal investigators, received a three-year, $350,000 award from the National Science Foundation for a state-of-the-art Intelligent Systems Laboratory that will serve students in computer science and mechatronic engineering. As a member of the faculty since 1998, he has forged valuable relationships between departments in engineering and the university and corporate partners. In addition to serving as an article referee for Information Systems; International Journal of Fuzzy Sets and Systems; and International Journal of Intelligent Systems, Juliano is a member of the NSF Review Panel for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Digital Library proposals. Biological sciences professor Beverly Marcum is an outstanding leader and innovator in science education. She has received grants to fund K–12 science education and teacher professional development totaling nearly $650,000, and she was awarded a NASA/NOVA Planning and Implementation grant to develop a life science course for future elementary teachers. Since joining the faculty in 1982, Marcum has been intimately involved in programs to create positive undergraduate science experiences for liberal studies majors. She is also the director of the California Science Project of Inland Northern California. Health and community services professor Mary Portis has been a pioneer in service-learning/community-based health education programs since coming to CSU, Chico in 1989. She directs the TEAM Chapman Wellness Village, and she involves students in conducting the annual Honey Run Run and the Elementary School Health Academy Partnership. For her projects, Portis has received funding from a variety of sources, including the California Wellness Foundation and the Butte County Office of Education. She has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, has presented sessions at state and national professional organizations, and writes a regular column in the Chico Enterprise-Record, “Healthy Chico Kids 2000.” Outstanding Project Directors Adjunct research associate professor Kristin Cooper-Carter has worked with faculty in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology to generate more than $2 million in the past three years. The watershed projects involve partnerships with state, federal, and local government agencies and community organizations. She is finalizing a searchable Web site, in partnership with the State of California Resources Agency, of all environmental funding available from federal, state, and private sources. Her projects also include “green engineering” directed at avoiding future environmental problems. Civil engineering professor Thomas Ferrara has received 11 awards in the past three years totaling $604,340. He was involved in the initiation of the California Public Works Studies Program, which has provided publication opportunities, generated funding, and developed employment for civil engineering students. Many students have participated in his wide variety of projects, two of whom prepared their interdisciplinary master’s of science theses from their work. In addition, Ferrara’s projects have generated traffic safety information that may save lives and prevent injuries. Health and community services professor Rick Narad has received eight awards in the past three years totaling $574,469. His research focuses on public policy related to the planning, implementation, and management of emergency medical services systems, and he regularly assists organizations with their E.M.S. programs. Recent contracts include needs assessments, planning for trauma systems, and planning for a new ambulance system. His work also includes revision of the E.M.S. System Standards and Guidelines for the California E.M.S. Authority for development over the next decade. Associate biological sciences professor Kristina Schierenbeck has received five awards during the past three years totaling $218,498. Three of her awards, totaling $188,588, are from the National Science Foundation. Although she typically involves students in her research, her current project, research of evolution in invasive polyploidy species, includes a seven-month trip to the University of Rennes in France beginning in January.}