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Laurels: July 2013

Published: July 15, 2013

Jermie Arnold, Music, conducted the Maine All-State Band on May 18. The band consisted of 106 students from all across Maine. Also, he spent three days in Charles Ives’ immersion in New Haven, Conn., studying the late American composer. During that time he met with Ives’ scholar James Sinclair and Tom Duffy, director of bands at Yale, and studied Ives’ manuscripts housed in the Yale School of Music. In addition, he visited Ives’ birthplace in Danbury and received a personal tour from local Ives scholar Nancy Sudik, who took him more than 100 miles in and around Danbury, including Putnam’s Park, one of the places of inspiration for Ives’ composition “Three Places in New England.”

Christiane Beyer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received the Society of Automotive Engineers Southern California Section 2013 Section Educator of the Year Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the education and career preparation of her students at CSULB. The award was presented to Beyer on May 11 at the Yanks Air Museum in Chino, Calif.

Carolyn Bremer, Music, will serve as a judge for the 2013 Society of Composers Inc. student composer competition. In addition, the Waco Symphony Orchestra will perform her “Early Light” in November.

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, gave two presentations for the American Library Association conference—”Teaching Digital Citizenship to Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders” and “Incorporating Information Literacy into Teacher Preparation Programs.”

Dave Gerhart, Music, gave a clinic at the Mira Costa Percussion Festival in Manhattan Beach on May 18. In addition, he has been signed as a Remo Drum Head Artist. Their artists include Stewart Copeland (film composer and The Police), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Jim Babor (L.A. Philharmonic).

Bita Ghafoori, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling and Coordinator of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, has been selected by the Fulbright Specialist Review Committee and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to serve as a candidate on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for five years beginning this month. The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at host institutions in more than 100 countries worldwide. International travel costs and a stipend are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

Chuhee Kwon, Physics and Astronomy, recently participated in a steering committee for the 2013 American Physical Society Department Chairs conference.

Paul Scotton, Comparative World Literature and Classics, gave a joint paper, “The Imperial Cult in the Julian Basilica in Corinth,” at the XVIII Congreso Internaccional Arqeologia Clásica in Mérida, Spain, May 13-17.

Alan Shockley, George Wheeler and grad student Eric Pham, Music, wrote blind collaborative pieces with choreographers which were performed May 19 at Art Share L.A. on a concert titled “Hook-ups and Speed Dating.” In addition, Shockley’s “Silt and Shine” for solo cello was premiered by Craig Hultgren at the Composers’ Voice Concert Series in New York City on May 19.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, presented “Early History and Distribution of Trade Ceramics in Southeast Asia” at the 16th Biennial Conference on Historical Analysis and Research in Marketing, Copenhagen Business School, May 30-June 2. He also presented “The Macromarketing Field and Its Journal,” at the Macromarketing Doctoral Consortium, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, June 4, and “Political Identity Through Guns: A Visual Theory Perspective” in the “Theorizing U.S. Gun Culture” session at the Consumer Culture Theory Conference, Tucson, Ariz., June 13-16.