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Ted Lowe

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

 Dr. Ted Lowe published a review of the book, "Being There: The Fieldwork Encounter and the Making of Truth," edited by John Borneman and Abdellah Hammoudi in the March 2012 issue of Ethos: The Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. A copy of the review is available online at
Dr. Lowe also presented a new analysis from his work on suicide and social change in the Federated States of Micronesia at the annual meetings of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research that were held in Las Vegas on Feb. 25, 2012.

Robert Hamersley

Robert Hamersley - Assistant Professor of Microbiology  

 At the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, held in Salt Lake City on February 20th to 24th, Dr. Robert Hamersley presented the results of his research on nitrogen fixation in the waters of the Southern California Bight. Dr. Hamersley led a team composed of researchers from the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in exploring the microbiology and biogeochemistry of the hypoxic marine basins off the Southern California coast. The most intriguing findings of the research were the discovery of significant nitrogen fixation activity by deep-sea bacteria living in low-oxygen waters which had never previously been studied. The findings have implications for global budgets of nitrogen, an important regulator of marine carbon dioxide uptake.


Esther Chang - Assistant Professor of Psychology  

Dr. Esther Chang together with co-author Ellen Greenberger from UCI, has published an original research article in the Asian American Journal of Psychology, which is a publication of the American Psychological Association, entitled "Parenting Satisfaction at Midlife Among European and Chinese American Mothers With a College-Enrolled Child." An abstract of the study can be found online at:

Ryan Ashley Caldwell

Ryan Ashley Caldwell - Assistant Professor of Sociology   

Dr. Ryan Ashley Caldwell would like to announce the publication of her first book, FALLGIRLS: GENDER AND THE FRAMING OF TORTURE AT ABU GHRAIB published by Ashgate International Press, London.  Dr. Caldwell would like to especially like to thank her student assistant of 2010-2011, Ali Ahsan for his help with this project.

More about this book, including sample chapters, can be found at this site:

Additionally, Dr. Caldwell attended the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans, and presented her paper entitled, “Killing for Sport: A Forensic Sociological Account of US War Crimes and American Cultural Contradictions of Violence” in the panel section named Cultural Processes Across Time and Place.  This paper examined the 5th Stryker Brigade Bravo Company out of Afghanistan, also called the "kill team," in terms of David Riesman and Denney's publication regarding cultural contradictions surrounding violence.