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Michael Golden

Michael Golden - Professor of Music Composition & Theory

Dr. Michael Golden presented his paper, “The Music In and Of Ecology,” at the 5th World Music Forum in Brisbane, Australia in November. The Forum is an ongoing project of the International Music Council, an agency of UNESCO since 1949, brought together musicians, educators, scholars and activists from around the world, and included sessions on Ecomusicology, Sustainable Futures, Music in Post-Conflict Environments, Music Education, and Music Rights and Advocacy, among many others. Dr. Golden’s paper emerged from his ongoing research in connection with his SUA course, “Music and Ecology: Studies in Interconnection,” and he thanks his students for the opportunity.

Shane Barter

Shane Barter - Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics

Between 18-20 November, Dr. Shane Barter presented a paper and participated at a workshop on "Framing Asian Studies: Geopolitics, Institutions, and Networks" held in Leiden, the Netherlands. His paper assessed some of the criticisms of area studies, namely the tendency to reify areas as natural units. To overcoming this, it helps to play with scale, introducing inter-area (border crossings), trans-area (creating new areas), and meta-area studies. One example of meta-area research and teaching is the Pacific Basin, an area of areas that reminds students of the long-standing and growing connections between Asia, the Americas, and Oceania.

James Spady

James Spady - Associate Professor of American History

Dr. James Spady presented a paper at the American Studies Association conference in Washington D.C. entitled, "Gullah Jack's Debt: African Discourses and Practices in the Charleston Slave Conspiracy of 1822," part of a panel he co-organized. The panel was selected by the ASA program committee to be featured in a special section of the program. The abstract can be read online at

Dr. Spady also initiated a digitization project with Lori Sisquoc, archivist at the Sherman Institute Museum in Riverside. He and several students (Devan Torbert, Jamila Snell, Mari Kawasaki, and Alex Scott) have had a paper based on this project accepted into the Western Social Science Association meeting, to be held in April 2014 in Albuquerque.

Lastly, Dr. Spady's review essay "Gender, Native Americans, and Colonization’s Culture in the Lower South" was published in the William and Mary Quarterly. The full text of which is available at

Robert Hamersley

Robert Hamersley - Associate Professor of Microbiology

Two of Dr. Robert Hamersley's Capstone students, Masayuki Takeuchi and Ai Nakamura, made presentations based on their Capstone research at the 22nd biennial conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, November 5, 2013, in San Diego, California. In December, Dr. Hamersley, along with colleagues at the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, UC Santa Cruz, and the University of Southern California presented the results of their research on marine nitrogen fixation in a paper entitled, “Aphotic N2 fixation in the eastern tropical South Pacific Ocean,” in the journal PLoS ONE. Previously, marine nitrogen fixation, the microbial conversion of nitrogen gas into a biologically useful form, has been thought to be largely restricted to the upper, sunlit waters. In this study, we showed that deep (up to 2000 meters) nitrogen fixation also makes a significant contribution to the global marine balance of nitrogen, an element essential to the marine food chain.

Kristi M. Wilson

Kristi M. Wilson - Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Kristi M. Wilson gave a presentation at the Symposium on Latin American Cinema Studies Today: theory and practice at the University of California, Los Angeles, on Thursday, October 24. She presented recent work alongside Dr. Randal Johnson, Interim Vice Provost for International Studies and distinguished film scholar, and Alex Garcia of Figa Films, among others. Dr. Wilson was also an invited guest speaker at Stanford University’s Bolivar House on October 25. She was part of a special panel discussion on Political Documentary Film and Video in the Southern Cone (1950s to the 2000s) along with Dr. Jorge Ruffinelli, Chair of the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures, Stanford University, Dr. Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, SUA, and Javier Campo, editor of Cine Documental and Professor of Film Aesthetics, Universidad del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires.