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Laurels: April 2009

Published: April 15, 2009

Bipasha Baruah, Geography and the Yadunandan India Studies Center, published “Gender and Globalization: Opportunities and Constraints Faced by Women in the Construction Industry in India,” in Labor Studies Journal in November 2008. In late 2008, she also reviewed the book, The Making of Neoliberal India: Nationalism, Gender, and the Paradoxes of Globalization by R. Oza for the journal Gender, Place and Culture and the book Public Problems — Private Solutions? Globalizing Cities in the South (ed. K. Segbers, S. Raiser, and K. Volkmann) for the journal Progress in Development Studies.

John Bellah, University Police, saw two articles appear in the Oct. 16 issue of Old Car Weekly headlined “Police Work from a Polara” and “Plymouth on Patrol.”

Norman Carter, Geography, presented “Homelessness as an Industry: A Case Study of Los Angeles” to the March conference of the Association of American Geographers.

Karen Clippinger, Dance, was the featured speaker for the Pilates Alliance of Australasia – Mind Your Body Conference, March 6-8, in Canberra, Australia. Her presentations were “Optimizing Turnout, Extensions and the Arabesque in Dance,” “Sacroiliac Function and Exercise Design,” and “Scoliosis and Exercise Design in Pilates.”

James R. Curtis, Geography, had a 1980 article titled “Yard Shrines in Miami’s Little Havana,” republished in the 2008 anthology, Southern Crossroads: Perspectives on Southern Religion and Culture (ed. W.H. Conser and R.M. Payne). With Daniel D. Arreola, he published “Border Towns,” in The Borderlands: An Encyclopedia of Culture and Politics on the U.S.-Mexico Divide (ed. A.G. Wood).

Suzanne Dallman, Geography, presented “Urban Runoff and the Hydroscial Cycle: From Asset to Liability and Back Again” to the Association of American Geographers annual national meeting in March in Las Vegas. She also published “GIS Modeling for Stormwater and Groundwater Management” in the 2008 Proceedings of the American Water Resources Specialty Conference, GIS and Water Resources.

Vincent Del Casino, Geography, published a textbook titled Social Geography: A Critical Introduction from Blackwell in January. In March he is presented “Organizing the Virus: The Body Politic, HIV and the Molecular Geographies of Surveillance” at the Association of American Geographers conference in Las Vegas. In 2008, he also published Study Guide and Mapping Workbook: World Regions in Global Context from Prentice-Hall.

Susan Gomez-Zwiep, Science Education, presented “Using a Concept Map to Guide Instruction: The Impact on Teachers’ Understanding of Evolution” and “A Professional Learning Community Strategy: Conceptual Flow to Map Content,” both with colleague Shawn Holmes of North Carolina State University at the recent annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association. She also saw the publication of “Teaching Learning Collaborative: A Process for Supporting Professional Learning Communities” in the edited book, Professional Learning Communities for Science Teaching: Lessons From Research and Practice. Her chapter, co-authored with colleagues Kathryn DiRanna, Jo Topps and Karen Cerwin, describes how The Teacher Learning Collaborative (TLC), a professional development format, can be used to develop and foster professional learning communities. The chapter outlines how the TLC process develops an environment where teachers improve their teaching skills to the benefit of student learning.

Christine L. Jocoy and Vincent Del Casino, Geography, presented “Mobility, Homelessness and Gender: Travel Among Homeless Adults in Long Beach, CA” to the Association of American Geographers March meetings in Las Vegas. Del Casino and Jocoy additionally published a research article, “Neoliberal Subjectivities, the ‘New’ Homelessness and Struggles Over Spaces of/in the City” in Antipode (2008).

John Jung, Psychology, was invited to speak during the 129th Annual Bok Kai Festival in Marysville, Calif., at the Chinese American Museum of Northern California on “Being Chinese in the American South” on Feb. 28 and on “Am I Chinese or Am I Not Chinese?: The Ebb and Flow of My Chinese American Identity” on March 1. He also was invited to speak at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church on “Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers” on March 3.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, gave a keynote plenary lecture titled “Returning to the Source: Rebuilding Family, Community and the Movement” to the State of the Black World Conference II and was given the IBW’s Legacy Award for “Milestone Contributions as a Brilliant Scholar/Activist, Master Teacher and Innovator of Kawaida, the Nguzo Saba and Kwanzaa,” Institute of the Black World 21st Century, New Orleans, Nov. 22. Moreover, he gave a keynote lecture “Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Repairing and Renewing the World,” Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., Nov. 13. He also presented a paper in plenary session on “Conceptual Convergences in the Works of Diop, Asante and Karenga: Rupture, Recovery, Reconstruction and Renewal,” the Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, Philadelphia, Oct. 18.

Paul Laris, Geography, published “An Anthropogenic Escape Route from the ‘Gulliver Syndrome’ in the West African Savanna” in the journal Human Ecology in 2008. With William Mosely, he also published another 2008 article, “West African Environmental Narratives and Development-Volunteer Praxis” in The Geographical Review. He published an article in 2008 with graduate student Aziz Bakkoury titled “Nouvelle Leçons d’une Vielle Pratique: Mosaïque du Feu Dans la Savane du Mali” in the journal Bois et Forêts des Tropiques. Laris, with Paul Klepeis, published “Estancias, Hobby Ranching and Chile’s Land Reform Policy” in The Geographical Review (2008).

Richard Marcus, International Studies, was the discussant in the special session, “New Directions in the Political Ecology of Madagascar” in March at the Association of American Geographers annual national conference (Las Vegas).

Caitlin Murdock, History, was awarded a Leibnitz Summer Fellowship at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam, Germany.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, presented a paper, “Orders of Relief and the Regional Geography of Mars” to the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers. She also organized and chaired a special session, “The Geography of Mars” which is bringing together a group of geographers doing work with Mars and launching the Geography of Mars Network. Her talk for the session was titled “From a Hazards Project to the Regional Geography of Mars.” In 2009, she also published a paper, “Geography from the Back of the AAG Program: Is Geography What We Say or What We Do?” in the journal, The California Geographer.

Dmitrii Sidorov, Geography, presented “Post-Soviet Russian Orthodox Geopolitics of the Cold War” to the March meeting of the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies. He also published an article, “Corporatisation of Urban Space and the Emergence of Civil Society in Post-Soviet Moscow” in 2008 in the journal Alfa Spectra: Central European Journal of Architecture and Planning. Additionally, he published a review of the book The Landscape of Stalinism: The Art and Ideology of Soviet Space” (ed. E. Dobrenko and E. Naiman) in the journal Historical Geography.

William Straits, Science Education, presented “A Theoretical Basis for the Use of Alternative Texts in Nature of Science Instruction” with colleague R. Russell Wilke of Angelo State University at the recent annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s Studies, published an article titled “Guy Trouble: Are Young Men Really in Crisis, or are These Boys Done Just Being Boys?” in the Spring 2009 issue of Bitch magazine, offering a feminist response to pop culture.

Norma Tarrow, Teacher Education, chaired a panel titled “The Contemporary Urgency of Human Rights in Education: Policies and New Perspectives” at the Comparative and International Education Society conference titled “The Politics of Comparison” sponsored by Teachers College, Columbia University in Charleston, S.C., on March 22-26. Tarrow presented the results of her 2008 research on “Human Rights and Education: The Case of the Negev Bedouin.” An expanded version of this paper appears in the spring 2009 issue of Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity and Identities.

Deborah Thien, Geography, delivered a paper at the March meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Las Vegas) titled “Touch as Resonance: Examining the Substance and Shadows of Place-Based Feeling.” She also reviewed the book On the Political by Chantal Mouffe for the journal Area in 2008. With Laura Ryser and Greg Halseth, she published an article, “Strategies and Intervening Factors Influencing Student Social Interaction and Experiential Learning in an Interdisciplinary Research Team” in the journal Research in Higher Education.

T. Alex Washington, Social Work, presented at the 22nd International Social Work Conference held March 9-10 in Cairo, Egypt. Washington presented a paper titled, “An Analysis of AIDS-Related Stigma as a Barrier to HIV Prevention in East Africa.” The international conference is sponsored by Faculty of Social Work – Helwan University, Egypt. According to Washington, “Social workers can play a pivotal role in bringing awareness to the fact that education continues to be needed in East Africa regarding AIDS related stigma. Methods for developing HIV prevention programs, inclusive of HIV education, HIV testing and counseling, as an important first step, were discussed.”

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, published “General Book Store in Chicago, 1938-1947: Linking Neighborhood to Nation” in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing 1 (1) 2009, pp. 93-121. He also published an editor’s introduction titled “Marketing History at the Center: Papers from the 2007 CHARM” in the Journal of Macromarketing 29 (March) 2009, pp. 5-6.

James Woods, Geography, published a map, “Death Penalty Executions in the United States” in a textbook titled Sociology Now by M. Kimmel and A. Aronson.