Dr. Lila Staples, chair of the Visual and Public Art Department, co-curated an exhibition at the National Steinbeck Center. The show, which closed Oct. 28, featured the works of artists Belle Yang and her father, Joseph Yang. Professor Angelica Muro and students in a museum studies class were involved in the design and fabrication of the exhibition. During the run of the exhibit, Dr. Staples gave a slide lecture discussing both the playful and profound aspects of the works in the show.

A human sexuality textbook co-authored by Dr. Barbara Sayad, a lecturer in the Health, Human Services and Public Policy Department, has been translated by volunteers into Chinese and is part of efforts to improve and expand sex education in that country. Dr. Sayad and her co-author, Dr. Bill Yarber of Indiana University, were featured speakers at a national conference on sexuality at a university in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, in August.

“Centaur,” a feature film by Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department lecturer JP Allen, had its theatrical premiere at the Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco in the spring. The film noir tells the story of a man who makes a video journal about his plan to commit a murder of revenge. The San Francisco Chronicle called the film "audacious and skillful," and KQED Arts lauded it as "seductive, voyeuristic, discomfiting, meditative and darkly hilarious."

Allen's next feature film, Love and Demons, is scheduled to premiere in 2013.

Dr. Renee Curry, a professor in the Division of Humanities and Communication, will be among artists and arts advocates honored by the Arts Council for Monterey County. At the Jan. 19 Champion of the Arts event, Dr. Curry will be honored in the professional category for, among other things, bringing CSU Summer Arts to the local area.

Kinesiology lecturer Denise Castro and Dr. Drew Waters, former assistant professor in the Music and Performing Arts Department, teamed up to make a presentation on their uses of Google and other web tools to enhance teaching and learning and connect with the millennial generation at a national conference, Engaging Students Minds and Imaginations.

Castro also made presentations at the Many Faces of Online Teaching conference in San Jose, and at the International Moodle Moot West Coast Conference in Woodland Hills. Her presentation, “Better than Being There” documented her innovations in using technology to engage distance learners.

A grant of $707,000 was awarded to Dr. James Lindholm of CSUMB's Institute for Applied Marine Ecology (IfAME) by the Department of Defense for "Baseline Characterization and Monitoring of Deepwater Ecosystems at San Clemente Island." The goal of the project is to integrate San Clemente Island into IfAME's larger statewide characterization and monitoring efforts (supported by $2.5 million from California Sea Grant and NOAA) within Marine Protected Areas ranging from Point Arena in Northern California to the Mexican border.

Computer Science and Information Technology faculty members Sathya Narayanan, Kate Lockwood and Bude Su received funding from Google to present a weeklong summer workshop for 15 high school teachers. The goal was to promote computer science and computational thinking in the high school curriculum.

“Geography of Reclamation: An Essay in Three Parts,” a film by Teledramatic Arts and Technology lecturer Nicole Antebi, recently screened at the Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., and at the third annual West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival at West Virginia University.

Stephanie Anne Johnson, associate professor in the Visual and Public Art Department, provided the lighting designs for two theater productions in Montreal: “The Imaginary Invalid,” presented by Theatre de la letter/5 and “Fear and Misery of the Third Reich,” produced by Theatre Artefact.

Images of her design work were also shown at conferences for the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) in Long Beach and the Black Theater Network (BTN) in Atlanta.

Karen Davis, Teledramatic Arts and Technology lecturer, was a featured speaker at the San Francisco Japan Society, presenting commentary on Atsushi Ogata's new independent feature film, "Cast Me If You Can."

Davis will also be a keynote speaker in January at the "Second Friday" series presented by the Psychoanalytic Society of Northern California, analyzing the seminal 1929 essay by Joan Riviere, "Womanliness as Masquerade."

Dr. Eric Tao, director of the School of Information Technology and Communication Design, has been appointed to the board of Leadership Monterey Peninsula. "Dr. Tao's ideas, experience, professional affiliations, and skill set will be wonderful assets for our organization," said board president Stephanie Hulsey.

Dr. Tao will be opening session plenary speaker at the Defense Language Institute's Holiday Program Conference in December at the Presidio of Monterey. He will speak on innovation, technology and learning.

The Midwest Council for School Social Work presented its Career Achievement Award to Dr. James Raines, chair of the Health, Human Services and Public Policy Department. The award ceremony took place in early November at the organization’s conference in Green Lake, Wis.