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Professional Activities, April-June 2021

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Bronwyn Fields, Nursing, received formal Quality Matters certification for her course, NURS 171: Transitional Concepts: The Baccalaureate Nurse.

Dr. Chantal Frankenbach, School of Music, recently published an article titled “Selling Orchestral Music in the Vaudeville Age: The Duncan-Damrosch Tours, 1908–1911" in the Journal of the Society for American Music. Frankenbach is also the recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. This award supports work on a chapter of her current book project titled Moving the National Body: Isadora Duncan and the German Public, 1902-1905.

Dr. Frances Furio and Dr. Francis Yuen, Social Work, recently published an article titled “Normative Expectations on Childbearing: A Study of Reproductive Justice” in Early Child Development and Care. This study aims to bring reproductive justice issues to a more in-depth discussion within the field of social work and to explore social work students’ understandings and perspectives on these important issues.

Veronica Hicks, Art, is the recipient of the 2021 National Art Education Association’s, Council for Exceptional Children, and Very Special Arts Peter J. Geisser Special Needs Art Educator of the Year Award. Learn more.

Dr. Jeffrey Hoover, School of Music, has been selected as a finalist in the Vocal Chamber Music professional composer division of The American Prize. With its finalist status, TRANSCENDENCE (voice and piano, poems by American poet Witter Bynner) now moves to the winner's selection stage of the competition. Written specifically for Professor of Voice Robin Fisher, D.M.A., School of Music, it was given its premiere as part of FeNAM 2019 by Fisher and Hatem Nadim. The work is a cycle of songs on the stages of a love relationship, from beginning of friendship to the death of the lover. It also includes a brief prelude for solo piano just before the final song, to give everyone a moment to breathe and think. View the performance:

Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences, wrote an invited blog of his experience as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017-18:

Dillon Marquard, College of Continuing Education, has been awarded second place at the “Save the World” University of California Merced Datathon for his data models and their performance and accessibility to regions with limited infrastructure. The award is given by the Association for Computing Machinery Merced.  Marquard, an instructional associate in the College of Continuing Education’s Artificial Intelligence Youth Program course, used a dataset to work with cardiovascular health on Kaggle, where he developed a risk assessment for cardiovascular disease based on various health metrics utilizing a Random Forest model. Marquard is an AI instructional associate with instructors Stuti Badoni and Dr. Deb Gates, and with advisor Dr. Lani Fraizer and Associate Dean Dr. Pam Wimbush. The program is led by Dr. Ben Fell and Associate Dean Dr. Brian Bedford. With Gates, Badoni, Fraizer and Wimbush, Marquard aims to cultivate the next generation of computer scientists and hopes to continue to give back to the Sacramento and Placer communities that helped him succeed.

Dr. Kikuko Omori, Communication Studies, and Allen, M. R. (2021), published an article, "Narcissism as a predictor of number of selfies: a cross-cultural examination of Japanese and American postings," in Communication Research Reports, 38(3), 186-194. This study investigates the relationship between narcissism and selfie posting using 232 Japanese and 481 American college students. The previous version was presented at the National Communication Association conference.

Dr. Shawna Malvini Redden, Communication Studies, and coauthors recently published an article titled “Everyone’s ‘uncomfortable’ but only some people report: Privacy management, threshold levels, and reporting decisions stemming from coworker online sexual harassment” in the Journal of Applied Communication Research. ( The project examines how employees decide whether to report sexual harassment that happens online.

Dr. Shawna Malvini Redden, Communication Studies, recently published an article with co-author Dr. Amy Way, titled “Working-class wisdom: How relationality and responsibility shape working-class youth’s meaning-making on social media” in the Journal of Applied Communication Research ( The project demonstrates how working-class youth navigate social media in different and meaningful ways, in comparison to more affluent young people.

Dr. Shawna Malvini Redden, Communication Studies, recently authored her first book, 101 Pat-Downs: An Undercover Look at Airport Security and the TSA, published by Potomac Press. The book is a creative nonfiction exploration of airport security, from the passenger and security officer point of view. Published in advance of the TSA’s 20th anniversary in November 2021, the book examines how communicating emotion and identity make security processes challenging and offers tips for making security experiences less stressful. More details available at


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