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Published: October 13, 2008

Rick Behl, Geological Sciences, co-edited a book published by the Pacific Section, Society for Sedimentary Geology titled Geology of Orange County, California, and the Irvine Ranch National Natural Landmark. He was also co-author of an included field guide and a leader of the associated field trip on Sept 13-14.

Greg Beirich, History, delivered a paper titled “The Devil as an Instrument of Reform in the ‘Arbor vitae crucifixae Jesu’ of Ubertino da Casale” at “The Devil in Society in the Pre-Modern World” conference, sponsored by Victoria College, University of Toronto, in October.

Julian Segura Camacho, Chicano and Latino Studies, recently saw the adoption by the University of Oxford of his book Unwanted and Not Included: The Saga of Mexican People in the US in its library of Mexican-American authors. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; UC Irvine and UC Davis have adopted his book Higher Education as Ignorance five weeks after its release.

Karen Clippinger, Dance, was an invited speaker for the First Athens Pilates Symposium in Greece in July. She presented three topics — “The Shoulder Complex Utilizing Anatomy in Clay,” “Pilates for the Dancer,” and “Scoliosis and Exercise Design in Pilates.” It was attended by Pilates professionals from all over Greece, Europe and Israel.

Michael E. Connor, Psychology presented two papers — “Invisible African-American Fathers: How to Reclaim Respect,” with Lionel Mandy of the Africana Studies Program, and “Community-Focused Approaches: Working with Males” at the National Association of Black Psychology’s annual conference in Oakland, Aug. 1-4. He presented two papers at the American Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Boston, Aug. 14-18 — “The Association of Black Psychology: 40 Years and Still Going Strong” and “African-American Youth Training: Community-Focused Programs that Work.” Additionally, he was an invited keynote speaker at the National Men’s Day in Bermuda, Sept. 12-14, Hamilton, Bermuda.

Stan Finney, Geological Sciences, began his four-year term as chair of the International Commission of Stratigraphy (ICS) at the 33rd International Geological Congress (IGC) held in Oslo, Norway, Aug. 6-14. He was elected unanimously by the voting members of ICS in December 2007. The ICS is the largest and oldest scientific entity within the International Union of Geological Sciences, and is charged with the important and complex task of establishing global standards for the 100 global units of the Geologic Time Scale, with producing and revising the International Stratigraphic Guide, and with promoting education in stratigraphy. As ICS chair, Finney will oversee a four-person executive group and 15 subcommissions, each with 20 voting members and many more corresponding members from more than 50 countries. Also at the 33rd IGC, Finney presented two papers: “The Hirnantian Stage and its GSSP: A Record of Rapid Global Climate Change,” and “The Cambrian to Carboniferous Migration of the Cuyania Terrane of western Argentina.” He co-authored the paper “Lithostratigraphy Stays with the Times” and chaired the Open (Public) Discussion session on “Redefinition of the Quaternary Period/System and Pleistocene Epoch/Series.”

Teresa Fiore, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, was interviewed by The Language Educator, a publication by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages as a California representative for the American Association for Teachers of Italian. The interview is included in a special focus article on the teaching of Italian in the U.S. by Patti Koning titled “Many Paths Lead Back to Italy for Language Teachers” (August 2008, p. 49.)

Steve Fleck, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, chaired a session and delivered a conference paper titled “Speaking Folly to Power: Comedy-Ballet and its Context” at the British Society for Seventeenth Century French Studies’ annual meeting held at Trinity College Dublin on Sept.13.

John Jung, Psychology, spoke on “What It’s Like Being Chinese Where Everyone Else is Either Black or White” before Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., on Sept. 7 and Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss, on Sept. 15. He led a discussion on diversity with a social work class at Delta State on Sept. 8, and reviewed the Chinese exclusion law and how the Chinese overcame it before a social science class at Delta State on Sept. 9. He reviewed his book Southern Fried Rice before an education class at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 11 and delivered the keynote address to the Chinese American Citizens Alliance in Leland, Miss., on Sept. 14, on the topic, “When You Drink Water, Remember the Source: How I Lost and Then Found My Chinese Roots.”

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, published a book titled Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle, Los Angeles, with the University of Sankore Press, 2008. He also presented a paper “Reaffirmation, Renaming and Renewal: Discipline Development Without Compromise” and participated on two panels, “Black Studies’ Turbulent Voyage: Impact of a 40-Year Legacy in the Academy and the Community” and “Mass Media, Race, Politics and the Silencing of Moral Leadership: Making Sense of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright/Barack Obama Controversy.” Also, a reception and book party was held for him for his new book Community/Campus Forum at Olive Harvey College, Chicago, April 11-12. He also served as a consultant in a three-day “Consultation on the Interdisciplinary Teaching of the Black Experience” in which he presented a paper in plenary session titled “Africana Studies and Classical African Ethics and Spirituality: Framing a Fruitful, Multi-Faith and Interdisciplinary Discourse;” gave a campus-wide lecture titled “Kawaida, Culture and Critical Ethical Issues: Repairing and Transforming the World;” and served as an advisor/mentor to a selected student at the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies and Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, Wabash College, Oct. 25-27, 2007.

Ingrid M. Martin and Sayantani Mukherjee, Marketing, received a grant from the Transformative Consumer Research program through the Association of Consumer Research. The grant is to further support their research in the area of dietary supplements and the magical beliefs that consumers attach to these readily used products.

Susan Mathieu, Recreation and Leisure Studies, had her research, “Happiness and Humor Group Promotes Life Satisfaction for Senior Center Participants,” published in Activities, Adaptation and Aging, Vol. 32(2) 2008 by the Haworth Press. Her community-based research suggested that a therapeutic recreation program addressing happiness and humor could promote an increase in life-satisfaction. Mathieu’s research has served as a model for senior centers throughout California.

Jose Moreno, Chicano and Latino Studies, has been invited to join the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Making Excellence Inclusive Advisory Board which includes participating as part of the research team in AAC&U’s project titled “Give Students a Compass: College Learning, General Education and Student Success.” The project is a multi-state collaborative to re-map educational aims, educational practices and assessment strategies for general education in three public state systems — the California State University, Oregon University System and the University of Wisconsin. Moreno has also been invited to participate in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Task Force on Student Success. The purpose of this task force is to consider the recent change in the WASC process relating to student success and to develop material that will provide guidance to institutions seeking to address this new requirement. The composition of the task force is three to five peers with WASC experience and expertise in student success and includes representatives from both public and private institutions. Moreno was recently honored as an Orange County Citizen of the Year Award by the Anaheim Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens for his work and contributions in educational research, policies and initiatives in Orange County.

William Ritz, Science Education, is author of a column titled “Science for Young Explorers” for the quarterly magazine, Children and Families published by the National Head Start Association. Appearing in the Winter 2008 issue is “The Great American Popcorn Caper” which encourages young children, their teachers and families to explore the many wonders of this everyday treat.

Eric Ruskin, Dance, wrote a new music score for choreographer Nanette Brodie. The piece, titled “Holiday,” was premiered by the Nanette Brodie Dance Theater at the Golden West College Theater.

Ron Schmidt, Political Science, presented a paper, “Immigrants, Public Policy and Racial Equality in the United States” at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Boston on Aug. 30. He also presented on “Value-Critical Policy Analysis” at the “Methods Cafe” of the same conference and presented on a roundtable on “Mentoring Latina/o Students and Young Professionals” sponsored by the APSA’s Committee on the Status of Latinos y Latinas in the Profession.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s Studies, was an invited guest on the Sept. 2 radio show “Gender Blender” (Portland, Ore.; KBOO-FM). The topic of discussion was masculine privilege, class and capitalism. Tarrant was quoted in the Sept. 4 Baltimore Sun about gender politics and expectations of Sarah Palin as a vice presidential candidate and mother. Tarrant spoke about men and masculinity at Bluestockings on Sept. 16 in Manhattan and at Vox Pop on Sept.18 in Brooklyn. Her talks were based on work from her recently published book Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge 2008).

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, was a panelist for Faculty Research Grants at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., Aug. 4, and refereed articles for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Hypatia and the Conference on Subjectivity in the Performing Arts at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. Her essay “Governmental Determinations of Aesthetic Value” was translated into Slovak by Erich Mistrík and published as “Urcovanie Estetickej Hodnoty Vládou” in Filozoficko-Estetické Reflexie Posthistorickeho Umenia, Studia Aesthetica X, Prešovská Univerzita (2008), 49-54.

John Z. Wang, Criminal Justice, made two presentations at the 18th Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Scientists held July 21-25 in New Orleans. The conference is held every three years and considered to be the highest level in the field of forensic science. Each paper proposal has to be reviewed by a peer review group supervised by the International Organization Committee. Wang’s presentation topics were “Digital Measuring Fingerprint and Palmprint Details: A New Technique of Digital Identification” as part of the Fingerprint Detection and Identification Session and “Digital Measurement of Rifling Angle: A New Technique of Digital Identification” for the Firearm/Toolmaker Examination and Identification Session. From Aug. 2-15, Wang was invited to provide training for the Beijing Olympic Games. The training provided to police officers in Beijing and Qingdao focused on the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, Digital Facial Reconstruction, Digital Measurement of Fingerprints and Rifling Angles and a Modus Operandi Analysis of the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM). In 2003, Wang published the first article on ETIM titled “Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement: A Case Study of a New Terrorist Organization in China.” During his stay in Beijing (Aug. 2-8), he was twice interviewed by the Los Angeles Times and part of the interview was published in the article “16 Police Killed in Western China” on Aug. 4. Based on the information he collected in China, Wang is writing another article on the ETIM. On Sept. 15, Wang was invited by the Governor’s Homeland Security Office to present his participation on the Beijing Olympic Games and his analysis on the attacks of the games by Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement.