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Laurels: October 2010

Published: October 15, 2010

Angela Aleiss, Business Communication, recently was asked to guest on BBC 3 Radio in a segment on Native American directors in early Hollywood films and will appear in the Canadian documentary “Reel Injun” (Native Americans in Hollywood) to be aired on PBS Nov 2.

John Jung, Psychology, presented a talk, “Chinese in the American South During the Era of Jim Crow Laws,” at the Monterey Park Library on Sept. 16 based on his books, Southern Fried Rice and Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton.

Ray Stefani, Electrical Engineering, presented the keynote speech “A World of Sports and Rating Systems” to the Tenth Australasian Conference on Mathematics and Computers in Sport, which met from July 5-7 in Darwin, Australia.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, appeared as a guest on AirTalk (KPCC 89.3FM) on Sept. 2 discussing whether pornography has hijacked our sexuality. Her article “Is Porn Racist?” appeared on on Aug. 19.

Tri C. Tran, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literature, recently saw the publication of his fifth book titled El Espanol Conversacional Para Vietnamitas from LangArts Publishing. This textbook is especially designed for Vietnamese-speaking students and adults. It is accompanied by an audio CD and based on the communicative approach used in foreign language teaching at most universities in the United States.

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, published an essay, “L’identité dans la danse: la quête chimérique de l’essentialisme et la promesse du pragmatisme” (“Identity in Dance: The Quixotic Quest of Essentialism and the Promise of Pragmatism”), translated into French by Julia Beauquel, in Philosophie de la Danse, edited by Julia Beauquel and Roger Pouivet (Rennes, France: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010), pp. 179-190.

Frederick Wegener, English, presented two papers at the 2009 Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia: “‘My Right to the Title of Physician:’ Representing the Woman Doctor in Kitty’s Choice,” for a panel on the 19th century American fiction-writer Rebecca Harding Davis, and “‘That Centralizing Weight of Association and Habit:’ The Value of Literary Landmarks in Edith Wharton’s Cultural Criticism.”

Julie Weise, International Studies, published an op-ed piece in the Sept. 2 Los Angeles Times on the topic of eliminating birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants. In her article, Weise argued that countries which have renounced birthright citizenship have experienced dragging economies, new forms of fraud, a disenfranchised underclass and children deported to places they never even visited.

Lora Wilson Mau, Dance, recently presented “Gene Expression and Neuroplasticity: Implications for Dance/Movement Therapy and Alzheimer’s Disease” at the 45th Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association in Brooklyn, NY.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, published “A Brief History of Frugality Discourses in the United States” in Consumption, Markets and Culture (September 2010), pp. 235-258.