Faculty Notes, Jan. 22, 2015

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Jason Bennett, D.A., associate professor, College of Educational Studies and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, and director of the Athletic Training Program, was recently elected president of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA). The CATA strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients and clients and enhance the profession of Athletic Training, through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.

Julia Boehm, Ph.D., assistant professor, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, just published “Optimism and cardiovascular health: Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)” in Health Behavior & Policy Review, with co-authors Hernandez, R., Kershaw, K. N., Siddique, J., Boehm, J. K., Kubzansky, L. D., Diez-Roux, A., and Lloyd-Jones, D. M. This paper examines the association between optimism and cardiovascular health in a diverse sample of older men and women. It received extensive media attention, including on PBS NewsHour, Psychology Today, Time, and Science Daily.

Soon to be published with co-authors J. K., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Kivimaki, M., and Kubzansky, L. D. is “The Prospective Association between Positive Psychological Well-Being and Diabetes” in Health Psychology. This paper examines the association between well-being and diabetes in nearly 8,000 British men and women across as many as 13 years.

The paper “Unequally distributed psychological assets: Are there social disparities in optimism, life satisfaction, and positive affect?” will appear in February issue of PLoS ONE. This paper shows that optimism and life satisfaction are consistently linked with socioeconomic advantage and may be one conduit by which social disparities influence health. Boehm will also give a poster presentation about this research at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in February.

John Cebula, adjunct faculty, Argyros School of Business and Economics, was a panelist during the 2014 National Association of College and Business Officers Tax Forum in Phoenix, Ariz.. Cebula’s panel focused on describing the steps that an institution should take to better position itself to face the increasingly complex compliance requirements related to tax-exempt debt and best practices relating to post-issuance tax compliance. Other Panelists were: Alan Bond from BLX and Larry Sobel from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Janet Dodd, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Educational Studies, recently authored “Taking Measure” in ASHA Leader. This article described the changing role of the speech-language pathologist in conducting assessments of students in light of the recently introduced Common Core State Standards. Other recent publications include: “Comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment protocols for autism spectrum disorder” in the Journal of Disability: Assessment and Intervention, co-authored with J. L., Franke, L. K., Grzesik, J. K., and Stoskopf; and “AAC camp as an alternative school based service delivery model: A retrospective survey” in Communication Disorders Quarterly, with co-author Hagge, D.

In addition, at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Convention held in Orlando Florida in November, Dodd presented on topics reflecting her research interests related to working with children in a public school setting. Her first presentation, “AAC Intervention: A Intensive, Immersive, Socially School Based Service Delivery Model,” introduced attendees to an intervention model that teaches children with complex communication needs to communicate using technology based communication systems. Her second presentation, “Everything the School-Based SLP Needs to Know About Assessing Social Communicative Functioning,” provided attendees a comprehensive model for assessing the complexities of social communicative functioning in children with autism spectrum disorders.

Frank J. Doti, professor and Foley Chair in Law, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, recently published Federal Income Tax Law Sum & Substance Outstanding Professor Series, West Academic Publishing, Sixth Edition 2014, and Contract Law Flowcharts and Cases, Thompson-West Publishing, Third Edition 2012.

John Eastman, Ph.D., Henry Salvatori Professor of Law and Community Service, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, recently testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing addressing the constitutionality of President Obama’s recent executive actions unilaterally suspending the nation’s immigration laws for roughly 5 million illegal immigrants. The testimony is available online. A video of the testimony can be viewed the U.S. Senate website.

In addition, “Did Congress Really Give the Secretary of Homeland Security Unfettered Discretion Back in 1986 to Confer Legal Immigrant Status on Whomever He Wishes?” was published in Engage, Volume 15, Issue 3 (Jan. 2015) Read online here.

Donald Guy, assistant professor and director of production, College of Performing Arts, recently served as lighting designer and lighting director for Masters of Illusion Live – Believe the Impossible! Based on the hit TV series Masters of Illusion, this live stage production played to sold-out theatres at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s Atlantic City, and Harrah’s Resort Southern California. This February and March, Guy is scheduled to design productions in Montreal; Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and numerous cities across the United States.

Helen Hood Scheer, adjunct faculty, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recently debuted The Apothecary, an 18-minute documentary short film chronicling the life of a beloved druggist serving an impoverished former mining town in the American Southwest. Recent festival screenings include: United Nations Association Film Festival, Starz Denver International Film Festival, and DokuFest (Kosovo) and dozens of others. Upcoming screenings include: 10th Annual Focus on Female Director’s program to be held on Jan 15 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood; and ZagrebDox in Croatia, February 22 to March 1. Awards and honors for The Apothecary include: Gold Medal at the Student Academy Award for Documentary; CINE Golden Eagle; Special Jury Recognition & Special Audience Recognition at Aspen ShortsFest; Selected by the U.S. State Department for inclusion in the American Film Showcase (a film diplomacy program that will screen at U.S. Embassies worldwide).

Andy Lane, assistant professor, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, announces Stunts and Special Effects: A Comprehensive Guide to Planning and Execution, published by Bloomsbury Media on Nov. 30. This book informs and instructs filmmakers on how to plan and work with the professionals who design and perform stunts and special effects such as pyrotechnics and atmospheric conditions.

Tibor Machan, Ph.D., professor and R. C. Hoiles Chair, Argyros School of Business and Economics, published Answers from a Real Radical (New York: Addleton Academic Publishers, 2014); and Ancient, Modern & Contemporary Individualism (NY: Addleton Academic Publishers, 2014). Additionally, he recently presented a talk at Western State University College of Law titled “The Role of Private Property Rights in a Free Country.”

Danielle Nava, adjunct faculty, College of Educational Studies was awarded the 2014 Linda Kearns Community Prevention Award by the Orange County Substance Abuse Prevention Network. This award was in recognition of 20 years of service to the Orange County community and its residents.

Sally Rubin, assistant professor, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, had her most recent documentary, Life on the Line, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS in September 2014, with continued broadcast over two years. The film is a co-production with KAET/PBS Phoenix, a Fledgling Fund and Puffin Foundation recipient, and an official selection of The Big Read in Los Angeles. The Big Read is an initiative that brings one documentary each year into the curriculum of the Los Angeles Unified School District and into the collections of all Los Angeles public libraries, involving dozens of screenings around the city and a premiere event at the Mark Taper Auditorium.

Rebecca Sherburn, D.M.A, associate professor and director of Vocal Studies, College of Performing Arts, recently released Paul Creston Songs, a CD recording of previously unrecorded and unpublished songs by this well-known American Composer. Released by Albany Records.

Timothy Shields, assistant professor, Argyros School of Business and Economics, recently published “Ageism, Honesty and Trust” with Eric Schniter, in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics; and “Parity Promotes Peace: Resolving Conflicts through a Random Device” with Eric Kimbrough and Roman Sheremeta, in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Presentations in 2014 included: Fundamentos del Análisis Económico Workshop on Gender Issues in Experimental Economics, Alicante, Spain, presented “Sexism, Statement, and Audits”; American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta; Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics, South Lake Tahoe, presented “Limitations to Signaling Trust with All or Nothing Investments; Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting (THEEM), Stein am Rhein, Switzerland, presented aforementioned “Ageism, Honesty and Trust;” Southern California Accounting Research Forum, Cal Poly Pomona, presented “Uniform Accounting Measurement: Experimental Evidence.”

Ramesh Singh, Ph.D., professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology, gave an invited talk, “Ground water Fluctuations, Gas Emissions and Land Surface Temperature: A Possible Link to Atmospheric Anomalies Associated with Earthquakes” in December at the 4th Bi-Annual International Geohazards Symposium – IGRS 2014″ (http://geohazardsociety.org/igrs-2014-program/) held at the NASA AMES Research Park, Mountain View, Calif.

In addition, Singh attended the AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco during December where he gave an oral presentation on “Agriculture Crop Burning in Northwestern India and Its Impact on Atmospheric Pollution and Air Quality,” co-authored by his collaborators from India and Harvard University, and presented three posters related to dust problems in China and long-term radon measurements associated with recent Wenchuan and Lushan earthquakes.

Singh’s essay, “India’s ‘no’ to emission cap deadline is unfortunate” was published on Yahoo! News India in December.

William Wright, Ph.D., associate professor, Schmid College of Science and Technology, was a co-author in Marine Ecology Progress Series on the paper “Shifts in attack behavior of an important kelp forest predator within marine reserves.” This paper started with Wright’s sabbatical research and included collaboration with Chapman undergraduates John Berriman and Daniel Goldstein. The research team traveled to the Wrigley Marine Science Center marine reserve on Catalina to conduct the research. Since then they teamed up with other researchers at UC Santa Barbara and showed that the reserve effect occurs in the northern channel islands as well.

Dawn Bonker

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