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  • Professional Activities, October-December 2019

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    Tyler Argüello, Social Work, has published his first book, synergizing his pedagogy, scholarship, and clinical work. This collection of case studies offers real-life scenarios from a range of social work scholars, educators, and practitioners, representing diverse sexualities, genders, and intersectional identities. Together, they demonstrate contemporary, multilevel, queer-affirming social work practice with LGBTQ+ people and communities. While centered in social work, this text is applicable to allied health, counseling, social science, and cultural studies disciplines. The text can be found via Columbia University Press.

    Daina Dickman, Scholarly Communication Librarian, received a Professional Development Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region. She used her award to attend the Open Access Conference 2019: Open for Whom?: Research Equity for Campus and Community at San Jose State University where she presented the paper “Institutional Repository Censorship and Trans Health Education” as part of a panel exploring the tensions between open access ideals and corporate interests.

    Dr. Virginia L. Dixon, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was named 2019 Outstanding Woman in Leadership by the Association of California School Administrators Region 3.

    Michael Epperson, History, director of Sac State’s Center for Philosophy and the Natural Sciences, delivered a keynote talk at New York’s Stony Brook University’s 2nd Annual Phenomenological Approaches to Physics Conference, September 26-28. This year’s conference, “Quantum Mechanics: Paradigm or Ontology of Nature?” dealt with the history of conflicts between ontological and non-ontological interpretations of quantum physics, and the competing standards of objectivity and subjectivity in realist and anti-realist interpretations of the mathematical formalism. Epperson discussed the work in his most recent book, Foundations of Relational Realism: A Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).

    Darryl Omar Freeman, Ethnic Studies, was invited to present a portion of his research on the collaborative relationships between members of the African American and Native American communities in the early developing United States society. This lecture took place at the National Park Service, National Underground Railroad “Network to Freedom” Training Conference held at Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York, September 12-14, 2019. The Underground Railroad can be viewed as a migration story of enslaved people who self-liberated. The presentation was titled “Seeking Sanctuary: Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.” His research identifies qualitative evidence of the operation of an informal underground railroad for freedom-seeking enslaved African Americans conducted by different Native American tribes. These efforts are often omitted in historical accounts of slavery resistance efforts during the early formation of the American democratic experiment.

    Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences, presented the talk "The effects of fire retardants in Mediterranean aquatic ecosystems" at the Annual California Aquatic Bioassessment Workgroup (CABW) and California Chapter Society for Freshwater Science Meeting at UC Davis. Part of this project, which focused on fire-retardant effects on mosquitos, was also recently accepted for publication in Ecological Entomology.This research was a collaboration with Israeli researchers conducted during Dr. Kneitel's sabbatical.

    Maria Kochis, University Library, had a personal essay, Christmas in the Chaparral," published in About Place, a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute. https://aboutplacejournal.org/issues/infinite-country Scroll way down in the list of contributors to find her name and the linked essay.

    Dr. Marie L. Mallare-Jimenez, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., Ethnic Studies, presented at a conference held September 28, 2019, at UC Davis Conference Center. The conference, Equity Through Ethnic Studies: 50 Years of Fighting for Educational Justice, was hosted by Filipino American Educators Association of California (FAEAC) and The Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies (BCFS).

    Dr. Marie Lorraine Mallare-Jimenez, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., Ethnic Studies, presented at a Symposium entitled  "Asian American Studies: The Field and It's Future, held on November 16, 2019 at UC Davis' California Hall  on the topic of Ethnic Media. Sponsored by UC Davis' Asian American Studies and The Bulosan Filipino Studies Center.

    Dr. Jessica Moreno, LMFT, Assistant Professor, Counselor Education Program, was awarded a grant by the Sacramento Family Unity Education and Legal Network (FUEL) to provide free mental health services for undocumented individuals through the Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services (CCDS). Housed in the College of Education, the CCDS provides the broader Sacramento region affordable counseling and educational testing.

    George I. Paganelis, curator, Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection, University Library, presented a paper entitled "The Greek Agricultural Experience in California's Central Valley" at the 26th Biennial Symposium of the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) in Sacramento from Nov. 7-10, hosted by the campus Hellenic Studies Program. In addition, he participated in a special session panel on the Greek Digital Journal Archive, a consortial project to digitize and make freely available historic journals and newspapers in Modern Greek Studies.

    Dr. Bita Rivas, NCC, MAC, ACS, Counselor Education, served as lead for the department’s arduous national reaccreditation process with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, commonly known as CACREP. This specialized accrediting body assures graduate counseling programs throughout the United States meet standards within the counseling profession. Benefits of graduating from a CACREP-accredited counseling program include access to more employment opportunities, streamlined consistency with the state counseling licensing application process, and an advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.

    Dr. Debra Welkley, Department of Sociology, presented, at the 12th Annual Mentoring Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her presentation, Threads of Support: Mentoring Online Doctoral Students, is a paper derived from her recent research on mentoring in online doctoral programs. The conference, “The Science of Mentoring,” was hosted by the Mentoring Institute and the University of New Mexico. 

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