Accomplishments: College of Liberal Arts

November 25, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) and his colleagues, Fang-Yu Chen (Michigan State University), Charles K.S. Wu (Purdue), and Yao-Yuan Yeh (University of St. Thomas), were awarded $10,000 on the project "War, Collective Action, and Nation-building" by Global Taiwan Institute, a D.C.-based think tank. The project aims at using survey experiments to explore the psychological mechanism behind the nation-building process. To be specific, the experiments will focus on how people's perceptions...
November 25, 2019
Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology) recently published an open-access, peer-reviewed journal article, "Utilizing the Community-based Research Approach to Examine Mental Health and Support Services Issues Related to HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder" in the HIV and AIDS Review. This research article highlights the value of utilizing community-based research principles, tenets, and practices to examining issues that people living with HIV/AIDS experiencing neurocognitive challenges...
November 22, 2019
Tyler D. Parry (Interdisciplinary Degree Programs) has been elected vice president of the African American Intellectual History Society, the fastest-growing organization dedicated to black studies. An assistant professor of African American and African diaspora studies, Parry conducts research examining slavery in the Americas, the African diaspora, and the historical memory of slavery in the United States. His first book, tentatively titled, Jumping the Broom: A Multicultural History (under...
November 21, 2019
William Bauer (History) and Fawn Douglas (Art) were featured speakers with Jack Malotte, an accomplished visual artist who focuses on Great Basin landscape, contemporary political issues faced by Native people, and environmental activism. Bauer proposed some historical/political context for Malotte's work. Douglas provided readings of some of Malotte's artworks and interviewed him from the stage. The event explored the motivations for Malotte's work and celebrated his imagination, which has...
November 19, 2019
Deborah Arteaga (World Languages and Cultures) was invited to present a talk, "Cultural Aspects of Communicating with Hispanic Patients," as part of Berry College's community engagement series.  
November 19, 2019
John Curry (History) recently acted as a chair and discussant for a panel at the 2019 Middle East Studies Association conference, Modes and Methods of Manuscript Publication in the Early Modern Period: The Ottoman, Safavid and European Realms, reviewing the four paper submissions and drawing them together as part of an invited talk meant to conclude the panel.
November 18, 2019
Susan Byrne (World Languages and Cultures) was one of 11 jury members who decided the 2019 winner of Spain's most prestigious literary prize, the Premio de Literatura en Lengua Castellana Miguel de Cervantes. The jury met in Madrid earlier this month, and this year's winner was poet Joan Margarit i Consarnau, who writes in both Catalán and Spanish. His poems have been translated into German, Basque, Hebrew, French, English, Portuguese and Russian. 
November 13, 2019
Susanna Newbury (Art) and Alana Fa'agai (English) presented their scholarship and teaching methods at the November 2019 National Humanities Conference in Honolulu. The panel, Localizing the Digital and Public Humanities, addressed the scaling of high-quality, humanities-based research to digital delivery methods for an audience of scholars, non-profit organizations, funding organizations, and members of the National Endowment for the Humanities staff and administration. Fa'agai is a doctoral...
November 13, 2019
Austin Horng-En Wang (Political Science) co-authored the article "Is Free Speech Being Crushed by the U.S.-China Confrontation?" on The National Interest. This article discusses how citizens and even celebrities may be influenced by the exertion of sharp power and its implication to the future of democracy.
November 12, 2019
Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues recently published a paper, Posting Sexually Explicit Images or Videos of Oneself Online Is Associated With Impulsivity and Hypersexuality but Not Measures of Psychopathology in a Sample of US Veterans, in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
November 7, 2019
Jennifer Byrnes (Anthropology) has co-authored a chapter that appears in a new edited volume, Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology: Bonified Skeletons, edited by Heather Garvin and Natalie Langley. The chapter, "Globalization, Transnationalism, and the Analytical Feasibility of Ancestry Estimation," co-authored with Joseph Hefner (Michigan State University), reviews two unique forensic anthropology cases that utilize a relatively new method in estimating ancestry in the human skeleton in order...
November 5, 2019
Jennifer L. Rennels and Andrea J. Kayl (Psychology) published "Infants and Adults Represent Faces Differently" in the journal, Developmental Psychology. Infants typically have predominant experience with women and this research showed infants formed mental representations of faces that were weighted toward the most frequently seen faces — they more easily formed weighted representations of female than male faces. In contrast, adults formed mental representations that were a mathematical average...