Faculty Highlights: July 2014

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 and more in this section.


College of Arts and Humanities

Gilah Hirsch, professor of art, has been invited as the featured artist at the Songambele Arts Festival in Nairobi, Kenya, in August. During the weeklong festival, Hirsch’s art will be publicly displayed and she will be giving presentations on her research in the area of healing through art, as well as visiting with doctors and patients in local hospitals and educators in schools regarding the importance of art and participating in an artists’ workshop.

Nancy Cheever, chair and professor of communication, co-authored with Mark Carrier, professor and chair of psychology, Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, and communications major Amber Chavez, “Out of sight is not out of mind: The impact of restricting wireless device use on anxiety levels among low, moderate and high users,” which appears in Computers in Human Behavior 37(7) 290-297.


College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Mark Carrier, professor and chair of psychology, Larry Rosen, professor of psychology, co-authored with Nancy Cheever, chair and professor of communication and communications major Amber Chavez, “Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind: The Impact of Restricting Wireless Device Use on Anxiety Levels Among Low, Moderate and High Users,” which appears in Computers in Human Behavior 37(7) 290-297.

Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology and pre-health advisor, attended the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions meeting in San Francisco in June. He currently serves on the NAAHP Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Jeb Middlebrook, assistant professor of sociology, presented “The Police as Amplifiers: Noise, the State and Policing the Crisis” at the Invisible Places | Sounding Cities: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place symposium and exhibition in Portugal on July 19.

Matt Mutchler, professor of sociology and director of the Urban Community Research Center, presented research he conducted with CSU Dominguez Hills students, AIDS Project LA, the University of Alabama, and the UC San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, “‘Relationship-Reading’ and HIV Risk in Two U.S. Regions: Peer Ethnographers Explore Sexual Health Communication between Young Black Gay Men and Their Friends” at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia, on July 24.

In June before members of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV and the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services, Mutchler presented preliminary research findings on “Project MedNet: A Study of the Social Networks of African American Men and Women Living with HIV,” a National Institutes of Healtfunded grant project with AIDS Project LA, the RAND Corporation and Harvard University.

Terry McGlynn, associate professor of biology, presented “Top Predators, Habitat Complexity and the Biodiversity of Litter-dwelling” during a panel on social insect ecology from a functional trait at the International Union of the Study of Social Insects annual International Congress in Australia. Also attending the conference were CSUDH students who have been in Australia since January as part of a National Science Foundation International Research Experiences for Students grant.

McGlynn also presented “Behavior and Ecological Mechanisms of Conspecific Food Robbing in Neotropical Ant Ectatomma Ruidum” during a symposium on insect ecology and diversity at the 51st annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation also in Australia.

Sue Needham, chair and professor of anthropology and acting chair of political science, is working with the Cambodian community in Long Beach to form the first Cambodian Lakhon Sbaek Thom (Shadow Puppet Theater) troupe in the United States. She was in Cambodia in June as an international visiting scholar for the nonprofit Teach Cambodia, conducting research on Cambodian shadow puppet theater, and brought back 17 of the 6-foot high leather shadow puppets that are used in the oral musical theater tradition that was nearly lost during the Khmer Rouge regime.



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Gus Martin, associate vice president of human resources and professor of criminal justice administration. “Understanding Homeland Security” (SAGE, July 2014). Martin’s sixth book on the subject of terrorism and homeland security, this textbook covers emergency management, terrorism, criminal justice administration, intelligence, armed conflict and social environments in a modern, post Sept. 11 era.


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Randy Cauthen, professor of English. “Slow Night” (2014) is a book of lyrics set in the third century A.D. along the Silk Road told in the voice of imagined Chinese poet Po Kuan, an exile who comes in contact with the various competing mythologies of that time and place. This is Cauthen’s third book. Cauthen gave a reading of his book in Charleston, South Carolina, in June and will be giving a reading on July 24 at Stories Books in Echo Park.


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Judson Grenier, emeritus professor of history. “George Carson: Los Angeles Pioneer” (Los Angeles: The Historical Society of Southern California, 2014), a biography of a nineteenth century Southern California businessman and politician who married into the Dominguez family, which owned much of the South Bay region, including the site of CSU Dominguez Hills. He is the namesake of the City of Carson.




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