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Sylvester Bowie, Social Work, was in a statewide election recently elected first vice president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) California Chapter. He will serve from 2012 to 2014. Election results are at

Serge Lee, Division of Social Work, was awarded a $20,000 scholarship for the summer of 2012 and 2013 by the Guizhou Department of Education, recognizing his nearly two decades of contributions to the scholarly activities in Guizhou Province, China.

According to Chinese officials in the province, the Flying Bird Professor Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded only to full-professors in China. It is rare that any foreign scholars receive the award. Since 1994, when China was still forbidding foreign scholars to enter Guizhou Province, Lee started to get involved with scholars at two major institutions of higher learning in the Province – Guizhou University for Nationalities and Guizhou Social Science Institute. His contributions to the region include numerous meetings with provincial authorities and university leaders, as well as providing workshops and lectures to scholars and students on the development and implementation of social work programs.

Lee will use the scholarship to work with scholars at Guizhou University for Nationalities, to write articles on how the modernization of the Chinese economy affects citizens’ social well-being, and for lectures on social science/social work research, and to conduct workshops on university and community-based agencies.

Kazue Masuyama, Foreign Languages, served as a content/question leader for the College Board's Advanced Placement Reading for Japanese Language and Culture Exam, June 4-17 in Salt Lake City. She also presented her papers at the following conferences and workshops: "The 21st century technology skills – Use of Voicethread for critical thinking" in the Alaska Summer Institute for Post‐Secondary Teachers of Japanese: Japanese Language Education at the College Level with a Focus on 21st Century Skills, June 21 at the University of Alaska, Anchorage; "Reading Enhancement with Literature, Comic Art and Culture," as a keynote speaker at the Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT) Summer Workshop Program, May 27 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas; "FLAC, Manga, and Websites: Language Through Literature/ Literature Through Language – Making a Text Come Alive Through Manga," at the 2012 ASIA Network Conference, April 1 in Portland, Oregon; "Introduction of "Manga Botchan – A new way to learn Japanese language and literature" in the Publishers' Seminar: Introduction of Japanese Textbooks, March 15 in Toronto; and "Online pedagogy: How can we implement manga literature into daily teaching?" in the panel "Manga Botchan: Exploring the use of manga in teaching literature and language" at the American Association of Teachers of Japanese Annual Conference, March 14 in Toronto.

Robyn Penwell, Kinesiology and Health Science, is now a certified Gokhale Method teacher serving Sacramento. Gokhale Method is the postural solution for back pain featured in the PBS special Primal Posture that ran locally. More information is available at