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Robert Hamersley  

Robert Hamersley - Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Director of Environmental Studies 

Dr. Robert Hamersley, along with three of his Capstone students, Bunyod (“Bek”) Holmatov, Akira Shimizu, and Tyko Shoji, presented the results of their environmental research work in Newport Bay, Orange County at the 1st Annual Newport Bay Symposium, with a research presentation entitled: “The Role of Fringing Marshes in Protecting the Water Quality of Newport Bay.” The symposium, hosted by the Back Bay Science Center, featured the work of local scientists studying the environmental health of Newport Bay, the “Jewel of Orange County’s Coastline.” Professor Hamersley and his students have been studying the role of the marshes along the edge of the Bay in removing harmful materials washed out of the housing developments and golf courses upstream. The activities of plants and microbes in the marsh purify that water, removing, as much as 94% of the excess nitrates that would otherwise have flowed into the beautiful and fragile Bay ecosystem.

Ted Lowe  

Ted Lowe - Associate Professor of Anthropology & Director of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Ted Lowe presented a paper titled, “Interpersonal Management of Impulsive Threats of Self-Harm on Chuuk” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in New Orleans that took place between November 17th and 21st, 2010. This paper was part of a session titled the “Anthropology of Impulsivity.” This paper uses recent findings from anthropology, primatology, neuropsychiatry, and clinical psychiatry that have demonstrate how interpersonal transactions help to co-regulate emotional states, even at the biophysiological level. These findings open up the possibility that local understandings of impulsive acts of self-harm and their management would validly emphasize the interpersonal rather than the intrapersonal. This paper presents evidence of such an interpersonal model of the management of impulsive acts of self-harm from the islands of Chuuk Lagoon in Western Pacific.

Seiji Takaku  

Seiji Takaku - Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Seiji Takaku has recently published an article titled “Cross-National Examination of the Perpetrator–Victim Account Estimation Bias as a Function of Different Types of Accounts” in the November issue of the Asian Journal of Social Psychology.  This article was co-authored by a former SUA psychology professor, Dr. Jeffrey Green (currently at Virginia Commonwealth University) and his Japanese colleague, Dr. Ken-Ichi Ohbuchi of Tohoku University.

Kristi Wilson  

Kristi M. Wilson - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition & Director of the Writing Program

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson was invited to join the Latin American Perspectives (LAP) Editorial Collective. LAP is an interdisciplinary SAGE Publications journal:

Dongyoun Hwang  

Dongyoun Hwang - Associate Professor of Asian Studies

Dr. Dongyoun Hwang’s new article entitled “Korean Anarchism Before 1945: A Regional and Transnational Approach” is published in a volume of the Studies in Global Social History series (Series Editor: Marcel van der Linden), entitled Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940: The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social Revolution, edited by Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt, published by Brill. The preparation of this article was funded, in part, by a summer research grant Dr. Hwang received from the Pacific Basin Research Center at SUA. Dr. Hwang’s article in Korean is also published, entitled “Yi Jeonggyu: Toward a Realization of Transnational Korean Anarchism,” published in the 2010 winter issue (No. 93) of Critical Review of History or Yoksa Bipyong, one of the progressive journals in South Korea.   

Robert Elliott Allinson  

Robert Elliott Allinson - Professor of Philosophy 

Dr. Robert Elliott Allinson has learned his single-authored book, "Saving Human Lives: Lessons in Management Ethics," pp.354, Springer has been published by Kindle Books.
Dr. Allinson has also learned his book,"Saving Human Lives," is now being utilized by the United States Government, FEMA, in its training and educational courses for Higher Education of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Vulnerability Assessment Techniques and Applications, Coastal Services Center.
In commenting on Dr. Allinson's book, Professor Prakash Sethi, Senior Policy Advisor to the United Nations on the Global Compact, President, International Center for Corporate Accountability, University Distinguished Professor, CUNY, Baruch College, writes:
"Professor Allinson weaves convincing arguments from original linguistic, literary and ethical analyses and shows how these arguments apply to highly detailed and well-documented case studies. Those of us in the field of business ethics are grateful for his creative combination of philosophical argumentation and marshalling of widespread empirical evidence ...."

James Spady

James Spady - Assistant Professor of History

Dr. James Spady recently chaired the national American Studies Association's Regional Chapters Committee at the national conference, held this year in San Antonio on November 17-20, 2010. He was re-elected by the committee to continue in this post next year, but declined in the interest of moving on to other service projects after his term expires in June 2011
John M Heffron  

John M. Heffron - Dean of Students and Professor of History

In November, Palgrave Macmillan released "Cultural Change and Persistence: New Perspectives on Development," edited by William Ascher and Dr. John M. Heffron and prepared under the auspices of the Pacific Basin Research Center, Soka University of America. Copies of the book are available at the Ikeda Library.