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Michael Golden, Professor of Music Composition and Director of the Creative Arts Program

Michael Golden, Professor of Music Composition and Director of the Creative Arts Program, presented his work on music and ecology at the 20th Quintennial Congress of the International Musicological Society, held in Tokyo, Japan, in March.  Dr. Golden's paper, entitled "The Ecology of Musicking: Emergent Behavior and Connectivity," synthesizes work in ethnomusicology, ecology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and embodied cognition in developing a new perspective on the role of musicking in human life and development.

 Anthony I. Mazeroll – Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Anthony I. Mazeroll, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, was recently informed that his publication entitled "The density and biomass of mesozooplankton and ichthyoplankton in the Negro and the Amazon Rivers during the rainy season: the ecological importance of the confluence boundary" with co-authors from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA) Brazil, the Amazonas State University of Brazil (UEA), the Centro de Projetos e Estudos Ambientais do Amazonas (CEPEAM, and the Instituto Água Floresta e Vida, Manaus was accepted for publication in PeerJ, an award-winningopen access peer-reviewed scientific mega journal covering research in the biologicaland medical sciences.

Robert Elliot Allinson – Professor of Philosophy

Robert Elliot Allinson has published his single-authored, double-blind, peer-reviewed and invited chapter, 'Leibniz, Infinity and the Nature of the Divine,' Chapter Two, Death and Anti-Death, Four Decades after Polanyi, Three Centuries after G.W. Leibniz, Vol. 14, Ria University Press, Ann Arbor. In a philosophical analysis of theology, Professor Allinson demonstrates the incoherence of the concept of the actual infinite from the standpoint of the incompossibility of all possibilities. His argument proceeds by an examination of the arguments of Anselm, Leibniz, Spinoza and Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000), who was a student of Husserl and assistant to Alfred North Whitehead.   Professor Hartshorne was Professor Allinson's Doctoral Advisor and is cited by the Encyclopedia Britannica as the greatest Metaphysician of the 20th century. Professor Allinson constructs 12 original arguments for the existence of the Divine as his contribution to Process Theology, Theistic Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Religion.

Kristi M. Wilson – Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli – Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson and Dr. Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli would like to announce the publication of a chapter, "ITVS (Independent Film and Video Service) Community-Cinema: state-sponsored documentary film festivals, community engagement and pedagogy," in Activist Film Festivals: Toward a Political Subject, edited by Sonia M. Tascon and Tyson Wils (2017, Intellect/University of Chicago Press).

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson – Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson has also published a chapter,  "Italian Neorealism, Quotidian Storytelling and Transnational Horizons" (co-written with Dr. Laura Ruberto) in A Companion to Italian Cinema, edited by Frank Burke (2017, Wiley-Blackwell Press).


Arie A. Galles – Professor of Painting and Drawing

On March 26, 2017, Arie A. Galles, Professor of Painting and Drawing, Creative Arts Program, Chaired the session, "Visualizing the Diaspora" at the Annual Conference of the Western Jewish Studies Association held at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA.  He also presented a lecture/slide presentation on his latest artworks, "Visualizing Eugenics and Euthanasia in the Third Reich."

In addition, The Zasterle Press, Las Palmas, Canary Islands has just published a book, "The Canary Islands Connection: 60 Contemporary American Poets" Edited by Manuel Brito.  The book included collaborative work between the Poet, Jerome Rothenberg and the Artist, Arie Galles. Rothenberg's poems are from the cycle, "Twenty Cloud Poems" inspired by the Suite of Drawings by Galles, "CloudPoems."

Ted Lowe – Associate Professor of Anthropology

Professor Ted Lowe was invited to participate in a symposium titled Configuring Contagion in Biosocial Epidemics that was hosted by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aarhus in Denmark and which took place between April 19 and 21. At the symposium, Prof. Lowe presented an original research article titled, "A Comparative and Configurational Approach to Suicide Epidemics."

Monika Calef – Associate Professor of Physical Geography & Director of Environmental Studies and Anna Varvak – Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr.s Monika Calef and Anna Varvak presented their recent research paper 'How human fires differ from lightning fires in Interior Alaska' at the Association of American Geographers meeting in Boston, MA in early April.

The last weekend in April, Dr. Monika Calef and three Soka Environmental Studies seniors attended the California Geographic Society meeting in El Cajon. The three students presented their capstone research. Fook Hong Chin (Kyle) presented 'From Master-Planned Suburb to Asian Ethnoburb: The Impact of Asian In-Migration on the Built Environment of Irvine, California (Mentor: Dr. Deike Peters), Jade James presented 'Changes in Migratory Pattern and Bird Population of the Swallow Tailed Kite' (Mentor: Dr. Monika Calef), and Wei Hong Loh presented 'Solar Energy Potential in Malaysia' (Mentor: Dr. Monika Calef). Dr. Calef again presented her research with Dr. Varvak.