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Vol 57 No. 19 : December, 2005
Vol 57 No. 19 | December, 2005

Laurels

Lesley Farmer, Educational Psychology, Administration and Counseling, recently saw the publication of her latest book Librarians, Libraries and the Promotion of Gender Equity by McFarland.

Simon George, Physics and Astronomy, presented a workshop on "Lasers and Holography" at the International Conference in Physics Education held in New Delhi on Aug. 23. He also presented invited talks on the same subject at Saurashtra University in Gujarat (Aug. 16), Panjab University in Chandigarh (Aug. 18) and GNS University in Amritsar (Aug. 19).

Joanne Gordon, Theatre Arts, was invited to the Pinter Centre's International Symposium: Stephen Sondheim: Collaborator and Auteur. The event took place Nov. 25-27 at Goldsmith's - the UK's leading creative university, part of University of London since 1904. While in London, Gordon led a master class on "Singing Sondheim's Subtext."

Michael Lacourse, Kinesiology and Physical Education, co-authored a research paper titled, "Brain Motor System Function after Chronic, Complete Spinal Cord Injury" that was published in the Oct. 24 issue of the journal Brain.

Ingrid M. Martin
, Marketing, (with David W. Stewart and Shashi Matta) published "Branding Strategies, Marketing Communication and Perceived Brand Meaning: The Transfer of Purposive, Goal-Oriented Brand Meaning to Brand Extensions" in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, V. 33(3). This is also ranked "the most frequently read article" in JAMS.

Brett Mizelle, History/American Studies, has published three recent articles. "Displaying the Expanding Nation to Itself: The Cultural Work of Public Exhibitions of Western Fauna in Lewis and Clark's Philadelphia" appeared in The Shortest and Most Convenient Route: Lewis and Clark in Context. His essay "'I Have Brought my Pig to a Fine Market': Animals, Their Exhibitors, and Market Culture in the Early Republic," appears in the volume Cultural Change and the Market Revolution in America, 1789-1860. His most recent publication, "Contested Exhibitions: The Debate Over Proper Animal Sights in Post-Revolutionary America," can be found in the journal Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion.

Ash Naimpally, Chemical Engineering, served as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) during an ABET team visit to Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. This was his 10th visit as a program evaluator for ABET.

Hamid Rahai, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and CEERS, was a focus speaker on "New Approach to Wind Energy," at the 2005 California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs.

Althea Waites, Music, has a new recording on the Cambria label titled "Along The Western Shore" which features music of California composers. Three works on the CD have never been recorded including Elinor Remick Warren's "Three Pieces from 1946," Richard Saylor's "Five Piano Pieces" and Lloyd Rodgers' "Etcetera Variations for Two Pianos" with pianist Mark Uranker. She participated in a residency and master class at Haverford College in Philadelphia, Nov. 15-19. Haverford College's Curt Cacioppo, a faculty composer, invited her to do a lecture-recital and master class focusing on music from her new recording, "Along The Western Shore."

Aaron Khonsura Wilson, Black Studies, participated on a panel of review and critique of the film "Race is the Place" at the International Film Festival held in the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on Oct. 29.

Book Review

My Mother's Bolivian Kitchen: Recipes and Recollections

Full of Life: A Biography
of John Fante

Newly out in 2005 from Angel City Press, this revised American edition of the award-winning biography of outsider Italian-American novelist and screenwriter John Fante was honored when the Los Angeles Times named the original edition one of the Best Books of 2000. Five years in the making, Cooper's book also appeared in British, French and Italian editions, and helped establish an international reputation for the once-forgotten author of such classic fictions as The Road to Los Angeles and Ask the Dust. Now that Fante (1909-83) is hailed as a central figure in the literary history of Los Angeles - "Fante was my god," declared legendary poet Charles Bukowski - the new edition features a foreword by prominent L.A. novelist Carolyn See. See finds the book a "meticulous, absorbing, enchanting biography" and "an almost perfect cultural history of Los Angeles" - praise that Cooper hopes will encourage a new generation of readers to seek out Fante for themselves. "You can turn on the radio and hear the Red Hot Chili Peppers invoking Ask the Dust in their song 'Can't Stop' and you can hear Sheryl Crowe invoking Fante in her song 'Superstar,'" Cooper said. "There is a very handsome literary quarterly published in Amsterdam that calls itself Bunker Hill in homage to Fante's 1930s L.A. neighborhood. If you know Danish, you can read a novel called Ventedag about a young writer in the late 20th century who is transported from present-day Berlin to 1930s Los Angeles where he meets the young John Fante. You can find award-winning documentary films on Fante's life and career by Dutch director Jan Louter and Italian director Giovanna DiLello. Fante endures because he remembers the vaulting, manic-depressive ecstasies of late adolescence and early adulthood, and because his Los Angeles is still ours today." Cooper also edited The John Fante Reader, which appeared in 2002 from William Morrow/ HarperCollins. He received his B.A. in English from UCLA and his M.F.A. from UC Irvine, as well as a Ph.D. from USC in 1991.

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