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Laurels: November 2008

Published: November 17, 2008

James Davis and Patrick Pham, Kinesiology, published a refereed journal article titled “Lactate Threshold at the Same Fat-Free Mass and Age is Larger in Men than Women” in the November issue of the European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Catherine Dunlop-Martin, Science Education, had a paper, co-authored with Peter Hodum, accepted for publication in the Research and Teaching Column of the Journal of College Science Teaching. The article titled “Scientist-Science Educator Collaborations: Do They Improve Students’ Understanding of the Nature of Science?” describes a mixed-method study in which a biologist and his research on Antarctic seabirds became part of an integrated science course for prospective elementary teachers. Students’ interview responses revealed scientific habits of mind that could not be quantified with the survey as well as unique aspects of the nature of science that have not been discussed in prior research.

Susan Gomez-Zwiep, Science Education, saw the publication of her article titled “Elementary Teachers’ Understanding of Students’ Science Misconceptions: Implications for Practice and Teacher Education” in the Journal of Science Teacher Education. The article explores what elementary teachers know about students’ science misconceptions and how teachers address student misconceptions in instruction. Her work suggests that although many teachers are aware of student misconceptions, they do not understand how misconceptions develop or fully appreciate their impact on instruction.

Laura Henriques, Science Education, received $500,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation for continued support of the Robert Noyce Scholars program. This grant provides financial support to Science, Engineering and Mathematics majors who commit to teach in high-need school districts. Students will receive $15,000 a year in return for teaching two years in high-need schools.

John Jung, Psychology, joined an author book panel signing at the Harvest Homecoming Event and Boarding House Museum Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held in Locke, Ca., on Oct. 11, and presentation and book signing for Southern Fried Rice at the Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation on Oct. 12.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, had published his article “The Socio-Political Philosophy of Malcolm X” in James Conyers and Andrew P. Smallwood, (eds.) Malcolm X: An Historical Reader, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2008, pp. 93-110. He also presented a paper titled “Remembering Audacious Black Power: Revisiting the Model and Meaning” at a retrospect symposium of the same title hosted by the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, New York, Feb. 2. Moreover, he did a series of invited interviews on Impact Today, Channel 28, on “Martin Luther King’s Legacy,” Jan. 17 and on “Kawaida Philosophy,” Feb. 25; on Spotlight Cable TV on “Black History Month and Its Meaning,” Feb. 13; on V-100 FM Radio on “King and the Obama Campaign;” and on Frontpage KJLH 102.3 FM, “Black History and the Obama Campaign.” In addition, he presented a paper titled “Africans and the Issue of Human Rights: An Ancient, Modern and Active Heritage” and served as consultant to the faculty and administrators on “Human Rights, Heritage and the Humanities” at the Humanities Council Seminar held at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 26.

John Murray, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, published an article titled “Chief Academic Officers’ Demographics and Educational Backgrounds” in Community College Review 36(2), 116-132, co-authored with Maybelle Keim at Southern Illinois University.

Clifton Snider, English, served a residence fellowship at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico from the end of May to August. He also saw two poems titled “Heath, I Swear” for Heath Ledger, 1979-2008, and “Bed Set” in Chiron Review, issue 84, Fall 2008.

William Straits and Susan Gomez-Zwiep, Science Education, have been awarded a $945,222 Improving Teacher Quality grant from the California Post-Secondary Education Commission for a four-year research and professional development project geared toward improving teachers’ abilities to integrate science content and English language instruction. This project extends the collaboration they have established with the Montebello Unified School District. James Kisiel, Science Education, and Nat Hansuvadha, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, have key roles in the implementation of this project. Additionally, this new funding will provide research opportunities to several graduate students in the science education department.

Judith Tyner, Geography, made a presentation titled “Two Wheel Maps: The Role of Maps in Bicycle Travel Narratives” to the annual conference of the North American Cartographic Information Society held in Missoula, Mont., in October.

Victor C. X. Wang, Professional Studies, is publishing four books in November 2008. Information Age Publishing in North Carolina is publishing three of his books titled Building Workforce Competencies in Career and Technical Education, Fundamentals of Human Performance and Training and Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context. He co-authored the above three books with Fordham University’s professor, Kathleen P. King. Krieger Publishing Company in Florida is publishing his book titled Curriculum Development for Adult Learners in the Global Community: Teaching and Learning Volume II. All four books deal with Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education. The books were reviewed and approved by experts’ experts in the field of CTE and adult education.