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Worth Sharing: Faculty Opens Oaxaca Photo Exhibit Spanning 40 Years

Re-photograph blends a modern scenic Oaxaca landscape photo with a classic black and white photo

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Casey Donoho, Timothy Heinze, Youngsu Lee, Marketing, co-authored the article “An International Study of Culture, Gender, and Moral Ideology on Sales Ethics Evaluations: How Should Educators Respond?” published in the Journal of Marketing Education, February 4, 2018.

Dave Hibbard, Psychology, and Gail Walton, Child Development, co-authored two articles, “Exploring Adults’ Emotional Intelligence and Knowledge of Young Children’s Social-Emotional Competence: A Pilot Study,” published in Early Childhood Education Journal, November 2017; and “Parenting, Personality, and Culture as Predictors of Perfectionism,” published in Current Psychology, January 9, 2018.

Carol Huston, School of Nursing, co-wrote the article “Leadership Roles and Management Functions,” which was selected as an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in the Nursing Management and Leadership category.

Paul Lopez, Sociology, published the second edition of his book, ¿Que Fronteras? Mexican Braceros and a Re-examination of the Legacy of Migration, with Kendall/Hall Publishers. The book is a series of articles that adds additional critical examination of the largest guest worker program in the United States. In short, 4.6 million contracts were signed by Mexican male guest workers during the 22-year period that the program was in existence (1942–64).

Joel Minden, Psychology, authored the article “Show your Mind Who’s Boss” in Psychology Today, January 6, 2018.

Fay Mitchell-Brown, School of Nursing, co-authored the paper Managing Panhypopituitarism in Adults,” published in Nursing2017, December 2017, Vol. 47, No. 12.

Russell Shapiro, Geological and Environmental Sciences, co-authored the article “2D/3D Microanalysis by Energy Dispersive X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Tomography” in’s Scientific Reports. His research presents results of analysis of 1.9 billion-year-old fossils utilizing the European Synchrotron at Grenoble, France. The technique is able to resolve the oxidative state of iron at extremely small spatial resolutions. The goal of the research is to try to understand the metabolism of these ancient ecosystems.

Monica So, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and her undergraduate researchers, Vivien Cherrette, Connor Hutcherson, and Jeremy Barnett co-authored the article “Fabrication and Characterization of Perovskite Solar Cells: An Integrated Laboratory Experience,​” published in Journal of Chemical Education, January 2018.

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, was lead author of the article “Beyond the journey: The Lasting Impact of Culinary Tourism Activities,” published in Current Issues in Tourism.

Ela Thurgood, English, authored the article “Generational Changes in Iu-Mien Prevoicing,” published in the journal Acoustical Society and Technology. The Acoustical Society of Japan. Vol. 39, No. 2, in January 2018.


Awards and Activities

Poster for Scott Brady's re-photography exhibitScott Brady, Geography and Planning, helped open an exhibit in Oaxaca, Mexico, with photos of the geography and landscape that Juan Ignacio Bustamante Vasconcelos had shot 40 years before. Check out the story and video for more information. Also, on January 15, the Fundacion Bustamante Vasconcelos in Oaxaca inaugurated the third photographic exposition of his work. He continues to work on a large rephotography project in Oaxaca.

The Department of Anthropology was awarded the Tier 3 Green Office Certification from Chico State’s student-run Sustainability Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) on November 29, 2017. This is the highest award a University department can achieve.

Jesse Dizard, Anthropology, completed his documentary film, Mr. Tanimoto’s Journey, in January. The film centers on Jim Tanimoto, born in Gridley, California, in 1928. He is the last living member of those who refused to sign the loyalty oath illegally administered by the War Relocation Authority at the Tule Lake Segregation Center for imprisoned Americans of Japanese descent during WWII. The film will be broadcast on KVIE PBS TV Sacramento in May.

Susan Green, Multicultural and Gender Studies, was accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program’s Leadership, Organizing and Action sessions from February 5 through May 20.

Christopher Ivey, Biological Sciences, was invited to participate in a Faculty Mentoring Network organized through a partnership between Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) and the Botanical Society of America. The network, Plants By The Numbers, aims to improve quantitative reasoning in students using botanical exercises. Ivey also presented the talk “Evolutionary Ecology of Valley Oak” at a symposium focusing on valley oak genetic resources held December 10, 2017, at the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science.

Joel Minden, Psychology, was awarded the status of Diplomate from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, which is given to individuals who have demonstrated an advanced knowledge of the theory of cognitive therapy and expertise in its practice. He also gave two presentations: “Bouncing Back from Stress,” as the keynote speaker for Chico’s Stress Management Seminar on December 9, 2017; and “Mind Games: Dancers’ Tools for Managing Performance Anxiety” on November 3, 2017, at Downtown Dance Chico. He was also interviewed for popular media articles in The Cut from New York magazine (“Be A Better Listener”), Dance Magazine (“Six Ways to Get Better at Getting Rejected”), and Chico News and Review (“Ten Ways to Get Healthy”).

Rebecca Ormond, Media Arts, Design and Technology, exhibited her stereoscopic art installation, Seasons, in the Year of the Dog exhibition at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts Gallery in Sebastopol, California, in January 2018.

Mallory Prucha, Music and Theatre Arts, passed an extensive entrance exam and was accepted into the United Scenic Artist, Local 829, IATSE, one of the most nationally prestigious representative bodies for individuals working professionally in the entertainment industry.  She is part of the costume design category for the Western Region. Her award winning work can be viewed at here. For more information on United Scenic Artist, please visit their website.

Natalya Shkoda
Natalya Shkoda released her fourth solo piano album in February. (Jason Halley / University Photographer)

Natalya Shkoda, Music and Theatre, released her fourth solo piano CD album on February 2, with the label Centaur Records. Natalya’s new commercial CD features “The Seasons,” Op. 37bis, and the “Album for the Young,” Op. 39 by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–93). The CD was partially sponsored by the California State University Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity grant and recorded at California State University, Sacramento. It is is dedicated to Natalya’s daughter, April Grace Smirnoff. Natalya Shkoda is a concert pianist, recording artist, and artistic director of the Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance Competition. She is also an associate professor of piano and coordinator of keyboard studies at California State University, Chico.

Valene L. Smith, Anthropology, professor emerita, received the 14th World Tourism Organization UNWTO Ulysses Prize for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism in January. Smith is the second female ever to receive this prestigious award.

Monica So, Chemistry and Biochemistry, will present two talks at the 255th American Chemical Society’s National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans in March 2018: “Fabrication and Characterization of Conductive Metal-Organic Framework Coatings by Automated Liquid Phase Epitaxy for Electronics;” and “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Palladium- and Platinum-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks for Thermoelectrics.”

Matthew Stone, Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management, co-authored the paper “Connecting Short-Term Travel Study with Academic Outcomes in Middle School Students” at the West Federation Council of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators West Federation (CHRIE) Conference in Denver, Colorado. He also led a workshop on “Designing Travel Study and Short-Term Study Abroad Programs in Hospitality and Tourism.” Stone was quoted in the Primo Rapport Sul Turismo Enogastronomico Italiano 2018 (First Report on Food and Wine Tourism), released in January 2018, which received media exposure from dozens of outlets in Italy.