Faculty Highlights: May 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

Nancy Cheever, chair and associate professor of communication co-wrote with Mark Carrier, chair and professor of psychology, Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, “Facebook and Texting Made Me Do It: Media-induced Task-switching While Studying” which was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, 29, no. 3 (May 2013). The article is based on their research of students as they studied.

Jonathon Grasse, associate professor of music, was named a winner in the string trio composition competition of the American Composers Forum, Los Angeles Chapter. His winning piece premiered April 30 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

Richard Kravchak, professor and chair of music, will be a featured artist during the 42nd Annual IDRS (International Double Reed Society) Conference taking place June 25-29 at the University of Redlands. He will present a 30-minute recital of new works created for him by Los Angeles composers.

Rodney Oakes, adjunct faculty in humanities, composed a new work. “Machuat Variations No. 2, for the Elysian Trombone Consort, a quartet of trombonists from the Louisville and Cincinnati orchestras. The work will premiere at the 42nd annual International Trombone Festival at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia in June. The same quartet performed Oakes’ “Rondeau for OGOGO Bones” at the National College of Music Society Conference in November 2012.

Jung Sun Park, professor of Asian pacific studies, gave a lecture, “What is Behind the Emergence and Success of the Korean Wave?” at Vassar College on April 18. She also was invited by the Education Department of the Korean Consulate General of Los Angeles to review applications for the Korean Government Scholarship Program for Graduate Students, and by the Japanese Consulate General of Los Angeles to serve as an interviewer for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.


College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Richard Malamud, professor of accounting, has had several article published in Spindell Publishing Inc.’s monthly publication Elder Client Planner. For the February issue, he contributed “65 Day Rule: Reducing Taxes on Fiduciary Returns” addressing the issue of how to minimize the taxes on complex trusts. In April, he contributed “This Old House: How is it Taxed?” discussing the tax treatment of inherited principal residences. In the May issue, his article “Estate Tax Allocations: How to Decide Who Pays” was published. It analyzes what happens when an estate owes the Federal Estate Tax and there are multiple sources of potential payments.


College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Jerry Moore, professor of anthropology, was a guest on the California Edition, a news program that airs on the California Channel on cable networks statewide.  Moore discussed the archaeological dig project he and his students have been involved in at the Adobe Rancho Dominguez Museum for several years.

Terry McGlynn, associate professor of biology, has been awarded a $243,922 National Science Foundation grant through its International Research Experience for Students to send three cohorts of four CSU Dominguez Hills students to Australia in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for seven months each. There, they will conduct research on climate change in collaboration with scientists at the CSIRO Tropical Ecosystems Research Centre in the Northern Territory.

Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology ad pre-health adviser, co-presented a talk, “Brainstorming: Diversity in the West” as part of the Western Association of Advisors of the Health Professions regional meeting May 3-5 in Irvine. The session was designed to discuss actions and strategies to encourage diversity in the sciences.

Sue Needham, professor and chair of anthropology, has been selected by Teach Cambodia as one of its international visiting scholars and will be traveling to Cambodia this summer to help develop curriculum for an ethnographic field school. While there she will also be conducting research on Cambodian shadow puppet theatre.

Mark Carrier, chair and professor of psychology, Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, co-wrote with Nancy Cheever, chair and associate professor of communication, “Facebook and Texting Made Me Do It: Media-induced Task-switching While Studying” which was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, 29, no. 3 (May 2013). The article is based on their research of students as they studied.


College of Professional Studies: School of Health and Human Services

Yan-hua Huang and Claudia Peyton, associate professors of occupational therapy, presented at the American Occupation Therapy Association’s 2013 Annual Conference. Their poster presentations were, “Burden and Stress of Caregiving for an Elderly Family Member who has Fallen,” “Quality of Life and Social Relationships: An Exploratory Sequential Mixed Method,” and “Self Efficacy and Quality of Life among Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.”


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David Churchman, emeritus professor of behavioral sciences and faculty of Humanities Master of Arts External Degree (HUX) program, had had his latest book published. “Why We Fight: The Nature, Origins, and Management of Human Conflict” (University Press of America, 2013) draws on 24 academic disciplines to provide a critical analysis of some 100 theories that explain the origins, nature, and management of human conflict.



Academic Support Programs

Cheryl McKnight, director of the Center for Student Learning, Internships and Civic Engagement, contributed an article, “Changing Spirits: Sweats and Recovery,” in the journal on California Indians, News from Native California, 26, no.3 (2013).

Ben Mendez and Cathy Ngo, academic advisers in the University Advisement Center, presented two papers at the annual Region 9 Conference of the National Academic Advising Association, the first time advisers of the university have presented at an academic conference. They presented on, “Professional Academics or Talking Catalogs: The Perceptions of Academic Advising on Campus,” and “The Impact of Stopping Out in Reaching Graduation at CSUDH.”



Expert Quotes

Recent quotes and/or media interviews in the media from faculty

“It shouldn’t be only the district’s obligation. It should be our obligation to step in and say, ‘wait a minute, this teacher might be struggling, what are we going to do as an institute of higher education?” – Kamal Hamdan, director of the Urban Teacher Residency program within the Division of Teacher Education, quoted in “Alternative Routes to Teaching Become More Popular Despite Lack of Evidence” (Education News, May 17)

“We were amazed at how frequently they multitasked, even though they knew someone was watching. It really seems that they could not go for 15 minutes without engaging their device.” – Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, quoted in “You’ll Never Learn” (Slate, May 3, and subsequently picked up by other publications) on a study he and fellow professor Mark Carrier and Nancy conducted on how students study.

“If you’re out at a restaurant with a group of people and they’re picking up their phones, you know people are not attending to you… It’s not obvious with Glass. You’re creating a situation where attention becomes ambiguous.” – Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, quoted in “Google Glass Etiquette: A Work in Progress” (Techweb, May 10).


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



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