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Faculty Highlights
July - December 2010

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Grants and Awards

Lisa Baird, PhD

Lisa Baird, PhD, and Paul Kemp, Biology, received $50,000 award from the State of California Parks and Recreation to conduct an investigation at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (CRSP) to assess the contribution of Ceanothus to the soil fertility and nitrogen fixation at the site and recovery of the burned conifer stands at CRSP following the Cedar fire of 2003.

Lauren Benz, PhD

Lauren Benz, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received $50,000 in funding from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) for 2011-2013 to support "The Role of Defects in Sulfur removal over Titanium Dioxide." Restrictions on the sulfur content of fuels are tightening while supplies of light-weight fuels diminish. As a result better catalytic methods for sulfur removal will be required. Dr. Benz anticipates that her research will provide information that will impact the design of future catalysts.

Sarah Gray, PhD

Sarah Gray, PhD, Marine Science and Environmental Studies, was awarded $49,999 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): General Coral Reef Conservation Program (GCRCP) for her current 18-month study of a comparative analysis of sedimentation and water quality in mangrove, shore, and reef environments below a developed vs. an undeveloped watershed in the US Virgin Islands. GCRCP has supported Dr. Gray'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.

Judith Liu, PhD

Judith Liu, PhD, Sociology was named one of four finalists for the 2010 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. The award is presented annually by the national office of Campus Compact to a faculty member for exemplary engaged scholarship, and will be presented in October in San Francisco at the AAC&U Conference, where Professor Liu will give a conference presentation.

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David Shirk, PhD, Director, Trans-Border Institute (TBI), received $60,000 from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, Open Society Institute (FPOS OSI) to conduct a Justiciabarómetro survey of approximately 2,500 law enforcement personnel and an independent, qualitative evaluation of local public security challenges. This 7-month project will focus on the municipal police department in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and is built upon a former research initiative that involved six municipalities in the Guadalajara metropolitan area.

In addition, Dr. Shirk received a two-year award of $200,000 from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to expand the current efforts to develop useful measures of judicial system performance; monitor human rights violations; and address problems of transparency caused by violence against Mexican journalists. Support from the Hewlett Foundation since 2005 has enabled TBI to establish a strong foundation for the Justice in Mexico Project.

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Bahar Davary, PhD

Bahar Davary, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, published an article entitled, "Mary in Islam: ‘No Man Could Have Been Like This Woman’" in the New Theology Review.

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Ali Gheissari, PhD, History,: "Constitutional Rights and the Development of Civil Law in Iran, 1907-1941" (in Iran's Constitutional Revolution: Politics, Cultural Transformations, and Transnational Connections, eds. H.E. Chehabi and Vanessa Martin, London: I.B. Tauris, 2010, pp. 60-79, 419-427); "Kant's concept of Time: A New Approach" (in Falsafeh (Philosophy), special issue on Kant Studies, No. 30, Tehran, March 2010, pp. 67-72); review of Sophia Vasalou, Moral Agents and Their Deserts: The Character of Mu'tazilite Ethics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008, in Falsafeh (Philosophy), No. 34, July 2010, pp. 37-38); review of Fakhreddin Azimi, The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008, in American Historical Review, 115/2, 2010, p. 643); "Ahmad Fardid on the Concept of Time" (a previously unpublished conversation of Ali Gheissari with the Iranian philosopher Ahmad Fardid (Part 1, dated 9 January 1980), in Mehrnameh, Vol. 1, No. 3, Tehran, May/June 2010, pp. 63-65); "Persian Print Media and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution: The Impact of the Domestic and Foreign Press" (interview with Ali Gheissari, in Modiriyat-e Ertebatat (Communication Management), special issue on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, Tehran, July/August 2010).

Judith Liu, PhD

Judith Liu, PhD, Sociology, and Donald Kelly published their article, "Just a Community Organizer: Community/Campus Connections through Organizing," in Metropolitan Universities Journal: An International Forum, Vol. 20, No. 3 (May, 2010): 47-60. Their article is based on an innovative upper-division Sociology course entitled "Community, Consensus, and Commitment" and is comprised of undergraduate students and community members. Metropolitan Universities Journal is published quarterly by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on behalf of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

Molly McClain, PhD

Molly McClain, PhD, History, published "The Scripps Family's San Diego Experiment," in The Journal of San Diego History 56, nos. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2010). She gave the College's Humanities Lecture on the subject, "Ellen Browning Scripps: Journalist, Suffragette, Investor, and Philanthropist," and presented a similar lecture at Scripps College's "The Genius of Women" event. She gave two additional talks in April 2010: "Rite and Ritual: The Victorian Culture of Death" at the Mingei International Museum, and "The 'Britishness' of Queen Mary II" at the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies.

Alberto Lopez Pulido, PhD

Alberto López Pulido, PhD, Ethnic Studies, has two essays that will appear in print this semester. One is a book chapter on the life of Father Victor Salindini and his support of the United Farm workers struggle here in San Diego in an essay entitled: "Farm Labor and the Catholic Church in California: The Tortilla Priest and the People of the Corn" in a book entitled: Global Crises and the Challenges of the 21st Century edited by Thomas E. Reifer. The second is an essay co-authored with his colleague Olivia Ruiz, Professor from El Colegio De La Frontera Norte that will appear in the next issue of the U.S. Catholic Historian entitled "Dismantling Borders of Violence: Migration and Deportation Along the U.S.-Mexico Border". This essay examines border violence along the Tijuana-San Diego border region from the perspective of the migrant and challenges the Catholic Church to take a more active role in addressing this critical issue.

Thomas E. Reifer, PhD

Thomas E. Reifer, PhD, Sociology, has published "Lawyers, Guns & Money: Wall Street Lawyers, Investment Bankers & Global Financial Crises, Late 19th to Early 21st Century," in Nexus: Chapman's Journal of Law & Policy, Volume 15, 2009-2010. This piece on global financial crises seen in comparative world-historical perspective was originally prepared for Chapman University's School of Law Symposium on the 80th Anniversary of the Great Crash of 1929: Law, Markets & the Role of the State.

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Esteban del Río, PhD, Communication Studies, published two articles in the journal Flow: Journal of Television and Media Studies - "Modern Family's Indictment of Modern Families," co-authored with alumnae Kasey Mitchell (‘09) and an article titled "Pedaling Through the Transnational Public Screen." He also published an article in the journal Participations: International Journal of Audience Research titled "Consuming and Contesting Latinidad: Audience Research and Cultural Capital."

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies, published a chapter titled "View from the Margins: Buddhist Women and Religious Authority in Laos" in Laos in Southeast Asian Studies (Center for Asian Research, Arizona State University, 2009) and a chapter titled "Buddhist Women as Leaders" in Gender and Women's Leadership (Sage Publications, 2009). Dr. Tsomo's essay on "Red Beard" was published in The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies (Oxford University Press, 2010). An article on "Socially Engaged Buddhist Nuns: Activism in Taiwan and North America" appeared in the Journal of Global Buddhism and another titled "Creating Religious Identity" appeared in Religions East and West. She received a Fulbright grant for research on "Buddhist Ethics and Society: Women's Perspectives" in Bangladesh and Nepal during 2009-2010.

Matt Zwolinski, PhD

Matt Zwolinski, PhD, Philosophy, published papers on "Price Gouging and Market Failure" in Essays on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: Integration and Common Research Projects, Christi Favor, Gerald Gaus, and Julian Lamont, eds. and, with Denis Arnold and Robert Audi, "Recent Work in Ethical Theory and its Implications for Business Ethics" in Business Ethics Quarterly). He has published reviews of Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice in The Review of Metaphysics, George Brenkert and Thomas Beauchamp's The Oxford Handbook of Business Ethics in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews and Gijs van Donselaar's The Right to Exploit (in Ethics). And he will be presenting on "Ethics, Business, and Lobbying" to the Government Affairs Directors Committee of the California Association of Realtors, and on "Exploitation and the Basic Structure" at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University.

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Presentations, Panels, and Workshops

May C. Fu, PhD

May C. Fu, PhD, Ethnic Studies, was invited to present a paper entitled, "Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Congregation and Contradiction in San Francisco's I-Hotel Struggle" at the School of Understanding and Learning sponsored by the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was also a contributor and co-editor of Together We Are One: Honoring Our Diversity, Celebrating Our Connection by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Berkeley: Parallax Press, 2010). She was an invited speaker at the 2010 Graduation Ceremony of All Tribes American Indian Charter School and is a founding member of the All Nations Institute for Community Achievement at USD.

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Ali Gheissari, PhD, History, chaired the Program Committee of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference (San Diego, November 2010).

Terry Glaser, M.A.

Terry Glaser, M.A., Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, participated in three panels at the annual conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in Los Angeles, August 2-6, 2010. She also conducted a workshop at the conference of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), held in conjunction with the ATHE conference. At the ATME workshop, entitled "Dance the Scene," Ms. Glaser presented a series of acting exercises she developed based on the work of Michael Chekhov. For the ATHE session she chaired, "Acting Outside the Box: Using Your Theatre Expertise for Corporate Training and Interdisciplinary Teaching," Ms. Glaser presented examples of the acting training she provides for trial attorneys. For a panel chaired by her Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department colleague Dr. Monica Stufft, Ms. Glaser participated in a staged reading of Susan Glaspell's play "The Outside." For the Adjudicated Workshop of Debut and Adapted Acting Exercises, Ms. Glaser served as a Respondent.

In November and December of 2009, Ms. Glaser conducted a class, "The Physical Actor," for the Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego. In October and November of 2009, Ms. Glaser was a Guest Lecturer at the California Western School of Law. For the school's LL.M Trial Advocacy Program, she conducted two workshops in acting skills for trial attorneys.

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Nadav Goldschmied, PhD, Psychological Sciences, co-authored and presented a poster titled "No Evidence for the Relative Age Effect in Professional Women Sports" at the American Psychological Association, August 12-15 in San Diego.

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD, Ethnic Studies, completed the Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum Training held at Heritage University on the Yakama Reservation in August 2010. This summer Dr. Jacob also participated in the 2nd Annual Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Summer Leadership Institute held in Washington DC, July 2010. She was funded by SACNAS to attend the week-long leadership development course. In May 2010, Dr. Jacob received the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the USD McNair Scholars Program in honor of her excellence in mentoring undergraduate research projects.

Eric Jiang, PhD

Eric Jiang, PhD, Mathematics and Computer Science, recently presented a peer-reviewed paper entitled "Learning to Integrate Unlabeled Data in Text Classification" at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology, July 2010. The paper is published in the conference proceedings by IEEE.

Ken Keith, PhD

Ken Keith, PhD, Psychological Sciences, participated in the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, August 12-15 in San Diego and delivered the invited Lee Gurel Lecture, titled "The Last Word: What Should Students Take Away From Our Classes?" Dr. Keith also led a discussion titled "Advanced Placement Psychology: What's In It for High Schools and Colleges?" and hosted the annual dinner of APA Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology).

Anne Koenig, PhD

Anne Koenig, PhD, Psychological Sciences, presented a paper co-authored with collaborators Alice Eagly, Northwestern University, and Abigail Mitchell, Nebraska Wesleyan University, entitled "Are Leader Stereotypes Masculine? A Meta-analysis of Three Research Paradigms" at the 118th annual convention of the American Psychological Association in August 2010 in San Diego.

Patricia Kowalski, PhD

Patricia Kowalski, PhD, Psychological Sciences, presented "Reducing Misconceptions in Psychology" at the American Psychological Association, August 12-15 in San Diego.

Mitch Malachowski, PhD

Mitch Malachowski, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, presented a two-day facilitator training session to 15 community college professors who are part of an NSF grant designed to build undergraduate research activities across their campuses. The session was held at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI on June 4-5, 2010. He also gave a presentation entitled, "The Challenges of Requiring Research for all Students," at the Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting held at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, June 26-29, 2010. In addition, Dr. Malachowski served on a NSF grant review panel in Washington, DC on July 29-30, 2010. Dr. Malachowski gave a presentation, "What Works in Undergraduate Research," at the Council for Opportunity in Education National Conference in San Diego, CA, September 2, 2010.

Dan Moriarty, PhD

Dan Moriarty, PhD, Psychological Sciences, gave a report at the July, 2010 Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan Meeting and Reunion Anual Binacional Para la Recuperacion Del Lobo Gris Mexicano on conditioned taste aversion, a behavioral approach to predator-prey conflicts. The results of a recently completed study of the procedure with captive wolves and a series of recommendations for field applications of the conditioned taste aversion in the Mexican wolf recovery program were presented.

Alberto Lopez Pulido, PhD

Alberto López Pulido was very proud to serve as the keynote speaker for Chicana/o Graduation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for the class of 2010. He has remained active with the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium where he continued to serve as mentor and seminar leader at their annual summer workshop held at Princeton University.

Allison Wiese, MFA

Allison Wiese, MFA spoke on a panel "Between Here and There: Curatorial Strategies Towards a Regional Survey" at the Art San Diego art fair on September 3, with artists David Adey and Sheldon Brown and Lucía Sanromán, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

Jennifer Zwolinski, PhD

Jennifer Zwolinski, PhD, Psychological Sciences, presented her research project "Biopsychological Reactivity to Ostracism in Targets of Relational Aggression" at the Midwestern Psychological Association conference in April 2010.

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Cynthia Caywood, PhD

Cynthia Caywood, PhD, and David Hay, PhD, English, collaborated with curator Llance Bower and illustrator Anna Oliver on a new, permanent exhibit at the Old Globe celebrating the theatre's 75th anniversary. Drs. Caywood and Hay contributed a narrative that sets out the historical highlights of western theatre as they have shaped the Globe's own history. The exhibit, on display in the upper lobby of the White Theatre, features more than 150 images in a variety of media. Dr. Caywood was also solicited by Chawton House Library to revise her "Walking Tour of Aphra Behn's London," originally researched and written for the Aphra Behn Society, for inclusion in its permanent collection and posting on its website. Chawton House Library focuses on women's writing in England from 1600 to 1830 and is housed in the home and working estate of Jane Austen's brother.

Allison Wiese, MFA

Allison Wiese, MFA, Art, has been selected for the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. The only exhibition of its kind in California, the California Biennial brings together a large cross-section of the state's most innovative contemporary visual artists. The biennial continues OCMA's four-decade long history of presenting new developments in California art. This year's biennial exhibition is curated by OCMA Curator Sarah Bancroft and will be on view October 24 through March 13, 2011.

Professor Wiese's work will be included in several other group exhibitions this fall, including The Ballad of the Non-Specific Object, curated for San Antonio's David Shelton Gallery by Anjali Gupta and running October 16 – November 27 as well as a show at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles opening in October.