Arturo Baiocchi, Social Work, and two of his students were featured on the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services’ blog for their work with Sacramento Steps Forward. Sacramento Steps Forward is the region’s central homeless service provider and is doing a needs assessment of the homeless who reside near the River District. Students were hired to help with the data collection process and eventually will be allowed to use the data for their thesis and capstone projects on transience homelessness. Read the blog entry at

Mario Estioko, Associate Professor in the Department of Design, was interviewed by Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio's morning show, Insight. Professor Estioko discussed his newly published web cartoon anthology, Incompatibles—a cartoon about things that just don't go together. The interview took place on Monday, March 14th. If you missed it, you can catch the podcast at And if you'd like to check out Professor Estioko's weekly online cartoon, surf over to or

Lani Fraizer, Education, has been named Expert In-Residence for Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus Center at Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand. YCA is a collaboration between Yunus and the Asian Institute of Technology, with a vision to harness the power of social business to create a poverty-free world. Dr. Fraizer is a full-time Managing Director at iWE Studio, where her global consultancy work focuses on action-learning approaches that foster social business models informed by research, technology, and partnerships with a focus on gender equality. Her work at iWE studio is fueled by the opportunity to spark a social entrepreneurial spirit in others that can positively impact lives and community. She is currently a global consultant and senior strategist for Fortune 100s like Microsoft. When not at iWE Studio, she serves as an adjunct faculty for the Graduate and Professional Studies in Education at the College of Continuing Education.

Mikkel Herholdt Jensen, Physics and Astronomy, presented at the 60th Biophysical Society Meeting in Los Angeles.  The title of the abstract was “Novel Collective Mechanics of Active DNA Filament / Motor Assemblies,” and the presentation was on work in collaboration with Jeff Moore, Henry Byrd, and Maria Kilfoil (of The University of Massachusetts).

Maria Jaoudi, Humanities and Religious Studies, is giving a paper on "Contemplation as Sustainability in Buddhism and Christianity" at Harvard Divinity School, April 2016 at The Spirit of Sustainability in Agriculture Conference. Professor Jaoudi writes and gives public lectures on religion and environmental ethics.

B. Dana Kivel, Community Engagement Center, has been accepted into the 2016 City Management Academy, a program offered by the City of Sacramento through the Neighborhood Services Division in partnership with CMA Alumni and City staff. The mission of the City Management Academy is to educate and encourage partnerships between the City of Sacramento, its residents and business owners to help maintain, revitalize and promote healthy communities.

B. Dana Kivel, professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration, and director of Sacramento State’s Community Engagement Center, recently published a co-authored article with Rasul Mowatt, Indiana University, Corey Johnson, University of Waterloo in Canada and Nina Roberts, San Francisco State University. The peer-reviewed journal article is titled: "Embarrassingly White: Faculty Racial Disparities in American Recreation, Park, and Tourism Programs,” for Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education.

Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences, and an international cast of researchers published the book chapter, "Invertebrates of temporary ponds in Mediterranean climates" in the book "Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands" (D. Batzer and D. Boix, editors), Springer Publishing. The chapter summarizes our current understanding of temporary pond ecology in each of the Mediterranean regions: California, Chile, Mediterranean, South Africa, and Australia.

Serge Lee, Social Work, had his peer-reviewed article "The Hmong in the United States: From preliterate to college success" (February, 2016) published in American International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(1). 42-52.

Serge Lee, Division of Social Work, was invited to present a paper about the Hmong culture at the 4th International Conference on Intangible Heritage under the topics proposed by UNESCO in Lagos, Portugal, September 21-23. He also chaired a session at the conference. His paper was selected as among the top papers presented at the conference and is now published as a proceeding from the conference (January 2016).

Serge Lee, Social Work, had his peer-reviewed article "The Hmong in the United States: From preliterate to college success" (February, 2016) published in American International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(1). 42-52.

Serge Lee and Maria Nunes Dinis, Division of Social Work, Lois Lowe and Kelly Anders had their peer-reviewed “Statistics for International Social Work and Other Behavioral Sciences,” published by Oxford University Press (January 2016).

Cynthia Linville, English, edited Patricia Hickerson's posthumous poetry collection, Outcry, which will be released from R.L. Crow Press in May. In addition, Linville received a grant from Poets & Writers to perform with musician Victor Krummenacher in March. And three of her poems were included in Sacramento Voices Anthology Vol. 3 from Cold River Press late last year.

The AMA Journal of Ethics published an article co-authored by Bridget Parsh, Nursing, and Sacramento State Nursing alumnus Aaron M. Clay, titled “Patient- and Family-Centered Care: It’s Not Just for Pediatrics Anymore.” The article, which argues that patient- and family-centered care can be promoted through collaboration and inclusion of patient and family values in care plans, is available for free download at:

Santos Torres Jr., Division of Social Work, will co-present at three conferences at the end of March 2016 on a project completed through the support of the Center for Teaching and Learning's Pedagogy Enhancement Award (2015/16) entitled SafeZONE Online: Creating and Serving as Safe Spaces on Campus. His presentation proposal was accepted at the National Social Science Association (March 20 - 22, 2016 Las Vegas), at the Southwestern Social Science Association (March 23 - 26, 2016, Las Vegas), and at the Pacific Sociological Association (March 30 - April 2, 2016, Oakland, CA). SafeZONE Online  focuses on maximizing the understanding of the need and creation of safe spaces/zones on college/university campuses assists in responding to issues of diversity and social justice on campuses throughout our nation. Dr. Torres collaborated on this project with Professor Debra Welkley from the Department of Sociology and Chris Kent, Project Coordinator of the PRIDE Center and Women's Resource Center.

Santos Torres Jr., Division of Social Work, will be an invited panelist at the 2016 Poverty Summit at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University, on Tuesday, March 29. He will be specifically addressing "What Role Does Academia Play in the Fighting Poverty?"

Jian-zhong “Joe” Zhou, University Library, presented a paper titled “Introducing Qualified Pools and Representation Disparity Ratios for Achievement Gap Studies: Asian American Perspectives,” during the 14th Hawaii International Conference on Education in January 2016.