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  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Mohammad Ayoubi (mechanical engineering) and graduate student Farhad Goodarzi presented the following paper this week: Ayoubi, M. A., Goodarzi, F. A., and Banerjee, A., “Attitude Motion of a Spinning Spacecraft With Fuel Sloshing and Nutation Damping,” AAS 11-109, 21st AAS/ AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13-17, 2011.

    Elizabeth Dahloff (Biology) has received an additional $7,500 from the National Science Foundation to support "Collaborative Research: RUI: Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Environmental Change in Sierra Nevada Populations of a Montane Willow Beetle". This amendment is supplemental support for Year 2 of an anticipated five year grant totaling $347,322.00

    Chris Kitts (mechanical engineering) and Ruth Davis (computer engineering) have received $1,142,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to support "An Undergraduate Education Program in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship." This grant is for a period of three years and the proposed initiatives are organized into several complementary categories that will improve the entrepreneurial mindset within our campus, our community, and the KEEN (The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network) network. Kitts also had an article on the SCU marine robotics program published in The Journal of Marine Education: C. Kitts, W. Kirkwood, and G. Wheat. "An Interdisciplinary, Marine Robotics Research and Education Program." Current: The Journal of Marine Education, v 26, n 3, Dec 2010, pp. 7-10 .

    Ed Maurer (civil engineering) was selected as a 2011 Google Science Communication Fellow. This is an initiative by Google.org, their philanthropic branch, to foster a more open, transparent and accessible scientific dialogue. This year's 21 fellows were selected from a pool of candidates nominated by leaders in climate change research and science-based institutions across the U.S.

    Kim Parnell (mechanical engineering) has been elected Chair of the IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section. The SCV Section has more than 12,000 members and is the largest IEEE Section in the world with 29 Chapters, Societies, and Affinity Groups serving a wide range of interests.

    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) has received an additional $53,505 from UC Berkeley to support "High-Contrast Imaging of Single Molecules in Live Cells". This amendment funds Year 3 of an anticipated four year grant totaling $220,842.00. Additionally, Yan and her co-authors presented their work entitled “Spatio-temporal Processing of Massive Glottic Images from High-speed Videoendoscopy" at the SPIE Photonics West, which was held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, January 22-27.  Finally, Yan and her co-authors have a paper entitled “Vocal fold Vibratory Characteristics in Normal Female Speakers from High-speed Digital Imaging" accepted for publication in Journal of Voice.

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received a one-year renewal of $32,343 from the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program - Equal Access Fund.

    Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) and her co-authors wrote a paper, titled "Faultlines, Fairness, and Fighting: A Justice Perspective on Conflict in Diverse Groups." This paper has been accepted for publication by the journal Small Group Research. 

    The Career Center recently hosted a program for 38 employers presented by Intern Bridge, the leading college recruiting consulting and research firm responsible for the largest internship-specific surveys in the country. The program was titled "Total Internship Management and Networking Event" and provided participants with the tools to provide effective and meaningful internship programs.

    Silvia Figueira (Computer Engineering) received a gift of $30,000 from Datacare Corporation for her research on the analysis of medical data.
     
    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) has received $33,000 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks/NASA to support "RETINA: Robotic Exploration Technologies in Astrobiology." Additionally, Kitts and Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) have received $1,142,000 from the Kern Family Foundation to support "An Undergraduate Education Program in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship."
     
    Laurie Laird (Ignatian Center) received the California Campus Compact's 2011 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. Laird was recognized for her vision and imagination in building, deepening, and sustaining authentic community-campus partnerships, particularly at a time of economic instability.
     
    Amy Shachter (Chemistry) has received $250,000 from the W.M. Keck Foundation to support "Advanced Bioscience Initiative."
     
    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) has received an additional $53,505 from UC Berkeley to support "High-Contrast Imaging of Single Molecules in Live Cells." This amendment funds Year 3 of an anticipated four year grant totaling $220,842.
     
    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) and two graduate students have had a new book chapter published on their work in multi-robot system control: Model-Based Nonlinear Cluster Space Control of Mobile Robot Formations, Multi-Robot Systems, Trends and Development, Toshiyuki Yasuda (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-425-2, InTech.

    Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) received a $12,304 TSC grant for "High-Performance Video Codec System."

    The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics made the following awards of Hackworth Grants for Faculty Research in Applied Ethics. Another round of grant funding will be held late in the Spring Quarter:

    ·         Thomas Plante, SCU Psychology, $5,000 for a project called, "Ten Years of Crisis: What the Catholic Church Has Learned and Done to Prevent Clergy Sex Abuse Since Dallas."
    ·         Laura Robinson, SCU Sociology, $5,000 for a project called, "The Ethical Implications of Politicized Victimhood: Moral Accounting and Spheres of Moral Concern." Professor Robinson will be using the grant to complete her book manuscript, "Negotiating 9/11."
    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (Electrical Engineering) and a Ph.D. student published a conference paper presented at the IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) in Las Vegas Jan. 9-12. The paper is titled "A VLSI Architecture of SVC Encoder for a Mobile System." At the same conference, Ogunfunmi and another Ph.D. student published a conference paper titled "Efficient Fast Algorithm and FPSoC for Integer and Fractional Motion Estimation." Additionally, Ogunfunmi and a Ph.D. student Thomas Paul had a paper accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part I. The paper is titled "On the Convergence Behavior of Affine Projection Algorithm for Adaptive Filters." 
    Shauna L. Shapiro (Counseling Psychology) recently had three peer-reviewed papers accepted and one peer-reviewed article published.
    ·         Shapiro J, Astin J, Shapiro SL, Robitshek D, Shapiro DH. (in press). Coping with loss of control in the practice of medicine. Families, Systems, & Health.
    ·         Shapiro, S. L., Brown, K., Thoresen, C., & Plante, T. (in press). Moderation Effects: A 1 year follow up. Journal of Clinical Psychology.
    ·         Shapiro, SL, Brown, K., Astin, J. (in press). Toward the integration of meditation into education: A Review of the research. Teachers College Record.
    ·         Bruce, N., Shapiro, S. L., Constanza, M., Manber, R. (2010). Psychotherapist mindfulness and the psychotherapy process. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Vol. 47, No. 1, 83–97
     
    Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) and a Ph.D. student presented a paper entitled “Improved Post-Demodulator Adaptive Filter for FSK Signals in a Multipath Environment," at the 14th IEEE Digital Signal Processing Workshop in Sedona, Ariz. on  Jan. 5. At the same conference, Wood and another Ph.D. student presented a paper entitled “Measurement Geometry Strategies for Super-Resolution Image Reconstruction with Multiple Steerable Sub-Imagers." 

    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering) had a paper published online: Aschheim, M., Gil-Martin, L.M., and Hernández-Montes, E. Proportioning of Reinforced Concrete Column Sections,” Engineering Structures. He also had a peer-reviewed book chapter published: Dhillon, Carla, and Aschheim, M. (2010). “Natural Building Systems and Materials,” in Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer, Structural Engineering Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers. Furthermore, Aschheim had a paper accepted for publication: Gil-Martin, L.M., Aschheim, M., Hernández-Montes, E., and Pasadas-Fernández, M., “Recent developments in optimal reinforcing of RC beam and column sections,” Engineering Structures.
     
    Rose Marie Beebe (Modern Languages) and Robert Senkewicz (History) have written the lead-off essay for a new volume, “Alta California: Peoples in Motion, Identities in Formation,” published by the University of California Press. Their essay is entitled, “What They Brought: the Alta California Franciscans Before 1769.”
     
    Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) was awarded a Roelandts Fellow grant from the Center for Science, Technology, and Society for her work (with students Shama Arakeri and Shivani Sharma) to explore how creativity emerges in virtual teams.
     
    Rance DeLong (Computer Engineering) presented "Polymorphic Protection Profiles" at the 11th International Common Criteria Conference in Antalya, Turkey on Sept. 21.
     
    Dennis Gordon (Political Science) was selected chair of the Academic Advisory Board for the Foundation for International Education based in London.
     
    Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (Bioengineering) is one of the six investigators in a multi-investigator proposal, "Advanced Bioscience Initiative," awarded by K.M. Keck Foundation totaling $250,000.
     
    Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) delivered a seminar, "Next Generation Video Compressionand Our Research," invited by IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Singapore Chapter and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, on Dec. 13.
     
    Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) presented a talk on Nov. 16 (“The Profile of an Engineer of a Jesuit University: Competencies and Abilities”) in Cordoba, Argentina,at a meeting of Latin American deans of Jesuit universities. At the APS/DFD Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Calif, he presented “Ignition, Flame Structure and Near-Wall Burning in Transverse Hydrogen Jets in Supersonic Crossflow,” which he co-wrote. He also presented a poster, “Visualizing Supersonic Inlet Duct Unstart Using Planar Laser Rayleigh Scattering.” Additionally, Mungal presented five papers at the AIAA-ASM 49th Aerospace Sciences Meeting Jan. 4-7 in Orlando, Fla. They are: “The Role of Local Base Cavities in an Augmentor Bluffbody Flameholder,” “Supersonic Inlet Duct Unstart Induced by Fuel Jet Injection,” “Ignition and Near-Wall Burning in Transverse Hydrogen Jets in Supersonic Crossflow,” “Development of an Optically Accessible Model Scramjet Combustor for Laser-Based Diagnostics,” “CFD Aided Development of an Experimental Setup to Investigate Internal Supersonic Combustion.”
     
    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (Electrical Engineering) had an invited paper for presentation at the 2010 IEEE Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association (APSIPA) Annual Summit and Conference (ASC) which took place Dec. 12-17 in Singapore. The paper is titled, "On the performance of Affine Projection Algorithm and Normalized LMS Algorithm."
     
    Elspeth Rossetti and Elizabeth Thompson (Career Center) gave a presentation at the annual conference of the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers in Newport Beach in December. It was entitled "The Courage to Be Creative: Revitalizing Career Center Work.”
     
    Amy Shachter (Chemistry) has received a $75,000 subcontract from the University of California, Santa Cruz to support "The Bio-Info-Nano Research and Development Initiative at NASA Ames."
     
    Sukhmander Singh (Civil Engineering) gave a keynote presentation, “Investigation of a Complex Slide in an Earthdam Embankment,” at An International Symposium on Forensic Approach to Analysis of GeoHazard Problems in December in Mumbai, India.
     
    Katie Wilson (Electrical Engineering) co-wrote a paper, “SCFDE with Space-Time Coding for IM/DD Optical Wireless Communication,” which was accepted to the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2011 for March 28-31 in Cancun, Mexico.
     
    Mu Xia (OMIS) co-authored a paper, "Content Popularity in a Peer-to-peer Music Sharing Community: A Network Perspective," which won the Best Paper Award at Workshop on e-Business in St. Louis on Dec. 11.
     
    Cary Yang (Electrical Engineering, Center for Nanostructures) was the banquet speaker at the IEEE International Conference on Electron Devices and Solid-State Circuits held in Hong Kong Dec. 15-17.    
     
    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.
     

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Mohammad Ayoubi (Mechanical Engineering) and graduate student Li-Chou Tai presented a paper entitled "Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Control of a Wind Turbine Operating in Region 3" at the International Mechanical Engineer Congress & Exhibition in November in Vancouver, Canada. Ayoubi was also co-organizer of one of the sessions in Dynamic Systems and Control.
     
    Monem Beitelmal and Drazen Fabris (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored a research article entitled "Introducing A Novel Reactor Concept: Indirectly Fired Integrated Gasification and Steam Generation System" that was presented at the ASME/IMECE international mechanical engineering conference in November in Vancouver, Canada. Beitelmal also co-authored a research article entitled "A steady-state model for the design and optimization of a centralized cooling system,” which was published in the November issue of the International Journal of Energy Research.
     
    The second edition of Jane Curry’s (Political Science) text Central and East European Politics was released. Curry had an article in the Harvard International Review on the role of journalists in transitions like the Orange Revolution in Ukraine and Rose Revolution in Georgia. This was based on research done interviewing participants as part of a U.S. Institute of Peace grant.
     
    Les Goodchild(Education) presented "Teaching the History of Education: A National Report on Its Decline and How We Can Revive It," at the 50th anniversary conference of the History of Education Society (HES) meeting in November in Boston. It was presented during HES President Jonathan Zimmerman's presidential address.
     
    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi and Talal Al-Attar (Electrical Engineering) and Ph.D. student Ifiok Umoh had a paper presented at the 2010 Asilomar Conference on Circuits, Systems and Computers in November in Asilomar, Calif. The paper is titled "A 0.18um CMOS Narrow-band LNA Linearization Using Digital Baseband Post-Distortion." At the same conference, Ogunfunmi and Ph.D. student Wally Kozacky had another paper presented. It’s titled "An Adaptive IIR Filter with Constraints on the Output Power Level."
     
    Maria Pantoja and Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) will present their paper, "Acceleration of Reconfigurable Video Coding Using New Parallel Architectures," at the APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference Dec. 14-17 in Singapore.
     
    Terry Shoup (Mechanical Engineering) has been selected to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame for his outstanding professional achievement and significant contributions to the Silicon Valley community and will be inducted during the Engineers' Week Banquet on Feb. 24.
     
    Sukhmander Singh (Civil Engineering) presented a paper, "Characterization of the Sheer Strength of Municipal Solid Waste for Landfill Design," at the 6th International Congress on Enviromental Geotechnics last month.
     
    Dan Strickland (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded a Roelandts Fellow grant from the Center for Science, Technology, and Society for his work to develop a portable solar/hydrogen fuel cell generator for off-grid electrification to meet basic necessities such as lighting, cooling, and refrigeration.
     
    Katie Wilson (Electrical Engineering) was an interviewee for an article that was pubished in the November issue of IEEE Communications Magazine.

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering) has received a $35,428 UC Davis subcontract from the National Science Foundation. This subcontract is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Funding will support "NEESR-CR:  Design of Soil and Structure Compatible Yielding to Improve System Performance."

    Nam Ling and Ph.D. student Guichun Li (Computer Engineering) with researchers from Huawei Technologies, filed a regular U.S. Patent (from an earlier Provisional U.S. Patent), "Predictive Adaptive Scan Ordering for Video Coding" (application no. 12/905,872, filed October 15, 2010).

    Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) co-authored a paper titled “Plasma assisted flame ignition of supersonic flows over a flat wall,” which published in Combustion and Flame.

    Brett Solomon (Liberal Studies) has received a $38,755 UCLA subcontract from the National Institute of Health. Funding will support "Psychosocial Benefits of Ethnic Diversity in Urban Middle School.

    The Western Region Robotics Forum (WRRF) recognized Santa Clara University Engineering Department & Robotics Laboratory at this year's CalGames with the Director's Award, in recognition of their long term support of their robotics program. Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) serves on the WRRF board, and Patti Rimland (Undergraduate Programs) has been instrumental in logistical support for WRRF activities on campus, which include several robotics tutorials each year for local high school teachers and students. 

    Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) co-wrote an article titled “The role of NSF’s Department Level Reform program in engineering education practice and research,” which was accepted for publication in Advances in Engineering Education.

    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.

     
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Santa Clara University received an award for Civic Engagement from The Washington Center at their Academic Affairs luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4.

    Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering) had a paper accepted for publication: Aschheim, M., Gil-Martín, L. M., and Hernández-Montes, E. “Proportioning of Reinforced Concrete Column Sections,” Engineering Structures.

    Ruth Cook (Education) has received $195,994 fromt he U.S. Department of Education to support "Preparing Special Educators to be Leaders in the Imploementation of Effective Techniques for Supporting Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders."

    John Farnsworth (English and Environmental Studies Institute) had a chapter entitled “When University Presidents Become Tree-Huggers: A Report from the Field” published in The Climate Neutral Campus Report, which was sent out to every University president and provost in the country.

    Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) was renewed as a guest professor (for three years) for Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China, at a special ceremony held on their campus in Shanghai, China, on Sept. 8.  He also met and discussed with their Vice President Wenjun Zhang as well as their faculty and students to further the collaboration under the MOU between SCU and SJTU.  He delivered a seminar, "The Next Generation of Video Compression," on the same day to SJTU faculty and students.

    Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) has a new publication: Maurere, E.P., L.D. Brekke, and T. Pruitt, 2010, "Contrasting lumped and distributed hydrology models for estimating climate change impacts on California watersheds." Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA).

    Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) was a panelist at the Stanford University Future Faculty Leadership Seminar to 200 graduate students and Post-Docs on the life of a faculty member at a Jesuit University.

    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (Electrical Engineering) was an invited member on a proposal technical review panel for the Directorate of Engineering, National Science Foundation.

    Sarah Kate Wilson (Electrical Engineering), Kodzovi Acolatse, and Yeheskel Bar-Ness had a paper accepted for publication, "Novel Techniques Single Carrier Frequency Domain Equalization for Optical Wireless Communications," in the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Special Issue on Advances in Single Carrier Block Modulation with Frequency Domain Processing.

    Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) has been invited to serve on the symposium committee for the 39th Electronic Materials Symposium (EMS). The EMS is an annual inter-disciplinary conference that presenta a broad spectrum of expert views on problems at the intersection of electronic materials and devices.  It will be held at Techmart Network Meeting Center in Santa Clara in April.

    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) was invited to speak at an International Forum held in Suzhou, China in July.  The topic of the forum focused on "Nano-Biology and Nano-Medicine for Health and Environment."  She was also invited to visit Maebashi Institute of Technology in Gunma, Japan last summer. She gave a research seminar to the faculty and students in the Department of Systems Biological Engineering and initiated a collaborative research project with a faculty member there to develop robot devices for power assistance in the nursing and health care areas. Finally, Yan and her post-doctoral fellow Gan Du presented their research work entitled "An improved optical lock-in detection method for contrast-enhanced imaging in living cells" at the IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Technology, held in Chengdu, China in June.

    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.

    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) has been re-appointed for a 3 year term as an engineering research affiliate of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), which provides him with access to MBARI facilities/resources and grants him Principal Investigator status with the organization.

    Ellen Kreitzberg (Law) will be receiving the 2010 Friend of the Public Defender Award at a dinner celebrating the 45th anniversary of the public defender office “in recognition of the generous support of the indigent accused and the constitutional right to counsel.”

    Dan Lewis (Computer Engineering) received the Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curriculum Innovation. This award recognizes faculty who have improved the quality of education at Santa Clara University through significant innovations in pedagogy or curriculum development—particularly when those innovations affect a significant number of students—and who have exhibited general excellence in teaching.

    Dan Lewis and Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) have received a new NSF grant of $380,928 for: Daniel W. Lewis, Craig Blackburn, Pedro F. Hernandez-Ramos, Ruth E. Davis, "Special Project: Expanding the Impact of Computer Science in Silicon Valley High Schools and Facilitating Adoption of the ECS Curriculum Elsewhere."

    Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) had a paper published: Maurer, E. P., Hidalgo, H. G., Das, T., Dettinger, M. D., and Cayan, D. R., 2010 “The utility of daily large-scale climate data in the assessment of climate change impacts on daily streamflow in California,” Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 14, 1125-1138, doi:10.5194/hess-14-1125-2010. 

    Thomas Plante (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education/Psychology) was a guest speaker at Menlo College in Dr. Leslie Sekerka’s Business Ethics class on Sept. 15. 

    Terry Shoup (Mechanical Engineering) was presented with a Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in appreciation for his outstanding service to the ASME community at the Santa Clara Valley Section’s Industry Honors Dinner in June. At this event, Santa Clara University was also honored for its support and sponsorship of Santa Clara Valley Section activities.

    Dennis Smolarski, S.J. (Mathematics/Computer Science) has a new book out on worship, Eucharist and American Culture: Liturgy, Unity, and Individualism. It was officially released on Sept. 1.

    Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) presented research and participated in the Network Measurement and Management Workshop in Montreal, Quebec and was a panelist at an NSF panel review in Arlington, VA in August.

    Thirteen SCU faculty and staff participated as “Mighty Broncos” in the annual Pacific Grove Triathlon. The SCU team was affiliated with Team and Training the fundraising arm of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and raised over $12,000, bringing their fund raising contribution to over $95,000 in three years. Members of the Mighty Broncos Tri Team who participated in the Olympic/Sprint Triathlon were:

    ·         Diane Barrera (Undergraduate Admissions) – Second in her Sprint division
    ·         Michelle Burnham (Admissions) – First with her team in the Olympic relay division
    ·         David Cajigas (University Finance)
    ·         Lindsey Cromwell (Sustainability)
    ·         Dee Crosby (Executive Development Center)
    ·         Lester Deanes (Student Life)
    ·         Jonna Delgado (Human Resources)
    ·         Betsy Fiel (Office of the Registrar)
    ·         Harry Fong (University Finance)
    ·         Debbie Hirsch (EEO and Diversity)
    ·         Nick Kurns (Executive Development Center)
    ·         Jim Rowan (Information Technology)
    ·         Christine Woodward (Engineering ) – Competed in the 5K

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received a one-year renewal award of $31,519 from the County of Santa Clara. He also received a one-year renewal award of $21,334 from the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program. Both awarded funds will be used to provide legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence.The following Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics were awarded by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics:

    • Yekaterina Bezrukova (Psychology) – $4,000 for a project called “When No One is Watching: Ethical Behavior in Groups.”
    • John Ifcher (Economics) – $3,000 for a project called “Happiness Inequality and Income Growth.”
    • Chad Raphael (Communication) – $4,000 for a project called “A More Deliberative Union: Equality and Publicity in Deliberative Democracy.”

    Ron Hansen (English) was the recipient of the University of Dayton’s annual Marianist Award, which honors a Roman Catholic whose work has made a major contribution to the intellectual life.

    The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education is honored to announce the Bannan Grant recipients for Fall 2010:

    • Christopher Boscia and Gerald Uelmen (Law) – Catholic Lawyers Against Death (CLAD)
    • Paul Crowley, S.J. (Religious Studies) – Teilhard for a New Generation
    • Leslie Gray (Environmental Studies Institute) – Curricular and Programming Development of the Environmental Studies Institute – Dialog and Design Grant
    • Thomas Plante (Psychology) – Ten years of Crisis: What the Catholic Church has Learned and Done to Prevent Clergy Sex Abuse since Dallas

    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) received a NASA Group Achievement Award with the PharmaSat Mission Team. This award recognizes engineering excellence in the design and operation of the PharmaSat spacecraft, which was launched in May 2009.

    Dan Lewis (Computer Engineering) has a received a grant from National Science Foundation that provides $380,928 to support “Special Project: Expanding the Impact of Computer Science in Silicon Valley High Schools and Facilitating Adoption of the ECS Curriculum Elsewhere.”

    Thomas Plante (Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education/Psychology) has recently edited and released a new book, Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health that also includes chapters from other SCU faculty in the Ignatian Center’s Spirituality & Health Institute (Diane Dreher, Shauna Shapiro, Dave Feldman, Andre Delbeq).

    Cookie Ridolfi and Linda Starr (Law) were honored by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the ACLU at the annual Don Edwards Civil Liberties Award Event for their work on the Northern California Innocence Project.

    Ed Steinman (Law) received the Flame of Justice Award from Chinese for Affirmative Action at its 2010 Celebration of Justice Dinner in San Francisco. At the same event, he also received a Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives; a Certificate of Recognition from the State of California Senate; a Certificate of Recognition from the State of California Assembly; a Resolution from the State of California Board of Equalization; and a Certificate of Honor from the City and County of San Francisco.  

    More grants, awards, and publications will appear in the next edition of fyi.

     

  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Ruth Davis (Computer Engineering) attended the National Center for Women and Information Technology annual meeting in Portland and the Pacesetters meeting. She presented on the new Web Design and Engineering degree program and its success in attracting female students. She also met with Charlie McDowell of UCSC about the Bay Area Regional Aspirations in Computing Award for high school girls (the award event will be at the Computer Museum in Mountain View).

    Amelia Fuller (Chemistry) has received a two-year grant from Research Corporation that provides $17,500 to support “Efficient Identification of Protein Mimics.”

    Dennis Gordon (Political Science) gave a panel presentation titled "Institutional Perspectives on Short Term Study Abroad" at the annual meeting of the Forum on Education Abroad in Charlotte, N.C. in March. He also authored “The Promises and Perils of Ecotourism in Trinidad and Tobago,” which was published in Caribbean Tourism: More than Sun, Sand, and Sea.

    Lester Goodchild (Education) presented “Tackling the Dissertation Design and Process,” at an invited dissertation faculty workshop for 150 participants in the Conference and Seminars for Postgraduate Supervisors section, and “Understanding the Parts of a Good Thesis,” an invited doctoral student workshop for 275 participants in the Seminars for Postgraduates section, both presentations given at the 2nd International Doctoral Education Research Network meeting at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in April. He gave a follow up report of this 2nd IDERN Malaysian conference to the Special Interest Group on Doctoral Education Across the Disciplines at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Denver, Colo. in May.

    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) has received $80,000 in subcontract funding from University of Alaska Fairbanks to support “RETINA:  Robotic Exploration Technologies in Astrobiology.” NASA provides the funding for this project. Kitts was also an invited speaker at the 9th International Symposium on Technology and Mines - Unmanned Systems, Technologies, Concepts and Applications, held at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He presented Robotics Lab work on SWATH marine sensing platforms and on the use of multi-boat systems for environmental monitoring and homeland security applications.

    Hohyun Lee (Mechanical Engineering) wrote “Effects of nanoscale porosity on thermoelectric properties of SiGe,” which was published in the Journal of Applied Physics.

    Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) has received $125,500 in funding from Droplet Technology, Inc. to support “Adaptive Bit-Rate Control for Wavelet-Based Video Coding.” Ling and Ph.D. student Jun Zhang will present their paper, “Prediction-Based Macroblock Mode Mapping for Video Coding,” and Ling and PhD student Xiang Li will present their paper, “Prediction-Based Adaptive Transform Coefficients Scanning for Inter-Frame Video Coding,” at the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems in Paris, France this week.

    Kevin Quinn (Ignatian Center) has received a $30,000 Award grant from the Y and H Soda Foundation. This is first year funding of an anticipated three-year award to provide funding for the Ignatian Center's “Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality.”

    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) has published an article she co-authored titled, “Optical Manipulation of Protein Activity and Protein Interactions Using Caged Proteins and Optical Switch Protein Conjugates,” in the book Photosensitive Control of Biological Function published by Elsevier.

    Betty Young (Physics) has received $53,096 from the National Science to support “Detector Optimization for SuperCDMS and Other Experiments.”

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  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) co-wrote a paper titled, "A Question of balance? Women, men and high performance organizations," which was published in the March issue of the French review of social sciences “Travail, Genre et Société.”

    Phyllis Brown (English), Carol Gittens (Education), and Diane Jonte-Pace (Religious Studies and Office of the Provost) presented a talk "Assessing Integrated Learning Outcomes Over Time in the Core Curriculum," at the WASC Annual Resource Conference in April 22 in Long Beach, Calif.

    Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (Bioengineering) and her student, Sarah Ghanbari, have been selected to receive a Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar Award ($6,978) to support the "Rapid Detection of Multiple Pathogens Using Electrochemical DNA sensor."

    Faculty and students in the Robotics Lab have had three papers accepted to the ASME ISPS AIAA Conference, which will be hosted at SCU in June. The papers include: Mas and Kitts, “Cluster Space Object Manipulation;” Li, Mahacek and Kitts, “Cluster Space Stereo-Based Object Position Estimation;” and Adamek, Howard, Li, Mahacek, and Kitts, “An Algae Monitoring Sensor Network.”

    Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) helped lead the Symposium on Climate Change Effects on Central California's Environment, held at California State University Monterey Bay in April. The event was sponsored by SCUMB, NASA Ames, and the U.S. Forest Service as a workshop for natural resource managers who are faced with adapting management strategies in response to evolving climate change.

    Tim Myers (English) recently sold a new children's book to Sterling—Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe will be out in Fall of 2011. He also wrote a poem titled "Myself as Tree: A Prayer," which won one of three Honorable Mentions in the Merton Institute Poetry of the Sacred Contest (there were 1200 submissions from 35 countries). The poem is on their site and will appear in The Merton Seasonal. Myers also placed a story and an article with The Acorn, a Bay Area publication of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators—an article in the SCBWI National Bulletin—a short story with Perigee—and a poem with Main Street Rag. Recently, Myers was also one of three panelists for "Finding the Right Reading Niche for Your Child" at Santa Rita Elementary School in Los Altos, and a poet/participant in a reading at Moe's Books in Berkeley for Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease, an anthology edited by Holly Hughes, with an introduction by Tess Gallagher. Myers also did two workshops at the Pleasanton Poetry, Prose and Arts Festival: "Seeing into Poetry: Finding the Strengths in Your Work and Building on Them" and "Transrealist Fiction: Writing SF, Fantasy, Folktales, Magic Realism."

    Sergio Zarantonello (Applied Mathematics) was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Department of Energy for the research project "Verification of CO2 Storage in Coal Beds." The injection and storage of captured CO2 in geologic structures has been suggested as a strategy to reduce industrial emissions into the atmosphere. The awarded research project entails the creation of superesolved time-lapsed seismic images to verify and monitor CO2 sequestration in unminable coal beds.  

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    Ahmed Amer (Computer Engineering) co-authored a paper with Thomas Schwarz and two other colleagues titled, "Improving Disk Array Reliability Though Expedited Scrubbing." It was accepted for publication and has been accepted for presentation at the 5th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture, and Storage.

    Aldo Billingslea (Theatre and Dance) received a 2010 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Arts Council Silicon Valley for his ground-breaking contribution to the arts in Santa Clara County. He and five other recipients will be honored at a special reception and awards presentation at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara on May 26. Billingslea was also in a play titled …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi at the Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. He played the role Damascus, a runaway slave searching for his lost daughter.

    Perlita R. Dicochea's (Ethnic Studies) manuscript titled, "Between Borderlands and Bioregionalism: Life-Place Lessons Along a Polluted River," will be published in the upcoming Spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies.

    Chris Kitts (Mechanical Engineering) has been awarded a $10,000 Workforce Development grant from the California Space Grant Consortium. The funds will support undergraduate and graduate student interns to develop expand a network of automated satellite communication stations that are being used to monitor NASA and university-built spacecraft.

    Dale Larson (Counseling Psychology) wrote a paper entitled, “What have we learned from research on grief counselling? Response to Schut and Neimeyer,” which was published in Bereavement Care.

    Nam Ling (Computer Engineering) and PhD student Xiang Li (Computer Engineering) presented their proposed contribution, "Predictive Adaptive Transform Coefficients Scan Ordering for Inter-Frame Coding," to compete for adoption into the next generation video coding standard (JCT MPEG HVC/VCEG "H.265"), at Dresden, Germany in April.

    Ed Maurer (Civil Engineering) had a paper published: Vicuna, S., J. A. Dracup, J. R. Lund, L. L. Dale, and E. P. Maurer (2010), Basin-scale water system operations with uncertain future climate conditions: Methodology and case studies, Water Resour. Res., 46, W04505, doi:10.1029/2009WR007838.

    Edward Steinman's (Law) civil rights work on behalf of Chinese-Americans is the focus of chapters in two recent books -- Elaine Ellnson and Stan Yogi’s Whatever There’s A Fight [Heyday Books, 2010) and Mark Brilliant’s The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941-1978 (Oxford University Press, 2010).

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    Ahmed Amer (Computer Engineering) co-authored a paper titled “Design Issues for a Shingled Write Disk System,” which was accepted for publication at the 26th IEEE Symposium on Massive Storage Systems and Technologies. Ahmed will present the paper at the conference in May.

    Mark Aschheim (Civil Engineering) wrote a paper titled “ASCE Engineered Bamboo I-Joists,” which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Structural Engineering.

    Amarpal (Paul) Khanna (Electrical Engineering) authored a paper titled “Process of Disintermediation and MTT,” which was published in the April edition of IEEE Microwave Magazine.

    Gary Macy (Religious Studies) gave a talk on “The Hidden History of Women’s Ordination” at Loyola Marymount University.

    Alan W. Scheflin (Law) received the prestigious Richard von Krafft-Ebbing Award for the Best Paper on Forensic Issues and Hypnosis at the annual Conference of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in March. The paper is titled “A Comment on an Alleged Association Between Hypnosis and Death: Two Remarkable Cases,” and it appeared in July edition of American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.

    At the annual meeting of the Mathematical Association of America in San Francisco, Dennis Smolaraski (Mathematics and Computer Science) was awarded the “Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics” in recognition of his “extraordinarily successful teaching.” He is the 5th person from SCU’s Math/Computer Science Department to receive this award.

    Dr. SunWolf's (Communication) paper titled, “Peer Group Rejection: The Stress of Excluding Others, Being Excluded, or Watching Group Exclusion as Children Age” was just awarded Top Paper by the Group Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

    Kieran Sullivan (Psychology) authored a paper in the April issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology titled “Social Support, Problem-solving, and the Longitudinal Course of Newlywed Marriage.”

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    John Hawley (English) gave the plenary address "Historical Transformations in LGBTQ Autobiography" at the Feb. 27 conference in San Francisco Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies.

    Drago Siljak's (electrical engineering) 1991 book, Decentralized Control of Complex Systems, which was published by Academic Press (Mathematics in Science and Engineering), was ranked No. 1 in sales on Amazon.com this week in two categories, Systems and Control Systems, and No. 23 in the Information Theory category.

    Ed Steinman (Law) received the Community Service Award from the Chinese American Democratic Club at its 52nd Annual Dinner in San Francisco on March 12. The award celebrates "his untiring service to the Chinese American community and his leadership in promoting and protecting its rights."

    Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) has been appointed to the IEEE Communications Society Awards Board. This group decides the best paper awards and the lifetime achievement awards.

    Wendelin Wright (mechanical engineering) has received $50,000 from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories to support "Mechanical Behavior of Amorphous Metallic Foams." This is year four funding of a U.S. Department of Energy Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The goals of the project are to produce amorphous metallic foams via controlled casting processes and perform mechanical testing on these materials. 

    Yuling Yan (bioegineering) hosted Grazyna Demenko, chair of the Department of Speech and Linguistics from Institute of Linguistics of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, for a 14-day visit at SCU. Yan and Demenko are initiating a research collaboration aimed at a systematic study on voice and speech recognition for both medical diagnosis and for biometric applications. Discussions on future collaborations and exchange programs for undergraduate and graduate students are also envisioned.

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    Maria Bauluz, Jill Pellettieri,and Lucia Varona (Modern Languages & Literatures), were honored for their contribution to community-based learning by The Ignatian Center/Arrupe Partnerships.

    Katerina Bezrukova (Psychology) co-wrote a paper titled "Violent splits or healthy divides? Coping with injustice through faultlines," that has been accepted for publication by the journal Personnel Psychology.

    Paul Davison (Bioengineering)had an abstract accepted for poster presentation at Heart Rhythm Society 2010. It’s called “Effects of Pulsed RF Energy Compared to Standard Electrocautery on Transvenous Lead Insulation Materials.”

    Matthew Duncan (Office of Student Life) received a one-year subcontract award of $43,625 from Palo Alto University to support "Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking and Violent Behavior Among College Students." 

    Silvia Figueira (Computer Engineering) received a $30,000 gift from Datacare Corporation to support her research on Computer Handling of Medical Records.

    Krzysztof Izdebski, bioengineering advisory board member, associate clinical professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and chairman of the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundatio, held the first public seminar of the Performing Arts Medicine Coalition of San Francisco last Sunday.

    Francisco Jimenez (Modern Languages & Literatures) illustrated children's books La Mariposa, published by Houghton Mifflin in both English and Spanish, have been selected by the New York Humanities Council to promote public literacy.

    Cynthia A. Mertens (School of Law) was selected by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal as a 2010 Woman of Influence.

    Godfrey Mungal (School of Engineering)had a paper titled “Concentration Flux Measurements in a Polymer Drag-Reduced Turbulent Boundary Layer” published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.

    Sally Wood (Electrical Engineering) has been selected by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) as an IEEE Program Evaluator for programs in computer engineering and electrical engineering.

    Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) had a paper published in the Journal of Applied Physics with Patrick Wilhite (Center for Nanostructures), Drazen Fabris, and Cary Yang (Electrical Engineering). It’s titled, "Tunneling between carbon nanofiber and gold electrodes."

    Yuling Yan (Bioengineering) and her graduate student Anand Bhandari presented their research at two major conferences on voice research. At the Annual Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation/UCLA Voice Conference they presented their work on “Using Nyquist plots to describe real and mimicking traumatic phonation,” and at the Performing Arts Medicine Coalition of San Francisco Winter Seminar their research presentation was entitled “Objective estimation of vocal overpressure from acoustic signals.”

    Sergio Zarantanello (Applied Mathematics) had a paper published: "Integrated reservoir, petrophysical, and seismic simulation of CO2 storage in coal beds," by Sergio E. Zarantonello, Dimitri Bevc, and Jerry M. Harris, THE LEADING EDGE.

    Alex Zecevic and Drago Siljak (Electrical Engineering) published a book entitled "Control of Complex Systems: Structural Constraints and Uncertainty" in the prestigious Springer series: Communications and Control Engineering. 

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    Wendy Wright (Mechanical Engineering) has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award grant from the National Science Foundation.  Year 1 funding of $115,539 has been provided for her project "Shear Banding in Bulk Metallic Glasses." 

    Sukhmander Singh's (civil engineering) collaborative research with Cambridge University resulted in a paper that received Honourable Mention as one of the best papers published in Geotextiles and Geomembranes: Tension in geomembranes on landfill slopes under static and earthquake loading-Centrifuge study.

    Shannon Vallor (philosophy) is a 2010 recipient of the prestigious Graves Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarly and pedagogical accomplishments. Bestowed by the Graves Foundation, the Graves Award is given to junior faculty members on a highly competitive, national basis.

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    Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received a one-year renewal award of $31,519 from Santa Clara County. The funds will be used to provide legal assistance to low-income immigrants.

    Richard Barber (physics) has received additional subcontract funding of $18,797 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to support “Oxides, Interfaces and Disorder.”

    Katerina Bezrukova (psychology) coauthored an article titled “The Faultline Activation Process and the Effects of Activated Faultlines on Coalition Formation, Conflict, and Group Outcomes,” which has been accepted by the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

    Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) has received $50,000 in subcontract funding from Adaptive Communications Research, Inc. (ACRi) to support “Reconfigurable Sparse Array Smart Antenna System via Multi-Robot Control.” Kitts also authored a chapter on robotics that has just been published in The Handbook of Technology Management. Kitts also presented his work in multi-robot control, advanced diagnostics, and robotic field missions at the Palo Alto Colloquia in January.

    The following Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics have been awarded by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics:

     

    • Xiaojing Dong (marketing) $2,800 for a project called “Marketing Ethics and Physicians’ Free Drug Sample Dispensation Behaviors.” Dong’s study will examine the ethical assumptions behind the common marketing technique of pharmaceutical companies who often distribute free drug samples to physicians who then give out these free samples to their patients.
    • Dennis Gordon (political science) $4,200 for a project called “Ethical Challenges in International Immersion and Service Learning: First Do No Harm.” Gordon aims to develop ethical best practices to guide student-host interactions for U.S. college students who engage in international programs for service learning.
    • Kristin Heyer (religious studies) $3,762 for a project called “Gendered Vulnerability: Exploitation of Women on the Move.” Heyer will present a paper on this topic this summer in Trent, Italy, at a quadrennial conference called “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.”
    • David Popalisky (theater and dance) $5,000 for a project called “Intersecting Motion: Migrations in Nature and Humankind.” Popalisky is developing a “multi-environment dance performance work that will investigate through an environmental ethical lens the intersections between human and natural migration in a world impacted by environmental change and economic stress.” En route to that final creation, he will be using the grant money to stage two preliminary projects: one a series of presentations by SCU dance students at K–12 schools and the other an experimental outdoor “migration” dance on the SCU campus to be performed by student dancers and audience members.

     

    Ed Maurer (civil engineering) gave a presentation titled “User-driven downscaling: advances in data apportioning and analysis to augment adaptation planning” at the 90th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Association, as part of the 18th Conference on Applied Climatology in Atlanta, Ga. in January.

    Godfrey Mungal (School of Engineering) co-authored a paper titled, “The role of in-situ reforming in plasma enhanced ultra lean premixed methane/air flames,” which was published in Combustion & Flame.

    The School of Engineering will present the 2009 Faculty Award on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6  p.m. at Adobe Lodge to the following recipients:

     

    • Radhika Grover (computer and electrical engineering) Adjunct Lecturer of the Year
    • Nam Ling (computer engineering) Award for Teaching Excellence
    • Ed Maurer (civil engineering) Researcher of the Year
    • Dick Sherman (applied mathematics) Gerald E. Markle Award

       

    Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) has accepted an invitation to be part of the online content board for the IEEE Communications Society.

    Wendelin Wright (mechanical engineering) has passed the Principles and Practices of Engineering Exam in Metallurgy and is now registered as a licensed Professional Engineer in California.

    Yuling Yan (bioengineering) and her coauthors have a paper titled “An improved optical lock-in detection method for contrast-enhanced imaging in living cells,” which was accepted for oral presentation at the 4th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering.

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    Richard Barber (physics) has received additional subcontract funding of $18,797 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to support “Oxides, Interfaces and Disorder.” The U.S. Department of Energy provides the funding for this project.

    John Hawley (English) guest edited a Special Topic Issue of the 2009 South Asian Review on “Theorizing Religion in a Postmodern Context.”

    Francisco Jimenez (modern languages and literatures) gave the commencement address at the University of San Francisco’s graduation ceremony in December and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

    Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (bioengineering) was awarded a Technology Steering Committee grant of $38,364 for a fluorescence microscope for undergraduate education and research in the bioengineering program.

    Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) has received $50,000 in subcontract funding from Adaptive Communications Research, Inc. to support “Reconfigurable Sparse Array Smart Antenna System via Multi-Robot Control.”

    Dan Lewis (computer engineering) was invited to attend an NSF meeting in Los Angeles in February of PI’s in the NSF Broadening Participation in Computing Program and was awarded a scholarship by The Center for Embedded Networked Sensing at UCLA. Lewis also gave an interview about the BS programs in computing at SCU, which was appeared in the January 2010 issue of CSTA Voice.

    Catherine Montfort (modern languages and literature) edited Women in French Studies, Vol. 16, Regular issue, 199 p. She also co-edited Eclectic Expressions: Women’s Triumphs, Past and Present (Women in French Studies Special Issue), 192 p.

    Godfrey Mungal (School of Engineering) presented a paper, titled “Plasma Assisted Flame Holding in Subsonic and Supersonic Flows,” at the 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Orlando, Fla.

    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (electrical engineering) delivered a keynote lecture titled “Adaptation as a system attribute” at the 2009 International Conference on Adaptive Systems and Technology.

    Ogunfunmi (electrical engineering) and Ph.D. student, Ifiok Umoh wrote a paper titled “An Affine Projection-Based Algorithm for Identification of Nonlinear Hammerstein Systems,” which was accepted for publication in the journal Signal Processing.

    William Stover (political science) presented a paper to international conInformation Technology and the Construction of Moral Reasoning, Empathy, and Affect: Crossing Time, Space, and Attitudes in Virtual Reality with Mali A. Mann and Marina Mankaryous, International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1 (2009), pp. 157–170.

    Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) has been elected to the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors. She was also lauded for the “superb job she has done” over the past year as editor-in-chief of IEEE Communications Letters by Larry Greenstein, director of journals.

    Yuling Yan (bioengineering) and her co-authors wrote a paper titled “An improved optical lock-in detection method for contrast-enhanced imaging in living cells,” which was accepted for oral presentation at the 4th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering in June in Chengdu, China.

    Betty Young (physics) co-organized the 13th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors in Stanford in July. Young was also primary editor of the 800-page, peer-reviewed proceedings recently published by AIP.

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    Mark Aschheim (civil engineering) co-authored “Refinements to Compression Field Theory, with Application to Wall-Type Structures,” which was presented at the American Concrete Institute Fall Convention in New Orleans, La. in November.

    Monem Beitelmal (mechanical engineering) was the lead author on a paper entitled “A Steady-State Model for the Design and Optimization of a Centralized Cooling System,” which was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Energy Research. Beitelmal co-authored a paper entitled “KRATOS: automated management of cooling capacity in data centers with adaptive vent tiles,” which was presented at the ASME/IMECE conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in November. Beitelmal was also the lead author on a paper entitled “Local cooling control of data centers with adaptive vent tiles,” which was presented by his co-author at the InterPACK2009 conference in San Francisco in July. Beitelmal was a co-inventor on a US patent no. 7,584,021 entitled “Energy efficient CRAC unit operation using heat transfer levels,” which was granted in September. He also was a co-inventor on a US patent no. 7,568,360 entitled “Air re-circulation effect reduction system,” which was granted in August. Beitelmal was a co-inventor on a US patent no. 7,558,649 entitled “Method for predicting airflow rates,” which was granted in July 7.

    Silvia Figueira, JoAnne Holliday, and Weijia Shang (computer engineering) received a research grant of $88,939 from Intel on “Mobile Internet Device Benchmark.”

    Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) created and organized the Aerospace Innovation Challenge, a competition involving six teams of students from across the University (Engineering, Business, Arts & Sciences). The teams were assigned three tasks: 1) work together to point an antenna by hand in order to receive beacon signals from the NASA GeneSat-1 satellite and manually decode beacon data to determine the satellite’s temperature; 2) develop a one-minute video to excite the public about NASA and the challenges and opportunities it faces; and 3) develop and build a full flight system and a protection system that prevents a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a certain height.

    Dale Larson (counseling psychology) co-authored an article titled “Grief counseling efficacy: What have we learned?,” which was published in Bereavement Care in December.

    Dan Lewis and Silvia Figueira (computer engineering) have received an additional $525,898 from the National Science Foundation to support “Attracting a New Generation of Students to Computing.”

    Nam Ling (computer engineering) served as keynote speaker for the 2009 Joint Conferences on Pervasive Computing in December in Taiwan. The presentation was called “Video Coding Technology and Applications: What Have We Seen? What Will We See?” Ling also gave a speech at his alma mater, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in October during the celebration of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Computing at the university and the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the university's Center for Advanced Computer Studies. Ling chaired a session on “Transcoding” at the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing in November in Cairo, Egypt. He also presented a paper titled, “A Two-Level Rate Control Approach for Video Transcoding,” which he co-authored. Ling has been renewed as guest professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. A ceremony in his honor will be held in Shanghai this summer.

    Nam Ling, Weijia Shang, (computer engineering), and computer engineering PhD student Jun Zhang, with Xiaoquan Yi (former computer engineering PhD student), authored a journal paper titled “Context Adaptive Lagrange Multiplier (CALM) for Rate-Distortion Optimal Motion Estimation in Video Coding.” It was accepted for publication in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology.

    Computer engineering PhD student, Sylvia N’Guessan, will serve as the Local Arrangement Co-Chair for 2010 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems, and Nam Ling will serve as a member of its Technical Program Committee.

    Edwin Maurer (civil engineering) was an invited participant at the Governor's rollout on Dec. 2, of California's Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) final report, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive, multi-sector analysis that will enhance the state’s management of climate impacts from sea level rise, increased temperatures, shifting precipitation, and extreme natural events.

    Chad Raphael (communication) and Allen Hammond (Law) co-authored with Christopher Karpowitz an article titled “Deliberative Democracy and Inequality: Two Cheers for Enclave Deliberation among the Disempowered,” which was published in the journal Politics & Society.

    Chad Raphael (communication) authored two entries, “Libel” and “Broadcast Network Documentaries,” in the Encyclopedia of Journalism.

    Thomas Schwarz, S.J. (computer engineering) co-authored a paper titled “AS-Index: A Structure for String Search using n-grams and Algebraic Signatures,” which was accepted at the 18th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management in Hong Kong in November. Schwarz also co-wrote “Evaluating the Impact of Irrecoverable Read Errors on Disk Array Reliability,” which was accepted at the IEEE 15th Pacific Rim International Symposium on Dependable Computing in Shanghai in November.

    Katie Wilson (electrical engineering) presented her paper titled “Non-pilot-based synchronization for ACO-OFDM” at the Asilomar conference on Signals, Systems and Computers in November.

    Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) gave an invited presentation called “Transport in Carbon Nanostructure,” in the IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. in October.

    Yuling Yan (bioengineering) co-authored a paper “Quantitative Analysis of Diplophonic Vocal-fold Vibratory Pattern from High-speed Digital Imaging of Glottis,” which was accepted to the MAVEBA 2009 - 6th International Workshop on Models and Analysis of Vocal Emissions for Biomedical Applications.

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    Ahmed Amer (computer engineering) authored a paper on data structures for predictive storage management titled "Space-Efficient Predictive Block Management." It was presented by his co-author at the International Workshop on Software Support for Portable Storage in October in Grenoble, France. Amer also had two new conference papers accepted and approved for publication. The first is on reliable data storage titled "Avoiding State-Space Explosion of Predictive Metadata with SESH," and the second is on predictive data management, entitled "Using Shared Parity Disks to Improve the Reliability of RAID Arrays." Both papers will appear in the Proceedings of the IEEE International Performance, Computing and Communications Conference in December.

    Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received a one-year renewal grant of $34,385 from the State Bar of California to support the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center.

    Jeffrey Baerwalk, S.J., (counseling psychology) recently presented three papers at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Annual Conference based on his research in sensory integration, modal attention functioning, and executive processes.

    Michael Carrasco and Thorsteinn Adalsteinsson (chemistry) have received a three year grant of $463,320 from the National Science Foundation to support "MRI: Acquisition of a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer."

    Gregory Corning (political science) wrote "Between bilateralism and regionalism in East Asia: the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership,” which was published in The Pacific Review.

    Ruth Cook (Education) has received $198,312 from the U.S. Department of Education to support "Preparing Special Educators to be Leaders in the Implementation of Effective Techniques for Supporting Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders." This is third year funding of an anticipated four-year grant. Funds awarded now total $589,823.

    David DeCosse (Markkula) wrote an article titled “Conscience issue separates Catholic moral camps,” which was published in the National Catholic Reporter in November.

    Fred Foldvary (economics) presented a paper on “The Private Provision of Public Goods: The History and Future of Communal Liberalism” at a conference on “Liberalism and Communal Self-Administration” in the Truman House at Potsdam, Germany, hosted by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Liberty.

    Unyoung (Ashley) Kim (bioengineering) co-authored "Simultaneous Sorting of Multiple Bacterial Targets Using Integrated Dielectrophoretic / Magnetic Activated Cell Sorter," which was presented by her co-author at the International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences in November in Jeju, South Korea.

    Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) co-authored a paper titled "Small Satellites Advance Biological and Chemical Space Science," which was accepted by the National Academies Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space.

    Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) and several graduate and undergraduate students in the Robotics Lab have received a NASA Ames Team Honor Award for their work involving mission operations for the NASA GeneSat-1, PreSat and PharmaSat spacecraft. The SCU team developed all communication stations and control systems used to operate these NASA spacecraft once they were launched into Orbit, and the team then used these systems to remotely operate the satellites in order to achieve their missions.

    Jeanette Leach (Law School admissions) received $50,000 from the Law School Admission Council to support "Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program."

    Nam Ling (computer engineering) has received a one-year, $70,000 grant from Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. to support "Predictive and Decoder-Derived Video Coding Model."

    Ed Maurer (civil engineering) gave an invited talk called “New statistical downscaling techniques for California and the West” at the 6th Annual California Climate Change Research Symposium in Sacramento. He also gave a presentation titled "Translating global models to the local scale" at the Workshop on Scenarios of Future Climate, organized by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI) in October in Portland, Ore.

    Aaron Melman (applied mathematics) presented a talk called "Spectral inclusion sets for structured matrices" at the SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra in October in Monterey.

    Godfrey Mungal (Engineering) presented a paper he co-authored, “Turbulent Schmidt Number Measurements in a Polymer Drag-Reduced Turbulent Boundary Layer,” in June in Seoul, South Korea. He also presented another paper he co-wrote titled “Stereo PIV Measurements of a Geometrically Modified Flame Augmentor Base,” in August in Melbourne, Australia.

    Thomas Schwarz (computer engineering) co-authored a paper, titled “Maintaining and Checking Parity in Highly Available Scalable Distributed Data Structures,” which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Systems and Software (Elsevier).

    Hersh Shefrin (finance) wrote an article in Executive Briefing summarizing his book Ending the Management Illusion.

    Terry Shoup (mechanical engineering) had a presentation and publication: Shoup, T. E., "An Improved Method for Predicting Minor-Axis Shear Stresses in Rectangular Shafts Under Torsion Using Optimization Polynomials," Proceedings of the 20th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.

    Iris Stewart-Frey (environmental studies) and Edwin Maurer (civil engineering) have received a three-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support “Assessing the Impact of a Warmer Climate on Stream Water Quality across the Mountainous Western United States.”

    William Stover (political science) co-authored an article titled “Information Technology and the Construction of Moral Reasoning, Empathy, and Affect: Crossing Time, Space, and Attitudes in Virtual Reality,” which was published in the International Journal of Science in Society.

    Steven Suljak (chemistry) has received $38,548 in supplemental grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to support "Aptamers to Distinguish Functional Modification of Target Proteins by Affinity Probe Capillary Electrophonesis."

    Michael Whalen (communication) showed his short documentary, A Christmas in Tent City, at the Poppy Jasper Film Festival in Morgan Hill. The short documentary revolves around Francisco Jimenez's (Spanish and modern languages) childhood as a migrant worker in the fields of California.

    Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) has been elected as a Member-at-Large for a three-year term to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society. A paper she co-authored called, "Transmitter and Receiver Methods for Improving Asymmetrically-Clipped Optical OFDM" was also published in the September issue of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

    Wendelin Wright (mechanical engineering) co-authored a paper titled "Determining Storage and Loss Moduli Using Dynamic Nanoindentation," which she presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Mechanics in June in Albuquerque. Wright also co-authored “Determination of Shear Band Velocity Using Spatially and Temporally Resolved Measurements of Strain During Quasistatic Compression of a Bulk Metallic Glass,” which was published in Acta Materialia. Wright was also the co-author for a presentation titled “Length-scale effects on plasticity and deformation modes in bulk metallic glasses” at the 7th International Conference on Bulk Metallic Glasses in Busan, South Korea.

    Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures), Francisco Madriz (graduate student) and Cary Yang (electrical engineering), wrote a paper that was published in the special issue on compact interconnect models for gigascale integration.

    Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) also gave a presentation called "Transport in Carbon Nanostructure" at the IEEE International Integrated Reliability Workshop in October in South Lake Tahoe.

    Yuling Yan (bioengineering) and her co-authors presented "Acoustic and High-speed Digital Imaging Based Analysis of Pathological Voice Contributes to Better Understanding and Differential Diagnosis of Neurological Dysphonias and of Mimicking Phonatory Disorders” to the 10th Annual Conf. Int. Speech Communication Association in Brighton, UK.

    Betty Young (physics) received additional subcontract funding from Case Western Reserve University that adds $89,000 to support "Super CDMS 25 kg Experiment."

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