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Laurels: October 2013

Published: October 15, 2013

Richard Behl, Geological Sciences, and six of his graduate students and post-doctorate students from the Department of Geological Sciences, made seven presentations at the 2013 meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Pacific Section. Behl also led two field trips, one with graduate student Heather Strickland and co-led a workshop. Behl co-authored two peer-reviewed papers published in the journal Paleoceanography titled “Millennial-Scale Variability to 735 ka: High-Resolution Climate Records from Santa Barbara Basin, CA” and “Quantified Intermediate Water Oxygenation History of the NE Pacific: A New Benthic Foraminiferal Record from Santa Barbara Basin.”

Boak Ferris, English, saw the publication of his formal article, “The Linguistics and Neuroscience of Superior Athletic Performances,” Sept. 1, in the World Players of Handball Online Magazine. He also presented an intensive fiction-writing workshop titled “Write Immortal Modern Fiction” to the California Writers Club of Long Beach” on Sept. 14.

Christine L. Jocoy, Geography, presented “Green Urban Growth Machines? The Case of Playa Vista, CA,” to the Lake Tahoe, CA, annual meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers in September. In addition, she served as chair of the Urban Geography paper session at the meeting.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, gave keynote lectures titled “Advancing Black and Human History: Holding Cultural Ground in Contemporary times,” University of Cincinnati, Feb. 1; “Cherishing and Choosing Life: Black Ethical and Cultural Engagement with the Issues of HIV/AIDS” for the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and Black History Month, Center for African American Ministries and This Far by Faith on Campus and Cultural Center, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Feb. 9; and “Malcolm X, Martyrdom and the Movement: Commitment, Sacrifice and Struggle,” African American Cultural Center, Los Angeles, Feb. 24. He also conducted a seminar on “Rites of Passage for Young Black Males,” National Association of Kawaida Organizations and New Reformation Lutheran Church, Chicago, Feb. 9.

Paul Laris, Geography/Environmental Science And Policy, made a presentation to the annual meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers at Lake Tahoe, Calif., in September. The talk was titled, “Native Invader or Facilitator? Coyote Brush Invasion of Southern California Grasslands.”

Christine M. Rodrigue, Geography, presented a paper, “Geographers on Mars,” to the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers annual meeting, Lake Tahoe, Calif., in September.

Victor Rodriguez, Chicano and Latino Studies, led a two-hour seminar titled “Developing Antiracist Leadership in Higher Education” for the provost and academic leadership of Valley City State University in North Dakota (UND) on April 19. With UND’s Amy Philips, he co-led 20 faculty members in a four-day seminar titled “Infusing Multicultural Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum” at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., on May 14-17. He also co-led with Willamette University’s Emily Drew a two-and-a-half-day seminar on anti-racism and youth leadership for student leaders from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minn. The peer-reviewed journal CENTRO from Hunter College requested an English film review essay of a documentary in Spanish about pro-independence politics in Puerto Rico. The review of “Dialogando Sobre Independentismos Parte I y II 1890-1980” will appear in CENTRO Journal of the Center of Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY, Spring 2014.

Deborah Thien, Geography, gave a paper, “Trauma and Her (Military) Sisters: A Select Geography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” The presentation was at the September meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Suzanne P. Wechsler, Geography, was invited by the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) to describe the new CSULB M.S. GIS degree program at a special session on Masters of Science in Geographic Information Systems. The special session was held at the APCG annual meeting at Lake Tahoe, Calif., in September.