On Wednesday, March 11, 2009, a day long showcase was held to highlight the important scholarly and creative work of CSUMB faculty. The Faculty Scholarship and Creativity Showcase was open to students and staff, and the community was also invited. Individual faculty abstracts and descriptions of their collaborative presentations are listed on this page and also in the Spring 2009 edition of Teaching & Learning Matters.

Strength Physiology-Cradle to Grave

Original research focused on applications of strength training to improve health and fitness across the lifespan.
Kent Adams, Associate Professor, Kinesiology

No More Vietnams: Historians Debate the Lessons of the War

Thirty years after the end of the Vietnam War, a vigorous historical debate continues on why the United States chose to persist in a major military campaign in Vietnam for so long and why, ultimately, that costly intervention failed to achieve American objectives.  Vietnam presented an instructive example of the tragic results when strategists fail to define the specific interests at stake, the real costs involved, and thus, the reasonable form of any intervention in a violent regional conflict. There should be no more Vietnams.
David L. Anderson, Professor, Social, Behavioral, and Global Studies

Language Simulation

 In this browser-based internet simulation that I am developing, learners will carry out everyday tasks and solve mysteries in various countries as they learn a language in an authentic cultural context. The first language in production is Spanish, but the simulation will be developed for other languages as well. I will demonstrate the simulation and explain the learning theories behind it. Sample pages are available at http://myspace.csumb.edu/~ande8674/portfolio/ls/index.html.
Hope Anderson, Lecturer, World Languages and Culture

A Film is a Burning Place

I will screen excerpts from my new compilation DVD: A Film is a Burning Place: Works by Enid Baxter Blader, published by Aurora Video, 2008.
Enid Baxter Blader, Assistant Professor, Teledramatic Arts and Technology

Rumme Living River: The Pajaro Watershead Experience

Community collaborative exploration of ecology and cultural history of the Pajaro River Watershed
Jennifer Colby, Lecturer, Liberal Studies

Performing at Carnegie Hall, NYC

I will be performing as guest soloist in a Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Jeff Beal, at Carnegie Hall, NYC, February 15, 2009. I will describe the process of preparation, rehearsals, production, promotion, being on the road, instrumental technique, and the actual performance and special reception afterwards.  I will demonstrate a special silver-plated custom soprano saxophone sent to me from Yamaha, Japan.
Paul Contos, Lecturer, Music and Performing Arts

Elizabeth Bishop's She-Moose: A Search for Formal and Poetic Social Justice

This paper will explore Elizabeth Bishop's use of the sestet as the poetic form best suited to depict the role of femaleness in achievement of social justice.
Renee R. Curry, Professor, Division of Humanities and Communication

Using Irony to Examine an Understanding of Mind

Young children begin to develop an understanding of their own and others' minds over the course of the early preschool years. The ways young children understand nonliteral language and unusual and unexpected situations can help us unlock the mystery of the development of their ability to take the perspective of others.
Jennifer Dyer-Seymour, Assistant Professor, Social, Behavioral, Global Studies

Am I in the Right Class:  Asian Academics in English Studies

At their reimagined locations, non-native, non-white English professors might occupy a rather crucial position that, at the same time they negotiate their non-traditional identities or unimagined roles as English faculty, their own reading and writing could in turn help (non-native, non-white) colleagues and students develop their voices and further engage their teaching and learning interests.  This presentation explores the increasingly significant relationship between teacher identity and pedagogy.
Joseph Eng, Professor and Director, Writing Program, Academic Skills Achievement Program

Collection of Water from Fog

The prospect of being able to collect water from fog is an exciting one, particularly in a region such as ours that sees little precipitation over a period of many months, but experiences many days thick with fog.  This presentation details the collection of fog water along the central California coast near Monterey, CA (USA).
Dan Fernandez, Professor, Science & Environmental Policy

Introduction to the Poincare Conjecture

The Poincare Conjecture which was first stated a century ago has now been proven.  It claims that if on a closed 3-manifold any loop can be tightened into a point, then that manifold is simply a 3-dimensional sphere.
Rani Fischer, Lecturer, Mathematics and Statistics

Petticoat (Dis)junctions: What Transvestitism and Domestic Culture Reveal about Victorian Manhood

Prior to the Oscar Wilde trials of 1895, there was perhaps no Victorian court case concerning male sexuality that commanded as much sensationalist attention as the 1871 Regina v. Boulton and Others.  Arrested in women's evening gowns outside the Strand Theatre and subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit a felony (i.e. sodomy), the transvestites Ernest Boulton and F.W. Park provide a unique glimpse into the disjunctions of Victorian gender ideology.  Men who wore women's clothing--on stage, in private, and in literature--illustrate the extent to which Victorian audiences accommodated diverse styles of manhood provided the principles, if not the form, of domestic idealism was honored.
Jennifer Fletcher, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Communications

Understanding Biometrics

Biometrics refers to the automatic identification of a person based upon physiological or behavior characteristics.
Babita Gupta, Professor, School of Business

The Math Behind the Games

Mathematics has been used for decades to describe, analyze, and create games. In this talk, we explore the math-related aspects of games, touching on Number's Games, Magic card tricks, Fitch Cheney's five-card trick, and other topics involving mathematical ideas from number theory to probability theory.
Hongde Hu, Professor , Mathematics & Statistics

Shelter Me

A presentation of finished work from the Museum of The African Diaspora and work in progress. The work is mixed media sculpture and installation.
Stephanie Anne Johnson, Associate Professor, Co-Chair, Visual and Public Art

Toxin Secretion in Cyanobacteria:  An Open and Shut Mystery!

Harmful blooms of toxic cyanobacteria are on the increase in local lakes, rivers, and estuaries. The toxins are acutely poisonous to the mammalian liver and potential carcinogens at low concentrations. Understanding the mechanisms of toxin secretion may help public health officials know when to issue warnings to the public and may allow scientists to manipulate the blooms to diminish their threat to human health.
Henrik Kibak, Associate Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Policy

Revealing California's Hidden Landscapes:
Seafloor Mapping Advances the Science and Application of Ecosystem Based Management

What prompted California to commit over $25m in public funds to map all of its state waters? Why are other states and countries eagerly watching and now following California's approach? And, how is the fusion of high-resolution geospatial technologies, geology, biology and landscape ecology meeting a broad range of current and future coastal education, research and management needs? Here we will demonstrate how a suite of coastal and marine remote sensing technologies are being used to reveal important but obscure ecosystem patterns and dynamics, and to visualize them at high resolution over very broad scales.
Rikk Kvitek, Professor, Science & Environmental Policy; Director of Sea Floor Mapping Lab

Performance Evaluation of Bus Lines with Data Envelopment Analysis and Geographic Information Systems

This study combines Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to evaluate the performance of bus lines managed by Monterey-Salinas Transit, considering both the operations and operational environment.
Yong Lao, Professor, Social, Behavioral and Global Studies

Applied Marine Ecology: Conducting Management and Policy-Directed Field Research

The desire for sound marine policy is clearly increasing, evidenced in California by the recent efforts at bolstering the implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs), and at the national level by an increasing emphasis across Federal agencies on ecosystem-based management. However, major challenges persist, including 1) a significant disconnect between much of the science conducted by academia and the actual needs of those responsible for management and policy development, and 2) insufficient financial support from either State or Federal agencies directed towards conducting the critical science necessary to underlie major policy initiatives.
James Lindholm, Assistant Professor, Science and Environmental Policy

Monterey Library Bookmobile Graphics

Commissioned by Monterey Public Library to design and create super graphics for the exterior of the new Bookmobile.
Bobbi Long, Associate Professor, Information Technology and Communications Design

Reading Race: Moving from Being "Color Blind" to "Color Conscious"
in Picture Books

This session will look at how five different authors/illustrators "code" race in picture books for young children.  The session explores how K-12 and community educators and parents can promote "anti-racism" through children's literature.
Miguel G. López, Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies

Scientific Gaps in Toxin Producing Cyanobacteria

We have collected and identified a number of local surface waters that contain toxic cyanobacteria populations and in some cases they have been actively producing highly toxic compounds, mycrocystins. I will explore scientific knowledge gaps that a multi-disciplinary team of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students will seek to answer.
Marc Los Huertos, Assistant Professor, Science and Environmental Policy

Use of Computer Technology for Instruction in Public Schools

This presentation is based on a qualitative study examining how K-12 schools use computers for student learning, and to what extent schools were explicitly teaching students to attain technological literacy. In particular we wanted to see if students of different socio-economic groups were being afforded different opportunities to attain technological literacy.
Nicholas Meier, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Adobes, Missions, and Presidios: Archaeology, Community Service Learning, and Historic Preservation on the California Central Coast, 1995-2009

This presentation will highlight the archaeological investigations, community service learning ventures, and historic preservation efforts undertaken by the CSU Monterey Bay Institute of Archaeology in the Missions and Presidios of the California Central Coast and the Diocese of Monterey for the period extending from the fall of 1995 through the present.
Ruben Mendoza, Professor, Social, Behavioral and Global Studies

The Butterfly and the Glacier: The Role of Arts and Humanities as Unlikely Forces of Change in Public Policy and Legislation for Environmental, Civil, and Human Affairs

Often considered (and they considered themselves this way) marginal in society, writers and artists play a powerful role in shaping the public ethos. In order to understand the role of cultural leadership in how we treat the earth and each other, my study employs the lens of emergent science, specifically chaos theory and quantum physics, and geology, as metaphors for cultural movements regarding knowledge and values that lead to laws and other expressions of the public mind. 
Barbara Mossberg, Professor, Integrated Studies

Wireless and Ad Hoc Networks

This presentation will briefly introduce the area of wireless and ad hoc networking and present the research projects being conducted by the CSUMB networking team in this area.
Sathya Narayanan, Assistant Professor, Information, Technology & Communication Design

Cocaine Cities:  An Exploration of How the Drug Trade Shapes Urban Areas

The paper looks at the connection between drug production and real estate markets in cocaine producer regions of Latin America. It explores various channels that would explain this connection and provides empirical evidence from Bolivia.  The paper also considers policy implications.
Ignacio Navarro, Assistant Professor, Health, Human Services and Public Policy

Supporting Parental Literacy Orientation and Toddler Emergent Literacy Skills: A Home-based Intervention for Low-income Families

Research presentation will summarize results of collaborative investigation evaluating the effectiveness of the home-based, book-exchange Raising a Reader© (RAR) literacy intervention program on family literacy practices, child emergent literacy, and participatory dynamics of parent-child book-sharing.
Deanne Perez-Granados, Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies

The Image of the Mexican Immigrant in Poetry and Song

An overview of how the Mexican Immigrant has been represented in poetry and song over time.  In my presentation I will briefly address the "push & pull" factor of immigrants into the US, the anti-immigrant sentiment that emanates from many segments of our country, and the particular state of affairs of the immigrants themselves as projected in the individual poems and songs.
Donaldo Urioste, Professor, World Languages and Cultures

Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum

Based on a collaboration between Umi Vaughan and master Cuban drummer Carlos Aldama, "Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum" explores the possibilities of interdisciplinary study/teaching by combining oral history, music performance, and ethnography.
Umi Vaughan, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Communications

Class, Gender, and Genre: Transnational Chicana Feminist (Re)Visions in Sandra Cisneros' Caramelo

In my paper, I argue that Cisneros' Caramelo creates a border crossing imaginary by crossing generic borders. I discuss how Cisneros employs and blends genres-the telenovela and the 1930s-era proletarian novels, as well as the important subgenre of what Paula Rabinowitz has called women's "revolutionary fiction"- in this "border" text. I suggest that Cisneros's Caramelo blends these genres in order to create an alternative narrative that inscribes working class concerns and a working class poetics within the domestic space.
María Villaseñor, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Communications

University Course Projects Can Help Fulfill Habitat Management Requirements of a Land Management Agency

Involving students in applied projects teaches necessary skills while also benefiting cash-strapped agencies.  In ENVS 350, students have been collecting long-term datasets on the effects of fire on the types of species in maritime chaparral (a rare local ecosystem on Fort Ord which is dependent upon fires).  Students have been able to track changes in key species over time after prescribed burns.  The Bureau of Land Management is required to manage stands of chaparral based on monitoring.  Student data sets have helped the BLM with their management goals while also giving students an opportunity to work with professionals during their coursework.
Suzy Worcester, Professor, Science and Environmental Policy

Motion Design: The Next Realm of Graphics

With the proliferation of screen-based outlets for information, art and creative expression, alongside the tremendously powerful new software applications, new forms of screen-based content are emerging that have new rules of design and expression.
Pat Watson, Lecturer, Information Technology and Communication Design

Transculturation and Performance

Why the life and the work of Wifredo (Chino) Lam were presented to the world as the embodiment of transculturation in Cuba of the 1940s.
Maria Zielina, Professor, World Languages and Culture