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Laurels: October 2016

Published: October 3, 2016

Stan Finney, Geological Sciences, has been elected Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). The IUGS is one of the largest non-governmental scientific organizations in the world with 121 nation members. Finney was elected to his new leadership position at the 35th International Geologic Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in September.

Robert D. Francis, Geological Sciences, recently saw the publication of his latest book titled Black Gold in California: The Story of the California Petroleum Industry by the California Independent Petroleum Association through HPNbooks.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, presented a paper titled “Us, Kawaida Philosophy and the Black Liberation Movement: A Critical Reading of the Revolutionary Record” and participated in a roundtable on “Reparations: An Update on the Movement” and served on a panel honoring a founding scholar of the NCBS titled “We Called Her Queen Mother: The Impact and Legacy of Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey” at the National Council for Black Studies Annual Conference, Charlotte, N.C., March 19, 17 and 19. He received “The Eme Visionary Award for Scholarship, Leadership and Community Engagement,” USC Black Alumni Association, University of Southern California, March 10. He also published two articles: “Contemplating Anna Julia Cooper: The Undisputed Dignity of Black Womanhood,” Aug. 4; and “Kinds and Colors of Loss and Grief: Problems of Unity Without Justice,” Part 1, July 21 and Part 2, July 28, Los Angeles Sentinel.

Nate Onderdonk, Geological Sciences, presented an invited lecture at the annual meeting of the Southern California Earthquake Center meeting on “Earthquake displacements and timing of events and Quincy and Mystic Lake, San Jacinto Fault.” He also co-authored with his graduate student Andrew Farris a presentation on “Quantifying Late Quaternary deformation in the Santa Maria Basin: A OSL, GPS and soil Chrono sequence based model for determining strath terrace deformation in the Zaca Creek drainage, Santa Barbara County.”

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