CSU, Chico News

University Selects Nine for Professional Achievement Honors

Date: 02-19-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

The Faculty Recognition and Support Committee at California State University, Chico has selected nine professors for its 2014-2015 Professional Achievement Honors. The awards recognize faculty who have exemplified the teacher-scholar model over the past three years.

“These outstanding members of our academic community inspire colleagues and students alike with the quality and obvious passion of their work,” CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg wrote in a campus announcement.

The recipients will be honored at a reception Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Bell Memorial Union Room 203.

The 2014-15 recipients are

Stephanie Bianco, Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Bianco is the assistant director of the Center for Healthy Communities (formerly the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion) and has secured more than $1 million in grants. One set of grants secures a registered dietitian for the educational advancement program Head Start, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s employee wellness program and University Housing at CSU, Chico. She has also been instrumental in securing funding that partners the Center for Healthy Communities with the aging support center Passages and provides home-delivered meals to seniors in Butte County. She is the co-author of a textbook used in food safety classes and has published 10 articles since 2011.

Jon Caudill, Department of Political Science

Caudill is a cofounder of the Consortium for Public Safety Research (CPSR) at CSU, Chico. Through his leadership, the CPSR has evaluated Butte County’s approach to Assembly Bill 109 (prison realignment), written two technical reports and, through these reports, provided suggestions to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office on how to maintain public safety while rehabilitating inmates. In the last three years, Caudill co-authored 13 peer-reviewed articles and one book. He has presented several times to Butte County public safety leaders and is an advisory member of the Community Corrections Partnership in Butte County. Currently, Caudill is the criminal justice coordinator for the Department of Political Science.

Liahna Gordon, Department ofSociology

Gordon will see the publication of her book “Real Research: Research Methods Sociology Students Can Use” by Sage Publishers this spring. She recently published an article in American Sociologist. Gordon’s article “Wankers, Inverts and Addicts: The Scientific Construction of Sexuality as a Social Problem” has been published in Joel Best’s series “Making Sense of Social Problems.” Gordon is the coordinator of the minor program in sexual diversity, the chair of the Department of Sociology’s scholarship committee, and a member of the department’s committees on assessment and hiring.

Joseph Greene, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing

Greene was recently featured in the spring 2014 edition of Chico Statements, which highlighted his work in the development of environmentally friendly plastics. Within the last three years, Greene has published two books and a paper and received two grants for more than $70,000. During his CSU, Chico tenure, he has secured more than $2 million in grants. His work is helping to transform North State agricultural waste like walnut and almond shells into biodegradable picnic utensils and toys. He is collaborating with the CSU, Chico chemistry students to develop biodiesel fuel from rice production byproducts. Greene is the chair of the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering and Sustainable Manufacturing.

Eric Houk, College of Agriculture

Houk has served as principal investigator and project director for seven different projects totaling more than $500,000 over the last three years. His research is typically multidisciplinary and focuses on understanding the impact of drought and water transfers on agricultural production and the overall performance of our regional economy. He has given presentations at local workshops for beginning farmers and ranchers and presented workshops organized by the Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation and the California Department of Water Resources. Houk was recently appointed science director for CSU, Chico’s Center for Water and the Environment, which promotes multidisciplinary faculty research. He also serves as director of the campus’ Agribusiness Institute.

James Matray, Department of History

Within the last three years, Matray has published two books, three book chapters and three articles. These recent publications underscore his status as a recognized scholar in diplomatic history and the Korean War. He is currently preparing a monograph on the Battles of Pork Chop Hill for publication by Indiana University Press in its “Twentieth-Century Battles” series. His book, “Korea Divided: The 38th Parallel and the Demilitarized Zone,”is one of 18 volumes in a series that he has edited titled “Arbitrary Borders in History” for Chelsea House. Matray is the author of a dozen chapters in scholarly anthologies and has written numerous encyclopedia entries and 80 book reviews in various journals.

Donald Miller, Department of Biological Sciences

Miller has published six papers in the last two years, three of which are based on his work with CSU, Chico graduate students and their use of local species and field sites to address fundamental issues in evolution and ecology. He has also published a paper on bee pollination that has led to a major (pending) grant application and co-authored two papers on animal behavior with international collaborators. Miller also co-authored a publication on the co-evolution of bees and flowers in Scientific Reports, addressing the rapid decline in the world’s bee populations and species.

Kevin Patton, Department of Kinesiology

Patton has published 11 scholarly articles in the past three years and has presented 14 refereed presentations at national and international conferences. He was awarded the Fulbright Specialist Scholar Award in 2013 and won the Metzler-Freedman Exemplary Paper of the Year that same year. Patton embodies the teacher-scholar model and the recognition of his work by disciplinary associations illustrates his significant contributions to the field. He serves as associate chair and graduate coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology.

Susan Wiesinger, Department of Journalism and Public Relations

In the past three years, Wiesinger has co-authored two books. “Media Smackdown: Deconstructing the News and the Future of Journalism”received high marks in one of the industry’s top journals, and “Personalization Nation: Digital Perspectives on Community, Identity and Media Literacy” will be released later this year under contract with Peter Lang Publishing. These two books are timely, theoretically grounded and practically oriented analyses of the contemporary media landscape. They offer both students and members of the scholarly community state-of-the-art guides for critically consuming and producing media messages. Wiesinger also serves as the chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.