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  •  Grants, Awards, and Publication

    Margalynne Armstrong and Stephanie Wildman (both School of Law) published “Teaching Race/Teaching Whiteness: Transforming Colorblindness to Color Insight,” in the North Carolina Law Review. Read the paper.
    Michael Axelman (counseling psychology) presented two talks in April: “Appreciating Your Strengths as a Parent,”for a Kids on Campus meeting at SCU, and “Relational Pragmatism: From Case Conceptualization to Treatment Planning,”for the Santa Clara County chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
    Elizabeth Day (education) attended a leadership development class at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government this month. She also recently gave the following presentations: “Leadership as a Way of Being,” for the Society of Women Engineers Speaker Series; “Leading with Powerful Presence,” for a symposium sponsored by high school and middle school organizations; “Bringing Somatic Awareness to the University Classroom,” for SCU’s new faculty retreat; and “Educational Ethics—Bridging Cognitive and Somatic Domains,” for SCU’s Education Graduate Students Association.
    Lucia Albino Gilbert (Provost) recently co-published “Work, Family, and Dual-Earner Couples: Implications for Research and Practice” for the Handbook of Counseling Psychology (4th ed.).
    Lester Goodchild (education) presented a research paper, “Setting a Moral Vision for Academe: Bridging the ‘Is-Ought’ Divide in International Education,” and case studies at the Forum for Education Abroad in Boston. The work was facilitated by the Office of International Education and sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
    Francisco Jimenez (modern languages and literatures) recently gave two presentations: “Words that Made America,” for California State University, Eastbay, and the Alameda County Office of Education’s Meet the Scholars series, and “The Immigrant Experience,” at Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He was also appointed to the advisory board of NET Television’s documentary on John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.
    Dennis Smithenry (education) presented “Video Classes of Whole-Class Inquiry” at the Association for Science Teacher Education’s 2008 international conference in St. Louis.
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Mark Ardema (mechanical engineering) served as a panelist at the John J. Montgomery, Father of Basic Flight, 125th anniversary event in early April.
    Jack Gilbert (chemistry) has received a two-year award from the American Chemical Society providing $10,400 to support his work as book and software review editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
    Jorge González-Cruz (mechanical engineering) received an award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Santa Clara section, for making an outstanding contribution to the organization.
    John Hawley (English) recently presented a paper, “Freedom for/from self immolation,” at the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Study at the Universities of Venice and Padua.
    Rachel He and Sukhmander Singh (civil engineering) received a $10,500 technology grant for their project on total station instruments for a surveying course.
    John Jameson (Center for Nanostructures) had a paper accepted for publication, “Equilibrium and compatibility simulation of plunge centerless grinding,” by the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B, Journal of Engineering Manufacture. Another paper was accepted by the International Conference on IC Design and Technology, “Ultra-high bandwidth memory with 3D-stacked emerging memory cells.”
    Godfrey Mungal (Dean, School of Engineering) was selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, as the recipient of its 2007 Environmental Achievement
    Award, in recognition of his exceptional work and commitment to protecting the environment. He also recently published a paper, “Streamwise development of turbulent boundary layer drag reduction with polymer injection,” in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
    Thomas Plante (psychology) recently published two articles in Pastoral Psychology, “What do the spiritual and religious traditions offer the practicing psychologist?” and a piece co-written with SCU students, “The development of the Santa Clara Brief Compassion Scale: An abbreviation of Sprecher and Fehr’s Compassionate Love Scale.” With Shauna Shapiro (counseling psychology), he also co-wrote and published “Meditation lowers stress and supports forgiveness among college students: A randomized controlled trial” for the Journal of American College Health.
    Shauna L. Shapiro (counseling psychology) also published the paper, “Cultivating mindfulness: Effects on well-being,” in the Journal of Clinical Psychology with co-author Thomas Plante, among others. In addition, she co-authored a chapter, “Cultivating empathy and self-compassion through mindfulness training,” for the book, Therapeutic Relationship by S. Hick and T. Bien.
    The 2007 Solar Decathlon Team was named an Environmental Achievement Award winner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, one of only 29 winners from Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. The award presentation was held April 14 at the EPA’s San Francisco office.
    William Stover (political science) was the featured speaker at a panel of the International Studies Association’s annual meeting, where he presented his conflict resolution simulation Web site.
    Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) presented “Digital modulation techniques for optical asymmetrically-clipped OFDM” at the recent IEEE conference WCNC in Las Vegas. She also chaired two sessions.
    Sally Wood (electrical engineering) has a new publication, “Impact of measurement precision and noise on superresolution image reconstruction,” in Applied Optics.
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Linda Alepin (Leavey School of Business) spoke to the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA) at Harvard University recently on the subject of global women’s leadership. She will discuss the same subject as the featured guest on Channel 30’s TV program Spirit Talk in May.
    Mark Aschheim (engineering) co-published on work he did during a junior faculty development leave. The paper, “Design of optimally-reinforced RC beam, column, and wall sections,” appeared in the Journal of Structural Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers.
    Darren Atkinson (computer engineering) has received an IBM Research Grant of $3,025 for his project on “Smarter inlining: Improving the quality of compiler inlining heuristics.”
    Jorge Gonzalez-Cruz and Drazen Fabris (mechanical engineering) received an IBM research grant in the amount of $10,400 for their project, “On-demand spray cooling using nano-fluids.”
    Francisco Jimenez’s (modern languages and literatures) book, Breaking Through, was selected by the city of Watsonville for its 2008 community-wide reading program, On the Same Page. The author made presentations at five schools in the area and gave a keynote address at the Mello Center for the Performing Arts in Watsonville.
    Mark McGregor, S.J. (Ignatian Center) was keynote speaker at an immigration conference hosted by San Jose State University, at which his film, “Posada,” was shown. He also presented the 12th annual Maguire lecture on social justice at Seattle University, titled “Immigrants as neighbors: From hospitality to solidarity.”
    John Mooring (biology) recently published an article, “Supernumerary chromosomes in Eriophyllum lanatum and E. confertiflorum var. confertiflorum (Asteraceae),” in Madroño.
    Tokunbo Ogunfunmi (electrical engineering) received an IBM research grant in the amount of $4,000 for “Xilinx FPGA rapid prototyping of algorithms.” He also recently published a paper, “Wireless LAN comes of age: Understanding the IEEE 802.11n amendment” in IEEE’s Circuits and Systems.
    Andrea Pappas (art history) has published an anthology, Teaching Art History with Technology: Reflections and Case Studies, which includes her chapter, “Angel in the Architecture: Course Management Software and Collaborative," co-authored with Stephen Carroll and Dolores LaGuardia (English). Carroll also contributed a separate chapter, “Dangerous Romances: The Rhetoric of Teaching (Art History) with Technology.”
    Wiejia Shang (computer engineering) received an IBM research grant in the amount of $6,000 for her project on “Stack reduction of recursive functions.”
    Shauna L. Shapiro (counseling psychology) recently was interviewed for the Spirituality in Higher Education Newsletter: A National Study for College Students' Meaning and Purpose.
    Keith Warner (environmental studies) has received a second year of funding from the National Science Foundation that provides $39,549 to support “Managing risk in the public interest: How ethics and values shape biological control practice and policy.” The award with this amendment totals $70,902.
    Michael Whalen’s (communication) latest documentary, “FRESH Women,” will be featured at the 2008 Santa Cruz Film Festival in May.
    Wendelin Wright (mechanical engineering) gave a presentation entitled “Studies of shear band propagation using spatially and temporally resolved measurements of strain during compression of a bulk metallic glass” at the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. Co-authors included mechanical engineering graduate student Marcus Samale.
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Aldo Billingslea (theatre and dance) was nominated for the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award 2007, in the category of principal performance for a male.
    Geoffrey Bowker (CSTS) and graduate student Eben Kirksey have received a two-year award from the National Science Foundation that provides $83,989 to support “The tropical rain forest as a boundary object: An ethnography of multiple collectives and social worlds.”
    Elizabeth Day (education) has become a certified Somatic Leadership coach through the Strozzi Institute. She has also been selected to attend the course Art and Practice of Leadership Development: A Master Class for Professional Trainers, Educators, and Consultants at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government this spring.
    Nam Ling (computer engineering) presented an IEEE Distinguished Lecture on “Simplified fast motion estimation: Simplified and unified multi-hexagon search (SUMH) with context adaptive Lagrange multiplier (CALM),” for the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Signal Processing and the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Circuits and Systems Society.
    Ed Maurer (civil engineering) recently presented an overview of climate change impacts on water resources to the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. He also co-published an article, “Utility of daily vs. monthly large-scale climate data: An intercomparison of two statistical downscaling methods,” in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.
    Samiha Mourad and Timothy Healy (electrical engineering) attended the workshop Reforming Electric Energy Systems Curriculum, where Healy presented a poster paper on the Solar Decathlon as an example of project-based learning.
    Godfrey Mungal (engineering) co-authored three published papers: “Mechanics and prediction of turbulent drag reduction with polymer additives” in Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics; “Streamwise development of turbulent boundary layer drag reduction with polymer injection” in Journal of Fluid Mechanics; and “Formation and role of cool flames in plasma assisted premixed combustion” in Applied Physics Letters.
    Robert Parden (engineering management) spoke recently to the Bay Area chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering on “Adaptive and supersystem leadership.”
    Rebecca Schapp and Karen Kienzle (de Saisset Museum) have received a one-year award from the Lannan Foundation providing $10,000 for a catalog on the “Evri Kwong: Pretend Everything is Okay” exhibition opening Sept. 27.
    Sukhmander Singh’s (civil engineering) paper, “Relevance of technology enhanced educational tools for engineering education,” was included in the recent International Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Melbourne, Australia. He will travel to New Orleans in March to deliver a paper, “Sustainable solutions for an environmentally and socially just society,” that he co-authored with colleague Mark Aschheim.
    William Stover (political science) presented a conflict resolution simulation to the American Political Science Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in February. His presentation included an invitation to social scientists to join SCU in its next Middle East Diplomatic Simulation.
    The Santa Clara student newspaper garnered nine top awards at the recent California College Media Association’s awards show, which honors the best of student journalism in the state. Among their prizes, SCU students nabbed first-place wins in the news, editorial, and arts and entertainment categories. They also received first- and second-place awards in the news feature and sports column categories, and received second place for general excellence.
    Justen Whittall (biology) has received a two-year award from the National Science Foundation that provides $352,493 to support a collaborative research project involving the study of arctic mustard species that exhibit variations in flower colors.
    Toshishige Yamada (Center for Nanostructures) gave a talk at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on the “Role of electrostatic interaction in molecular electronic devices—Coulomb blockade and Schottky barrier modulation with charged/polarized molecules.”
    Betty Young (physics) is among 50 scientists from 16 universities and organizations whose Cyrogenic Dark Matter Search experiment at a mine in Minnesota has given them the lead in a worldwide race to find the particles that make up dark matter.
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Jeffrey Baerwald, S.J., (counseling psychology) presented his research, “The effects of interstimulus timing on bimodal response sensitivity and specificity in a Continuous Test of Modal Attention,” at the International Neuropsychological Society’s recent annual meeting. He also presented three posters on the topics of cognitive measures, achievement striving, and personality.
    Wil Burns (School of Law) has been named to the editorial board of a new journal, Environmental Justice. He also serves as editor of the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy.
    David Gray (religious studies) received an award of $10,500 from the Graves Award Committee for his research work on the Tantric Buddhist tradition.
    Ellen Kreitzberg’s (law) co-authored article, “But Can It Be Fixed? A Look at Constitutional Challenges to Lethal Injection Executions,” was cited by the Nebraska Supreme Court, which held that the electric chair was unconstitutional under the state constitution. She also testified before the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, presenting findings on the use of special circumstances in California death penalty cases.
    Mark McGregor, S.J., (Ignatian Center) has been invited to show “Posada,” his award-winning film about youth and immigration, at World Youth Day, an international event occurring every three years. Billed as the largest youth event in the world, WYD takes place this summer in Australia. Jim Reites, S.J., (religious studies) will lead the group from SCU.
    Andy Tsay (operations and management information systems) was recently appointed to a three-year term as a senior editor at the Production & Operations Management journal, in the area of supply chain management. The publication is on Business Week’s list of 20 premier journals, used to rank MBA programs.
  •  Grants, Awards, and Publications

    Michael Axelman and Jerrold L. Shapiro (both counseling psychology) recently wrote a review for the American Psychological Association on a video by Mark Littrell called “Brief Therapy with Adolescents.”
    Geoffrey Bowker (Center for Science, Technology, and Society) has received a one-year award from the National Science Foundation that provides $18,395 to support a research project, “Toward a Virtual Organization for Data Cyberinfrastructure.” The collaborative project will be conducted at SCU, UCLA, and the University of Michigan.
    David Feldman (counseling psychology) co-authored a recently published book entitled The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One. Written for families, the book addresses both the emotional issues associated with life-threatening illness and the practical and medical realities typically dealt with as the end of life approaches.
    Leslie Gray (environmental studies) has received second-year funding in the amount of $41,731 from the National Science Foundation to support “RUI: Cotton, Poverty and the Environment in Africa.” The award now totals $88,967. The project focuses on three villages in southwestern Burkina Faso and is intended to increase networking and partnerships between American and African researchers and students, and to help establish a master’s level geography program at the University of Ouagadougou.
    Patrick Hoggard (chemistry) has received a three-year award from the National Science Foundation that provides $195,000 to support “RUI: Near-UV and Visible Light Photocatalysis of Halocarbon Degradation by Metal Complexes.” This research will also provide education and training in photochemical techniques to a number of undergraduate students.
    Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) has received second-year funding in the amount of $55,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support “The OBSIDIAN Nanosatellite Project.” The award now totals $110,000. OBSIDIAN is a single nanosatellite that will be developed by SCU undergraduate and graduate students.
    Shauna L. Shapiro (counseling psychology) co-authored a paper with colleagues at Stanford on the effects of meditation for patients with insomnia. The paper, “Combining mindfulness meditation with cognitive-behavior therapy for insomnia: A treatment-development study,” was published in Behavior Therapy Journal.
    Betty Young (physics) received final-year funding of $31,492 on a three-year award from Lockheed Martin to support “Aluminum Manganese TES Development for Large Scale Arrays of Microcalorimeters.” Funded by NASA-Goddard, the total award comes to $102,801. NASA is interested in the using the technology for advanced solar physics studies.
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