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Laurels: September 2009

Published: September 15, 2009

Hyowon Ban, Geography, together with Ola Ahlqvist, Ohio State, recently published “Representing and Negotiating Uncertain Geospatial Concepts” in the journal Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.

Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services, chaired a peer-reviewed session titled “Research Implications: Intersections of Race, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” at the 2009 American Psychological Association Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada, held on Aug. 6. Chun also presented a peer-reviewed paper titled “How Do Margins Intersect: Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” at the convention on Aug. 8.

Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, together with Janice Monk, University of Arizona, published a chapter titled “Career Planning: Personal Goals and Professional Contexts” in the Pearson educational anthology titled Aspiring Academics edited by M. Solem, K. Foote and J. Monk.

Paul Laris, Geography, together with Christian Kull, Monash University, published a chapter titled “Fire Ecology and Fire Politics in Mali and Madagascar” in the Springer-Praxis anthology, Tropical Fire Ecology: Climate Change, Land Use and Ecosystem Dynamics edited by M. Cochrane.

Beth Lau, English, published an edited collection of essays titled Fellow Romantics: Male and Female British Writers, 1790-1835 (Ashgate 2009). The book explores similarities and fruitful interactions between male and female British writers of the Romantic period, instead of emphasizing gender differences as is commonly done. In addition to editing the collection, Lau contributed the introduction and two of the 10 essays; the other eight were written by distinguished American and British scholars.

Joanne Tortorici Luna, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, had a peer-reviewed article titled “Help for the Healer” published in Strides, 15, 2, in July. She also presented the invited paper “MS Emergency Services Administration Program and the Volunteer Crisis Resource Team (VCRT): A Service Learning Innovation for Emergency Preparedness and Response” (co-author Koval, J.) at the Council for Emergency Management and Homeland Security Summit in Long Beach in June.

Lionel Mandy, Africana Studies, presented a paper titled “The I AM Model of Afrikan/Black Male Identity Development: Theory and Practice” at the annual conference of the Association of Black Psychologists, held in Atlanta.

Jacqueline W. Mills, Geography, recently published an article titled “Spatial Decision Support in a Post-Disaster Environment: A Community-Focused Approach” in the journal, Cartographica. Mills was the lead author of an article titled “The Clearinghouse Concept: A Model for Geospatial Data Centralization and Dissemination in a Disaster” in the journal Disasters. Mills also published a review of the book Geospatial Analysis: A Comprehensive Guide to Principles, Techniques and Software Tools, second edition by Michael J. de Smith, Michael F. Goodchild, and Paul A. Longley. The review appeared in the journal Transactions in GIS.

Ron Schmidt, Political Science, published a book chapter titled “English Hegemony and the Politics of Ethno-Linguistic Justice in the U.S.” in Language Allegiances and Bilingualism in the US edited by M. Rafael Salaberry, (Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2009), pp. 132-150. He also presented a paper titled “Assessing What’s at Stake in Approaches to Immigrant Settlement Policy: A Framework for Comparative Analysis” at the 2009 World Congress of the International Political Science Association, in Santiago, Chile, held July 16.

Ray Stefani, Electrical Engineering, chaired a session and presented a paper “Beijing in Perspective” at the European College of Sport Science conference held in Oslo, Norway, June 24-27.

Norma Tarrow, College of Education, had an article published in the social science journal HAGAR, Vol. 8 (2), Winter 2008, published by Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel in a special issue devoted to Bedouin-Arab Society in the Negev/Naqab. Tarrow’s article is titled “Human Rights and Education: The Case of the Negev Bedouin.” Tarrow also presented a paper based on the article at the Comparative and International Education annual conference held in Charleston, SC, in March.

Deborah Thien, Geography, published a chapter titled “Death and Bingo: The Royal Canadian Legion’s Unexpected Spaces of Emotion” in the Ashgate anthology, Emotion, Place, and Culture edited by M. Smith, J. Davidson, L. Cameron, and L. Bondi. Thien, together with Neil Hanlon, University of Northern British Columbia, published an article titled “Feminist Perspectives on Care and Place” in the journal Gender, Place, and Culture. Together with Holly Dolan, University of Victoria, Thien published an article titled “Relations of Care: A Framework for Placing Women and Health in Rural Communities” in the Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Judith Tyner, Geography, in the spring gave a talk, “Bloody Maps,” to the Exchange Club, Long Beach Chapter.

Donna Wares, Journalism, and Rick Rickman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Orange County photographer, are co-authors of The Wonder Years: Portraits of Athletes Who Never Slow Down. The book is a collection of portraits and stories from a cast of senior athletes and former Olympians. Published this summer by Chronicle Books, The Wonder Years includes a foreword written by figure skating legend Peggy Fleming and 100 color photographs. Browse an excerpt from the book at

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, published “State Promotion of Consumerism in Safavid Iran: Shah Abbas I and Royal Silk Textiles” in the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing 1 (2), 2009, 295-317. An earlier article, “Food Marketing and Obesity in Developing Countries: Analysis, Ethics, and Public Policy,” published in the Journal of Macromarketing 27 (June), 2007, 126-137, recently won the 2009 Charles C. Slater Award for the most significant contribution to the Journal, v 27-28.

Angela D. Wranic, Geography, together with Osvaldo Muñiz-Solar, Texas State San Marcos, published a refereed article titled, “Composite Learning Objects in Geographical Sciences: Experience from On-Line Collaboration” in the Proceedings of the Latin American Conference on Learning Objects, October 2008, Aguascalientes, Mexico: 205-211.