Vol 56 No. 9 | August 2004
Goldenberg, Rueda Receive Distinguished
Faculty Scholarly, Creative Activities Award
Two professors at CSULB -- Claude Goldenberg and Alfonso Rueda -- have been recognized as recipients of the campus' 2003-04 Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award.
Goldenberg, a professor of teacher education and expert in educational reform, is involved in a number of ongoing research projects focusing on Latino children's literacy development, home-school connections to improve achievement and the processes and dynamics of change at individual school sites.
His publications have appeared in numerous academic and professional journals, and he has been on the editorial boards of Language Arts, The Elementary School Journal and Literacy, Teaching and Learning . He also recently saw his new book, Successful School Change: Creating Settings to Improve Teaching and Learning, published by Teachers College Press.
Among his achievements, Goldenberg was awarded the National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow in 1986-88. In 1993, he won the Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association for an article (co-authored with Ronald Gallimore) that described how beginning Spanish reading achievement improved at an elementary school where he taught first grade and conducted research on home and school influences affecting children's early literacy development. In 1997, he produced a video, "Settings for Change," describing a five-year school improvement project, which succeeded in raising literacy achievement in a largely Latino, bilingual elementary school in the Los Angeles area. He is also involved in a two-state study of Spanish-speaking children in Texas and California.
Currently, Goldenberg is serving on the Reading Subcommittee of the National Academy of Education's Committee on Teacher Education and on the National Literacy Panel, which is synthesizing research on literacy development among English language learners.
Goldenberg, who is also an associate dean for the College of Education, earned his A.B. degree from Princeton University and has a M.S. and Ph.D. from UCLA.
Rueda is a professor of electrical engineering, who has also taught in the physics and astronomy departments at CSULB. His research focuses on uncovering the origin of inertia and its relationship to gravity. NASA, Lockheed-Martin Research Laboratories in Palo Alto and the California Institute of Technology have funded his research in physics and astrophysics.
Rueda has published his research in many top journals and such well-known physicists as Paul Davies and Jean Pierre Vigier have commented on his work. In fact, legendary science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke has mentioned his work in his novels. He is listed in the 1987 Blue Book of Puerto Rico, Who's Who in the West (1992-1997) and Who's Who in Science and Engineering (1995-1997).
At a recent physics symposium in Liege, Belgium, Rueda received the Best Paper Award. He has also helped a student organization invite and arrange financial support for a Nobel Laureate in physics to visit the CSULB College of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering.
Rueda received his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering simultaneously from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in electrical engineering. He went on to obtain a master's degree in applied physics and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Cornell University.
For more than 10 years he held a research associate position at the Abdus Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. In addition, Rueda has taught, lectured, and done research in several institutions in the U.S., South America and in Europe.
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