Faculty Notes, July 23, 2012

Kristy Beavers, associate director and ISEP coordinator at the Center for Global Education, attended and presented at the three-day 2012 Global Internship Conference beginning Tuesday, June 12, in Berkley, Calif.

Beavers presented with Barbara West, assistant director GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, and Erik Bidenkap, senior recruiter Wells Fargo in Berkley. Their presentation, “Clarity, Innovation and Collaboration in International Internships,” focused on a model for successful international internships and how to prepare students for the global workplace.

The annual conference brought together over 200 educators, company and organization leaders, and government officials to examine all aspects of internships.

Bruce Dehning, Ph.D., associate professor, Argyros School of Business, recently had a co-authored paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Information Systems. The paper details the author’ study examining the performance of global information and communication technology (ICT) companies during from 1998-2007.

According the authors’ summary, statistical analysis shows that U.S. ICT companies underperform the rest of the world. The results demonstrate that this is due in part to characteristics of the country where the firms are located. Firms located in countries with low tax rates and high government subsidies outperform firms in countries with higher tax environments and lower subsidies. Countries with the best performing ICT firms are those with the most industry focus, where a few industries dominate rather than an even distribution of firms across a broad range of industries.

Surprisingly, firms in countries that provide ICT firms with relatively favorable cost of capital underperform those in markets with a cost of capital less conducive to business development. We feel this suggests that an advantageous cost of capital attracts new market competition that reduces overall profits in the country. Together, these results can provide governments with direction in setting policy to nurture the domestic ICT industry. Most importantly, governments should try to nurture only a few segments of the ICT industry where the country might have a competitive advantage. In addition, the ICT industry should be supported with low tax rates and subsidies.

Jason Keller, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, recently published a paper entitled “Anaerobic metabolism in tidal freshwater wetlands: I. Plant removal effects on iron reduction and methanogenesis” in the journal “Estuaries and Coasts.”  This paper explores the role of plants in regulating the competition between various microbial processes in wetland soils.  The project involved a multi-year plant removal experiment conducted with collaborators at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.  The article may be viewed at: www.springerlink.com/content/dk695056w7864r5x/.

Dr. Keller is also a co-author on a companion manuscript exploring the microbial community structure in this plant removal experiment.  The article may be viewed at: www.springerlink.com/content/lj13h52jl6mu57q3/.

In addition, Dr. Keller co-authored a paper entitled “pH controls over anaerobic carbon mineralization, the efficiency of methane production, and methanogenic pathways in peatlands across an ombrotrophic–minerotrophic gradient” which recently appeared in the journal “Soil Biology & Biochemistry.”  This article was published with collaborators from the University of Oregon.  The article may be viewed at: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038071712002064

Christopher S. Kim, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, had a paper titled Fluvial transport and surface enrichment of arsenic in semi-arid mining regions: examples from the Mojave Desert, California in the “Journal of Environmental Monitoring.”  The article was selected as a Journal of Environmental Monitoring HOT Article and has been made free to access for four weeks. It has also been highlighted on the Journal of Environmental Monitoring blog at blogs.rsc.org/em/ and promoted through the journal’s Twitter account at twitter.com/JEnvironMonit.

Alicia Okouchi-Guy, assistant professor, Department of Dance, College of Performing Arts, was invited to speak on the Career Fest Visual & Performing Arts Panel held at the University of California, Irvine. The panel included professional artists and educators from all over Southern California. Panel members spoke to an audience of both current and future undergraduate and graduate students from local schools on the importance of education for future professional artists. Okouchi-Guy was also hired to judge the USA National All Stars Dance Competition and USA National High School Spirit Competition at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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