Richard Behl, Geological Sciences, led a week-long seminar on “Evaluating the Clathrate Gun Hypothesis: The Role of Methane Hydrates in Global Climate Change” at the Austral Summer Institute (ASI), Dichato, Chile, Jan. 8-12. ASI is a pan-Latin American graduate program sponsored by the University of Concepcion, the Chilean government, UNESCO and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Julian Segura Camacho, Chicano and Latino Studies, recently saw his book Societal Suicide adopted by the Library of Congress, Texas Tech, Texas A&M University, UCLA and Fordham University. His third book, Unwanted and Not Included: The Saga of Mexican People, has been adopted by Columbia University, Boston College, Fordham, George Mason and Georgetown University.
Christopher Carter, Geography, recently received a $22,500 Rotary Grant for University Teachers which he will use during calendar year 2008 while in residence in the Geography Department at the University of La Serena, Chile. While there, he will develop online collaborative exercises to link geography students in Chile and in Long Beach and offer a seminar series addressing changing ethnic patterns in Southern California, trade between Long Beach and Chile, and the community college model of higher education in California.
Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services, gave a panel presentation titled “Diverse Voices of Feminism” at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit held in Seattle, Wash., on Jan. 26.
Boak Ferris, English and Comparative World Literature, co-authored and received byline credit for “Reduce Joint Pain by Regulating Sugar Intake,” with Dr. Ruth Ferris, M.D., in Handball Magazine, December, Vol. 56, No. 6. Also, he presented a paper and workshop titled “Writing Assignments for Large University Classes: Designing and Publishing Scoring Rubrics and Managing Large Courses with Intensive Writing Requirements” for the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Jan. 12-15.
Karen Kerr, Staff Human Resources, presented a paper titled “The Transfer Student Experience” at the Annual Conference for the Association for the Study of Higher Education held in Garden Grove on Nov. 4.
Larry Martinez, Political Science, presented “Policy Polemics about Copyright and Privacy: Academic Freedom, Plagiarism and Universities as ISPs,” co-authored with Catherine Boggs, at the International Communication Association Annual Conference held June 19 in Dresden, Germany. His book chapter titled “The Commercialization of Democracy: The Rise of the Political Industrial Complex” was published in Heft 13: Globale Handlungsfelder, Medien – Politik – Bildung, Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe, Germany in November. Martinez also presented “Fly Me to the Moon: Legal and Political Considerations of Space Exploration Initiatives” at the Colloquium of the International Institute of Space Law held Oct. 6 in Valencia, Spain.
William Straits, Science Education, recently received the Association of Science Teacher Educators 2007 Innovations in Teaching Science Teachers award for a paper he co-authored with Sharon Nichols. The paper was titled “Using Historical Non-Fiction and Literature Circles to Develop Elementary Teachers’ Nature of Science Understandings.”
Joanne Tortorici Luna, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, has received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the second consecutive year for her work with Move a Child Higher, a therapeutic horse riding program.
Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, has been invited to join the editorial review board of the Journal of Marketing Science. She has been an ad hoc reviewer for the journal for the past four years and joined the board Feb. 1.
Uche Ugwueze, Black Studies, recently saw the publication of her latest novel, Married to a Stranger. A reception for the book was held Feb. 24 at the Soroptimist House. She also is the author of Tears Without Cry from Triumph Publishing.
Terry Witkowski, Marketing, published (with D.G. Brian Jones) “Qualitative Historical Research in Marketing” in the Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Marketing, Russell W. Belk, ed. (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006). He also published (with Helmut Laberanz and Angela Borchert) “Lebensmittelmarketing aus Verbrauchersicht: Ein deutsch-amerikanisches Meinungsbild,” Ernährung im Fokus (“The Consumer View of Food Marketing: A German-American Opinion Survey,” Focus on Nutrition), 6 (December, 2006), 342-347.
Angela Wranic, Geography, hosted an exhibit of her artwork at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach from Feb. 3-March 16 with an artist’s reception on Feb. 11.
Carol Zitzer-Comfort, English, was lead author on a paper titled “Beyond nature vs. nurture: Williams syndrome across cultures” accepted by the journal Developmental Science. Zitzer-Comfort wrote the paper in conjunction with researchers of the SALK Institute in La Jolla.