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Smile Dube, Economics, presented a paper titled, "Multivariate t-distribution and GARCH Modelling of Conditional Volatility and Correlations in BRICS Stock Markets," at the 12th African Finance Journal Conference, May 20-21, in Cape Town, South Africa.

English reference librarian Maria Kochis’s article on creating/compiling an annotated bibliography about Nature Writing (Nonfiction) will be published by the JAL. The citation reads: Kochis, Maria. (2015). “Nature writing: The creation of a bibliography of seminal books.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(3), 270-273.

Emeritus Professor Mary Mackey (English) has interviewed poet and novelist Marge Piercy for her People Who Make Books Happen Interview Series. Piercy talks generally about how she manages to write both fiction and short stories and specifically about her two new books: "The Cost of Lunch, Etc." (a collection of stories) and "Made in Detroit" (her collection of new poems).

Professor Mackey also has created an Educators Page on her website to provide free resources for teachers
of writing, Women's Studies, and Composition:

Kenneth Owens, professor emeritus of history and ethnic studies, is the author of Empire Maker:  Aleksandr Baranov and Russian Colonial Expansion into Alaska and Northern California, published by the University of Washington Press in June of 2015.  

According to one early reviewer, "In Owens's hands, the story of Aleksandr Baranov becomes something much larger and more momentous than biography.  Empire Maker  brings to life the machinations of the Russian Empire in the northern Pacific:  its ambitions and plans, its relations with indigenous populations, and certainly its leadership by Baranov.  Based on decades of archival research, this may be the most important study to date of Russia's American empire.  Owens's book is simply a phenomenal achievement."  

Another reviewer writes "[Baranov] reshaped the Pacific Rim and left an enduring mark on the geography anbd hisotry of this far-flung and diverse quarter of the globe. Exhaustively researched and elegantly written, . . . Owens's treatment of this intriguing, colorful, and significant frontier figure will reward readers and reign as the definitive biography for decades to come."

Among his earlier works, Owens has published The Wreck of the Sv. Nikolai (1985); Riches for All:  The California Gold Rush and the World (2002)

Gold Rush Saints:  California Mormons and the Great Rush for Riches (2004); and, with Iris Engstrand, John Sutter, Sutter's Fort and the California Gold Rush (2004).

Emeritus Professor Theresa Roberts, Child Development, in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Vadasy, has been awarded a $1.5 million dollar research grant from the United States Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. The grant was awarded to determine the most effective methods for teaching the alphabet to English learner and English first language preschoolers from low socioeconomic families. Letter name and letter sound knowledge at the beginning of kindergarten is one of the two best predictors of beginning reading success. Learning the alphabet is challenging for beginners. Many children from at-risk social conditions enter kindergarten with limited alphabet knowledge and science has not determined the best way to teach it. The research will be of benefit to preschool teachers and children. The studies will be conducted in the Twin Rivers Unified School District, located in the Sacramento region. 

Head reference librarian Joe Zhou's manuscript based on his previous presentation in a 2014 education conference was accepted on May 4, 2015. The citation reads: Zhou, Jian-zhong. “Introducing Representation Disparity Ratios for Achievement Gap Studies: Asian American's Perspectives.” Occasional Paper Series (Accepted in May 2015)