Feb. 13, 2017Vol. 47, Issue 4


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CASE VII Gold Award 2017

California State University, Chico won three prestigious awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in recognition of our publications, marketing, development, and alumni relations programs as examples of best practices. One gold was awarded for the 2016–17 Experience Excellence brochure. Another gold was awarded for the Tower Society Leadership Giving Program. And a silver was awarded to the Chico State Student Philanthropy Council (SPC). Among the Advancement staff contributing to the award-winning programs and publications were Ahmad Boura, vice president for University Advancement; Ashley Gebb, publications editor; Jason Halley, university photographer; Steven Loya, assistant manager of the Chico State Calling Center; Alan Rellaford, creative director; and Nicole Williams, manager of campaign communications and foundation relations; and design support from Gail Vanderhoof of Creative Media and Technology.


David Alexander, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, authored the article “Off-Grid Tiny House Smart Residential Energy Management System” in the Journal of Green Building. The article features Chico State’s Tiny House project, a student-designed and built off-grid solar-powered house that competed in the 2016 Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Tiny House Competition.Entry in the Tiny House Competition.

David Ball and Lisa Ott, Chemistry and Biochemistry, coauthored “Waste Glycerol From Biodiesel Synthesis as a Component in Deep Eutectic Solvents” in the journal Fuel Processing Technology, Vol. 138.

Kim Bruns, School of Nursing, coauthored the article “Assessing Biobehavioral Effects of Exposure to Traumatic Events in Palestinian Children” in the journal of the Arab American University, Vol. 2, No. 1, July 2016.

Kevin Buffardi, Computer Science, David Rahn, Management, and Colleen Robb, Management, coauthored the article “Tech Startups: A Model For Realistic Entrepreneurship and Software Engineering Project Collaboration” at the 2017 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference. Robb presented the paper at the conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in January.

Michael Chao, Agriculture, was lead author on the article “Feeding Vitamin E May Reverse Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Membrane Instability Caused by Feeding Wet Distillers Grains Plus Solubles to Cattle” in The Professional Animal Scientist, Vol. 33, No. 1.

Cynthia Daley, Agriculture, was lead author on the e-chapter “Organic Dairy Production Systems” for the American Dairy Science Association’s e-textbook, Large Dairy Herd Management, third edition.

Michael Ennis, Psychology, and psychology graduate student Emelia Ratliff-Michels, coauthored “This Is Your Song: Using Participants’ Music Selections to Evoke Nostalgia and Autobiographical Memories Efficiently” in the journal Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Vol. 26.

Chiara Ferrari, Media Arts, Design, and Technology, authored the articles: “The Taming of the Stew(ie): Family Guy, Italian Dubbing, and Post-9/11 Television” in the journal Prosopopeya, No. 9, in December 2016; and “Cinema and Sassi: Urban Development and Film-Induced Tourism in Matera and Basilicata” in the journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2016.

Kristen Kaczynski, Geological and Environmental Sciences, coauthored the article “Mountain Wetland Restoration: The Role of Hydrologic Regime and Plant Introductions after 15 years in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA” in the journal Ecological Engineering, Vol. 101.

Kevin McGown, Mathematics and Statistics, coauthored the paper “Resolving Grosswald’s Conjecture on GRH” for Functiones et Approximatio, a mathematical journal edited by faculty of the mathematics and computer science department of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.

Roger Lederer, Biological Sciences, Emeritus, authored the book Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior, published by Timber Press. This is Lederer’s eighth published book, the seventh one about birds.

Qingzhong Ma, Finance and Marketing, coauthored the article “Organizational structure, Risk-Based Capital Requirements, and the Sales of Downgraded Bonds” in the journal of Banking and Finance, Vol. 74. 

Steffen Mehl, Civil Engineering, coauthored the article “River Seepage Conductance in Large-Scale Regional Studies” in the journal Groundwater, 2016.

Denise Minor, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, authored the article “Yo pertenezco aquí”: Academic Identities, Formal Spanish, and Feelings of Belonging,” in the journal Hispania, Vol. 99, No. 1, in December 2016. Hispania is one of the most prestigious journals in the field of Spanish and Portuguese language education. The article is a combined quantitative/qualitative study of the benefits of membership in a theater and poetry troupe for a group of Mexican and Chicano students here at Chico State. The “male professor” in the study is a beloved professor in the department.

Michael Magliari, History, authored the article “Naming the Crime: Genocide, Extermination, or Ethnic Cleansing?” for the online international scholar collaboration H-AmIndian in December 2016.  The article is an extended review of the recent literature dealing with the controversial Native American genocide debate.

Asa Mittman, Art and Art History, authored the articles: “Rebuilding the Fabulated Bodies of the Hoard-Warriors,” in the journal Postmedieval, Vol. 7, No. 3; and “‘In those days’: Giants and the Giant Moses in the Old English Illustrated Hexateuch” for the anthology Imagining the Jew: Jewishness in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture, published by Cornell University Press.

Ben Nolting, Mathematics and Statistics, coauthored the article “Alternative (Un)Stable States in a Stochastic Predator–Prey Model” in the journal Ecological Complexity, December 2016.

Sarah Pike, Comparative Religion and Humanities, authored the articles: “Mourning Nature: the Work of Grief in Radical Environmentalism,” in the journal the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2016; and “The Dance Floor as Urban Altar: How Bodies Transform the Lived Experience of Cities in a New Age Dance Church” in the anthology Spiritualizing the City: Agency and Resilience of the Urban and Urbanesque Habitat, published by Routledge, 2016.

Jamie Raigoza, Computer Science, coauthored three articles: “A Study and Implementation of a Movie Recommendation System in a Cloud-based Environment” in the International Journal of Grid and High Performance Computing, V. 9, No. 1, 2017; “Differential Privacy Using Bayesian Networks” in the 3rd Annual Global Online Conference on Information and Computer Technology, Louisville, Kentucky, IEEE Xplore, November 16–18, 2016; “Publishing Student Grades While Preserving Individual Information using Bayesian Networks” in the International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 15–17, 2016.

Colleen Robb, Management, and David Alexander, Mechanical Engineering, coauthored the article, “Cross-disciplinary Competition: Entrepreneurship and Engineering Lessons Learned” at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship conference. Robb presented the paper at the conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in January.

Susan Roll, School of Social Work, authored the book chapter “Women & Social Policy” for the text Social Policy and Social Justice, second edition.

Kristina Schierenbeck, Biological Sciences, authored the article “Population-level Genetic Variation and Climate Change in a Biodiversity Hotspot” in the journal Annals of Botany, 2017.

Rob Schlising, Biological Sciences, Emeritus, and Erin Gottschalk Fisher, Biological Sciences, coedited the book Vernal Pools in Changing Landscapes, published December 2016 by Studies from the Chico State Herbarium. Both editors have also peer-reviewed articles on their own field research for the book. 

Monica So, Chemistry and Biochemistry, coauthored the article, “Layer-by-Layer Assembled Films of Perylene Diimide- and Squaraine-Containing Metal-Organic Framework-Like Materials: Solar Energy Capture and Directional Energy Transfer” in the journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol. 8.

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, and anthropology graduate student Jackie Coon coauthored the article “Always a traveler: A portrait of Valene L. Smith” in the journal Anatolia: An International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. This article profiled Chico State Professor Emeritus Valene Smith as part of Anatolia’s “Portraits of Pioneers in Tourism Research and Education.” He also coauthored the article “Even Lovers Need a Holiday: Women’s Reflections of Travel without Their Partners” for the January 2017 issue of Tourism Management Perspectives. Recently, Stone had his travel advice and trends featured in the January 1, 2017 issue of the Sacramento Bee in the article Fresh Bargains Await the Smart Traveler.”

Josh Trout, Kinesiology, and Eddie Vela, Behavioral and Social Sciences, coauthored the article “Enhancing Instruction and Reducing Costs: Chico State University’s Approach to Course Redesign” in the journal Kinesiology Review, Vol. 5, No. 4.

Charles Turner, Political Science and Criminal Justice, coauthored the textbook Introduction to American Government, ninth edition, published by BVT Publishing, January 2017.Metaphysics textbook cover by Yudell.

Zanja Yudell, Philosophy, coedited the book Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Science: New Essays, published through Oxford University Press. He also wrote the introduction to the book.

Gregory Watkins, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, authored the article “A Technical Elective Course in Modeling and Simulation—Teaching the Capabilities and Limitations of Professional Level Software” in the Computers in Education Journal, Vol. 7, No. 4, October–December 2016.

Metaphysics textbook cover by YudellLisa Westwood, Anthropology, coauthored the book The Final Mission: Preserving NASA’S Apollo Sites published by University Florida Press, February 2017.

Dana Williams, Sociology, coauthored the articles: “State Violence, Social Control, and Resistance” in the Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 6, 2016; and “An Anarchist in the Academy, A Sociologist in the Movement: The Life, Activism, and Ideas of Howard J. Ehrlich” in the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Vol. 10, No. 2, Fall 2016.

Ben Van Dusen, Science Education, Jada-Simone White, Science Education, and Eduard Roualdes, Mathematics and Statistics, coauthored two peer-reviewed publications, “The Impact of Learning Assistants on Inequities in Physics Student Outcomes and The Impacts of Learning Assistants on Student Learning of Physics,” in the 2017 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings. Van Dusen and White coauthored one peer-reviewed publication, “In-Class VS. Online Administration of Concept Inventories and Attitudinal Assessments,” in the 2017 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings. Van Dusen authored an NSF SBIR Phase IIb proposal for Biota Technologies titled “Using Microbial Genetic Data to Improve Oil Production Efficiency and Reduce Environmental Impact” that was awarded $500,000.

Awards and Activities

Josie Blagrave, Kinesiology, was awarded $5,000 from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition for the Adapted Physical Education service programs.

Alan Bond receiving AGC California awardAlan Bond, Construction Management, was recognized by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California as its “Construction Education Friend Award” at a black-tie dinner during the State Conference in October, 2016. The award recognizes individuals who made outstanding contributions to construction education efforts and the development of future construction workforce.

Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, had his film on the international emerald trade, Illusions in Stone, picked up for nationwide distribution by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). It became available for free via satellite to every PBS affiliate station in the country beginning February 4, 2017.

Jake Brimlow and Eric Houk, Agriculture, received a $150,000, two year USDA NIFA NLGCA (Non-land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture) grant for the project “Integrating Agricultural Education and Outreach to Increase Profitability through Local Food Marketing Channels.” This project creates a partnership between the College of Agriculture, the CSU, Chico Agricultural Business Institute, and Buy Fresh Buy Local North Valley to address the factors that are limiting local food system development in the CSU, Chico service region by developing new curriculum to increase student knowledge of the profit opportunities in local food marketing channels; using targeted outreach and training workshops to increase producer knowledge of local food marketing opportunities; and developing a local food buyer’s guide to increase consumer knowledge of local food purchasing opportunities.

Tom Patton's photography of the Hoover Dam.Rob Davidson, English, and Tom Patton, Art and Art History, collaborated on a gallery show entitled Spectators, at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, from December 16, 2016 to January 29, 2017. The show pairs Patton’s photographs with Davidson’s flash fictions displayed side-by-side in the gallery. An excerpt from Davidson’s work is as follows: “He emerges from the concrete belly of the dam, that black, humid pit, into blinding sunlight. He removes his hard hat, checks his messages. Thumb dances on keyboard, rapidly entering characters. There is no one to talk to about any of this—the pressure he feels pushing down on him, the futility of pushing back. Deep inside, he feels the ancient turbines turn. . . .”

Professor KijeongKijeong Jeon, Art and Art History, was the recipient of the 2016 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Foundation Diversity of the Year Award. This award recognizes and an educator who is a representative of a diverse background and is making a significant contribution to interior design education today. Jeon will receive a $5,000 cash award from the IIDA Foundation. The award will be presented at the IDEC Annual Conference, March 8–12, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois.

Sandrine Matiasek, Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented the poster “A Change in Character: Agricultural Sediments Release Compositionally Distinct Dissolved Organic Matter” at the ninth Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento, November 15–17, 2016. She also presented the poster “A Transformational Journey: Compositional Changes in Organic Matter during Desorption from Sediments” at the American Geophysical Union Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 12–16, 2016. She copresented another poster in San Francisco titled “Assessment of Pollutant Removal Efficiency and Drainage Capacity in Stormwater Biofilters” with environmental science students Spencer Carroll, Rachel Libby, and Chelsea Meddings.

Rebecca Ormond, Media Arts, Design and Technology, is exhibiting her 3D video art installation,”Landscapes,” in the juried West Coast Biennial Art Exhibition from January 28–April 30, 2017 at the Turtle Bay Exploration Museum in Redding.

Alek Palmersmith, Music and Theatre, mixed the song, “Don’t Show You Cried,” by Ecuadorian composer, Belén Vivero. This song has won the award for Best Vocal Song for an International Film at the Garden State Film Festival. This song can be heard during the end credits for the short film, “Filter,” by Spanish director Borja Sanchez.

Marianne Paiva, Sociology, presented her research, “Educational Attainment of Second Generation Hmong in a Rural Ethnic Enclave” at the Hmong Consortium International Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on January 5, 2017.

Char Prieto, International Languages, Literatures and Cultures, received the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty Development Program from CSU, Chico to attend an international conference in Seoul, Korea.

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, had her live performance of selections from “The Seasons,” Op. 37bis, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky radio broadcast by KZFR FM 90.1 Studio 416 in Chico on December 24, 2016. Additionally, the works from Natalya’s commercial CD, featuring Viktor Kosenko’s Complete Piano Sonatas, were broadcast nationwide by Alabama Public Radio on both January 5 and 12, 2017.

Monica So, Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented the paper, “Layer-by-layer coordinated thin films of metal-organic framework-like Materials: New artificial platforms for solar energy capture and directional electronic energy transfer” and moderated a session at the fifth International Conference on Metal-Organic Frameworks and Open Framework Compounds in Long Beach, September 2016. Also, she and her undergraduate researchers, Jeremy Barnett, Vivien Cherrette, and Connor Hutcherson, were invited to Sandia National Laboratories to give four presentations on their research on perovskite solar cells for Fall 2016. Also, So and her undergraduate researchers, Vivien Cherrette and Connor Hutcherson, will be attending the 253rd American Chemical Society’s National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA in April 2017. Her students will each be presenting research posters, while So will be giving three talks: 1) “Application of polypyrrole-based selective electrodes in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to determine nitrate concentration,” 2) “Fabrication and characterization of solution processed perovskite solar cells by undergraduates at California State University, Chico,” and 3) “Preliminary electrochemical studies on effects of linker length and metal nodes on redox hopping in layer-by-layer assembled metalloporphyrin metal-organic framework-like thin films.” She also was awarded a $1,000 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant from Chico State’s Faculty Development Program for her proposal, “Fabrication and Characterization of Solution Processed Perovskite Solar Cells by Undergraduates at California State University, Chico” in December 2016.

Matthew Teague Miller, Music and Theatre, copresented the “Growth  Mindset: Developing Habits and Rituals for Healthy Performance Practices” at the 2017 annual Musical Theatre Educators Alliance in New York, January 6 2017. Miller was also appointed as an “At Large” member of the organization’s executive board and as associate editor of their new Academic Journal.

Ela Thurgood, English, presented “The use of distribution of laryngealization for low tone differentiation: a case study of Iu-Mien tones” at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in Austin, Texas, January 6, 2017. She also presented “Changes in Iu-Mien Prevoicing: A Focus on Speakers in the Middle” at the fifth Joint Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan in Honolulu, Hawaii, November 30, 2016.

Gregory Watkins, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, is a recipient of the CSU Chico 2017 Professional Achievement Honors recognizing significant contributions as a teacher-scholar.

Ben Van Dusen, Science Education, also led a workshop titled Energy Theater at the M.J. Murdock Partners in Science Conference. He was also a reviewer for the MJ Murdock Partners in Science 2017 grant applications.

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

Men carrying hardhats exit the concrete structure of the Hoover Dam.


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