Faculty Receive Professional Achievement Honors


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Faculty Receive Professional Achievement Honors

Eight California State University, Chico faculty members received 2005 Professional Achievement Honors at a Research Foundation recognition dinner on March 3.The Professional Achievement Honors recognize faculty members who have engaged students in research and/or creative activities and, by so doing, have enhanced the quality of learning environments for students.

David Ball, Chemistry was recognized for his mentoring of undergraduate students and involving them in significant ways in research projects. He was instrumental in obtaining $40,000 in funds from a pharmaceutical company for summer scholarships for student research in synthetic organic chemistry.

Tonya Emerson, Engineering, makes community service central to her civil engineering classes through the K-12 Minds in Motion project. She has led students, faculty, and industry professionals in bringing 2,000 K-12 students to campus to encourage their interest in engineering.

Duane Knudson, Kinesiology, has made substantial contributions to the discipline of biomechanics through his writing and service to national and international groups. His scholarly activities include nearly 50 articles in refereed journals such as the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport and Journal of Applied Biomechanics.

Esther Delgado-Larocco, Education, has worked in the CSU, Chico Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies for 21 years. She has worked extensively with the California Science Subject Matter Project, Math Subject Matter Project, the Writing Project, and Resources for International Studies in Education (RISE).

Thomas Mattman, Mathematics and Statistics, has established an extraordinary record of research in the last five years with 12 papers published or submitted. Mattman has obtained several large grants to fund five years of summer research programs for undergraduates, including “Contemporary Research in Knot Theory.”

Cynthia Siemsen, Sociology, is the author of the critically acclaimed book Emotional Trials: The Moral Dilemmas of Women Criminal Defense Attorneys. In addition she has written the chapter “Women Criminal Lawyers” for publication in Women, Crime and Criminal Justice: Original Feminist Readings.

Dale Steiner, History, recently received a Teaching American History Grant, “No Paine, No Gain: A ‘Common Sense’ Approach to Teaching American History,” from the US Department of Education. He and others will be working with 5th, 8th, and 11th grade teachers, offering them support in content as well as teaching strategies.

Mark Tomita, Health and Community Services, is nationally recognized for his work in health education and public health informatics. He has launched a new peer-reviewed scholarly journal, the Californian Journal of Health Promotion, an electronic journal that integrates multimedia publications.

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