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Vol 57 No. 16 : Sept. 1, 2005
Vol 57 No. 16 | Sept. 1, 2005

Laurels

John Bellah, University Police, authored two articles that appeared in the spring of 2005. He saw his reports titled “Body Armor Floatation Vest System” appear in the March-April issue of Tactical Response and “The Latest in Body Armor” in the May issue of Law and Order.

Robert Brophy, English/Comparative World Literature and Classics, presented three papers in the 2004-05 academic year: For Western American Literature, Oct. 27, in Big Sky, Mont., “Beyond Mountains: The Cosmic Vision of Robinson Jeffers”; for the Jeffers Association, Feb. 20, in Reno, “Two Genres: Jeffers Seer and Prophet”; and for the American Literature Association, May 26, in Boston, “Jeffers’ Poetry in Light of His Inhumanism.”

Corey W. Johnson, Recreation and Leisure Studies, had two articles published from an extensive ethnography he conducted. The first article is titled “The night they took over: Gay men’s reaction to lesbian night in a country-western gay bar” in the Journal of Leisure Sciences, 27 (4). The second publication is titled “The first step is the two-step: Gay men’s negotiation strategies of a traditionally gendered dance,” in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 18 (4).

Barry Lavay, Kinesiology and Physical Education, recently authored and coauthored the following two textbook chapters: Lavay, B. (2005) Specific learning disabilities. In Winnick, J. P. Adapted physical education and sport. (4th Ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics and Winnick, J. P. & Lavay, B. (2005). Perceptual motor development. In Winnick, J. P. Adapted physical education and sport. (4th Ed.).Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

San-pao Li, Asian and Asian American Studies, was invited to speak to 500 K-6 students at Burbank Elementary School in Artesia during assemblies on June 9, on the fascinating facts of Chinese language and the art of Chinese calligraphy.

Victor M. Rodriguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, served during the spring as reviewer for an article in the journal Ethnicities; he also gave a presentation titled “Building the Good Society: Race and Wealth in the U.S.” at the ELCA Consultation on Poverty and Wealth held at the El Caribe Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla., March 4-5. Later in the semester, he gave a PowerPoint presentation in Spanish titled “Como Triunfar en la Universidad: Una Perspectiva Latina” (How To Succeed in College: A Latino Perspective) to Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) parents at CSULB’s University Student Center on April 11. In the spring, his article on a theory of racialization titled “The Racialization of Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans: 1890s-1930s” was published in the refereed journal CENTRO of the Center of Puerto Rican Studies, C.U.N.Y. Vol. XVII, No. 1. His book Latino Politics in the U.S.: Race, Class and Gender in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience, was published in June by Kendall-Hunt Press. He recently conducted book presentations and a radio interview in Puerto Rico.

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, had a juried book review published in the July 13 edition of the American Psychological Association’s review of books PsycCRITIQUES. The review is titled “School Violence: An Ecological View” and discusses the newly published School Violence in Context: Culture, Neighborhood, Family, School, and Gender by Rami Benbenishty and Ron Avi Astor.

Lesley Farmer, Educational Psychology, Advising and Counseling, taught for the Master’s degree in Library and Information Management at the University of Hong Kong this past summer. Also, she served as the external examiner for the diploma for teacher librarianship under the auspices of HKU’s School of Professional and Continuing Education and taught two courses in research and enquiry and initiated a collection of management courses. In August she attended the annual conference held for the first time in Hong Kong of the International Association for School Librarianship.

Book Review

Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years of Film Music

Reel Music: Exploring 100 Years of Film Music

Published in 2005 by WW Norton, Reel Music is a historical survey that covers everything about a century of film scores from terminology to composing styles. From the first silent films in 1895 to the Oscar-winning score by Howard Shore for “The Lord of the Rings.”

Hickman, who joined the university in 1987, stresses the role of music in the development of 20th century American films. While the advance of technology has brought film into homes through VCRs and DVDs like never before, there are still problems.

“You can’t look at a score,” says Hickman. “The studios own the scores. You can study Schoenberg but you can’t study Max Steiner. So that means, for now, we have to use our ears to study film scores.”

Hickman traces film scores from 19th century compositions to accompany silent films through Thomas Edison’s experiments in 1895 with phonographic accompaniment to the emergence of sound and the flourishing of film scores in the late 1930s with such wall-to-wall masterpieces as Max Steiner’s score for “Gone With the Wind.” In the 1960s, the wall-to-wall sound yielded to scores like that of “Bonnie and Clyde” with its contemporary songs punctuating transitions. With the emergence of “Star Wars,” film scores returned to a grander style and continued through “The Lord of the Rings.”

Hickman is an Irvine resident with a 1979 doctorate from UC Berkeley.

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