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At the invitation of the Laishan District in Yantai, PR China, Virginia Dixon, Educational Administration & Policy Studies, provided approaches on leadership in educational settings, as well as curriculum updates, in August. The audience was composed of 200 principals from elementary and middle schools in the Laishan educational district.

David Mandeville, Kinesiology and Health Science, and Mark Stoner, Communication Studies, have had their research study, "Assessing the Effect of Problem Based Learning on Undergraduate Student Learning in Biomechanics," accepted for publication by the Journal of College Science Teaching.

Doug Rice, English, gave an introductory talk called "Architectural Spaces of Time and Desire in African Dance," as part of the Osthang Project in Darmstadt, Germany, Sept. 27 and 28. Excerpts from the talk will be published in the program for No There Yes Maybe Here (a collaborative dance project) premiering Nov. 14, in Stuttgart, Germany, will be published as part of “The colouRED CHAMELEON Project,” and has been translated into German and will be published in Afrikanische Kunstler in Stuttgart (2014).

Kevan Shafizadeh, Civil Engineering, was invited in August to speak at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) International Conference in Seattle, Wash. He discussed the results of a multi-year research project to better understand the trip-generating characteristics by all modes of transportation at “smart growth,” infill developments in urban areas in California. The project was conducted in collaboration with researchers from U.C. Davis and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). From this research, a spreadsheet tool was developed to help transportation engineers and planners adjust the expected number of vehicular trips generated at certain types of infill developments. Shafizadeh’s participation at this conference was supported by Sacramento State’s University Enterprises Inc. and U.C. Davis’s Institute of Transportation Studies.