Faculty Notes, Oct. 6, 2014

Faculty and staff news and notes

Mark Axelrod, Ph.D., professor, Department of English, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, has published his latest book, No Symbols Where None Intended: Literary Essays from Laclos to Beckett (Palgrave Pivot/MacMillan, August 2014). The essays use Nabokov’s stylistic approach to well-known texts (fiction, drama and criticism) as a point of departure. Notions of style and structure link the three prose pieces discussed in the text, (Beckett, Smart, and Turgenev) to the fiction and drama of Ibsen and Strindberg. The publication is now available through booksellers and in e-book format.

In addition, Axelrod’s most recent screenplay, Of Gold & Ashes, received an Honorable Mention at the Williamsburg International Film Festival. It is the fourth screenplay award he’s received in 2014.

Jennifer L. Bevan, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Health and Strategic Communication master’s program, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was quoted in the cover story of the most recent issue of Psychology Today on the subject of topic avoidance in couples and families.

Larry Iannaccone, Ph.D., professor, Argyros School of Business and Economics, and director of the Institute for the study of Religion, Economics and Society, was the featured guest on Research on Religion. Iannaccone discussed his path-breaking research on religion and economics, with a particular interest to understanding why “high cost” religions tend to be the strongest organizations around. Research on Religion is a free, weekly podcast series sponsored by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.

Wenshan Jia, Ph.D., professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the subject of the Hong Kong protests.

Ramesh P. Singh, Ph.D., professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, was the lead author on a paper titled a paper titled “Crop Residue Burning: A Threat to South Asian Air Quality” published in Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union.

Vernon Smith, Ph.D., professor, Argyros School of Business and Economics, Economic Science Institute and Dale E. Fowler School of Law, delivered a talk titled Discovery Process, Science and Knowledge-How to an over-flow auditorium audience at George Mason University Founders Hall in celebration of “Hayek 40 years after the Nobel,” sponsored by the Mercatus Center, George Mason University on Oct. 2, 2014. An earlier keynote address was delivered by Israel Kirzner, Professor Emeritus, NYU, and fellow panelist was Professor Eric Maskin (Nobel Laureate 2007), Harvard University. A video of the event is available online.

Danielle Nava, adjunct faculty, College of Educational Studies, received the 9th Annual Linda Kearns Community Prevention Award from Dr. Dallas Stout of the OC Substance Abuse Prevention Network. The award was in recognition of Nava’s impactful career of professional and volunteer service in Orange County. In 2009 Nava was named an Outstanding Alumni of Cypress Community College. In 2012, she was appointed to the California State Fair Employment and Housing Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. In 2007, Nava was chosen as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, a trans-Atlantic policy fellowship granted by the German Marshall Fund. Nava has also worked as the Director of Programs at the California Conference for Equality and Justice, for the Anti-Defamation League of Long Beach and OC, Children and Family Futures, and the OC Human Relations Council.

Dawn Bonker

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