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Arie A. Galles – Professor of Painting and Drawing

Galles' charcoal drawings, "Hippocratic Oath #1", "Hippocratic Oath #2", Hippocratic Oath #3" are included in three concurrent group art exhibitions in Europe.

The title of the exhibitions is: "Artists Respond to Nazi Medicine and Its Legacy."

The exhibitions' venues and dates are: 

Holocaust Memorial Center, Budapest, Hungary: April 26 - July 26, 2016

National Technical Museum, Prague, Czech Republic: April 28 - July 31, 2016

National Museum of the History of Medicine in Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine: April 29 – mid-September 2016

Click here to view the drawings on Galles' website, and for more detailed information.

The various audiences received the artwork enthusiastically. The museums will share local press reactions at the end of the exhibitions.  Once they do, this notification will be updated.

Concurrent Historical Exhibitions:

For Budapest, please click

For Prague, please click

For Kiev, please click

Robert Hamersley – Associate Professor of Microbiology

Three of Dr. Robert Hamersley's Capstone students presented their research at scholarly conferences in April and May. Satsuki Horibe delivered a talk entitled "Water Audit of Soka University of America" at the 21t Society for Human Ecology Conference in Santa Ana, co-authored with Dr. Hamersley. She later made a presentation to the University's Sustainability Committee. Former Capstone student and present SUA graduate student Vinh Tran presented his research in a poster co-authored with former Capstone student Masayuki Takeuchi, SUA Laboratory Manager Celine Mouginot, and Dr. Hamersley, entitled "Methanogenic diversity and methane efflux across two vegetation zones of an urban freshwater wetland" at the 13th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium held at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

Shane Barter – Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics

In May, Professor Shane Barter's new book, Explaining the Genetic Footprints of Catholic and Protestant Colonizers, was released by Palgrave MacMillan.  Thank you to SUA students Danny Smyth and Amanda Boralessa for their valuable assistance in getting this into print.  Professor Barter also co-authored a review of the book Religious Diversity in Muslim-Majority States in Southeast Asia with his Capstone student Gabrielle Garfunkel.  The review appears in the Asian Journal of Social Science 44:3.

Robert Allinson – Professor of Philosophy

In keeping with SUA's important mission of "fostering a steady stream of global citizens committed to leading a contributive life" Professor Robert E. Allinson, Professor of Philosophy, reports 2016 marks the 8th year he has been faculty sponsor by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for the student Essay Contest in Ethics. Elie Wiesel, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace, established the Foundation to "combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogues and youth focused programs promoting acceptance, understanding and equality". Dr. Allinson's responsibilities include screening essays, mentoring students in correcting drafts, offering intellectual support and advice. Professor Allinson is deeply pleased to announce that this year one of SUA's seniors, Mr. Daniel Smyth, reached the semi-final round of winners. The contest is regarded as one of the most competitive as well as distinguished student university ethics contests in the world today. 

Ryan Ashley Caldwell – Associate Professor of Sociology

Ryan Ashley Caldwell would like to announce that she has completed all of her requirements to elevate to the board member position for The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a non-profit 501 c(3) aimed at promoting respect for human rights, queer and diverse identities, removing stigmatic guilt from all identities and especially LGBTQAI and HIV+ identities, and promoting acceptance.  Dr. Caldwell's activism fits nicely with her areas of academic expertise and will offer not only individual and community reward, but also educational reward in terms of theoretical reflection where praxis and experience inform each other, and where teaching is enriched by these experiences as well. 

​Ian Read – Associate Professor of Latin America Studies

Ian Read will be a scholar in residence in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley during the 2016-2017 academic year.  The research residency is supported by an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Burkhardt Fellowship.

Edward Lowe – Associate Professor of Anthropology

In May, Professor Edward Lowe published a new chapter titled "Methods to Inform Public Problems: Toward and Ecocultural Framing of Poverty." In M. C. Hay (ed.), Methods that Matter: Integrating Mixed Methods for More Effective Social Science Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. He also presented a new paper titled "'Whatever I Have to Do That's Right:' Culture and the Precariousness of Personhood in a Poor Urban Neighborhood" at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.  Finally, he successfully co-organized an international conference at the University of Hamburg titled "Comparing Culture(s): Reinvigorating Explicit Comparison as a Method in Anthropology" with Prof. Michael Schnegg.