California State University, Fresno - University Journal
April 2011 Vol. 14 No. 8

Fresno State experts help explain
Japan earthquake, tsunami
Fresno State experts in earthquakes and structural engineering helped explain to Central San Joaquin Valley media and their audiences the science in the devastating quake and tsunami that struck Japan and sent high waves east across the Pacific Ocean. Dr. Stephen Lewis, a professor in and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Dr. John Wakabayashi, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences who is a seismologist; and Dr. Ming Xiao, an assistant professor of civil engineering provided the interviews to radio and television outlets. See the full story here.


Roksana BadruddojaRoksana Badruddoja
(Women's Studies Program) recently published Eyes of a Storm: The Voices of South Asian-American Women, a book that explores the perceptions of second-generation South Asian-American women about daily social practices in the U.S. It also illuminates how they view themselves in comparison to broader American society. For more information or to request a review copy, visit


Catherine G. R. Jackson
(Kinesiology) has been appointed to the national Communications and Public Information Committee (CPI). The CPI committee develops and monitors the college’s media program and public relations initiatives. It serves as a leading expert on sports medicine and exercise science. Jackson is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ACSM has more than 45,000 international, national, and regional members and certified professionals.


George B. KauffmanGeorge B. Kauffman
(Chemistry, emeritus) published “A Look Back at ACS National Presidents, XXIV. Harry Linn Fisher 1885-1961," The Hexagon of Alpha Chi Sigma, Fall, 2010; “Gerhard Ertl, 2007 Nobel Chemistry Laureate” (with Jean-Pierre Adloff, Honorary Professor, Université de Strasbourg, France) in Tyutyunnik, V. M., Ed., “Nauka, Tekhnologii, Obshchestvo I Nobelevskoe Dvizhenie, Trudy MINTS, V’y. 4” (Materialy Nobelevskogo Kongressa —9 Meshdunarodnoivstrechi-konferentsii nobelistov) September 27-29, 2007; Izdatel’stvo MINTS “Nobelistika”: Tambov, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Baku, Vienna, 2010; pp. 163-168; “Dedication: Robert W. Parry (Editor-in-Chief, Volume XII, 1970),” In "Inorganic Syntheses, Volume 35," Thomas B. Rauchfuss, Editor-in-Chief, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: New York, NY, 2010; pp. xv-xvi; “Perfect timing for a project—Rediscovery of the Elements,” Chem 13 News, December 2010/January 2011; “Celebrate the new year with Fresno State recipes,”University Journal, January, 2011; “Marie Curie’s Relations with the United States," Chemistry International: The News Magazine of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), January-February, 2011.



Sudarshan Kapoor
(Social Work Education, emeritus) recently received a special recognition award from the Punjabi Press Club in Fresno for his contribution to supporting people and social services. The award was given at the First Annual Sangeetak Sham.



Jim KennedyJim Kennedy
(Viticulture and Enology) co-authored a paper with J.M McRae titled, "Wine and Grape Tannin Interactions with Salivary Proteins and Their Impact on Astringency: A Review of Current Research" in Molecules, 2011; 16(3):2348-2364.




Kaan Kurtural Kaan Kurtural
(Viticulture and Enology) was featured in Vineyard and Winery Management, March/April 2011, "Mechanized Canopy Management - Fresno State trials show yield, quality, cost benefit" written by Ted Rieger, senior feature editor. Kurtural is the Bronco Wine Company Viticulture Chair.




Peter RobertsonPeter Robertson
(Advancement) presented “Social Media + Beyond” last month at the West Coast Marketing Conference held in Park City, Utah. His presentation included the “I am Fresno State!” student-generated video project, Fresno State’s utilization of Facebook, popular smart phone applications, mobile and fundraising via texting, and implementing QR Codes in annual fund and alumni marketing materials. He also presented “GLSA + USP: The first three years (1987-1990)” to United Student Pride on March 23. A three-time graduate of Fresno State (B.A. ’92, M.A. ‘95 and M.B.A. ’05), he is a also a member of Leadership Fresno, Class XXV, a program of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce.


Sarah SchmidtSarah Schmidt
(Alumni Relations) presented “A Century of Excellence: Alumni Event Strategies for a Centennial Celebration” at the West Coast Marketing Conference held in Park City, Utah last month. Topics included Homecoming Week festivities, Golden Grad Reunions, the Top Dog Alumni Awards Gala, and the Tailgate of the Century.


Student Achievements

Cody GlessMCJ student wins annual Mark Twain Award
Winners for the Associated Press Television-Radio Association’s annual Mark Twain Award were announced and Cody Gless, MCJ broadcast student, took home the award for “Best Videography of a News Feature” for his Saving Soles work.APTRA president Ross Becker said this year was one of the best collections of broadcast and Web journalism he has ever seen. Judging was completed by a panel of broadcast professionals and university professors.