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Laurels: February 2011

Published: February 15, 2011

Mahyar Amouzegar, Electrical Engineering, has been named dean of the College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. Currently a professor and associate dean of research and development in CSULB’s College of Engineering, Amouzegar is also the director of the joint doctoral program at the university. He will begin his new position at Pomona in July.

Rick Behl, Geological Sciences, gave two invited lectures on new research into the Miocene Monterey Formation of California: one to the Los Angeles Geological Society on Oct. 28 and the other to the San Joaquin Geological Society, on Jan. 11. He also co-authored two presentations at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco in December: “Constraining the vertical movement of OMZ waters in Santa Barbara Basin for the past 15 ky” and “Evidence for millennial-scale oscillations to 735 ka utilizing high-resolution Quaternary climate records from Santa Barbara Basin, CA”.

Catherine F. Brooks, Communication Studies, was awarded a Top Three paper in Language and Social Interaction from the Western States Communications Association for her presentation titled “Self-Presentation and Group Connection: Analysis of Online Talk in the Classroom.” She presents the paper in Monterey, Calif., as part of the association’s annual meeting in February.

Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services, co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article titled “The Bisexual Youth of Color Intersecting Identities Development Model: A Contextual Approach to Understanding Multiple Marginalization Experiences” published in the Journal of Bisexuality in December.

Laura Henriques, Science Education, presented a workshop in October with Susan Gomez-Zwiep and Kathy DiRanna titled “Exploring the Evidence for Evolution” at the annual conference for the California Science Teacher Association held in Sacramento. At the same conference, she also presented with David Harris and Gomez-Zwiep “Measuring Up – Using Measurement to Build Conceptual Knowledge” as part of a workshop and hosted a welcome session with Tim Williamson and Dean Gilbert. She co-authored with Leslie Upson, Lisa Gross, Jeff Goodman and William Straits the article “Picture this!” in the December 2010 issue of Science and Children, 48(4), 52-56. She presented before the National Science Digital Library’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. on Nov. 2, with Melanie Galima, Jennifer Bradford and Gerry Hanley, on “Digital Resource Use by K-12 Teachers: Robert Noyce Scholars and the NSDL.”

John Jung, Psychology, spoke on ‘Reinventing yourself in retirement” at Leisure Village, Camarillo, Calif., Nov. 13; “How Chinese In America Endured to Build Their Own Gold Mountain” at Heritage Park Library, Irvine, Calif. Dec. 8.; “Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants,” Chinatown Library, San Francisco, Jan. 22; Main Library, San Francisco, Jan. 23; and Berkeley Chinese Community Church, Jan. 25; conducted a workshop, “Tiger Mothers vs. Chinese American Mayors: Which Will Have More Benefit on Mental Health of Chinese American Children,” California Department of Mental Health Early Mental Health Initiative Training Conference, San Diego, Jan. 27.

Terry Witkowski, Marketing, published an article titled “The Marketing Discipline Comes of Age, 1934-1936” in the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, pp. 370-396.