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Laurels: February 2015

Published: February 2, 2015

Kirstyn Chun, Counseling and Psychological Services/Division of Student Services, delivered a peer-reviewed presentation, “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Managing Stalking Threats at Institutions of Higher Education” within a symposium titled “Identifying Potential Campus Threats: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Threat Assessment and Management” with colleagues from UCLA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the University of California Student Mental Health Best Practice Conference in Los Angeles in September.

Brent C. Dickerson, Mathematics and Statistics, authored the foreword for Le Livre des Roses by Daniel Lemonnier, published in April by Belin (Paris). This foreword (in French) was published independently, accompanied by an English translation, in the autumn 2014 issue of the periodical Roses Anciennes en France (Lyon, France). Dickerson, who is not only a longtime member of CSULB but who graduated from CSULB in 1977, is known for his research and publications on the history and development of roses from 1790-1920, and most recently published a book on Southern California history in the pre-Yankee era.

Stan Finney, Geological Sciences, in his role as chair of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, was invited by the Servicio Geológico Colombiano to visit Colombia in order to advise Colombian geologists on establishing a Stratigraphic Commission on Stratigraphy. In addition, he gave two lectures titled “The International Commission on Stratigraphy: 50 Years of International Collaboration and Cooperation” and “The ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch: Scientific Decision or Political Statement”. Finney’s Colombian colleagues also guided him on a three-day geological excursion in the northern Andes Mountains.

Shira Tarrant, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, was a radio guest on AirTalk, KPCC 89.3-FM, Los Angeles, on Nov. 10 discussing “How Celebrity Women Going ‘Au Naturel’ Impacts Female Body Image.”

Julie Van Camp, Philosophy, has been elected to a five-year term as executive director and secretary-treasurer of the American Society for Aesthetics. She published three essays in the new second edition of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford, 2014) on “The Ontology of Dance,” “National Endowment for the Arts: History” and “National Endowment for the Arts: Controversies.” She also refereed manuscripts for the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal and the University of Chicago Press.

Maria Viera, Theatre Arts, Tom Blomquist and Kevin O’Brien, Film and Electronic Arts, have won an International Cinema In Industry Gold CINDY Award from the Association of Audio Visual Communicators, which honors theatrical, broadcast, non-broadcast and interactive media professionals from 12 regions across the globe. Viera was producer of the corporate communication video, “Missed Communication,” for Skaz Productions. Blomquist served as director and O’Brien was cinematographer. “Missed Communication” previously won a regional Gold CINDY Award and Blomquist was singled out for Special Achievement Honors in Directing.