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Judy Brusslan, Biological Sciences, has been appointed chair of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Women in Plant Biology Committee and also is serving on the ASPB Executive Committee. Her work in developing experiments that can be tailored to simultaneously teach plant physiology to elementary and college students earned her ASPB’s Education Booth Award at this year’s annual meeting. She has twice served as a panelist for the Society’s Career Workshop seminar. She was first appointed to the ASPB Women in Plant Biology Committee in 2004. ASPB has 5,000 members from the U.S. and nearly 60 other nations and publishes the journals The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.

Lesley Farmer, Library Media, was invited by the U.S. State Department to speak with librarians in Brazil about library services for youth. She was the recipient of the Sala Elizabeth Bishop Program award to conduct this lecture series presented in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Forteleza, and Sao Paulo during November.

Brian Finney, English, had published his monograph, “English Fiction Since 1984: Narrating a Nation” (London and New York: Palgrave/Macmillan) on Nov. 28.

Robert H. Friis, Health Science, was elected as a fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) based in London, England. Membership as a fellow is made by nomination of the council of the RIPH. The RIPH is a leading independent body with an international reputation, dedicated to the promotion practice and protection of the highest standards of Public Health.

Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, recently published a refereed article titled “Surviving the first time through: A new instructor’s views on designing and teaching economic geography and how mentoring early-career faculty can help” in the November issue of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

John Jung, Psychology had a book talk-signing for his memoir, Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South, at the San Diego Chinese History Museum on Dec. 2.

Susan Peck MacDonald, English, has an article titled “Chandler’s American Style” appearing in the most recent issue of Style. She also published an article titled “The Language of Journalism in Treatments of Hormone Replacement News” in a recent issue of Written Communication and presented a paper on “Dangerous Narratives in Healthcare News” at the 2006 annual Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Suzanne Marshall, Family and Consumer Sciences, presented a paper titled “Developing Student Leadership Through the Fashion Show” at the International Textiles and Apparel Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 3.

Clifton Snider, English, had three poems titled “Watts Towers,” “Visiting the Cave of Pech-Merle” and “Family Bones” published in the online journal, Arabesques Review, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Fall 2006.

Deborah Thien, Geography, gave an invited talk titled “Fire and ice: Geographies of gender and emotion in the Shetland Islands, Scotland” to the Huntington Library Women’s Studies program panel, “Women and Health: Exploring the Margins,” which was moderated by Robyn Fishman, a graduate student in history, on Nov. 18.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, has been appointed chair of the national committee on Philosophy and Law of the American Philosophical Association (APA) for 2006-09. In that capacity, she is responsible for administering a bi-annual competition for the best published article in the field as well as organizing special programs for the APA professional meetings. She was previously a member of this committee from 2001-04.

James Woods, Geography, is extensively cited in a newspaper article about the Esperanza Fire and the Green Sheet report on the conditions leading to the deaths of the five Engine 57 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service. The article by Keith Matheny appeared in The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) on Nov. 18 and is titled “‘Green Sheet report’ reveals extreme conditions of wildfire: Esperanza details exposed.” He also made a presentation titled “A geographic analysis of graduates of California State University, Long Beach” to the North American Cartographic Information Society in Madison, Wis., in October.

Barry Lavay, Kinesiology, was the invited keynote speaker for the Adapted Physical Education section of the 2006 Illinois Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the Midwest Adapted Physical Activity Conference held in St. Charles, Ill., on Nov. 18. He gave two different talks on behavior management methods and students with disabilities.