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Laurels: February 2009

Published: February 16, 2009

Al Colburn, Laura Henriques, James Kisiel and William Ritz, Science Education, all presented at the annual meeting of the California Science Teachers Association. Colburn and Henriques presented on the topic “Helping Students Become Critical Consumers of Science Information.” Henriques also presented on “Incorporating the Nature of Science into Instruction.” Kisiel’s presentation was titled “Beyond the Bean Sprout: Engaging Students in Processes of Science” and Ritz offered “A Head Start on Science.”

Stan Finney, Geological Sciences, presented the invited lecture “The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS-IUGS): Its Objectives, Accomplishments and Challenges” to the Department of Geosciences at Universidade Trás-os-Montes e Alto Duoro in Vila Real, Portugal, on Nov. 24 and to the Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas at Universidad Complutense Madrid in Madrid on Nov. 26. He also accepted an invitation to serve on the advisory scientific board of Geologica Acta, an open access international journal that aims to stimulate rapid diffusion of results and efficient exchange of ideas between the widespread communities of Earth Science researchers with special emphasis on Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Mediterranean. He was appointed to a five-year term on the editorial board Lethaia , an international journal of paleontology and stratigraphy. Also, Finney is on the editorial board of the journal Stratigraphy.

Susan Gomez-Zwiep, Science Education, presented on the topic “The Science You ‘Know’ That Just Ain’t So: Shining a Light on Science Misconceptions” at the Fellows Colloquium of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSULB. Additional information is available at

John Jung, Psychology, published Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers with Yin & Yang Press. The book is a social history of the lives of these immigrant merchants and their families and the unique and valuable role they played in their communities for over a century.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, had published three entries: “African Americans,” Vol. 1, pp. 20-30; “Black Power,” Vol. 1, pp. 176-179; and “Kwanzaa,” Vol. 2, pp. 818-820, in Richard T. Schafer (ed.), Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society, Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2008. He also presented on “Leveraging Diversity and Community Rootedness: Leadership and Relationships in a Corporate Context” at the Master Series and African American Leadership Seminar, Skinner Leadership Institute, Microsoft Innovation and Technology Center, Reston, Va., on April 24. He was invited as a Senior Scholar in Africana Studies to participate in the formation of the Diop International Scholars Association and in planning the 20th Anniversary Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference, Philadelphia, on April 26. In addition, he gave a keynote address at the 40th anniversary celebration of Ujamaa Shule and received the “African Universal Cultural Award for Leadership, Cultural Creation and Community Building” at Howard University on May 4. Karenga published a chapter “Molefi Asante and the Afrocentric Initiative: Mapping the Terrain of His Intellectual Impact” in Ama Mazama (ed.), Essays in Honor of an Intellectual Warrior, Molefi Kete Asante, Paris: Menaibux, 2008, pp. 17-49. He also conducted the 30th anniversary Seminar in Social Theory and Practice, “Kawaida and Questions of Life and Struggle: African American, Pan-African and Global Issues”, Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies, Los Angeles, July 22-28. Moreover, he gave a keynote lecture and power-point presentation, “The Cultural Narrative of Kwanzaa: Written, Oral and Lived History” at the ProQuest Black Studies Update Session, American Library Association Conference, Anaheim, June 29.

Beth Lau, English, presented three papers recently. In August 2008 she read “Male and Female Romantic Writers: Diversity and Continuity in the Romantic Canon” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference in Toronto, Ontario. In November, she was invited to lecture on “Keats, Shakespeare and Negative Capability” in conjunction with a special exhibit on John Keats at Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In December, she spoke on “Self and Selflessness in Two Regency Writers: Austen and Keats” at the Modern Language Association Convention in San Francisco.

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, recently won the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the fourth consecutive year.

Catherine Martin-Dunlop, Science Education, is serving as an external evaluator for an NSF-funded project titled “Science Teacher and Researcher–STAR” at the Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This CSU-wide initiative offers pre-service science teachers the opportunity to participate in summer research internships at a national laboratory.

Nancy Matthews, Recreation and Leisure Studies, published an article “Understanding Dysphagia” in Today’s Caregiver Magazine (Nov./Dec.), pp. 27-29. She also co-authored a CME/CEU course “Diagnosis and Management of Dysphasia in Seniors” sponsored by Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA). Matthews is the director for the project funded by the UniHealth Foundation: “Dysphagia Among Seniors Living Independently or in Assisted Living in Los Angeles County”. Results from this project (currently in its third year) have been presented at California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (April 2008) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention (November 2008). The project team founded the American Dysphagia Network, a network for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders

William Mulligan, Journalism, gave an invited paper presentation at the 87th Annual National College Media Convention held in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 29-Nov. 2. The professional development presentation titled “Revitalizing Student News Media in the Age of Convergence” showed advisers how to conduct a revitalization feasibility report on student news media serving their campuses so that the media serve as a primary communication system for all audiences—undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the off-campus community at large—including the businesses that serve members of the university community with their advertising support. The paper was based on the author’s own May 2008 study prepared for Cal State Long Beach, “Project Forty-Niner: A Feasibility Study on Re-Vitalizing the Daily Forty-Niner and Dig Magazine,” a book published in spring 2008.

Dave Nickles, Science Education, presented a training workshop for master science teachers titled “Mentoring Your Student Teacher” which focused on strategies for mentoring student teachers.

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 2008 back-to-school issue is “’Nature’ Is Wherever You Are!” which encourages young children, their teachers and families to develop their powers of observation in exploring nature in their everyday lives.

Victor M. Rodríguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, published a column in Spanish titled “The Renewed North American Empire: Obama and the Political Economy of the Crisis” in Puerto Rico’s weekly Claridad published Nov. 13-19, pp. 32-33. He also co-facilitated a seminar with Emily Drew, Willamette University, on “Organizing an Institutional Transformation Team for Diversity” for the faculty of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of North Dakota, on Nov. 14. During the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Puerto Rican Studies Association, Rodríguez read a refereed paper titled “Imperialism, Capitalism and Race: Building a Critique of Color Blind Ideology in Puerto Rico” at the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, San Juan, Puerto Rico Oct. 1-4. On Sept. 12, a seminar, “The Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty and Staff,” was co-facilitated with Willamette’s Emily Drew at Rollins College, Florida, under the sponsorship of the Dean of Faculty and the Diversity Committee. His political commentary on the role of race in the presidential primaries in Puerto Rico, “Puerto Rico’s Puzzle: Race, Politics and Imperial Primaries,” was Web published in Dissent Voices on June 7. On June 11, Rodríguez together with Asian and Asian American Studies’ John Tsuchida and Chicano and Latino Studies’ Jose Moreno, received a National Education Association $51,700 grant for a project titled “Racialization of Latino and Asian Students in the Educational System: Training Administrators, Teachers and Parents for Policy Changes.”

Harold Schefski, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, had his article “The Parable of the Prodigal Son and Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons” republished in the Norton Critical Edition of Fathers and Children edited by Michael R. Katz (2009) after it had appeared in Harold Bloom’s Modern Critical Views of Ivan Turgenev (Chelsea House, 2003). The article was originally published in the journal Literature and Belief at Brigham Young University (1990).

Clifton Snider, English, has a poem, “Cousin, My Cousin, MBT, 1927-2007,” in The Gay and Lesbian Review, Worldwide, November-December 2008. He also has a poem, “One-Armed Organist,” in Pearl, No. 39, Fall/Winter 2009.

Victor C. X. Wang, Professional Studies, submitted a ground-breaking 60-chapter handbook of research for publication. Titled Handbook of Research on E-Learning Applications for Career and Technical Education: Technologies for Vocational Training, this handbook is expected to be released this spring by IGI Global. The book’s three sections–on E-Learning Applications for Career and Technical Education; E-Learning Applications for Adult Learning and Career and Technical Education; and Research/Assessment, Adult/Higher Education, and Workplace Learning–will be published electronically and probably in three print volumes. The peer-reviewed chapters were written by leading scholars/professors from nine countries and 22 U.S. states, largely from universities such as University of Pennsylvania; Teachers’ College, Columbia University; University of Illinois; University of Maryland; Indiana University; University of Minnesota; University of Oklahoma; University of Wisconsin; and Ohio State University. Health Care Administration’s Janice Frates and Lesley Farmer of Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling were invited to be book reviewers (out of 13 reviewers altogether), and CSULB faculty members contributed seven chapters. Wang contributed three chapters, Farmer contributed another three and College of Health and Human Services Associate Dean Gail Farmer and a co-author contributed a chapter on needs assessment. Both Frates and Farmer serve on the editorial board of Wang’s new international journal, the International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, to begin publication in January 2010. Patricia Cranton, a Canadian visiting professor from Penn State University and editor of Adult Education Quarterly, wrote the foreword.