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Faculty notes: March 2018

What our faculty and staff have been up to: an NBA Hall of Fame award, field research around Catalina Island, and more.

March 1, 2018

Neal Anderberg, instructor in the Mount’s Business Administration Department, and Katherine Whitman, associate professor of economics and international business, co-led a spring break trip to Mexico City. Students could earn three units of business or economics credit through the trip, which included visits to Universidad Latina and the Institute for Social Development. 

Andy Bernstein, a photographer and part-time instructor in the film, media and communications department, was recently honored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the 2018 Curt Gowdy Media Award for Print for his continuous service to the National Basketball Association and for capturing some of the most compelling moments in the sport. The award was announced during the NBA All-Star Weekend in February.

Adriane Jones, PhD, associate professor of biological sciences, led a group of STEM students to conduct field research in marine reserve areas around Catalina Island, and to do lab work at USC’s Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on the island.

Michelle Melendres, EdD, assistant professor of sociology and director of the Honors Program, will present “Best Practices in Preparing First-Generation Students in Global Awareness and Understanding: A Spotlight on Travel Immersion” at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in Orange, Calif., in April. Six Mount students will also present their Honors Theses at the conference. Also, Melendres and her research assistant, Marianna Porras ’18, will present “The Influence of One’s Pursuit of Social Justice on the Aging Process: An Exploration of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet” at the International Organization of Social Sciences & Behavioral Research in New Orleans in March.

The MFA in Creative Writing program celebrated the release of director Johnny Payne’s latest book of poems, “Heaven of Ashes,” with a special reading on Jan. 20 on the Doheny Campus. Payne is a poet and novelist. His most recent books are “Heaven of Ashes” and “Bit-Coin Orgy.” He recently completed a novel, “Vampire Girl.” He is part of the Transmedia Borders performance group and is currently co-writing the opera “Skyland” with Tijuana composers Roberto Romero and Ivan Velazquez.

Christian B. Teeter, EdD, assistant professor of business, and Keck scholars Melanie Corral ’19 and Stephanie Hickman ’20 presented “Working on Los Angeles” at the Academy of Business Research conference in Las Vegas in October.  


On Feb. 22, a special speaker series hosted by streaming service provider Hulu featured Emerald Archer, PhD, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women, who shared data from the 2018 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ and discussed “Creating More Equitable Workplaces.” Archer also presented findings from the Report to employees at SoCal Edison in March. She will give a presentation on “The Gender Wage Gap: Implicit Bias in the Workplace and the Process of Cumulative Disadvantage” at the WorkHuman 2018 conference in Austin, Texas, in April.