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Francie Dillon, Education, will be a presenter at the inaugural Play Summit in Sacramento. The presentation is titled “Play with Reading,” and it points out how there are growing threats and limitations being placed on time, resources and spaces for play, despite how childhood play sets the foundation for a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive well-being. The summit is 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Central Library on I Street. Tickets are $35 per person, or $25 for students, seniors and members of Fairytale Town. Call 549-1785 or email

Darryl Omar Freeman, adjunct with the Department of Ethnic Studies, will present a paper as a member of the “Tracing the (Dis)Guises of American Indian Identity” panel at the 112th annual American Anthropological Association conference in Chicago, Nov. 20-24.

Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences, presented a talk, “The effects of hydroperiod duration and timing on California vernal pool communities,” at the Ecological Society of America's annual meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Minneapolis.

Emeritus Professor Robert G. Mogull has the lead article in the June 2013 issue of The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, titled “A Half-Century of California Poverty.”

Lindy Valdez, Ed.D., gave a poster presentation at the Southwest District Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, on Thursday, June 27, in Las Vegas, titled “Relationship Between Appropriate Teacher Feedback and Low Interest in Physical Activity.”