Faculty Notes, Sept. 1, 2015

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Joseph Choi, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, was featured on @Scitechnow for his research into the science of falling. Choi studies falling in hopes of saving seniors from life-threatening injury.

Lori Cox Han, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Science, has been invited to include her information on the SheSource website of experts, coordinated by the Women’s Media Center, www.shesource.com.

Sara Gilliland, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, received the highly prestigious Emerging Leader Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. Her award is based on her research and service to the Education Section of APTA.

Michelle Miller-Day, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Science, has been selected to receive the National Communication Association’s Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication. The purpose of the Brommel Award is to recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the area of family communication. This contribution may include research published in scholarly publications or leadership in instructional areas. Scholarship is broadly defined to include the spectrum of scholarly writing found in articles published in any journal or by members publishing in major research journals sponsored by other associations or organizations, or in book or monograph form. Miller-Day will be formally recognized at the award ceremony during the NCA 101th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Helen Norris, vice president and chief information officer for Chapman University, was the guest on CIO TalkRadio (www.ciotalkradio.com) in July, discussing the topic Developing a partner-driven IT core.

Ramesh Singh, Ph.D., professor, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, attended the 26th General Assembly of International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) (http://www.iugg.org/assemblies/2015prague/) where he convened the scientific session on “Impacts of Dust and Black Carbon on Snow and Glaciers” (www.iugg2015prague.com/iacs-symposia.htm) and also presented a paper titled, “Long range Transport of Dust and Soot from Indo-Gangetic Plains and Their Impact on Himalayan Snow and Glaciers.” Singh also attended IUGG GeoRisk Commission Executive Committee and EMSEV Bureau meetings during General Assembly held in Prague during June 23-July 2, 2015.

In addition, he gave an invited talk, “Growing Atmospheric Pollution and its Consequences in the most Densely Populated Regions of the world,” at the 5th International Workshop on Diagnosis of Environmental Health by Remote Sensing (DEHRS) (http://www.slors.cn/cn/the-5th-international-seminar-on-diagnosis-of-environmental-health-by-remote-sensing-dehrs-2015-conference-notice-the-2nd-round-july-26-28-2015-langfang-china/) in Langfang, China. He was also a guest of Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, from July 23 to Aug. 7. From July 29 to Aug. 3, he visited Zhejiang University, Hangzhou and Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics and gave a talk on Asian pollution.

Robert Slayton, Ph.D., professor, Department of History, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Science, wrote an essay on baseball great Joe DiMaggio and how his achievements helped immigrants build an American identity, published in L’Italo-Americano, the oldest Italian-American newspaper in the United States.

The Rev. Gail Stearns, Ph.D, dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies, has been selected by the Interfaith Council of Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster, to be one of three recipients for this year’s Spirit in Action awards to be presented at the council’s 16th Annual Interfaith Unity Banquet

Richard Turner, professor emeritus, Department of Art, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, created “The Four Seasons,” a group of new paintings currently on display at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., through Sept. 20 as part of the 2015 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition.  For more information, visit www.lamag.org.

Jennifer Waldeck, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Communication Studies, Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was invited by Magna Publications of Madison, Wis., publisher of the Teaching Professor (and producer of the conference by the same name), Faculty Focus, and Academic Leader to record a three-part video-based series on instructional communication. Her videos will be part of the company’s very successful 20 Minute Mentor series, which are designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. These three programs will feature Waldeck’s original research as well as that of her colleagues in instructional communication, adapted for use by classroom teachers interested in improving their performance.

Dawn Bonker

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