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Faculty, Students and Staff Highlights

College of Business Administration students involved in the Student Center for Professional Development (SCPD) donated close to 1,500 textbooks to students at Burnett Elementary School in Long Beach in March.  This was the eighth book drive organized by SCPD.  The bus ride from CSULB to Burnett was made possible through a donation from the office of Supervisor Don Knabe. SCPD provides resources and opportunities that support business students from college entry to graduation. It has received two excellence awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA).

Frank Baber, associate professor in the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration,has been named Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Environmental Policy at the Politecnic Institute of Turin for 2009.  The Turin Chair is one of only 38 Distinguished Chairs among more than 850 Fulbright awards granted to U.S. faculty each year.  According to the Fulbright Commission, the Distinguished Chairs are the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

CSULB Alumnus Tim Buchholz is traveling to New York this month to perform with Grammy Award-winning musician Bobby McFerrin. Buchholz was invited to participate in a week of workshops for young musicians offered by McFerrin, an innovative vocalist and composer whose hit Don’t Worry Be Happy climbed the charts worldwide in 1988. The weeklong workshops and rehearsals will conclude with a vocal improvisation concert dubbed, “Instant Opera” at Carnegie Hall.

Archaeology Professor Daniel Larson was part of a team of experts who began searching for murder victims that may have been buried in the desert by Charles Manson and his followers in the 1960s.  Larson, who has used advanced technology to help find mass graves throughout the world, used an instrument that can look 12 feet into the ground.  He took more than 2,000 readings of the ground in an effort to determine whether dirt had been moved.  He will return to the area in the future to conduct more tests

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California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) Women’s Studies Department received a proclamation in honor of Women’s History Month for the work they do with students. Long Beach City Councilmembers Tonia Reyes Uranga and Gary De Long presented the proclamation.  

CSULB’s shark lab and marine biology professor Chris Lowe were featured in the media last month. Lowe was quoted in the Detroit Free Press after a woman died when a 75-pound stingray jumped onto her boat and collided with her. Read the story.  He was interviewed by ABC about research he is conducting to determine whether oil rigs providea refuge for marine life.  View the story.   In addition, several newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, highlighted the shark lab’s efforts to track a great white shark to learn more about its diving habits, temperature preferences and migration habits.  Read more about the project, which is organized in conjunction with Stanford University and the Southern California Marine Institute.

Six students are preparing for national tournaments after they swept the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Regional competitions in table tennis, billiards and poetry at California State University, Sacramento.  Poetry Slam Team:  The four-member poetry slam team beat UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz to win first place and a spot in the national competition April 2-5 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The team includes Jasmine Winfield, Eric Morago, Kashif Powell and Eric Cullather. Table Tennis and Billiards:  Javier Leal Ramirez placed third in the table tennis competition and Tim Edwards placed fourth in the billiard competition. Ramirez will compete in the national competition at the University of Minnesota in April and Edwards will head to the University of Arizona in July. Other students who competed in the regional billiards competition include Khadaffy Ripors, Edward Cohen and Janet Wang. In table tennis, students Ryan Kochiyama and Tim Kreuzberger participated in the regional event.

Joseph D. Ricchio, Jr. who teaches furniture design in the Design Department, is one of several collaborators on a new line of indoor-outdoor, eco-friendly furniture known as Botanist Blank Canvas, created by Los Angeles design studio Orange 22. Ricchio is also a 1980 CSULB graduate.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial design.