Faculty Highlights: November 2012

Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and articles that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments in this section.

Lynne Cook, professor of education, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee of the National Center for Intensive Intervention at the American Institutes for Research. Established by the U.S. Department of Education, NCII seeks to address the national need to improve outcomes for students with disabilities who require intensive intervention due to persistent learning and behavioral problems. The committee comprises seven experts in the field of special education whose role is to provide advice and consultation to NCII regarding its ongoing programs and future plans.

Prakash Dheeriya, professor of accounting, finance and law, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Carson-Gardena-Dominguez’s monthly meeting in October. He spoke to the Rotarians about the importance of financial education for youth, a topic for which he has authored numerous books.

Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology, along with student Kumar Tiger, participated in the Hippocratics Circle, a mentor program through Kaiser Permanente, at which high-risk youth in the community learn about the medical profession. Landefeld and Tiger spoke to students from Dodson Middle School about preparing for their future and careers in the sciences. The program was part of the university’s Day at Dominguez open house in October.

Richard Malamud, professor of accounting, finance and law, had his article, “Taxation of Foreclosures and Short Sales in California,” published in the October 22 edition of State Tax Notes magazine. It discusses the question of whether a new California law on short sales causes those sales to be treated as recourse or nonrecourse loans for tax purposes. The difference can have substantial consequences, as one is treated as relief of liability income and the other as a sale.

Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology, has been appointed editor of a new publication series, “Archaeologies of Landscape in the Americas,” which will be published by the University of New Mexico Press. Incorporating diverse approaches of landscape archaeology and investigating prehistoric, historic, and modern societies, the new series will include case studies from North America, Mesoamerica, and South America.

“Harvest of Loneliness,” co-directed by Vivian Price, associate professor of interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of the Labor Studies Program, was screened at the LatinUY 2012, Uruguay’s Latin American film festival in November. The 2011 award-winning documentary explores the historical accounts of migrant Mexican farm workers brought to the U.S. from 1942 to 1964 under the temporary contract worker program known as the Bracero Program.

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