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Laurels: May 2011

Published: May 16, 2011

Jennifer Asenas, Communication Studies, mentored students on a paper for the Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference held April 16 at San Jose State University. The paper was co-authored by Rachel Weick and Chris Armas on the topic “An Analysis of Incongruities Amongst Alejandro’s Eccentric Army.”

Hyowon Ban, Geography, and Ohio State’s Ola Ahlqvist presented “Geographical Counterpoint: Understanding Choreographic Information Using Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Geovisualization” before the April meetings of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) in Seattle. While Ban was at the AAG, she also gave a panel presentation to the special session, “Establishing Identity of Geographic Features: A Special Focus on Controversies in Naming the Sea Between Korea and Japan.”

Rick Behl, Geological Sciences, published an invited commentary piece in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled “Glacial Demise and Methane’s Rise.”

Houri Berberian, History, delivered a lecture as part of the four-part Armenian Studies spring 2011 seminar series “Between Nations and States: Armenian Nationalism(s) Past and Present” co-sponsored by the Armenian Center and the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

Donna Binkiewicz, History, published an article titled “Interns at Public History Sites: Learning Historiography in Real Time” in Perspectives on History, the news magazine of the American Historical Association, Vol. 49:4 (April).

Amy Bippus and JR Abrams, Communication Studies, have in press an article on an intergroup investigation of disparaging humor to be published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

Norman Carter, Geography, gave a presentation, “The Art Walk as Housing Promotion: A Case Study in Los Angeles,” to the Seattle conference of the Association of American Geographers in April.

Karen Clippinger, Dance, co-authored a trade book with Rael Isacowitz titled Pilates Anatomy released by Human Kinetics publishers in March.

Vincent Del Casino, Hyowon Ban, Jacqueline Mills and Deborah Thien, Geography, along with Catherine Brooks, Communications Studies, presented “Mapping an Epidemic: HIV Disease and the Sexual Politics of Geoconfidentiality” to the Seattle conference of the Association of American Geographers in April. Del Casino also gave a panel presentation to the conference on “Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas by Denis Wood and Making Maps, Second Edition, by John Krygier and Denis Wood.”

Boak Ferris, Comparative World Literature and Classics/English, presented a paper titled “Faulkner’s Perverse Joke: A Rose for Emily” at the Comparative World Literature CSULB annual conference held April 13.

David Jacques, Theatre Arts, made his Royal Opera House debut in April as lighting designer for “The Tsar’s Bride” to be recorded in high definition for a Blu-Ray DVD.

Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, gave a presentation to the annual national conference of the Association of American Geographers in April in Seattle. Her presentation was titled “Redeveloping Military Bases: Not-for-profit Homeless Service Providers and the Local State.”

Kevin Johnson, Communication Studies, and Lisa Perks presented on “Erectile Dysfunction: Sarah Palin and ‘MLF’ Rhetoric” before the Eastern Communication Association Convention held April 13-17 in Baltimore.

John Jung, Psychology, the author of Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants, offered book talks and signings on April 2 before the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association in Long Beach; on April 9 at the Foster City Library; and on April 14 at the Monterey Park Library.

Barry Lavay, Kinesiology, co-presented with Chico State’s Rebecca K. Lytle and CSU San Bernardino’s HK Oh on the topic “How Do You Know What’s Working: Accountability in University APE Programs” before the 2011 American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Dance (AAHPED) National Conference. At the conference Lavay and the Kinesiology Department were saluted at the conference during the AAPAR Recognizing Outstanding Leaders Evening as one of the award recipients for the Tommy Wilson Grant that will go toward scholarships for the Camp Nugget Junior Counselor program

Christopher T. Lee, Geography, gave an invited panel presentation in April to the Association of American Geographers annual national conference in Seattle. The special session was titled “NSF IGERT, GK-12, PIRE, REU, and GDEP Grants: Strategies for Successful Proposals and Projects That Can Boost Your Research and Strengthen Your Department.”

Suzanne Marshall, Family and Consumer Services, saw the publication of her book Individuality in Personal Appearance and Dress, in its seventh edition from Prentice Hall. Her co-authors include Hazel Jackson, Fashion Merchandising and Design (Emeriti) and Sue Stanley, Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Betsy McEneaney, Sociology, was named a Teagle Teaching and Learning Scholar for 2010-12 as part of the Council for Aid to Education’s Collegiate Learning Assessment Project. McEneaney is one of five scholars who will oversee Performance Task Academies at college and university campuses across the country. Over the next two years, she also will participate in the association’s Critical Think Tank, an interdisciplinary group asked to formulate new ways to use performance tasks to improve students’ critical thinking skills. McEneaney has used performance tasks, which are problems or projects based on a real-world scenario, in her Data Analysis course as well as other courses in sociology.

Najib Redouane, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, published a book of poetry titled Le murmure des vagues from the Rome-based Aracne Editrice in 2011, 80 p., and co-edited (with Y. Bénayoun-Szmidt), L’œuvre romanesque de Gérard Étienne: É(crits) d’un révolutionnaire, Paris, Éditions L’Harmattan, 2011, 254 p. He also wrote two articles titled “Les fruits du cyclone: La géopoétique des Antilles et la littérature-monde de Daniel Maximin ou un aperçu à la loupe du paradis raté” in Cinematographic Art and Documentation. Review of Cinematographic Studies, Nr. 2 (6), Nouvelles séries, 2010, Doina Rusti (Éd), Visual Culture Centre, Hyperion University, Faculté des arts, Bucarest, Roumanie, pp. 46-48, “Clichés de la sexualité et figures métonymiques de la féminité dans Pourquoi nous aimons les femmes de Mircea Cartarescu” in Communication interculturelle et littérature, No. 4 (12) / 2010, Représentations de la féminité dans l’espace culturel francophone, Alina Crihana (s. la dir.), Vol. I, Editura Europlus, Université “Dunarea de Jos” de Galati, Roumanie, pp. 17-22. In addition, he delivered a keynote speech at the International Conference Paradigms of Chinese Culture – Background Values and the Image of Civilization, held at ULIM,Chisinãu, Moldava, March 4. The title of the conference was “China and the Western World: Differences, Divergences, Complimentarity.”

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, presented on the topic “Nearest Neighbor Analysis, Regression, and Secondary Crater Prospecting on Mars” to the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held in The Woodlands, Texas, in March.

Dmitrii Sidorov, Geography, gave a presentation, “Localizing and Visualizing Civilizational Geopolitics: Ilya Glazunov’s Painting Eternal Russia” to the Association of American Geographers annual national conference in April held in Seattle. He also gave a panel presentation to the “Critical Biographies of Post-Communist Cities 3: Legacies and Current Trajectories.”

Craig Smith, Center for First Amendment Studies, attended a national summit sponsored by the Ford Foundation on the topic “The “Difficult Dialogues Initiative” on April 11-12, in Washington, D.C. Smith was one of only 24 experts invited to participate in the summit on campus First Amendment issues.

Deborah Thien, Geography, presented “Welcome Home Our Military Sisters: Sexual Difference, Emotion and (Post) Traumatic Spaces for Female Veterans with PTSD” to the Association of American Geographers annual conference held in Seattle this April. She also gave a panel presentation in the special commemorative session, “For Julie Graham: Celebrating Julie Graham’s Contributions and Exploring the Future of her Work.” Additionally, she organized four special sessions: “Gendered Cultures,” “Gendered Politics,” “Rethinking, Redressing and Reclaiming Gendered Knowledges” and “Rural Women’s Livelihoods.”

Skyne Uku Wertimer, Africana Studies, presented a juried paper titled “The Emerging Transnational Terrorism and Crimes: The Post-Cold War Threats to Global Collective Security” at the International Studies Association’s 52nd Annual Convention held in Montreal, Quebec, March 16-19 on the theme “Global Governance – Political Authority in Transition.”