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Laurels: December 2009 / January 2010

Published: January 15, 2010

Donna Binkiewicz, History, has her article “Directions in Arts Policy History” in the Journal of Policy History, 21:4 (Autumn 2009)

Al Colburn, Science Education, presented “If ‘Statistics Say…,’ Is It True?” before the annual meeting of the California Science Teachers Association.

Stephen Cooper, English, had his short story, “Crow,” published in The LBJ: Avian Life, Literary Arts (Fall 2008). On June 11, at the Skirball Cultural Center, he read the story as part of the 16th Annual Publication Party of the Writers’ Program of UCLA Extension. Cooper’s review of Queen Calafia’s Paradise: California and the Italian American Novel by Kenneth Scambray appeared in Italian Americana (Winter 2009). On April 7, at the Armand Hammer Museum, Cooper participated in a panel discussion “Celebrating John Fante” sponsored by the Zócalo Public Square Lectures series and moderated by National Endowment for the Arts Literature Director David Kipen. On April 8, the Los Angeles Times published Cooper’s op-ed essay “John Fante’s Great Gift to Los Angeles.” On April 13, the UCLA Daily Bruin quoted Cooper in a front-page article on the acquisition by UCLA’s Department of Special Collections of the John Fante Archive. On May 21, Southern California Public Radio 89.3 KPCC-FM reported on Cooper’s work in preserving the papers of this seminal Los Angeles writer. To help mark the 2009 centenary of Fante’s birth, Cooper took part as an invited panelist and celebrant at the Aug. 21-23 “Festival Letterario Dedicato a John Fante: Il Dio di Mio Padre” in Torricella Peligna, Italy. “Remembering John Fante,” a photo-essay feature including an introduction by Cooper and his interview with Fante’s late son, Nick Fante, appeared in the September issue of Malibu Magazine. On Oct. 13, the Los Angeles City Council voted to proclaim the intersection of 5th Street and Grand Avenue, site of the Central Los Angeles Public Library, “John Fante Square.” On Oct. 31, at the American Italian Historical Association conference in Baton Rouge, Cooper gave a presentation, “John Fante in the Library,” as part of the “John Fante at 100” panel organized by CSULB’s Teresa Fiore. On Nov. 12, at the historic Clifton’s Cafeteria on Broadway, he led a public discussion of John Fante’s life, works and legacy for the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk series of salons. Cooper’s interview with Polish filmmaker Irek Dobrowolski appears as a special insert in the 2009 DVD edition of Dobrowolski’s award-winning 2006 Auschwitz documentary, The Portraitist.

Teresa Fiore, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, delivered two lectures – “Neworld: In-progress National Formations and Trans-national Emigrant Travels” and “Sam Rodia’s Watts Towers: Italian Immigration and the Art of Building in California” – respectively, at CSU Chico (Nov. 9) and San Diego State University (Nov. 18). Also, she presented two conference papers: “The Heterotopic Emigrant Ship as a Drifting Nation in Crialese’s Film Golden Door” at PAMLA (Pacific Ancient Modern Language Association) in San Francisco (Nov. 7) and “Italian American/Italophone Cultures in the Italian Curriculum: Theories, Practices” at ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in San Diego (Nov. 19). At the American Italian Historical Association conference in Baton Rouge, La. (Oct. 30-31), she participated in the round table “Reconceptualizations of Italian American Literary Studies” and organized the panel “Fante at 100: Readings and Proposals,” featuring Stephen Cooper from the English Dept. at CSULB.

Susan Gomez-Zwiep, Science Education, presented “Sinking and Floating: Surfacing the Math Behind Density” before the recent annual meeting of the California Science Teachers Association with David Harris of Escondido Unified School District.

Darwin Hall, Economics, had two articles published in 2009. The first was “Politically Feasible, Revenue Sufficient and Economically Efficient Municipal Water Rates,” Contemporary Economic Policy. Published Online: June 22, 2009, Vol. 27, No. 4, October 2009, pp. 539-554. This paper generalizes a model of public choice to identify and design more efficient policies so that they are politically feasible (refereed). The second piece was titled “Prescriptive Public Choice: Application to Residential Water Rate Reform,” Contemporary Economic Policy. Published Online: June 3, 2009 Vol. 27, No. 4, October 2009, pp. 555-565. This paper applies the model in the paper above to design more efficient and politically feasible residential water rates based on the author’s experience as an appointed member of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Rates and subsequently as an appointed member of Los Angeles Mayor James Riordan’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Water Rates for the City of Los Angeles (refereed).

Laura Henriques, Science Education, recently attended the annual meeting of the California Science Teachers Association where she presented “Using Exciting Online Resource Tools in STEM Teaching” with her graduate student Meredith Ashbran and colleagues from CSU Fresno.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, published an article titled “Black/Africana Studies at 40: Its Roots, Range and Relevance,” (Oct. 29), “Celebrating Nkrumah’s Centenary: Reflections on His Unfolding Legacy,” (Sept. 29), “Us at 44: Remembrance, Reflections and Reaffirmation”, (Sept. 11) at Humanities Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online), ( and “The Death of Derrion Albert: Living and Dying in America,” The Final Call, 29, 4, (Nov. 3). Also, he was a presenter at a plenary session on “Ethnic Studies in the UC, CSU and Community College System” at the conference in “Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: Race, Resistance and Relevance,” College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, Oct. 7.

Jim Kisiel, Science Education, presented “More than Books and Bean Sprouts—Encouraging Students’ Scientific Thinkin,’” before the annual meeting of the California Science Teachers Association.

Lionel Mandy, Africana Studies, presented a paper titled “The I AM Model of Afrikan/African/Black Male Identity Development” at the ninth annual Diversity Challenge conference of The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture held at Boston College from Oct. 22-24.

Catherine Martin-Dunlop, Science Education, saw the publication of her manuscript “Scientist – Science Educator Collaborations: Do They Improve Students’ Understandings of the Nature of Science?” in the Journal of College Science Teaching. This research explores the undergraduate non-science major’s use of a wildlife biologist’s data base as part of a science capstone course. Findings suggest that students analyzing the data base better understood that science is a creative process and reported significantly greater enjoyment of science lessons than those in classes that did not use the scientist’s database.

William A. Mulligan, Journalism, gave an invited paper presentation at the National College Media Advisers Convention, Austin, Texas, Oct. 28-Nov. 1. The paper, “Where Do We Go Next? Impact of Internet and Economy on Student News Media,” addressed the impact of the Internet and the economy on news media in the age of convergence, with a focus on student publications. News media convergence background was reviewed and the paper reported the results of a nationwide survey on the status of U.S. college and university newspapers and provided possible recommendations to combat the “news-should-be-free” mentality that has developed in our society with the Internet.

Eric Ruskin, Dance, has written a new music score for choreography by Dance’s Lorin Johnson. The new work titled “Shadow Play” premiered in the Martha Knoebel Dance Theater at CSULB on Nov. 18 and continued through Nov. 21. Ruskin joined Dance in 1980.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, published “New Blouse, New House, I Need a New Spouse: The Politics of Transformation and Identity in Television Makeover and Swap Shows” in Fix Me Up: Essays on Television Dating and Makeover Shows, ed. Judith Lancioni, McFarland, 2009. In October, she was an invited speaker for Emerson College’s Honors Lecture Series at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and at Occidental College. In November, Tarrant was a plenary speaker at the First National Conference for Campus-Based Men’s Gender Equality and Anti-Violence Groups held at St. John’s University in Minnesota. Her article about this conference appears in Ms. Magazine’s Web exclusive.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, published a review of Three Essays on Religion by John Stuart Mill, edited by Louis J. Matz, in the Notre Dame Philosophical Review, September ( She presented a paper, “Yes, But is it Vandalism?” at the national meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics, Denver, Oct. 22. At the Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress held in Boulder in August, she was the commentator on a paper titled “Fashion Models and Moral Realists” and presented a poster session on “The Ethics of Archeology.” She also refereed articles for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism and Hypatia.

Angela Wranic, Geography, recently co-authored a publication with S. Houlton, C.W. Cooper, S. Fuhrman, J.L. Ostling and C. Perry titled “Assessing 3-D Web-Mapping and Topographic Maps in Physical Geographic Education: Proceedings of the Applied Geography Conference 2009.”