Faculty Highlights — March 2013

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


College of Arts and Humanities

M. Keith Claybrook, Jr., lecturer of Africana studies, chaired two undergraduate student sessions at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies held March 13-16, “Healing the Hurt and Addressing the Rupture: Addressing the Disconnect in Africana Communities” and “Revealing the (Mis)-Representation and Implications of Popular Notions in Africana Communities.” The sessions’ panelists included CSU Dominguez Hills Africana studies majors.

Salim Farji, chair and associate professor of Africana studies, presented “African Nubiology: Situating Nubia, Sudanic African and the Nile Valley as a Transdisciplinary Enterprise” and chaired the session “Restoring the Legacy of Africana Education: The Plan—A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College” at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies, which took place March 13-16.

Munashe Furusa, acting dean of the College of Arts and Humanities presented and chaired sessions at the 37th Annual Conference of the National Council for Black Studies, which took place March 13-16. He presented “Africana Studies Leadership in Times of Financial Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities.” He chaired “Black Leadership and Black Power,” “Pan Africanist Reflections,” and “Reading African American Literature: Just What is it Saying?”

Scott Morris, lecturer and supervisor of guitar studies, has just completed recording his arrangements of French composer Erik Satie’s music for a CD/DVD and book, “Phonology: the Music of Erik Satie for Guitar.” Accompanying him on the CD are music department chair and oboist Richard Kravchak, Grammy Award-winning guitarist /composer Andrew York, and soprano Nanette Gobel. Guitar Salon International provided him with top of the line guitars for the recording. To listen to his recording of “Nocturne No. 3” on a rare 1956 Robert Bochet guitar, visit http://youtu.be/HYom1UTCH4c.


College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology and pre-health adviser, was a guest speaker at the Fourth Joint Annual Research Symposium, organized by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Office of Undergraduate Research at Tuskegee University. The symposium, which took place March 14 and 15, combined the 14th annual HBCU-UP Research Symposium, the 39th annual Sigma Xi Symposium, and the Third Annual Minority Access to Minority Careers (MARC) Symposium. He gave a talk, “Sex Hormones: From the Farm to the Laboratory to the Clinic” on his research on the female reproductive cycle.

Terry McGlynn, associate professor of biology, was the lead author of “A Test of Species-Energy Theory: Patch Occupancy and Colony Size in Tropical Rainforest Litter-Nesting Ants,” which has been published as an Online Version of Record in the journal Oikos.

Matt Mutchler, associate professor of sociology, was the lead author on “Using Peer Ethnography to Address Health Disparities Among Young Urban Black and Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men,” which was published online as an e-view Ahead of Print in the American Journal of Public Health. Alumni Kristie Gordon (Class of ’12, B.A., sociology) was cited as a co-author.



Expert Quotes

Recent quotes in the media from faculty

“You take a chance when you change the name of anything. I don’t see a problem with Home Depot Center changing to StubHub Center, but the rebranding process is always risky, just because of the simple matter that people don’t know what you’re referring to. In this case, StubHub is a better matchup because it’s a sports-related business versus a home improvement store.” – Melissa St. James, associate professor of marketing, quoted in “Home Depot Center in Carson will be StubHub Center” (Press-Telegram, March 4)

“We are having a problem separating ourselves from our technology. Research in the U.S. shows that two-thirds of teenagers and young adults check their phone every 15 minutes.” –Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, quoted in “Technology Causing Communication Breakdown” (South China Morning Post, The Edge Malaysia, Yahoo! Finance Singapore, Feb 27)


Faculty members are encouraged to send accomplishments for publication in Dateline to abentleysmith@csudh.edu


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