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05.31.2013

Faculty News


Nancy Hodes

Nancy Hodes - Professor of Chinese Language & Culture

Just as the confusion caused by the Boston Marathon bombings was reaching its height, Dr. Nancy Hodes flew back east to Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies to deliver a eulogy to her long-term mentor and colleague, Professor Stuart R. Schram, who passed away last summer at the age of eighty-eight. Dr. Hodes had worked with Professor Schram at the Center for the decade before she came to teach at SUA, translating the pre-PRC writings of Mao Zedong (of which seven volumes have been published so far). She shared the podium on this occasion with several other scholars in the field who had known Professor Schram as his students and his colleagues. She felt privileged to contribute to this celebration of her mentor's life, in the company of many old friends and colleagues at the Fairbank Center, and to be present at a historic moment in Boston's history.

Robert Hamersley

Robert Hamersley - Assistant Professor of Microbiology

Two of Dr. Robert Hamersley's Capstone mentees presented their research at the 38th annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference held on April 20th at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Ai Nakamura and Dr. Hamersley co-authored a poster entitled, "Groundwater Nutrient Pollution in an Urban Wetland (Newport Bay, California)," and Masayuki Takeuchi and Dr. Hamersley co-authored "Biogenic Gas Production from Sediments of an Urban Freshwater Wetland (Newport Bay, California)." The research is the culmination of studies of the response of urban wetlands to urban runoff and groundwater pollution conducted by Dr. Hamersley and his students since 2009
Kristi M. Wilson  

Kristi M. Wilson - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson published a review of Uruguayan filmmaker, Federico Veiroj¡'s 2010 film, La Vida Util (A Useful Life). Dr. Wilson's piece, "On the Decay of the Art of Going to the Movies" appears in print and online in this month's issue of the journal Latin American Perspectives (http://lap.sagepub.com/). Dr. Wilson also presented a paper as part of the "Objectivity?" panel at this year's Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 13-16, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Michael Golden  

Michael Golden - Professor of Music Composition & Theory & Director of Creative Arts Program

Dr. Michael Golden’s recent work for computer, “Not So Well ‘Till I Heard From You,” was selected out of thousands of entries for the first ever 60x60 Environmental Mix. 60x60 is a curated concert series in which composers from around the world submit 1-minute long works, sometimes around a common theme. SUA was able to host the world premiere presentation of this program in the Black Box Theatre on March 30th of this year. The presentation included a panel discussion with audience members, Dr. Anthony Mazeroll, and local environmental activists.

Ryan Ashley Caldwell

Ryan Ashley Caldwell - Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Ryan Ashley Caldwell presented a paper entitled, "Forced Feminization, Heteronormativity and Gender Abuse: Torture, the Zimbardo Prison Study and Beyond" at the Homonationalism & Pinkwashing Conference. This conference was sponsored by The City University of New York (CUNY), The Graduate Center at CUNY, and CLAGS (The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies).

The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) was founded in 1991 as the first university-based research center in the United States dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities. By sponsoring public programs and conferences, CLAGS serves as a national center for the promotion of scholarship that fosters social change.

More information about the conference as well as live streaming of all of the panels and speakers can be found here: http://homonationalism.org/

Robert Elliott Allinson

Robert Elliott Allinson - Professor of Philosophy

In keeping with SUA's mission of 'fostering a steady stream of global citizens committed to leading a contributive life,' Dr. Robert Allinson reports 2013 marks the 5th year he has been the official faculty sponsor by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for student essay contest in ethics. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Winner for Peace, established the Foundation to 'combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogues, and youth focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.' Dr. Allinson's responsibilities include screening essays, mentoring students in the year long process of writing their drafts, (offering support and advice). Of the 35 SUA students who have written essays, this year Monserrat Sepulveda (2013) reached the semi final round of essays. The contest, carrying a $5,000 reward and NGO internships, is regarded as one of the most competitive and distinguished university student ethics contests in the world today.

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