Sylvester Bowie, Social Work, recently was selected as one of 16 CSU faculty who will participate in the International Faculty Partnership Seminar, to be held in Ghana, June 10-16, 2018.

Tyler Argüello, Social Work, has been accepted as one of 16 ELEVATE Fellows for summer 2018, after a competitive national selection process. The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) will host its annual early career faculty training program, ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. ELEVATE is a three-day professional development opportunity created specifically to address the unique needs of early-career faculty members at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). ELEVATE supports the ongoing learning, training, and networking of early-career MSI faculty by providing workshops, opportunities to network with peers, and a platform for collaboration. Knowledge obtained from ELEVATE will help participants enhance the visibility of MSIs in national conversations by producing high-quality research and practice. For more information, visit

Tyler Argüello, Social Work, has been named an NIAAA Fellow with the ADEP (Alcohol & Other Drugs Education) training program at the University of Denver, Summer 2018. The NIAAA Fellowship is a four-day immersion program for social work faculty. This NIAAA-funded program trains social work educators in how to incorporate the latest research and information on empirically supported assessment, screening, and treatment interventions for substance use disorders (SUD). This training will respond to both new health insurance requirements and recent trends in SUD. The faculty will receive training in an immersion setting from an interdisciplinary group of senior scholars in the field. This R25 is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health, through grant number R25AA021714. For more information, see:

Dr. Elaine Gale, Communication Studies, will have a solo show, One Good Egg (, featured as one of 100 shows worldwide accepted into the United Solo Theater Festival, the world's largest and most prestigious showcase for solo shows. She is grateful for the support of Dean Sheree Meyer and Chair Gerri Smith and also to the faculty and staff of the Communication Studies department. She was awarded a professional leave for the 2016-17 academic year, which allowed her to develop the show and launch the world premiere in May 2017, the opening night was a fundraiser that raised $10,000 for Direct Relief and Hospice of Santa Barbara. The show is Friday, Oct. 19, in New York City off Broadway on Theater Row.

Jonathan Kaplan, Economics, recently had two papers accepted for presentation at the 2018 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Meeting, to be held Aug. 5-7 in Washington. The first paper, titled "Estimating the Costs and Benefits from Legalization and Regulation of Adult-Use and Medical Manufactured Cannabis Products in California," follows from his research with colleagues from the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research on recent legal changes to marijuana consumption and production. The second paper, titled "An ounce of prevention or a pound of cure: the substitutability and complementarity of grapevine trunk disease management practices," builds on Kaplan's ongoing research on grapevine trunk disease prevention - a major threat to the winegrape production.

Jonathan Kaplan, Economics, was an invited presenter at the Oregon State University, Oregon Wine Research Institute’s 2018 Grape Day, held April 3 in Corvallis. Professor Kaplan showcased his ongoing research on grapevine trunk diseases in a presentation titled, “Benefits of Early Adoption of Preventative Pruning Practices in Managing Grapevine Trunk Diseases.”

Kazue Masuyama, World Languages and Literatures, published the following article in Japanese: “What We Learned from WWII and Need to Pass on to Future Generation: Rediscovery of the Japanese American History through War Diaries that Issei Woman, Kikuyo, Wrote for Her Son in Japan,” Ehime Kokubun and Education, vol. 50, March 2018, pp. 10–18. This article introduces the Nakatani collection at the Japanese American Archival Collection to Japanese educators.

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Sacramento Chapter honored Dr. Jenni Murphy, interim dean of the College of Continuing Education (CCE), at its 36th Annual Awards Dinner on May 9, presenting her with the prestigious 2018 Chester A. Newland Academic Excellence Award for her contributions and leadership in the education of public administrators. She has created curriculum and training programs, serving more than 100 state agencies and departments and county offices in all 58 counties. Her work resulted in succession planning for state government and new leadership academies including The Portfolio series for state executives, managers and supervisors and the Workforce Development Professional Apprenticeship Program, the latter received the 2017 Engagement Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, West Region. On June 1, Dr. Murphy was appointed the new dean at CCE.

Anna Klimaszewski-Patterson, Geography, recently had a paper accepted to the Annals of the American Association of Geographers: “Using paleo landscape modeling to investigate the influence of Native American-set fires on pre-Columbian forests in the southern Sierra Nevada, California, USA.” The article focuses on the novel approach to modeling past landscapes (aka paleolandscape modeling) that she developed as part of her dissertation. She also presented a paper April 10 at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting in New Orleans: “Palyoplot: an R package for visualizing paleoproxy data.” Palyoplot adds publication-quality Quaternary science data visualization functions to the statistical program R. The package implements customizable stratigraphical diagramming of proxy records such as pollen, sedimentary charcoal, and diatoms, and allows user-defined groups and taxa orders, custom assigned colors, and multiple y-axes.

Phillip Reese, Journalism, won two first-place awards in the California News Publishers Association's 2017 California Journalism Awards contest for work that appeared in the Sacramento Bee. "In the killing zone: Why can't we keep them safe?" by Reese and Bee writers Cynthia Hubert and Ryan Lillis, won first place for coverage of youth and education. The story explored reasons why Sacramento County has a high rate of teen murders. "Driving (and walking) while black" by Reese and Bee writer Anita Chabria won first place for local coverage. The stories in the series found that Sacramento police disproportionately pull over black drivers for minor traffic offenses, and that Sacramento police disproportionately cite black pedestrians for jaywalking. The Sacramento Bee competed with daily newspapers with circulations between 35,000 and 150,000 in the contest. For reference/confirmation:

Dr. Joe Zhou, University Library, was invited to give a presentation titled “Faculty Perspective of Print v. Electronic publications: U.S. national average of Ithaka library survey result from 2015-2017,” at Peking University’s School of Library and Information Management on May 8 in Beijing, as part of PKU’s 120th anniversary foreign scholar’s series. Peking University is China’s oldest existing higher education institution.