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February 22, 2010


Professional Activities


Ron Coleman, Biological Sciences, published a paper entitled "Habitat structure directly affects aggression in convict cichlids Archocentrus nigrofasciatus" in the January 2010 issue of the journal Current Zoology

Mark Emerson, Art, is exhibiting his paintings in the James Kaneko Gallery at American River College Feb. 15 through March 11, with an opening reception at noon, Feb. 16 ("Color," with local artist and American River College Art Professor Dan Samborski).

Professor of piano Richard Cionco performed a solo piano recital in Hong Kong at Tun Muen Town Hall in January. While there, he gave a lecture on piano repertoire and another on piano technique and tone production at the piano. He also gave eight public master classes, including one at the prestigious Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. The trip marks his second tour to Hong Kong with an invitation to return later this year.

Rob Wassmer, professor and chairperson of Public Policy and Administration, has been inducted into the Sacramento chapter of Lamda Alpha International (the honorary society for the advancement of land economics). At the Jan. 19 induction ceremony, he was recognized for "his outstanding achievement in the fields of urban land economics and public policy... and his extensive research publications in the fields of tax incentives, fiscalization of land use, growth management, urban form and public finance."

Maria Winker, Art Department, gave a talk on her Artists' Books Feb. 10, at the monthly meeting of the Northern California Artists Organization.

Student Spotlight

For the second year in a row, a Sacramento State psychology student has received the B.F. Skinner Foundation Scholarship Award for Graduate Research in California. Lesley McPherson is this year's recipient for her thesis project titled "The effects of response interruption and redirection on vocal and motor stereotypy."

Last year, Jared Thomas Coon, a graduate psychology major who is pursuing a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis, received the award.

The $500 award supports and encourages research efforts in behavior analysis among graduate students in California. It will be presented Feb. 18 during the California Association for Behavioral Analysis conference in Irvine, Calif.

The Sacramento State Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter was awarded one of five national $1,000 parking data collection grants from the International Board of ITE. The Sacramento State student chapter, led by civil engineering student Stephen Nelson, wrote a proposal to collect relevant trip and parking generation data at nearby Rio Americano High School.

The data collected by the students will be given to practicing engineers who will then use the information to help model the parking requirements for the transportation planning industry at similar-type high schools. The proposal and data collection effort were supported by faculty advisor and civil engineering professor Kevan Shafizadeh and transportation engineer, David Tokarski of Sacramento-based engineering firm DKS Associates. More information about the Sacramento State ITE Student Chapter can be found at:

Civil Engineering student Britt Fugitt presented results from his Master's thesis titled, "Measuring Land Use Diversity and Correlating Its Relationship with Vehicle Miles Traveled" at the 2010 Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in January. His work characterizes the relationship between the mix of surrounding land uses (land use diversity) and how it is correlated with the household driving behavior (vehicle miles traveled). The work was advised by civil engineering Professor Kevan Shafizadeh, and incorporated feedback from outside reviewers Bruce Greisenbeck, a senior analyst at the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), and Mike Mauch, transportation engineer at DKS Associates in Sacramento.

In the News

Todd Migliaccio, Sociology, was quoted in a Jan. 26 Sacramento Bee article about 30-year couples and what helps them to stay married.

Sanjay Varshney, Business, was quoted: in the January issue of Comstock’s about the economy, layoffs, furloughs and the budget deficit, in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 5 and The Triangle on Jan. 22 about Drexel University’s one year anniversary in the area, in a Jan. 14 Sacramento Bee article about the recession continuing in the Sacramento region, and in Bizjournals on Jan. 12 and in the Sacramento Business Journal on Jan. 15 about the unemployment rate.

Barbara O’Connor, Communication Studies, was quoted: in the Antelope Valley Press, the Daily Review, and the San Mateo County Times  on Dec. 15 about Senator Boxer’s opponents exploiting her for reprimanding a general for calling her “ma’am” in a Dec. 31 Wall Street Journal article about California’s push for federal assistance,  in the January issue of Comstock’s about Comcast’s plan to acquire 51 percent of NBC Universal, Inc., in the January issue of Comstock’s about Kevin Johnson’s first year as the mayor of Sacramento, in a Jan. 5 Christian Science Monitor article about Schwarzenegger’s final state address, in the San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 7 about the governor’s outline of his new jobs program, in the San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 7 and the Contra Costa Times on Jan. 10 about the four governor candidates being asked to release their tax returns, in a Jan. 13 San Diego Union Tribune article about the San Diego mayor’s speech pattern and in a Jan. 24 San Francisco Chronicle article about Governor Schwarzenegger’s chief of staff Susan Kennedy.

A full-page article about Ian Harvey, Art, and his wife, artist Koo Kyung Sook, appeared in the Sacramento Bee on Sunday, Feb. 7, in the article "Long-Distance Couple Marry Their Talents," by Victoria Dalkey, the Bee's art correspondent. Their current show in JayJay Gallery, "Together and Alone," was mentioned in the Professional News column of the CSUS newsletter.

Bruce Bikle, Criminal Justice, was quoted in a Jan. 25 Union Democrat article about the Senate bill restricting the return of parolees to prison.

Kevin Wehr, Sociology, was quoted in The Reporter on Jan 1, and in the San Mateo County Times, Sunday Times and Contra Costa Times on Jan. 3 as to whether “2010” should be said as three syllables or four.

Eva Gabbe, Career Center, was quoted in the Record Bee on Dec. 22, in the LA Daily News on Dec. 27 and in the Modesto Bee on Dec. 29 about new graduates having difficulties finding jobs.

Pia Lindquist Wong, Bilingual Multicultural Education, was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 3 and Jan. 15 about the proposed Hmong charter schools.

Tim Hodson, California Studies, was quoted in a Jan. 7 California Aggie article about Mayor Johnson’s initiative that led to a lawsuit, and in the Press Democrat and the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 9 about the governor’s budget proposal.

Brian Hausbeck, Geology, was featured in an article on Jan. 6 and Jan. 8 in the Gridley Herald about his speaking engagements regarding the Sutter Buttes.

Kim Nalder, Government, was quoted in the Sacramento Bee on Jan. 2 and in the Davis Enterprise on Jan. 12 warning voters to be careful at the polls, and in a Jan. 6 Davis Enterprise article regarding her discussion on “Is the Electorate Ready for Reform?”

Ben Sacks, Biological Sciences, was quoted in a Jan. 12 Redding Record Searchlight article about the study of red foxes in the Sacramento Valley.

Michael Delacourte, Anthropology, was quoted in a Jan. 3 Record article about salt-making sites in the Sierra Nevada wilderness.



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