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Faculty Highlights
June - September 2011

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Grants and Awards

Lauren Benz, PhD

Lauren Benz, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a $35,000 Cottrell College Science Award from Research Corporation. Her project, “Surface Supported Metal-organic Frameworks: A Fundamental Investigation of Adsorption and Reactivity of Energy Relevant Molecules” began July 1st and is expected to provide new, fundamental insight into the interaction of gases with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and thus provide guidance for improvements in energy storage and catalysis by MOFs. Undergraduate researchers will share in the experience.

Michel Boudrias, Marine Science and Environmental Studies

Michel Boudrias, PhD, MARS and Scott Anders, EPIC have received supplemental funding from NSF for their CCEP-I project “Climate Science Meets Social Psychology and Strategic Communications: Applying Proven Learning and Communication Strategies to Climate Literacy in the San Diego Region.” The $249,875 supplement will allow early implementation of their project to the community through videos to test the theoretical framework for climate education strategies.

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Dean Mary Boyd, PhD, has received $599,414 from the National Science Foundation for her project “Advancing Female Faculty: Institutional climate, Retention and Mentoring (AFFIRM).” Along with Co-PIs Lisa Baird, PhD, Michelle Camacho, PhD, Jane Friedman, PhD, Susan Lord, PhD, Perla Myers, PhD and Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, PhD, Dean Boyd will lead the project. AFFIRM, a four year award funded through the NSF ADVANCE program has three primary goals. It will foster an environment that understands, embraces, and supports a diverse faculty, recruit women faculty (with a particular emphasis on women of color), and support the retention and advancement of female faculty.

Tim Clark, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Timothy Clark, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry successfully transferred to USD year two and three of his three-year NIH grant, “Developing the Synthetic Utility of the Copper-Catalyzed Dibortion of Carbonyls and Imines.” The project funded by NIH proposes to establish the synthetic utility of the resulting dibortion products for accessing challenging functional group arrays. Research funds remaining for years two and three total $431,180.

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Christopher Daley, PhD, Mitchell Malachowski, PhD, and Robert Dutnall, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, have successfully procured funding from the National Science Foundation for “MRI: Acquisition of a Multipurpose X-Ray Diffraction System for Chemical and Biochemical Research, Training, and Undergraduate Education.” The $268,000 equipment will add state-of-the-art instrumentation for structure determination; enhance the curricular emphasis on structure through the incorporation of X-ray diffraction into the laboratory setting starting with organic chemistry through to upper division laboratory courses in instrumental, organic, inorganic, and biophysical chemistry; increase the amount of meaningful materials-related chemistry in the curriculum, and significantly augment faculty research programs.

May C. Fu, PhD, Ethnic Studies

May C. Fu, PhD, Ethnic Studies, is Coordinator for the USD All Nations Institute for Community Achievement which received a Center for Inclusion and Diversity grant for the Tribal Liaison Pilot Initiative this summer. She chaired the search committee which hired the university's first Tribal Liaison to address the recruitment and retention of American Indian students, staff, and faculty at USD and build relationships between USD and American Indian tribal and off-reservation communities throughout San Diego County.

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Eben Goodale, PhD, Biology, has begun a one year project funded by The San Diego Foundation, Blasker Science and Technology Grants Program. The $35,916.00 grant supports research on “How Social Bees Respond to Information about Predation in San Diego County: Teaching Science Through Research on Critical Pollinators.” The research hopes to understand how social bees, important but declining pollinators in San Diego County, use the olfactory information other bee species deposit on flowers to gather information about their predators.

Sarah Gray, PhD, Marine Science and Environmental Studies

John Halaka, MFA, Art, Architecture +Art History, has been awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to develop an oral history/video/drawing project during the 2011-2012 academic year. Halaka’s project will explore the personal narratives of Palestinian refugees that were displaced to Lebanon in 1948. During his stay in Lebanon, Halaka will be an “Affiliate Scholar” with the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut.

Sarah Gray, PhD, Marine Science and Environmental Studies

Sarah Gray, PhD, Marine Science and Environmental Studies, is once again awarded funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). Previous funding has supported Sara’s ongoing studies since 2008 in St. John, US Virgin Islands where sediment constitutes the largest pollutant of coastal waters by volume and is thought to be the primary cause of coral reef degradation. This current 18-month award of $94,844 will allow her to continue monitoring the Bay to assess the effectiveness of erosion and sediment control practices put in place to reduce sediment-loading rates into the coastal waters and coral reefs.

Matt Zwolinski, PhD, Philosophy

Matt Zwolinski, PhD, Philosophy, has received an award of $10,303 from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation for his project entitled “Philosophical and Economic Foundations of Political Liberty.” His project will support course development, student fellowships and an undergraduate reading group. Students in the reading group will meet weekly to discuss David Boaz’s The Libertarian Reader and will include guest speakers from around the San Diego area on various topics relating to political and economic liberty.

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Rev. John J. Bombaro, Ph.D., Theology and Religious Studies, published a book in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series, entitled: Jonathan Edwards's Vision of Reality: The Relationship of God to the World, Redemption History, and the Reprobate (Pickwick, 2011). It is a study that focuses on the American response to the British Enlightenment, spearheaded by the brilliant but eccentric New England Puritan, Jonathan Edwards, and his comprehensive reconsideration of reality. Additionally, Rev. Bombaro published a chapter entitled “The Scandal of Christian Particularity: The Fairness Doctrine and the Problem of Restrictivism” in Making the Case: Case Studies in Christian Apologetics. (St. Louis: Concordia, 2011).

Jan Gist

Jan Gist, MFA, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, was granted the rank of tenured full professor. After vocal coaching the Graduate Theatre Department's Winter's Tale and Importance of Being Earnest, she was voice, speech and dialect coach for The Old Globe Theatre's Life of Riley, August: Osage County, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, and Amadeus. Through July she taught voice and text for The Professional Actors Intensive at The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. A chapter- interview of Professor Gist was included in the recently published book, Voice and Speech in the New Milenium; Conversations With Master Teachers.

Veronica Galvan, PhD

David Harnish, PhD, Music, published his coedited/co-written book, Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia, with Oxford University Press (2011). He gave two presentations during the summer: “Between Traditionalism and Postmodernism: The Balinese Performing Arts Institution, Çudamani” at the International Council for Traditional Music conference in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada; and “Interactions Between Balinese and Sasak Religious Organizations in Lombok” at the Negotiating Inter-Religious Relationships in Bali and Lombok conference at the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Michelle Jacob, PhD, Ethnic Studies

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD, Ethnic Studies, had her book chapter “We Want a Lifetime Commitment, Not Just Sweet Words: Native Visions for Educational Healing” accepted for publication in the forthcoming University of British Columbia Press anthology, Leadership Unbound: Native Narratives on Building Strong Communities, edited by Carolyn Kenny (Antioch University) and Tina Ngaroimata Fraser (University of Northern British Columbia). In August 2011, Dr. Jacob presented research findings at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in a paper entitled “Culture, Identity and the Wapato Indian Club: An Emerging Theory of Indigenous Social Change.”

Ken Keith, PhD, Psychology

Ken Keith, PhD, Psychological Sciences, is co-editor of a new book, Promoting Student Engagement - Vol. 1: Programs, Techniques, & Opportunities, published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He is also author of a chapter in the same book. The chapter is titled “The Last Word: Engaging Students for Life.” Dr Keith is author of an article, “The Last Day of Class: Achieving Graceful Endings,” appearing in the summer issue of Psychology Teacher Network, a publication of the American Psychological Association. He also presented the keynote talk, titled “National Undergraduate Learning Outcomes: Psychology for Life,” at the Southern California Teaching of Psychology Conference in August. In July, Dr. Keith made two presentations at the Advanced Placement Annual Conference in San Francisco, “Results of the 2011 Advanced Placement Psychology Exam Administration,” and “The Best is Yet to Be: Approaches to Teaching Development.”

Simon Koo, PhD, Mathematics and Computer Science

Simon Koo, PhD, Mathematics and Computer Science, and USD student Matthew Gigli, had their paper titled “Internet of Things: Service and Applications Categorization” published in the July issue of Advances in Internet of Things.Dr. Koo was also elevated to the grade of Senior Member in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers). Only 8% of the 400,000 members hold this grade, which requires extensive experience, and reflects professional maturity and documented achievements of significance.

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Mitch Malachowski, PhD, and Tammy Dwyer, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, published a paper, “Requiring Research for all Students in a Major: Opportunities and Challenges” in the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly. 32, 23- 28, 2011. Dr. Malachowski coordinated a workshop on “Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research” for the state of Tennessee NSF-EPSCOR program from April 8-10, 2011 at Belmont College. The workshop brought together 55 faculty and administrators from nine institutions interested in increasing the participation of undergraduates in faculty scholarship. Dr. Malachowski delivered the four plenary lectures and worked with the teams to generate their goals for research.

In addition, Dr. Malachowski attended the West Coast Conference Executive Council meeting in San Francisco from May 31-June 2, 2011. As USD’s Faculty Athletic Representative, he serves on the Executive Council of the conference and its Academic and Legislation Committee.

Maria Pascuzzi, STD, Theology and Religious Studies

Maria Pascuzzi, STD, Theology and Religious Studies, had paper entitled, “A Case for the Authenticity of Colossians” presented for her at the 74th International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, held at Assumption College, Worcester, MA, August 2011.

Gail Perez, PhD, Ethnic Studies

Gail Perez, PhD, Ethnic Studies/English, published a two-part feature, “Through Our Blood: Restoration of Historic Chicano Murals Begins” and “Revitalization Not Restoration: A People’s Art,” in La Prensa de San Diego. She co-authored the second piece with Chicano Artist David Avalos, who also did the photographs. She has obtained funding from the Center on Diversity and Inclusion at USD and from CLAH UCSD to create a video archive of interviews with artists who will be participating in the $1.6 million restoration project at San Diego’s historic Chicano Park.

Marianne Pfau, PhD, Music

Marianne R. Pfau, PhD, Music, published a book with Bjoern Lindemann (photography, technical drawing), The Hautboys Reed Book: Concise Reed Making Manual for Baroque Oboe/Kurzanleitung zum Rohrblattbau fuer Barockoboe, with Egge Verlag, Koblenz am Rhein (2011). She also published four volumes of sheet music, edited from manuscript sources at Lund University Library in Sweden, with critical apparatus and commentary, Jean Michel Muller: XII Sonates à un Hautbois de Concert... Amsterdam: Estienne Roger Marchand Libraire (c. 1710), [vols 7, 8, 9, and 10], with Prima La Musica! Urtext Editions, Arbroath, England (2011).

Tom Reifer, PhD, Sociology

Tom Reifer, PhD, Sociology, published “Global Inequalities, Alternative Regionalisms & the Future of Socialism,” in Austrian Journal of Development Studies, Special Issue on Giovanni Arrighi: A Global Perspective, Volume XXVII, Issue #1, Summer 2011, pp. 72-94. An online copy is available here regionalism-and-future-socialism. Additionally, an online podcast of a talk Dr. Reifer gave last Spring entitled “Mapping Comparative Colonialities, Genocides and ‘Holocausts’: Towards a New Research Agenda,” Conference on “Reorienting the World: DeColonial Horizons,” hosted by the Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia, March 22-23, 2011, is available here

Belinda Lum, PhD, Sociology, and Tom Reifer published “Immigrant Rights, Borders & the Labor Movement: A Future to Win,” in Wounded Border/Frontera Herida: Writings on the San Diego-Tijuana Region & Beyond (City Works Press, 2011).

Susannah Stern, PhD, Communication Studies

Susannah Stern, PhD, Communication Studies, co-authored an article titled “Mitigating the Effects of Advergames on Children: Do Advertising Breaks Work?” in the spring issue of the Journal of Advertising. The article was also profiled on the New York Times website says/?scp=2&sq=susannah+stern&st=nyt. Dr. Stern also presented her research on teen films and substance use at the International Communication Association annual convention in Boston in May 2011.

Monica Stufft, PhD, Theatre

Monica Stufft, Ph.D., Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, co-authored an article with recently graduated USD student Michael Frederick Ahmad entitled “Performances that Matter: Theory and Practice on a Catholic University Campus” in the spring issue of Ecumenica. She also published a review of When Broadway Was the Runway: Theatre, Fashion and American Culture in the spring issue of Theatre History Studies. Dr. Stufft recently attended the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Chicago where she presented a paper entitled “Producing Collaboration: Assessment Tools for the Ensemble,” and was a roundtable participant on the “To Thrive: Social Justice Theatre on a Catholic Campus” panel as well as serving as the co-coordinator for four panels as part of the Theory and Criticism Focus Group entitled “Presenting Remains/Remaining Present: Imagining the Archive.” She also supervised Molly Maslak’s SURE project entitled “The Performativity of Punk.”

Karen Teel, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies

Karen Teel, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, published an essay entitled “Christianity as Closed Monotheism? A Contemporary Catholic Approach to Interreligious Dialogue,” in Religion, Economics, and Culture in Conflict and Conversation, ed. Laurie Cassidy and Maureen H. O'Connell (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2011), 255-75. This is the College Theology Society's annual volume from the 2010 meeting in Portland, Oregon, where Dr. Teel presented an early version of the paper.

Drew Talley, PhD, Marine Science and Environmental Studies

Drew M. Talley, PhD, Marine Science and Environmental Studies, spent much of the summer in Baja California collecting data on spatial subsidies and their effect on island food webs, while also mentoring a McNair scholar, Jessica Andrade, studying wetland fishes in Mission Bay, CA. Dr. Talley had two peer-reviewed articles published in the journal Marine Ecology this summer: “Marine Ecology As a Framework for Preparing the Next Generation of Scientific Leaders,” and another with co-author Dr. Theresa Talley (adjunct, Biology) and others, “The Role of Cyanobacteria in Southern California Salt Marsh Food Webs.” In August, Dr. Talley gave a lecture on the topic of habitat connectivity to an audience at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, which will air on UCTV and Apple's iTunes U in late September.

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Presentations, Panels, and Workshops

Jonathan Bowman, PhD, Communication Studies

Jonathan Bowman, PhD, Communication Studies, co-presented research at the International Communication Association annual convention in Boston that he co-authored with Roger Pace, PhD, a colleague in the same department. That research is titled: “Dual-tasking Effects on Outcomes of Mobile Communication Technology.” He also co-presented research at the INGRoup Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research annual convention in Minneapolis that he co-authored with Gwen Wittenbaum, PhD, from Michigan State University. That research is titled “Time Pressure Affects Process and Performance in Hidden-Profile Groups.”

Ali Gheissair, PhD, History

Ali Gheissari, PhD, History, had the following publications in 2011: an expanded Persian version of his earlier essay, “Despots of the World Unite! Satire in the Iranian Constitutional Press: The Majalleh-ye Estebdad, 1907-1908” (in Payam-e Baharestan, Vol. 10, winter 2011, pp. 866-892); “Interpretation in the Sociology of Knowledge” (Falsafeh (Philosophy), No. 46, Tehran, July 2011, pp. 101-117); “The American College of Tehran, 1929-1931: A Memorial Album” (in Iranian Studies, Vol. 44, No. 5, September 2011, pp. 671-713); review of Lloyd Ridgeon (ed.), Iranian Intellectuals: 1997-2007 (London and New York: Routledge, 2008, in Iranian Studies, 44/2, 2011, pp. 299-301); and review of Touraj Atabaki (ed.), Iran in the 20th century: Historiography and Political Culture (London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 2009, forthcoming in Iranian Studies, September 2011). His published interviews include: “Iranian Intellectuals, Past and Present” (interview of Ali Ahmadi Motlagh with Ali Gheissari, Muftah, posted on March 10, 2011, available at:; “Social Thought and its significance for Sociology” (Iranian Sociological Association (ISA), interview with Ali Gheissari, on the occasion of Regional Conference on Social Thought and Sociology in the Contemporary Middle East (Tehran May 28-29, 2011), posted on April 19, 2011, available at:; and “Sour-e Esrafil was exposing Obscurantism and Autocracy” (interview of Saman Safazaee with Ali Gheissari, Tarikh-e Irani (Iranian History) website, posted on July 14, 2011, available at: He also continued on the Editorial Board of the Iran Studies book series published by E.J. Brill (Leiden) and is serving on the Program Committee of the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) Conference (Istanbul, August 2-5, 2012).

Virginia Lewis, Phd, Political Science and International Relations

Virginia Lewis, PhD, Political Science and International Relations, was a featured speaker, with former congressman Mickey Edwards, at Mira Costa College's Public Issues Symposium on Civility in Public Discourse in April. Also in April, Dr. Lewis accompanied several undergraduates to New York to participate in the Model United Nations annual meeting. USD students represented Cote d'Ivoire in the General Assembly and ECOSOC.

Virginia Lewis, Phd, Political Science and International Relations

Rodney Peffer, PhD, Philosophy, was visiting professor at Renmin University, Beijing, China this summer. He taught a course in Political Philosophy and worked with various Philosophy graduate students and professors.

In addition, Dr. Peffer gave the following presentations: “Fateful Triangle: Extreme Poverty, Population Pressures, & the Natural Environment,” Institute for Popular Democracy, Teachers Village, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines, June 2011; “Poverty, Population, Environmental Destruction, & Global Carbon-Credit Schemes,” Focus on the Global South, Chulalongkom University, Bangkok, Thailand, June 2011; “Rawlsian Political Philosophy & Democratic Market Socialism,” China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing, China, July 2011; and “A Modified Rawlsian Theory of Social Justice: Justice as Fair Rights,” Liaoning University, Shenyang, China, July 2011.

Alberto Pulido, PhD, Ethnic Studies

Alberto Pulido, PhD, Ethnic Studies, was part of a USD team that during the early part of the summer participated in the Institute on General Education and Assessment sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities held at San Jose State University. During July Alberto represented the USD as part of the “Empathy in Action” Dialogue hosted by Ashoka U in Washington DC. In between these gatherings, Alberto continued his annual works as mentor and workshop facilitator with the Hispanic Theological Initiative held at Princeton University. His review of “Catolicos: Resistance and Affirmation in Chicano Catholic History” by Mario Garcia was recently published in the June 2011 issue of American Historical Review. Alberto was excited to recently learn that his community service work last semester and over the summer as a member of the Latino Redistricting Committee that comprises the “Communities in Unity Redistricting Coalition” has been awarded the 2011 Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Award by the San Diego Democratic Club and will be presented to the Coalition at their Freedom Awards reception in October.

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Creative Activity

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Alyze Dreiling, MA, Music, received national recognition as the 2nd place prize winner in the Conductor of Youth Orchestra Division of The American Prize 2011-2012, and her orchestra, YPO Philharmonic String Orchestra and Soloist Ensemble garnered third prize in the same competition, Youth Orchestra Division. The orchestra just finished their inaugural season in May 2011. The orchestra consists of hand-selected, soloist-quality musicians high school through age 25. Two USD violinists, Daniel Huh and Erin Waters, are among the orchestras members.

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Jeannie Galioto, MFA, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, was a guest lecturer at the Victorian and Steampunk Convention held in Mission Valley in May. She designed costumes for a dance performance entitled “Departures.... Destination Unknown” that was seen at SDSU and at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in June. She designed costumes for a short film, “The Day We Were” that was filmed in June. She also designed costumes for the theatrical production “Poster Boys” at Diversionary Theatre in July, and is currently working on the costume design for Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company production of “26 Miles” which opens in October.