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Tomoko Takahashi – Vice President for Institutional Research & Assessment, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Linguistics & Education

Dr. Tomoko Takahashi has recently published a textbook for Japanese learners of English entitled『人間関係をつくる英会話』[English for Better Interpersonal Relations]  (高橋朋子 著・2017年5月コスモピア刊). The book is based on the research on interlanguage pragmatics that Dr. Takahashi has conducted since the late-1980s. This is her 14th textbook published in Japan. Another one on the same theme is underway – to be published in July of 2017.  Eight of her textbooks have been translated into Chinese and Korean and published in China, Taiwan, and South Korea. In addition, Dr. Takahashi has published a number of scholarly books and research papers in English and Japanese as well as translations, essays, and books for the general reader.

 Robert Hamersley – Associate Professor of Biology, Lab Director

Professor Robert Hamersley worked with students Sami Bhusal, MacKenzie Kermoade, Prashank Mishra, and Lauren Ng, this spring to prepare the University's submission of an application for certification as a Sustainable Campus under the Sustainability Tracking Assessment, and Reporting System (STARS), administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education ( In their Environmental Studies Independent Study course, the students worked together with the University Sustainability Committee, chaired by CFO Arch Asawa, to prepare an exhaustive application that records our socially just and environmentally responsible activities in four areas: Academics, Engagement with students and the public, Operations, and Planning and Administration. Because of their work, SUA will be certified at the STARS Silver Level in May.

 Nalini Rao – Associate Professor of World Art

Recently, Nalini Rao's article on Navaratri in South India: Symbolism and Power in Royal Rituals was published in SAGAR: a south asia research journaland Relation between Art and Archaeology: its possibilities in marine studies in India in Recent Researches on Indus Civilisation and Maritime Archaeology in India. She also presented her paper on Aesthetics of Indian Architecture in SASA, South Asian Studies Association and chaired two panels on Indian history.

 Shane Barter – Assistant Professor Comparative Politics

Dr. Shane Barter, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center, is pleased to announce the publication of The Pacific Basin: An Introduction.  Co-edited with Associate Dean Michael Weiner and containing chapters from several SUA faculty members, the textbook is now available through Routledge.  Also in May 2017, Dr. Barter and Rayen Rooney (Class of 2017) published a book review of Roderick Labrador's Building Filipino Hawaii in Leiden's International Institute of Asian Studies newsletter, available here.

Robert Allinson – Professor of Philosophy

Robert Elliott Allinson, Professor of Philosophy has been appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Chinese Philosophy. The Board and their university affiliations are:  Jűrgen Habermas, Frankfurt; Sir Geoffrey Lloyd, Cambridge; Nicholas Bunin, Oxford; Alisdair MacIntyre, Notre Dame; Richard Bernstein, New School; Robert Allinson, SUA. Previous members included Arthur Danto, Columbia and David Nivison, Stanford. The Journal of Chinese Philosophy, founded in 1972, is the oldest and most distinguished journal in Chinese philosophy. Additionally, he serves on a number of editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals including Asian Philosophy and Philosophical Inquiry.  In April he also refereed submissions to Philosophy East & WestDao, An International Journal of Comparative Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy, An International Journal of Constructive Engagement of Distinct Approaches to World Philosophy and Journal of Chinese Philosophy. As a referee, he recommends if a paper is of the caliber to be published in these journals.