Five CSULB students won awards this month at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Student Conference, a technical paper competition for AIAA undergraduate and graduate student members. Deepak Verma and Kay Gemba won first place in the graduate student category for their paper "Flight Testing of a Prototype LOX/Propylene Upper Stage Engine." Andrea Smith and Christopher Bostwick won second place in the team category for their paper titled "Ceramic Matrix Composite Lined Rocket Engine." David Stout won third place in the undergraduate category for his paper titled "Integrating New and Different COTS Products for CubeSat-Class Satellites." CSULB hosted the conference for the first time.
Sharon Kinney, a member of the CSULB Dance Faculty, is receiving the 2009 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Dance Festival this summer. The award, recognized as among the most prestigious in the dance field, honors teachers who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of modern dance. It signifies the importance of honoring those who act to preserve the traditions of modern dance while continuing to expand and broaden its definition. Known as "the world's greatest dance festival," the ADF is an international magnet for choreographers, dancers, teachers, critics, musicians and scholars. Students and community members interact directly with luminaries in the field during the six-week school, learning first-hand from those who define modern dance.
More than 200 people participated in the first 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the Student Center for Professional Development and about 300 people cheered them on from the sidelines at CSULB on March 21. The 5K laid the foundation for an annual fund raising event and increased awareness of the Center, which offers programs and opportunities that enhance academic and professional development for undergraduate students in the College of Business Administration. The event was sponsored by Fitlosophy-Fitbook Creators; Jamba Juice; Train to End Stroke; Queen Beach Printer's, Inc.; LBPostsports.com; Simon Design; Gaslamp Restaurant; Merlina Design; and David J Neely Photography.
Josh Nelson, a jazz pianist who graduated from CSULB, recently finished touring with popular singer Natalie Cole. He also has a new record coming out this summer, "I Hear a Rhapsody," featuring new compositions and arrangements.
English Faculty members Lisa Glatt and Suzanne Greenberg read from and signed their new book Abigail Iris The One and Only at the Library in March. The fictional children's book tells the story of third-grader Abigail Iris. Abigail Iris has a sister and two half-brothers, but wishes she were an only child until she goes on vacation with her friend Genevieve (an only child) and realizes the value of being one of many. Kirkus Reviews recommends the story "for those girls feeling the squeeze of a crowded and blended family." Greenberg and Glatt have their second Abigail Iris book coming out next year.
Assistant Vice President for International Education and Global Engagement Ken Curtis teamed up with Yale University professor Valerie Hansen to create Voyages in World History (Wadsworth Publishing). Each chapter in the 1,056-page text centers around a story that underscores the book's theme - the constant movement of people, goods and ideas locally, regionally, and around the globe. The stories focus on rulers, explorers, poets, merchants, soldiers, missionaries and scholars, using individual travelers' tales to open students eyes to broad themes and big issues in world history.