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Rick Behl, Geological Sciences, gave an invited lecture at the Texas A&M University School of Oceanography on April 21 on "Using Active Tectonics to Extend the Amazing Santa Barbara Basin Record a Million Years Further Back in Time.” He gave the same talk at the Caltech Athenaeum for the Branner Club geologic lecture series on April 29.

John Bellah, University Police, recently performed a writer’s hat track when he won first, second and third prizes in the 2008 Public Safety Writers Association Writing Competition. In the category of published technical writing, Bellah received first place for his article on the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) 2007 model year, second place for an article on Upfit tips and third place for a story on the LASD Honda motorcycle. 

Valerie Bordeaux, University Outreach and School Relations/President's Scholars Program, was invited to Princeton New Jersey by ETS Scholarship and Recognition Programs to sit on the application review committee for the Broad Prize Scholarship representing the Long Beach Unified School District. 

Norm Carter, Geography, presented a paper at the Association of American Geographers in Boston in April titled "For Sale or For Rent? Why Aren't Lofts and Condos Selling in Downtown Los Angeles?"

Stephen Cooper, English, was an invited discussant on the panel "The Road to Italy and the United States: La Creazione e Diffusione Delle Opere di John Fante" at the November 2007 American Italian Historical Association conference in Denver. His short story, "The Great Chain of Being," was published in Watershed Vol. 1, No. 4 (2007). In February, he introduced director Pippa Scott and her feature documentary film “King Leopold’s Ghost” at the President's Forum on International Human Rights. In March, he presented a paper, "The Revenant Spirit of Robert Sundance in Three Stories by Thomas McGuane," at the British Association for American Studies in Edinburgh. He organized and took part in the May 5 round table discussion of West Coast writers at the Long Beach Celebrates West Coast Writers week of events.

Suzanne Dallman, Geography, presented "GIS Modeling for Storm Water and Groundwater Management" at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, in April. She also had an article appear in the Proceedings of the American Water Resources Association Specialty Conference Series, GIS and Water Resources. The title of the paper is "GIS Modeling for Storm Water and Groundwater Management." The article is based on a paper she presented in March to the AWRA in San Mateo.

Vincent J. Del Casino Jr. and Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, published a paper, "Neoliberal Subjectivities, The 'New' Homelessness, and Struggles Over Spaces of/in the City," in Antipode in 2008. Del Casino and Catherine F. Brooks, Communication Studies, presented a paper titled "The 'YouTube Nation' and the Body Politics of Sexuopharmaceuticals" to the April meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Boston. While there, Del Casino also served as introducer in the special session, "Author Meets the Critics: Arun Saldanha's Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race." Additionally, he served as discussant in a special session, "Critics Meets Author: Disposable Women and Other Myths of Global Capitalism."  Del Casino was also an invited discussant in another special session, "Subversive Cartographies 1."

Lesley Farmer, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, presented a paper on "Analyzing ePortfolios for Program Improvement" for the International ePortfolio and Digital Identity conference held in Montreal, May 5-7. Farmer was also a featured speaker at the Massachusetts Library Association conference May 8-9 where she spoke about adolescent brain development and information-seeking behaviors. She has a new book published by Teachers College Press and the American Library Association. Teen Girls and Technology: What's the Problem? What's the Answer? discusses how to engage middle and high school girls interest in technology. She has an exhibition of her photography at the Showcase Gallery in Costa Mesa from June 28 to the end of July.

Walter Gajewski, Office of Academic Technology, conducted the workshop "Publish Embedded FLASH Video with Closed Captioning to the Web Using Adobe Creative Suite 3" at the annual Community of Academic Technology Staff conference (March, 2008) at Sonoma State. FLASH video is most commonly associated with the YouTube video sharing Web site. Using techniques demonstrated by Gajewski, attendees at the conference learned how to include closed captions to make published video clips compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The instructions are available on the CSULB Web site at Examples of FLASH video with closed captioning are available on the CSULB Department of Education Web site at

Nancy Gardner, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Walter Gajewski, Office of Academic Technology, delivered a paper at the American Chemical Society's annual conference in New Orleans in April. Their paper, titled "Chemistry and iTunes: Expanding Learning through Technology" has been published as part of the conference proceedings and was presented as part of the session "Visualization in Chemistry Education." Gajewski provided a brief technical explanation of how the collaborators produced their video podcast, "Chemistry Lab Procedures." Gardner outlined the educational benefits and learning outcomes experienced by students who use the podcasts to prepare for assignments in the CSULB Chemistry lab. Of particular interest to the conference attendees was the inclusion of components that put the video segments in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. "Chemistry Lab Procedures" is free and available in several formats (including closed captioned video) at or by going to the iTunes Store with the Apple iTunes software and doing a search on "CSULB."

Wendy Griffin, Women's Studies, was recently interviewed on BBC radio's "Thinking Allowed." The program is available as a podcast. After her London interview, Griffin was flown to Norway, along with nine colleagues from across Europe and Canada by the University of Oslo to work on a major grant project focusing on ritualizing and emergent religions.

Gregory Holk, Geological Sciences, has a paper titled "Oxygen Isotope Mapping of the Archean Sturgeon Lake Caldera Complex and VMS-Related Hydrothermal System, Northwestern Ontario, Canada" published in the August 2008 issue of the journal Mineralium Deposita.

Camille A. Holmgren, Geography, was the first and presenting author, with Julio L. Betancourt and Kate A. Rylander (USGS), of "A 34,000-Year Record of the Mojave-Colorado Desert Ecotone at Joshua Tree National Park." The paper was delivered to the Association of American Geographers April meeting in Boston. Holmgren also co-organized two special paper sessions: "Advances in Palaeoclimatology I and IV" and chaired the "Advances in Palaeoclimatology I" session.

William Jeynes, Teacher Education, spoke at the White House Summit on the Education of Inner City Children in Washington, D.C., recently on “The Academic Contributions of Faith-Based Schools” in which he shared results from meta-analyses and the analysis of nationwide data sets that faith-based schools reduce the racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps. Included among the speakers were President George Bush, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and HUD Secretary Roy Bernardi. 

Paul Laris, Geography, and Geography graduate student Aziz Bakkoury just published an article, "Nouvelles leçons d'une vieille pratique: mosaïque du feu dans la savane du Mali," in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques. He also delivered a paper titled "An Anthropogenic Escape Route for Young Trees in the Savanna of Mali, West Africa" to the Boston meetings of the Association of American Geographers in April. He is second co-author (with William Moseley of Macalester College in St. Paul) of a refereed article, "West African Environmental Narratives and Development-Volunteer Praxis," that came out recently in The Geographical Review.

Unna I. Lassiter, Geography, presented a paper to the Boston meeting of the Association of American Geographers in April titled "From Martyrs to Hopefulness: The Changing Popular Relevance of Iran's Revolutionary Murals."

Barry Lavay, Kinesiology coauthored in 2008 “The Trifold Display Board: A Visual and Portable Way to Present Physical Education Class Information” for Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. The publication was authored with two former students who are teaching Adapted Physical Education in the public schools — Susan Alexander, Santa Ana Unified, and Barbara Lawrence, Los Angeles Unified. This applied article discusses the development of a behavior management system that is used in the Kinesiology Department's Perceptual Motor Development and Camp Nugget programs with the children with disabilities. 

Lionel Mandy, Black Studies and Psychology, presented a paper titled "Violence versus Moral Suasion: Choice or Contradiction?" at the annual conference of the International Society for African Philosophy and Studies (ISAPS) held at the University of Cape Coast in Cape Coast, Ghana, in April. Mandy was also elected to the Board of Directors for ISAPS and was named the Mentor of the Year for 2007-08 by CSULB's Partners for Success program.

Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, received the annual "Best Reviewer Award" from the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. She is on the editorial review board and was honored for her contribution to JAMS.

Michael McDaniel, Geography, gave an invited presentation, "Low Cost Start-up GIS for Cities," at the American Planning Association conference in Las Vegas in April. While there, he also chaired a session in "GIS and Planning."

William Moore, Public Policy and Administration, presented a paper on income inequality and industrial composition in the General Economics section of the Western Social Science Association's Spring Conference held in Denver. Moore found that the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States has significantly contributed to increases in income inequality.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, was the first and presenting author, with Eugenie Rovai and Janni Waligorski of CSU Chico, of a paper titled, "Disaster by Management: Marijuana Cultivation in National Forests and National Parks." The paper was given to the Association of American Geographers in April in Boston. Rodrigue was also an invited panelist at the same conference in the "Shifting Patterns of Illicit Crop Cultivation" session, presenting "Marijuana Cultivation in National Forests and National Parks: American Market, Post-9/11 Border Securitization, and Global In-Sourcing of Production." While there, she also chaired the session, "Invasive, Exotic and Disturbed: Geographies of Vegetation."

Paul Scotton, Comparative World Literature and Classics, was invited to participate in two international conferences in 2008: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" at St. Andrews University, Scotland in September and at the Universite de Bordeaux, France, "Les basilique civiles en Grece et en Asie Mineure" in April. His paper at St. Andrews, "Imperial Cult and Imperial Reconciliation" will be published with the other conference papers as a refereed supplement of the Journal of Roman Archaeology. His paper at Bordeaux, "The Julian Basilica in Corinth and the Vitruvian norm" will be published in the conference proceedings as part of the Ausonius series.

Virginia Tanzmann, Physical Planning and Facilities Management, was a featured exhibitor in the Association for Women in Architecture’s group exhibit that opened May 17 and ran through June 2 at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in downtown Los Angeles. Tanzmann’s portion of the exhibit highlighted 12 of her past projects, all in the public or non-profit sector, ranging from the North Hollywood Red Line METRO Station to the Los Angeles Mission, and from a modernistic groundwater pumping and treatment station for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to an award-winning memorial for the City of Santa Clarita to commemorate youngsters killed in auto accidents. The show will be at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood in June and July.

Deborah Thien, Geography, organized and chaired a special "author meets critics" panel for the Association of American Geographers April meeting in Boston, titled "A Post Capitalist Politics, J. K. Gibson-Graham." She also gave a panel presentation in the "On the Political and Territoriality" special session. In addition, she served as chair for two sessions, Graduate Perspectives on Women, I and II.

Suzanne P. Wechsler, Geography, presented a paper titled "Collaborative Mapping: A Social Atlas of Long Beach, CA" at the April conference of the Association of American Geographers in Boston.

Skyne Uku Wertimer, Black Studies, was invited by the Leadership Academy Program Director for a workshop on Global Issues where she presented a paper titled “Global Warming and Environmental Degradation: A Socio-Political Trap” on April 16, on campus at the Human and Health Services Building. Also she presented a juried paper titled “Diminishing Chronic Hunger: A Global Challenge between the Haves and the Have-Nots” at the International Studies Association’s 49th Annual Convention held in San Francisco on March 26-29. The conference theme was “Bridging Multiple Divides.” As part of the Black History Month activities, she presented a paper titled “The Pan African Movement Principles: Progress and Constraints” at the Soroptomist House on Feb. 14.

James Woods, Geography, has published a map, "Death Penalty Executions in the United States," as a figure in the textbook, Sociology Now, edited by Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson.