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Vol 57 No. 18 : November, 2005
Vol 57 No. 18 | October 28, 2005

Laurels

Richard Celsi and Mary Wolfinbarger, Marketing, (with David Wald USGS) published "The Effects of Earthquake Measurement Concepts and Magnitude Anchoring on Individuals' Perceptions of Earthquake Risk," in Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 21, No. 4.

Stephen Cooper, English, served as an invited panelist in the Literature Seminar of Beyond Blond 2005, an annual celebration of Swedish and American culture organized by the Swedish Consulate General and PEN USA. His short story "The Paper Man" was used to exemplify the nuances of narrative voice in Sands Hall's Tools of the Writer's Craft from Moving Finger Press. He was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 program Today about the life and works of American novelist John Fante (1909-83). Also, he contributed to the "P.S." section of the HarperCollins Perennial Classics edition of Fante's Ask the Dust. His Full of Life: A Biography of John Fante appeared in a new, revised edition from Angel City Press.

Dave Gerhart, Music, recently saw publication by Go Fish Music Production and Publishing of his arrangement of Assez Vif from String Quartet by Maurice Ravel for Marimba Quartet. It is being released at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio, this month.

Lesley Farmer
, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, saw two books published. Digital Inclusion, Teens and Your Library: Exploring the Issues and Acting on Them appeared from Libraries Unlimited, 2005, and Technology-Infused Specialists from Scarecrow Press, 2005.

Elizabeth Hoffman
, English, has been elected to the American Association of University Professors National Council, representing California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

John Jung, Psychology, gave a presentation titled "Forming A Chinese Identity When Everyone Else Is Either Black or White" at the Chinese American Studies Conference, San Francisco, Oct. 8.

Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, presented a paper "Methodology, Mission and Pedagogy in Black Studies: A Kawaida Initiative" at a seminar in Black Studies Curriculum and Pedagogy, Stanford University, Dec. 11, 2004. He also lectured on "The Unfinished Fight for Freedom: The Struggle, the Legacy and the Lessons" at the Annual African American Student Leadership Conference, Rust College, Jan. 14; on "The Urban Plight of African American Youth: Approaches and Solutions and African American Leadership: Social and Cultural Activism," at the African American Leadership Conference, Miami University-Hamilton, Ohio, Feb. 17; on "Meaning and Mission in Black History: Freedom, Social Justice and Common Good," University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Feb. 19; and on "Pan-Africanism and the Seven Principles: Forging Our Future in Struggle," Montclair State University, Feb. 24.

Tom Kelty, Geological Sciences, participated in several presentations at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Oct. 16-19, in Salt Lake City. Kelty spoke on "Detrital-Zircon Geochronology of the Hangay-Hentey Basin: Implications for the Tectonics of the Mongol-Okhotsk Ocean, Mongolia," with K. Rice and O. Katsuk, CSULB; An Yin, UCLA; Batulzii Dash, Mongolian Technical University; George Gehrels, University of Arizona; and Xu Bei, Peking University. CSULB graduate student, Angela Ribeiro, and Kelty also presented "Geological Transect Through the Hangay-Hentey Basin, Mongolia." CSULB graduate student, Karen Anderson and Kelty, Terri Ryland, Jeff Brenner and Bruce Perry gave a poster presentation titled "Student Peer Instruction of General Geology Laboratories Success for Visual Learners."

Alfred Leung
, Physics, received second prize in the Introductory Laboratory Contest with his experiment on "Inner Diameter of a Narrow-Mouth Glass Bottle Measured with a Laser." He also was named the winner of the Low Cost Category at the Apparatus Competition held at the summer meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Salt Lake City on Aug. 7.

Paulino Lim, English, chaired a panel and read a paper titled "Revelations in Recent Asian-American Anthologies" at the Hawaii International Conference on the Humanities last January. His second fiction anthology, Curacao Cure and Other Stories, has just been published by Anvil in Manila.

Clifton Snider, English, saw two poems titled "Ode to the Banana Slug" and "Seppuku" published in Riprap, No. 26, 2004. He participated in the publication reading for Riprap at CSULB on May 19. Also, he had a poem, "Scrapbook," published in Pearl, No. 33, 2004, and participated in Pearl's publication reading on May 16. On May 27, he was interviewed and read poems on the radio program "All That Jazz" on KUNM, Albuquerque, NM, and he gave a poetry and fiction reading and book signing at Crane's Bill Books in Albuquerque on May 29. During June, July, and August, he had a residence grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in Taos, N.M., where he worked on a historical novel and new poems.

Ray Stefani, Electrical Engineering, presented "Least Squares-Gaussian Sports Predictions: Some Fundamental Conclusions" to the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference in Snowbird, Utah, May 26.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, published "The Unbearable Erosion of Common Goods: Copyright Extension and Eldred v. Ashcroft" in Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 12:2 (Summer 2005), and refereed book manuscripts in ethics for Oxford University Press and W.W. Norton.

Suzanne Wechsler
, Geography, led a team of Geoscience Diversity Enhancement Project authors in writing an article published in the Journal of Geography. The article, "Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences," is the lead article in the July/August 2005 issue. Other authors included David Whitney (Psychology); Elizabeth Ambos (Office of University Research); Christine M. Rodrigue and Christopher T. Lee (Geography); Dan Larson (Anthropology); and Rick Behl, Dan Francis, and Greg Holk (Geological Sciences).

David J. Whitney, Psychology, project evaluator for the Geoscience Diversity Enhancement Project, was first author on an article that appeared in the July 26 issue of EOS, a refereed weekly publication of the American Geophysical Union. The article is titled "Ethnic Differences in Geoscience Attitudes of College Students." The other authors are Richard J. Behl (Geological Sciences); Elizabeth L. Ambos (Office of University Research); Robert D. Francis and Gregory Holk (Geological Sciences); and Christopher T. Lee, Christine M. Rodrigue, and Suzanne P. Wechsler (Geography).

Terry Witkowski
, Marketing, published a review of "Public Markets and Civic Culture in Nineteenth-Century America" by Helen Tangires in the Winterthur Portfolio, 39:4, 2004.

James Woods
, Geography, is the third co-author with Roger S. Peng and Frederick Paik Schoenberg of an article titled "A space-time conditional intensity model for evaluating a wildfire hazard index" in the March issue of the Journal of the American Statistical Association.

Book Review

Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South

Southern Fried Rice:
Life in a Chinese Laundry
in the Deep South

Published in 2005 by Yin and Yang Press, Rice tells the story of how Jung's parents came to Macon, Ga., from rural China in 1928. Operating a laundry, they were the only Chinese family in town from just before the Great Depression until the early 1950s when they moved to San Francisco. Their experiences with cultural isolation in a time and place of entrenched racial discrimination provide valuable insights that may be applicable to many similarly isolated minority families. "The impetus for the book came from reflections about my mother's arduous life," explained Jung, a Cypress resident who joined the university in 1962. "As difficult as life was for my father, with no holidays and 18-hour days, he acquired basic English whereas she did not due to having to raise her four children while also working. As the only Chinese woman in town, she still found ways to survive. We were accepted as almost white, but also viewed as slant-eyed exotics." He remembers some of the cultural differences. "I remember the Sunday morning church bells of Macon," he said. "When I asked my father 'what's that noise?,' he said it was to summon people to church. When I asked him how come we didn't go, he explained that church was for white people who went to have their sins forgiven. During the week, they were bad but on Sunday, they were good. We were good so we didn1t need to go." Moving to San Francisco at age 15, he had his share of culture shock. "I was Chinese but had never had much contact with many Chinese before and had to relearn how to be Chinese. I had never even been to a Chinese restaurant. My mother cooked Chinese food but it was home-style. I'd never eaten chow mein or won-ton before. This is just a small example of what an adjustment I had to make culturally."

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