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Bipasha Baruah, Geography and the Yadunandan India Studies Center, presented “Qualitative feminist research – ethics and practice” to the Association of American Geographers annual conference in April in San Francisco. Additionally, she gave a paper titled “Women and Multiple Vulnerabilities: Opportunities and Constraints in Landed Property Ownership in the Informal Sector in Urban India” to the Living on the Margins: International Conference – Vulnerability, Social Exclusion, and the State in the Informal Economy, Cape Town, South Africa, March.

John Bellah, University Police, saw the publication of several articles in Police Fleet magazine and Combat Handguns. This month, he wrote a column for Handguns titled “Bad Things Happen to Good People” while, in the March-April issue of Police Fleet, he authored “LASD 2007MY Police Vehicle Tests” and “CHP Front-End Alignment Specs.” He also received three awards in the PSWA Writing Competition: a first place for “2006 Police Fleet Expo”, a second place for “Oil Change Intervals” and an honorable mention for “Front End Alignment Basics.”

Rosa Carrillo, University Outreach and School Relations, and Editte Gharakhanian, Biological Sciences, were admitted recently to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s prestigious E. (Kika) De La Garza Fellowship Program. The pair will spend June meeting with USDA personnel and connecting with federal agencies and organizations such as the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The goal is to sharpen their skills in student outreach and retention, in obtaining internships, scholarships, grants and funding, and in the development of partnerships and better relations with government.

Norm Carter, Geography, gave a talk titled “Lofts vs. Tents: The Contested Residential Space of Downtown Los Angeles” to the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco in April.

James Davis and Ralph Rozenek, Kinesiology, published a refereed journal article titled “Effect of plasma volume loss during graded exercise testing on blood lactate concentration” in the May issue of The Journal of Physiological Sciences.

Vincent J. Del Casino, Geography, made three presentations to the Association of American Geographers meeting in San Francisco in April. The first was titled “Sex, Drugs, and the Sexuo-Spatial Politics of HIV Prevention in the U.S.” The second was a panel presentation in the special session titled “Geographies of Sexualities: Theory, Practices and Politics.” He also made another panel presentation in the session, “Research Design and Methodologies for Critical GIS Research - I.”

Dennis Fisher, Psychology, and Grace Reynolds, Health Care Administration, have an article in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The article is titled “Male to Female Transgender and Transsexual Clients of HIV Service Programs in Los Angeles County, California.”

Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, gave a series of Kwanzaa lectures titled “Nguzo Saba: The Principles and Practice of Bringing Good into the World” at the Seba Academy, Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Dec. 4; at Georgia State University on Dec. 5; and at Virginia Commonwealth University on Dec. 6. He also received numerous proclamations on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Kwanzaa for his creation of Kwanzaa and for his work in education and social service, including resolutions of recognition and commendation from the Mayor of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles City Council, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors and the California State Assembly on Dec. 26; and a joint award with his wife, Tiamoyo Karenga, from the African Poetry Theatre in New York on Dec. 29. Moreover, he was honored and a recipient of a resolution of commendation during Black History Month by the California Legislative Black Caucus for his “historical contributions as a cultural activist and scholar and for his contributions to the people of California and beyond” in Sacramento on Feb. 20. He published an article titled “The Field, Function and Future of Africana Studies: Critical Reflection on the Mission, Meaning and Methodology” in Molefi Asante and Maulana Karenga (eds.), Handbook of Black Studies, Beverly Hills and London: Sage Publications, 2006, pp. 402-420.

Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers conference in San Francisco, April, titled “The Spatial Politics of Homeless Mobility and the Negotiation of Transportation in Long Beach, CA.”

Michael Lacourse, College of Health and Human Services, and Elizabeth Orr and Michael Cohen, Kinesiology, were co-authors of a paper titled “Effects of Motor Imagery Training after Chronic, Complete Spinal Cord Injury” published in the February issue of Experimental Brain Research.

Paul Laris, Geography, gave a paper titled “The ‘Legacy Landscape’ of Fire and Long-term Fallow in the Savanna Landscape of Mali” to the Association of American Geographers, April, in San Francisco.

Unna Lassiter, Geography, presented a paper titled “Creating a New Place for Animals in Iran.” She also chaired a paper session on “Middle East - Environments.” Additionally, she co-organized and served as a panelist in the special session “Current Issues in Iran.”

Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, recently published “What Motivates Homeowners to Protect Themselves from Wildfire Risk in The WUI?” in Wildfire Risk: Human Perceptions and Management Implications, co-authored with Holly Bender and Carol Raish. The book is edited by her husband, Economics’ Wade E. Martin, Raish, and Brian Kent and was published by Resources for the Future in May.

Wade Martin, Economics, co-authored with V. Brajer and K. Zeller a chapter titled “Valuing the Health Effects of a Prescribed Fire” in Wildfire Risk: Human Perceptions and Management Implications, edited by Martin, Carol Raish and Brian Kent, Resources for the Future Press, May.

William Mohr, English, presented “Citizen Crane: Key West and the Antillean Poetics of a Modernist Poet” at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 at the University of Louisville, Feb. 24 and “Sylvia Plath’s Poetry and the Aural Object” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference organized by UC Riverside on Nov. 10. Also, he gave poetry readings at Mama’s Hot Tamales in Los Angeles, featured reading with Jamie O’Hallaron and Amelie Frank, April 22; Redondo Poets, Coffee Cartel Restaurant in Redondo Beach, April 3; Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church, New York City, Jan. 24, featured reader with Alan Gilbert and Roberto Tejado; Church in Ocean Park, Santa Monica, Jan. 20, featured reader with Laurel Ann Bogen; Tebot Bach Poetry Reading, Golden West College, Nov. 24, featured reader with Shelley Savren and Tri Tan; and Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Venice, Nov. 4, featured reader with Gerald Locklin. In addition, he had “Slow Shoes” published in Blue Arc West, an anthology of poets; a pair of poems - “Keyboard Thumb Inspection” and “The Hard Return” - published in Spot Literary Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, May 18; and an essay titled titled “A Triumphant Elegy: The Film Music of Lawrence of Arabia” in Speechless the Magazine in its special issue, Speechless Goes to the Movies.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, served as a last-minute emergency invited discussant for the special session at the Association of American Geographers in San Francisco, April, “Using GIS and Geovisualization to Stimulate Health Geography, Community Wellness, and Technology Literacy.” Her remarks were titled “The Geoscience Diversity Enhancement Project at CSULB and the Legacy of the Building Information Technology Skills Project at Temple University.”

Clifton Snider, English, read from his poetry in a Queer Ink reading on campus on May 8.

Skyne Uku-Wertimer, Black Studies, presented a juried paper titled “Non-Governmental Organization’s Multidimensional Measures to Accelerate Environmental Sustainability and Poverty Reduction in Africa” at the International Studies Association’s 48th Annual Convention held in Chicago Feb. 28-March 3. The conference theme was “Politics, Policy and Responsible Scholarship.” She also organized and coordinated a Black History Month performance titled “Black Expressions” that showcased several of her students together with their families in the University Student Union (USU) on March 28. She delivered a lecture titled “The Millennium Development Goals and Targets: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World” on April 11 for the Leadership Academy Program Workshop at the USU.

Dmitrii Sidorov, Geography, gave a paper entitled, “Corporatization of urban space and the emergence of civil society in post-Soviet Moscow,” to the 1st AESOP Young Academic Meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, February.

Ray Sumner, Geography, presented at the special panel on “The AAG Diversity Task Force: Final report and recommendations for the Association and for geography departments as agents of change” to the Association of American Geographers, April, in San Francisco.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s Studies, published a refereed article on blogging and feminist pedagogy titled “The Little FemBlog That Wasn’t” (Barnard College Scholar and Feminist Online, Spring 2007). An article titled “Men Speak Out on Gender, Sex and Power” appears in the spring issue of Voice Male. On March 29, she was an invited panel member of the Cerritos College, 21st Annual Women’s History Month Celebration, discussing “Where Is Feminism Today?” On April 21, she gave an invited lecture on contemporary feminism and social justice issues at Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio. On April 20, she was interviewed on WOUB-FM 89.1 FM, South-Eastern Ohio’s NPR affiliate station.

Deborah Thien, Geography, presented “Spaces of Depression” to the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, April. She also organized a special event, the Geographical Perspectives on Women Book Event.

Judith A. Tyner, Geography, presented “Women in Twentieth-Century Academic Cartography” to the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, April.

Frederick Wegener, English, presented a paper titled “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Self-Fixation and Inauthenticity in The Custom of the Country” on a panel on “Narcissism in Edith Wharton’s Works” at the Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia in December.