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Richard Behl, Geological Sciences, co-authored with former undergraduate student Shingo Morita the paper “The Monterey Formation of the Palos Verdes Hills, California: Stratigraphy and Diagenetic Implications for Burial and Uplift History,” published in the Pacific Section, Society of Sedimentary Geology’s Geology and Paleontology of the Palos Verdes Hills, California: A 60th Anniversary Revisit to Commemorate the 1946 Publication of U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 207. He co-authored the paper “Extreme Erosional Events Recorded by Flood Deposits in the Late Quaternary Santa Barbara Basin, Coastal Southern California,” presented at the winter meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. He has been serving his year as president of the of the Pacific Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology. 

John Bellah, University Police, recently saw the publication of his article titled “Never Retired” in the October issue of Cars and Parts magazine. It details the restoration of a 1940 Plymouth patrol unit for the Selma, Calif., police department.

Donna Binkiewicz, History, published a new article titled “A Modernist Vision: The NEA’s Visual Arts Program, 1965-1975” in The Arts of Democracy: Art, Public Culture, and the State, Casey N. Blake, ed. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). 

Michael Connor, Psychology, was presented by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Society of Counseling Psychology with a Presidential Citation for Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring. The honor was for "significant impact on and commitment to the development of careers of students, junior colleagues and peers in the field." The recognition was offered at the APA's annual convention held in San Francisco in August.

James Davis and Ralph Rozenek, Kinesiology, published a refereed journal article titled "Comparison of Three Methods for Detection of the Lactate Threshold" in the November issue of Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging.

Stan Finney, Geological Sciences, co-authored several papers: “On the Ordovician Period and the Quaternary Sub-Era” in the journal Geoarabia; “Zircon and Whole Rock Nd-Pb Isotopic Provenance of Middle and Upper Ordovician Siliciclastic Rocks, Argentine Precordillera” in the journal Sedimentology; “The Structure and Possible Function of ‘Basal Membranes’ in the Spinouse Climacograptid Graptolite Appendispinograptus Li and Li 1985” in the Journal of Paleontology; “Species Abundance Changes During Mass Extinction and the Inverse Signor-Lipps Effect: Apparently Abrupt Graptolite Mass Extinctions as an Artifact of Sampling” in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Sinica; was first author of the paper “The Influence of Dentrifying Sea-water on the Extinction and Diversification of Graptolites During the Hirnantian (latest Ordovician) Mass Extinction Event” published in the journal Lethaia; first author of the paper “The Boundary between the Sauk and Tippecanoe Sloss Sequences of North America” in Acta Palaeontologica Sinica; and sole author of “A Critical Evaluation of Evidence Bearing on the Laurentian Origin of the Cuyania Terrane of Argentina” in Geologica Acta. In addition, he co-authored “Geologic Map of the Cooper Peak Quadrangle, Eureka County, Nevada” published as Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Map 159. On June 27, Finney read the paper “The Boundary between the Sauk and Tippecanoe Sloss Sequences of North America” at the 10th International Symposium on the Ordovician Symposium, in Nanjing, China, and on Sept. 12, he was the keynote speaker, reading the paper “Paleobiogeographic Affinity of the Cuyania Terrane of Argentina during the Cambrian and Ordovician Periods” at the 4th European Meeting on the Paleontology and Stratigraphy of Latin America in Madrid, Spain. During the week of July 30-Aug. 3, Finney participated in the course “La Vida en la Tierra a través Del tiempo” as part of a special summer program of the Universidad Complutense Madrid at El Escorial. He gave the lecture “Fossils and the History of Continents” and with Juan Carlos Braga (President of the Paleontological Society of Spain), led a round table discussion on the social projection of paleontology in Europe and North America. At the fall convocation of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Finney was presented with the “Faculty Award for Excellence,” a newly instituted award given by the college’s faculty council. 

Teresa Fiore, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures, was invited to serve on the Advanced Placement (AP) Italian Language and Culture Course Redesign Commission which will shape the curricular focus and assessment of the course nationwide over the next several years. She was selected after her course “Italian Advanced Grammar and Composition” (ITAL 312B at CSULB) was identified as one of the top 10 courses in a national study of Italian courses conducted by the Educational Policy Improvement Center. Designated a best practice course in Italian from among U.S. colleges and universities, her course will serve as a model for the redesign of the AP equivalent course. 

Robert (Dan) Francis, Geological Sciences, published papers titled “Late Quaternary Uplift of the Palos Verdes Tectonic Block: Evidence from High Resolution Seismic Imaging of the Palos Verdes Fault on the San Pedro shelf” and “Tectonic Origin of the Cabrillo Fault, Palos Verdes Peninsula and Adjacent San Pedro Shelf” in the Pacific Section, Society of Sedimentary Geology’s Geology and Paleontology of the Palos Verdes Hills, California: A 60th Anniversary Revisit to Commemorate the 1946 Publication of US Geological Survey Professional Paper 207.

Walter Gajewski, Instructional Technology Support Services, and Nancy Gardner, Chemistry, co-produced video podcasts on how to prepare for a chemistry lab.  The vodcasts are currently featured on iTunes. Gajewski incorporates transcripts for all videos in order to meet ATI requirements.  He also posts the vodcasts on a separate Web site in case students have difficulty navigating ITunes. The vodcasts are meant to assist the students in preparing for their chemistry labs beforehand and reduces the time spent on basic lab activities, which then allows Gardner to spend more time on the main themes of the learning experience.

Greg Holk, Geological Sciences, published a paper titled “Petrology of the Catalina Schist in the Palos Verdes Hills” in the Pacific Section, Society of Sedimentary Geology’s Geology and Paleontology of the Palos Verdes Hills, California: A 60th Anniversary Revisit to Commemorate the 1946 Publication of U. S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 207.

Jack W. Hou, Economics, is president of the Chinese Economists Society and vice president of the Western Social Science Association (nominated to the 2008 ballot as president-elect). He was invited to speak at the international symposium commemorating the opening of the Chinese Center for Public Finance at Peking University in Beijing, June 25-27. His speech, “Universal Healthcare: Experience and Lessons from the Taiwan Case,” will be published as a chapter in the book China’s Pension, Healthcare and Social Welfare System Reforms from the Beijing-based Peking University Press. He presented a paper “Performance, Commercial Value, and Team Success: Salary in the NBA” at the Western Economic Association International 82nd Annual Conference in Seattle (June/July) and organized 17 sessions. In July, he gave a speech “The New Phase of China’s Economic Development” at the closing ceremony of the Chinese Economists Society’s 2007 China Conference in Changsha. He delivered a speech “Evolution of Economic Development: Entrepreneurs, Market, and the State” at the closing ceremony of the 6th International Conference on the Chinese Economy, Oct. 18-19 at the University d’Auvergne in France. In addition, he attended the 2007 Beijing Forum as President of the Chinese Economists Society on Oct. 28 in Beijing.

John Jung, Psychology, gave a colloquium presentation titled "On the Historical Significance of Chinese Laundries" to the Asian American Studies Program meeting at CSU Fullerton on Sept. 25. He also presented the talk to a colloquium before the Asian American Studies Department at CSU Fullerton the same day.

Tom Kelty, Geological Sciences, presented the paper “Detrital-zircon Geochronology of the Gorhi Formation, Uubulan, Mongolia” at the IGCP Project 480 workshop in Beijing, China, on Aug. 6.

Nate Onderdonk, Geological Sciences, received a $15,000 grant from the Southern California Earthquake Center for the research project “Quaternary Faulting and Associated Seismic Hazard Evaluation of the Northern San Jacinto Fault Zone, Riverside County, California” and he published the paper “Vertical-axis Rotation Controlled by Upper Crustal Stress Based on Force Balance Analysis: A Case Study of the Western Transverse Ranges of California” in the May 2007 issue of the journal Tectonophysics.

Lora Stevens, Geological Sciences, published two papers titled “Changes in Effective Moisture in Iran Over the Last 50 ka” and “The Lake Zeribar Palaeoecology: An Attempt at Synthesis” in “The Paleoecology of Lake Zeribar and Surrounding Areas, Western Iran, During the Last 48,000 Years.” She gave the paper “Preliminary Results of Winter Monsoon Variability Based on Biogenic Silica and Heavy Metal Concentrations in the Sediment from Lac Ba Be, Vietnam” at the XVII INQUA Congress in Cairns, Australia on Aug. 1, and the paper “The Flip-side of Drought: Wet Intervals in Yellowstone National Park Over the Last 1,400 years” at the meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers held in Long Beach, Oct. 17-20. Stevens and Rick Behl were co-principal investigators along with Chris Lee and Camille Holmgren of Geography of the successful $700,000 National Science Foundation grant proposal “Recruiting and Training the Next Generation of Geoscientists: Geosciences Diversity Enhancement Program (GDEP) Track 2.”

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Educational Psychology, Administration, and Counseling, published a juried book review in PsycCRITIQUES (v.52, 33), the American Psychological Association's Review of Books. The review, titled "At What Cost? Psychological Fallout from the 'War on Terrorism,'" critiques the book Collateral Damage: The Psychological Consequences of America's War on Terrorism.

Barbara White, Nursing/Gerontology, co-authored a continuing education article exploring medication management issues in long-term care settings in the September issue of Advance for Nurse Practitioners.