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Laurels: June 2009

Published: June 15, 2009

Rick Behl, Geological Sciences, gave two lectures while on sabbatical leave in the United Kingdom and Switzerland. He lectured at Imperial College, London, on Feb. 26, and at the Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 27. The first talk was “The Miocene Monterey Formation of California: Plankton to Petroleum, Source to Reservoir” and the second was “Using Active Tectonics to Extend the High-Resolution Record of Quaternary Climate Change 1 Million Years Back in Time, Santa Barbara Basin, USA.” He co-authored five presentations with his graduate students and colleagues at the Pacific Section meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists meeting in Ventura on May 4-5. Graduate students Carlye Peterson, Sara Afshar and Courtney Marshall presented “Orbital-Scale Cyclicity in Seismic Reflections and Sediment Character as a Climate Proxy in the Plio-Pleistocene Middle Pico Formation, Santa Barbara, California,” “Evolution of Decadal to Millennial-Scale Oscillations in Climate and Marine Sediment Geochemistry During the Past 700,000 Years, Santa Barbara Basin, California” and “Spatial and Temporal Evolution of Sedimentation in Santa Barbara Basin, California, from 1.0 Ma to Present.” Behl co-authored two other presentations including “Recent Studies Help Extend the Ultra-High-Resolution Global Climate Record from Santa Barbara Basin Back to Pliocene Time” and “Sandy Facies at ODP Site 893 in the Santa Barbara Basin and Implications of Proposed Drilling by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program.”

Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services, gave a peer-reviewed presentation titled “Advocating for Institutional Change: When Individual Counseling Is Not Enough” at the American College Personnel Association Annual Convention held in Washington, D.C., on March 30. She also chaired a peer-reviewed symposium titled “Research Implications: Social Justice in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Communities of Color” at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit held in New Orleans on Jan. 15.

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, recently saw her 24th book published by Libraries Unlimited. Titled Your School Library: Check It Out!, this book defines and models the ways the school library program and the library staff performs the important work of education that the school community does every day. The book is targeted to teachers and school administrators to use in staff development activities or to professors to use with preservice teachers. Over spring break, Farmer conducted a five-day workshop on information literacy instruction for academic and public librarians at Al Ain University in the United Arab Emirates.

Teresa Fiore, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, was visiting professor at NYU and Rutgers University while on leave for 2008-09. She offered graduate seminars on her research topics (emigration from and immigration to Italy) and launched student research projects on public digital platforms (i-Italy and El Ghibli) and local archive databases (Ellis Island Museum). Her article “La Sicilia come metafora dell’emigrazione negli scritti di Leonardo Sciascia” was recently published in a monographic volume on Sciascia (Il Giannone), including contributions by major Italian writers (Andrea Camilleri) and critics (Salvatore Silvano Nigro). Her book review of Altri stranieri edited by Silvia Contarini just appeared in Italian Culture (May 2009). In January, she was elected vice president of the American Italian Historical Association and appointed book review editor for Altreitalie, the main journal on Italian international migrations.

Ingrid M. Martin, Marketing, published her research titled “An Application of Terror Management Theory in the Design of Social and Health-Related Anti-Smoking Appeals” with Michael Kamins. The article is forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Behavior.

Charles May, English, has a short story titled “This is Me” in the summer issue of Appalachian Heritage published at Berea College, Berea, Ky.

Fred Neely, 49er Shops Inc., has earned the designation of Certified Collegiate Retailer (CCR) given by the National Association of College Stores, a mark of distinction earned only by those who have demonstrated the representative knowledge essential to success in college store management, expertise on collegiate retailing issues and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. To achieve the CCR credential, candidates must pass a comprehensive four-hour examination on the core knowledge and management functions of collegiate retailing including store operations and financial management, course materials and intellectual property, general retailing concepts and practices, marketing and campus relations, leadership and business stewardship.

José Sánchez-H., Film and Electronic Arts, wrote a chapter for the book International Film Guide 2009, published in the UK by Wallflower Press. The book is distributed in the U.S. by Columbia University Press, which describes the book as the most authoritative and trusted source of information on contemporary world cinema. Promotion of the book includes major international films festivals such as Berlin, Cannes and Tribeca, where thousands of copies are disseminated to filmmakers from all over the world.

Anna Sandoval, Chicano and Latino Studies, published Toward a Latina Feminism of The Americas: Repression and Resistance in Chicana and Mexicana Literature from the University of Texas Press. She also co-presented with Hope Lamb “‘Why Don’t I Look Like My Parents?’: Transracial Adoption in the Salinas Valley” at the annual meeting of the National Association for Ethnic Studies in San Diego.

Ron Schmidt, Political Science, published a book chapter titled “Vers un pluralisme culturel viable: le rôle de la migration internationale” (“Toward a Sustainable Cultural Pluralism: The Role of International Migration”), in François Crépeau, Delphine Nakache, and Idil Atak, eds., Les migrations internationales contemporaines: Une dynamique complexe au cœur de la globalization (Contemporary International Migration: Complex Dynamics at the Heart of Globalization) (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2009), pp. 309-324.

Clifton Snider, English, has new book of poems, Aspens in the Wind, published by Chiron Review Press.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s Studies, appeared on WBAI New York City Pacifica Radio in April discussing her book, “Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power (Routledge). She also served as a guest author in the Huffington Post on May 8. In her article, titled “Hip to Strip: Or Is It Time for Men to Stop Watching?,” Tarrant does not demand that men stop watching naked women parade around in Lucite heels. The real point, she argues, is that it’s time for men to expand their repertoire and start asking some hardcore questions about why men watch. The real question is not a supply-side issue. It’s about the demand.

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, in April successfully completed the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association’s (EAGALA) Level II Certification for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, published an essay on “Dance” in A Companion to Aesthetics, 2nd ed. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), pp. 76-78. She also presented these papers: “Theft versus Transformation in Art,” American Philosophical Association, Philadelphia, Dec. 28, and “Great Artists Steal: Jeff Koons Transforms,” American Society for Aesthetics National Meeting, Northampton, Mass., Nov. 7. She refereed articles for Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle and The Journal of Ethics. In addition, she has been elected member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the American Philosophical Association–Pacific Division, to a three-year term running 2009-12.

Althea Waites, Cole Conservatory of Music, completed a residency at Haverford College during the week of April 27-May 1. She gave a recital featuring rarely heard works by African-American and Latin-American composers, a master class for music students, and an interview for WRTI public radio in Philadelphia. Curt Cacioppo and the Department of Music hosted the residency as part of his seminar on “American Roots.” Waites also published an article titled “Thoughts and Reflections: Making the Case for African-American Composers” for the May edition of the KUSC newsletter.

Skyne Uku Wertimer, Africana Studies, presented a juried paper titled “The International Dimensions of Crimes Against Humanity: Ethnic Cleansing, Genocide and Pogrom” at the International Studies Association’s 50th Annual Convention held in New York City on Feb. 15-18 under the theme “Exploring the Past: Anticipating the Future.” She also coordinated and presented a paper titled “An Overview of the Organization of African Unity and the African Union” on April 16 at the Karl Anatol Center. This special forum was a part of the Black History Month activities sponsored by Africana Studies titled “The African Union Vision: Balancing the Past with the Present” with the motto “Twaweza: We Can Make It Happen.”