Among recent publications by Dr. Kent Adams, chair of the Kinesiology Department, is a study of chronic disease in veteran rugby players in the International Journal of Biological and Medical Sciences, and a study of the body mass index of masters basketball players in the journal Medicina Sportiva.

Research by Dr. Ignacio Navarro, assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Services and Public Policy, has been published by the World Institute for Development Economics Research, part of the academic arm of the United Nations. His work focuses on how housing markets are affected by money laundering in cocaine exporter economies in South America.

Mary Jo Zenk, MPM, a lecturer in the Department of Health, Human Services and Public Policy, has written “The 7 Keys To Unlocking The Secrets of Your City’s Budget,” a text for use in college and adult education courses in public administration and government. It explains how local governments make decisions on the use of tax dollars.

Dr. James Lindholm, director of CSUMB’s Institute for Applied Marine Ecology, was awarded $780,000 from the California Ocean Protection Council to study newly designated Marine Protected Areas along the Southern California coastline. This is in addition to $1 million awarded last year to conduct similar work in Northern California. He and his team use a remotely operated vehicle to record video and still images of the marine organisms and the habitats in which they live.

Dr. Qun Wang, professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication, traveled to China to deliver a lecture on American literature at Fu Dan University, the top-ranked university in Shanghai. President Obama gave a speech at Fu Dan while visiting China.

Dr. Earl Brown, assistant professor in the School of World Languages and Cultures, is finishing “Corpus of Mexican Spanish in Salinas,” a project to create an online database of interviews with speakers of Mexican Spanish who live in Salinas. This spring, he will give a presentation on the project at the International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics at the University of Arizona.

“Women, Shared Leadership, and Policy: The Mano River Peace Network Case Study” an article by Stephanie Johnson, associate professor in the Visual and Public Art Department, has been published in the Journal of Pan African Studies. Professor Johnson has also been appointed a Fellow for the Wildflowers Institute in San Francisco. According to the organization, she will provide leadership in developing community think tanks and training programs.

Laura Lee Lienk, M.S., lecturer in the Division of Science and Environmental Policy, was honored with the GREEN Educator Award for her work in promoting environmental issues. Earth Force, a Colorado-based nonprofit dedicated to engaging young people to be stewards of the environment, and the General Motors Foundation sponsor the award.

Dr. Yoshiko Saito-Abbott, professor of Japanese Language and Culture, is editing “Japanese Language Education: Current Issues and Future Agenda,” a book to be published this year by the National Foreign Language Resource Center in Honolulu. Dr. Saito-Abbott offers seminars and workshops for language teachers throughout the Central Coast region.

Diana Garcia, M.F.A., professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication, has been invited to judge the Poetry Out Loud semifinals in Washington, D.C., in May. The National Endowment for the Arts is a co-sponsor of the event. Poetry Out Loud is featured on “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” “BBC World News” and National Public Radio.

Dr. Ryan Luke, assistant professor of kinesiology, was named the outstanding doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Georgia State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in 2011.