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2010 - 2011 Academic Affairs Research Fellows

Curt DommeyerCurt Dommeyer (Business Administration and Economics) will be working on two projects. In his first project, he will conduct a survey of business students and executives to determine their knowledge of the various aspects of business etiquette.

His second project will investigate whether a new method for grading group projects, the Segment Manager Approach (SMA), will deter social loafing on the group project.  With the SMA, each group member is assigned primary responsibility for several segments of the group project.  Each member’s grade on the project will then be largely determined by how well his or her assigned segments are executed.

Nathan DurdellaNathan Durdella (Education) is working on his project, “A New Look at Transfer: A Predictive Study of Cognitive, Behavioral, and Attitudinal Changes in Student Veterans after Transferring from Community Colleges to Universities in California.” In his research he will examine how the precollege characteristics, college experiences, and college outcomes of student veterans who are community college transfers differ from their civilian peers who are also community college transfers.

Ramon GarciaRamon Garcia’s (Chicana/o Studies) research focuses on visual culture and literary studies. The project for which he was selected is a book-length artist monograph of L.A. photographer Ricardo Valverde.

Kristy MichaudKristy Michaud’s (Political Science) research focuses on political behavior and policymaking, with an emphasis on environmental politics and policy. She will complete a book manuscript that explores the influences of public opinion and political behavior on energy policy during energy crises.

William WhitingWilliam Whiting’s (Kinesiology) study will assess the biomechanics of neuromuscular fatigue and associated joint-specific responses in the human lower extremity. This may help in addressing significant clinical issues such as falls in older adults.

Sembiam RengarajanSembian Rengarajan (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Microstrip reflectarrays are planar structures, made by printing conducting elements such as square patches on a copper clad dielectric and fed by a horn. They are employed in radar, remote sensing and communication applications because of their desirable characteristics such as low profile, ease of manufacture and deployability in space. In this talk Prof. Rengarajan will describe the results of his research investigation on this antenna.

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Research Fellows