CSU Bakersfield President's Monthly Campus Update
Horace Mitchell, Ph.D.


New Degree Programs at Antelope Valley Center
In response to the needs of area government and businesses, the Antelope Valley Center has added to its existing degree programs a master's degree in public administration, a Center for Graduate Studies in Education, and additional courses in business administration. The new programs allow area employees seeking career advancement to pursue an advanced degree. The programs specifically target public sector employees, those with engineering backgrounds, and educators. Teaching credentials are offered in elementary, secondary, and special education, as are master's degrees in special education, educational curriculum and instruction, and educational administration are offered. The realization of these new programs was achieved by the collaborative efforts of John Hultsman, Associate Vice President and Director of the Antelope Valley Center, Jackie Fisher, President of Antelope Valley College, Senator George Runner, the City of Lancaster, and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base. The new courses will be offered starting in June. Information regarding the M.P.A. program can be accessed on-line at www.csub.edu/regional/mpa.html or by telephone at (661) 654-2441. Information regarding the education and business programs is available by calling (661) 952-5000.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
National Science Foundation Grant
Brandon Pratt, Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded a five-year $783,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Dr. Pratt is the sole principal investigator for the award and will study the mechanisms that govern vascular transport as well as vascular evolution in native California shrubs. According to the NSF, the CAREER program is "a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations." Funds from the grant will support six undergraduate students, two Master's students, a post-doctoral scholar, two high school teachers, and four high school students to participate in the research. In addition, state-of-the-art equipment to measure biomechanical properties of wood will be purchased. A large shrub garden will be established at CSUB's Environmental Study Area (ESA). It will serve as a research garden and community showpiece to inform visitors about native California vegetation as part of the FACT outreach program. This award is an important achievement for CSUB. Please join me in congratulating Brandon.

2008-09 Faculty Awards
I am pleased to announce the three CSUB faculty members who are the recipients of the 2008-09 Faculty Awards:

Nominations for the Faculty Awards are made by the entire campus. Awards are given by the Faculty Senate and University Research Council and presented at the President's Associates annual dinner. Congratulations to each of our awardees.

Keck Geology Consortium Award
Accolades go to Physics and Geology Professor Staci Loewy for her receipt of a grant awarded by the Keck Geology Consortium. In collaboration with colleague Jade Star Lackey from Pomona College and the USGS-Stanford Geochronology Laboratory, her research will help develop the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada and provide research opportunities for six undergraduate students.

Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST)
It is my pleasure to recognize Antje Lauer, Assistant Professor of Biology, for receiving an award from the Council on Ocean Affairs Science and Technology (COAST). COAST is a new CSU initiative, similar to CSU Program for Education and Research in Biology (CSUPERB). Antje is among the first to receive an award. She is the principal investigator and is collaborating with two biologists from CSU Humboldt and CSU San Jose. She will receive funding for assigned time and travel support in Fall 2009.

Student Research Scholars (SRS) Program
The Student Research Scholars Program, funded by the CSUB Foundation, provides students the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Selected through a competitive process, students and their faculty sponsors are awarded a $2,000 stipend to conduct and complete a research project. Students present their research at the CSUB and CSU Student Research Competitions held each Spring. Please join me in congratulating the following 2008-09 Student Research Scholars and their faculty mentors:

Name Project Title Mentor Department
Erin Ammesmaki Testing the Applicability of Global Climate Models to Central California Using the Meneralogy of Sediment from Soda Lake, Carrizo Plains, California Dirk Baron w/Rob Negrini Geology
Stefan Bock A Fast Modular Multiplication Method with Multiple Processors Charles Lam Mathematics
Luz Borreli The Protein Association of the Ribosmal Lateral Stalk of Arabidopsis thaliana by Utilization of Epitope Tagging of the Acidic Phosphoprotein P3 K. Szick-Miranda Biology
Jesus Calderon The Effects of an Enriched Environments in Rats Kept on a High-Fat Diet Treated with Prozac in an Animal Model of Depression Isabel Sumaya Psychology
Diana Cosma Optics and Electronic States in Two-Dimensional Graphene and in One-Dimensional Carbon Nanotubes Alexander Dzyubenko Phsyics
Lauren Dowell Diversity of Antifungal Epibiotic Bacteria Associated with Marine Fouling Bryozoa Antje Lauer Biology
Christa Franz What Role Does Media Exposure Play in the Prevalence of Bulimia in Gay Males?: A Matched Comparison with Heterosexual Males and Females Isabel Sumaya Psychology
Amy Girado The Chemical of Prehistoric Basketry Resin Samples for the Detection of Creosote Lac Scale Insect Resin Using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Robert Yohe Anthropology
Marissa Guenther A GIS-based Model to Test Bison Jump Dynamics at Owl Cave Robert Yohe Anthropology
Darci Heikkinen Analysis of the Archaeofauna of the Coso Junction Ranch Site, Inyo County, California Robert Yohe Anthropology
Fernando Jara Red Allah: The Communist Struggle for the Muslim Masses, 1917-1940 Mark Baker History
Jarrod Massey War of Words: Gendered Discourse in the Iraq War Debra Jackson Philosophy
Daniel McCuan Absolute Dating Methods for CSUB's ICPMS Staci Loewy Geology
Jason-Marc Mohamed Finding Stable Isotope and Trace Elemental Variations in Speleothenus from Barbados, West Indies, and Crystal Caves, Sequoia National Park using ICP/MS Patrick Mickler Geology
Rachel O'Brien Synthesis of a Hybrid Poryphyrin-Ferrocene Molecule Andreas Gebauer Chemistry
Haley O'Mara Uncovering the Traits that Facilitate Invasive Alien Plant Species Success in the Central Valley, California Brandon Pratt Biology
Patrick O'Neill Population History and the Wahkhan Corridor: An Odontometric Investigation of Wahkhi Biological Affinity Brian Hemphill Anthropology/History
Fardows Salim Investigation of Cutaneous Bacteria of Dendrobates leucomela Using Molecular Techniques Antje Lauer Biology
Sarah Swayngim Can Microcrustaceans Prevent Maphbians from Chytridiomycosis Antje Lauer Biology
Ali Zanial Phenotypic Analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana RPS15aE Gene Knockout K. Szick-Miranda Biology

Western States Collegiate Sales Competition
Marketing Professor Ron Pimentel led an outstanding trio of senior marketing majors from the School of Business and Public Administration to the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition in Mesa, Arizona. Students competed and were judged in two marketing presentations showcasing products by Liberty Mutual Insurance and ADP Payroll Services. Judges named Randi Bailey the competition's overall champion. Vincent Alameda was second runner up, and Judie Padron won second runner-up in the Liberty Mutual segment. Congratulations to our marketing students on a job well done.

Victim Service Award
Sergeant Justin Gildner of the University Police Department received a Victim Service Award for his work on Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month at CSUB. The award was presented by the Kern County Victim Witness Assistance Program during National Crime Victim's Rights week, which is April 26th to May 2, 2009. He will be recognized in a public ceremony on May 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Liberty Bell located at the corner of Truxtun and Chester Avenues. Please join me in acknowledging Justin's hard work and dedication to victim's rights.

CSUB Spring Flings
Spring is welcomed at CSUB by a quartet of signature events occurring in late April through Mother's Day. April 25th's Celebrate CSUB! ushered its largest audience to campus with a varied collection of activities. Freshman Day and Parent Orientation, a key component of the day, introduced 600 new students and their parents to the campus. In an event new to the celebration, a reported one thousand faculty, staff, students, and community members added their artistic touches to a collaborative art project called Circle Painting. The community also was on campus for the Sustainability Committee's Earth Day and Green Careers Expo where several CSUB students found summer internships. A Celebrate CSUB! photo gallery is forthcoming to the home page.

On the heels of Celebrate CSUB! is the May 8th Party in the Park wine tasting in Alumni Park at 5:30 p.m. This year's event also will feature tastings from area micro-breweries. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund. For ticket and further information, please visit our website at http://www.csub.edu/Alumni/attend/party.shtml. Party in the Park begins the first of two nights of jazz at CSUB's annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival. This year's May 8-9 event marks the jazz festival's 23rd year. A Bakersfield rite of spring, the event funds scholarships for CSUB music majors. Artist and ticket information can be found at http://www.bakersfieldjazz.com/. The Athletics Department will hold its annual Spring Bar-be-cue on Thursday, May 14th. This year's Mardi Gras-themed event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Icardo Center. Now in its 37th year, proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit student athletes. Please visit the athletics department website at http://www.gorunners.com/ for further information.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for May 15, 2009 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

I look forward to seeing you working out in the new Student Recreation Center, at Party in the Park, the Jazz Festival, Spring Barbecue, or at another University or community event.