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Laurels: October 2009

Published: October 15, 2009

Bipasha Baruah, Geography, published an article, “Monitoring Progress towards Gender-Equitable Poverty Alleviation: The Tools of the Trade,” in the journal Progress in Development Studies in July.

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, presented two papers at the International Federation of Library Associations conference held in Milan: “Elearning Spaces” and “Using Websites to Promote Literacy about Cultural Heritage.” Farmer also presented at the International Association of School Librarians conference in Padua on “Egaming and Girls,” “Visual Literacy for Reading Comprehension” and “LIS Curriculum: Universal or Culturally Defined?”

Teresa Fiore, Associate Professor of Italian (RGRLL), has published an article on emigration in 19th- and 20th-century Sicilian literature in the 2009 issue of the Journal of Sicilian Emigration History: “Andata e ritorni. Storie di emigrazione nella letteratura siciliana tra Ottocento e Novecento (Capuana, Messina, Pirandello, Sciascia e Camilleri).” Neos (Rivista di storia dell’emigrazione siciliana) II.1 (Dec. 2008). 265-75.

Lionel Mandy, Africana Studies, saw his book The I AM Model of Afrikan/African/Black Male Identity Development published this summer.

Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, served as organizer and chair of the Summer American Marketing Association conference held in Chicago. She and Michael Kamins co-chaired the annual conference, themed “The Role of Marketing in Defining the Organization’s Sustainability Goals.” The conference was held Aug. 7-10 and is the largest in the field of marketing.

Jacqueline W. Mills, Geography, has published a 2009 book, GIS, Human Geography, and Disasters, (San Diego: University Readers) with Andrew Curtis of USC.

William Ritz, Science Education, saw his award-winning book, A Head Start on Science: Encouraging a Sense of Wonder, translated and published in China. His book guides teachers and parents alike in nurturing children’s natural curiosity, providing a treasury of 89 hands-on science activities specifically for children ages 3 to 6. Ritz continues his regular column titled “Science for Young Explorers” for the quarterly magazine Children and Families published by the National Head Start Association. Appearing in the summer 2009 issue is “Seed Sleuthing” which encourages young children, their teachers, and families to explore the beauty and science of seeds.

Víctor M. Rodríguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, was invited to write a review of America Beyond Black and White: How Immigrants and Fusions Are Helping US Overcome the Racial Divide by Ronald Fernandez, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007 in CENTRO Journal of the Center of Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY Vol. 21, No. 1, Spring 2009, pp. 264-268. The editors of the Puerto Rican journal of cultural and political analysis Apuesta invited Rodriguez to write a review of Cesar Ayala and Rafael Bernabe’s book Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History Since 1898, Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2007, Apuesta, Fall 2009, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico (Spanish). Also, an analysis of the election of the first Puerto Rican/Latina to the Supreme Court “Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Racialization, Ideology and the `Imagined Latino Community’” was published in Dissident Voices on June 28. A longer version in Spanish, “Sonia Sotomayor: Racialización, Ideología y la `Imaginada Comunidad Latina,” was published in the center pages of the political analysis weekly Claridad, Puerto Rico, on July 9-15, pp. 24-25.

Dmitrii Sidorov, Geography, published a chapter, “Kritischeskaia populiarnaia geopolitika, vizual’nye obrazy i konstruirovanie regionov” (Critical Popular Geopolitics, Visual Images, and Construction of Regions) in the Russian anthology Rossiia and SShA na stranitsakh uchebnikov: Obraz drugogu (Russia and the United States: Mutual Representations in Textbooks), ed. V. Zhuravleva and I. Kurilla, and published by Volgograd State University Press. He also published “Visualizing the Former Cold War ‘Other’: Images of Eastern Europe in World Regional Geography Textbooks in the United States” in the charter issue of Contexts: The Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society, Vol. 1, No. 1. He also reviewed the book Stalinism on the Frontier of Empire: Women and State Formation in the Soviet Far East by E. Shulman for the Journal of Historical Geography. He gave a presentation, “Post-Imperial Third Romes: Resurrections of a Russian Orthodox Geopolitical Metaphor,” at the G. Durham International Affairs Conference held in the United Kingdom in the spring. He also presented “Moscow: A Globalizing City?” to the Los Angeles Geographical Society in December.

Deborah Thien, Geography, recently authored an article, “Interconnecting Spaces: Truck Drivers, Diesel Pollution and Networking in the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles,” with geography graduate student Mary Ngo which was published in the 2009 issue of the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Thien, with Jonathan Pugh of Newcastle University, also published an article in the yearbook titled “Long Beach Gets Radical: Stretching the Spaces of Radical Politics.”

Victor C. X. Wang, Professional Studies, was invited to publish a special issue as guest editor in the International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies (IJWLTT). Wang was instructed to select four to six chapters out of 15 peer-reviewed chapters for his book due out in December. This special issue was published in October to help promote and market his upcoming book Integrating Adult Learning and Technologies for Effective Education: Strategic Approaches which will be distributed worldwide as a required text and as a reference book.

Donna Wares, Journalism, is a finalist for a SoCal Independent Booksellers 2009 Book Award for The Wonder Years: Portraits of Athletes Who Never Slow Down, which she co-authored with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Rick Rickman. The winners will be announced Oct. 24 in Los Angeles by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association. Wares discussed The Wonder Years on Sept. 24 at the Barnes and Noble Marina Pacifica in Long Beach.