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November 20, 2017


Leadership program in Japan


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

Connie Dang, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, participated in the Kakehashi Asian American Leadership program October 9-15. The program, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, was held to promote a global understanding of Japan’s history, diverse culture and foreign policy in order to build future collaboration. Dang, fourth from left, was among nine Asian American leaders selected to participate in the program, which included a weeklong trip to Japan to meet with government officials and business leaders. 


Ellen Pool, associate professor of music and director of University Arts Chorale, and Cantate Chamber Ensemble, received the Maynard Klein Award at the American Choral Directors Association Michigan Conference. 

Cynthia Thompson, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, was the lead author of an article, "Thyroid Hormone Fluctuations Indicate a Thermoregulatory Function in both a Tropical and Seasonally Cold-habitat Primate," published in American Journal of Primatology.

Joy Washburn, associate professor of nursing, gave a presentation, "Core Competencies for Health Professional Training on Human Trafficking," at the American Public Health Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.   

Al Steinman, director of the Annis Water Resources Institute, gave two presentations, “The Blue Economy (and Beyond)” for the 2017 Mississippi River Legislative Caucus in St. Louis, Missouri, and “Great Lakes 101” for the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Protection Fund in Chicago, Illinois.

Joel Stillerman, professor of sociology, gave a presentation, "Housing Pathways, Elective Belonging, and Family Ties in Middle Class Chileans' Housing Choices," at the Cornell University Latin American Studies Program Seminar Series.

Valerie Peterson, professor of communications, wrote an article, "Plato's Allegory of the Cave: Literacy and 'the Good,'" published in the Review of Communication.

Karen Zivi, associate professor of political science, honors college, was on the planning committee for the Hauenstein Center’s Women Governors Conference; gave a presentation, “Claiming the Right to Human Dignity: Menstruation, Activism, and Embodied Vulnerability,” at the American Political Science Association; and was named chair of the Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan.

Carol Sanchez, professor of management and director of international business programs, wrote a case study on the Seidman College of Business academic partnership with the Universidad del Bio Bio in Chile for NAFSA's e-publication, International Partnership Development Today: Insights and Best Practices from Case Studies. She also gave a presentation, “Developing Global Competency Through Short-term Study Abroad Trips: A Focus on the Interface," at the Academy of Management Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia.