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F. King Alexander, CSULB President, participated in a roundtable discussion titled “Transformational Change in Higher Education – Positioning Your Institution for Future Success” at the third annual Higher Education Conference, hosted by the TIAA-CREF Institute in New York, Nov. 2-3. Alexander commented on the Spellings Commission and other important changes impacting public universities and higher education today. Also, he advocated for new national policies and dialogue designed to help public universities stay public.

Susan Black, Academic Advising Center, represented CSULB as part of a panel presentation titled “Diverse Probation Policies, Programs and Practice: A Multi-Institutional Perspective - The Art of Thinking Independently Together” at the 2006 National Academic Advising Association National Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Julian Segura Camacho, Chicano and Latino Studies, saw the publication of his latest work from Hamilton Books titled Societal Suicide, now available at the Campus Bookstore. His previous book titled The Chicano Treatise was released by University Books. In mid-December, his third book titled Unwanted and Not Included: The Saga of Mexican People in the US will be released.

Patricia Cherin, English, saw the publication of several poems including “Reparations” in Presa 4, “Reveille” in Spillway 13, “Exquisite Corpse” in Southlander 2 and “Over seas” in Iconoclast.

Teresa Fiore, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures, had her essay “Lunghi viaggi verso Lamerica a casa: straniamento e identità nelle storie di migrazione italiana” (“Long voyages to Lamerica at home: Estrangement and identity in Italian migration stories”) published in a special issue on negotiating national identities for the Italian Studies journal Annali d’Italianistica. She was invited to give a lecture on the same topic at UC Davis on Nov. 2 as part of the Italian Studies Lecture Series.

Robert H. Friis, Health Science, has been appointed by California State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, Chair of the Senate Rules Committee, to the Medication Errors Panel. Friis serves along with State Senators Jackie Speier from San Francisco/San Mateo and Sam Aanestad from Grass Valley. The Medication Errors Panel recommends improvements, additions, or changes in the health care system by reducing errors associated with the delivery of prescription and over-the-counter medications to consumers.

Dan Jones, Kinesiology, presented a paper titled “Physical Capacity Testing, Occupational Rehabilitation and Work Reconditioning” at the annual meeting of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in San Diego.

John Jung, Psychology, was invited to give three talks in Macon, Ga. The first was titled “Southern Fried Rice” at the 7th Annual Georgia Literary Festival on Nov. 3; the second was “Macon After 50 Years” to the Unitarian High Church on Nov. 4; and the third was “Being Chinese in A World of Black and White” before the Mercer University Department of History and Tift College of Education on Nov. 5.

Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, conducted a seminar on “Ancient Africa as an Ethical Ideal: The Maatian Foundation and Framework” at the 29th Annual Seminar in Social Theory and Practice held at the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies in Los Angeles on July 23-29. He also gave a keynote address on “Maat, the Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: Enduring Teachings for Modern Life” to The African Village meeting in St. Louis on June 4. He published a book chapter titled “Philosophy in the African Tradition of Resistance: Issues of Human Freedom and Human Flourishing” in Lewis Gordon and Jane Anna Gordon, (eds.) Not Only the Master’s Tools: African American Studies in Theory and Practice, Boulder, Colo: Paradigm Publishers, pp. 243-271.

Michael Lacourse, Health and Human Services, recently chaired a symposium titled “Therapeutic Exercise” at the annual meeting of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in San Diego. He also presented a paper titled “Mental Practice and Brain Plasticity in Spinal Cord Injury.”

James Manseau-Sauceda, Multicultural Center, was the opening keynote speaker at County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) Conference titled “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” held in October in Westlake Village. More than 500 social service leaders, comprising managers, supervisors and program directors spanning 37 counties in California, attended the plenary. The conference theme addressed the realities of providing human and social services. CWDA brings together county, state, and federal human services agencies, community-based organizations, elected officials, legislative staff, philanthropic organizations and concerned citizens. He also participated as facilitator at the TEAMWORK 2006 Retreat in San Bernardino in October on the theme “Connecting Cultures through Communication.” The retreat promoted students’ understanding of their own cultural heritage, the relationship between communication and culture and its impact on culturally diverse individuals, cultural patterns that affect verbal and non-verbal behaviors, identified obstacles that may hinder the development of cross-cultural communication, and developed practical skills for effective and ethical cross-cultural communication.

Caitlin Murdock, History, presented a paper titled “In Search of Work: Labor Migration, Territory and Identity in the Saxon-Bohemian Borderlands,” at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19. She also presented a paper titled “A Region on the Move: Labor Migration and the Rethinking of Space, 1870-1914” to the Southern California German History workshop on Nov. 10.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, published an invited review of the book After the Earth Quakes: Elastic Rebound on an Urban Planet by Susan Elizabeth Hough and Roger B. Bilham in the November issue of Geotimes.

Ramses Toma, Family and Consumer Sciences, received the College of Health and Human Services Community Services Award for 2006.

Judith Tyner, Geography, published “A day with Norman Thrower” in Cartographic Perspectives, Vol. 55. She also published a review of the book The Commerce of Cartography: Making and Marketing Maps in Eighteenth-Century France and England, by Mary Sponberg Pedley, in Cartographic Perspectives. Additionally, she presented “Persuasive cartography revisited” to the annual national meeting of the North American Cartographic Information Society in October.

Skyne Uku-Wertimer, Black Studies, presented a paper titled “The European Union Initiatives for Democracy and Peacekeeping Operations in Africa” at the fourth annual convention of the Central and Eastern European International Studies Association held at the University of Tartu, Estonia, June 25-27. She also presented a paper titled “The Escalation of Nuclear Weapons’ Programs in the 21st Century: The Implicit and Explicit Threats to Global Security” at the 47th Annual International Studies Association’s Convention held March 21-25 in San Diego. In addition, she was honored in recognition of her outstanding contributions as a facilitator for the Leadership Academy 2005-06 as part of the Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, published “A Pragmatic Approach to the Identity of Works of Art” in The Journal of Speculative Philosophy 20:1, pp. 42-55. She also read a paper, “Privacy, feminism, and moral responsibility in the work of Elizabeth Lane Beardsley” at the fall meeting of the Society for Women In Philosophy-UK, Goldsmiths College, University of London, on Oct. 27.

Victor C. X. Wang, Professional Studies, saw his research article titled “From Pedagogues to Andragogues: How Changing Social Contexts Can Lead to Changing Educational Practices” published by the Journal of International Forum of Teaching and Studies. In addition to being circulated in North America, the journal is distributed in India, China and Thailand.