ALUMNI PROFILE"I try to live the vision of Soka. My life would be worthless if it wasn't dedicated to world peace and caring for other people." More
Class of 2006
M. Robert Hamersley - Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Dr. Robert Hamersley spent 5 weeks this spring on a research expedition aboard the Research Vessel Atlantis in the eastern tropical South Pacific Ocean. Along with a crew of 30 scientists from Oceanographic institutions around the world, Dr. Hamersley studied the activities of bacteria in a naturally occurring plume of anoxic water that extends thousands of miles westward into the ocean off the coasts of Chile and Peru. The activities of bacteria here are vital for the global cycling of nitrogen, and important regulator of plant growth. Dr. Hamersley and his colleagues hope to gain knowledge what will help explain the role of the oceans in regulating the Greenhouse Effect, as well as the ability of algae to support global fisheries production. Activities on the research expedition are featured in Scientific American Magazine's "Expeditions", which can be found at http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/expeditions/ The R/V Atlantis is operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution under a grant from the National Science Federation.
Ryan Ashley Caldwell - Assistant Professor of Sociology
Dr. Ryan Ashley Caldwell has announced her latest publication:
Durkheim's concept of dérèglement retranslated, Parsons's reading of Durkheim re-parsed: an examination of post-emotional displacement, scapegoating and responsibility at Abu Ghraib, by Stjepan Mestrovic and Ryan Ashley Caldwell. In a continued attempt to comprehend Durkheim's original understanding of anomie as a form of dérèglement or derangement, this article discusses how the experiences of abuse at Abu Ghraib fit his model of a deranged, anomic social system. Additionally, the concept of post-emotionalism is used to capture a number of related themes in this discussion pertaining to the sociology of knowledge.
The article was published in the International Social Science Journal, Special Edition on Durkheim and Violence, UNESCO journal, vol.58. To Link to the article:
Dongyoun Hwang - Associate Professor of Asian Studies
Dr. Dongyoun Hwang received a research grant in March 2010 from the Northeast Asia History Foundation in South Korea for the joint project with four South Korean scholars on "A Critical Examination of Mutual Perceptions Between Korea, Japan and China during the Cold War Era."
Professor Hwang participated in a symposium on "Historical and Geopolitical Approaches to the Study of Identities in Korea," held at the Center for Korean Studies at UCLA on March 29, 2010, as a discussant for Prof. Kim Seongbo's paper entitled, "Fragmented Identities of a Divided Nation: Kungmin and Inmin."
Robert Elliott Allinson - Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Robert Elliott Allinson, Professor of Philosophy, would like to share with the SUA community that he has been informed that a number of his scholarly publications in the area of Chinese Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy are now being assigned and utilized in several other university settings, domestically and internationally:
Yale University Department of Philosophy Professor, Professor Quang Phu Van, is assigning Dr. Allinson's single-authored book, Chuang-Tzu for Spiritual Transformation and two of Dr. Allinson's double-blind, peer-reviewed, single-authored articles, "A Logical Construction of the Butterfly Dream", published in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy and "On the Question of Relativism in the Chuang-Tzu", published in Philosophy, East & West, as texts in his Eastern philosophy course.
Professor Kang Chen, of National Chinese Culture University, also has assigned as required reading for his students in courses in Chinese philosophy all twelve chapters of Dr. Allinson's peer-reviewed, single-authored Chuang Tzu for Spiritual Transformation (in its English language edition). He also assigned Dr. Allinson's peer reviewed, single-authored article, "On Chuang-Tzu as a Deconstructionist with a Difference," published in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy. The Journal of Chinese Philosophy is regarded as the most distinguished journal in its field in the English language. National Chinese Culture University is one of the largest universities in Taiwan, with a student body of over 33,000 and with several graduate institutes in Chinese philosophy and literature.
James Spady - Assistant Professor of American History
Dr. James Spady presented a paper at the "New Perspectives in African American History" conference, hosted by the History Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in February. The paper is part of chapter six of his book manuscript and seeks to contribute a new perspective to a current debate among historians. In 2001, historian Michael Johnson of Johns Hopkins University argued in an extended review for the William and Mary Quarterly that the well-known 1822 Denmark Vesey slave conspiracy in South Carolina had been a fabrication of white Charlestonians, whose anxiety and fear "conjured" a conspiracy and coerced the necessary confessions out of African Americans in the community. The article caused intense debate and forever complicated any claim to the reality of a slave conspiracy in Charleston in 1822. In his paper, Dr. Spady uses this new skepticism as a point of departure and presents a new argument for the reality of the conspiracy based partly in new evidence and partly on a new analysis of under-appreciated evidence.
Dr. Spady has also been active in the Orange County community, working with Chican@s Unidos and a coalition of community groups in Santa Ana known as SACReD. The coalition is working to create sustainable and responsible re-development of predominantly Latino, Mexicano, Chicano neighborhoods in the city of Santa Ana. His involvement has been mainly though historical and cultural dimensions of development as well as recruiting Soka students for service learning projects with the Public Law Center (a member of the coalition).