Awards & Honors

In April, James Young, emeritus Theatre and Dance, was recognized with the Marcy Award – the highest honor given by the by the Marcy Arroues Mulville Memorial Foundation;

Mark Day, Titan Student Union, is serving on the Association of College Unions International’s Board of Trustees.

In March, Raman Unnikrishnan, Engineering and Computer Science, was honored with the 2006 Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Alan S. Kaye, English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, has been appointed to the Board of Editors of Al-‘Arabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic.

Jule Selbo, Radio-TV-Film, served a panelist at Script Magazine’s Scriptwriters Showcase April 8 in Los Angeles.

In January, Richard L. Deming, Chemistry and Biochemistry, served as general chair and Robert Belloli, Chemistry and Biochemistry, was program chair, at the 40th Western Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orange. Barbara Gonzalez, Kereen Monetyne, Katherine Kantardjieff, Fu-Ming Tao and Peter de Lijser, all Chemistry and Biochemistry, chaired symposia at the meeting.

In November, Lea Beth Lewis, Health and Human Development, co-chaired the 22nd annual International Career Development Conference in Garden Grove.

Sorel Reisman, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, has been appointed managing director of the MERLOT project and vice president of the Electronic Products and Services Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society.

Zvi Drezner, Information Systems and Decision Sciences, was honored in June with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Location Analysis from the Section of Location Analysis of INFORMS at the ISOLDE Conference in Seville, Spain.

In October, David J. Cheng, Electrical Engineering, and Spiridon H. Courellis, Computer Science, were invited to attend the Dane and Louise Miller Symposium and Center for the Advancement of Scholarship Engineering Education annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.

Darren Sandquist, Biological Science, has received $88,908 from the National Science Foundation to continue his study into the effects of African fountain grass taking root in Hawaii. The grasses, brought to the island for landscaping, can grow up to four feet high and have taken over the habitat beneath such large trees as the Koa or Hawaiian acacia. The tall grasses shut out light and limit the growth of native plant seedlings, and also are a fire hazard that can threaten the trees. Since 2002, Sandquist has received more than $475,000 in NSF grants for his study. A portion of the funds is allocated for student research stipends.

Arthur Hansen , History, and Kathy Frazee, Oral History, were awarded $5,000 from the California Council for the Humanities for "Packed Up, Squeezed OutóCitrus Industry in Placentia" and $2,516 from Michael Chavez for "Ben Chavez Remembers." Hansen also received $7,365 from the Salk Institute for a project outlining the history of the Salk Institute, $238 from Les Schmertzler for the "Harry Schmertzler interview" and $1,652 from Margaret Peter for "Margaret's Memoirs."

Donald Valachi, Finance, was awarded $31,636 from the CSU Real Estate and Land Use Institute in support of the university's institute of the same name. The campus institute was established in 1996 with the mission to be Orange County's center for applied real estate research and an education center for real estate development and land use economics.

Timothy Lancey, Mechanical Engineering, and Vonna Hammerschmitt, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement, were awarded a $75,319 grant from the statewide MESA office in support of the Cal State Fullerton program. The statewide program was established to increase the number of disadvantaged and underrepresented students attending college and earning degrees in math, the sciences and engineering. Now in its 27th year, CSUF's MESA program offers academic excellence workshops and other activities to more than 1,400 students in six area high schools and eight intermediate schools, including MESA Day, where students compete in glider flying, bridge building, crystal growing and the package egg drop contest, as well as other activities that utilize math, science and engineering knowledge. Cal State Fullerton also operates a MESA Engineering Program (MEP) as one of several outreach programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science.