Honors Faculty

The Honors Program Faculty Cohort is comprised of individuals who are widely recognized for distinction in their fields of specialty. The faculty meet periodically to discuss teaching, research, students, and program development.You can read about some of them below.

Current Faculty Roster

Aurelio AgcaoiliDirector / Associate ProfessorIndo-Pacific Languages and Literatures2013-2015
Christine BeauleAssistant ProfessorLiteratures and Languages of Europe and Americas2012-2014
Dharm BhawukProfessorManagement & Industrial Relations2012-2014
Estelle CodierAssistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing and Dental Hygiene2012-2014; 2014-2016
David HaymerProfessorCell and Molecular Biology2015-2017
Jonathan Goldberg-HillerProfessorPolitical Science2012-2014
Alex GolubAssociate ProfessorAnthropology2015-2017
Mark HixonProfessorBiology2013-2015
Karen JollyProfessorHistory2012-2014; 2015-2017
Robert JosephAstronomerInstitute for Astronomy2013-2015
Christopher LepczykAssistant ProfessorNatural Resources and Environmental Management2013-2015
Cathy Manu KaiamaInstructorAccountancy, Hawaiian Studies2015-2017
Joan RoughgardenAdjunct ProfessorHawaii Institute of Marine Biology2013-2015
Susan SchultzProfessorEnglish2012-2014
Scott SinnettAssistant ProfessorPsychology2012-2014
Maria StewartAssociate ProfessorHuman Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences2014-2016
Zoia StoytchevaAssistant ProfessorAnatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology2015-2017
Florence ThomasAssociate ProfessorHawaii Institute of Marine Biology2015-2017
Loriena Ann YancuraAssociate ProfessorFamily & Consumer Science2012-2014; 2014-2016
Ming Bao YueChair / Associate ProfessorEast Asian Languages and Literatures2013-2015


Past Faculty

James CaronProfessorEnglish2012-2014
Maria ChunAssociate Chair of SurgeryJohn A. Burns School of Medicine2012-2014
Sandra SchwartzAssistant ProfessorHistory2012-2014



We have established a clear and transparent process for joining the Honors Faculty Cohort.

Steps to joining:

  1. Nomination (either by fellow faculty, students, or self-nominations)
  2. All candidates must then submit:
    1. Letter of interest
    2. Letter of support from department chair
    3. CV
    4. Sample syllabus
    5. Teaching evaluations
  3. Candidates will then have a one-on-one meeting/interview with the director of the Honors Program
  4. Finally, the Honors Council decides/votes on admittance of all new Honors Faculty Members

We admit new Honors faculty members every year, and we have an ongoing/rolling cycle of incoming/exiting Honors faculty each year. Honors faculty teach for 2 years (4 semesters).

Contact Us

Interested? We’d love to hear from you! Email us to get the ball rolling.

Current Honors Faculty

Christine Beaule

PhD – University of Pittsburgh

Email: beaule@hawaii.edu

Christine Beaule

Christine Beaule is an Andean archaeologist who joined the Honors Faculty in the spring of 2013. Her primary research has focused on the impact of trade and communication networks linking small villages in the eastern-central Bolivian altiplano (the high arid plain between the two chains of the Andean mountains) with the ancient Tiwanaku State (ca. AD 400-1000). As a household archaeologist, she has documented dynamic changes in the social organization of households and village communities through the diversification of the domestic economy. This work has most recently appeared in Research in Economic Anthropology and an edited volume entitled Ancient Households of the Americas: Conceptualizing What Households Do (University Press of Colorado).

Dr. Beaule received her B.A. from Northwestern University with dual majors in Anthropology (High Honors) and Philosophy. She earned an M.A., Ph.D., and Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, she taught at Bloomsburg University and Duke University, where she joined an interdisciplinary faculty offering writing-intensive courses. She came to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2008; Dr. Beaule is now an Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies in the Department of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, and Cooperating Graduate Faculty in the Anthropology Department.

Increasingly, Dr. Beaule’s time in Hawaii has affected her research focus. Since being asked to teach a course on “Colonial Latin American History”, she has been drawn deeper into colonial research. She is teaching a lively Honors seminar called “Colonial Worlds” (HON 291/491), has secured a grant to conduct research on Spanish colonialism in the Philippines, and will be participating in an interdisciplinary conference next year on the same topic. She also has an ongoing research project tracing the material indicators of cross-cultural influences in imperial dynamics on the ceremonial drinking vessels known as kerus. These chicha (maize beer) consumption cups date back over 2,000 years in the Andes, and serve as fascinating windows onto processes of cultural assimilation and resistance under such powerful polities as the Inka and Colonial Spain. Finally, Dr. Beaule and her husband, Christian Peterson, spend what little free time they have playing with their two young daughters and chasing the ever-elusive nap.

Dharm P. S. Bhawuk

PhD – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: bhawuk@hawaii.edu

Dharm Bhawuk

Dharm P. S. Bhawuk is a Professor of Management and Culture and Community Psychology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He brings with him the experience of living and growing in a developing economy, Nepal. He has research interests in indigenous psychology and management, cross-cultural training, intercultural sensitivity, diversity in the workplace, individualism and collectivism, culture and creativity, and spirituality.

He is originally from Nepal (US citizen and resident of Hawai‘i), and has published more than 50 papers and book chapters and made more than 150 presentations at international conferences and universities. He has edited special issues of journals on Globalization and Diversity (IJIR, 2008, volume 32, no. 4) and Indian Psychology (PDS, 2010, volume 22, no. 1). He is author of the book Spirituality and Indian Psychology: Lessons from the Bhagavad-Gita (Springer, 2011) and co-editor of the book Asian Contributions to Cross-Cultural Psychology (Sage, 1996).

He has received many awards including Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management (2009 and 1996), Professor of the Semester (2007), the Distinguished Service Award from the East West Center (1989), and the Lum Yup Key Outstanding MBA Student Award from the University of Hawai‘i (1990). He is a Founding Fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, and was H Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Fellow, Center for Creative Leadership for 2009-10.

Some Recent/Representative Publications

  • Bhawuk, D. P. S. (2011).  Spirituality and Indian Psychology: Lessons from the Bhagavad-Gita. New York: Springer.
  • Pandey, J., Sinha D., & Bhawuk, D. P. S., (Eds.) (1996). Asian contributions to cross-cultural psychology. New Delhi: Sage.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S. (2012).  India and the Culture of Peace: Beyond Ethnic, Religious, and Other Conflicts.  In D. Landis & R. Albert (eds.), Handbook of ethnic conflict (pp.137-174).  New York: Springer.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S. (2012).  Diversity and intercultural communication:  The influence of individualism and collectivism. In Elisabeth Christopher (Ed.), Communication across cultures  (pp.42-53). UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S.  (2010).  Epistemology and Ontology of Indian Psychology:  A Synthesis of Theory, Method, and Practice.  Psychology and Developing Societies22 (1), pp.157-190. In special issue of Psychology and Developing Societies on Indian Psychology:  Theory, Method, and Content edited by D. P. S. Bhawuk & E. S. Srinivas.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S., Mrazek, S., & Munusamy, V. P.  (2009).  From social engineering to community transformation: Amul, Grameen Bank, and Mondragon as exemplar organizations. Peace & Policy :Ethical Transformations for a Sustainable Futurevol. 14, 36-63. This paper received the Rupert Chilsom Best Theory to Practice Paper Award from the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management, 2009.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S. (2008).  Globalization and Indigenous Cultures: Homogenization or Differentiation? International Journal of Intercultural Relations32 (4), 305-317. Special issue of International Journal of Intercultural Relations, on Globalization and diversity:  Theoretical and applied perspectives edited by Young Y. Kim & D. P. S. Bhawuk.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S. (2003).  Culture’s Influence on Creativity: The Case of Indian Spirituality. International Journal of Intercultural Relations27 (1), 1-22.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S.  (1998).  The role of culture theory in cross-cultural training:  A multimethod study of culture-specific, culture-general, and culture theory-based assimilators.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology29 (5), 630-655.
  • Bhawuk, D. P. S., & Brislin, R. W. (1992).  The measurement of intercultural sensitivity using the concepts of individualism and collectivism. International Journal of Intercultural Relations16, 413-436.

Estelle Codier

PhD – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Email: codier@hawaii.edu

Dr. Codier is one of the early innovators in the field of nursing emotional intelligence, and has presented her research in this field both nationally and internationally. Her research provided the first evidence that measured emotional intelligence correlates with performance and retention in clinical staff nurses. Further research explored the role of emotional intelligence in nurse managers (funded by AONE in 2009-10) and in clinical oncology unit practice. An ongoing multisite study explores the emotional intelligence of nursing students.

In 2007, Dr. Codier was in Who’s Who of Health Sciences Academia. In 2008, she was nominated for the University of Hawaii Excellence in Teaching Award. She was also nominated and recommended for the Francis Davis Teaching Award from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In 2010, Dr. Codier was accepted as a fellow in the Consortium for Emotional Intelligence, a world consortium of 60 top researchers in the field of Emotional Intelligence research. Dr. Codier was once again nominated for the University of Hawaii Excellence in Teaching award for 2012.

Dr. Codier has an additional interest in the use of Multi User Virtual Environments (MUVE) and avatars in nursing education, for which she received pilot seed grant funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and subsequent funding to expand on her pilot research from the NLN.


PhD, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
MS, Catholic University of America
BS, American University of America

Some Recent/Representative Publications

  • Codier, E., Muneno, L., & Frietas, E. (2013). Emotional intelligence rounds: Developing emotional intelligence ability in clinical oncology nurses. Oncology Nurse Forum. January, 2013.
  • Codier, E. (2012) Making the business case for emotionally intelligent nurse managers. Nursing Management. Fall, 2012.
  • Codier, E. & MacNaughton, N. (2012) Are male nurses emotionally intelligent? Nursing Management, 43 (4): 1–4. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000413355.36765.b1. ).
  • Codier, E. (2012) Emotional Intelligence: Why walking the talk transforms nursing care. American Nurse Today. April, 2012 .
  • Codier, E., Muneno, L., & Frietas, E. (2011). Emotional Intelligence Abilities in Oncology and Palliative Care. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 13(3):183-188.
  • Codier, E., Kamikawa, C., & Kooker, B.M. (2011) Developing the emotional intelligence of nurse managers. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 235(3):1-7.
  • Codier, E., Freel, M., Kamikawa, C., & Morrison, P. (2011). Emotional intelligence, caring, and generational differences in nurses. The International Journal of Human Caring, 15(2): 49-55.
  • Codier, E., Muneno, L, Franey, K & Matsuura, F. (2010) Is emotional intelligence an important concept for nurses? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 17(10): 940-948.
  • Codier, E., Kamika, C., Kooker, B.M.,Shoultz, J. (2009). Emotional Intelligence: Performance and Retention. Nursing Administration Quarterly Vol. 33, No. 4.
  • Codier, E., Kooker, B.M.,Shoultz, J. (2008). Measuring the Emotional Intelligence of Clinical Staff Nurses An Approach for Improving the Clinical Care Environment. Nursing Administration Quarterly 32(1): 8–14.
  • Dodgson, J., Oneha, K., Codier, E. (2007).Breastfeeding Patterns Among Hi.an Women Enrolled in the Waianae Coast WIC Program. Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.
  • Kooker, B.M., Shoultz, J. & Codier, E. (2007). Identifying Emotional Intelligence in Professional Nursing Practice. The Journal of Professional Nursing
  • Neiderhauser, V., Magneusen, L. & Codier, E. (2012). Creating Innovative Models of Clinical Nursing Education. Journal of Nursing Education
  • Codier, E. and Holt, A. (2012). Virtual Clinical Rounds in a Multi-User Virtual Environment (MUVE). Journal of Nursing Education. Octoberm 2012.

Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller

PhD – University of Wisconsin

Email: hiller@hawaii.edu

Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller

Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller is Professor of Political Science. He holds a Ph.D. (1991) and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a B.A. from Reed College (Phi Beta Kappa). Dr. Goldberg-Hiller has served as co-editor of the Law & Society Review. His research is in the areas of law and sexuality and indigenous rights and politics, and he teaches in the interdisciplinary subfield of sociolegal studies and political theory.

Dr. Goldberg-Hiller has published numerous articles on rights politics in Hawai‘i, Canada, and the United States, including some of the first sociolegal studies of same-sex marriage. His book, The Limits to Union: same-sex marriage and the politics of civil rights (Michigan: 2004) was one of the first to study the movement for marriage equality in light of opposition politics. He has also written extensively on legal issues confronting Native Hawaiian sovereignty politics.

Dr. Goldberg-Hiller was awarded the Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching and the Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching at the University of Hawai‘i. He has taught at the university for 19 years, and participated in the Honors Program in various capacities throughout his tenure.

Mark Hixon

PhD – University of California at Santa Barbara

Email: hixonm@hawaii.edu

Mark Hixon

Mark Hixon is a Professor of Biology, the Sidney and Erika Hsiao Endowed Chair in Marine Biology, and a faculty member of both the Marine Biology Graduate Program and the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology graduate program. He earned three degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara: BA Environmental Biology (1973), MA Ichthyology and Ecology (1974), and PhD Population and Aquatic Biology (1979). Mark was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa from 1979 to 1981, where he began his studies of coral-reef fishes. After another postdoc at U.C. Irvine, he was a professor of marine ecology and conservation biology at Oregon State University from 1984 to 2012, then returned to UH Manoa in January 2013.

Mark’s teaching focuses on various aspects of marine ecology and conservation biology. His research spans the behavioral, population, and community ecology of coastal marine fishes, increasingly in the context of conservation biology, and occasionally fisheries ecology. His projects emphasize undersea research, especially involving controlled field experiments. Mark has published on field projects in California, Oregon, Hawai`i, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, the Great Barrier Reef, and French Polynesia. His research has helped to clarify mechanisms that naturally regulate populations and sustain biodiversity in the sea, topics of vital importance to managing fisheries and conserving species. His current research focuses on understanding and addressing the invasion of Atlantic coral reefs by Pacific lionfish. In Hawai’i, he is developing a new project called “HUMBuG”: Hawai’i Undersea Metacommunity Biology und Genetics (note the German word “und” for “and” – “HUMBaG” just didn’t sound right).

In 2004, Mark was honored by ISI Citation Index as the most cited scientific author in the Northern and Western Hemisphere on coral reefs in the past decade. A Fulbright Senior Scholar and Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, he serves on the editorial boards of the scientific journals Ecology and Ecological Monographs. Mark was an executive appointee of both the Clinton and Bush administrations to the national Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, which he chaired for 3 years. He also served on the National Science Foundation Geosciences Advisory Committee as chair of the ocean science subcommittee. Actively involved in public outreach regarding issues in ocean conservation, Mark has given TED talks and recently appeared on the PBS TV show “Saving the Ocean.”

Some Recent/Representative Publications

  • Hixon, M.A., S. W. Pacala, and S.A. Sandin. 2002. Population regulation: historical context and contemporary challenges of open vs. closed systems. Ecology 83:1490-1508. [recognized by ISI Citation Index as being in top 1% cited publications in ecology during 2000-2004]
  • Hixon, M.A., and G.P. Jones. 2005. Competition, predation, and density-dependent mortality in demersal marine fishes. Ecology 86:2847-2859. [Concepts and Synthesis lead article]
  • Hixon, M.A. 2011. 60 years of coral-reef fish ecology: past, present, future. Bulletin of Marine Science 87:727-765. [invited contribution to 60th anniversary special issue]
  • Hixon, M.A., T.W. Anderson, K.L. Buch, D.W. Johnson, J. B. McLeod, and C.D. Stallings. 2012. Density dependence and population regulation in marine fish: a large-scale, long-term field manipulation. Ecological Monographs 82:467-489. [included cover photo]

Karen Jolly

PhD – University of California at Santa Barbara

Email: kjolly@hawaii.edu

Karen JollyKaren Louise Jolly is Professor of History at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. Her field is medieval Europe with a research specialization in Anglo-Saxon England, but she also teaches pre-modern world history and history of Christianity to 1500. Her website and vita may be found at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kjolly

Dr. Jolly has an interdisciplinary research profile. She received her B.A. in English (1978), M.A. in Anglo-Saxon England combining English, History, and Religious Studies (1981), and Ph.D. in medieval History (1987), all from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research interests began with popular religion in medical remedies and extended into interdisciplinary approaches to magic, science, and religion. Her first book was on Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context (1996). She has published nine articles and written several encyclopedia entries on magic and charms, as well as a state of the field survey defining medieval magic beliefs and practices in The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe Volume 3: The Middle Ages (2002).

In addition, she has edited a primary source readings book, Tradition and Diversity: European Christianity in a World Context to 1500 (1997), and co-edited a series on the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England with colleagues Sarah Larratt Keefer (Trent University, Ontario) and Catherine E. Karkov (Leeds University, UK) following a series of seminars in England (2001-03). She often engages in international and collaborative workshops, such as the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Research Seminar on Extreme Materialist Readings of Medieval Books (2008), during which participants made their own parchment and paper as well as practiced calligraphy. More recently, her research has focused on liturgical rituals, bilinguality, and manuscript studies.

In 2005, Dr. Jolly received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to conduct research on a Northumbrian manuscript artifact, which resulted in her most recent book publication, The Community of St. Cuthbert in the Late Tenth Century: The Chester-le-Street Additions to Durham Cathedral Library A.IV.19 (2012). This volume offers a cultural study of a viking-era religious community and their bilingual service book, as well as supplying a new critical edition of the materials. She is now working on digitizing these sources in an online database, as well as a historical fiction project exploring the life of Aldred and the other scribes at Chester-le-Street, which you can follow on her blog, Revealing Words.

Some Recent/Representative Publications:

  • The Community of St. Cuthbert in the Late Tenth Century: The Chester-le-Street Additions to Durham Cathedral Library A.IV.19. The Ohio State University Press, 2012.
  • Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England, lead editor with Sarah Larratt Keefer and Catherine E. Karkov. West Virginia University Press, 2008.
  • “On the Margins of Orthodoxy: Devotional Formulas and Protective Prayers in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 41.” In Signs on the Edge: Space, Text and Margins in Medieval Manuscripts, ed. Sarah Larratt Keefer and Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr. Medievalia Groningana series. Peeters (2007), pp. 135-83.
  • “Prayers from the Field: Practical Protection and Demonic Defense in Anglo-Saxon England,” Traditio 61 (2006), 95-147.
  • “Tapping the Power of the Cross: Who and for Whom?” In The Place of the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England, volume 2 in the Sancta Crux/Halig Rod series, ed. Catherine Karkov, Sarah Larratt Keefer, and Karen Jolly. Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. Boydell and Brewer Press, 2006, pp. 58-79.
  • “Cross-Referencing Anglo-Saxon Liturgy and Remedies: The Sign of the Cross as Ritual Protection.” In The Liturgy of the Late Anglo-Saxon Church, ed. Helen Gittos and Brad Bedingfield.Henry Bradshaw Society Publications Subsidia V. Boydell Press, 2005, pp. 213-43.
  • “Historical Empathy, Medieval Mentalities, and the Opening of the Evangelical Mind,” Fides et Historia 35.2 (2003), 7-18.
  • The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Modern Europe Volume 3: The Middle Ages, coauthored with Catharina Raudvere and Edward Peters. Athlone Press and University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
  • “Elves in the Psalms?” In The Devil, Heresy, and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey B. Russell, edited by Alberto Ferreiro. E.J. Brill, 1998.
  • Tradition and Diversity: European Christianity in a World Context to 1500, edited book of primary sources. M. E. Sharpe publishers, 1997.
  • Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context. University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

Robert Joseph

PhD – Washington University

Email: joseph@ifa.hawaii.edu

Robert JosephBob Joseph is an Astronomer in the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), UH Manoa. He has been at UH 22 years. Before coming to Hawaii he was Reader in Astrophysics at Imperial College, University of London, where he was on the faculty for almost 20 years. He served as Director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea for the years 1989-2000, and was recently awarded the NASA Public Service Medal ”for outstanding leadership while serving as Director.” He was IfA Faculty Chair from 2002-2005. Asteroid 7159 has been named ”Bobjoseph” by the International Astronomical Union.
Joseph received his B.A. degree from Greenvillle College (IL), M.A. from Vanderbilt University (TN), and Ph.D in physics from Washington University (MO).

Joseph has published over 200 scientific papers, and there have been over 3,300 citations of his work by other astronomers in their publications. His research interests are in extragalactic astronomy. A major research interest over the past 25 years is the astrophysical effects of collisions between galaxies. One result of such collisions is the formation of a new generation of stars. He and his collaborators have shown that such violent bursts of star formation seem not to produce as many low-mass, solar-type stars, or as many very massive stars as are produced in the more quiescent star formation processes occurring in the solar neighborhood. Another consequence of collisions between spiral galaxies is that they can merge and coalesce into a single new object, and he and his collaborators have shown such mergers of spiral galaxies are producing elliptical galaxies.

Joseph was one of a group of a dozen European astronomers who first proposed the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) as a space astronomy mission to the European Space Agency in 1979. ISO was launched in 1995 and was very successful. Joseph was a Co-Investigator on the ISOPHOT instrument, and the prototype of the ISOPHOT-S 2.5-12 µm spectrometer was developed in his lab at Imperial College. Joseph was one of the proposers to the European Space Agency for the Far-Infrared and Submillimetre Telescope (FIRST). This mission has now been re-named Herschel, and was launched in May 2009.

Courses lectured at the University of Hawaii in recent years have included the general education survey of astronomy, the graduate course in cosmology, and a graduate seminar on starbursts in galaxies. He and colleague Dr. Toni Cowie developed a new upper division course, ”History of the Cosmos in Western Culture,” which they have presented several years. He has given two courses in the Honors Program, Hon 291 Issues in Science and Religion, and the Honors Survey of Astronomy. He was a volunteer at the women’s prison for several years where he gave a year-long course on astronomy.

Joseph has had 15 graduate students complete Ph.D. degrees under his supervision. Most are in academic or research positions in the U.S. and the U.K.

Joseph is on the Board of the U.K. Infrared Telescope and on the editorial board of the journal Contemporary Physics. He has served on many national and international science committees.

Music is one of Joseph’s avocations. He sings baritone in the Honolulu Symphony Chorus and in the choir at Calvary-By-The-Sea Lutheran Church. Performances in recent years have included many of the great Requiems, the Mahler 2nd Symphony, the Mendelssohn Elijah, the Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, the Mozart Mass in C, Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Haydn Creation, the Rutter Gloria and Mass of the Children, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, and the Beethoven 9th Symphony.

Christopher A. Lepczyk

PhD—Michigan State University

Email: lepczyk@hawaii.edu

Picture of Chris for HomeChris Lepczyk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management as well as a cooperating faculty member in the Department of Biology, a faculty in the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology program, and an Affiliate Researcher in the Water Resources Research Center.  He is a broadly trained scientist, having received his BS (1993) at Hope College with a dual major in Biology and Geology and a minor in Chemistry, an MS (1996) in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a dual PhD (2002) in Fisheries and Wildlife, and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University.  Following his doctorate, Chris was a National Science Foundation Interdisciplinary Informatics Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Forest Ecology and Management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he investigated the effects of housing growth over time on birds and the landscape across the entire Midwest.  Prior to arriving at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chris was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Though broadly trained as a scientist, he is an ecologist and conservation biologist that addresses questions aimed at conserving, restoring, and managing species and landscapes.  As such he takes an interdisciplinary research approach that includes aspects of ecology, ornithology, geography, sociology, demography, economics, policy, and citizen science.  Currently he and his students work around the world to address questions of importance covering such topics as invasive species, endangered species, human-wildlife conflict, urban biodiversity, the role of parks for animal species, animal movement and habitat use, seascape ecology, wildlife management in Hawaii, how climate change influences animals, and how landscape change affects people and animals.  In addition, Chris is part of a National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis working group investigating the comparative ecology of cities.

Chris’ teaching has included courses in environmental science, ecology, and urban ecology.  Since joining UH, Chris has taught a variety of courses in ecology, conservation, natural resource management, and the Honor’s program.  He regularly teaches wildlife ecology and management, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and environmental problem solving.

Some Recent/Representative Publications

  • Aronson, M.F.J., F.A. La Sorte, C.H. Nilon, M. Katti, M.A. Goddard, C.A. Lepczyk, P.S. Warren, N.S.G. Williams, S. Cilliers, B. Clarkson, C. Dobbs, R. Dolan, M. Hedblom, S. Klotz, J. Louwe Kooijmans, I. Kühn, I. MacGregor-Fors, M. McDonnell, U. Mortberg, P. Pyšek, S. Siebert, J. Sushinsky, P. Werner, and M. Winter. 2014. A global analysis of the impacts of urbanization on bird and plant diversity reveals key anthropogenic drivers. Proceedings of Royal Society of London B 281: In Press.
  • Lohr, C.A., L.J. Cox, and C.A. Lepczyk. 2013. The costs and benefits of trap-neuter-release and euthanasia removal in urban cat programs: The case of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. Conservation Biology 27:64–73.
  • Lepczyk, C.A., and P.S. Warren (editors). 2012. Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 45), University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
  • Christoffel, R.A., and C.A. Lepczyk. 2012. Representation of herpetofauna in wildlife research journals (1980-2007).  Journal of Wildlife Management 76:661-669.
  • Lepczyk, C.A., M. Linderman, and R. Hammer. 2012. Environmental issues and rural populations. Pages 333-347 in L.J. Kulcsár and K.J. Curtis (eds.) International Handbook of Rural Demography, Springer.
  • Lepczyk, C.A., and R. Donnelly. 2011. A beginner’s guide to reviewing manuscripts in ecology and conservation. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 4:25-31.
  • Wedding, L., C.A. Lepczyk, S. Pittman, A. Friedlander, and S. Jørgensen. 2011. Quantifying seascape structure: extending terrestrial spatial pattern metrics to the marine realm. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 427:219-232.
  • Lepczyk, C.A., S.C. Hess, and E.D. Johnson. 2011. Hawaii and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: One size fits all? The Wildlife Professional Fall 2011 pages 64-66.
  • Mayer, P., N. Grimm, C. Lepczyk, S. Pickett, R. Pouyat, and P. Warren. 2010. Urban ecosystems research joins mainstream ecology. Nature 467:153.
  • Lepczyk, C.A., C.H. Flather, V.C. Radeloff, A.M. Pidgeon, R.B. Hammer, and J. Liu. 2008. Human impacts on regional avian diversity and abundance. Conservation Biology 22:405-46.
  • Lepczyk, C.A. 2005. Integrating published data and citizen science to describe bird diversity across a landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology 42:672-677.
  • Rutledge, D.T., C.A. Lepczyk, J. Xie, and J. Liu. 2001. Spatiotemporal dynamics of endangered species hotspots in the United States. Conservation Biology 15:475-487.

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Joan Roughgarden

PhD – Harvard University

Email: joaner@hawaii.edu

Joan Roughgarden

Joan Roughgarden received a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from University of Rochester in 1968 and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University in 1971. She has taught at Stanford University since 1972 as Professor of Biology and Geophysics. In 2011 she retired from Stanford and moved to Hawai`i where she remains a Stanford professor (Emerita). She lives in Kapa`a on the island of Kaua`i. In 2012 she resumed active duty as Adjunct Professor, Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), University of Hawai`i, Kane`ohe Bay in O`ahu. While at Stanford in 1992 Joan founded and directed the Earth Systems Program and in 1995 received the Dinkelspiel Award for service to undergraduate education. She was elected a Guggenheim fellow in 1986 and a fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences in 1993.

Joan’s current research focuses on the evolution of social behavior and mutualistic interactions emphasizing the role of cooperation using cooperative game theory together with the economic theory of the firm. She has written about this subject in her recent books, “The Genial Gene” (2009) and “Evolution’s Rainbow” (2004), which won a Stonewall Prize for nonfiction from the American Library Association. Her previous work includes investigations of the community ecology of Caribbean Anolis lizards, the coupling of oceanic and benthic processes in the population dynamics of intertidal invertebrates, and the theory of ecological economics. Joan has published more than 180 papers and 8 books including “Theory of Population Genetics and Evolutionary Ecology” (1979), “Anolis Lizards of the Caribbean” (1995), “Primer of Ecological Theory” (1998) and “Evolution and Christian Faith” (2006). Her CV is found at www.stanford.edu/~rough and online videos of some of her recent lectures can be found on Joan’s YouTube channel.

Susan Schultz

PhD – University of Virginia

Email: sschultz@hawaii.edu

Susan SchultzSusan M. Schultz has taught in the English department at UHM since 1990; her specialties are American literature and creative writing, mainly poetry.  She has published several books of poetic prose, most recently Dementia Blog (2008), Memory Cards: 2010-2011 Series (2011), and “She’s Welcome to Her Disease”: Dementia Blog, Vol. 2 (2013), all from Singing Horse Press in San Diego. She edits Tinfish Press and blogs at tinfisheditor.blogspot.com. Our website is tinfishpress.com. She is a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.

Scott Sinnett

PhD – Universitat de Barcelona

Email: ssinnett@hawaii.edu

Scott Sinnett

Scott Sinnett is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. He is originally from Vancouver, Canada, earned his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Montana, and completed his graduate studies at the Universitat de Barcelona (PhD, 2006) in Spain. Dr. Sinnett then did postdoctoral research in the Brain and Attention Research Laboratory at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has been at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa since 2008 and teaches a number of different undergraduate and graduate courses on human cognition.

The overarching goal of Dr. Sinnett’s research program involves the investigation of how information is processed by the human brain. Specifically, his laboratory (The Perception and Attention Research Laboratory) focuses on human perception and attention, and addresses issues pertaining to the necessity of attention for conscious perception, how unisensory and multisensory information is processed (i.e., integration, facilitation, or sensory dominance of multimodal information), and most recently, how different types of expertise, brain injury, or illness can modulate information processing. He uses a variety of applied and laboratory based approaches, as well as incorporates both healthy and brain injured participants.

Dr. Sinnett’s work has been published in a number of international journals, including Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Neuropsychologia, Acta Pscyhologica, and PLoS ONE. Some of his recent applied work involved investigating whether attention can be distracted when playing tennis, and more specifically, if ‘grunting’ can distract an opponent and therefore give an unfair advantage to the grunter. This research received extensive media coverage in print, radio, and television, including for example, the BBC, Time, ABC, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, LiveScience, Reuters, PhsyOrg.com, CBC, CBC, Wall Street Journal, Science Daily, and Discovery News.

In his spare time Dr. Sinnett tries to spend as much time as he can with family, and also playing tennis whenever possible.

Some Recent/Representative Publications:

  • Dewald, A.D., Doumas, L.A.A., & Sinnett, S. (In press). A window of perception? Enhancing perception for irrelevant stimuli by aligning relevant and irrelevant targets. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
  • Ngo, M., Cadieux, M.L., Sinnett, S., Soto-Faraco, S., & Spence, C. (2011). Reversing the Colavita Visual Dominance Effect. Experimental Brain Research, 214, 607-618.
  • Dewald, A., Sinnett, S, & Doumas, L.A.A. (2011). Conditions of directed attention inhibit recognition performance for explicitly presented target-aligned irrelevant stimuli. Acta Psychologica. 138, 60-67.
  • Sinnett, S., Hodges, N., Chua, R., & Kingstone, A. (2011). Emodiment of motor skills when observing expert and novice athletes. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 657-658.
  • Toro, J.M., Sinnett, S., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2011). Generalizing linguist structures under high attention demands. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 37, 493-501.
  • Sinnett, S., & Kingstone, A. (2010). A preliminary investigation regarding the effect of tennis grunting: Does white noise during a tennis shot have a negative impact on shot perception. PLoS ONE, 5, 10.
  • Ngo, M.K., Sinnett, S., Soto-Faraco, S., & Spence, C. (2010). Repetition blindness and the Colativa Effect. Neuroscience Letters, 480, 186-190.
  • Sinnett, S., Snyder, J., & Kingstone, A. (2009). Role of the lateral prefrontal cortex in visual object-based selective attention. Experimental Brain Research, 194, 191-196.
  • Sinnett, S., Soto-Faraco, S., & Spence, C. (2008). The co-occurrence of multisensory competition and facilitation. Acta Psychologica, 128, 153-161.
  • Sinnett, S., Juncadella, M., Rafal, R., Azañon, E., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2007). A dissociation between visual and auditory hemineglect: Evidence from temporal order judgements. Neuropsychologia, 45, 552-560.

Maria Stewart

PhD- University of Minnesota

Email: mstew@hawaii.edu

MariaStewartLandscapeWebMaria Stewart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences (HNFAS).  She received her BS (2003) from Northern Michigan University in Biochemistry, and her MS and PhD (2005, 2008) in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota.  She has previously worked as a research consultant for Novartis Consumer Health and a lecturer at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Stewart joined the HNFAS department in 2009 where she is an instructional faculty member with a small research appointment.

Dr. Stewart always wanted to be a scientist.  Although, for most of her childhood and undergraduate college years, she didn’t know how that would translate to a career. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Stewart enjoyed laboratory research, but she desired a greater focus on application of the laboratory research. She wasn’t content to watch samples in a petri dish; she wanted to know how the research would make the world a better place. This desire lead her to nutrition research.  Her training in biochemistry and laboratory research allows her to evaluate foods for nutritional value and bioavailability.  She takes her research to the next level by confirming the effects in human beings (clinical research).  Everybody eats, so nutrition research is applicable to everyone.  One project at a time, her goal is to improve the knowledge of foods and their effect on the human body.

Dr. Stewart’s research interests focus on dietary fiber and digestive health.  Recently, she has shifted focus to include tropical fruits and locally relevant foods such as avocados, konnyaku cake, and rice.  In her research lab, she analyzes nutrient composition of foods and models how the human digestive system breaks down food.  She also conducts clinical trials, most recently completing a clinical trial to evaluate the glycemic response to “new” varieties of rice, in conjunction with Queen’s Medical Center.  Dr. Stewart mentors undergraduate and graduate students in her research lab.

Dr. Stewart teaches undergraduate courses in basic human nutrition (FSHN 185) and advanced human nutrition (FSHN 370, FSHN 485, FSHN 486, FSHN 491) and a graduate course on the topics of dietary fiber and phytochemicals (FSHN 784).  In 2013, Dr. Stewart was award the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She also serves as the undergraduate advisor for the Food Science and Human Nutrition BS program.
Research Interests:

Dietary fiber (fiber content of foods and physiological effects in humans), impact of bioactive dietary components on chronic disease risk, functional food development and marketing, prebiotics, probiotics, microbial metabolism, gut health, in vitro digestion and fermentation (model human digestive system).

Recent Publications:

Vong MH, Stewart ML. In vitro bacterial fermentation of tropical fruit fibres. Beneficial Microbes. 2013, 4(3): 291-295.

Chiu YC, Stewart ML. Effect of variety and cooking method on resistant starch content of white rice and subsequent postprandial glucose response and appetite in humans. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2013, 22(3):372-379.

Stewart, ML. Schroeder, NM. Dietary Treatments for Childhood Constipation: Efficacy of Dietary Fiber and Whole Grains. Nutr. Rev. 2013  71(2):98-109.

Chiu, Y-T, Stewart, ML. Comparison of konjac glucomannan digestibility and fermentability with other dietary fibers in vitro. J. Med. Food. 2012 15(2):120-5.

Stewart, ML, Chiu, YT, Resistant starch content of brown rice increases after refrigeration in selected varieties. Dietary Fiber and Health: Proceedings of Vahouny Dietary Fiber Conference June 2010, CRC Press; 2012: pgs 467-471.

Stewart M. Fermentability of polydextrose, resistant starch and other soluble fiber sources: prebiotic potential, pgs 273-312. In Nondigestible Carbohydrates and Digestive Health. Eds. Paeschke TM and Aimutis WR. 2011 Wiley, 400 p.

Stewart M, Becker A, Slavin J. Fermentability of resistant starch preparations varies in vitro. pgs 339-350, In Dietary fibre: new frontiers for food and health. Eds van der Kamp JW, Jones J, McCleary B, Topping D. 2010 Wageningen, 586 p.

Timm DA, Stewart ML, Hospattankar A, Slavin JL. Wheat dextrin, psyllium, and inulin produce distinct fermentation patterns, gas volumes, and short-chain fatty acid profiles in vitro. J. Med. Food. 2010, 13(8): 961-6.

Slavin JL and Stewart ML. Fiber and microbially generated active components. In Bioactive Compounds and Cancer Eds. Milner JA and Romagnolo DF. 2010 Springer, 882 p.

Stewart M, Nikhanj S, Timm D, Thomas W, Slavin J. Evaluation of four fibers on laxation, gastrointestinal tolerance, and serum markers. Ann. of Nutri. Metab. 2010, 56(2):91-98.

Zoia Stoytcheva

PhD – Czech Academy of Sciences

Email: zoia@hawaii.edu


Dr. Stoytcheva is an Assistant Professor in Institute for Biogenesis Research, Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology at John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.

She received her M.Sc., in Molecular Biology from Sofia State University. Her scientific career began at the Institute of Microbiology (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) researching the secondary metabolism of Streptomycetes. She was a member of a team that generated 2 new antibiotic-producing strains and co-authored two Patents for production of the antibiotic compounds apramycin and tobramycin.

She obtained her PhD from the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, while studying WD-regulatory proteins in Streptomycetes.

Her first postdoctoral years were at Harvard, conducting research on translational regulation of the selenoprotein P. Following her mentor Dr. Marla Berry, she relocated to Hawaii in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Hawaii. She broadened her research focus to include transcriptional regulation of gene expression after attending an intensive training course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY.  As a result, she successfully administered a project to analyze over 50 gene promoters, and experimentally validated several predicted transcription factors regulating selenoprotein expression. She discovered the function of selenoprotein SelH as being a transcription factor and identified the DNA sequences that it binds.

In 2009, she joined the Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR) as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Monika Ward’s laboratory where she analyzed the protamine expression and spermatogenesis in transgenic mice with limited Y chromosome complements. The latter work was recently published in Science magazine.

Her newly-acquired experience with mouse models was augmented while working at the Transgenic Core Facility at the Institute for Biogenesis Research. As a molecular specialist at the Transgenic Core, she designed and generated vectors for production of transgenic mice, and validated efficient integration of transgenes.

She has extensive molecular biology expertise including (but not limited to) all aspects of DNA, RNA and protein manipulations, expression profiling, gene silencing, investigating RNA-protein, DNA-protein and protein-protein interactions and polysome analysis.

Her current research interests are: regulation and role of the transcription factor Six2 in development, construction of BAC vectors for transgenesis and gene therapy, role of selenoproteins in human health, and development and transcriptional regulation of gene expression.


Some Recent/Representative Publications

  • Yamauchi Y., Riel J. M., Stoytcheva Z., & Ward M. A. “Only two Y chromosome encoded genes are needed for successful reproduction in the mouse”. Science, 2014, vol. 343 (6166): p 69-72.
  • Marh J., Stoytcheva Z., Urschitz J., Sugawara , Yamashiro H., Owens J., Stoytchev I., Pelczarc P., Yanagimachi R., & Moisyadi S. “Hyperactive self-inactivating piggyBac for transposase-enhanced pronuclear microinjection transgenesis”. PNAS, 2012, vol. 109 (47), p 19184–19189
  • Owens J. B., Urschitz J., Stoytchev I., Dang N. C., Stoytcheva Z., Belcaid M., Kommineni J. M.,  Coates C.J., Segal David J. & Moisyadi, S. “Chimeric piggyBac transposases for genomic targeting in human cells”. Nucl. Acids Res.2012, 40 (14): 6978-6991.
  • Yamauchi Y., Riel J.M., Stoytcheva Z., Burgoyne P.S., & Ward M. A. “Deficiency in Y chromosome long arm gene complement is associated with sperm DNA damage”. Genome Biol. 2010, 11(6):R66.
  • Stoytcheva Z., Vladimirov V., Douet V., Stoytchev I., & Berry M. J. “Metal transcription factor-1 regulation via MREs in transcribed regions of selenoprotein H and other metal- responsive genes” BBA – General Subjects, 2010, 1800, p416-424.
  • Stoytcheva Z. & Berry M. “Transcriptional regulation of mammalian selenoprotein expression”. BBA – General Subjects, 2009, 1790, p1429-1440.
  • Panee, J.*, Stoytcheva Z*(co first author), Wanyu Liu, and Berry M. J. “Selenoprotein H is a redox-sensing HMG family DNA-binding protein that upregulates genes involved in glutathione synthesis and phase II detoxification”; JBC, 2007, 282, (33): 23759–23765.
  • Stoytcheva Z., Tujebajeva R., Harney J.W., & Berry M. J. “Efficient Incorporation of Multiple Selenocysteines Involves an Inefficient Decoding Step Serving as a Potential Translational Checkpoint and Ribosome Bottleneck”.  Mol. Cell. Biol. 2006; 26 (24): 9177-9184
  • Small-Howard A., Morozova N., Stoytcheva Z., Forry E., Mansell J., Harney J., Carlson B., Xu X., Hatfield D. L. & Berry M. J. “Supramolecular complexes mediate selenocysteine incorporation in vivo”. Mol. Cell. Biol., 2006; 26 (6):  2337–2346
  • Stoytcheva Z., Joshi B., Spižek J., and Tichy P. “WD-repeat protein encoding genes among Prokaryotes of the Streptomyces genus”. Folia Microbiol. 2000; 45 (5): 407-13

Lori Yancura

PhD – University of California at Davis

Email: loriena@hawaii.edu

Loriena Yancura

Dr. Lori Yancura is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at California State University, Fresno (1988) and her Ph.D. in Human Development, with specialties in Health Psychology and Gerontology, at the University of California at Davis (2004). Dr. Yancura has taught at the University of Hawai‘i since 2004. Her research and teaching currently center on examining the influence of culture on older adults’ family roles.

Dr. Yancura maintains an active research program. She has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on cultural practices in Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander families, particularly grandparent-headed families and those providing care to older adults. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the State of Hawai‘i Executive Office on Aging.

She regularly teaches courses in Research Methods and Adult Development and Aging, and periodically offers sections on special topics such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Reminiscence and Aging. Dr. Yancura has sponsored many students for independent research projects. Several of her students have been awarded UROP fellowships and prizes at the annual CTAHR research symposium. She received the National Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award in 2007 and 2010.

Dr. Yancura has also been recognized for her work in the community. She was co-chair of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force of the Joint Legislative Committee of Aging in Place of the Hawaii State Legislature in 2008-2009. In 2011, she received the KHON2 Elderhood Project Support Award for her work on the ‘Ohana Caregivers project for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

Some Recent/Representative Publications:

  • Yancura, L. A. (in press).  How to make reminiscence movies:  A project-based gerontology course.Educational Gerontology. 
  • Fuller-Thomson, E., Kao, F., Brennenstuhl, S., & Yancura, L. A. (in press).  Exploring gender differences in the association between childhood physical abuse and thyroid disorder. Psychiatry Research.
  • Yancura, L. (2013).  A Review of Mehta and Tang (Eds.). Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective.  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 11, 81-85.
  • Yancura, L.A., (2012). Justifications for Caregiving in White, Asian American, and Native Hawaiian Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs098.
  • Reilly, A., Yancura, L., & Young, D. M. (2012).  Three predictive variables of social physique anxiety among gay men.  Psychology and Sexuality, Online First.  DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2011.647924.
  • Kataoka-Yahiro, M., Yancura, L., Page, V., & Inouye, J. (2011).  Advance care planning decision making among Asian Pacific Islander family caregivers of stage 4 to 5 chronic kidney disease patients on hemodialysis: A focus group study.  Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, 13 (6), 426-435.
  • Yancura, L. (2010).  Creating Culturally Sensitive Brochures for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Hawaii.  Health Promotion Practice, 11, (3), 400-407.
  • Yancura, L. & Aldwin, C. M. (2009).  Stability and Change in Retrospective Reports of Childhood Events over a Five-Year Period: Findings from the Davis Longitudinal Study.  Psychology and Aging, 24, 715-721.
  • Yancura, L., & Aldwin, C. M. (2008).  Coping and Health in Older Adults.  Current Psychiatry Reports10, 10-15.
  • Yancura, L., Aldwin, C. M., Levenson, M.R., & Spiro, A. (2006) Coping, affect, and the metabolic syndrome in older men: How does coping get under the skin?  Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences, 61, 295-303.


Past Honors Faculty

Maria Chun

PhD – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Email: mariachu@hawaii.edu

Maria Chun

Maria B.J. Chun, Ph.D. is a Specialist and Associate Chair, Administration and Finance, in the UHM Department of Surgery. In 1996, she obtained her doctoral degree in community and cultural psychology from the UHM’s Department of Psychology. During her graduate studies, she studied factors influencing educational attainment of Asian Americans and issues facing multicultural education. She recently focused her work on cross-cultural health care when she started in her current position in 2006. Her primary research focus has been on the development of a standardized tool to assess the efficacy of “cultural competency” or cross-cultural health care training. This includes work on Weissman and Betancourt’s Cross-Cultural Care Survey and the development of a cultural standard patient exam for use as an assessment tool in the department’s general surgery residency program. In addition, Dr. Chun has been involved with coordinating cross-cultural health care activities through the development of a multispecialty and multidisciplinary research group (i.e., Cross-Cultural Health Care Research Collaborative). Another important project she has been overseeing is JABSOM/Department of Surgery’s biennial Cross-Cultural Health Care Conference, which encourages collaboration among multiple disciplines (e.g., medicine, psychology, public health) regarding the broad and complex issue of culture and its role in health care and the healthcare delivery system.

Prior to her return to academia, Dr. Chun worked for the legislative and executive branches of state government as a program budget analyst, regulatory reform director, and as a program evaluator/auditor. Her final position with the Legislature was as the Deputy Auditor (Office of the State Auditor). Her past experience allows Dr. Chun to take into consideration the “practical/real world” and “theoretical/academic” perspectives when conducting her research and teaching her students. Her work has been published in healthcare administration journals, such as the Journal of Research Administration, as well as scientific journals including Medical Education, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Journal of Surgical Education.

Dr. Chun is also a proud graduate of the UHM Honors Program (Spring 1989). Her most favorite pastime — after spending time with her family — is teaching and mentoring students and preparing them to become successful professionals.

Some Recent/Representative Publications

  • Ly, C. & Chun, M.B.J. (2013, March/April). Welcome to cultural competency: Surgery’s efforts to acknowledge diversity in residency training. Journal of Surgical Education, 70(2), 284-290.
  • Chun, M.B.J., Young, K.G.M., Honda, A.F., Belcher, G.F., & Maskarinec, G.G. (2012). The development of a cultural standardized patient examination for a general surgery residency program. Journal of Surgical Education. 69(5), 650-658.
  • Chun, M.B.J., Jackson, D., Lin, S., & Park, E.R. (2010). A comparison of surgery and family medicine residents’ perceptions of cross-cultural care training. Hawaii Medical Journal. 69(12), 289-293.
  • Chun, M.B.J. (2010). Building a research administration infrastructure at the department level. Journal of Research Administration. 42(2), 71-78.
  • Chun, M.B.J. (2010). Pitfalls to avoid when introducing a cultural competency training initiative. Medical Education, 44(6), 613-620.
  • Chun, M.B.J., Yamada, A-M, Huh, J. Hew, C., Tasaka, S. (2010). Utilizing the Cross-Cultural Care Survey to assess cultural competency in graduate medical education. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 2(1), 96-101.
  • Chun, M.B.J. (2010). A rewarding community psychology practice in state government. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 1(1), 13-20.
  • Chun, M.B.J. & Takanishi, Jr., D. M. (2009). The need for a standardized evaluation method to assess efficacy of cultural competence initiatives in medical education and residency programs. Hawaii Medical Journal, 68(1), 2-6.
  • Chun, M.B.J., Young, K.G.M., Jackson, D.S. (2009). Incorporating cultural competency into the general surgery residency curriculum: A Preliminary Assessment. International Journal of Surgery, 7(4), 368-372.
  • Park, E.R., Chun, M.B.J., Betancourt, J.R., Green, A.R., Weissman, J.S. (2009). Assessing scales to measure residents’ perceived preparedness and skillfulness to deliver cross cultural care. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 24(9), 1053-1056.

Saundra Schwartz

PhD – Columbia University

Email: saundras@hawaii.edu

Saundra Schwartz

Saundra Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of History, specializing in the ancient Greece and Rome. She earned her BA from Wesleyan University in 1986 and her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1998. In 1999, she was a Summer Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2003, she participated in an NEH Summer Seminar on “The Law, State, and Individual in Greece, Rome, and China.” Before coming to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, she was on the faculty of Hawai‘i Pacific University where she developed a program in East-West Classical Studies.

Dr. Schwartz’s research and publications center on post-Classical Greece, a period when free city-states were absorbed under the empires of the successors of Alexander the Great and then later under the Romans. Her current book project, The Imagined Courtroom: Representing Roman Justice in the Greek World, analyzes fictional trial scenes to explore how Greeks understood the new concepts of legal rights and procedures that the Romans were extending to the subjects of their empire.

Dr. Schwartz’s research interest in law has also found an outlet in her teaching. A particular passion is the experience of teaching innovative, engaging curricula from “Reacting to the Past” in the classroom. Through games built around pivotal debates and the great books that emerged from them, students immerse themselves in moments of history. Because there is no predetermined outcome of the games, students are able to change the course of history. Her section of HON 291H features in-depth readings of two classic texts, Plato’s Republic and the Analects of Confucius, through two games: “The Threshold of Democracy: Athens in 403 B.C.” and “Confucianism and the Succession Crisis of the Wanli Emperor.” She looks forward to making more games available to UHM Honors Students in the future.

Some Recent/Representative Publications:

  • “Dressing Up, Dressing Down: False Enslavement in the Greek Novels,” chapter in Éclats de littérature grecque d’Homère à Pascal Quignard: Mélanges offerts à Suzanne Saïd,edited by Sandrine Dubel, Sophie Gotteland, and Estelle Oudot, 175-189. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2012.
  • “From Bedroom to Courtroom: The Adultery Type-Scene and the Acts of Andrew.” InMapping Gender in Ancient Religious Discourses, edited by Todd Penner and Caroline Vander Stichele, 267-311. Biblical Interpretation Series 84. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2007.
  • “The Trial Scene in the Greek Novels and in Acts.” In Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse, edited by Todd Penner and Caroline Vander Stichele, 103-135. Society of Biblical Literature Symposium Series. Atlanta: Scholars Press and Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2003.
  • “Rome in the Greek Novel? Images and Ideas of Empire in Chariton’s Persia.” Arethusa 36 (2003): 375-394.
  • “Clitophon the Moichos [Adulterer]: Achilles Tatius and the Trial Scene in the Greek Novel” Ancient Narrative 1 (2000-2001): 93-113.
  • “Callirhoe’s Choice: Biological vs Legal Paternity.” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies40 (1999): 23-52.