CSULB student Michael Lao won first place in AustraLearn's 2009 alumni photo contest for this photo he took while studying at University of Technology Sydney in Australia. Lao's photo beat more than 350 other submissions from students throughout the United States and Canada. AustraLearn is a provider of study abroad programs to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.
Christopher Scoates, director of the University Art Museum, and co-director of 5D: The Present and Future of Immersive Design made a splash at fmx/09, the 14th International Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Digital Media, which took place May 5-8 in Stuttgart, Germany. FMX is the leading conference for animation, effects, games and digital media in Germany and in the past few years, one of the most important international conferences in the industry.
Marine biology student Thomas Farrugia received the best student paper award for his presentation entitled "Testing a new long-term fine-scale positional system for tracking multiple fish simultaneously" at this year's 2009 American Elasmobranch Society meetings in Portland, Ore. Farrugia competed against a field of 25 students, many Ph.D. candidates, from some of the best marine research institutions in the world.
An article coauthored by College of Business Administration Dean Michael Solt was selected as one of the top 50 articles by Emerald Management Reviews for 2008. "Diagnosing Unforeseeable Uncertainty in a New Venture," coauthored by colleagues Christoph H. Loch and Elaine M. Bailey, was published in the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol. 25, Issue 1. Emerald Management Reviews features the world's top 400 management publications and is the only service of its kind to include independent reviews of articles written by subject experts.
Armando (Thomas) Ferreira, professor emeritus in the Department of Art, died on June 22. Ferreira served the CSULB community and its students for almost 40 years, beginning as a faculty member in 1957. During his tenure at CSULB, he also served as associate dean and as interim dean of the College of the Arts. He retired in 1995. Ferreira was a noted ceramicist, and is credited with helping to build an impressive program in that field and others at CSULB.