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  • Professional Activities, January-March 2020


    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.

    Dr. Serge Lee, Social Work, was a guest speaker at the First International Juvenile Law Related Educational Seminar at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing from October 12-13, 2019. His topic was on Understanding Child Delinquency and Gangs in California. On November 16, 2019, Dr. Lee provided a one day workshop to the Changsha School Districts in Hunan Province, China. The workshop  on Multilingual and Multicultural Education and School Social Services was organized by the US Embassy in Beijing, the US Consulate in Wuhan, and the USA Educational Test Service to the Changsha School Districts’ English teachers. On November 25-28, 2019, Dr. Lee was invited by Lanzhou University in Gansu Province, China to give two days lectures to the faculty and graduate students at the School of Philosophy and Sociology. His lectures were on the Globalization of Social Work Education and Services, the Needs for Child Welfare Programs and Services, and Health and Wellbeing of the Former Southeast Asian Refugees in the United States. On December 3 and 6, 2019, Dr. Lee was invited by Hunan Normal University in Hunan Province, China, to provide two lectures to their graduate students and their junior faculty on Preparing and Applying for graduate studies in the United States and the America’s format and style on Journal Articles and Thesis and Dissertation Writing.

    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. Kazue Masuyama, World Languages and Literatures, was invited to conduct a one-day professional development workshop on language assessment and innovative curriculum design for the Illinois Association of Teachers of Japanese (IATJ) on October 19, 2019, Elk Grove, Illinois. She was also invited to conduct a half-day professional development on AP Japanese Languages and Culture Exam for the Association of Northern California Japanese Language Teachers (NCJLT) on November 10, 2019 at University of California, Berkeley. She also presented “Transformative Teaching: 7 inspiring activities empower learner and teacher” (With Mieko Avello) at the 53rd Annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in Washington DC, on Nov. 23, 2019. In addition, as the Chief Reader for Japanese AP Exam, Dr. Kazue Masuyama participated in AP Japanese Exam development on October 4-6 at Princeton, NJ.

    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.

    Mark Stoner, Profesor Emeritus, Communication Studies, has published the revised and extended edition of his book, Making Sense of Messages: A Critical Apprenticeship in Rhetorical Criticism, 2nd ed. with Routledge, 2020.  Stoner's book offers student critics new theoretical models for analyzing messages categorized as the rhetoric of ignorance and for analysis of the complex and fragmented messages that are  ubiquitous in social media. Interested faculty can get link for examine copies on Stoner's homepage:

    Dr. Francis Yuen, DSW, Social Work, has published a new book “Conceptual and Practical Research and Statistics for Social Workers” with Cognella Publishing.  This book helps students tap into their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to develop key competencies in research and statistics.

    Dr. Jian-Zhong “Joe” Zhou, Library Research, was invited to the 15th Annual Comparative Education Conference held at East China Normal University campus and was the co-presenter for “What is in their GE Curriculum: Three California Universities v. Three Chinese Universities,” Shanghai, China, Nov. 16-18, 2019.

    Dr. Jian-Zhong “Joe” Zhou, Library Research, was invited to the International Conference on Minority Education at National Minzu (Minority) University campus and was the co-presenter on “A Comparative Study on College Admission Policies for Minority Students and Interventions to Reduce the Graduation Gap,” Beijing, China, Nov. 23-25, 2019.

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