Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and articles that expand their knowledge and expertise. Here are a few recent highlights.
Theodore Byrne, assistant professor of public administration, participated in the 2011 International Symposium on Ethic Leadership: “Ethical Leadership: Issues,Challenges and Opportunities” in Chengdu, China, this past October. Byrne presented the topic “Ethical Dilemmas in a California City: Lessons in Leadership, Transparency, and Accountability” during a panel discussion on “Challenges: Building Organizations of Integrity” and presented a critique, “Building Organizations of Integrity.”
On February 23, associate professor of English Randy Cauthen gave a poetry reading along with local poets Barbara Blatt and Richard Bailey for The Third Area, a monthly reading series celebrating new work by local, regional, national, and international poets, both established and emerging, at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. Cauthen read from his upcoming book, “Amphibian,” to be published by Polychrome later this year. Cauthen is also the author of a book of poetry, “The Use of Force” (Tchoupitoulas Press, 1989), and “Black Letters: An Ethnography of a Beginning Legal Writing Course” (New Jersey, Hampton Press, 2010).
Artwork created by professor of art Gilah Hirsch will be shown at the Santa Monica Museum of Art on March 17 as part of SMMoA’s exhibition and art sale, Incognito. Now in its eighth year, Incognito features for purchase original artworks by hundreds of contemporary artists — from well-known to emerging. Earlier in the day, Hirsch will be at the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles for its Yom Limmud (Day of Learning) event to present “Cosmography: The Art of Gilah Yelin Hirsch,” a discussion of the relation between the Hebrew alphabet, patterns in nature, neurology, perception, imagery, and healing.
In early February, professor of biology Thomas Landefeld was part of a group of pre-health advisers invited to Ross University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of Dominica to tour their facilities and their Miami location. As the pre-health adviser at CSU Dominguez Hills, such visits allow him to better advise CSUDH students as to their future studies in the fields of medicine. Then on Feb. 24, Landefeld was in Atlanta giving a talk, “Preparation for Graduate and Professional School,” to students in the Dr. John H. Hopps, Jr. Research Scholars Program at Morehouse College. The Hopps program is designed to increase the number of Morehouse students entering into PhD, MD/PhD or engineering graduate program. He’ll be off to New Orleans March 8 to give a similar seminar at Dillard University, where former CSUDH President James Lyons is interim president.