April 2011

April 28

Donald Crane was awarded the title of emeritus professor of finance in recognition of 35 years of service to the campus community.

Barbara L. Gonzalez, Biological Science, organized and presided over a March daylong symposium, “Research in Chemical Education,” at the American Chemical Society meeting in Anaheim. She also gave a paper titled “Exploring Interactivity, Dimensionality and Assessment in an Animation Prototype for Visualizing Molecular Geometry and Polarity.” Graduate student Cristina Robitu delivered “Model-Based Teaching and Learning in the High School Chemistry Laboratory” during the Chemistry Education Research: A Symposium Focusing on the Presentation and Discussion of Graduate Student Research session held at the ACS meeting.

April 25

Barbara Cherry, Psychology, was appointed to a three-year term as program coordinator for Gerontology effective July 1.

Marcelo Tolmasky, Biological Science, co-authored “Genomic Analysis of Acinetobacter Baumannii A118 by Comparison of Optical Maps: Identification of Structures Related to Its Susceptibility Phenotype” in the April issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

April 21

Jochen Burgtorf was appointed chair of History for a three-year term beginning Aug. 18.

Karen Lystra was awarded the title of emeritus professor of American studies in recognition of 38 years of service to the university.

April 19

Josh Smith, Physics, delivered a talk on “Exploring the Transient Universe With Gravitational Waves” at the April American Physical Society Meeting in Anaheim. At the same meeting, students Thomas Abbott spoke on “Reducing the Effects of Noise Transients in Gravitational-Wave Searchers,” Cinthia Padilla gave a poster on “Identifying Electromagnetic Transients Related to Gravitational-Wave Emission” and Jacqueline Lee presented a poster on “Gravitational-Wave Directed Multi-Messenger Astronomy: EM Follow-Up.“

Zhuangjie Li, Biological Science, and Fuming Tao, Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-presented the paper “Formation of HONO(g) and NH4NO3(s) From Homogeneous Gas-Phase Reaction 2NO2(g) + H2O(g) + NH3(g) → HONO(g) + NH4NO3(s) - A New Source of HONO(g) and NH4NO3(s) Aerosol” with graduate student B.Q. Zhang at the 28th Informal Symposium on Kinetics and Photochemical Processes in the Atmosphere March 3 at UC Irvine. At the same conference, Li joined undergraduate students A. Montenegro, J.S.A. Ishibashi and P. Lam in presenting “Kinetics Study of Reaction of Pinenes With Hydroxyl Radical at 1–8 Torr and 240-340 K Using the Relative Rate/Discharge Flow/Mass Spectrometry Method.”

April 12

Angel Pineda, Mathematics, was a guest speaker during the March 30 graduate seminar “The Mathematics of Medical Imaging: What Is Essential Is Invisible to the Eyes” at CSU Channel Islands.

Barbara Stone, emeritus, Political Science, spoke at the Whittier Republican Women Federated April 1.

April 11

Scott Annin, Mathematics, will speak on “What Is the Probability That Two Elements of a Finite Group Commute?” during an April 12 Fullerton College Math Colloquium.

April 8

LayTuan Tan, International Education and Exchange, and Juanita E. Razo, Student Affairs, gave a presentation about the university’s Global Leadership Certificate program at the Feb. 23-25 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities IX International Conference “Building Bridges for Cooperation in International Education” in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The program is a partnership of the Office of International Education and Exchang and the Student Leadership Institute.

Murtadha A. Khakoo, Physics, discussed “Low Energy Elastic Electron Scattering From Furan,” “Near Threshold Electron Impact Ionization of Argon and Krypton,” and “Electron Collisions With Ar and N$_2$” at the October 2010 Gaseous Electronics Conference in Paris.

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