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Laurels

John Bellah, University Police, recently saw his article “Police Brake Pad Testing” appear in the July-August issue of Police Fleet Manager magazine.

Lesley Farmer, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, has contributed a chapter titled “Developmental  Social-Emotional Behavior and Information Literacy” for D. Nahl and D. Bilal (eds.), "Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory", Medford, NH: Information Today, 2007. She also gave an invited paper titled “Predictors for Success – Experiences of Beginning and Expert Teacher Librarians” at the International Association of School Librarianship conference held in Taipei.

Teresa Fiore, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, edited and wrote the introduction to The Road to Italy and the United States: La creazione e diffusione delle opere di John Fante, issue VI of the literary journal of Italian Studies Quaderni del ‘900. Entirely devoted to the life, works, and international reception of seminal 1940s novelist John Fante, this bilingual issue includes eight essays by scholars based both in Italy and the U.S., a creative piece by Fante biographer and English faculty member Stephen Cooper, the translation of Vinicio Capossela's song "L'accolita dei rancorosi" inspired by Fante's novel The Brotherhood of the Grape, a complete updated bibliography, and three original illustrations. The volume's ad hoc editorial board features prominent scholars in Italian American Studies active in Italian as well as U.S. universities. Fiore recently presented the volume at the annual John Fante Festival in Torricella Peligna (Italy), the birthplace of Fante's father.

John Jung, Psychology, held book signing talks on "Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain" at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum on Aug. 11 and at the Berkeley Chinese Community Church on Aug. 21. He also held book signing talks on Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South at the Foster City Library on Aug. 19 and for the Chi-Am Circle on Aug. 21.

Susan Peck MacDonald, English, had an article titled "The Erasure of Language" appear in the June issue of College Composition and Communication.

Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, presented her research "Do Risk Perceptions and Experience Influence risk Mitigating Behaviors?" co-authored with Wade E. Martin (Economics) and Brian Kent (USFS) at the Marketing and Public Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C., in May.

Paul Perret, Geography, made a presentation titled “Men and Masculinities in Gender and Development Programs: A New Way Forward?” to the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) conference on “Social Justice: Gender and Community Resiliency” in Indianapolis in July.

Christine Rodrigue, Geography, just published “Geography Diversity Initiatives at California State University, Long Beach: The Geoscience Diversity Enhancement Program” in the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.

Nancy Strow Sheley, English and Liberal Studies, recently published “The Language of Flowers as Subtext: Conflicted Messages of Domesticity in Mary Wilkins Freeman’s Short Fiction” in Working Papers on Design (Vol. 2, Fall 2007), an on-line journal of the University of Hertfordshire, England. Sheley also presented two conferences papers: “Is Bobbie Ann Mason Ethnic?” at the American Literature Association in Boston in May and in June at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) national conference in Spartanburg, SC., and “Floral Gender-Bending in Mary Wilkins Freeman’s Short Fiction.” Sheley will begin her six-month stint as a Fulbright Scholar in January 2008, teaching American Studies courses at two universities in Cyprus.

Ray Stefani, Electrical Engineering, wrote two chapters in Statistical Thinking in Sports published by Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, July. The chapters are "Measurement and Interpretation of Home Advantage" and "The Physics and Evolution of Olympic Winning Performances.” He presented a paper "Predicting Score Difference Versus Score Total in Soccer and Rugby" at the Mathematics in Sports Conference sponsored by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, held in July in Manchester, England.

John Wang, Criminal Justice, has organized an international panel titled “From Criminal Investigation to Forensic Science” at the 44th annual meeting of Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Wang invited two scholars from China to join the panel including Yaping Luo, dean of forensic science at China Police University who delivered a paper titled “Forensic Science Curriculum in China.” The second panelist is Xiaofan Shi, director of forensic chemistry at China Criminal Police College, who delivered a paper titled “The Analysis of the Extraction of Black Water-Based Pen Inks by High Performance Liquid Chromatography.” Wang also included Carl Fan, a master’s candidate in criminal justice at CSULB, who presented a paper on “Calculation Pitch Angle of Rifling Lines: An Empirical Approach,” a project he did in Wang’s forensic science class. Also, Wang presented a paper on “Digital Software Application in Teaching Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science,” a summary based on his years of teaching high-tech crime and forensic science at CSULB.

Khonsura Aaron Wilson, Black Studies, organized and chaired a panel of four CSULB students presenting papers at the National Council of Black Studies Conference. They discussed the topic of African female and male relationships. Also, he presented a paper titled “Flipping Scripts and Flip Flopping: The Internal Self-Criticism of Hip Hop Expression” on March 15.