Dr. Barnes receives M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award


Professor Barnes, shown on right.

Professor Barnes, shown on right.

Dr. Nielan Barnes, Sociology department, received the M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award by the Orange County Lavender Bar Association.  This award, named in memory of the late Katherine Darmer, a founding member of the OCLBA Board of Directors, recognizes individuals and organizations that make extraordinary contributions to the advancement of LGBT equality.

Professor Barnes’ research sheds light on conditions encountered by LGBT people and people living with HIV/AIDS around the world, particularly in Mexico and South and Central America. Professor Barnes global research also stretches to Canada, with her research project “North American Integration? Civil Society and Immigrant Health Policy Convergence”.   In addition, Professor Barnes frequently testifies pro bono as an expert witness in immigration cases for clients of the Public Law Center, and nationally.

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla (SOC) Receives “Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Central American Studies”

Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Sociology Norma Stoltz Chinchilla received a “Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Central American Studies” by the Lozano-Long Institute for Latin American Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies. Norma was recognized at the 2012 Lozano-Long Conference at the University of Texas in Austin. The conference title was “Central Americans and the Latino/a Landscape: New Configurations of Latino/a Studies”.

Associate Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies Professor Arturo Arias presented Norma with the award. Prior to co-authoring the award-winning book Seeking Community in a Global City: Guatemalans and Salvadorans in Los Angeles (2001), Norma was the co-founder of the Guatemala Information Center, a human rights group that provided refuge to Guatemalans who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

Norma is a distinguished academic, activist, and sociologist. Through her activism and scholarship, Norma helped create Central American studies in the U.S.

Carl Lipo Receives the Society For American Archaeology's Book Award for "The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island"

Professor of Anthropology Carl Lipo received the Society for American Archaeology’s (SAA) Book Award in the public category for The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island, a book co-authored with Professor of Anthropology Terry Hunt of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Lipo and Hunt were honored at SAA’s Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 20th, 2012, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Click here to read more about Lipo’s honor.

In addition to teaching and research, Lipo is co-founder of CSULB’s Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments and Society (IIRMES), a laboratory for interdisciplinary research.

Carl Lipo (L) and Terry Hunt with their fabricated moai statue for the forthcoming NOVA/National Geographic television documentary about Easter Island.


The College of Liberal Arts Congratulates Dr. Shira Tarrant for being offered the Glidden Professorship

Ohio University has generously offered the Glidden Professorship to Dr. Shira Tarrant for Spring 2012.

Dr. Tarrant received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). An unconventional feminist redefining gender rights, Dr. Tarrant is the author of Men and Feminism (Seal Press) and When Sex Became Gender (Routledge). She is also the editor of the provocative anthology Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex and Power(Routledge). Tarrant’s next book, Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style, will be out soon (SUNY Press).

Her writing appears in Bitch MagazineBUST MagazineAlterNetJezebel, the Ms. Magazine BlogWomen’s Studies QuarterlyThe Huffington Post, and in various journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias. Dr. Tarrant is a frequent speaker at college campuses and public venues across the country, and she is quoted widely in global media. Reporters from The Globe and MailThe Sydney Morning HeraldThe Baltimore SunThe Denver PostForbes, WBAI-FM, KPFT-FM, CNN, and CBS have relied on Dr. Tarrant’s expertise on politics and gender issues. Read more at http://shiratarrant.com.