October 2011

Posted Oct. 31

Graduate biology major Helena Aryafar received a $500 American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists’ Clark Hubbs Research Assistance Award for excellence in graduate-level research. She used some of the funds to travel to the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists July 6-11, where she delivered “Possible Sexual Dimorphism in the California Grunion, Leuresthes Tenuis (Atheriniformes: Atherinopsidae),” co-authored with Kathryn Dickson, Biological Science, and R. Berquist and L. Frank of UC San Diego. Also presenting at the conference were graduate students Christopher Kehrier “The Extra-Ocular Muscles as a Possible Heat Source for Cranial Endothermy in Lamnid Sharks,” co-authored by Dickson, and Kyle Newton, “Potential Benefits of Visceral Endothermy in the Shortfin Mako Shark, Isurus Oxyrinchus” co-authored with Dickson and J. Wraith of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Jacqui Frost, Radio-TV-Film, completed “Pro Level 1: DSLR Fundamentals,” a certificate program of the Association of Film and Video Producers, Inc.

Michael Loverude, Physics, gave a June presentation on physics education research in upper-division physics to the Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation, a National Academy of Sciences study of the coming decade in physics education research and undergraduate physics teaching. Loverude also delivered a plenary overview of his presentation to the Foundations and Frontiers in Physics Education Research Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, and discussed “Student Understanding of the Approach to Thermal Equilibrium” to the American Association of Physics Teachers and gave a poster on “Assessment to Complement Research-Based Instruction in Upper-Division Physics Courses” at the Physics Education Research Conference, both in Omaha, Neb.

Oct. 26

In Memoriam — Emma E. Holmes, emeritus professor of education and child development, died Oct. 18 following a stroke. Holmes joined the university in 1961 and served for 37 years. A longtime donor, she contributed more than $775,000 to the university in support of the Emma H. Holmes Mathematics Award, two student scholarships, and most recently, a faculty fellowship. In her honor, the College of Education Dean's Suite was named for her in April. To read more, click here.

Oct. 24

Jennifer Burnaford, Biological Science, co-authored “Assemblage Shift Following Population Collapse of a Non-indigenous Bivalve in an Urban Lagoon” in the September issue of Marine Biology.

Heather Osborne-Thompson, Radio-TV-Film, delivered a juried paper on “(In)Fertile Ground: Reality TV as Forum on Assisted Reproductive Technologies,” at the Aug. 25-27 Gender Politics and Reality TV Conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Undergraduate research students of Merri Lynn Casem, Biological Science, presented their work at the July American Arachnological Society meeting in Portland, Ore.: Cindy Gonzalez gave a poster “Does Spider Silk Hold a ‘Memory’ of the Spinning Process” co-authored with Rosa Ayala, and Janet Andrade presented “Antimicrobial Properties Using Egg Cases From Theridiidae Spiders, Latrodectus Hesperus and Latrodectus Geometricus,” co-authored with Hector Sandoval. Casem delivered “Ovarian Development in the Western Black Widow Spider, Latrodectus Hesperus,” a poster co-authored with student Wendy Ouriel.

Oct. 18

Michael LaCour-Little, Finance, was appointed to the Real Estate Education Endowment Fund Advisory Board. The statewide organization, headquartered in Sacramento, funds Real Estate and Land Use Institute Scholarships for students.

Eliseo Cabrera, a junior studying finance and economics, and Jong Sang Lee, a senior studying finance, are recipients of $5,000 scholarships from the Foundation for Agency Management Excellence, the charitable foundation of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers.

Joan Rubio has been named senior director of major and planned gifts in University Advancement. She formerly served as director of development for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Rubio joins Melissa Cohea, the newly named director of major and planned gifts, who previously was director of annual campaigns.

President Milton A. Gordon has conferred emeritus status on the following individuals:
Suellen Cox, emeritus librarian, for 16 years of service in the Pollak Library's Technical Services Department and contributions to the campus, including serving on the Planning, Resource and Budget Committee.
James L. Dietz, acting associate vice president of academic affairs and professor of economics, in recognition of his 38 years on campus. During his tenure, Dietz served as chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee and Economics Department, program coordinator of Latin American Studies and acting associate vice president of Academic Affairs.
William Gearhart, emeritus professor of mathematics, for 26 years of service during which he received the George Polya Award from the Mathematical Association of American and a National Science Foundation grant for the department's computer simulation teaching laboratory.
C. George Peale, emeritus professor of modern languages and Literature, in honor of 22 years years of service, during which he served as vice president of the International Association for Spanish Golden Age Theater and garnered two major National Endowment for the Humanities grants.

Oct. 11

In Memoriam — Kathleen Griffith, a former campus employee who served in Human Resources, died June 16 at the age of 89. She is survived by her daughter, Linda McCollum, emeritus Administrative Support Assistant II, who served on campus from 1966 to 2005.

In Memoriam — Darlene Page, a former campus employee who worked in Financial Aid, died Feb. 20.

Ed Hart, Family Business Council, spoke on "Maximizing Your Network Opportunities" Oct. 11 at the Community Organizations Institute luncheon in Irvine.

Oct. 6

In Memoriam — Wayne V. Huebner, emeritus professor of English, died Sept. 27 following a stroke. He was 87 years old. A World War II veteran, Huebner earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota and taught at his alma mater, as well as North Dakota and Illinois state universities prior to joining Cal State Fullerton in 1968. He served on campus for more than 15 years during which he authored "The Tatler: From Potboiler to Classic." He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dolores, and children Karla and Todd.

Oct. 3

Raphael Sonenshein, Politics, Administration and Justice, recently was among speakers discussing “City Politics and Mayoral Elections” at the 106th American Sociological Association annual meeting in Las Vegas. Also speaking at the Aug. 19-23 conference were Randol Contreras, Sociology, who presented “Angustia Racial: Racial and Gender Anguish Among South Bronx Dominican Drug Market Participants” and was a session organizer and discussant in the session on ghettos, and Roberta M. Espinoza, Sociology, who was a session organizer and a discussant on the Latino session.

Dallas Stout (B.S. human services '94), Child and Adolescent Studies, was honored with the OC Substance Abuse Prevention Network’s Linda Kearns Community Prevention Award during the organization’s Showcase of Community Prevention Efforts in Costa Mesa.

Biology graduate student Andres Carrillo completed the summer course, “Fish Swimming: Kinematics, Ecomorphology, Behavior and Environmental Physiology,” at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories.

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