December 9, 2002 Vol. VII, No. 8


Honors and Awards

Adele Scheele (Career Center) won the Los Angeles Business Journal's Women Who Make a Difference Award for her professional and community contributions. She was one of six local honorees that included California Controller Kathleen Connell and CSUN alumna Lynne Doll, president of the public relations firm Rogers and Associates.

Alyce Blackmon, Nancy Owen, Karen Robinette, Shirley Mask, Diane Lewis (Family Environmental Sciences), along with six Family Environmental Sciences students, toured the fashion industry in New York City this summer. The trip was intended for students to enhance their classroom studies and gain insights into the apparel and retail industries.

Anne Glavin (Public Safety) was one of two university police chiefs from California invited to attend the Fall 2002 Campus Law Enforcement Conference on WMD Terrorism in Washington, D.C. on December 45. The conference was a federal training program addressing homeland security issues.

Ari Soto (Engineering student) was honored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) for his community service activities and attended a special ceremony held at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. in September. Soto was one of two students invited to receive his $5,000 scholarship award in person.

Barbara Kroll (English) chaired a session on "Alternative Approaches to Inquiry" at Purdue University's Symposium on Second Language Writing. Following the event, the Michigan Press sponsored a reception for Kroll and her co-authors of the recently published "ESL Composition Tales: Reflections on Teaching."

Barbara Kroll (English) also created a web site for composition program instructors as part of a Beck grant-sponsored project, and she was invited to participate in the ACT's December planning session at its Iowa City headquarters. ACT will be developing a new direct writing assessment component to be added to their college entrance exam battery.

Ben Yaspelkis (Kinesiology) has been approved to receive a continuation award from the National Institutes of Health for the project titled "MBRS SCORE Program at CSUN" for his research on the effect of leptin on insulin signaling and metabolism. The MBRS SCORE program (Biomedical Research Support-Support of Continuous Research Excellence) renews funding based on successful program performance the previous year.

Charles Hatfield (English) served as the co-organizer of the seventh annual International Comic Arts Festival in Washington D.C. in early September. Hatfield served as academic coordinator for the festival, assembled panels and arranged plenary speeches.

David Whitwell (Music) was chosen as an ASCAP Award recipient for 20022003 based on the prestige value of his original compositions and performances. Whitwell also was the guest conductor for the National High School Band of Taichow at concerts in August in Taichow and Taipei, Taiwan.

Dennis Lopez (English graduate student) received the CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award for $3,000. Regina Clemens-Fox and Andrea Modarres each received $500 as honorable mention awards.

Elaine Blyler (Family Environmental Sciences) worked during the summer as a clinical dietitian at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, helping her keep current in nutrition therapy and hospital policies.

Evelyn McClave (English) has been elected co-treasurer of the International Society for Gesture Studies.

Fred Field (English) chaired a session on linguistic diversity at LASSO XXXI, the annual meeting of the Linguistics Association of the Southwest in October. Field also has been invited to be a guest researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany next summer.

Gary Sanderson and Sharaine Rawlinson (National Center on Deafness) used both English and American Sign Language to provide technical assistance to the Japanese Department of Education in a national telecast broadcast to four cities in Japan. They were also invited to meet with Tskuba Technical College President Nishijo Kazuhi.

Jack Lopez (English) won first place in the best literary short stories category of the Latino Hall of Fame awards for his short story collection "Snapping Lines."

Jackie Stallcup (English) was elected to the Book Award Committee for the Children's Literature Association.

Jolene Koester (University President) received the Armand Arabian Award on October 2 at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. The award is named after an associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and is given to honor those who unselfishly donate their time to public service.

Liviu Marinescu (Music) was the recipient of a $10,000 composition commission by the Fromm Music Foundation of Harvard University. The first-year faculty member has three years to complete the commission and may select what type of work it will be (solo, chamber, orchestral). He will be allowed an additional $3,000 for the group that performs the premier.

Ludwin Molina (Psychology) received his APA Doctoral Fellowship award at the American Psychology Association's August meeting in Chicago.

Martha Highfield (Health Sciences) was selected as faculty for the national Research Utilization in Cancer Nursing Short Course, Fall 2002, sponsored by the Oncology Nursing Society and National Cancer Institute.

Merri Pearson (National Center on Deafness) received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Central Washington University on October 25. The award is given to one alumna per year who has demonstrated significant professional accomplishments and who graduated less than 20 years ago.

Michele Wittig (Psychology) chaired the debate on "How Much Research is Needed Before Taking Action on a Social Issue" at the American Psychology Association's August meeting in Chicago.

Rick Mitchell (English) had his play "Ventriloquist $ex" performed by the Urban Ensemble group at the Cast Theater in Hollywood in October. Mitchell also won the 2002 Southwest Theater Association (SWTA) National New Play contest for his drama "Brecht in LA." Mitchell won a cash prize and the SWTA will present a staged reading performance of his drama in Oklahoma City during their annual conference.

Robert Noreen (English) has been appointed to the California English Language Arts Content Review Panel. The panel reviews the California Standards Test for eleventh graders and the Golden State Exams in Literature and Composition. Noreen also joined the English Language Arts review panel in September to select test items for the California Standards Test for grades two through eleven. He also chaired the English Proficiency Test (EPT) Development Committee meeting in San Francisco in September.

Scott Plunkett (Family Environmental Sciences) received the 2003 Rising Star Award from the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Oklahoma State University in recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments as a CHES alumni within the first 10 years of graduation. He also received the annual Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Award at a ceremony in November.

Shirley Svorny (Economics) was a guest on the KCRW 89.9 FM radio program "Which Way L.A." in September.

Susan Parker (University Library) facilitated a workshop titled "After the Storm: Collaboration to Restore Library Collections and Facilities Compromised by Disaster" at the 17th annual Conference of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Steven Oppenheimer (Biology) has been appointed to the editorial board of the international journal Acta Histochemica, which is published by Urban and Fischer Verlag of Germany.


Barbara Kroll (English) co-edited "ESL Composition Tales: Reflections on Teaching" published by the University of Michigan Press. The book features eight tales by composition teachers. Kroll's chapter is titled "What I Certainly Didn't Know When I Started."

Carmelo Gariano (Modern Languages and Literatures-retired) has had his novel "Oro Verde" published through the university press of Universidad Autonoma de Baja California and the academic consortium that sponsors La Frontera, a program supported by CSUN and other universities.

Cheryl Slobod's (English) poem, "Tender the Flame" will be published in the 2003 edition of The Peralta Press.

Claudia Fajardo-Lira (Family Environmental Sciences) co-authored the article "Measuring and Sensing a Complex Index of Refraction by Laser Reflection Near the Critical Angle" published in the Optical Engineering, 41:1704.

CSUN's Center on Disabilities had an article about the center's annual Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in Los Angeles published in Ability Magazine.

Donald Hall (English) had his book "The Academic Self: An Owner's Manual" published by Ohio State University Press. The book was featured as a hot type selection in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Hall provided a short overview of the book in an interview with the Boston Globe newspaper.

Dorothy Barresi (English) had her new book of poetry "Rough Pulp" published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The New York Times reviewed the book in its Oct. 27, 2002 edition. In addition, five of Barresi's poems appeared in the anthology, "The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture." Her poems "The Last Kennedy" and "Rooster" will appear in an upcoming issue of Pleiades.

Elizabeth Kessler (English) had her textbook "Hands Across Borders: A Multicultural Reader for Writers" and its accompanying instructors manual released for adoption by Longman Publishing Company.

Elyce Wakerman (English) had her essay "9/11: Expect the Unexpected" appear in the Sept. 27 issue of The Jewish Journal and her essay "Delivery Pains" in the Sept. 13 issue.

Fred Field (English) had his paper "SLA in Creole Genesis: The Role Processability" accepted for publication in a volume tentatively titled "Contacts Worldwide: Creole and Other Linguistic Output." Field also had his paper "Linguistic Borrowing in Bilingual Contexts" published by John Benjamins Publishing in their "Studies in Language Companion" series.

Irene Clark (English) had her book titled "Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing" published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Irene Clark (English) also had her book "Understanding World Conflict: An Argument/Reader for First Year Composition" published by Pearson Custom Publishing. The work was a collaborative effort with: Susan Caggiano, Esther Chua, Regina Clemens Fox, Garnet Gratton, Alexa Hunter-Agnew, Jeff Magnin, Andrea Modarres, Francien Rohrbacher, Caroline Russom, Mary Shannon and Anna Tripp.

Jack Solomon and Sonia Maasik (English) had the fourth edition of their book, "Signs of Life in the U.S.A.: Readings on Popular Culture for Writers" published by Bedford/ St. Martins. Solomon's book is the best-selling reader on popular culture and has been adopted at more than 600 schools nationally and internationally.

Jackie Stallcup (English) had her essay "Power, Fear and Children's Picture Books" published in this year's edition of "Children's Literature" from Yale University Press.

John Clendenning's (English) reviews of George Monteiro's "Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage" and Bill Brown's "The Material Unconscious" have been published in American Literature. His review of "Pagan Dreiser" by Shawn St. Jean was published in Dreiser Studies.

Joseph Galasso (English) will have his graduate dissertation "The Acquisition of Functional Categories" published by the Indiana University Linguistics Club in spring 2003.

Kenneth Klassen, Arundhati Kumar and Elzbieta Trybus (Systems & Operations Management) co-authored the article "Parking Needs Analysis for Multiple Facilities Using Multiple Lots" published in the October 2002 issue of The Service Industries Journal.

Louis Rubino (Health Sciences) co-authored the article "Emotional Intelligence: A Core Competency for Health Care Administrators" published in the June 2002 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Health Care Manager.

Richard Squires (Geological Sciences) had his paper titled "New Information on Late Cretaceous, Paleocene and Eocene Neritid Gastropods from the North American Pacific Slope" published in the Veliger, v. 45, No. 3, p. 177192, 40 figs.

Stephanie Satie (English) will have her play "Refugees" published by Samuel French.

Tony Arthur's (English) book "Literary Feuds: From Mark Twain to Tom Wolfe" will be published in November by St. Martins Publishing. The Book of the Month Club has announced it will be offering the book.


Claudia Fajardo-Lira (Family Environmental Sciences) co-authored and presented a paper titled "Antioxidant Capacity and Polyphenol Content of Black and Green Teas" at the Institute of Food Technologists' June meeting.

Cynthia Heiss (Family Environmental Sciences) presented a paper titled "A Web-based Interactive Tutorial to Enhance Classroom Instruction on Food Safety" at the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting in June. Heiss co-authored the paper with Claudia Fajardo-Lira.

Dorothy Clark (English) delivered a paper titled "Making It New: Discourses of Displacement in Contemporary American Children's Literature" at the American Literature Association Conference in Long Beach on May 30.

Dorothy Clark (English) also delivered two papers titled "Border Crossings: Testing the Boundaries of the Children's Literature Syllabus" and "When in ROM: The Adaptation of Children's Literature to CD-ROM Format" at the Children's Literature Association Conference in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on June 14.

Evelyn McClave (English) presented a paper titled "Non-manual Gestures in American Sign Language" at the First Congress of the International Society for Gesture Studies held at the University of Texas at Austin in June.

Gale Larson (English) attended the Advanced Placement (AP) English Test Development Committee meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in September where he spoke to a group of teachers on student performance on the 2001 AP examination in literature.

Harry "Bud" Rizer (Center on Disabilities) was keynote speaker at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) International IT Conference in Korea last summer. His lecture was titled "Empowering People with Disabilities Through Information Technology: Valuable Lessons from a Short History."

Ilene Rubenstein and Sheryl Thompson (English) presented a paper titled "The Online Teacher/Writer" at the Technology, Reading and Learning Difficulties Conference.

Irene Clark (English) presented a paper titled "Parallel Roles: When Graduate Teaching Assistants Write Thesis Proposals" at the National Writing Program Administrators Conference in Salt Lake City in July. Clark also gave a presentation titled "Academic Argument Post 9/11: The World Conflict Project" at Soka University on Nov. 12.

Irene Clark (English) also presented her paper "Academic Argument Beyond the Writing Class" for a panel titled "A Genre Approach to Academic Argument" at the Western States Composition Conference in Seattle in October.

Jackie Kogan (English) presented poetry selections from her project titled "Willow Creek" at the Western Literature Association conference in Tucson, Arizona on Oct. 9. At the conference, Kogan also performed in the Reader's Theatre production of the Sands Hall play "Fair Use" and participated in the follow-up panel chaired by the playwright.

Jackie Stallcup (English) delivered two papers titled "The Dreadful Dangers of Women's Anger: Educating and Control Women Through Child-Rearing Manuals" and "Only Five Ugly Monsters, but Six Hundred Things to Discuss: A Multi-Purpose Picture Book" at the Children's Literature Association Conference in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in June.

John Peters (English) presented a paper titled "Durrell and Einstein" at the International Lawrence Durrell Society conference at the University of Ottawa in June.

Louis Rubino (Health Sciences) lectured in five Chinese cities in July with support from the Guangzhou Municipal Health Bureau, Guangzhou Medical College, Phoenix Hospital Management, Inc. and Chinese Hospital Publications.

Martha Highfield (Health Sciences) presented a paper titled "Assessing and Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Cancer Patients" as part of a one-day palliative care track for the National Oncology Nursing Society's Fall Institutes of Learning in Seattle in November.

Martin Behr (English) presented his paper "Narrative as a Form of Evidence" for a panel titled "A Genre Approach to Academic Argument" at the Western States Composition Conference in Seattle in October.

Michele Wittig (Psychology) delivered a 30-minute presentation to the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology in San Sebastian, Spain. The presentation, titled "Relative Utility of Common Ingroup Identity and Acculturation Models of Prejudice Reduction," was based on her work with Andy Ainsworth, Ludwin Molina and Mike Giang.

Mike Giang (Psychology) delivered a 30-minute presentation titled "Social Mediators of Peer Harassment and Psychological Adjustment" at the European Society for Research on Adolescence in Oxford, England in September.

Nancy Owens (Family Environmental Sciences) and alumna Thuy Thu Thi Nguyen presented a paper titled "Parental Practices in Purchasing and Using Children's Sleepwear" at the International Textile and Apparel Association's annual conference in New York in August.

Rei Noguchi (English) gave the keynote address titled "Grammar and the Teaching of Literature: Limits and Possibilities" and made two workshop presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English's assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar Conference in Fishkill, New York in July.

Robert Noreen (English) was the keynote speaker for the Humanitas Summer Conference held at the Clark Library in Los Angeles in August. The title of his speech was "The Aesthetic Movement: An Overview."

Scott Plunkett (Family Environmental Sciences) along with ten of his students, presented at three national conferences and five state conferences this year. The conferences included the Society for Research on Adolescence, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the California Council on Family Relations. The presentations focused on parenting and adolescent outcomes in Latino and Armenian families, parenting education and sexuality education for adults with developmental disabilities.

Susan Parker (University Library) presented "Shaken to the Core: Managing Library Buildings and Services After a Disaster" in June at the annual meeting of the American Library Association held in Atlanta. Parker's presentation was part of a two-day conference, "Hell and High Water: Planning for Disasters."

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