Faculty Highlights: July 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

Don Hata, professor emeritus of history, has been appointed to the Distinguished Lectureship Program of the Organization of American Historians through 2016. His lecture topics will include Nikkei (Japanese American) history, 19thcentury to the present, and U.S.-Japan relations in war and peace.

Gilah Hirsh, professor of art, has been invited to become a member of the International Kepes Society, which seeks to preserve the oeuvre of artist György Kepes, artist and founder of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“The Plan: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College” and “The Plan Workbook,” co-authored by Salim Faraji, associate professor of Africana studies, was featured in Essence magazine online and Ebony magazine’s May issue special report “Saving our Sons.”

Doris Ressl, associate professor of dance and dance coordinator, choreographed “Stop Waiting,” which her troupe Ressl Dance! performed during Dances at the Lakes 2013 in Minneapolis in July.  He troupe also presented Dances on the Lakewalk 2013 – A Festival of Dance in Duluth, a two-day event of outdoor dance at Lake Place Park overlooking Lake Superior. She choreographed a site-specific routine that was part of the festival.

Laura Talamante, who has been part of a year-long research series on genre and political transgression for the group Genre, Femme, Méditerranée (GeFeM), presented a talk “Ce n’est pas le genre mais les politiques: les transgressions des femmes pendant la Révolution à  Marseille” (It is not gender but politics: Women’s transgressions during the French Revolution in Marseilles) in May at the Université d’Aix-Marseille in France.


College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Barbara Belmont, lecturer of chemistry and biochemistry, has been awarded the 2013 Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) Undergraduate Analytical Research Program (UARP) grant to promote high-quality, innovative undergraduate research in the field of analytical chemistry. Belmont, who teaches quantitative analysis, will use the $10,000 UARP grant to support up to two CSU Dominguez Hills undergraduate students per semester in directed research or on a supervised project in the field of analytical chemistry. Belmont has also been selected as a new American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow.


College of Professional Studies: School of Health and Human Services

Cynthia Johnson, chair of the School of Nursing, has been elected vice president of the Phi Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. Phi Gamma is STTI’s first virtual chapter, with all its meetings conducted online to support a global community of nurses.


College of Extended and International Education

Patricia Cherin, instructor in Humanities Master of Arts External Degree Program (HUX), wrote the preface to “Le Dernier des Damnés” (13e Notes Editions, May 2013), an anthology of author Gerald Locklin’s writings in French.


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



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