December 14, 1998 Vol. III, No. 8



Dennis Halcoussis (Economics) and Tony Lowenberg's (Economics) "Local Public Goods and Jim Crow" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Peter Collas (Physics & Astronomy), David Klein (Mathematics) and Hans-Peter Schwebler (Physics, University of Bremen), published their paper, "Convergence of Hamiltonian Systems to Billiards," in June's issue of CHAOS 1998, (Vol. 8, pp. 466-474).

Steven Oppenheimer (Biology) published "Destruction of Human Cancers by an Altered Common Cold Virus," 1998 (Vol. 60, No. 6, pp. 408-410) in The American Biology Teacher.

Oppenheimer also co-authored with his students two poster papers, "Macromolecular Delivery Into the Blastocoel: A Putative Role for D-Mannose and N-acetyl-D-Glucosamine- Containing Receptors in Sea Urchin Morphogenesis," and "Effects of Charged and Uncharged Amino Acids on Sea Urchin Sperm-Egg Interaction," presented at the 57th annual national meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology, Stanford University in June. Abstracts were published in Developmental Biology, 1998 (Vol. 198, pp. 222 and 198).

Nayereh Tohidi (Women's Studies) co-authored "Women in Muslim Societies."

Ben Yaspelkis III (Kinesiology) published "Effect of Chronic Electrical Stimulation and Beta-GPA Diet on GLUT4 Concentration in Rat Skeletal Muscle," in Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, 163: 251-260, 1998.

Laura Sobrino (Music) co-authored "A History of Women in Mariachi Music," and she provides mariachi educational materials on the internet as president and transcriber of the Mariachi Publishing Company.

Nicole Baker (Music) edited "Recent Researches in the Music of the Classical Era Volume 47, Ballet Music From the Mannheim Court."

Peter Weigand (Geological Sciences)co-authored "Composition of Volcanic Rocks on Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Rosa Islands, California" in Contributions to the Geology of the Northern Channel Islands, which he was editor. He also organized and co-chaired a Symposium on the Geology of the Western Transverse Ranges on May 1, in Ventura. The Symposium was part of the Pacific Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Sembiam Rengarajan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) co-authored a research paper "Design of a Deformed Flat Plate for Compensating the Gain-Loss of Gravity-Induced Surface Distortion of Large Reflector Antennas", at the triennial URSI Electromagnetic Theory Symposium, Thessaloniki, Greece in May. He co-authored and presented a paper in the same symposium "Mutual Coupling Between Dielectric-Covered Slots." He also presented a research paper "Genetic Algorithm Optimization of Slot Array Antennas" at the IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium/URSI Radio Science Meeting in Atlanta in June.

Gary Stout and Robert Barker (Accounting) co-authored an article, "Roth IRA Planning", published in the Journal of Accountancy in August.

Daniel McConaughy (Finance) co-authored "Founding Family Controlled Firms: Efficiency and Value", 1998, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1-19 published in Review of Financial Economics.

Steven Loy, William Vincent and George Holland (Kinesiology) co-authored an article in collaboration with the University of Arizona and University of New Mexico "Easy Grip on Body Composition Measurements", September/October 1998, Vol. 2, No. 5, 16-19 published in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.


Ben B. Yaspelkis III (Kinesiology) presented "Leptin Increases Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake and Transport in Rat Skeletal Muscle" at the 58th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association, June 13-16 in Chicago.

Harry Murphy (Center on Disabilities) co-presented "Irish-American Cooperation-Training in Assistive Technology in Ireland" at the 3rd annual TIDE Conference of the European Commission in Helsinki, Finland, in June.

Murphy serves on the international committee, "An International R&D Agenda for Universal Accessibility in the Emerging Information Society." The committee also met in June in Herkalion, Crete, Greece.

Allen Martin (Family Environmental Sciences) presented "State Affiliates Report Marketing Trends and Issues" at the American Assn. of Family and Consumer Sciences 89th Annual Meeting and Exposition, June 27-30 in Atlanta.

Herbert Larson (National Center on Deafness) presented "Future Directions in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing," at the Intermountain Special Studies Institute Conference in June at Idaho State University, Pocatello Campus. He also presented "Empowerment Through Partnerships in the Year 2000," at the 1998 Nevada Statewide Conference on Deaf Services in June in Las Vegas.

Rudy Acuna (Chicano Studies) presented a paper based on his book, Anything But Mexicans: Chicanos in Contemporary Los Angeles, at the Matador Bookstore, June.

Steven Loy (Kinesiology) presented "Exercise and Quality of Life Across the Ages," at the Tsukuba Advanced Research Alliance meeting at the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan in July.

Steven Loy (Kinesiology) and Eric Sletten (Student Health) were guests on a televised segment of "You and Your Money" representing the CSUN Center for Sports Medicine in July.

David Aks (Music) guest conducted the Black Sea Philharmonic in Romania and to Southern California communities Antelope Valley Symphony, Bakersfield Symphony and American Youth Symphony, Los Angeles in May. He was appointed CSUN Opera Theatre music director for fall 1998, and accepted the role of California All-State Honor Orchestra conductor for the California Music Educators Association that begins March 1999.

Elizabeth Berry (Communication Studies) presented a seminar on leadership and teambuilding at the ETS-Nissan Summer Institute for Deans of Business Schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Tallahassee, Florida.

Bonnie Faherty (Health Sciences) previously served as member and Chair of the Test Development Committee for Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Medical Surgical Nursing.

Bettina Pedersen presented a paper, "Uniquely Canadian Womanhood and Nationality in Victorian Maritime Woman's Fiction," at the University of Prince Edward Island Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for the Atlantic Canada Studies Conference XII, on May 15.

Victor Shaw (Sociology) presented "Substance Use and Abuse: A Career Perspective" to the 14th World Congress of Sociology in Montreal, Canada July 26-August 1.

Sembiam Rengarajan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) presented "Deformable Flat Plate to Compensate the Gain-Loss due to Gravity-Induced Surface Distortion of Large Reflector Antennas" at the Los Angeles Chapter of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in May.

He had a senior research fellowship from the U.S. Navy and conducted antenna research at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. during the summer. There, he also presented "Correcting Gain-Loss due to Gravity-Induced Surface Distortion of Large Reflector Antennas," Aug. 6.


Lee Alpert (University Advisory Board) was presented the "Tree of Life" award in May by the Greater Los Angeles, Valleys and South Bay Region chapter.

James Bennett (Office Systems and Business Education) was presented Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award by the College of Business Administration and Economics Business Student Equity Center.

Sandra Harris (University Counseling Services) was elected President-Elect of Division 31 of APA, State and Provincial Psychological Association of Affairs. She was also named a fellow of the American Psychological Association at the Aug. meeting of the APA Council of Representatives in San Francisco.

Louanne Kennedy (Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs) was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Achievement Council that helps to improve pre-kindergarten through 12th grade outcomes for urban and low-income youth, so all students can succeed at the highest levels, including graduation from a four-year college or university. She was also elected to the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. She will remain serving as a member of WASC's Off-Campus and Substantive Change Committee.

Amir Hussain (Religious Studies) was awarded the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. The award is given for outstanding alumni contributions to the university and represents a lifetime of service.

Ryoichi Seki (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded 21 thousand node hours of the supercomputers, CRAY T3E from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (UC San Diego), Texas Advanced Computing Center (University of Texas), and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (UC Berkeley).

President Blenda J. Wilson was elected Honorary Mayor of Northridge by the Chamber of Commerce at the installation dinner, July 12.

Herbert Larson (National Center on Deafness) was awarded the National Association of the Deaf Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Efforts on Behalf of the American Deaf Community during the NAD Convention in San Antonio, July 11.

Wendy Wang (Sociology) was awarded a $1,000 grant for the 1998-99 Academic Year from the China Institute for a case study of the influence of gender preferences in China on level of educational achievement and employment status level.

Chao Chen (Finance) was awarded a $1,000 grant for the 1998-99 Academic Year from the China Institute for development of a collaborative MBA program with Nanjing University of Science and Technology in China.

Jim Hasenauer (Speech Communication) was one of three people inducted into the Mountain bike Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Las Vegas, Sept. 12. The induction recognizes Hasenauer's environmental advocacy, public policy development, constituency building and conflict resolution skills on behalf of public lands and recreational trail users around the world.

Matthew Harris, George Heussenstam and David Whitwell (Music) were chosen as "ASCAP Award" (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) recipients for 1998-99.

Harry Murphy and Kirk Behnke (Center on Disabilities) completed two weeks of assistive technology and disability training at Maynooth College, Dublin, Ireland under a contract with the European Commission.

Sembiam Rengarajan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) has been appointed as a member of the Technical Program Committee of International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation to be held in Fukuoka, Japan. He is one of two U.S. members to serve on the committee. He also chaired a session on Antenna Arrays at the IEEE International Antennas and Propagation. Ann Watkins (Mathematics) has been appointed chair of the Mathematical Association of America's Coordinating Council for Education. The council coordinates and advises on the work of the 21 committees of the MAA that deal with educational matters such as the mathematical education of teachers, the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, testing, advising and research by undergraduates.

Mary Sosa (Purchasing and Logistical) has been promoted from Contract Administrator to Assistant Director of Purchasing & Logistical Services (P&LS). She will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Purchasing Department. She will also serve as primary advisor to the Director, P&LS in the formulation of goals, objectives, and integrated strategies in order to enhance the service performance of this highly diversified directorate.

December 14, 1998

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