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Courtney Ahrens, Psychology, published an article titled “Being Silenced: The Impact of Negative Social Reactions on the Disclosure of Rape” in the December edition of the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Babette Benken, Mathematics and Statistics, presented two research papers titled “Addressing mathematical achievement through teacher knowledge: The creation of a professional mathematics community continuum,” and “So when do we teach mathematics? A study of the impact of mathematical anxiety on teacher practice in an urban high school,” at the national meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in Irvine in January. Also, she presented a workshop on functions at the California Mathematics Council Southern Section’s annual meeting in Palm Springs in November.

Paul Boyd-Batstone, Teacher Education, was the featured speaker on Jan. 20 at Bank Street College Graduate School of Education in New York for its seventh annual series on “Excellence in Language Instruction: Conversations with Experts.” The topic of his address was “Differentiating English Language Learning.”

James Davis, Kinesiology, published a refereed journal article titled “Reliability and Validity of the Lung Volume Measurement Made by the BOD POD Body Composition System” in the January issue of Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging.

John Jung, Psychology, published “Forming A Chinese Identity Where Everyone Else Is Either Black or White” in “Branching Out The Banyan Tree: A Changing Chinese America,” Conference Proceedings of the 2007 meeting of the Chinese Historical Society of America held in San Francisco.

Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, presented a paper titled “Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: Towards a World-Encompassing Ethics” at the Annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, Philadelphia, held Oct. 15. He also published a chapter titled “Revisiting Brown, Reaffirming Black: Reflections on Race, Law and Struggle” in Molefi Asante and Maulana Karenga, (eds.), Handbook of Black Studies, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA and London, 2006, pp. 165-184. Also, he presented a workshop lecture focused on coalitions and alliances titled “The Collective Vocation of Reparations: Repairing Ourselves and the World” at the regional meeting of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) held at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Oct. 28.

Beth Lau, English, published two articles titled “Home, Exile and Wanderlust in Austen and the Romantic Poets” in Pacific Coast Philology 41 (2006): 91-107 and “Jane Austen and John Keats: Negative Capability, Romance and Reality” in Keats-Shelley Journal 55 (2006): 81-110.

Hamid Rahai, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and his graduate students Ayaz Alware, Eyass Khansa and Daniel Carpio, co-authored a paper titled “Near-Filed Characteristics of a Jet with a Coil-Insert Injector” presented at the 2006 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition held Nov. 5-10 in Chicago.

Fran Siegel, Art, was selected as the official U.S. representative at the IX International Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador due to open April 11. The project, including a full catalogue, will be funded by the U.S. State Department’s office of cultural affairs. Siegel will create a site-specific installation integrating light with architecture. The project’s curator, Kristina Newhouse, who received her MFA in ceramics at CSULB, serves as the Torrance Art Museum’s curator.

Ray Stefani, Electrical Engineering, published a paper titled “The relative power output and relative lean body mass of World and Olympic male and female champions with implications for gender equity” in the December issue of the Journal of Sports Sciences.

Victor C.X. Wang, Professional Studies, published an article titled “The Instructional Patterns of Online Educators in China” in Asian Journal of Distance Education, 2006, 4(1), pp. 43-55. This article reports the results of a study designed to investigate the instructional patterns of Chinese online instructors in terms of Western (i.e., United States) constructivist approaches and problem-based learning models as reflected also in the humanistic, progressive, analytic and radical approaches of teaching. Online instructors from major universities in Beijing and Shanghai, China, volunteered to respond to a survey comprised of 19 statements about their teaching patterns.