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.
Kenneth Brown, part-time lecturer in the Department of Physics, has been named to a newly created Education Technology Task Force by Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction. Through assessment of current technological infrastructure in the state’s public schools and future needs, the new task force will make recommendations as to how new technologies can help improve teaching and learning in California classrooms. For more information about the task force, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/et/index.asp.
Thomas Landefeld was an invited guest speaker in early April at Prairie View A&M University, where he gave a lecture on reproduction to a cell biology class, and presented talks on preparing for careers in the biological sciences to students in the College of Agriculture and within the biology department.
Also in March he attended the 26th Annual Association of Minority Health Professional Schools (AMHPS) Conference in Los Angeles and presented the workshop “Making Choices and Preparing for Careers in the Sciences.”
Richard Malamud, professor of accounting and finance, contributed three articles recently to “Elder Client Planner,” a Spidell Publishing Inc. monthly publication on tax, legal and financial issues facing retirees. “Deducting the cost of long-term care for critically ill” appeared in the December 2011 issue; “Form 1041 reporting requirements for Grantor Trusts” in the April 2012 issue; and “Income Tax Reporting of Trust Income Prior to Funding” will be published in the May 2012.
Terry McGlynn, associate professor of biology, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Experience for Students (IRES) grant for $149,626. Each year of the three-year grant, a different cohort of undergraduate students, a graduate and a K-12 teacher will spend eight weeks in the summer at the La Selva Biological Reserve in Costa Rica conducting tropical ecology experiments under the mentorship of McGlynn and other U.S. and international research partners. Upon return, the cohort participants would continue their research through the fall and spring semesters.
In March, McGlynn also traveled to the LaSelva Biological Station as a co-instructor for a week-long course, Tropical Social Insects, for doctoral students put on by the Organization for Tropical Studies. McGlynn gave lectures, led field projects and conducted workshops of species identification and field methods.