Chair and Professor of Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta presented the invited paper "The Social Significance of the African American Artist in Paris from 1849 to the Present" to the International Journal of Arts & Sciences' International Conference for Social Sciences and Humanities held in Paris on April 13. As part of the invitation, she was asked to chair a session that followed her presentation. Also, Tsuruta was presented with a certificate acknowledging the excellence of her paper.
Asian American Studies
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Valerie Soe presented the paper "Reinscribing Representation: Lee Byung-hun, Hollywood and the Korean Wave" at the symposium Mediating Transnational East Asian Masculinities, at the University of Westminster in London on May 7. Her presentation looked at the impact of hallyu (Korean Wave) on the Hollywood career of Korean superstar Lee Byung-Hun.
Dean of the College of Business Linda Oubre has been recognized as one of the most influential women in Bay Area business by the San Francisco Business Times in the May 1 issue.
Design and Industry
Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder gave the invited presentation "Impact of Nonverbal Communication on Enhancing Alliance Between Therapists and Patients in Neuropsychiatric Hospitals" on April 17 at the University Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Salt Lake City. Linder's research theorizes that incorporating design features that enhance the sending, receiving and interpreting of nonverbal communication will lead to improved health care outcomes.
Linder is also the industrial and interface project and creative director on systems human factors, operational protocols, industrial design and software application design for the Leidos M6500, VACIS M6500 and VACIS® XPL projects that will be used to scan for security threats.
He is also co-author of the article "Bridging the chasm between design and marketing: problems and solutions in the integration between design and marketing," which appeared in the Journal of the Korea Academia-Industrial Cooperation Society (Vol. 16, No. 2).
English and Comparative and World Literature
Professor of English and Comparative and World Literature Ellen Peel's essay "Narrative Causes: Inside and Out" was published in the volume "Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions" (edited by Robyn Warhol and Susan S. Lanser). The book is part of the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative series published by Ohio State University Press. She also authored the essay "The Conundrum of Feminism in Doris Lessing's Fiction," which was published in "Feminine Issues: In the Writing of British Female Authors" (edited by Vivekanand Jha and Ajit Kumar), published by V L Media Solutions (New Delhi).
"Mood and Modality in Hurrian," a book by Assistant Professor of History Dennis Campbell, was recently published by Eisenbrauns.
Bill Issel, former director of the American Studies Program and professor emeritus of history, has been appointed the 2015-16 John E. McGinty Distinguished Chair in History at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He will teach courses on religion and politics in U.S. history and present several public lectures on religion and the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Meredith Eliassen, senior assistant librarian and lecturer in the J. Paul Leonard Library, authored "The Meat in a Humbug Sandwich: The Irony of Want in California Gold Rush Music," which was published as a chapter in "This Is the Sound of Irony: Music, Politics and Popular Culture," (May 2015) a part of the Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series. Her essay analyzes the lyrics of "California Humbugs" by Mart Taylor (1824-1894) within the context of minstrel music popular during the California Gold Rush and musical entrepreneur Taylor's calls for social justice in the mining camps.
Social Work and Economics
Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee and Associate Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri co-authored the article "Gender differences in the roles of religious support and social network support in reducing depressive symptoms among older Korean Americans," which was published in the Journal of Social Service Research. In this work, Lee, Chaudhuri and other colleagues highlighted the importance of gender differences in understanding the psychological effects of social network support within a religious-cultural context and the need for geriatric practitioners to assess carefully the quality and types of social support systems. They stressed a critical need to identify common and gender-specific risk/protective factors among older Korean Americans to develop gender-targeted preventions and interventions to improve their psychological well-being.