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09.01.2011

Faculty News


Seiji Takaku

Seiji Takaku - Professor of Psychology and James D. Williams - Professor of Rhetoric & Linguistics

Dr. James Williams, Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics, and Dr. Seiji Takaku, Professor of Psychology, have recently published their second collaboration research project "Help Seeking, Self-Efficacy, and Writing Performance Among College Students" in one of the top peer-refereed journals in the field of writing research, the Journal of Writing Research

Nancy Hodes  

Dr. Nancy J. Hodes – Professor of Chinese Language & Culture and Director of the Language and Culture Program

Dr. Nancy Hodes participated in the third Fudan-UCLA Workshop on Scholarly Translation in the Social Sciences, held in August at Fudan University in Shanghai. As a member of the Chinese-to-English team, led by Ted Huters, Professor Emeritus at UCLA, Dr. Hodes presented her draft translation of part of a dialogue on Confucianism between Harvard Professor Emeritus Tu Weiming, now Dean of Peking University’s Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, and the pre-eminent Chinese artist, Fan Zeng.  Other C-E participants drafted translations of texts drawn from a wide range of disciplines and topics.  The Chinese-to-English group was led by Professor Deng Zhenglai, Director of China’s Institute for Advanced Study on Social Sciences, and worked collectively on a treatise called “Liberalism and the Challenge of Communitarianism.”  Dr. Hodes sees this experience as a step towards her dream, of SUA’s playing a role in training the next generation of top-notch translators between multiple languages.

 

Robert Hamersley Robert Hamersley - Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Dr. Robert Hamersley reports on the results of his research on novel nitrogen-fixing microbes in the deep marine basins off the coast of Southern California in a new article published in the international journal Aquatic Microbial Ecology entitled, "Nitrogen Fixation Within the Water Column Associated with Two Hypoxic Marine Basis in the Southern California Bight." During more than 26 research voyages over four years, Dr. Hamersley documented the activity of these microbes, which had not previously been expected to be active in these deep anoxic waters. This finding is important in understanding the overall balance of nitrogen, a limiting nutrient of phytoplankton, in the ocean. Dr. Hamersley's collaborators and co-authors included scientists from UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, the University of Southern California, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Ted Lowe

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

Dr. Ted Lowe was invited to the Institute for Ethnology at the University of Hamburg and taught a seminar titled, "The Anthropology of Emotion" during June and July of this year.  Dr. Lowe also gave a presentation of research titled, "Modernity, 'Development,' and Youths Suicide in the Pacific Islands: A Critical Examination of Theory and Evidence" to the faculty and students at the Institute.

 

Arie A. Galles

Arie A. Galles - Professor of Painting/Drawing

Arie A. Galles, Professor of Painting/Drawing, mounted his exhibition of Reflected-Light Paintings, "Heartland II" at the Founders Hall Gallery.  Following the opening reception on Saturday, September 17, 2011, the show will run through January 6, 2012.

 

Robert Elliott Allinson Robert Elliott Allinson - Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Robert Allinson was invited to deliver a paper at the 10th East West Philosophers' Conference for a ten-day conference held at the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on the theme Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence.  First established in 1939 to bring together internationally-noted philosophers in intensive dialogue, this international conference has become known as the premier conference for exploration of the significance of Eastern ways of thinking to Western thought and to develop a possible synthesis of both ideals. Dr. Allinson's presentation was entitled, "The Deep Structure of Economics: Toward a New Value Theory" and explored the relationships between economics and ethics. This international conference begins a scholarly conversation in anticipation of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to be held in November in Honolulu.

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

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson presented work from her upcoming anthology, Film and Genocide at the 9th Biannual Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 19-22. The conference, whose theme was, “Truth, Memory, Justice and Recovery,” was sponsored by the Center for Genocide Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Tres Febrero. Dr. Wilson’s paper, “The Specter of Genocide in Errol Morris’s The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara,” explored Morris’s use of aerial photography, historical re-enactment, and archival State Department film footage as a radical break with the U.S. tradition of silence around the topic of the firebombing and nuclear bombing of Japanese cities at the end of World War II.

James Spady

James Spady - Assistant Professor of American History

Dr. James Spady's article, "Power and Confession: On The Credibility Of The Earliest Reports Of The Denmark Vesey Conspiracy" was published in the William and Mary Quarterly last summer. Dr. Spady's "'To Vie With One Against Another': Race And Demand For Nonelite White Education In An Eighteenth-Century Colonial Society" was published in the journal Early American Studies this month. In addition, he was invited to serve as a reviewer for panel and paper proposals to the annual conference of AERA (the American Education Research Association) in its Colonialism, Decolonization, and Liberation section.

Edward Feasel

Edward Feasel - Professor of Economics

Dr. Edward Feasel presented a paper at the Micro and Macro Economics Conference sponsored by the Global Science and Technology Forum in Singapore this last July.  The paper entitled, “On the Effects of Fiscal Policy: Evidence from a Panel VAR for Europe and Oceania/East Asia” received the “Best Paper” award at the conference.  Dr. Feasel also served as an invited chair for one of the conference sessions.

 

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