Dec. 5, 2016Vol. 47, Issue 3


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Carolina Alvarado, Science Education, coauthored the research paper “Problematizing ‘Cold’ with K-12 Science Teacher’ and “‘Collectively, We’re a Genius’: Teachers Discussing Student Difficulties.” Both titles were included in the Physics Education Research Conference in July 2016.

Samara Anarbaeva, Journalism and Public Relations, authored the article “YouTubing Difference: Performing Identity in Video Communities,” for the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, published September 2016.

Paul Arpin, Physics, coauthored the article “Broad-Band Pump−Probe Spectroscopy Quantifies Ultrafast Solvation Dynamics of Proteins and Molecules” for the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol. 7, No. 22, published November 2016.

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, coauthored the articles “Cribra orbitalia as a Potential Indicator of Childhood Stress: Evidence from Paleopathology, Stable C, N, and O Isotopes, and Trace Element Concentrations in Subadults from a 17th–18th Century Cemetery in Jēkabpils, Latvia” with Alina Tichinin (BA, Anthropology, 2016) in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 38; and “Stable Isotopes” in Oxford Bibliographies from Oxford University Press, published September 28, 2016.

Luciana Braga, Kinesiology, coauthored the article "Planned Missing Design in a School-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Early Adolescence" for the American Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, Vol. 4, No. 4.

Eric Dietz, Jaydie Lee, and Xueli Zou, Physics; and students Daniel Lund, Christopher Ard, Chris Kaneshiro, Steven Sun, and Robert Blanton, coauthored the article “Flux Redux: The Spinning Coil Comes Around Again” for the journal The Physics Teacher, Vol. 54, published 2016.

Anthony Graybosch, Philosophy, authored the article “The Possibilities and Limits of the Pragmatist Theory of Gesture,” for the journal Quaestio: Yearbook of the History of Metaphysics, Vol. 16, published in 2016.

Todd Greene, Geological and Environmental Sciences, coauthored with Kathleen Surpless of Trinity University an accepted manuscript by Geosphere, titled Facies architecture and provenance of a boulder-conglomerate submarine canyon deposit, Panoche Formation, Great Valley Group: A record of middle Cretaceous tectonic changes in the California convergent margin.

Bruce Grelle, Comparative Religion and Humanities, authored the book Antonio Gramsci and the Question of Religion: Ideology, Ethics, and Hegemony, published by Routledge. The book provides on overview of Gramsci’s approach to religion and shows that many of his key ideas were developed with simultaneous considerations of religion and politics.

Feng He, Kinesiology, authored the article “Redox Mechanism of Reactive Oxygen Species in Exercise,” for the journal Frontier in Physiology, Vol. 7:486. She also coauthored the article “Multi-Modal Exercise Training and Protein-Pacing Enhances Physical Performance Adaptations Independent of Growth Hormone and BDNF but May Be Dependent on IGF-1 in Exercise-Trained Men,” for the journal Growth Hormone & IGF Research, published October 15, 2016.

Dave Hibbard, Psychology, and Gail Walton, Child Development, coauthored the chapter “Competition in Friendship” for the book The Psychology of Friendship, published by Oxford University Press.

Ron Hirschbein, Philosophy, Emeritus, authored the article “Our Morbid Gaze” for the “Politics & Society” section of Tikkun Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 1, published January 2016.

Qingzhong Ma and Wei Zhang, Finance and Marketing, coauthored “What Is Common Among Return Anomalies? Evidence from Insider Trading” for the Journal of Behavioral Finance, Vol. 17.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, authored the articles “Rebuilding the Fabulated Bodies of the Staffordshire Hoarders,” for the 2016 postmedieval:a journal of medieval cultural studies special issue; and “‘In those days’: Giants and the Giant Moses in the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch,” for the journal Imagining the Jew: Jewishness in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture, published 2016.

Arash Negahban, Business Information Systems, coauthored the article “The Effects of Consumer Engagement Behavior on the Growth of Social Media Brand Community: Evidence from an SME” for the journal International Journal of E-Business Research, Vol. 13, No. 1.

Postma book coverJames Postma, Chemistry and Biochemistry, previously authored the text Chemistry in the Laboratory and its 8th edition is currently in press with availability set in early 2017. This new edition builds on that legacy while addressing cutting-edge trends in the chemistry laboratory—including forensic chemistry and environmental and green chemistry. As always, the new edition of Chemistry in the Laboratory offers precise, easy-to-follow instructions, helpful illustrations, and an emphasis throughout on laboratory safety. Again, throughout, a “Consider This” feature encourages users to expand the principles of the experiment into interesting applications, open-ended experiments, or unexplored corners. Most experiments in the manual can be completed in one lab session, but some can be linked or extended for a multi-lab project.

Wai-hung Wong, Philosophy, coauthored the Chinese-language book Dialogues on Religion and Philosophy, published through the Chinese University Press in July 2016.

Awards and Activities

Carolina Alvarado, Science Education, was invited to the Latin American Science Education Research Association Seminar in San Jose, Costa Rica to facilitate a workshop titled “Energy: Strategies to Improve the Conceptual Understanding” in October 2016. Also, she was invited to the 2016 Reunion of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Mexico Section (AAPT-Mx) in Cancun, Mexico as a speaker with her talk titled “Scientific Inquiry: Transforming Our Students into Scientists” in November 2016. Alvarado was also invited to the January 2017 IV National Meeting of Didactics of Physics in Valparaíso, Chile where she will be giving a plenary talk as well as participating in a roundtable discussion of how Physics Education Research was founded.

Eric Ayars, Physics, presented the talk “Flipped Modular Skills-based Introductory Electronics Course: First-year Results” at the AAPT National Meeting in Sacramento, July 2016. Ayars and student, José Luis Baranda, coauthored the poster “A Demonstration of Constructive Interference Using an Ultrasonic Rangfinder” at the Society of Physics Students Quadrennial Congress (PhysCon), in San Jose, California, November 2016. Ayars also coauthored invited talk “Chaotic Oscillation of a Magnetic Dipole” with students Brandon Thacker and Tucker Hartland at the American Association of Physics Teachers in Sacramento, California, July 2016.

Eric Bartelink, Anthropology, received a Research Impact Award through the University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in spring 2016. Also, Bartelink, Colleen Milligan, Anthropology, and Jason Schwenkler, Geographical Information Center, received a $866,896 research grant for from the National Institute of Justice, for the project entitled “Fluvial Transport of Human Remains in the Sacramento River: Predictive Modeling of Search Areas for Law Enforcement.”

Gary Bess, Social Work, presented in Washington, DC for Tribal Tech on Evaluating Tribal Communities: The Community-Based Participatory Research Model to Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration program officers working with Native American communities, in October 2016.

Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Geological and Environmental Sciences, coauthored and presented the poster “A Complex Fault Network in an Active Zone of Distributed Right-Lateral Shear, Coyote Mountains, southern California,” at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America. The poster was coauthored by alumni Cavan Ewing (’14), Mark Brenneman (’15), Amy Gentry (’09), Grant Caldwell (’15).

DingXin ChengDingXin Cheng, Civil Engineering, was awarded the O’Connell Endowed Faculty Chair.

Simon Goberstein, gave the invited talk, “Perfect Congruences on Simple Inverse ω-Semigroups”, at the Special Session on Recent Trends in Semigroup Theory of the American Mathematical Society Meeting #1122 at the University of Denver, Colorado held October 8–9, 2016.

Bruce Grelle, Comparative Religion and Humanities, gave an invited presentation on “Religious Studies in Public Education: Promoting Critical and Appreciative Perspectives on Self, Society, and Nature,” at the 12th International Nuremberg Forum on “Public Theology – Religion – Education: Interreligious Perspectives,” at Friedrich-Alexander University, Nuremberg, Germany on October 5, 2016.

Kurtis Kredo II, Roy Crosbie, Richard Bednar, and John Zenor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, received a grant for a joint $1.8 million three-year research project titled “Distributed Verification and Validation Methods for Power System Dynamics and Control” with partners at Drexel University and the Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Janja Lalich, Sociology, Emerita, gave three presentations at the University of Montana in Missoula: “From Cults to Terrorism,” on September 29, 2016; “Human Trafficking: Making Humans Invisible & Disposable,” on September 30, 2016; and “Gay Conversion Therapy on Trial,” on October 1, 2016.

Qingzhong Ma and Wei Zhang, Finance and Marketing, presented a paper “Anchoring and acquisitions” at the Financial Management Association National Meeting at Las Vegas, Nevada on October 21, 2016.

Sandrine Matiasek, Geological and Environmental Sciences, received a two-year grant of $74,971 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) program to research sustainable biofiltration technology to alleviate flooding and pollution associated with urban stormwater. Her interdisciplinary research group, including environmental science, biology, and civil engineering majors, will be monitoring bioswales on campus and at Butte College from October 1, 2016–September 30, 2018.

Janet McCue, Child Development, received the fall 2016 Staff Academic Award. The $500 award helps Chico State staff members who wish to further their educational goals and is offered each spring and fall.

Don Miller, Biological Sciences, coorganized the Host Relations of Gall-Inducing Insects Symposium for the XXV International Congress of Entomology  and presented the research “The Tamalia Gall-Inducing Aphid as Intermediary between Host Plant and Inquiline,” in Orlando, Florida, September 2016.

Rebecca Ormond artRebecca Ormond, Media Arts, Design and Technology, had her stereoscopic video art installation, Landscapes, which layers 3D floating motion picture windows over archival 2D images representing morphing states of landscape across the z-axis, in the juried exhibition Your Landscapes at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Gallery held October 21–November 26, 2016 in Sebastopol, California.

Anna Petrova-Mayor, Physics, and student Sarah Knudsen, coauthored the poster “Dynamic Simulation of the Induced Polarization by Mirrors” at the American Association of Physics Teachers Conference in Sacramento, California in July 2016.

Marianne Paiva, Sociology, successfully defended her dissertation, Educational Attainment of Second Generation Hmong in a Rural Ethnic Enclave, to complete the requirements for her doctorate in sociology at Kansas State University.

Char Prieto, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures, presented the paper “Hispanic Humanism and Language Learning in Postmodernity. Don Quixote de la Mancha Four Hundred Years Later” at the Hispanic Association for the Humanities in Madrid, Spain, June 2016. Prieto also received the Excellence in Service to Students Award for fall 2016.

Mallory Maria Prucha, Music and Theatre, recently illustrated her sixth collection of poetry with collaborator Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen titled Cartwheeling Through Life, published through Accessible Poetry. Prucha also won three awards at the 2016 AriZoni Theatre Awards in September, including Best Costume Design, Best Make-Up Design, and Best Puppet Design.

A person observes an art exhibition of giant ears.Lauren Ruth, Art and Art History, presented her new collaborative performance and installation, Dream Disaster, on November 12, 2016 as part of the “Working Forces” exhibition at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The post-apocalyptic feminist work satirizes humanity’s collective indifference to climate change and is on public view through December 18, 2016. In October 2016, Ruth presented the lecture “Sculpture as Social Object” on the topic of her creative research while serving as visiting artist at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In September 2016, Ruth presented a solo exhibition entitled “Wide Receivers and Near Misses” at the Carlos Gallery at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sculptures in the exhibition fuse the transient materiality of the body with commercial signage to question conventions of propriety and our subjective relationships to public and private space.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, had her performance of “Lullaby,” Op. 15 No. 15, by Viktor Kosenko from her new commercial Kosenko CD, Volume 3, radio broadcasted by KING FM Classic Radio on October 26, 2016.

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, was elected to the advisory board of The Butte County Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), also known as Explore Butte County, which markets and promotes the area to potential visitors.

Scott Taylor, Facilities Management and Services, and the rest of the department were recognized by Staff Council for all the support they provided with the University's Needy Children Program (UNCP).

Mahendra Thapa, Physics, coauthored the poster “Flipping Calculus: Impact on Student Learning and Challenges of Effective Implementation” at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, November 2016.

Ben Van Dusen, Science Education, codirected the 7th International Learning Assistant Conference in Boulder, Colorado, October 2016. During the conference he gave three talks: 1) Starting an LA program, 2) The Systemic Impacts of Learning Assistants, and 3) Research Data I—Measuring Program Outcomes.

Compiled by Amanda Rhine, editorial assistant in the Department of Public Affairs and Publications.

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