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Alyson Buckman, Humanities, gave a featured speech at Slayage 5: The International Conference on Whedon Studies in Vancouver in July. The talk was titled: “‘Didn’t Get the Memo? Hero of the People Now’: Joss Whedon, Hat Tricks, and the Complication of Viewer Responses.” Buckman also officially received her award for the best essay published in Whedon Studies in 2010. She is trying to bring Slayage 6 to Sacramento State in 2014 (please contact if interested).

Geni Cowan, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The appointment is for 2012 through 2016.

S. Dube, Economics, was invited to deliver the monthly lecture at The Bulawayo Rotary Club (Zimbabwe) on June 26. The title of the lecture was “Economic Growth and Institutions: The missing link in Zimbabwe.” He also delivered a lecture to more than 400 business people, academics, and professionals in Harare, Zimbabwe on July 18. The title of the lecture was “Private Property Rights and Economic Prosperity: Excerpts from Botswana and Zimbabwe.”

Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences, published the article, “Are Trade-Offs Among Species Ecological Interactions Scale Dependent? A Test Using Pitcher-Plant Inquiline Species,” in the journal PLoS ONE.

Craig Koscho, Public Affairs, had an article published in the Calaveras Enterprise in Calaveras County. “…it seemed like the county was at war,” (Aug. 17) was a recollection of the 1982 Old Gulch Fire, which Koscho covered while a reporter at the newspaper.

Cynthia Linville, English, was interviewed on KDVS radio July 11 and on KUSF on Aug. 12 about her book of collected poems, The Lost Thing (Cold River Press, 2012).

Kazue Masuyama, Foreign Languages, served as a content/question leader for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Reading for Japanese Language and Culture Exam, Salt Lake City, June 4-17. She also presented her papers at the following conferences and workshops: (1) “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, University of Alaska-Anchorage, June 21; (2) “Reading Enhancement with Literature, Comic Art and Culture,” as a keynote speaker at the Japanese Teachers Association of Texas (JTAT) Summer Workshop Program, all day, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, May 27; (3) “FLAC, Manga, and Websites: Language Through Literature/ Literature Through Language – Making a Text Come Alive through Manga” at 2012 ASIA Network Conference, Portland, Ore., April 1; (4) “Introduction of Manga Botchan – A new way to learn Japanese language and literature” in the publishers’ Seminar: Introduction of Japanese Textbooks, Cambridge Suites Hotel Toronto, March 15; and (5) “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 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Canada, March 14.

David Zuckerman, Communication Studies, has co-authored a textbook, Intercultural Communication and Global Integration, with Eric Mark Kramer, University of Oklahoma, and Clark Callahan, Brigham Young University. The book is being published by Kendall Hunt in December. A preliminary version will be available to Sacramento State students in the Hornet Bookstore this week or next.