September 9, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 2


Honors and Awards

Mohammad "Mo" Qayoumi (Vice President for Administration and Finance) gave a commencement address at the American International School's seventh senior class commencement exercise in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, June 2002. During his trip, Qayoumi also served as chair of the Quality Assurance Advisory Group for United Arab Emirates University.

Alexis Krasilovsky (Cinema and Television Arts) created a video titled "Camp Terezin" that was selected for screening at Xfest 2002 in New York.

Elizabeth Sellers (Music) composed a compilation of classical and contemporary pieces for the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Braden Villanueva and Matt Monroe (Athletics) were awarded "Best In the Nation" for the men's and women's track and field collegiate athletic poster as judged by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Brian Leung (English) won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction for his manuscript "World Famous Love Acts." Sarabande Press will publish the book in 2004.

Tobias Gregory (English) was awarded the Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship for the 2002-2003 academic year from the American Council of Learned Societies for his book project "The Epic Supernatural: Divine Action in Renaissance Epic."

Dean Goetz (Matador Bookstore) won the Store Manager of the Year award for Follett.


Steven Oppenheimer (Biology) was editor of the Journal of Student Research Abstracts, Vol. 7, published by Pearson Education.

Steven Oppenheimer (Biology) had his paper, co-authored by seven of his students and one K-12 teacher, titled "Analysis of surface properties of fixed and live cells using derivatized agarose beads," published in the international journal, Acta histochemica, volume 104(1), page 99-106.

Carmelo Gariano (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures) had her article "Hito Narrativo de Montes-Huidobro" published in the cultural section of Diario Las Americas in June.

Steven Oppenheimer (Biology) along with 29 of his students and one K-12 teacher co-authored two papers, "Specificity of derivatized bead binding to human cancer cells" and "pH effects on fixed and live cell binding to derivatized agarose beads," that were published in the FASEB Journal, volume 16, number 5, p. A1200 and volume 16, number 4, p. A149, respectively.

Steven Oppenheimer (Biology), along with 18 of his students and one K-12 teacher as co-authors, had two poster papers titled "Specificity Assay for Cell Binding to Derivatized Beads" and "Bead Analysis of Sea Urchin Sperm" published in Developmental Biology, Volume 247: p. 478 and p. 503. They also presented the papers at the 61st annual meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology in July 2002.


Cynthia Desrochers (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching) and Cheryl Spector (English) gave a presentation titled "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow-Making Freshman Connections to Increase Graduation Rates at Cal State Northridge" at the 2002 Houghton Mifflin College Survival Student Success National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Susan Parker (University Library) gave a presentation at the U.S. Army Library Institute on Thu., April 25 in Oklahoma City titled "Return From Ruin: An Earthquake and the Remarkable Story of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge." The presentation featured photographs and narrative accounts of the library's six and half year period of recovery and reconstruction following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

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