Jonathan Kaplan, Economics, appears in a recently released California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) video on vineyard trunk disease prevention ( The video highlights grower options for managing trunk diseases as well as introduces an interactive web-based tool created by Prof. Kaplan and Max Norton (a former graduate student) that assists growers in their trunk disease management decisions. Partial funding for designing and developing the web-based tool came from CSWA. Also, prior to the release of the video, Prof. Kaplan was an invited speaker at the CSWA’s Trunk Disease Prevention and Online Management Tool Webinar held on May 31, 2017, and their Ag Professional Day held at the University of California Davis on June 16, 2017, where he discussed the economics of trunk disease management and illustrated how the web-based tool can assist growers with their trunk disease decision-making.

Cynthia Linville, English, has received a grant from Poets & Writers to perform with musician Victor Krummenacher in September. In June, she gave a presentation, "Art from Art: Poem and Story Starters," at the Annual Conference on Creative Writing, at University of the Pacific. Over the last year, her poetry has appeared in five publications, including Poetry of the Pacific and Song of the San Joaquin.

Emeritus Professor Mary Mackey, English, has had her most recent novel, The Village of Bones, chosen by as one of its Kindle Monthly Deals for September.

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.

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.