September 2010

Sept. 24

Shelley Jenkins, Radio-TV-Film, recently completed producing the “Just Another Day” music video for the Rugged Entertinament/Peter Spirer directed film by the same name.

Jacqueline Frost, Radio-TV-Film, recently interviewed several cinematographers from the American Society of Cinematography for her second book, “Eye Behind the Lens; A Conversation With Contemporary Cinematographers,” slated for publication by University of California Press.

Robert Davis and Tim Maloney, Radio-TV-Film, were among international faculty members of the Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts' summer program. Davis authored three articles in the second edition of Directory of World Cinema: Japan published in February by Intellect/University of Chicago Press, and contributed essays on Korean filmmakers Hong Sang-Soo, Kim Ki-duk, and Im Sang-soo for the forthcoming “Directory of World Cinema: Korea” also by Intellect/University of Chicago Press.

In August, Ionel Tifrea and Colin Campbell, both Physics, presented “Collective Modes of a Bilayer Double Parabolic Quantum Well Spin Polarized Electron Gas” at the fourth International Conference on Optical, Optoelectronics and Photonic Materials and Applications in Budapestt.

Michael Loverude, Physics, gave a talk on “No, Your Peanut Butter Is In May Chocolate,” at the June 14-18 Transforming Research in Undergraduate STEM Education conference at University of Maine in Orono. Loverude also delivered “Student Understanding of Micro and Macro in Thermal Physics” at the July 17-23 American Association of Physics Teachers and the Physics Education Research Conference in Portland, Ore., and was a plenary speaker at the Aug. 6-10 Upper Division Physics Education Research workshop at Wabash College in Indiana.

Melanie Sacco, Soha Sobhanian and Amybeth Cohen, all Biological Science, made presentations at “Plant Biology 2010,” the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists. During the July 31–Aug. 4 meeting, Sacco presented “Interaction of Polerovirus PO Protein and Host Defense Mechanisms” and Sobhanian and Sacco read “R Protein-Mediated Resistance Through Interaction With a Common Protein Mediator.” Cohen delivered “Red Light and Calmodulin Regulate the Expression of the psbA RNA Binding Protein Genes in rb38 and rb60 in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii,” co-authored with graduate student Darya Alizadeh. The article also was published in the February 2010 issue of Plant and Cell Physiology.

Panayiotis G. Skordi, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, recently qualified as an member/fellow with the Institute of Actuaries.

Stan L. Breckenridge, Afro-Ethnic Studies, performs a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Irvine Valley College.

Sept. 20

President Milton A. Gordon has conferred the title emeritus professor of art to Larry Johnson in recognition of his 36 years of service. During his tenure, Johnson served as department chair for 11 years; established partnerships with Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Company and Nickelodeon Animation; and attained accreditation for the entertainment art/animation degree from the National Association of Schools of Art.

Gordon also awarded the title of emeritus professor of communications to Anthony Rimmer for 23 years of service during which he served as director of the Faculty Development Center for five years, was chair of the Academic Senate and student adviser, wrote four book chapters, co-authored 10 journal articles and made more than 50 presentations at conventions. Rimmer also served as national president of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national honor society for mass communications.

Eliza Noh was appointed to a one-year term as coordinator of the Asian American Studies Program effective Aug. 19.

Sept. 7

President Milton A. Gordon has conferred the title emeritus professor of accounting to Mohsen Sharifi in recognition of his nine years of service on campus, including service to as acting associate dean, adviser for Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Society.

William F. Presch’s appointment as director of the California Desert Studies Consortium has been extended for three years to one day prior to the beginning of the fall 2013 semester. He has served in the position since 1992.

Terri Snyder, American Studies, authored “Suicide, Slavery and Memory in North America” published in the June issue of the Journal of American History. She also spoke about her research in a podcast with Ed Linenthal, journal editor.

Geological Science faculty member Jeffrey Knott’s research on the evolution of Death Valley through volcanoes, earthquake faults and erosion was highlighted in this year’s American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund Annual Report.

Sam Behseta, Mathematics, was appointed executive editor of Chance, the magazine of the American Statistical Association.

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