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Laurels: February 2010

Published: February 15, 2010

Richard Behl, Geological Sciences, authored or co-authored five abstracts and presentations with graduate and undergraduate students Sara Afshar, Carlye Peterson, Courtney Marshall, Melissa Bernardino, and Linda Ta at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. The studies included “Geomorphic Expression of a Miocene Dike Complex, San Joaquin Hills, California, USA”; “Millennial-Scale Oscillations in Climate and Water Character Recorded in Marine Sediment Geochemistry of Santa Barbara Basin, California at ~300ka and ~ 700ka”; “Orbital- to Sub-Orbital-Scale Cyclicity in Seismic Reflections and Sediment Character in Early to Middle Pleistocene Mudstone, Santa Barbara Basin, California”; “Sedimentation in an Active Fold and Thrust Belt, Santa Barbara Basin, CA: Spatial and Temporal Evolution from 1.0 Ma to Present”; and “Investigating a Transect of Anoxic Waters in the Santa Barbara Basin during the past 15 ka.” He also delivered an invited lecture in Whittlebury, England, at the MethaneNet conference of the National Environment Research Council titled “Unanswered Questions about the Role of Methane Hydrates in Past Ocean/Climate Change.”

Barbara Crutchfield George and Lynn V. Dymally, Legal Studies in Business, co-authored an article titled “The Opaque and the Under-Regulated Hedge Fund Industry: Victim or Culprit in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis?” which was published in the New York University Journal of Law & Business, summer 2009.

Laura Henriques, Science Education, presented “Creating Science and Math Teacher-Leaders Who REALLY Use Digital Resources: Lessons Learned from Working with Robert Noyce Scholars” with Elizabeth Ambos, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Jaime Arvizu, CSU Fresno; and graduate student Meredith Ashbran, Science Education, at the National Science Digital Library annual meeting in Washington D.C.

David Jacques, Theatre Arts, recently returned from Hong Kong and Beijing where he designed the lighting for “The Magic Flute” presented by Opera Hong Kong and The National Performing Arts Center of Beijing. In the spring, Jacques will design the lighting for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of “Otello” and the English National Opera’s production of “Tosca.”

Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, and Wade E. Martin, Economics, with Brian Kent, United States Forest Service, published their research on wildfires and communities titled “The Role of Risk Perceptions in the Risk Mitigation Process: The Case of Wildfire in High Risk Communities” in the Journal of Environmental Management, V. 29, 2009, 489-98. This work is based on interviews with four high wildfire-risk communities in the western United States and looks at how homeowners attempt to mitigate (or not mitigate) those risks.

Ron Schmidt, Political Science, had a book titled Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders: Immigrants and American Racial Politics in the Early Twenty-first Century (co-authored with Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Andrew Aoki, and Rodney Hero), published by University of Michigan Press.

Patricia Seyburn, English, saw her third book of poems, Hilarity, reviewed in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday, Dec. 27.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, appeared on the Houston Pacifica Radio show “The Progressive Forum” (KPFT-FM 90.1 FM) on Nov. 26. The discussion focused on men’s progressive activism and Tarrant’s books When Sex Became Gender and Men and Feminism.

Victor C. X. Wang, Professional Studies, saw his article titled “A Glimpse of Vocational Education in China: An Insider’s Views in Light of Western Vocational Education” published by International Journal of Vocational Education and Training in December, making his peer-reviewed publications more than 100 for CSULB within seven years. In addition, Wang is publishing a three-volume (80 chapters; 7,500 words per chapter) encyclopedia titled Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration which is to be used as a premier reference source by scholars, researchers, professors, practitioners and students worldwide. He saw his book titled Integrating Adult Learning and Technologies for Effective Education: Strategic Approaches published by Information Science Reference. This book provides innovative instructional approaches as well as relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area of adult learning and technology. This body of research aids professionals and executives in improving instructional training strategies to educate traditional and non-traditional students in today’s information age.

Frederick Wegener, English, presented a paper, “Talking ‘Horse’ and ‘House’ in The Rise of Silas Lapham,” on a panel on the novelist William Dean Howells, at the annual American Literature Association Conference in Boston in May.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, presented “The Ethics of Food Marketing and Development: A Historical Perspective” at the First Conference on Food Marketing and Ethics, hosted by LaSalle-Beauvais, in Paris, Dec. 3-4. With Hieu Nguyen, Marketing, he presented “Marketing Education in Viet Nam: A Review and Agenda for Development” at the 11th International Society on Markets and Development Conference held in Hanoi on Jan. 5-8. The paper was published in the conference proceedings. With Sabine Reddy, Management, he published “Antecedents of Ethical Consumption Activities in Germany and the United States,” in the Australasian Marketing Journal, 18, pp. 8-14.