Faculty Notes, Feb. 8, 2013

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Jennifer Bevan, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College, has had her new book, The Communication of Jealousy, published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. It is available in both softcover and hardcover from Peter Lang.

Alicia Guy, associate professor, Department of Dance, College of Performing Arts, and Don Guy, assistant professor, Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts, took a group of Chapman dance students and theatre technology students to a performance and special backstage tour of Iris at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The backstage tour included a Q&A with dancers from the cast, technical running crew and the department heads of wardrobe from the Cirque du Soleil resident shows of Iris and O in Las Vegas.

In addition, Donald Guy is currently lighting designer for the production of Chapter Two by Neil Simon at The Laguna Playhouse. Directed by Andrew Barnicle, Chapter Two is Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy about George, a middle-aged writer who is trying to deal with life after his wife’s untimely death. The performances run until Feb. 3.

Wenshan Jia, Ph.D., professor, Department of Communication Studies and director of the Asian Studies Program, Wilkinson College, recently guest  taught a graduate course titled “Intercultural Communication Theory and Research” for a class of 19 MA and Ph. D. students in majors such as communication, management, psychology and international studies at Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.

In addition, Jia recently published a peer-reviewed article “A Civic Pivot to Asia? A Proposed Alternative to the Obama Administration’s Pivot to Asia” and made presentations at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China on Dec. 10 and at the multi-national conference “The Future of Global Journalism and Communication Education” sponsored by Tsinghua University, Beijing, China on Dec. 15.

Peter Jipsen, Ph.D., associate professor, School of Computational Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, traveled to Switzerland in January to give three lectures at the “Proof and Computation” session of the CUSO Winter School in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., professor and director for the Center of Excellence in Earth Systems Modeling and Observations, Schmid College of Science and Technology, spoke at two conferences recently. In November he spoke on “Climate Change, Hazards and Regional Impacts with a Focus on Agriculture and Ecosystems” at the 2nd International Workshop on CORDEX-East Asia in Jeju, Korea. In December he presented “Climate Change and Regional Impacts on Agriculture and Ecosystems in Semi-Arid Regions” at the EWACC 2012 Building Bridges Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Professor Kafatos serves on the International Advisory Board for EWACC. EWACC2012 Building Bridges brings together a broad range of expertise – distinguished scientists from various research fields and communities, the private (energy) sector, primary stakeholders, policy makers, and high-level officials, to foster sustainable development by broadening and deepening the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue.

Jason Keller, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, recently published a paper entitled “Soil Organic Carbon Storage in Restored Salt Marshes in Huntington Beach, California” in the journal Bulletin of the Southern California of Sciences.  This paper is based on a semester-long research project conducted by students in Dr. Keller’s Fall 2011 Ecosystem Ecology (BIOL319) course and demonstrates that the amount of carbon stored in wetlands does not necessarily increase following time since restoration.  Co-authors on this paper include Dr. Kimberly Takagi ‘05, a post-doc in Keller’s lab, as well as 10 undergraduate students.  A copy can be found here. http://scholar.oxy.edu/scas/vol111/iss2/5/

Dr. Keller is also a co-author on a paper titled “Methane emissions from wetlands: biogeochemical, microbial, and modeling perspectives from local to global scales” to be published in the journal Global Change Biology.  In this review paper, new frontiers in the field of wetland methane cycling are explored.  A copy can be found here.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.12131/pdf

Janice Park, D.M.A., instructor of piano in the Conservatory of Music, College of Performing Arts, was invited by the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings to perform in a concert with Thomas Hooten, the principal trumpet of Los Angeles Philharmonic, on Jan. 4. The sold-out concert was held in Birmingham, Mich.  It was the second time Dr. Park was invited by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Two years ago, she was featured as a soloist and a collaborator with a member of the Detroit Symphony.

Ramesh P. Singh, Ph.D., professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science, has been elected as honorary member of the Executive Committee of the IUGG GeoRisk Commission. The Executive Committee of the Commission consists of only three Honorary members, two are past Chairs of the Commission. The nomination was made at the Business meeting of the Commission held during the First IUGG Conference held on Chapman University campus, December 8-11, 2012.

In addition, Dr. Singh was also nominated as Chair of the Award Committee of the International Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference Association (PORSEC) by its president. The award committee consists of four members. Committee responsibility is to select scientists for two awards constituted by PORSEC for promotion of science and service related to remote sensing related to Ocean Science.

Lisa Sparks, Ph.D., professor, Crean School of Health and Life Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, and have been awarded the Best Paper award from the Global Health 2012 conference held recently in Venice, Italy.  The paper is titled: “Introducing the Global Advocacy Leadership Academy (GALA): Training Health Advocates Around the World to Champion the Needs of Health Care Consumers.”

Pilar Valenzuela, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Languages, Wilkinson College, recently presented her new book titled, “Voces Shiwilu: 400 Años de Resistencia Lingüística en Jeberos” in the city of Iquitos, Peru. The event was organized by the Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonía Peruana (IIAP) and the Region of Loreto.

This book explores the history of the Shiwilu people from Western Amazonia, from their first encounter with the Spaniards to the present, in order to understand the causes that led to the almost complete displacement of their native language in favor of Spanish, and the role that the native language plays in the current process of identity reconstruction. Also, this book contains the first published texts in the Shiwilu language. Shiwilu is one of the two extant members of the Kawapanan family. Dr. Valenzuela’s research was made possible thanks to the 2006-2008 Wang-Fradkin Professorship from Chapman University and National Science Foundation grant #0853285.

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