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John Bellah, University Police, recently saw two articles appear in Police Fleet magazine. The first, titled “Cryogenic Brake Rotors,” detailed the challenges to brake use in modern law enforcement vehicles and appeared in the November-December issue. The second, titled “Mattman Specialty Vehicles,” on a San Mateo-based firm that builds specialized and tactical vehicles, appeared in the January-February issue.

Ray Briggs, Music, authored a review of the DVD series, “Jazz Legends Live!” The article was published in the March 2006 edition of Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association.

Vincent J. Del Casino, Jr., Geography and Liberal Studies, was the co-organizer (with Mary Gilmartin, University College Dublin), chair, and a panelist on the special session titled “On the Geographies of Health and Sexuality” at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting held in March in Chicago. Also, he was the co-organizer and chair of another special session titled “Author Meets Critics: A Critical Engagement with Judith Halberstram’s ‘In a Queer Time and Place,’” also at the AAG.

Tiffany L. Comtois, Academic Advising Center, published an article titled “Using Memory to Become a More Effective Advisor” in the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources. This article also will be featured in the May NACADA member Highlights. The article was based on her co-presentation at the 2005 NACADA regional conference titled “Total Recall: Mapping the Mind for Maintaining Memory.” The presentation won best of region and was invited to be presented a second time at the National Conference held in Las Vegas last October.

James Davis, Kinesiology, published a refereed article titled “Exercise test mode dependency for ventilatory efficiency in women but not men” in the March issue of Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging.

Boak Ferris, English and Comparative World Literature and Classics, had his article, “Symmetry, Film Structure, and Humor in Billy Wilder’s ‘Some Like it Hot,’” published in Genre, Vol. 25, 2005, Film, Ideology, and Culture, released in March. In addition, he presented a paper titled “The Collected Episodes of Gilgamesh: Epic or Gospel?” at the 41st Annual Comparative Literature Conference held at CSULB on March 10.

Steve Fleck, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, gave a conference paper March 17 at the Centre International de Rencontres sur le Dix-septième Siècle in Kiel, Germany, titled “Représentation et spectacle dans les comédies-ballets : de la représentation du monde à la création du spectacle total.” Since January he has been editor-in-chief of the journal Cahiers du Dix-septième Siècle. He also published a book review of Le Jeu de Dom Juan by Giovanni Dotoli in Papers on Seventeenth Century French Literature.

Robert Friis, Health Science, was appointed in April to the state’s Medication Errors Panel. The Medication Errors Panel recommends improvements, additions, or changes to be constructed and implemented for the significant improvement of the health care system by reducing errors associated with the delivery of prescription and over-the-counter medications to consumers.

John Jung, Psychology, presented “19 Chinese Laundries of Fun Fai Lo in the Deep South” at the Association of Asian American Studies meeting in Atlanta, on March 24. He also held a book talk and signing for Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South at a dinner meeting of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Atlanta Chapter on March 24 and at a dinner meeting of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Augusta, Ga., on March 26.

Keung L. Luke, Physics and Astronomy, presented two invited seminars on solar-energy related topics to the Physics Department at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt on March 7. Also, he has been nominated by the Board of Faculty of Science, Cairo University, as an examiner for a Ph.D. thesis.

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, recently published a juried chapter titled “‘Look, Teacher, the Birds Are On Fire!’ Collaboratively Assessing and Stabilizing Schools After Large-Scale Terrorist Attacks” in Advances in Psychology Research, Vol. 38.

Ingrid Martin, Marketing, was elected chair of the Marketing and Society Special Interest Group through the American Marketing Association for 2006-07. MAS SIG sponsors the annual Marketing and Public Policy Conference to be held in 2006 in Long Beach.

Jae Shim, Accountancy, recently saw the publication of two new books, including the fourth edition of the Dictionary of Accounting Terms and the fourth edition of the Accounting Handbook, both for Barron’s.

Ramses Toma, Family and Consumer Sciences, was the guest speaker on “Nutrition and Health” at Boeing International in Seal Beach, March 22. Also, he is the recipient of CSULB’s College of Health and Human Services Community Service Award.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, read a paper titled “Doing Art with a Bang: Guns and Ammunition as Artistic Material,” at the American Society for Aesthetics Pacific Meetings held in Pacific Grove on March 29. At the American Philosophical Association Pacific Meetings in Portland, she chaired a session on “Feminism’s Impact on Men” on March 23 and organized two invited author-meets-critic sessions as a member of the program committee. As program chair for the Society for the Philosophic Study of the Contemporary Visual Arts, she organized two sessions for meetings in Portland, March 24-25. In addition, she refereed a book proposal on cultural property for Blackwells, a book manuscript on aesthetics for Oxford University Press and an article on computer security for the Information Handbook published by John Wiley.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, gave an invited presentation, “The Methodology behind the Madness of Marketing History,” at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., on April 7.

Jessica Zacher, Teacher Education and Liberal Studies, was awarded in April an honorable mention for the 2006 Division G Dissertation Award Competition from the American Educational Research Association for her dissertation titled “‘It’s not the color of their skin’: Identity politics, literacy practices and multicultural curricula in an urban fifth grade classroom.”