University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty

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Congratulations to Jamie Kneitel for being awarded the 2016-17 University Award for Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity for Senior Faculty!

Nominations for the 2017-18 award will open this fall.

The Research & Creative Activity (RCA) Subcommittee invites nominations each year for the University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty (formerly the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award). This award was established in 1961 and is given annually to a Sacramento State faculty member who, over many years has made significant contributions to their discipline through scholarly activity, research and publication, or creative and artistic endeavors. The award includes a professional development grant of $2,500 and 3 units of release time from the Office of Research Affairs.

Faculty who are eligible for the award must be tenured or tenure-track faculty who have been at Sacramento State for at least ten academic years. Nominations can be made by any faculty member for a colleague or for themselves.

Current Recipient (2016-17)

Dr. Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences

Jamie Kneitel, 2016-17 Award Recipient
Lecture Title

This Fleeting Life: The Seasonal Ecology of California Vernal Pools

Abstract
Seasonal (temporary) freshwater ecosystems are important worldwide for their support of unique species and ecosystem functions, but they are less studied and understood than permanent water bodies. Temporary waters are especially prevalent in drier regions of the world, including Mediterranean climates like California. These systems, including California vernal pools, cycle between aquatic and terrestrial habitat phases. Consequently, species that occupy each phase must have special adaptations to survive the harsh conditions of the other phase. Each phase has usually been studied in isolation of the other phase (researchers tend to study the aquatic or terrestrial phase) without considering the potential for interactions in time; research in the Kneitel lab is filling this knowledge gap.

Biography
Jamie Kneitel, a member of the faculty at Sacramento State since 2004, is a national and international expert on ecology and specifically, the ecology of temporary freshwater ecosystems. His research addresses the environmental factors that influence the biodiversity and functioning of California vernal pools and rock pools. These studies have generated 30 publications, including 23 peer-reviewed articles, three invited reviews for encyclopedias and sourcebooks, and four published letters and book chapters. These highly cited publications were based on research conducted at Sacramento State and nine have undergraduate or graduate students as his co-authors. 

California vernal pools are the focal point of his research program at Sacramento State. Professor Kneitel is an expert in community ecology, and his research has provided the foundation for understanding this ecosystem along with broader implications. He regularly confers with state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit organizations, on the conservation and management of vernal pools. He was also a member of the Mather Stewardship Committee, which helped guide conservation and management for the vernal pools located at Mather Field.

His research has been externally funded through grants, including one from the highly competitive National Science Foundation. This grant, entitled Spatial and Temporal Subsidies in Seasonal Environments, provided support for Dr. Kneitel, along with undergraduate and graduate researchers, to experimentally assess artificial vernal pools on the Sacramento State campus. In addition, he has been awarded grants from regional, state, and federal agencies, including the East Bay Regional Park District, Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Central Valley Project Conservation Program.

In addition to this external funding, Dr. Kneitel has been awarded several, competitive CSU and/or Sacramento State funds including his selection as a Sacramento State Provost Research Fellow, a Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award recipient, and California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) grantee, to name a few. In 2014, his colleagues selected him as the recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship Award in College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Dr. Kneitel has been recognized on several levels for his excellent scholarly work. He has served at the National Science Foundation as a Panel Member for their Division of Environmental Biology from 2006-2009 and again in 2014. Dr. Kneitel has been invited to give seminars at conferences (e.g., Entomological Society, Ecological Society of America), agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife), and departments (e.g., University of Colorado, University of Tennessee). In total, he has given over 60 presentations, with 20 having graduate or undergraduate students as co-authors.

Dr. Kneitel has also been a frequent reviewer and editor for academic journals. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Oecologia, one of the top-tier international ecology journals and for Limnology, a freshwater scientific journal. Lastly, he has served as an expert reviewer for grant applications from ten regional, national, and international funding agencies.

Past Recipients

2015-2016

Rafael Escamilla, Physical Therapy (Award Lecture and Biography)
Elbow Biomechanics and Elbow Injuries in Youth and Professional Baseball Pitchers: Is it an epidemic and why?

2014-2015

Douglas Rice, English (Award Lecture and Biography)
The Sweet, Sweet Ecstasy of Desire's Broken Breath

2013-2014

No award given

2012-2013

Necmi Karagozoglu, Business Administration (Award Lecture and Biography)
Dark Side of Humanity and Neuroscience

2011-2012

No award given

2010-2011

Robert W. Wassmer, Public Policy and Administration (Award Lecture and Biography)
The Recent Pervasive External Effects of Residential Home Foreclosure in the Sacramento Area

2009-2010

Ernest E. Uwazie, Criminal Justice, 
The ADR-Peace Education Nexus in Africa Conflict Discourses: Lessons and Opportunities

2008-2009

Warren Smith, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
A Sacramento State Biomedical Engineer: Developing New Monitors to Help Surgery Patients, Doctors, Nurses, and Children

2007-2008

Marcus Marsh, Mathematics and Statistics
Generalizations of the Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem

2006-2007

David Madden, English
One Scholar’s Odyssey: Research at the CSU

2005-2006 

No award given

2004-2005

Robert Brady, Art
Body-Language and Enchantment

2003-2004

José J. Granda, Mechanical Engineering
Modeling and Simulation Technologies for Understanding the International Space Station and Airplanes of the Future

2002-2003

Edward F. Gibson, Physics and Astronomy
The Small, The Mighty, The Exotic: A View into Nuclear Physics

2001-2002

Craig A. Kelley, Marketing
Click, Click, Clack: Lessons Learned from the E-Marketing Experience

2000-2001

Thomas Tien-I Liu, Mechanical Engineering
Information Technology, Concurrent Design, and Continuous Improvement: Techniques for Global Competitiveness

1999-2000

Nick Trujillo, Communication Studies
Taking Sports and Sex Seriously

1998-1999

Mark M. Hennelly, Jr., English
Framing the Gothic: From Pillar to Post-Structuralism

1997-1998

William Lovitt, Philosophy
Martin Heidegger on Art and Technology

1996-1997

Arthur H. Williamson, History
Meet the Beast: The Apocalypse in the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World—From Jesus to Reagan and Applewhite

1995-1996

Anthony M. Platt, Social Work
'The Land That Never Has Been Yet’: U.S. Race Relations at the Crossroads

1994-1995

Paul N. Goldstene, Government:
Science, Technology, and Promises Broken: The Current Politics of Cynicism

1993-1994

Alexandre Kimenyi, Ethnic Studies
Iconicity of Language

1992-1993

M. Hossein Partovi, Physics
Of Time, Uncertainty, Chaos and the Sound of Light

1991-1992

William A. Dorman, Journalism
The Press and Global Conflict: Beyond the Cold War

1990-1991

Irv Faria, Physical Education
Physiological Determinants of Human Performance

1989-1990

Dennis Schmitz, English
Poetry as Re-search

1988-1989

Sue (Chung Sul Youn) Kim, Chemistry
Design and Synthesis of Polymers Through Analysis of Structure—Property Relationship

1987-1988

Donald E. Hall, Physics
The Shaping of Science By Communication, Technology, and Imagination

1986-1987

Mary E. Giles, Humanities
The Ecstatic Scholar

1985-1986

John W. Connor, Anthropology
Changing Trends in Achievement Motivation in Japanese and American Students

1984-1985

Mary Mackey, English
The Past Recaptured: Time From a Novelist’s Perspective

1983-1984

Miklos Udvardy, Biological Sciences
Biogeography and Biological Conversation

1982-1983

John van Gigch, Management
The Meaning of Truth

and

Fausto Avendano, Foreign Languages
The American Immigrant Experience: The Case of the Portuguese Immigrant as Seen Through ­Literature

1981-1982

Stephen L. Harris, Humanities
The Fires Next Time: Learning to Live With Our Western Volcanoes

1980-1981

Frederick Reardon, Mechanical Engineering
Some Energy Alternatives for the Eighties and Beyond

1979-1980

William Allen, Art
Transient Poet

1978-1979

Lester H. Gabriel, Civil Engineering
Why Not Research?

1977-1978

Robert L. Curry, Economics
Bloodbath in Southern Africa: Can it be Avoided?

1976-1977

Eugene B. Redmond, English
Origins of Afro-American Ritual Expression: Or, in Search of the Soular System

and

Charles L. Hagopian, Mathematics and Statistics
Basic Ideas and Applications of Topology

1975-1976

Albert Cook, Electrical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering: The Case for ­Interdisciplinary Dialogue

1974-1975

No award given

1973-1974

Joan Hoff Wilson, History
Herbert Hoover: Hero of the New Left?

1972-1973

Rebecca P. Parkin, English
Utopian Vision and Political Expedience: Alexander Pope’s ‘Feathered People’ Versus the Hogs of Westphaly

1971-1972

No award given

1970-1971

Ian P. McGreal, Philosophy
Puritan and Primitive: The Divided American

1969-1970

Kenneth Kerri, Civil Engineering
Allocation of Water for Water Quality Control

1968-1969

Richard W. Fish, Chemistry
Description of Research in ­Organometallic Chemistry

1967-1968

Trevor Davey, Boris Kaufman – Mechanical Engineering
Design of Prosthetic Heart Valves

1966-1967

Rodney Sime, Chemistry
The Structure of Education in Germany: A Comparison with California

1965-1966

Gloria Cline, History
The Hudson’s Bay Company as a Source for North American Research

1964-1965

Irving McKee, English
The Intellectual Game

1963-1964

John Mizelle, Biological Sciences
Parasitism, Parasites and Research

1962-1963

Joseph McGowan, History
History-Myth or Science

1961-1962

Thomas Williams, Anthropology
Custom and Civilization