Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. We feature those accomplishments and more in this section.
College of Arts and Humanities
Mary T. Lacanlale, interim coordinator of Asian Pacific Studies, was appointed to a two-year term president of the Society of Ethnomusicology Southern California-Hawaii Chapter. Additionally, her recording review, “Kulintang: Gong Music from Mindanao in the Southern Philippines and Maranao Culture at Home and in the Diaspora,” was published in the Winter/Spring issue of Asian Music (Vol. 48, Issue 1).
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Thomas Landefeld, professor of biology and pre-health adviser, presented the seminar “Change is needed now to address the under representation on minorities in science and medicine” on Feb. 24 to STEM students at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.
Kenneth Brown, physics lecturer, president of the El Camino College Board of Trustees, and a senior systems engineer for Northrop Grumman, was named a recipient of the 2017 Modern-Day Technology Leader award at the 31st Annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference, which took place Feb. 9-11 in Washington D.C.
Erin Merz, assistant professor of psychology, had her paper “Longitudinal patterns of pain in patients with diffuse and limited systemic sclerosis: integrating medical, psychological, and social characteristics” published in the peer-reviewed journal Quality of Life Research (January 2017). Her study was the first to document pain in the early phase of systemic sclerosis (a rare rheumatologic disease) and to evaluate the predictors of pain over time. The research was conducted in conjunction with colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and San Diego State University.
College of Extended & International Education
Bhavan (Bob) Mehta, an adjunct faculty member teaching courses in the Master of Science in Quality Assurance program, has co-authored the book “Practical Process Validation,” (American Society of Quality Press, 2016). The book provides manufacturing quality professionals working in nearly all industries a convenient and comprehensive guide to properly conduct process validations that meet regulatory and certification requirements to help practitioners plan, conduct, and monitor validation activities.
Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, information literacy coordinator/liaison librarian, published the article, “Fast and Furious (at Publishers): The Motivations behind Crowdsourced Research Sharing,” in the peer-reviewed journal College and Research Libraries (February 2017), a top publication in the field of library science. The article reports on a study of SciHub, #icanhazpdf, Reddit Scholar, and other peer-to-peer exchanges of scholarly information to discover the perceptions of copyright compared to similar studies done on music file sharing. It also provides suggestions for libraries and the scholarly communication community.
Clarence (Gus) Martin, professor of criminal justice administration, recently published a section titled “Drones” in the book “A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights,”(Policy Press, 2017). Martin’s piece is a discussion of the use of armed drone aircraft in the war on terrorism by the U.S. and United Kingdom.
Anthony Normore, and Antonia Issa Lahera, professors of school leadership in the Department of Graduate Education, have published the book “Restorative Practice Meets Social Justice: Un-Silencing the Voices of ‘At-Promise’ Student Populations” (IAP, 2017). The book is a collection of pragmatic urban school experiences that focus on restorative approaches situated in the context of social justice.
Normore also co-published the books “The Dark Side of Leadership” (Emerald Books, 2016) with Jeffrey S. Brooks, professor of educational leadership at Monash University, Australia; and “Racially and Ethnically Diverse Women Leading Education A World View: Advances in Educational Administration” (Emerald Books, 2016) with Terri N. Watson, assistant professor of leadership and special education, The City College of New York.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
“When you dispense with a person, the problem then comes that you still have this image in your brain about them, and it continually morphs and changes through time, adding negative elements—she was mean, he broke up with me, she cheated—as your relationship ends,” –Larry Rosen, professor emeritus and psychology professor, was quoted in the article “The hidden Emotional consequences of de-friending ex-pals and former flames” on the website Quartz.
“Now we have an administration that’s trying to stop the right to organize. We have to know the past. We have to celebrate our heroes, and then find the heroes among us who are courageous and willing to speak up today.” –Vivian Price, professor and chair of labor studies, was quoted in the OC Weekly article “Legendary Labor Singer/Organizer Joe Hill Gets Immortalized in San Pedro.”