April 19, 2004 Vol. VIII, No. 14

Presentations and Publications


Tony Arthur (English) was a featured commentator on The History Channel's two-hour film, "Rescue at Dawn: The Los Baños Raid." His first book, "Deliverance at Los Baños," was one of the sources used for the film, describing the rescue of American internees held by the Japanese army near Manila, in February 1945.

Ian Barnard (English) presented a paper titled "Civility and Liberal Pluralism" at the Fourth Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference in October and gave a presentation titled"Anti-Ethnography?" at this year's National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in San Francisco.

Pamela Bourgeois and Irene Clark (English) presented a workshop together in November titled "Teacher to Teacher" for high school, community college, and four-year college teachers focusing on writing assignments strategies. In March, Bourgeois was invited to represent CSU faculty at the "Transitions Conference" held at Moorpark College, where she discussed college-level writing expectations for incoming first-year students.

Gwen Brewer and Vern Bullough (English) presented a paper titled "Prostitution in Eighteenth Century London" at the joint National and International Congress of Eighteenth Century Studies at UCLA in August. Both also received the 2003 Emeriti Merit Award from the Cal State Northridge Alumni Association in November.

Eve Caram (English) and Kambon Obayani (Pan African Studies) gave a reading, "All About Love," at the Midnight Special Bookstore in Santa Monica in January.

Helen Castillo (College of Health and Human Development), a board member of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), took part in MAOF's recent National Hispanic Women's Conference at the Staples Center. Among the speakers were Carol Kelly (Child and Adolescent Development), Claudia Fajardo-Lira (Family and Consumer Sciences), Mario Lopez (Student Services Center/ EOP), Hooshang Bagheri (Kinesiology, Elementary Education) and Joyce Munsch (Child and Adolescent Development).

Dorothy Clark (English) presented a talk titled "You Can't Require, You Must Inspire! Choosing Books For The Contemporary Child" at the University of Judaism on February 8 for KorehLA, an organization of literacy volunteers working through the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.

Irene Clark (English) presented a workshop titled "Academic Writing" for doctoral students at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She also presented a paper titled "Writing Assignments as Performance," and participated on a panel titled "Performing the Writing Center in a Linked Curriculum" at the Northern California Writing Centers Association held at Stanford University.

Randy Cohen (Biology) had his lab work presented at the Entomological Society of America meetings and at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. Last October, Cohen gave an invited seminar titled "Life among the ruins: Adaptive mechanisms during neurodegeneration" to the Neuroscience Program at Bowling Green State University.

Robert Espinoza (Biology) gave a talk titled "Why herbivory shouldn't evolve in reptiles and a hypothesis for why it does" at the meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Meg Florio (English) presented a paper titled "The End of Innocence: The Child Protagonist as Hero" at the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

David Gray (Biology) gave an invited seminar titled "Song, sex, and species: Acoustic communication and evolution in crickets," at the University of Toronto at Mississauga.

Kate Haake (English) had a story titled "The Place That Was Nowhere" published in the current issue of The Santa Monica Review. Her other story, "The Immortal Feet," appeared in January in the literary publication, One Story. She currently is a featured writer in the online literary magazine, Segue.

Jennifer Johnson (English) gave a paper titled "Grammar Checks in the Writing Center: Addressing the Needs of Business Students," at the Northern California Writing Centers Association held at Stanford University.

Carol Kelly (Child and Adolescent Development) chaired a keynote session, "Reflections and Projections: Generation Perspectives in our Child and Youth Care Profession" at the International Child and Youth Care Conference in Canada.

Elizabeth Kessler (English) presented a paper titled "Coyolauxhqui Reincarnated: Las Artistas Guadalupanas" at the Western Literature Association Conference in Houston, Texas. Her personal memoir, "En las Mañanitas" appeared in the composition textbook "Chicano/a Studies Reader: A Bridge to Writing," released in December. She also was invited to lecture in May, on Chicana literature and artists at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria.

Jackie Pugh Kogan (English) presented a selection from her novel, "What Exists Before Memory," at the Western Literature Association conference in Houston in November. She also participated in a staged reading of scenes from the New Latin Playwright's Collection, a series of plays originally produced at La Jolla Playhouse. In February, she gave a reading of her poetry at the Robinson Jeffers Conference reception in Carmel.

Richard Mitchell (English) had his one-act play, "Stand-Up Comic," produced last month in Connecticut at the Rich Forum, Stamford Center for the Arts. In November, his play "Brecht in L.A." was performed as a staged reading in Berlin, Germany, as part of the "Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus."

Ramin Roosta (Electrical and Computer Engineering) presented a paper titled "A Re-programmable Platform for Dynamic Burn-in Test of Xilinx Virtex-II (XQR2V3000) FPGA for Military and Aerospace Applications" at the 8th International Commercialization of Military and Space Electronics Conference and Exhibition in February 2004.

Stephanie Satie (English) was scheduled to perform "Refugees" at the Jewish Theatre of Minnesota in St. Paul. She also was a guest speaker at a Jewish Bureau of Education dinner, speaking on immigrant literature and experience. She performed her solo piece "Coming to America, Transformations" at the North Hollywood regional branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in March.

Paula Schiffman (Biology) was invited to speak at a September Cal Tech symposium sponsored by the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation. The symposium's theme was: "A Sustainable Future? Environmental Patterns and the Los Angeles Past."

Jackie Stallcup (English) delivered a paper titled " 'I Trusted Neither Men nor Books': Narrative Transformations of Child-Rearing Advice," and chaired the panel "Revisions: Viewing Textual Transformations through a Gendered Lens" at the 119th Modern Languages Association (MLA) Annual Convention in December.

Sandra Stanley (English) presented a paper titled "Korea and the Maternal Paradox in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's 'Dictee'" at the Pacific and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference at Scripps in November. Also, the advisory board of Pacific Coast Philology invited her to join the journal's editorial board. In December, she presented another paper titled "A Prosthetic Reading of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee" for the panel "The Extraordinary Bodies of Asian Americans: Disability and Cyborg Studies Meet Asian American Literature" at the 119th MLA Annual Convention.

Joseph Thomas (English) organized and chaired the panel "Tolkien and the 21st Century" at the 119th MLA Annual Convention in December. He also gave a lecture titled "Two, four, six, eight, we ain't gonna integrate": Poetry, Politics, and the Playground," at the request of San Diego State University's National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, in February.

Virginia Vandergon (Biology) gave a talk this fall at the Teacher Quality Enhancement Center in Los Angeles titled "Empowering subject matter and education faculty to redesign curriculum for undergraduate teacher preparation." Co-presenters were Arlinda Eaton (College of Education), Hillary Hertzog (Elementary Education) and Terry Sweeting (Kinesiology). At the California Council on Teacher Education Conference in San Diego, the four gave a talk with David Kretschmer (Elementary Education) titled "Empowering subject matter and education faculty as a community of practice: Curriculum benefits for future teachers."

David Whitwell (Music) appeared as a guest conductor with the Virginia Commonwealth University Wind Ensemble and the Jamestown High School Band in conjunction with the convention of the American Bandmasters Association.


Dorothy Barresi (English) had her "Poem to Some of My Recent Purchases" published in Pushcart Prize XXVII, Best of the Small Presses. Her essay-review "Playing in the Dark: Black Humor and Poetry" appears in West Branch, No. 53. On February 10, the essay was featured on the Poetry Daily Web site.

Ian Barnard (English) had an article titled "The Pedagogy of Diversity: The Silence of Sexuality" published in Exchanges: the Online Journal of Teaching and Learning in the CSU, www.exchangesjournal.org. His review of the film "Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony" was published in African Arts, volume 36, number 2.

Robert Carpenter (Biology) co-authored a paper with a student titled "The effects of water flow on photosynthesis and morphology of marine macroalgae." It was recently published in Ecology magazine.

Irene Clark (English) had her book "Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing" (Lawrence Erlbaum 2003) reviewed in Rhetoric Review, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2004. Her article, "A Genre Approach to Writing Assignments," was accepted for publication in the summer 2004 issue of Composition Forum.

Maria D'Addario, Aïda Metzenberg, Sharon Shohfi (Biology) and other members of the Genetic Counseling Program have put together the program's first online newsletter, which can be accessed at www.csun.edu/Genetic Counseling/newsletter/alumniF03.pdf

Cynthia Desrochers (CELT) published "A Review of The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning," on a work by James E. Zull in Exchanges, the Online Journal of Teaching and Learning in the CSU, Rheem Medh (Biology) co-authored a paper titled "Gene expression profile of human CEM lymphois cells sensitive and resistant to glucocorticoid-evoked apoptosis" that was published in Genomics. Medh also published in Endocrine Reviews a compilation of publications on "Knockout mouse models for bone studies" as part of a series titled "Genetically Modified Animals in Endocrinology."

Richard Mitchell (English) had "Carribean Cruising: Sex, Death, and Memories of (Congo) Darkness" published in the bilingual journal Atenea, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, December 2003, pp. 9-24. Mitchell's review of the philosopher Slavoj Zizek's "The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity" appeared online in Leonardo Reviews, in March 2004.

Steven Oppenheimer (Biology) and Edward Carroll (Science and Math) had the fourth edition of their textbook, "Introduction to Embryonic Development," published by Pearson Education, New Jersey. Oppenheimer also co-authored a poster paper, "Tumorigenicity and Derivatized Bead Binding of Human Colon Cell Lines," with his colleague Lisa Banner (Biology), eight of his students and a K-12 teacher. The paper was presented at the 43rd annual national meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in December. An abstract of this paper was published in Molecular Biology of the Cell, vol. 14 (supplement), in November 2003. He also collaborated with students on "The charged milieu: a major player in fertilization reactions" and with students and assistants on "Carbohydrate involvement in cellular interactions in sea urchin gastrulation," in the January and March 2004 issues of the international journal Acta Histochemica.

Paula Schiffmann (Biology) co-authored a paper titled "Differing effects of cattle grazing on native and alien plants." The paper appeared in the December 2003 issue of Conservation Biology.

Richard Squires (Geological Sciences) was co-author of "Uncommon Cretaceous naticiform gastropods from the Pacific slope of North America," published by The Veliger 47(1): 21-37.

Jon Stahl (Cinema and Television Arts) had his article, "Guiding the Creation of the Short, Narrative Script: A Pedagogical Model," published in the Journal of Film and Video, Volume 54, No. 4.

Patricia Swenson and Nancy Taylor (English) have edited the 2004 winter issue of Avocet, A Journal of Nature Poems featuring poetry from fellow colleague Robert Chianese.

David Whitwell (Music) wrote a book titled "Extraordinary Women" which has been translated into Japanese and is being serially reprinted beginning in the Winter 2004 issue of Epic World, a leading quarterly published in Tokyo.

Paul Wilson (Biology) is one of five co-authors of a book chapter titled "Forest landscape patterns, structure, and composition." The book, edited by D.R. Foster and J.D. Aber, is called "Forest in Time: The Environmental Consequences of 1,000 Years of Change in New England," Yale University Press. Wilson also co-authored a second paper titled "Pollen transfer by hummingbirds and bumblebees, and the divergence of pollination modes in Penstemon," published in Evolution.

Ben Yaspelkis (Kinesiology) had a research paper titled "Chronic leptin treatment enhances insulin-stimulated glucose disposal in skeletal muscle of high-fat fed rodents" published in Life Sciences 74:1801-1816, 2004.

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