A Publication for the faculty, staff, administrators and friends of California State University, Chico
November 11, 2004 Volume 35/Number 3




Jonathan Day and Richard Demaree, Biological Sciences, and student Teresa Munoz, published “Microwave-assisted immunostaining: a new approach yields fast and consistent results” in Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Vol. 137, 2004.

Melissa Groves, Child Development, co-authored “Parenting practices that limit transitional object use: An illustration,” published in Early Child Development and Care, Volume 174, 2004.

Devon Metzger, Education, will have “Making the Academic Useful: Converting Democratic Theory into Democratic Practice,” published in Social Studies Review, Fall/Winter 2004.

Neil Schwartz, Psychology, co-authored “Understanding Cognitive Transactions in Teaching and Learning within Virtual Communities,” published in Current Perspectives on Applied Information Technologies: Online Professional Development for Teachers by Information Age Publishing in 2004. Schwartz also co-authored “The influence of metacognitive skills on learners’ memory of information in a hypermedia environment,” published in Journal of Education Computing Research, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2004.

Nitish Singh, Finance and Marketing, is the lead co-author of “Adaptation of Cultural Content: Evidence from B2C e-commerce firms,” to be published in European Journal of Marketing in 2005. Singh will be the co-editor of an upcoming special issue on international e-marketing for the International Marketing Review.


Deanna Berg, CAVE, and Terri Davis, Professional Studies in Education, received $17,000 from the CSU Chancellor’s Office to assess academic culture and its civic mission.

Kris Blee, Gordon Wolfe, and Jeff Bell, Biological Sciences, received a $13,000 grant from the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology for their project “Introducing Biotechnology to Introductory Biology Students with Two Investigative Labs.”

David L. Brown, Geological and Environmental Sciences, received $97,774 from Glenn County to continue surface water stewardship in Glenn County.

Lori Holcombe, Mathematics and Statistics, and the Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) received $43,750 from CSU, Chico to support activities to encourage minority students to excel in mathematics. AMP is a systemwide National Science Foundation-funded project. Since 1994, CSU, Chico has awarded $435,940 to students, in addition to almost $500,000 from NSF.

Beverly Marcum, Biological Sciences, received a $190,338 grant from the University of California, Los Angeles Science Project for “California Science Project: No Child Left Behind.”

Katie Milo, Journalism, received $400,000 from the California Department of Social Services for a four-year program to create and produce a variety of outreach products for the CalWorks Family Planning Information Project that provide information about the availability of free and low-cost family planning services.

James Pushnik, Biological Sciences, and Marc Horney and Mark Leigh, Agriculture, received a $108,845 California State University Agricultural Research Initiative grant for the project “Cantara Herbaceous Restoration.”

Jennifer Rotnem and Paul Ward, Natural Sciences, received $109,662 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate the life history of salmon and steelhead in Butte Creek and Big Chico Creek. Rotnem also received $33,018 from the Tahoe Keys Homeowners Association to assess the Tahoe Keys for metals, pollutants, and macroinvertebrates.

Greg White and Lisa Westwood, Archaeological Research Program, received $115,279 from the California Department of Water Resources to perform archaeological evaluations, historical research, and Native American consultation for the proposed Sites Reservoir in western Colusa County. White and Philip Schmidt, Archaeological Research Program, received $7,500 from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Northern Buttes District, to complete a new Ishi Mural at the Lake Oroville Visitors Center.

Gordon Wolfe, Biological Sciences, received a $36,922 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project “Collaborative Research Investigation of the Physiological Function of Alkenones in Emiliana huxleyi.”

Cindy Wolff, Nutrition and Food Sciences, received a $6,000 grant from the Chico Rotary Club for the project “Step Fit Chico.” Wolff and OPT for Fit Kids received a three-year $275,000 expansion grant from the Butte County Children and Families Commission. OPT for Fit Kids provides clinical nutrition, nutrition education, and physical activity promotion services to Butte County children ages 0 to 5 and their families.

Awards and Activities

Jim Dwyer, Meriam Library, presented “ ‘Don’t touch your pecker now’: Earthy Profundity in the Work of Jim Harrison and Rick Bass” at the Western Literature Association conference in Big Sky, Montana, in October.

Michael Magliari, History, presented “George M. Hanson and the Federal Suppression of Indian Slavery in Northern California, 1861–1863” at the annual conference of the California Council for the Promotion of History in Eureka, California, in September.

Kate McCarthy, Religious Studies, presented “Finding God at the Airport Mall: New Intersections of Religions and Popular Culture” at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, in September.

Donald Miller, Biological Sciences, presented “The ecology of inquilinism in communally parasitic Tamalia gall aphids” at the XXII International Congress of Entomology, in Brisbane, Australia, in August.

Nitish Singh, Finance and Marketing, will chair the student competition for the International Academy of E-Business conference held in spring 2005.



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