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James Spady – Associate Professor of American History

James Spady attended the American Studies Association annual conference in Chicago, Nov. 9-12. He chaired the panel "No Black Liberation without Indigenous Sovereignty: Intersections of Blackness and Indigeneity in Culture, Education, and Society."

Robert Allinson – Professor of Philosophy

Professor Allinson recently learned that Professor Anne Cheng, Chair Professor of Chinese Intellectual History and distinguished global expert in Chinese Philosophy at the renowned College de France, Institut National des Langues at Civilisations Orientales, Paris, singled him out as one of the leading experts in the field of Chinese Philosophy and discusses his methodological approach in Revue Internationale de Philosophie.  Professor Allinson’s paper, ‘The Zhuangzi as a Metaphorical, Transformative Text,’ was accepted for the Inaugural Bay Area Conference on Chinese Thought, University of California, Davis.  In this paper, Professor Allinson demonstrates that metaphors within the text are designed to effect a cognitive transformation in the reader. Additionally, he was requested to serve as external referee for a manuscript submitted to the Comparative Literature journal, Revue Canadienné  de Litérature Comparée.  

Junyi Liu – Assistant Professor of Economics

In November 2017, Professor Liu’s paper entitled “Bureaucratic Personnel System and Synchronization of Regional Economic Activity: Evidence from China” was accepted by Midwest Economic Association Annual Conference 2018 co-sponsored by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Northwestern University, which will be held March 23-25, 2018 in Evanston, IL. 

Aneil Rallin – Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Aneil Rallin has a chapter, "Animalqueer/Queeranimal: Scatterings," in the book Mapping Queer Space(s) of Praxis and Pedagogy edited by Elizabeth McNeil, James E. Wermers, and Joshua O. Lunn, published by Palgrave Macmillan.  

Monika Calef – Associate Professor of Physical Geography and Anna Varvak – Associate Professor of Mathematics

Professors Monika Calef and Anna Varvak along with co-author Dr. David McGuire from Alaska published their manuscript “Differences in human versus lightning fires between urban and rural areas of the boreal forest in Interior Alaska” in the special issue “Managing Wildfires in Changing Climates: History, Current Practice, and Challenges” of the journal Forests. This research paper further explores the impact of human interference on the natural fire regime. The boreal forest of Interior Alaska is rapidly responding to a warming climate which is leading to larger and more severe fires started mostly by lightning strikes. However, in the more (sub)urban areas surrounding Fairbanks - the only major town in this vast region – human fire ignitions and land use change are over-riding the natural fire regime and leading to even more area burned and more fire ignitions.