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Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services and Division of Student Services, chaired a peer-reviewed symposium titled “Identifying Dangerous Persons: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Threat Assessment and Management” at the American Psychological Association annual convention in Washington D.C. in August with colleagues from UCLA, Caltech and the FBI. Within this symposium, Chun delivered a presentation titled “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Managing Stalking Threats at Institutions of Higher Education.”

Boak Ferris, English, saw the publication of his neurolinguistic analysis of recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI Optimism: Reasons for Hope in the Science of Artificial Intelligence) in SKEPTIC, Vol. 19, No. 2.

Martin Fiebert, Psychology published an article entitled, “A Look at Open Access Publication and Beal’s List of “Predatory” Journals” in the Global Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 4.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, presented a paper titled “The Four Good Deeds of Ra: Conceptual Sources of Human Rights in Ancient Egypt” and made a presentation at a Special Plenary Session titled “The State of Black Studies” at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies, Miami, March 7. He also presented a paper titled “Actualizing Philosophical Notions of Diop and Asante: Critical Retrieval, Deep Thinking and Radical Maatian Practice” at the Diop Institute for Scholarly Advancement Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 11, 2013. In addition, he gave two lectures titled “The Social Responsibility of the Author: An Activist Intellectual Perspective” and “Sankofa, Retrieval and Writing: Kwanzaa, Husia and Odu Ifa” at the First Sacramento Black Book Faire, Sacramento, June 7. He published two articles: “Claiming the Sky with Maya: Breaking Out of Cages and Rising” and “On the Battlefield in Ferguson: Remembering Our History, Resisting Occupation,” June 5 and Aug. 21, respectively, in the Los Angeles Sentinel.

Victor M. Rodriguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, saw his article in Spanish “2014: Los Latinos en la Politica Estadounidense” published in Claridad, a political weekly in Puerto Rico, on April 17-23, pp. 8-9. He also wrote an Op-Ed for Latino Rebels, an online magazine, titled The Political Consequences of the ‘Whitening’ of Latinos Myth on June 2. His book review of Piero Gliejeses’ “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” 736 pp., University of North Carolina Press, 2013, was published in English in Dissident Voice on June 23 and a Spanish version in Rebelion on March 8. His review of G. Cristina Mora’s Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New American, University of Chicago Press, will be published in Choice, of the American Library Association. From Aug. 4-8, he co-led the 5th Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) seminar with Emily Drew from Willamette University and faculty from five Minneapolis area universities.

Jennifer Smith, English, presented a paper at the 20th International Medieval Congress at Leeds University, UK, which is the largest conference of its kind in Europe and also the continent’s largest annual gathering in the humanities. She presented her dissertation research in the form of a potential chapter titled “Upending a Father’s Authority: Forced Penance for the Transgressive Daughter in Chaucer’s ‘The Physician’s Tale’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus.'”

Frederick Wegener, English, received an offer from Princeton University Press to reissue his volume, Edith Wharton: The Uncollected Critical Writings (1996; 1999), in the publisher’s Princeton Legacy Library series of reprints.

Cathy Bishop, an administrative analyst specialist–exempt II and a member of the university since 1992, was named by her co-workers in the Division of Financial Management as employee of the month.

Bishop was recognized in a special ceremony held near the University Student Union on friendship Walk which was renamed for the month of September as Cathy Bishop Lane.

CSULB’s new president Jane Close Conoley applauded Bishop’s recognition.

“Cathy is very dedicated and plays a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the Purchasing Office,” she said. “Her co-workers credit her with being a great leader, always being positive, cheerful and professional. She always helps out when someone needs a hand.”

Bishop was pleased and surprised to be named employee of the month. “This is an honor and a privilege,” she said. “I was lucky to join CSULB. I first arrived from a temp agency after years of working in the aerospace industry. But once I came to CSULB. I loved it, the environment and the students. There is nothing like working at a university, being surrounded by youth and knowledge.”

Bishop first joined the Purchasing Department 22 years ago as a Buyer I where she has remained advancing to administrative analyst specialist–exempt II as well as acquireing her Lifetime Purchasing Manager Certification. As an analyst specialist, she explained, her responsibilities include overseeing the purchasing buyers who as a team obtain items the campus needs to operate including everything from lab equipment, furniture, information technology, to construction contracts.

“It is up to the buyers to purchase everything you can imagine which takes a skillset of attention to detail, requires being technologically savvy, and most of all understanding the customer needs,” she said. “I’m responsible for daily buyer assignments, customer follow up, as well as attending meetings on behalf of the department. I do my best to offer support and guidance whenever needed and I couldn’t do it without the support the buyer team, administrative staff and campus peers.”

Cathy Bishop (l) with President Jane Close Conoley.

She enjoys the campus resources and has been a familiar face at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, however, she plans to take a closer look at the new Life Fit Center. “I love practicing Yoga, traveling, bike riding at the beach and spending time with family and friends.”

Bishop received several gifts including a CSULB sweatshirt, a framed picture with President Conoley, a $25 gift certificate for Domenico’s Italian Restaurant, two gift certificates for Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers and a $10 gift card for Target.

–Richard Manly

Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas—Textualities, Intellectual Disputes, Intercultural Transfers

Clorinda Donato, George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies, professor, French/Italian

Published in 2014 by the University of Toronto Press as part of the UCLA Clark Library publication series, Jesuit Accounts of the Colonial Americas offers a look at the rich experience of the Jesuits in France and Spain’s American colonies. Co-edited by Clorinda Donato together with Marc-André Bernier and Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink, Jesuit Accounts offers the first comprehensive examination of Jesuit writing and the role it played in solidifying images of the Americas. The collection also provides a re-examination of the work of the Jesuits in relation to Enlightenment ideals and the modern social sciences and humanities. “The writings about the New World from the time of the Jesuit missions has not been studied that much,” said Donato, a member of the university since 1989. “The Jesuit order was founded by Ignatius Loyola in 1534, shortly before the time of the Counter Reformation when the Catholic Church initiated a period of inward renewal and outward evangelization in response to the Protestant Reformation. One of their mandates was to go abroad to bring the word of Catholicism far and wide.” Over the ensuing centuries, they established missions throughout Asia, Canada and Latin America and wrote prolifically about the languages and cultures they experienced in histories, chronicles, relaciones, relations and récits, collectively constituting the Jesuit Accounts discussed in this volume. The images of the New World they produced are probed here as a function of Jesuit training and the various impulses of official mission, personal mission, national agenda and gender, as well as the evolving reception of the history, geography and customs of the cultures being described; more importantly, the ways in which different generations and groups have accepted or rejected those images over time have also been evaluated. This work plumbs a field of inquiry that has long received backburner status in Iberoamerican studies in Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States alike: pre- and post-expulsion Jesuit accounts of the New World and their role as an important medium of intercultural transfers between the New World and the Old. “The expulsion of the Jesuits from Latin America constitutes another misunderstood chapter in history of the New World,” Donato explained. By 1767, the Jesuits were perceived as dangerous bastions of corrupt religion by the French and as potential enemies by the Spaniards who feared they might be plotting against the Crown to take control of the New World. “That year, the King of Spain, Charles III, declared an official ban on the Jesuit Order and expelled them from the New World. En masse, some 5,000 Jesuits left,” she explained. “All their notes, diaries and papers were destroyed. But eventually, when the Spanish Crown realized the wealth of information that the Jesuits possessed about the New World,

Author of the Month-Clorinda Donato

it began to offer pensions to the exiled Jesuits in exchange for their New World memoirs.” These accounts were often first published in Italian. Since Italy was the only place in Europe that would host the Jesuits post-exile, the majority of the 3,000 Jesuits who survived reentry into Europe settled there. A case in point is Jesuit Francisco Javier Clavigero, born in Mexico of a Spanish father and a Criolla mother, who lived in Ferrara and Bologna post-exile. His history of ancient Mexico was first published in Cesena, Italy, in 1780 as Storia Antica del Mexico. Beatriz de Alba-Koch, a contributor to the volume whose essay deals with Clavigero, expresses the unique position of Jesuits who had spent the bulk of their lives in the New World, not only learning about the indigenous peoples among whom they lived, but slowly identifying with them as well, “In Clavigero’s narrative of the Conquest, a counterpoint is sustained not only between Clavigero’s religious convictions and his engagement with the premises of the “Age of Reason,” but also between an articulation of his identity as a Criollo and an affirmation of his mexicanidad.” “Clavigero’s intercultural approach,” Donato said, “can be found in any number of these accounts, and can be considered the basis of the global vision of societies and cultures that we speak about today.” In 2005, Donato became a Chevalier of the French Order of the Palmes Académiques. She received her bachelor’s from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages, Literatures and Linguistics from UCLA in 1987.

Arnold T. Schwab, 92, passed away on July 1, at his home in Westminster. Born Jan. 5, 1922, in Los Angeles, he was the only child of Samuel B. and Sarah Schwab.

A poet, biographer, educator and philanthropist, Schwab authored several books including the recently published One-Night Stand and Other Poems. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1939 and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1943. After serving as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Pacific for three years, he returned to get his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1951.

Schwab was a professor at CSULB until his retirement in 1980. He enjoyed playing tennis and was captain of the UCLA varsity team in 1943. He was both an avid bridge player and Los Angeles Dodger fan.

Psychology Professor Robert Thayer passed away on Aug. 25 at the age of 79. Thayer, who was on full medical leave during the spring semester, marked the completion of his 51st year as a faculty member at CSULB last year.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, Thayer was a renowned expert in mood and recognized as an author of a Citation Classic, the designation provided to the most cited articles in scientific literature. He authored three books on mood, including Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise, which Psychology Today said “provides a practical set of guides for functioning up near our best, and feeling like it.” His research was often cited by both news agencies and the popular press, including such outlets as Weight Watchers, Newsday, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Vogue and New Scientist.

“He always had a good sense of humor,” said Martin Fiebert, also a long-time psychology professor at CSULB and a close friend of Thayer’s for more than five decades. “He had a wonderful career. He was an international renowned scholar and his work on mood is seminal. He was widely respected and widely cited.”

Fiebert also made note that Thayer’s Citation Classic was from his 1996 book, The Origins of Everyday Moods, and was listed as one of the 50 most significant and important publications in the history of psychology.

Thayer, who instructed students in his upper division course, “Self Observation and Self-Development,” taught his last class in December. “He told me the students got up and applauded, which was very touching,” said Fiebert. “At some level, they might have known.”

Thayer, a resident of Seal Beach is survived by his two daughters, Leah and Kara.

A campus memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the University Student Union, Room 202 (Newport Room).

Dewayne Wolfe, born July 26, 1952, in Springdale, Ark., to Robert L. and Shirley Jo Wolfe, died on Aug. 21, at the age of 62.

From 1971-75, Wolfe was involved with family plumbing businesses, the last being Wolfe & Sons Plumbing in Rogers, Ark. In 1975, he moved to Fullerton where he worked in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning fields until 1984 when he became Director of Facilities Management at CSULB. He retired in 2003 after 19 years of service.

In September 2003, Wolfe married Celestine Tine Elliott in Clearfield, Utah and they made their home in Bristow, Okla. for more than eight years before moving to Farr West, Utah.

Wolfe enjoyed fishing, traveling, playing games with his family, watching NASCAR and doing mission work for his church. He was a large part of the rebuilding of Clearfield Community Church after it partially burned down in March 2013.

Wolfe was preceded in death by his father Robert L. (2012) and mother Shirley Jo (2013). He is survived by his wife Celestine Wolfe, Farr West, Utah; two sons Ayton (Amy) Wolfe Hart, Collinsville, IL, Noel (Michelle) Hart, Sanford, Fla.; one daughter Sandy (Adam) Stack, Medford, Ore.; five grandchildren—Jacob, Ryan, Zachery, Cole and Elizabeth; one sister Ladonna Muir, Claremore, Okla.; sister-in-law Christine (Robert) Rebmann, Farr West, Utah; as well as loving cousins, nephews and a niece.

Wolfe requested no memorial service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or his home church, Clearfield Community Church 525 East 200 South, Clearfield, Utah 84015.

Find out what the economy will look like five years from now when the chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation shares the long-range forecast for the region on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 2-3 p.m. in the Barrett Athletic Administration Center.

The presentation will share highlights from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) economic forecast event that will be held the previous week. LAEDC Chief Economist Robert Kleinhenz will preview which industries will grow the fastest and which occupations and related job training will be most in demand.

Kleinhenz is a much sought after regional specialist in Southern California with knowledge of the Los Angeles County economy and its diverse industry sectors. His fields of expertise include urban and regional economics with emphasis on land use, transportation and regional forecasts.

If you are a graduate of the California State University system, you can now sign up to become part of the Class of 3 Million Yearbook, which hopes to become the largest yearbook in the world.

You can sign-up online to connect with other alums and you will be entered to win one of three $10,000 scholarships.

For more information, go to the CSULB alumni website on the Class of 3 Million or sign up at the related CSU website.

The open enrollment period for any changes to health or dental benefits, flexcash, certain voluntary benefits and enrollment/re-enrollment in the Dependent Care and Health Care Reimbursement Account plans runs through Friday, Oct. 10.

Because of CalPERS and other state restrictions, requests received after Oct. 10 will not be accepted. It’s important to note that the Dependent and Health Care Reimbursement Account plans require re-enrollment every year, even if an employee wishes to continue the same contribution amount. Current participants must complete a new enrollment form annually. The open enrollment period is also the time when employees can add dependent children under 26 years of age if they have not already done so.

Changes made during the open enrollment period become effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Please review your plans carefully as premium rates and co-payments are subject to change. If you did not receive information from CalPERS regarding open enrollment, information is available on the Benefits Services website.

As a reminder, a Social Security number and proof of the dependent are required for any individual enrolled in a CalPERS health plan, CSU dental and/or vision plan as the dependent of a benefits eligible employee. This policy is applicable to new hires and existing employees. If an employee selects coverage for his/her dependent(s) during open enrollment and does not provide a valid Social Security Number for the dependent(s), the open enrollment request will not be processed until proper documentation is provided. If the dependent is deemed ineligible to qualify for a Social Security Number, the employee must provide documentation of this information. You may also delete dependents during the open enrollment period.

For more information on open enrollment and available benefit plans, visit the Benefit Services website or e-mail Benefits Services at

–Shayne Schroeder

Chris Balish, the bestselling author of the book How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life, will be the keynote speaker at the Rideshare Week at the University Student Union Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 6, at 11:45 a.m. A free lunch will be provided at noon and Balish’s talk will run from 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Balish is an expert in alternative transportation, car-free commuting, active lifestyles and reducing car use. He will discuss the many benefits of sustainable transportation modes such as car/vanpooling, public transit, biking and walking.

“I am not ‘anti-car,’” said Balish, who has been car-free for more than 10 years, including eight years in Los Angeles. “I’m not out to rid the world of cars and I don’t want to be perceived as a car-basher. I’ve had some of the best times in my life in cars. I think automobiles are incredibly useful tools and I use them frequently. When I need one, I rent one or use car sharing. I just don’t own one. And the result is a savings of nearly $10,000 every year, and tons of toxic tailpipe emissions. Tens of millions of Americans could just as easily live car-free or ‘car-lite’ and when I say ‘car-lite’ I mean owning a car but using it less.”

Balish is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist who spent the last 10 years as a news anchor, reporter and TV host in Cincinnati, St. Louis and Los Angeles.

He has been featured on more than 800 radio and TV stations, and in more than 140 magazines and newspapers, including CNN, Newsweek, ABC News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and Variety.

Chris Balish
Chris Balish

Rideshare Week is an annual nation-wide effort to increase awareness about the benefits of using sustainable transportation and as a university, CSULB plays a special role in society as educators, future graduates and leaders.

To learn more about alternate transportation or rideshare opportunities at CSULB, visit the Rideshare@The Beach website.

–Shayne Schroeder

Middle East expert Juan Ricardo Cole will visit CSULB on Thursday, Oct. 16, to speak on a very timely topic, “ISIL in Iraq: Fundamentalist Takeover or Urban Ethnic Revolt?” in the University Student Union’s Beach Auditorium beginning at 12:15 p.m.

Cole, the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, is an intellectual and prominent blogger for Informed Comment at

“We are excited and honored to have Professor Cole speak about ISIL at CSULB,” said Houri Berberian, a professor in CSULB’s Department of History and Director of Middle Eastern Studies. “He is one of the leading experts on the contemporary and historical Middle East and will provide perspective and context to help us understand the current situation unfolding in the region.”

For three decades, Cole has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent work is The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, 2014). He is also author of Engaging the Muslim World (2009) and Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East (2007).

Cole, who became interested in Islam and Arabic while a teenager living in Eritrea when his father was stationed there in the military, has been a regular guest on “PBS NewsHour.” He has also appeared on “ABC Nightly News,” “Nightline,” “The Today Show,” “Charlie Rose,” “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Rachel Maddow,” “The Colbert Report” and “Democracy Now!,” along with many others. In addition, he has given many radio and press interviews.

He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq and South Asia, and has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs.

Juan Ricardo Cole

Cole has a regular column at and continues to study and write about contemporary Islamic movements, whether mainstream or radical, whether Sunni and Salafi or Shia. Cole’s command of Arabic, Persian, and Urdu and familiarity with Turkish as well as having lived in the region for almost 10 years and continuing to travel there allow him extraordinary access and insight to both the Middle East and South Asia.

Cole was awarded Fulbright-Hays fellowships to India (1982) and to Egypt (1985-86). In 1991, he held a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the study of Shia Islam in Iran and from 1999-2004 was the editor of The International Journal of Middle East Studies. He has served in professional offices for the American Institute of Iranian Studies and on the editorial board of the journal Iranian Studies. He was elected president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in November 2004, and in 2006 he received the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism administered by Hunter College.

The event is organized by the Middle Eastern Studies Program with assistance from the Department of History and History Students’ Association and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and College of Liberal Arts.

For additional information, contact Berberian.

–Shayne Schroeder


While early explorers mapped the California coast for bays and inlets, Electrical Engineering’s I-Hung Khoo has mapped the Port of Long Beach for noise.

In 2011, the Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technologies at CSULB awarded $250,000 to support 14 interdisciplinary faculty projects focused on promoting an interest in and expansion of campus research capabilities while emphasizing the unique maritime research environment inherent to the San Pedro Bay ports. Khoo, a member of the university since 2006, received $15,000 of that funding as an innovation grant to work with Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering’s Tang-Hung Nguyen to create an automated port noise and activity monitoring system. This work is an extension of the research Khoo and Nguyen have been working on to create noise maps for the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles. They have received a total of $180,000 in funding from METRANS for the research.

“All kinds of places are measured for noise such as airports and freeways but no one measured noise levels at the Port of Long Beach extensively, let alone map them, until we did,” said Khoo. “Our goal was to understand the impact of noise on the Port of Long Beach. Up to now, pollution concerns at the port have focused on exhaust, but noise is as much a pollutant as truck emissions. Since the campus is so close to the Port of Long Beach, it seemed urgent to begin.”

The key to noise mapping is its visual display of noise levels. “In this way, it is possible to see the exact location of noise pollution,” said Khoo. To generate the noise map, a computer noise model of the port was created that included the terrain and all pertinent sources of noise. “We wanted data about trucks, trains and cargo-handling equipment activity. The result was not only a noise map of the Port of Long Beach but a map of specific sources of noise and an analysis of noise variations.”

Noise from various transportation modes including sea ports has become a major concern for environmental and government agencies in recent years. “The LA-Long Beach port complex is the gateway to the Pacific Rim which makes them the nation’s largest ocean freight hub and its busiest container port complex. As the container sector of the Port of Long Beach has the highest potential for growth, the levels of noise generated by cargo transportation and handling activities are especially of interest,” explained Khoo. “The objective of our research, therefore, was to determine, using noise mapping, the level of noise generated by the cargo-handling and transport activities at the container terminals of the Port of Long Beach. The benefits of noise mapping include the evaluation of noise impacts, the identification of noise hot spots, the development of noise reduction measures and the prediction of what noise impact there will be on new and future development.”

The study, conducted in 2009 and 2010, concluded that the highest contributions of noise came from trucks followed by cargo-handling activities. The contribution of railroads was not considered to be significant. The noise of container trucks traffic on the roads was deemed to be within the Caltrans/FHWA limit of 71 dB for developed land 500 feet from the roads and not counting the freeways. Noise from cargo-handling activities was well below the accepted level of 75 dB at a distance of 50 feet as stipulated by the Los Angeles Municipal Code for industrial equipment.

Sensitive areas included the non-industrial area east of the Los Angeles River and the Queen Mary, both of which were found to be within the Community Noise Exposure guidelines of the L.A. Municipal Code. The noise variation was at its highest at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. but lowest at noon. The noise was higher on the weekdays than on the weekends. As far as monthly noise, it peaked in January and dropped to a minimum in March before rising steadily again.

At the conclusion of their research, Khoo and Nguyen presented “A Preliminary Study of Noise at the Port of Long Beach” and “Developing Noise Maps for Container Terminals at the Port of Los Angeles” for the METRANS National Urban Freight Conference held in Long Beach in October 2011 and 2013. They also presented “Developing a Noise Model for Container Terminals at the Port of Long Beach” before the 2011 Transportation Research Forum held in Long Beach and published their data in the International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Remediation in 2014.

When it came to rounding up the usual suspects in noise pollution, the noise map pointed to trucks.

“One look and the user sees the major noise contribution comes from the trucks,” said Khoo. “They have so many going in and out. The trains may be noisy but they don’t operate all the time. If they want to reduce noise, they should focus on the trucks.”

The future is bright for noise mapping, Khoo believes.

“It can be used to predict changes in the future,” he said. “Say you want to pave a new road or build a new container terminal. They can be drawn into the noise model with a description of the amount of traffic to see the effect it would have. How will these changes affect the overall noise? Say noise screening is planned. A noise wall can be drawn on the map and the effect is seen. That is the most powerful part of noise modeling. You can see noise distribution clearly on a noise map. It is both prediction and prevention.”