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About MCAA & SWCAS

About MCAA

The MCAA was founded in 1952, has had a long relationship with the University of Kansas, and has held 5 of its annual conferences at KU (1953, 1956, 1967, 1974, 1983). Former KU faculty member Grant Goodman, who served as MCAA president in 1974, established an archive of MCAA material at KU’s Spencer Research Library. Current KU faculty member Faye Xiao is on the MCAA Advisory Board. For more information on the history of MCAA please see the MCAA website at http://asia.isp.msu.edu/MCAA/history.htm.

MCAA Executive Committee 2014

President
Arjun Guneratne
Macalester College

Vice President
Kai-wing Chow
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Past President
Rebecca Copeland
Washington University in St. Louis

Executive Secretary
Greg Guelcher 
Morningside College

COC Representative
Katherine Bowie
University of Wisconsin-Madison

2014 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Megan Greene
University of Kansas

MCAA Advisory Board

Northeast Asia

Hiromi Mizuno
University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Oyler
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

China and Inner Asia

Sara Friedman
Indiana University

Hui Faye Xiao
University of Kansas

South Asia

Mahendra Lawati
Western Michigan University

Southeast Asia

Trude Jacobsen
Northern Illinois University

 

About SWCAS

SWCAS was founded in 1972 and although most of its conferences have been held in Texas, its membership includes faculty from institutions in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Its current President, John Barnett, is on the faculty at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS and has a close relationship with KU’s Center for East Asian Studies. For more information about SWCAS, please see its website at http://www.trinity.edu/org/swcas/about.html.

 

SWCAS Executive Committee 2014

President:  John H. Barnett,
Emporia State University

Vice-President: Lopita Nath,
University of the Incarnate Word

Secretary/Treasurer: Stephen Field,
Trinity University

COC. Rep.: Paul Clark,
West Texas A&M University

Past President: Hans Stockton,
University of St. Thomas

 


Events
SWCAS & MCAA Joint Conference, 2014

CEAS will host a joint conference of the Southwest Conference of Asian Studies (SWCAS) &
the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) in Lawrence, KS on October 3-5, 2014

Follow this link for more information.

Follow this link for registration.

Program Chair: J. Megan Greene, mgreene@ku.edu

New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit www.ceas.ku.edu/degrees, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email (ceasma@ku.edu) or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

New CEAS Study Abroad Program

The University of Kansas recently participated in the Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow, a 10-day study abroad trip to Japan for 23 students from Kansas universities. In the 2014-15 school year CEAS will host a group of students from Japan.

The KU School of Arts has a few photos from a course this summer on Papermaking & Printmaking in Japan. Take a look!
KU School Of The Arts
I love wandering the halls of the KU Department of Visual Art in the Art & Design Building. There's always so many interesting things to see. Here are a few gems to see now from the summer class, Papermaking & Printmaking in Japan.

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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