Oct. 27, 2014Vol. 45, Issue 2


Electrical and computer engineering professor Hadil Mustafa discusses her recent work at the Researcher Speed Networking event hosted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Sept. 18 at Grana in Chico. The event was designed to help interested faculty discover overlaps in research areas and potential project proposal partners. Photo by Quinn Western.


Editor’s Note: Achievements is a standing feature celebrating recent accomplishments of CSU, Chico faculty and staff. Send submissions for the next edition by Nov. 19 to sglangford@csuchico.edu.


Sarah Tanya Heaston, Science Education, and Bev Marcum, Biology, coauthored Chapter 8, “Early Science Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates in an On-Campus, Hands-On Laboratory,” in the newly released book Research Based Undergraduate Science Teaching. This book examines research and practices concerning issues in teaching science with undergraduates. 

Michael Leitner, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, coedited Israeli Life and Leisure in the 21st Century, Sagamore Publishing, October 2014, with Sara Leitner.

Chris Souder, Construction Management, published the book Temporary Structure Design, John Wiley, October 2014.

Yuehai (John) Yang, Physics, was involved in three interrelated physics education research projects at Florida International University and submitted two coauthored papers to the Physics Education Research Conference (PERC) Proceedings, one of which, titled “A Study of Informal Learning Communities: A Tale of Two Physics Courses,” May–July 2014, was accepted for publication in PERC Proceeding 2014; the other is still under review. He also published the coauthored paper “Horizontally Aligned Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Arrays for Electrochemical Sensing,” Journal of Nanoscience Letters, September 2014. In addition, he coauthored two posters at the July 2014 PERC conference, titled “Positioning and Discussion in Effective Group Interactions” and “Students’ Participation and Its Relationship to Success in an Interactive Learning Environment.” For the July 2014 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) conference, he coauthored the oral presentations “Analyzing Physics Students’ Interaction Pattern in an ISLE Class and Its Impact on Their Success” and “Quantifying Patterns of Interaction in a Studio-based ISLE Physics Class.”

Awards and Activities

Ed Bronson, Political Science, served as the expert witness on the change of venue motion in the Boston Marathon bombing case in which the defendant is facing the death penalty. Prior to that he testified in another capital case, in San Jose, in which the defendant is charged with the kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, whose body has never been found. He was also requested to testify in the Chico case of Steve Crittenden, a former Chico State student sentenced to death for the murder of prominent Dr. and Mrs. William Chiapella in 1987. He testified for the change of venue that year, which was granted, and the case was tried in Placer County. A federal court reversed the verdict earlier this year and Crittenden is again seeking a change of venue away from Butte County. Another case Bronson is currently involved in is a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit against the State of California for poisoning Lake Davis in Plumas County. The attorney general wants a change of venue out of Plumas County for the trial.

Trisha Seastrom, Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, was honored as a community leader by Skyway House Treatment Services for her commitment to wellness and substance abuse recovery at a special gratitude ceremony on Sept. 5, 2014.

David Shirah, Construction Management, received the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2014 Distinguished Leadership Award for his dedication to best practices in the construction and design industry and expansion of university programs in construction management. He accepted the award at the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo Oct. 6–8 in Dallas.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, had the works from her commercial CDs featuring the piano pieces by Ukrainian composer Viktor Stepanovych Kosenko (1896–1938) broadcasted both nationally on the WCNY in New York on June 12, 2014, (Piano Sonata No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 13) and the AZPM in Arizona on Sept. 27, 2014, (Piano Sonata No. 2 in C-sharp Minor, op. 14), and internationally on the Radio New Zealand’s Classic Morning program on June 11, 2014, and Cadenza program on Aug. 22, 2014, (Gigue in D Minor, op. 19, no. 11).

Yuehai (John) Yang, Physics, participated in a three-week-long modeling teaching workshop at Florida International University and a workshop about implementing Investigative Science Learning Environment in lecture and lab classes at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) conference in July 2014. Also at AAPT, he gave an oral presentation titled “Study of Informal Learning Communities and Its Reflection on Learning.” He also attended the July 2014 national PERC meeting and gave a poster presentation tilted “A Study of Informal Learning Communities: A Tale of Two Physics Courses.” In addition, he refereed 3 PERC proceeding papers in August 2014.