May 10, 2012Vol. 42, Issue 6


the green cover of the New Yorker magazine

Laird Easton, chair, History, had his book, Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler, 1880–1918 (Knopf, 2011) reviewed by music critic Alex Ross in The New Yorker, April 23, 2012. Journey to the Abyss is Easton’s edited translation of the journals of Kessler, an Anglo-German art patron, who was also a museum director, writer, publisher, soldier, secret agent, and pacifist. The book was chosen as one of the Atlantic’s Top 10 New Books for 2011.


Christine Goulding, Foreign Languages and Literatures, co-authored Mittendrin: Deutsche Sprache und Kultur für die Mittelstufe, a new textbook for intermediate German, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall in 2012.

Joe Greene, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing, published “PHA Biodegradable Blow-Molded Bottles: Compounding and Performance” in the Proceedings of the SPE ANTEC Conference, April 2012, and co-authored “Mechanisms and Impact of Fiber–Matrix Compatibilization Techniques on the Material Characterization of PHBV/Oak Wood Flour Engineered Biobased Composites,” Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 72, Issue 6, March 27, 2012.

Michael Magliari, History, had “Free State Slavery: Bound Indian Labor and Slave Trafficking in California’s Sacramento Valley, 1850–1864” published in Pacific Historical Review, May 2012.

Shekhar Misra, Finance and Marketing, co-authored “Greening the Business Strategies” published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Management Practices: Developments and Dimensions, held in Udaipur, India, March 30.

Awards and Activities

Bruce Grelle, Religious Studies, delivered the plenary address at the western regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion at Santa Clara University on May 25. He spoke on the topic of “Scholarship and Citizenship: Promoting Religious Literacy in Public Schools.”

Janja Lalich, Sociology, was given the Speaker’s Award for her keynote presentation, “Re-forming the Self: The Impact and Consequences of Institutional Abuse” at the first annual convention of Survivors of Institutional Abuse, on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Feb. 24–26.

Michael Magliari, History, was the Grace Griffen Fund guest lecturer in the Department of History at University of Nevada, Reno, March 29. He presented “Indian Slavery in the American West” to Professor Peter Kopp’s Trans-Mississippi West course and “The Disastrous Case of Federal and State Indian Policy in California, 1850–1870” to Professor William Rowley’s U.S.–American Indian Relations course.

Rouben Mohiuddin, Art and Art History, is presenting Design SI: Recent Works 2009–2011 at the Humanities Center Gallery through May 20. A reception and artist talk will be May 10, 5­–7 pm.

Natalya Shkoda, Music, presented a guest artist master class for piano majors at the University of Texas at El Paso on March 30. She also collaborated with the El Paso Music Teachers’ Association as an invited guest adjudicator for the annual Irma Cluck Baroque Piano Competition, March 31.


Michael Kotar, Education, and Julie Monet, Science Education and Geological and Environmental Sciences, received a $1 million grant from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the California Department of Education to support a second cohort of teacher teams doing teacher-driven professional development through Teachers’ PD INC. They co-direct the collaborative professional development project with Karen Hackett Villalobos, director of the Tri-County Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program, and Herb Brunkhorst of CSU, San Bernardino.