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R. Christopher Burnett, Journalism, will serve for the next year as head of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered (GLBT) Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Burnett was elected to the position at the association’s convention Aug. 1-5 in San Francisco. The position involves promoting research and teaching on GLBT issues at colleges and universities across the country.

Vincent Del Casino, Geography, had five articles published in the Sage Publications Encyclopedia of Human Geography. His articles included “Phenomenology,” “Structuralism,” “Post-Structuralism,” “Symbols/Symbolism” and “Theory.”

Brian Finney, English, had his essay “Martin Amis’s ‘Time’s Arrow’ and the Postmodern Sublime” published in Martin Amis: Postmodernism and Beyond, London: Palgrave Macmillan, Aug. 25.

Bonnie L. Gasior, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures, published a peer-reviewed article titled “Erasing the (Monstrous) Feminine: Juan Pérez de Montalván’s La monja alférez” in a special edition of Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Hispánicos y Lingüística (“Beyond the Convent: Colonial Women’s Voices and Daily Challenges in Spanish America”). Also, she published a theater review of Los empeños de una casa (Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Los Angeles) in Comedia Performance: Journal of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater. Most recently, she co-edited the book Crosscurrents: Transatlantic Perspectives on Early Modern Spanish and Spanish-American Theater and co-authored its introduction, “Transatlantic Changes and Exchanges: The Permeability of Culture, Identity, and Discourse in Early Modern Spanish and Spanish-American Theater.” In August, she presented a paper, “Pride and Prejudice: Imperialist Thought in Juan de Cardenas’s Problems and Marvelous Secrets of the Indies (1591)” at the International Literature Symposium in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Frank Gossette, Geography, and alumna Valerie Müller recently published “Satellites, Census and the Quality of Life,” in a Springer-Verlag anthology titled Geo-Spatial Technologies in Urban Environments.

Kelly Janousek, Library and Academic Technology Services, was elected as vice-chair/chair elect of the Law and Political Science Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Also, she presented “Follow the Sources: From local to international level of public finance resources” at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans in June.

Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, is the lead author with David DiBiase of a 2006 article titled “Plagiarism by adult learners online: A case study in detection and remediation” published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. She is co-author with Brent Yarnal, Amy Heasley, Robert O’Connor, and Kirsten Dow of a 2006 article titled “The potential use of climate forecasts by community water system managers” in Land Use and Water Resources Research and she is co-author, along with O’Connor, Yarnal, Dow, and Gregory Carbone, of an article titled “Feeling at risk matters: Water managers and the decision to use forecasts” in a 2005 issue of Risk Analysis: An International Journal. In addition, she received a grant from the Association of American Geographers and the National Science Foundation to fund her travel to the International Geographical Union meeting in Brisbane, Australia, in July.

John Jung, Psychology, received a three-year grant for $1.3 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to support a proposal for a Minority Research Infrastructure Support Program (MRISP) in the Department of Psychology. Chi-Ah Chun, Psychology, will serve as associate director. One aim of MRISP is to provide mentoring for high quality research and grant applications by junior faculty toward the reduction of mental health disparities. The MRISP also funds two proposed research projects dealing with important mental health issues, one study by psychology’s James Amirkhan and Chun titled “Coping with Stress by Korean Immigrants” and a project by Human Development’s Beth Manke and Shelley Erickson titled “Coping of Siblings of Type 2 Diabetic Children.”

Paul Laris, Geography, is lead author, with Peter Klepeis, of “Degradation narratives,” which appeared in Our Earth’s Changing Land: An Encyclopedia of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change, published in 2006.

Caitlin Murdock, History, presented an invited paper titled “Nationalism on Wheels: Migration and Bohemian Nationalities Politics in the German Reich” at a conference of the Borderlands Project of the Institute for Global Studies titled “National Politics and Population Migrations in Central and Eastern Europe” held University of Minnesota, April 7-8.

Christine Rodrigue, Geography, participated in a broadcast by the BBC in August about natural hazard risk perception in California in their “Journeys into the Ring of Fire” series with Iain Stewart.

José Sánchez-H., Film and Electronic Arts, was invited by the Smithsonian Institution to attend the March 16 tribute to award-winning Bolivian director Jorge Ruiz. The event showcased one of Ruiz’s most well-known documentary films “Vuelve Sebastiana” and Ruiz was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.

Sánchez-H.’s, research and collaborative work of restoration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive brought to light the important work of Ruiz. Other recipients of this recognition include Sir David Attenborough, George Lucas, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg. On March 11, Sánchez-H. presented two poetry films made in collaboration with award-winning poet Tina Datsko at the annual National Association of Latino Independent Producers Conference at the convention center in Long Beach. In addition, he participanted in the Latino Writers Lab at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers in New York, May 3-7. And, based on his research on Bolivian cinema, Sánchez-H. also wrote a chapter of the book, 2006 Variety International Film Guide, published in the spring in the U.K.

Dimitrii Sidorov, Geography, published a review of Russian Society and the Orthodox Church: Religion in Russia after Communism by Zoë Knox in a 2006 issue of The Slavic Review. He also published “Post-Imperial Third Romes: Resurrections of a Russian Orthodox Geopolitical Metaphor” in a 2006 issue of Geopolitics.

Jonathan Talberg, Music, conducted the University Choir, the Camerata Singers of Long Beach, Gunn High School from Palo Alto and the Frei University Youth Orchestra of Amsterdam in an invited performance held in Florence, Italy, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of W.A. Mozart. The concert, attended by more than 800, was presented as part of the Amadeus Festival and sponsored by the Accademia di Firenza, the cultural wing of the city of Florence.

Deborah Thien, Geography, has an article out in the fall 2005 issue of Area titled “After or Beyond Feeling? A Consideration of Affect and Emotion in Geography.”

Bruce Vancil, University Outreach and School Relations, was invited to participate as a panelist in the workshop “Ménage a Trois: UC, CSU and Community College Fully Committed!” at the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) Regional conference at San Jose State University on June 1. Representing the CSU system, the presentation focused on the strength of partnerships between the California Community Colleges, the California State University campuses, and the University of California institutions.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, presented a paper, “Understanding the Cultural Footprint of Global Food Marketing in Developing Countries,” at the Conference on Corporate Responsibility and Global Business held at the London Business School, July 13-14.