August 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Five Psychology Department faculty presented six symposia and four posters with eight doctoral students and one undergraduate student at the 119th annual convention of the American Psychological Association Washington, D.C.  Dr. Valerie Jordan, Professor of Psychology, chaired a symposium that involved six doctoral students.  Dr. Chris Liang, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented at a conversation hour and delivered three posters with an undergraduate and three doctoral students.  Dr. Rocio Rosales Mesa, Assistant Professor of Psychology, participated in two symposia as did Dr. Nadine Nakamura, Assistant Professor of Psychology.  Dr. Joan Twohey-Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and a graduate student presented a poster.  The doctoral students were Danielle Bryce, Natalie Roweiheb, Reena Patel, Sarah Tallentire, Elisabeth Knauer, Errin Price, Larissa Hul, and Nelly Amini; the undergraduate was Brianne Ballard.  Their research topics addressed masculinity issues among Latino men, Latino college student experiences, perceived discrimination and just world beliefs, acculturation experiences of immigrants, relationship satisfaction among men in romantic relationships with men, ethics, and ethno-political violence in India.

August 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, Associate Professor of Management, and Christine Jagannathan, Instructor of Business Communication, recently published “Bridging the Gap:  The Role of Outreach Programs in Granting College Access to First Generation Students” in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, vol. 15, no. 1 (2011).

This paper represents findings of a college outreach program that targeted first generation students to help bridge their path to college education. The study examined outreach program participants’ actual college attendance with their stated intentions to attend college while they were still 11th graders. The targeted population was 118 high school juniors who participated in a three-week business camp in 2007 and 2008. The camp introduced them to various topics in business education and helped them overcome issues that restrict their college ambitions. A follow up of the program’s former participating students revealed that 95% of 2007and 2008 participants are actually attending college as compared to 97% who indicated their intention to go to college. The study concluded that attending the summer business program motivates students to attend college. However, the study did not find a positive correlation between attending a summer business program and majoring in a business discipline.

July 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Andrea G. Labinger, Professor of Spanish Emerita, has been awarded two translation grants by Programa SUR, under the auspices of the Argentine government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Biblioasis (Canada) will publish her translation of Liliana Heker’s “El fin de la historia” (English title:  “The End of the Story“), while her translation of Ángela Pradelli’s “Amigas mías” (English title:  “Friends of Mine“) will be published by Latin American Literary Review Press.  The projected publication date for both titles is 2012.

July 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Paul Alvarez

Dr. Paul Alvarez, Professor of Movement and Sports Sciences, will travel to Shenzhen, China, to serve as an Assistant Athletic Trainer on the medical staff of Team USA participating in the 26th Universiade.  Also known as the World University Games, the Universiade will take place between August 12-24 and will feature the best college and university student-athletes in the world.  It is second only to the Olympics in size and scope as a sporting event.  Dr. Alvarez will be part of the medical staff that includes Team Physician Ron Olson, MD, of Duke University and Head Athletic Trainer Leroy Heu, ATC, of UC, Santa Barbara. The staff will coordinate medical care for the almost 500 American student-athletes participating in the Shenzhen Games. Previously, Dr. Alvarez served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Team USA delegation that participated in the 25th Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009.

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July 29, 2011 by academic-affairs

New painting by Dion Johnson

Dion Johnson, Director of University Art Galleries, will exhibit a show, “New Paintings,” at Western Project, 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, from July 30 through September 3, 2011.  The opening reception is Saturday, July 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Western Project describes Johnson’s exhibition as follows:  “Using bold planes of color, Johnson reaffirms the tradition of Southern California hard edge painting for this millennium. Aware of predecessors such as Karl Benjamin, and John McLaughlin, and their interest in landscape and the environment, the artist moves hard edge towards a more Pop language; flat planes of intense color merging and moving against another, shifting stratas of atmosphere and light echo the intersections of urban culture and nature. His influences are historic, from Matisse to Howard Hodgkin to Jeremy Blake’s videos. Los Angeles’ miasma of roadside billboards and architecture inspire his use of commercial color, blending the synthetic cityscape into abstract forms; our social artifice transformed in to an optical aesthetic. The paintings are composed on the computer and conversely drawn and made by hand. His flat radiant colors recall the 1960’s work of Lorser Feitelson and many of Johnson’s dynamic compositions bring to mind Morris Louis’ pour paintings from the same era. Most profoundly, Johnson’s use of color exemplifies the sensation of life in Southern California; an eternal summer, not as cliché, but as experience; a vivid clarity, a richness of life, a balance of sweet and sour, in complete abundance.”

July 28, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. William Cook, Professor of English

Dr. William Cook, Professor of English, published an opinion piece, “Freedom of expression subverted in Israel, US,” in  “Al Jazeera” on July 25.  Dr. Cook argues that both nations have recently passed anti-democratic laws.

July 28, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Janis Dietz

Dr. Janis Dietz, Professor of Business Administration, recently published a book review of “Brand Avatar: Translating Virtual World Branding into Real World Success,” by Alycia De Mesa, in the “Journal of Product and Brand Management,” vol 20, no 2 , 2011.

July 21, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Loren Dyck, Assistant Professor of Management, was selected to teach a Human Resource Management course and give an invited lecture on leadership in China during June. The course is part of a new M.B.A. program taught in English at the Beijing Institute of Technology. The lecture, “Igniting Resonance in Leadership,” was given to a group of Beijing government employees as part of a professional development program of the Beijing Dongcheng District.

Dr. Dyck described his lecture as follows:  Sparking passion and engagement in others is a critical skill for leaders especially considering recent natural disasters, current tumultuous economic conditions, and soaring health care costs that characterize the landscape of a leader’s frontier. The ability of leaders to draw upon the unique visions, values, and strengths both within themselves and in others will help them navigate and possibly transcend these obstacles by forming trusting and resonant relationships. Some of our questions for this lecture include:

  • What is resonance?
  • How have successful leaders developed resonance?
  • How do we develop resonant relationships with others?
  • How can we leverage our strengths to build resonance?
  • What process can we use to make sustained, desired change in our lives as leaders?

July 21, 2011 by academic-affairs

Dr. Christine Broussard, Professor of Biology and Noyce Program Director, accompanied Noyce Scholars, Caitlin Kams and Madeline Clements, to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce meeting in Washington, D.C., July 6-8.  The Noyce Scholars presented posters highlighting work done in collaboration with their senior thesis mentor, Dr. Kathleen Weaver, Associate Professor of Biology, addressing aspects of the importance of hands-on learning in science education.  Caitlin Kams presented her work developing interactive, inquiry-based lessons for high school students, teaching the lessons with La Verne’s Science Squad at a local high school, and determining the effectiveness of the lessons in improving attitudes toward science learning.  Madeline Clements presented her work developing online resource tools for undergraduate Animal Biology to enrich the La Verne laboratory experience. The tools include images and videos of live organisms, data collected by previous laboratory classes, and a digital notebook.

The NSF Noyce Program provides exemplary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and teacher education programs with scholarships for STEM majors on the teaching track.  Noyce Scholars can earn up to $45,000 in scholarship monies toward a bachelor’s degree in a STEM major and the teaching credential.

July 1, 2011 by academic-affairs

Teri McMurtry-Chubb, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Legal Writing, was recently elected to the Board of the Directors for the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).  ALWD is the national organization for all legal writing directors.  It publishes the “Journal of Legal Communications & Rhetoric” and is also known for the “ALWD Manual:  A Professional System of Citation.”