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Vol 57 No. 13 : June 30, 2005
Vol 57 No. 13 | June 30, 2005

Five Faculty Members Recognized as Recipients of Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award

Five professors at CSULB -- Connie Evashwick, Kristine K. Forney, Kevin M. Kelley, C. Kevin Malotte and Andrew (Zed) Mason -- have been honored as recipients of the campus' 2004-05 Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award.

Established in 1982, the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award is given annually to recognize sustained excellence in scholarly and creative achievement by members of the CSULB faculty. The award recognizes excellence in the visual and performing arts, in the publication of scholarly work, in the completion of research and sponsored projects, and in the development of new and innovative ideas in research and problem solving.

Evashwick joined CSULB in May 1993 as the Archstone Foundation Endowed Chair and director of the Center for Health Care Innovation. Currently, as a professor of health care administration, she focuses on community service learning projects and she is considered among the nation's leading experts in long-term care and the continuum of healthcare.

Evashwick has brought more than $8.5 million in grants and contracts to CSULB and its community partners. She has authored more than 112 publications, including 12 books, and is editor of the nation's largest-selling textbook on long-term healthcare management, The Continuum of Long-Term Care, now in its third edition.

Over the years, Evashwick has organized numerous healthcare educational events, ranging from the annual College Bowl for Southern California healthcare master's programs to conferences for healthcare leaders and community members. "I try to find commonalities of purpose and kindred spirits, then bring people and organizations together to accomplish activities of mutual benefit," she said.

One of Evashwick's goals has been to contribute to CSULB's stature as a nationally-recognized leader in healthcare management education, particularly in long-term care, which is becoming increasingly important as the nation's population ages.

Music students and lovers of music in the United States and abroad may be familiar with Music Professor Forney's music appreciation textbook, "The Enjoyment of Music," which has been translated into more than 30 languages and is being updated for its 10th edition.

Forney, an expert on Renaissance music, in particular that era's music printing and publishing as well as music of Belgium and the Netherlands, continues to publish a number of articles on subjects ranging from musical life and sources in the 16th century to the innovative quarter-tone music of 20th century composer Mildred Couper. She has developed a variety of online and CD-ROM media resources on music and has transcribed and edited several musical anthologies in addition to earning two Fulbright grants to study in Belgium and two National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

"I am very committed to getting my students involved in issues relating to music: how, why, when, where it was composed, so that they understand the context," said Forney, who joined the CSULB faculty in 1978. "For many years, I directed the early music ensemble, where students could put what they learn into practice, and I still involve students through performance in my projects.

"I love teaching all levels of students and divide my efforts between entry-level non-majors and majors who use my text, to the opposite end of the spectrum: graduate student research and thesis preparation," she added. "Most recently, I have extended my energies to teaching avid concert-goers in Senior University how to understand more about what they are hearing."

An associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Kelley directs the university's Endocrinology Lab, which emphasizes Southern California's marine environment as the basis for a variety of research studies. His research into the role that hormones play in the physiological functions of marine fishes is shedding new light on how certain disease states occur and on the disruptive effects of stress and environmental pollutants in animals.

Kelley and his colleagues, including two postdoctoral researchers, focus on growth regulators such as insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) and their binding proteins (IGFBPs) and on steroids such as cortisol and estrogen. They are well recognized for developing a unique "lower vertebrate" model for studies of insulin-dependent diabetes in a local fish called the "Longjaw Mudsucker."

Kelley has successfully received a number of external grants, including those earned in direct competition with Research I-level universities, attesting to the caliber of his lab's work and his ability to convincingly articulate the rationale for its importance.

"Since endocrine systems regulate all of the important functions of life, including growth and repair, reproduction, development, immune functions, and so much more, 'disruption' of endocrine systems in our fish populations is a very serious issue indeed," he explained. "Surprisingly, my laboratory is one of the only ones of its kind in this part of the country. We fish endocrinologists have a lot of work to do on this issue of 'environmental endocrine disruption.'"

Reducing the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, as well as HIV, is the primary focus of Malotte, a professor of health sciences and director of CSULB's Community Health and Social Epidemiology (CHASE) programs.

A widely published expert in his field, he is involved in a number of local, state, national and international efforts to understand health-related behaviors, to educate the community about reducing risks and promoting health, and to train others to assist in these efforts. Since becoming a CSULB faculty member in 1999, he has received more than $5 million in grants, primarily from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Malotte is also the former associate director of CSULB's Center for Behavioral Research and Services. He and other university faculty and staff engage with public health departments and community organizations to collect survey data and then develop effective programs to tackle public health issues, particularly among low-income or high-risk populations.

His numerous projects included working with the Partnership for the Public's Health to evaluate a health leader-training program in Long Beach. An extension of that program focuses on working with volunteer health leaders, primarily Latino women, to provide community outreach and health education in underserved areas. Through collaborations with other universities, he also helped develop a variety of media tools including computer software and videos for HIV/STD risk assessment and counseling, community outreach and education, including safe sex practices and the importance of receiving testing.

Mason, known to his colleagues as "Zed," is fascinated by what he calls "the wonder of life" our shared ancestry with all living organisms on this earth and the role of DNA as the immortal thread that ties us together and that has been passed on from generation to generation without failure since the beginning of life 3.5 billion years ago."

A professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and founding director of CSULB's Institute for Integrated Research in Materials Environments and Society, Mason specializes in the areas of aquatic toxicology, cell biology, atomic spectroscopy and analytical electron microscopy.

He came to CSULB as a research associate professor in 1985 with the Molecular Ecology Institute and in 1989 joined the tenure-track faculty in the Department of Biology. Since then, Mason has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as three book chapters and has secured approximately $4.6 million of external funding to support university research, infrastructure and curriculum development. During his tenure, he also has provided research opportunities for more than 65 students in his laboratory, many of whom have gone to Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs.

His teaching philosophy is to have students "leave every lecture with a question that undermines the basic tenets and principles covered during that particular class. Provide enthusiasm and context but only partial answers. Challenge your students. They will rise to the occasion."

Dean Ron Vogel (l) and C. Kevin Malotte

Dean Laura Kingsford and Andrew (Zed) Mason

Dean Ron Vogel and Connie Evashwick

Dean Don Para and Kristine K. Forney

Dean Laura Kingsford and Kevin M. Kelley

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