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Laurels: April 2011

Published: April 15, 2011

Rick Behl, Geological Sciences, was one of three co-leaders/presenters at a professional workshop for the Coast Geological Society on March 4 in Ventura. The workshop’s topic was on “The Miocene Monterey Formation: Origin and Characterization as a Petroleum Reservoir.”

Houri Berberian, History, delivered a lecture in March as part of the four-part Armenian Studies spring 2011 seminar series “Between Nations and States: Armenian Nationalism(s) Past and Present” co-sponsored by the Armenian Center at Columbia University and the Middle East Institute in Schermerhorn Hall.

Art Gittleman, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, spoke on Feb. 28 to the IEEE Orange County Computer Society and the IEEE-OC GameSIG on “Introduction to Application (Apps) Development for the iPhone and the Android OS.”

David Horne and Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, Michael E. Solt, Dean of the College of Business Adminstration, and Terre Allen, Communications, have published a chapter on “Curriculum Revision and Cultural Change: A Joint Faculty Development and Faculty Governance Approach” in To Improve the Academy, V. 30, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, after more than two years of work on MBA curriculum revision. This work chronicles, within a learning framework, the challenges that programs face when making major revisions to a curriculum.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, presented two papers, “Malcolm X and His International Impact: Pan-African, Third World and Islamic Initiatives” and “Us, Kawaida and Black Power: Cultural Revolution, Liberation and Radical Social Change” at the Conference on Reflections, Relevance and Continuity: Caribbean and Global Perspectives of Black Power, held at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago on Sept. 18. In addition, he conducted a seminar “Kawaida, Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba: Conversations With Our Culture”; co-moderated a town hall forum on “Black Politics in the Age of Obama” and delivered the chair’s address on “Kawaida, Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba: Best Practices, Critical Thinking and Capacity Building” at the 45th Anniversary of Us and the Nguzo Saba Conference held in Los Angeles, Sept. 24-26. In addition, he performed libation and presented a statement of affirmation at the welcoming ceremony for incoming students at USC on Aug. 21. Also, he was an official guest of the president of Senegal for the 50th anniversary of independence and the unveiling of the African Renaissance Monument as well as an invited participant in the Colloquium on African Renaissance held in Dakar, Senegal, on April 3-4, 2010.

Jose Moreno, Chicano and Latino Studies, was appointed recently to the California Teaching Commission’s Authorizations to Teach English Learners Advisory Panel. The panel was established by the commission to address improvements in educator preparation relating to English learners. Moreno will present on “Understanding Indicators of Student Success” at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Retreat on Student Success. The retreat, designed for institutions across higher education, addressed how to make improving student success an institution-wide effort.

Víctor Rodríguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, published a review of Michael Soldatenko’s book Chicano Studies: The Genesis of a Discipline with University of Arizona Press, 2009, in the CENTRO Journal of the Center of Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY, Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall 2010. He also wrote two articles titled “Puerto Rico: The Invisible and Recurring Social Struggles in the Oldest Colony of the World” in Dissident Voice on June 21, and “Struggle for Democracy and Public Education in Puerto Rico” in Monthly Review Magazine on Feb. 13. In addition, he participated in two conferences, the first focused on the topic “The Case for Multicultural Diversity in Higher Education: Challenges and Strategies” sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of North Dakota on Feb. 25 where he presented a lecture on “National Context: Higher Education and Multicultural Diversity.” He gave a keynote presentation titled “Latino Generations: Caught Between Two Worlds” at the Hispanic Lecture Series at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, on March 15. On Feb. 23, he was part of a panel discussion on the student strike at the University of Puerto Rico with Linda Lebron from KPFW, a Pacifica Network station in Washington, D.C. He was named in March as a board member of the Universidad Sin Fronteras (University without Borders), a project of the Southwest Workers Organization to provide popular education in a transnational framework.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, delivered a keynote speech at Towson University on March 10 titled “Porn 101: SexySmart Choices in a XXX World.”

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, presented a workshop on “Aesthetics and Art Criticism” for the docent education program at the Crocker Museum, Sacramento, Feb. 16; chaired the selection committee for the Selma Jeanne Cohen Prize in Dance Scholarship for the American Society for Aesthetics; and refereed manuscripts for Dance Research Journal and Polity Press.

Victor CX Wang, Teacher Education, and Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, saw their innovative book Pedagogical and Andragogical Teaching and Learning with Information Communication Technologies published by Information Science Reference. Pedagogy and andragogy are often treated as separate fields, despite their similarities and shared goal of stimulating learning in individuals to the fullest degree possible. Pedagogical and Andragogical Teaching and Learning with Information Communication Technologies argues that teachers ought to consider both pedagogy and andragogy in light of each other in the modern classroom. Wang will see his 28th peer-reviewed book titled Technology and Its Impact on Educational Leadership: Innovation and Change released by IGI Global sometime this year. Wang has published 40 articles in national and international journals, 40 book chapters, 14 encyclopedia entries and many conference proceedings in his eight-plus years on campus. Most of his publications were peer-reviewed. Several of his books have been adopted as required textbooks by such major universities as Penn State in China, and U.S. universities such as UC Berkeley have cataloged six of his 28 titles including his three-volume Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration.