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
Ellie Zenhari, assistant professor of design, had her image “Toxic House” selected to be featured in the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2018 Competition Gallery. Lens Culture is a prestigious international photography magazine.
A. Marco Turk, professor emeritus of the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peace Building program, and an attorney and columnist for the Daily Journal, penned the column “The dawning of California #mediator certification” for the journal. The column deals with the recommendation that the California Law Revision Commission will make to the state legislature urging that mediation confidentiality not apply in cases where attorney malpractice and other misconduct by lawyers occur in a mediation context. Turk noted that, while this exception appears to be limited, it would be just the beginning of the end of confidentiality in this state, in general.
Robert H. Cubillos, assistant professor of humanities and adjunct professor of philosophy, has published the book “Faith, Hope, and Love in the Kingdom of God.” While drawing on theology, philosophy, ethics, and cultural studies, Cubillos examines how the original meaning and significance of these “virtues or graces” have been degraded over time in various philosophical, religious, psychological, and social constructs. Where the church has “acquiesced and settles for today’s culturally manufactured virtues,” Cubillos argues that it is still possible to obtain the “intellectual, emotional, and spiritual balance that faith, hope, and love provide, without surrendering oneself to their more popular contrivances.”
Gilah Yelin Hirsch, professor of art and design, traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam in December 2017 to give the presentation: “Materiality vs. Spirituality: Eskimo Cultural Suicide in Nunavut With No Word or Concept for Future” at the Expanding Boundaries: Ethnicity, Materiality and Spirituality Conference for the International Society for Academic Research on Shamanism. Hirsch will also be presenting “Artist as Scientist in a Reflective Universe: A Process of Discovery,” and will participate in the panel “Art and Science in the 21st Century” at the 2018 College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, Feb. 21 – 24, as well as have her painting “Next Dimension” featured in the exhibition “Music for Your Eyes” at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, which takes place Feb. 3 through March 10, 2018.
College of Education
Saili Kulkarni, assistant professor of special education, presented “A DisCrit Analysis of Special Education Teacher Beliefs about the Intersections of Disability & Race” at the WERA 2017 Focal Meeting in Hong Kong in December 2017.
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Margaret Dee Parker, acting associate dean, has been reappointed to the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board by California Gov. Jerry Brown. The board promotes standards and enforcing the laws and regulations that ensure the qualifications and competence of providers of speech-language pathology, audiology and hearing aid dispensing services.
Beverly Palmer, emeritus professor of psychology, has written the book “Love Demystified: Strategies for a Successful Love Life.” Drawing on cutting-edge psychological research, the book shows readers how to spot the bumps along the way to a happy love life, and how to either avoid or repair them. Through self-assessments and interactive activities, readers find the tools they need to get through many difficult situations in loving relationships.
Recent quotes and/or interviews in the media from faculty
“The first two factors that we look at [regarding the economic impact of the flu] are work and productivity in terms of reduced workforce participation, and the second is medical expenditures. Both of those are important in a regular flu seasons. [To offset the costs of the flu among families during a flu epidemic] we have a concept called ‘economic resilience,’ which is the ability to bounce back, and there’s vaccination programs that can have a significant impact on reducing the cost of an affection outbreak.” -Fynnwin Prager, assistant professor of public administration, was interviewed for a CNBC Nightly Business Report on Jan. 18 regarding the economic cost of the 2017-18 flub outbreak. Prager co-authored the 2016 study the “Total Economic Consequences of an Influenza Outbreak.”
Nancy Cheever, professor of communications, and Larry Rosen, emeritus professor of psychology, were featured in The Washington Post article “To Ban or Not to Ban: Teachers Grapple with Forcing Students to Disconnect from Technology” on Jan. 25.