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Bipasha Baruah, Geography, was invited to make the keynote address to the Global Citizenship Symposium at Hawaii Pacific University in October which was titled “Earning her Keep and Keeping What She Earns: Women and Grassroots Economic Movements in India and the Caribbean.” Additionally, she made an invited presentation titled “Holding her Ground: Women and Urban Land Issues in India” to the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii in October.

Paul Boyd-Batstone, Teacher Education, saw the publication of his new book titled Anecdotal Records Assessment: An Observational Tool With a Standards-Based Focus by Christopher-Gordon Publishers based in Massachusetts. Records is a practical guide to recording, summarizing, analyzing and using anecdotal records to show how a teacher can address the accountability of standards while maintaining autonomy in making individual instructional decisions based on systematic observations of students strengths and needs. It’s filled with ready-to-use materials that require a minimum of preparation. Its chapter topics include “Why Anecdotal Records Assessment?,” “Recording Motivational Engagement and Enrichment,” and “Interpreting Stages of Developmental Spelling.”

Ray Briggs, Music, authored an article titled “KKJZ to Feature Homegrown Talent” in the June edition of the L.A. Jazz Scene. At the University of Mississippi (Oxford), he presented a paper titled “More Than Elvis: An Historical Overview of the Memphis Jazz Tradition” for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s Music of the South Symposium held on June 3. Briggs also had a review of the “Great Women Singers of the 20th Century” DVD series published in the September volume of Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association.

Robert H. Friis, Health Science, has been elected president for the Southern California Public Health Association (SCPHA). SCPHA is organized exclusively to improve the health of the people of Southern California by collaborating, educating and advocating with organizations and individuals who share this common vision. SCPHA is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association.

Camille Holmgren, Geography, was lead author, with J. Norris and J. Betancourt, of an article in the Journal of Quaternary Science titled “Inferences about winter temperatures and summer rains from the late Quaternary record of C4 perennial grasses and C3 desert shrubs in the northern Chihuahuan Desert.”

Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, presented papers titled “Pledging Allegiance to the USA: One Nation, Under Illusion” at the 25th Annual Black Studies Conference held at Olive Harvey College in Chicago on April 20 and “Molefi Kete Asante and the Afro centric Initiative” at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association held in Philadelphia on April 29. Also, he was a member of a select group of participants and presented a paper titled “Africana Studies and the Project of Serudj: Reaffirmation and Renewal of the Discipline” at a Ford Foundation Seminar on “Conversations for Sustaining Black Studies in the 21st Century” held in New York, April 21-22. He co-edited with Molefi Kete Asante Handbook of Black Studies published by the Thousand Oaks-based Sage Publications in 2006.

Bill Kelemen, Psychology, recently had an article accepted for publication in the journal Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. The article is based on data Kelemen collected in as part of his two-year $142,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of his research into the effects of smoking on information processing. He is the first author (the second is CSULB graduate student Farnaz Kaighobadi). The journal is published by the American Psychological Association.

Paul Laris, Geography, co-authored with Peter Klepeis an article titled “Contesting Sustainable Development in Tierra del Fuego” in Geoforum.

Maythee Rojas, Women’s Studies, saw her essay on Josefa Loaiza, the only woman ever hanged in California, accepted for publication in WST: Women’s Studies Quarterly for its special issue, “The Sexual Body,” and will be featured in a symposium at Baruch College in New York City next May.

James Manseau Sauceda, Multicultural Center, presented a “Multicultural Storytelling Hour” on behalf of the Atlantic Avenue Scholars Festival of Books event on July 22. This performance was held in the Burnett Library in Long Beach and was sponsored by the Long Beach Neighborhood Leadership Community Project. Sauceda presented a 90-minute diversity workshop for the California State Student Association on July 15 at the CSU Chancellor’s Conference Room in Long Beach. The audience consisted of Associated Student Body presidents and vice presidents from all 23 CSU campuses. Sauceda was the keynote speaker opening a three-day statewide Learning Institute sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services: Family Support and Child Welfare, titled “Fostering Families Across Cultural Differences.” The plenary address was held at the convention center in New Bern, N.C., Aug. 21. In addition to the keynote, Sauceda presented two 90-minute workshops titled, “Sharing the Secret Life of Latinos: Going Beyond Borders.” Also, Sauceda was inducted as an honorary member into the CSULB Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society on Oct. 14 in the University Student Union.

Jon Stone, Religious Studies, recently saw the publication of his new book, the Routledge Book of World Proverbs. It explores the origins of such words as wisdom and the rich cultural traditions reflected in each nation’s proverbs. This collection contains more than 16,000 proverbs that transcend culture, time and space to offer a collection that is both useful and enjoyable, making this book one of enduring interest. He is author or editor of nine books, including The Craft of Religious Studies, The Essential Max Müller, Expecting Armageddon: Essential Readings in Failed Prophecy, and Latin for the Illiterati, which was named the 1997 Outstanding Reference Source by the American Library Association.

Frederick Wegener, English, presented a paper titled “‘A Type of the Awakened American Woman’: Medical Women in Charles Dudley Warner’s Prose” at the annual American Literature Association Conference in San Francisco in May.