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Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Vol 58 No. 4 : April 2006
Laurels

Paul Boyd-Batstone, Teacher Education, has been working with the Guatemalan Reading Association conducting professional development for Guatemalan teachers in the area of language arts. Also, he worked with the association to organize a nationwide teacher conference emphasizing academic achievement and new teacher mentoring.

Norman Carter, Geography, gave a talk at the Association of American Geographers held in Chicago in March. The presentation was titled “Keeping up with the Joneses’: New residential towers in Orange County, California compete with the Los Angeles skyline.”

James Davis, Kinesiology, published a refereed article titled “Is ventilatory efficiency dependent on the speed of the exercise test protocol in healthy men and women?” in the March issue of Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging.

Tom Frazier, Geography and International Studies, gave a presentation in March to the Association of American Geographers in Chicago titled “The para-gated communities of Berlin: A methodical analysis of newly constructed securitized residential development in the newly reconstructed capital city.”

Camille A. Holmgren, Geography, was the lead and presenting author (with Jodi Norris and Julio L. Betancourt) of “Inferences about winter temperatures and summer rains from the late Quaternary record of C4 perennial grasses and C3 desert shrubs in the northern Chihuahuan Desert” to the Association of American Geographers meeting in Chicago in March.

Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, and Vincent J. Del Casino Jr., Geography and Liberal Studies, presented a paper titled “Persistent discourses in the construction of homeless policy” to the Association of American Geographers meeting in Chicago in March.

John Jung, Psychology, was interviewed about his memoir titled Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South on Bay Area People broadcast on KTVU-TV in Oakland on Feb. 22.

Maulana Karenga, Black Studies, gave a series of Kwanzaa lectures titled “Kwanzaa: A Season of Celebration, Commemoration and Recommitment” at Winthrop University, Nov. 29; Indiana University, Bloomington, Dec. 1; and Stockton College of New Jersey, Dec. 9. He also published a co-edited work with Molefi K. Asante titled Handbook of Black Studies from Sage Publications, 2006. He recently saw the paperback publication of his book Maat, The Moral Ideal in Ancient Egypt: A Study in Classical African Ethics.

Paul Laris, Geography, had a chapter in the newly released anthology Savannas and Dry Forests: Linking People with Nature. His paper is titled “Managing a burned mosaic: A landscape-scale human ecological model of savanna fires in Mali.” He gave a presentation at the Association of American Geographers in Chicago in March titled “The biogeographical implications of indigenous fire regimes in the humanized savanna landscape of southern Mali.” Also, he was the co-organizer (with Chris Duvall, University of Wisconsin, Madison) and chair of the session, “Applied Biogeography and Cultural Ecology in Semi-arid Africa.”
San-pao Li, Asian and Asian American Studies, wrote the preface for Feifei Wang’s book The Art of Chinese Cotton Shoes (California: W & W, Inc., 2006).

Suzanne Marshall, Family and Consumer Sciences, presented a paper titled “Facilitating Collaboration Among Fashion Merchandising and Design Students” at the International Textiles and Apparel Association’s annual meeting held in Washington, D.C., in November.

Jose F. Moreno, Chicano and Latino Studies, co-published with John T. Yun a refereed article titled “College Access, K-12 Concentrated Disadvantage and the Next 25 Years of Education Research” in the January/February issue of Educational Researcher. In February, he presented an invited essay titled “Educational Equity and Socio-Cultural Identity” for the Equity and Excellence Forum held at Brown University and hosted by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. In December, he co-authored a report for the James Irvine Foundation titled “‘Unknown’ Students on College Campuses: An Exploratory Study” printed in the Irvine Foundation’s publication Insight: Lesson learned from our grant-making programs.

Richard E. Porter
, Communication Studies, had the 6th edition of his book Communication Between Cultures published in March by Wadsworth, a division of Thomson Learning.

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, presented “Katrina/Rita and risk communication within FEMA” at the Association of American Geographers in Chicago in March. She also presented “Geography diversity initiatives at California State University, Long Beach: Interdisciplinary and interinstitutional partnerships” as an invited panelist on the AAG Diversity Task Force session titled “Collaboration and Outreach.” Additionally, she chaired the special session, “Hurricane Katrina and Unnatural Local Disasters,” for the Hazards Specialty Group of the AAG

Ray Sumner, Geography, served as an invited panelist in the AAG Diversity Task Force session titled “Collaboration and Outreach” and gave a talk on “Partnerships between four-year and two-year institutions as a way of increasing the diversity of geography” to the Association of American Geographers. While there, she presented “Long Beach City College” in the special session titled “Getting the Best Start...Community College Geography!”

Deborah Thien, Geography, served as a panelist in an Association of American Geographers’ special session titled “Best Practices in Graduate Supervision/Advising.” She was also the organizer, chair and a panelist in the session “Gender Interventions in Research, Teaching, and/or Practice.”
Judith Tyner, Geography, presented “Threads and Ink: 19th Century Schoolgirl Mapping, 1770s-1840” to the Newberry Library “Early American Cartographies” Conference held in Chicago in March.

Chunxue (Victor) Wang, Professional Studies, saw the article he coauthored with Kathleen P. King, Fordham University, published by the Journal of Radical Pedagogy, 8(1), 2006. The article is titled “Understanding Mezirow’s Theory of Reflectivity from Confucian Perspectives: A Model and Perspective
Aaron Wilson, Black Studies, spoke at the Palos Verdes Art Center on Feb. 1, giving a presentation to docents on both contemporary and historical African American Art.

Book Review

A Kinder, Gentler America: Melancholia and the Mythical 1950s

Tears Without Cry

Newly out from New York-based Triumph Publishing, Ugwueze’s novel of a woman trapped in an abusive marriage is the successor to her first two books, Wet in the Sun and The Blunt Blade. The 113-page novel examines Ebelle, a contemporary woman of achievement living in Nigeria. Barely out of college and in spite of suspicion and discouragement from family and friends, Ebelle marries Dan and begins a family, only to discover the relationship unraveling into an excruciating haunting odyssey. When she breaks away from Dan to find a peace of mind, she finds herself paying a high price. The author describes the title as a grief so deep, the victim cries without tears. “Cry tells the story of a contemporary African woman as a way of examining universal issues that women deal with all over the world,” she said. Ebelle is typical of many women who suffer domestic violence. The author believes that “Images that writers produce about women carry values and these values contribute to social attitudes toward women everywhere. What I want to write about are women like Ebelle with the strength and courage to break the shackles of female subjugation. I want to offer women an example of what can be done in the struggle to be free. I want to offer women proposals for liberation. I hope that, when women read this book, it affects their notions of life and selfhood.” Cry also includes a glossary of Igbo terms such as ogbanje, a child who repeatedly dies and returns to its mother to be reborn, and anu nchi, a dry meat from wild game. Ugwueze, who joined the university in 2003, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Nigeria as well as her doctorate in 2005.

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