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Linda Alkana, History, saw her article “Teaching World History with Graphic Novels,” appear in the World History Bulletin (Winter 2007). She presented a paper titled “Revisiting Suzanne Voilquin” at the Western French Historical Association in Albuquerque in November, and in March delivered “Eaves-Dropping on the Past” at the National Popular Culture Association meeting in San Francisco. Her media review of “The Romantics” was published in Educational Media Reviews On-Line. She has updated and revised her article, “Classroom Etiquette,” for the University 100 textbook, The University in Your Future.

Richard Behl, Geology, gave two talks at the annual meeting of the Pacific Section - American Association of Petroleum Geologists in Bakersfield. His presentations were titled "The Monterey Formation of the Palos Verdes Hills, California: Stratigraphy, and Diagenetic Implications for Burial and Uplift History" and "Mysteries of the Monterey Formation: Unanswered Questions and Future Research Directions.” He also led a professional field course for the Los Angeles Basin Geological Society on March 16 titled "Neogene Extensional Tectonics and Sedimentation, Coastal Southern California."

John Bellah, University Police, saw the publication of an article titled “2008 Los Angeles County Sheriff Vehicle Tests” in the March-April 2008 issue of Police Fleet Manager Magazine. The article details the latest performance and fuel economy tests on the sheriff’s vehicle fleet with its emphasis on urban handling, braking and mechanical reliability. 

Houri Berberian, History, has two encyclopedia entries forthcoming in Encyclopaedia Iranica online ( one on “Armenian Women in Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Persia,” and the other on “Sceriman Family,” co-authored with Sebouh Aslanian. In February 2008, she participated in a panel titled “A Scholarly Conversation on the Armenian Genocide” as part of the President’s Forum on Human Rights: Modern Genocides and Global Responsibility at CSULB. In April, she took part in the first of the annual Graduate Studies workshops being organized by the Armenian Studies Program at the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey Blutinger, History, published an article titled “‘So-Called Orthodoxy’: The History of an Unwanted Label” in the journal Modern Judaism in July 2007. A second article, “Bearing Witness: Teaching the Holocaust from a Victim-Centered Perspective,” was accepted for publication in The History Teacher. He delivered a paper on post-Communist Holocaust memorialization at the Western States Jewish Studies Association conference in April. He was on the planning committee for the President's International Forum on Human Rights: Modern Genocides and Global Responsibility at CSULB, and spoke on “Defining and Problematizing Genocide.” He also was on the organizing committee for the Third annual Long Beach Jewish Film Festival, which was held at CSULB's University Theater in February.

Albie Burke, History, saw his review of David Brown’s Richard Hofstadter: An Intellectual Biography (University of Chicago, 2006) appear in the spring issue of The History Teacher.

Patricia Cleary, History, returned to researching her book about colonial St. Louis after several years devoted to the Elizabeth Murray NEH web project ( Two articles published this year include “Women’s Roles in Eighteenth-Century St. Louis: A Document Project on Sex, Law, and Empire,” in Women and Social Movements 12.2 (March 2008); and “Drinking, Dying, and Lying to Priests: Community Bonds and Conflicts over Authority in Colonial St. Louis,” in The Missouri Historical Review 102.4 (July 2008).

Amy Essington, History, made presentations of her research on the integration of the Pacific Coast League, the minor baseball league in the West, at the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch Conference in July, and at the Organization for American Historians Annual Meeting (March). She presented “Beyond the Baseball Diamond: Racial Integration in Professional Basketball, Football, and Hockey” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in January.

Boak Ferris, English/Comparative World Literature and Classics, presented a juried paper titled “Penelope’s Plan to Massacre the Suitors: The Role of the Greek Hero’s True Wife” at the Mythology of Violence conference hosted by the Foundation for Mythological Studies held at Pacifica Graduate Institute, April 4-6.

Steve Fleck, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, delivered a conference paper titled "Will the Real Molière Please Stand Up?" at the Comparative Drama Conference held at Loyola Marymount University, March 29. He also presided at a session on music and rhetoric at the Society for Seventeenth Century Music’s annual conference sponsored by USC and held in Pasadena, April 18.

Kristine Forney, Music, was the Ida Beam Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Iowa (April 16-18), where she gave talks on music education for bourgeois women in the Renaissance era and on the avant-garde music of Mildred Couper, a little-known exponent of microtonal music in the early 20th century.

Hank Fradella, Criminal Justice, and criminal justice master’s candidate Sofia Peralta, co-authored an article titled "Variations in Suggestions for Improving Judicial Systems' Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence Cases" published in volume 44(3) of West's peer-reviewed legal journal, the Criminal Law Bulletin.

Robert Francis, Geological Sciences, has been awarded a $65,000 grant from the American Chemical Society - Petroleum Research Fund for a three-year research project titled "Development of a Young Pull-Apart Basin in the California Continental Borderland: High-Resolution Seismic Reflection Profiling of San Pedro Basin." 

Bonnie Gasior, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literature, recently published “The Economy of the Feminine: Emilia Pardo Bazán's 'Las medias rojas'” in Hispania 90.4 (2007): 747-54 and “Bartolomé de las Casas, Alonso de Espinosa, and Lope de Vega: Engendering a (Female) Poetics of Incursion: The Case of The Guanches de Tenerife and Conquest of the Canary Islands” with Studia Historica LVII (Prague, 2008). Her theater reviews of “Don Quixote” and “Life is a Dream” as well as an interview with the director of UCI's production of “La Celestina,” appear in the current issue of Comedia Performance (2008). She was also named to the CSU Lower-Division Transfer Patterns course review team for 2008-09.

Craig Hendricks, History, along with Long Beach Unified School District colleagues Linda Mehlbrech, Krystal Cheek, and Dawn Lakowski, received a Teaching American History grant for the 2007-10 period focusing upon third-, fourth- and fifth-grade subject matter.

Gregory Holk, Geological Sciences, presented a paper titled "Petrology of the Catalina Schist" at the Pacific Section meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists meeting in Bakersfield on April 1.

Ali F. İğmen, History, published two articles: “Viewing Kyrgyz Politics through ‘Orientalist’ Eyes” appeared in the Central Eurasian Studies Review (Summer 2006) and “Finding History in Chingiz Aitmatov's Early Prose and in the Memories of Veterans: Kyrgyz Women of ‘The Great Patriotic War,’” featured in the first issue of the Koebner Yearbook for Central European History, Culture & Thought (November 2007). He presented a paper on “Soviet Houses of Culture in Kyrgyzstan: The 1920s and 1930s” as one of 12 participants in an international and interdisciplinary workshop titled "Reconstructing the House of Culture," organized by the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany. He also presented on “Anti-Religious Activity in Kyrgyz Soviet Houses of Culture” at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, he participated in the two-week Summer Institute “Middle East-European Intersections: Synergies Through the Ages,” co-sponsored by UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies, Center for European and Eurasian Studies, and History-Geography Project, and conducted a workshop on "Cross-Cultural Oral History: Challenges and Solutions" at the Oral History Association Conference in Oakland.

Andrew Jenks, History, presented a paper titled "Minneapolis Meets Russia: The Presentation of Russian Culture in the American Heartland" at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Conference in New Orleans. He also presented a paper at the University of Miami (Ohio) Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. Titled “In Pursuit of Truthiness: Distortion Zones and the Soviet Cult of Yuri Gagarin,” the paper was part of the Havighurst Center's invited speaker series. It also is part of a larger book project on the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: Yuri Gagarin and the Soul of a Nation).

Troy Johnson, History, published Red Power: Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (University of Nebraska Press, 2008), and Red Power: The Native American Civil Rights Movement (Chelsea House Publications, 2007).  He presented a paper titled “American Indians, Manifest Destiny, and Alcatraz Island: A Cosmology of Sense of Place” for “Place and American Indian History, Literature and Culture” (University of Wales, Swansea, 2007).  He also reviewed books for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal and the Western Historical Quarterly. In the fall of 2007, he was on a sabbatical researching a book titled Another Flag Over Texas under review by University of New Mexico Press.

John Jung, Psychology, recently saw a display in Chicago’s Chinese American Museum of his poem titled “Let Us Now Praise Chinese Laundrymen" from his book Chinese Laundries which accompanied their Chinese laundry replica with their current exhibition dealing with immigration history titled “From the Great Wall to the Great Lakes.” He presented a paper titled "Isolated Chinese Boys and Their White Mentors: Letters from John Jung (1929-1936) and to John Jung (1952-1956)” at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Chicago, April 19. He also discussed and signed his books, Southern Fried Rice and Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain, at the Chinese Professional Club Dinner, Houston, Texas, April 11, and at the Chinese American History Museum of Chicago, April 20.

Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, presented a paper “Engaging Ancient Africa as an Ethical Ideal: A Critical Contribution to Modern Moral Discourse” at a plenary session and participated on a panel “Dialogue on Contemporary Issues in Black Religion and Spirituality” at the Annual Black Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century Conference held Nov. 7-8 at Michigan State University. He was given a special tribute award for scholarship, leadership and service from the Michigan House of Representatives sponsored by Rep. George Cushingberry, Jr., on Nov. 7. He also presented a campus lecture “Toward an Ethics of Sharing: Language, Logic and Social Policy” and a public lecture “Pan-Africanism and the Nguzo Saba: Principles and Practices of Togetherness” at the Department of African American and African Studies and the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on April 20-21, 2007. He lectured on “Pan-Africanism and the World African Community: Issues of Unity and the Nguzo Saba,” at the Sikukuu ya Muungano Conference sponsored by the Friends of Tanzania and the Pan-African Student Association at the Compton Center at El Camino Community College on April 28, 2007.  In addition, he published a new book on Kwanzaa titled Kwanzaa: Bringing Good in the World, Los Angeles from the University of Sankore Press, 2007. He delivered a series of Kwanzaa lectures titled “Kwanzaa and the Seven Principles: Creating a Shared Good in the World” at Spelman College, Atlanta, Dec. 2; Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, Pa., Dec. 1; Cypress Community College, Cypress, where he was given an Award of Gratitude for his Kwanzaa presentation, Dec. 10; the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 27; and at the Kwanzaa Cooperative, where he was awarded a Congratulatory Citation for Academic Achievement, the Creation of Kwanzaa, Social Advocacy and Service from the Pennsylvania General Assembly sponsored by Rep. Curtis Thomas, 181st Legislative District, Philadelphia, Dec. 29.  In addition, he conducted a workshop on “Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture” at the SHAPE Community Center, Houston, Dec. 8.

Marie Kelleher, History, presented papers at three conferences during the academic year 2007-08: "Legal Culture and the Formation of Female Identity in Medieval Spain" at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin (Madison); "Law, Fama, and the Construction of Gender" at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago; and "The 'Constant Woman': Gendering Fear in Spanish Law and Litigation" at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Arlene Lazarowitz, History, published "Search for Balance: The Johnson Administration, the State Department, and the Middle East, 1964-1967" in Diplomatic History (February). She also published an article on Sen. Burton K. Wheeler in Home Front Heroes: Biographic Dictionary of America During Wartime. In 2007, she presented a paper, "Senator J. William Fulbright and American Jews: The Controversy over Jewish Influence on American Middle East Foreign Policy," at the Western Jewish Studies Association conference.

Susan Mathieu, Recreation and Leisure Studies, presented her research titled “Results of a Happiness and Humor Group for a Senior Center” to Hadassah, a women’s organization that provides personal enrichment and growth for its members. Mathieu was also invited to be a panel member with the Long Beach Bureau of Public Health and Community Services Department on “Gearing Up for an Aging Population” at the California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference held in February.

Tina Matuchniak, English, delivered the Collaborative Keynote Address at the 2008 Festival of Scholarship on Collaborative Inquiry held at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash. The topic of the address was "Including Student Voices in Collaborative Inquiry."

Caitlin Murdock, History, published two articles titled “Tourist Landscapes and Regional Identities in Saxony, 1878-1938” in Central European History 40.4 (December 2007); and “Constructing a Modern German Landscape: Tourism, Nature, and Industry in Saxony” in James Retallack and David Blackbourn, Eds, Localism, Landscape, and the Ambiguities of Place: German-Speaking Central Europe, 1860-1930 (University of Toronto Press, 2007).

Kent Richmond, English, received along with series editor Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman of CSU Fullerton and three other authors, the 2008 David Eskey Memorial Award for Curriculum Innovation for their four-book series titled Inside Reading presented April 12 by the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages at their 39th Annual State Conference.

Michelle Saint-Germain, Program Review and Assessment, recently presented a paper on "Higher Education Policy" at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association. She was also a discussant on two panels on methodology and gay marriage.

Jose Sanchez-H, Film and Electronic Arts, was invited to contribute a chapter to the TCM International Film Guide 2008, which was launched at the Tribeca Film Festival, April 29.

Sharlene Sayegh, History, presented a paper on “Milliners Gone Wild” at the annual meeting of the Western Conference on British Studies in November. She was elected President of the California World History Association in November 2006 and is working on the association’s second annual conference to be held at San Francisco State University in November. Her term ends next year.

Sarah Schrank, History, published two articles, “Modern Urban Planning and the Civic Imagination: Historiographical Perspectives on Los Angeles” in the Journal of Planning History and “Nuestro Pueblo: The Spatial and Cultural Politics of Los Angeles’ Watts Towers” in The Spaces of the Modern City: Imaginaries, Politics, and Everyday Life (Princeton University Press) edited by Gyan Prakash and Kevin Kruse. Schrank has begun a new research project on the history of the body and alternative health culture in the United States and presented papers related to that topic at four conferences, including the Cultural Studies Association in New York City, the California American Studies Association in Aliso Viejo, the annual meeting of the Society of American City and Regional Planning History in Portland, Maine, and the Semiotic Society of America conference in New Orleans. She was featured in the documentary, “Tous les Habits de Monde,” which was produced for the French television network, ARTE.

Cynthia Schultheis, Multicultural Center, has been selected to sit on the Arts Council of Long Beach's Grants Panel for Neighborhood Projects which funds organizations doing cultural arts, arts education and arts/service work.

Lise Sedrez, History, is on the editorial board of the new journal Maquinações: idéias para o ensino de ciências, which comes out of the UEL - Paraná State University - Londrina, and provides material for the teaching of history and philosophy of science at the high school and college levels. She contributed an article on urban floods in Rio de Janeiro to the first issue in October and published a chapter titled “Environmental History of Modern Latin America” in Blackwell’s Companion to Latin American History, edited by Thomas Holloway. She participated in the Third International Symposium on Brazilian History,“Brasil-EUA: Novas Gerações; Novos Diálogos,” in Rio de Janeiro and gave a talk titled “Engineering Modernity in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro: Uneven Landscapes, 1875-1945” at the University of Arizona. In addition to helping history’s Patricia Cleary convene the History Department Research Seminar, she launched the Empires and Culture Working Group, which discussed its first book in May.

Ray Stefani, Electrical Engineering, was invited to present a lecture "Rating Predicting and Gambling on Team Sports: An Overview of Statistical Methods" at the University of Arizona Statistics Colloquium in Tucson on March 28.

Jim Stein, Mathematics and Statistics, recently saw the publication by Harper-Collins of his new book How Math Explains the World, which has been selected by the Scientific American Book Club to be a featured alternative selection.

Victor C. X. Wang, Professional Studies, recently published five peer-reviewed/research articles in a groundbreaking encyclopedia. Titled Encyclopedia of Human Resources Information Systems: Challenges in e-HRM, it analyzes key critical HR variables and defines previously undiscovered issues in the Human Resources (HR) field. With approximately 150 articles from the world's leading experts on the state of HRM technology, this comprehensive reference source is essential to academic libraries and to practitioners and academics seeking to understand all dimensions related to managing people in the information society. The five articles Wang contributed include are “Andragogy and Pedagogy in Learning Theories,” “Traditional Leadership in Light of e-HRMS,” “The Right Work Ethic for Human Resource Managers,” “Knowledge Facilitator versus Knowledge Dictator in Today’s Organizations” and “Learning Organizations versus Static Organizations in the Context of e-HRM.” 

Hugh Wilford, History, saw his new book The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America published by Harvard University Press in January. Reviews have appeared in various newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post Book World. He has given interviews on KCBS, KPFK, and KBOO, and appeared in the on-line literary salon, Firedoglake. He has delivered an invited lecture at the Cold War Studies Center at UC Santa Barbara and served as a panel commentator at the UCSB Cold War Conference.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, presented "Historiography in Marketing: Its Growth, Structure of Inquiry and Disciplinary Status" at the Business History Conference, Sacramento, April 10-12. The paper will be published in the online proceedings.