M. Robert Hamersley - Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Director of Environmental Studies
Dr. Robert Hamersley spent the month of June as a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany. The Max Planck Institutes are Germany's premier Federally-supported institutes performing basic research in the interest of the general public in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology is a unique, interdisciplinary organization where microbiologists, molecular biologists and biogeochemists work together to understand basic principles of the ecology of marine microbes, which are responsible for the ocean's contributions to climate regulation and nutrient availability.
Dr. Hamersley held the position of Scientist at the Institute in 2004/2005 and has a number of ongoing research projects in collaboration with his colleagues there. At the Institute this summer, Dr. Hamersley worked on the Fisons VG Optima Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer Facility to analyze the isotopic content of seawater samples from his recent voyage in the eastern tropical South Pacific Ocean.
Robert Elliott Allinson - Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Robert Elliott Allinson is particularly pleased to share the announcement of his publication of his journal article, ‘Value Creation as the Foundation of Economics,' in Laszlo Zsolnai, et. al. (eds.), Ethical Prospects, Economy, Society and Environment, Springer, pp. 63-88. In this article Dr. Allinson sets forth the essential elements of his economic theory which present a challenge to and intellectual criticism of the premises of the self-interest theory of Adam Smith, moral philosopher and regarded as the father of economics. In this critique, SUA's Dr. Allinson breaks with traditional views of capitalism and highlights what he regards as the moral flaws of capitalism. Dr. Allinson presents a perspective which sheds light on some of the key causes of our current economic woes. According to Professor Patricia Werhane, Founding Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the leading journal in the field of business ethics, and named Chair of Business Ethics at Darden School, University of Virginia, Dr. Allinson's approach "will have an impact beyond measurement on the field of management ethics."