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Laurels

Richard Behl, Geological Sciences, was an Amgen Focus Speaker at the annual California Science Education Conference held Oct. 27, 2007. His invited lecture was titled "The Nature of Climate Change: Lessons from the Past."

Michael Connor, Psychology, presented a Fatherhood Training Model at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 5-6; presented a paper titled “Black Fathers: Visible and Active" at the National Black Child Development Institute's annual conference in Chicago, Oct. 21-23; delivered an invited lecture titled "Engaged Fathers' Impact on Family and Community,” as a participant in a Distinguished Lecture Series, Oct. 24 in Pasadena; appeared as a keynote speaker on the topic, "Am I My Brother's Keeper?" at the Black Men on High Second Conference, Nov. 1, in San Francisco; participated as an invited panel member on the topic “Implications of Jena 6—Does Race Really Matter?” on Nov. 7 at CSULB; joined a panel at the Sisters Healing Sisters Annual Conference on the topic “The Impact and Role of Men” on Nov.  13 in Los Angeles; delivered the invited lecture "Relationships and Networking" at the College Bound Program, Nov. 17 in Long Beach; joined a workshop on “Passport to the Future Program” on Dec. 1 in Newport Beach; and served as an interviewer at the Elders' Project on the topic "The Role and Impact of African American Psychologists" held in San Diego and Los Angeles, Dec. 5.

Steve Fleck, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, published two articles in fall 2007. They were titled “Modernité de la Comédie-Ballet” in William Brooks and Rainer Zaiser, eds. Theatre, Fiction, and Poetry in the French Long 17th Century, Oxford, New York, Frankfurt, Bern: Peter Lang, 2007, and “Représentation et spectacle dans les comédies-ballets: De la représentation du monde à la création du spectacle total” in Rainer Zaiser, ed., L'âge de la représentation: L'art du spectacle au XVIIe siècle, Tübingen: G. Narr, 2007.

Wendy Griffin, Women's Studies, presented a paper titled "Borders and Badlands: The Goddess Temple of Orange County" at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). In addition, she served on an AAR panel that focused on Pagan Studies of Ritual. Griffin was recently re-elected co-chair of the Consultation of Pagan Studies for the AAR, which was recently upgraded to group status three years ahead of schedule.

Brian Finney, English, published an essay titled “Migrancy and the Picaresque in Timothy Mo’s Renegade or Halo2,” in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 49.1 (Fall 2007): 61-76.

Robert H. Friis, Health Science, presented a poster titled “Cigarette Smoking Quit Attempts among Cambodian Americans” at the American Public Health Association conference held in Washington D.C., Nov. 3-7 and at the Long Beach Research Symposium at CSULB on Nov. 9. Co-authors were graduate director and faculty member Mohammed Forouzesh, executive director Kimthai Kuoch from the Long Beach Cambodian Association of America, former student Sheetal Monga and student Sarah Long from the Health Science Department.

José F. Moreno, Chicano and Latino Studies, gave the keynote address titled “Faculty Diversity: Seizing the Opportunities” for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Faculty Enhancement Project Conference on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in September  at Colorado College in Colorado Springs; served as keynote speaker for the 22nd Annual Compton Unified School District Parent Training Institute, “Education as a Family Value” in September, Ontario, Calif.; was invited to participate on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Data Exhibits Planning Group in October; was a presenter for the Center for Community Engagement’s “Long Beach Social Atlas: Focus on Youth” in October; was selected with Chicano and Latino Studies’ Rigoberto Rodriguez to evaluate The Angell Foundation’s innovative “Spirituality Initiative in Non-Profit Organizations” in December; was invited to provide expert testimony for a community forum, “Affordable Housing in Anaheim,” sponsored by the Orange County Congregation of Community Organizations in August; and was an invited panelist for an education town hall Meeting titled “The State of Education in California: Where Are We Now? Where Do We Need to Go?” hosted by California Assembly Member Jose Solorio, Assembly Committee on Education (69th District) in November in Santa Ana.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, made the first presentation to the new Geography Brown Bag colloquium series organized by Geography Chair Vincent Del Casino. The title of her Nov. 30 talk was "Boldly Going Where No Geographer Has Gone Before: Taking Mars into the Geography Classroom."

Shira Tarrant, Women's Studies, published an article on modesty and female sexual autonomy in the winter 2008 issue of Bitch Magazine: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. The article is titled “The Great Cover-Up: Can High Necklines Cure Low Morals?” Her new book, Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power, was published by Routledge in this month.

Ramses Toma, Family and Consumer Sciences, recently received approval for publishing a scientific manuscript titled ''Lycopene Contents in Raw Tomato Varieties and Tomato Products.” It will be published in the International Journal of Food Service. Lycopene is an antioxidant that can prevent or deter cancer.