Professor Bradley Buchanan’s (English) poem “The Non-Complaint,” and Professor Joshua McKinney’s (English) poems “A Rendering” and “As it happens,” have just been published in The Marsh Hawk Review, edited by Professor Emeritus (English) Mary Mackey.

Professor Ron Coleman, Biological Sciences, was interviewed on ABC10 News on Friday, May 26, by Frances Wang. She asked him to comment on the recent sea lion attack of a child in British Columbia.

Professor Virginia L. Dixon (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) received an Outstanding Alumni award for Academics from the Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation in Aberdeen, S.D., in 2016. Dr. Dixon's career in teaching and leadership offers positive impact to students and program development in public schools and at the university graduate level. In addition to Dixon (Class of 1963), two other awards were presented to Dr. Paul A. Hayes, an exceptional oral and maxillofacial surgeon, for his development of an operation for the correction of a mandibular deformity; and Dr. Steven Vik, founder and director of the Biochemistry major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The Aberdeen Public Schools Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit that promotes excellence in education by forging a partnership among the schools, community and alumni.

Jonathan Kaplan, Economics, was an invited speaker at the 18th Annual Sustainable Winegrowing Field Day held by the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission on April 25, 2017, at Shone Farm in Guerneville. His presentation, titled "Benefits of Preventative Pruning Practices in Managing Grapevine Trunk Diseases,” focused on the interactive web-based tool (, developed by Professor Kaplan and Max Norton, a graduate student in the MA in Economics program, to assist wine grape growers in mitigating economic losses from trunk diseases through early adoption of preventative pruning practices.

Jonathan Kaplan, Economics, recently received funding through a grant from the California Department of Public Health to work with colleagues from the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research at Humboldt State University to conduct a Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Manufactured Cannabis Oil Industry in California.

Katrin Mattern-Baxter, Physical Therapy, had an article, “Treadmill interventions in children under six years of age at risk of neuromotor delay,” published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. This was an international effort with co-authors Marta Valentín-Gudiol,  Montserrat Girrabent-Farres and Caritat Bagur-Calafat from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Mijna Hadders-Algra from University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands; and Rosa Maria Angulo-Barroso from University of Barcelona, Spain. Read the article at

Serge Lee, Social Work, presented a peer-reviewed paper ,“Educational History and College Successes of Hmong Americans in Forty Years,” in January at the Fourth Hmong Studies Consortium International Conference, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. The paper will be published as a part of the proceeds from the conference by Chiang Mai University Press. During the Jan. 4-6 conference, Lee also chaired a session and served as a discussant for the conference. As a result of participating in the conference, he has been invited to provide two trainings to the social work faculty and students at Hue University, Vietnam, in June. One of the trainings will focus on social work practice “the American model” and the other training on “social work research.”

J. Ann Moylan, Family and Consumer Sciences, was an invited guest professor at the Luoyang Normal University, in Luoyang, Henan, China on May 15. Invited by the College of Pre-school Education, Dr. Moylan's lecture was entitled, Current Trends in Early Childhood Development and Education in the U.S. While in Luoyang Dr. Moylan also conducted a parent education workshop on May 13 for families whose children are enrolled at the Red, Yellow, Blue (RYB) preschool in Luoyang.

J. Ann Moylan, Family and Consumer Sciences, presented a workshop at the Continuums of Service (COS) Conference of Campus Compact Western Region in Denver on April 7. The workshop entitled Writing Partners @ Sac State: Writing as a Pathway to Civic Education was developed with Dana Kivel, Francine Redada, and Maureen Smith.

Andrew E. Stoner, Ph.D. (Communication Studies), has authored a new book on the Indiana Historical Society Press titled “Campaign Crossroads: Presidential Politics in Indiana from Lincoln to Obama.” An online interview about the book can be found at:

Santos Torres Jr., Division of Social Work, had two papers accepted for presentation by the National Social Science Association's National Technology and Social Science Conference, April 9-11. His “Immersive Learning Technology” paper is the result of research conducted as part of a College of Health and Human Services Summer Fellowship 2016, which focused on the comparison of publisher-developed educational tools in the form of immersive learning technology and provides recommendations to assist with their selection, adoption and best practices. The second paper, "Evidence-Based Self-Assessment: A Student-Centered Learning Tool," he co-authored with Debra Welkley, Lecturer in Sociology here at Sacramento State, which aims to increase student engagement and responsibility. The paper discusses the utility of this tool in the classroom and feedback provided from students. "Evidence-Based Self-Assessment" also was accepted by the Pacific Sociological Association for presentation at its annual meetings in Portland, April 5-9.

Lindy A. Valdez, Kinesiology and Health Science, had an article, “The Effect Of Problem Based Learning On Undergraduate Oral Communication Competency,” published June online and in print in the Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 14.1. Coauthors are David S. Mandeville, Merrimack College, and graduate assistant Tiffanie K. Ho, Sacramento State.