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Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award Winners

Published: July 15, 2009

This year’s Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award winners are:

Xianhui Bu
Chemistry and Biochemistry
In just six years at CSULB, Xianhui Bu has developed an impressive research record, possibly producing more publications as an assistant professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry than anyone in the department’s history.


Bu, a materials chemist with a concentration in the area of microporous materials, has published 40 papers with five more submitted. His papers have appeared in some of the most prestigious chemistry journals, including Inorganic Chemistry, the prestigious Angewandte Chemie (Applied Chemistry) and the highly respected Chemical Communications. These would be remarkable achievements for a chemist in a Ph.D. institution — it is even more extraordinary for someone at a CSU campus.

Bu’s lab includes six undergraduate and four graduate students as well as a postdoctoral researcher. Each of his students has authored at least one publication.

Bu has received a number of prestigious awards, including one of the 2009 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. Last year he was one of five national winners of the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award presented by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The $60,000 award recognizes faculty members from U.S. bachelor’s and master’s colleges who “have demonstrated leadership in original scholarly research of outstanding quality with undergraduates, and excellence and dedication in undergraduate education.” In 2008 he received the university’s first Provost’s Award for Impact Accomplishment of the Year in Research, Scholarly, or Creative Activity for his research in preventing medicines from producing harmful side effects.

Dennis G. Fisher
Center for Behavioral Research and Services
Since August 2000, Dennis Fisher has served as the director of the Center for Behavioral Research and Services, an entirely grant-funded operation with an annual budget of approximately $1 million. Since he was appointed director, Fisher has authored 19 grants or contracts funded for a total of $11.9 million (including multiple-year grants that extend past 2009).


Fisher has been very active in the Long Beach community and has represented the university in the Long Beach healthcare professional community. Under his leadership, the center has expanded its presence in the downtown Long Beach area, conducting high quality research on health-related topics and providing services to a high-need population.

Since 2000, Fisher has published 62 journal articles and four book chapters, given 41 oral conference presentations, and 77 poster sessions at national or international conferences, including two all-expense-paid plenary presentations. All of these works have been in collaboration with colleagues and/or students. He has also served as reviewer for several federal grant programs.

Fisher has been an active member of many professional organizations including the American Psychological Association and its divisions of Evaluation and Measurement, Addictive Behaviors, and Health Psychology; the American Public Health Association; the International Society for HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention; and the International Academy of Sex Research. He also serves on the editorial board of the journals AIDS and Behavior, Open Addiction Journal, Open AIDS Journal, and Pakistan Journal of Psychological Research.

Karen Clippinger
Karen Clippinger has made a significant contribution to the fields of dance and Pilates with her focus on scientific principles to enhance alignment and movement performance while lowering injury risk.

Clippinger, a professor in the Dance Department since 1998, has given more than 375 presentations worldwide and throughout the United States, including at conferences for the American College of Sports Medicine, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, and the Body Arts and Science International. She has taught workshops at numerous universities including the University of Calgary, the Cornish Institute of the Arts, Duke University and Stanford University. Clippinger has also authored numerous articles and chapters. She wrote an exercise column for Shape magazine for four years and served as one of the founding co-editor-in-chiefs of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, the most respected journal in the field. Her textbook Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology, released in 2007, received excellent reviews and has been adopted at many prestigious universities.

Clippinger helped design and is the advisor for the innovative Option in Dance Science within the B.A. Dance degree, which was introduced in fall 2003. She also serves as the coordinator for the Pilates studio located in the Dance Center and is actively involved in promoting high standards for certification of Pilates instructors.


Prior to her appointment at CSULB, Clippinger worked as a clinical kinesiologist for 22 years at Loma Linda University Medical Center and several sports medicine clinics in Seattle. She has worked with hundreds of dancers and performers including members of the Joffrey, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Cirque Du Soleil companies. She has also consulted for the U.S. Weightlifting Federation, U.S. Race Walking Team, Pacific Northwest Ballet and California’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Henry Yeh
Electrical Engineering
An expert in real-time digital signal processing, WiFi and WiMAX, adaptive systems and mobile communication networks, Henry Yeh has been dedicated to advancing his field through teaching and research with students.

Since he came to CSULB in 1983, Yeh has obtained more than $4 million in external funding for research, teaching support and equipment. He has more than 70 technical publications in the areas of signal processing, communications, and controls and has presented at more than 50 conferences. Yeh has been granted three U.S. patents, received five NASA JPL awards, and won the Aerospace Corp. Inventor’s Award. He conducted a scientific evaluation of research projects for the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation in 2007.


Yeh has been a leader in developing a vital part of the electrical engineering curriculum focused on digital signal processing –- technology that is used in today’s telecommunication industry. In addition, he has supervised three doctoral students, earning the Outstanding Adviser Award of the best dissertation in 1995. He has supervised 25 master’s theses and another 27 master’s students.

Yeh has been selected as a NASA JPL Summer Faculty Fellow twice. He was named as a Boeing Welliver Faculty Fellow in 2006 and was awarded the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching award by the College of Engineering in 2007.

Yeh has been a consultant for many companies including JPL, Texas Instruments, the Aerospace Corp. and AT&T. He has a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Victor Wang
Professional Studies
Victor C. X. Wang joined the faculty at CSULB in 2002 and has been the Professional Studies Department’s credential coordinator of career and technical education and adult education since 2005.

Wang’s research and writing activities have focused on workforce education, the foundations of adult education, adult teaching and learning, training, transformative learning, cultural issues in vocational and adult education, distance education, human performance technology and curriculum development. He has published more than 80 journal articles, book chapters and books during his seven years at CSULB and has been a reviewer for four national and international journals.

He serves as the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology and has won many academic achievement awards from universities in China and in the United States.


Wang taught extensively as a professor in Chinese universities prior to coming to study and work in the United States in 1997. He has taught adult learners English as a second language, Chinese, computer technology, vocational and adult education courses, research methods, administrative leadership, human resource management and curriculum development for the past 20 years in university settings.

Two of the books he has written and edited have been adopted as required textbooks by major universities in the United States, Saudi Arabia and China. In addition, numerous university libraries worldwide have cataloged his books and articles.

— Photos by Robert Freligh