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Laurels: December 2011

Published: December 15, 2011

Rick Behl, Geological Sciences, delivered an invited presentation on Nov. 11 at a colloquium held at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering titled “The Miocene Monterey Formation of California: New Research Directions.”

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, contributed a chapter titled “Black Studies and Black Women’s Studies” in Barbara J. Banks (ed.) Gender and Higher Education, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 190-195. He also presented a paper, “Choosing Life in An Era of HIV/AIDS: A Covenant with Ourselves,” at The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, “Keepers of the Vision: Visionary Leadership for all Generations,” Chicago, Feb. 9. He gave three Black History Month lectures titled “Mission and Meaning in Black History,” Ruach Christian Community Fellowship Church, Los Angeles, Feb. 13; “Kwanzaa and the Nguzo Saba: An Ethics of Sharing Good in the World,” University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Feb. 18; and “An Afrocentric Conception of Male/Female Relations: A Social and Ethical Practice,” Arizona State University, Tempe, Feb. 19.

Hamid Rahai, Center for Energy and Environmental Research and Services, and his graduate student, Shahab Moayedian, presented a paper titled “Numerical Investigations of Wind Turbines on a Slanted Wall,” at the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Nov. 11-17, Denver, Colo.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography/Environmental Science and Policy, published “Use of Geochemistry Data Collected by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in Gusev Crater to Teach Geomorphic Zonation through Principal Components Analysis” in the Journal of Geoscience Education, Vol. 59 (November).

José Sánchez-H., Film and Electronic Arts, wrote a chapter for the book International Film Guide 2011, published in London by Wallflower Press. The International Film Guide is distributed in the U.S. by Columbia University Press, which describes the book as the most authoritative and trusted source of information on contemporary world cinema. Promotion of the book includes major international films festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Tribeca, where thousands of copies are disseminated to filmmakers from all over the world. He collaborated with the Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences™, on the preservation from research to completion of Dios los cria… by Academy Award® nominee director Jacobo Morales. He also presented Little Giants by Hugo Butler at the 15th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. On July 23, he presented a new 35mm print at the Egyptian Theatre as part of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival in Hollywood, along with Academy Film Archive Preservation Officer Josef Lindner and festival co-founder Edward James Olmos.

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling/Emergency Services Administration, saw her co-authored article “The Ethics of ‘S” published in EAGALA in Practice, The Journal for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning (4, 1, 14-16). Co-authors included other members of the EAGALA Ethics Committee.