October 2010

Oct. 27

Victoria B. Costa, Science Education, discussed “How Teachers are Changing the World through Education and Technology” Oct. 26 at the Women’s Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Oct. 25

Gordon M. Bakken, History, edited “The World of the American West” published in September by Routledge Press, and "Invitation to an Execution: A History of the Death Penalty in the United States" that will be published in November by University of New Mexico Press. Bakken also authored “Mining and Pollution in the West: The Limits of Law Protecting the Environment” published in Western Legal History 21, no. 2 issued in August.

Helen N. Mugambi, English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, co-edited “Masculinities in African Literary and Cultural Texts ” with Tuzyline Jita Allan. The book was published in January by Ayebia Clarke Publishing Limited.

Jesse Battan, American Studies, presented a paper, “Contesting Innocence in Victorian America: The Free Lovers’ Challenge to Mr. Comstock and Mrs. Grundy,” at the Sept. 3-4 “Guarding Innocence: Moral Protectionism in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America ” conference at St. Catharine's College, University of Cambridge.

Oct. 20

President Milton A. Gordon awarded emeritus status to the late Troy Zimmer, professor of sociology, in recognition of his 39 years of service on campus.

Jeeloo Liu was appointed to a one-year term as acting chair of Philosophy. The appointment was effective Sept. 1.

Jule Selbo was appointed to a one-year term as chair of Radio-TV-Film. The appointment was effective Aug. 19.

Mike McGee, Art, curates the upcoming retrospective exhibit “John Paul Jones” at the Laguna Art Museum. The exhibit of the works of the late Laguna Beach artist, who taught at UCLA and UCI, opens Oct. 31 and continues through January 23, 2011.

Oct. 19

In Memoriam — Antania Penunuri, a long-time member of the campus community, died Oct. 14 after a battle with stomach cancer. Penunuri, 61, had served as a custodian for 23 years, working most recently in Langsdorf Hall but also in McCarthy Hall, the Computer Science Building and the Ruby Gerontology Center. She is survived by her husband, Jesus; daughters Diana Penunuri, and Edith and her husband, Jesus Miranda; son Jesus, Jr. and his wife, Lisa; and three grandchildren.

Oct. 15

Mitch Avila, professor of philosophy, was named associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences effective Sept. 1.

Evelyn Carol Case, Theatre and Dance, performed as “Goneril” in the Shakespeare Orange County production of “King Lear” in September.

In September, Barbara Stone, emeritus, Political Science, spoke on the propositions on the upcoming Nov. 2 ballot to the Whittier Republican Women Federated.

Mohinder S. Grewal, Electrical Engineering, organized and moderated a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of Kalman filtering during the Sept. 21-24 Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite Systems Conference in Portland, Ore.

Paul Stapp, Biological Science, co-authored “Plague Outbreaks in Prairie Dog Populations: Percolation Thresholds of Alternate Host Abundance Explain Epizootics” in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.” The research was recently profiled on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” Stapp also authored “Long-Term Studies of Small Mammal Communities in Arid and Semiarid Environments” in the August issue of the Journal of Mammalogy.

Oct. 11

Gloria Monti, Radio-TV-Film, presented a paper on “The Anxiety of Influence: Bertolucci/The Dreamers/Godard,” at the Sept. 16-18 SonImage: The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She also authored an essay, “Traversing the Onscreen City: Nannarella’s (Mamma) Roma,” in the 2010 issue of Annali d’Italianistica.

Jule Selbo, Radio-TV-Film, delivered a paper on “Constructive Use of Film Genre for the Screenwriter – Relevant Knowledge” at the Sept. 9-11 International Screenwriting Conference in Copenhagen. She also contributed the chapter “Screenwriters Who Shaped the Pre-Code Woman and Their Struggle With Censorship” to “Analyzing the Screenplay” edited by Jill Nelmes and published in September by Routledge Press.

Paul Stapp, Biological Science, co-presented “Efficacy of a Purpose-Built Wildlife Underpass for Reducing Vehicle-Related Mortality and Increasing Population Connectivity for Mammals in a Suburban Southern California Landscape” at the June 11-15 American Society of Mammalogists meeting at the University of Wyoming and “Consequences of Climatic Variability and Land-Management Change for Mammals in a Working Great Plains Landscape” at the Aug. 1-6 Ecological Society of America in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In August, Zair Ibragimov, Mathematics, gave a talk, “A Canonical Delta-Hyperpolic Metric for Metric Spaces,” and Angel Pineda, Mathematics, served on a panel titled “Mechanisms Strengthening Mathematics in Developing Countries” at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad, India.

Oct. 4

Doug Eernisse, Biological Science, presented a talk on his research on chiton and limpet species pairs in the Pacific Biogeography Symposium in June and, in July, presented a talk on diverse aspects of limpet biology, ecology and evolution at the World Congress of Malacology in Phuket, Thailand.

A paper by Jeffrey Knott, Geological Sciences, and alumna Andrea Figueroa (M.S. geology ’05), “Tectonic Geomorphology of the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains (California): Evidence for Uplift and Basin Formation,” will be published in the November edition of Geomorphology.

Robert Engels, Radio-TV-Film, serves as consulting producer on Walt Disney Entertainment’s TV show, “Gravity Falls.”

In March, Heather Osborne-Thompson, Radio-TV-Film, gave a paper on “‘Drama Draped in Black Humor’: Nurse Jackie and Genre Hybridity in Post-Network Era Women’s TV” at the 2010 Society for Cinema and Media Studies in Los Angeles. She authored “The Bionic Woman, 2.0” which is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Velvet Light Trap.

Angel Pineda, Mathematics, authored “Noise Analysis for 3-Point Chemical Shift-Based Water-Fat Separation With Spectral Modeling of Fat” published in the July issue of Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Pineda and graduate student Emily Bice co-taught a numerical analysis course at the Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia as part of the volunteer lecturer program of the National Academy of Sciences.

Joshua Smith, Physics, spoke on “Status of LIGO S6b Data Quality flags” and “LIGO Data Quality” at the June LSC-Virgo meeting in Hannover, Germany.

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