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Theresa Dudeck, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Theatre, College of Performing Arts, was invited to teach master classes in improvisation, applied improvisation and mask work this summer at Stanford University, University of Oregon, YesAnd Conspiracy (Olympia), Skagit Valley College (Mt. Vernon), and Unexpected Productions (Seattle). She also served as a guest panelist on a session titled “Why Don’t We Take Improv Seriously?” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference in Chicago.

Micol Hebron, associate professor, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Art received a SPArt grant for her social-practice, gender-equity project, Gallery Tally. The project uses social media to engage with others in the creation of visualized data pertaining to gender ratios. It was also included in the academic art anthology, Macmillan’s “Gender / Nature” Interdisciplinary Handbook.

Kirk Kee, Ph.D., associate professor, and Jake Liang, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Communication, published online before print “Developing and validating an A-B-C framework for information diffusion on social media” in New Media & Society.

Jake Liang, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Communication, published online ahead of print Advancing the SMART Effect: The dynamic of user- and robot-generated content on human-robot trust and interaction outcomes” in CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking and co-authored “The role of reciprocity in verbally persuasive robots” in CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

Rei Magosaki, Ph.D., Wilkinson college of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of English, has published Tricksters and Cosmopolitans: Cross-Cultural Collaborations in Asian American Literary Production with Fordham University Press. Tricksters and Cosmopolitans is the first sustained exploration into the history of cross-cultural collaborations between Asian American writers and their non–Asian American editors and publishers. The volume focuses on the literary production of the cosmopolitan subject, featuring the writers Sui Sin Far, Jessica Hagedorn, Karen Tei Yamashita, Monique Truong, and Min Jin Lee.

Essraa Nawar, Leatherby Libraries development coordinator, was invited to join the American Library Association delegation to present at the 3rd annual Sharjah International Book Fair/ALA Library Conference, Nov. 8-10, at the Expo Centre in Sharjah, UAE, during the 35th Sharjah International Book Fair. The trip is fully sponsored by Sharjah International Book Fair and ALA.

Christopher Nicholas, DMA, assistant professor and director of bands, woodwinds and brass studies, College of Performing Arts, will be traveling for a conducting residency in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Sistema de Coros Y Orchestras de Ciudad de Guatemala.

Ramesh Singh, Ph.D., professor, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Gave an invited talk on “Need of Small Satellites to Understand Land-Ocean-Atmospheric Coupling Associated with Natural Hazards” and chaired a technical session on “Earth Observation Systems for Disaster Management : Lessons Learned” at the Workshop on “Small Satellite Technology for Disaster Management” held at Amrita University, Kochi, Kerala (India) sponsored by the Indo-US Forum, in August 2016. He also gave an Invited talk “Ground Water Fluctuations and Atmospheric Parameters Associated with Major Earthquakes” at the 2016 INTERNATIONAL EMSEV WORKSHOP ON “Understanding Earthquakes and Volcanoes from Lithosphere to Space” held in Lanzhou, China during in August 2016.

Robert Slayton, Ph.D., professor, Department of History, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, published “In debate over the Al Smith dinner, let’s not forget Al Smith,” in Crux, an independent Catholic media outlet, operated in partnership with the Knights of Columbus. In addition, Slayton was the Oct. 25 guest on Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, a program of SiriusXM/Catholic radio, where he discussed his book Empire Statesman: The Rise and Redemption of Al Smith.

Suzanne SooHoo, Ph.D., professor, College of Educational Studies, received the Transformative Educator Award from the University of La Verne’s LaFetra College of Education in October. SooHoo, holder of Chapman’s Jack H. and Paula A. Hassinger Chair in Education, is one of ten Asian American endowed chairs in the U.S. She also is co-director of Chapman’s Paulo Freire Democratic Project, a collection of local, regional and international initiatives reflecting the values and philosophies of the late Brazilian educator.

Cathery Yeh, Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Educational Studies, has secured a sub-award from UC Irvine in connection with its grant with the U.S. Department of Education to fund a five-year project supporting students of color and women pursuing careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Her work will focus on program evaluation and improvement of the DECADE PLUS program, or Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience: Partnering in Leadership for Undergraduate Students, also nicknamed “The Leadership Academy.” The program pairs graduate students with undergraduates for “near-peer” mentoring.