August 16, 2014
Gita Neupane won a graduate scholarship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The awards dinner was this past Thursday, but Gita was in Australia and could not attend. Congratulations, Gita!
Sociology graduate student Joy Lacanienta has been selected as the winner of the Golden Key International Honour Society Graduate Scholar Award. She received a scholarship award of $10,000 and was formally recognized at 2014 Golden Key International Summit in Boston, Massachusetts.
Joy was also featured in the Golden Key - UHM Chapter's newsletter and honored at the chapter's induction and award ceremony in April. Congratulations, Joy!
As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity. With more than 2 million members, including honoraries like Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel and Bill Clinton, Golden Key carries an esteemed legacy of achievement. For more information about the Golden Key International Honour Society's scholarships and awards, please visit http://www.goldenkey.org.
July 13-19, 2014
Fifteen people with UH affiliations attended a department-sponsored dinner during the International Sociological Association meetings. They were part of a delegation of more than 20 current and former members of the sociology department who participated in the ISA World Congress in Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014. Two current department faculty members (Prof. Nandita Sharma and Prof. Patricia Steinhoff), several current graduate students (Penn Pantumsinchai, Rinda Yamashiro Kayatani, Hiroki Igarashi, and Yoko Iida Wang), one postdoc (Robin O'Day) and one visiting researcher (Makoto Nishikido) presented papers in the meetings.
Standing: Yuki Asahina (MA candidate), Heng-Hao Chang (PhD 2006, now at Academia Sinica, Taiwan), Prof. Alvin So (former department faculty member currently at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Mamoru Tsukada (PhD 1988, now professor and former dean at Sugiyama Jogakuen Daigaku, Nagoya, Japan), Patricia Steinhoff (Professor of Sociology), Robin O'Day (Sociology Dept. postdoctoral fellow, PhD University of British Columbia), Shinji Kojima (PhD 2013, now assistant professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu, Japan).
Kneeling: Penn Pantumsinchai (current doctoral student), Rinda Yamshiro Kayatani (current doctoral student), Christopher Bondy (PhD 2005, currently assosciate professor at International Christian University, Mitaka, Japan).
July 9, 2014
Our outstanding graduate student, Joy Lacanienta, was selected as the recipient of the Executive Women International (EWI) Scholarship from six finalists. She was awarded $1,500. For more information, please check out the EWI website.
In August 2014, Joy also received the Manoa Opportunity Grant for $4,000 and the Kenneth H. and Alice A. Furukawa Scholarship for $500. Congratulations, Joy!
May 19, 2014
Congratulations to the following students on obtaining their graduate degrees!
April 8, 2014
Sociology graduate student Gita Neupane has been awarded the Jagdish Prasad Sharma scholarship ($3,333). Congratulations, Gita!
The Jagdish P. Sharma Memorial Scholarship: Professor Sharma's family wanted the scholarship to support the broad study of South Asia and its diaspora, so it is awarded to UH Mānoa graduate students who are pursuing studies about the South Asia region and its people.
For more information, please visit this website.
April 1, 2014
Dr. Michael Spittel
Health Scientist Administrator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Dr. Michael Spittel is a health scientist administrator at the National Institutes of Health, and was previously a program officer at the Demographic and Behavior Sciences Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. As a program officer at the NIH, Dr. Spittel has managed and led a scientific portfolio of research grants, program projects, institutional training grants, SBIR/STTR projects, international training, fellowships, contracts, and various career awards. Before joining the NIH, Dr. Spittel was in the Mortality Statistics Branch of the Division of Vital Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics. In addition Dr. Spittel served as the program officer/scientist for the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), Data Sharing for Demographic Research, Community Child Health Network, and co-managed the DBSB training program which supports pre- and postdoctoral researchers in demography. Dr. Spittel received his Masters and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has published in several different behavioral and social science journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, American Journal of Public Health, Research in Human Development, the American Behavioral Scientist, Springer Publications, and Issues in Science and Technology.
March 31, 2014
Yuki Asahina has been selected as a student fellow for the 2014-2015 East-West Center's graduate degree fellowship. They will provide tuition, insurance, and stipend assistance in addition to the EWCA alumni scholarship ($2400). Congratulations, Yuki!
February 27, 2014
Dr. Bridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director at Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford, primarily working on projects in the Citizenship and Belonging, Labour Markets and Welfare clusters. She has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. In this talk Dr. Anderson will address themes from her latest book: ‘Us and Them: the Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls’ (OUP, 2013).
February 27, 2014
Sang Pahk is the winner of the 2014 GSSA Paper Competition. There were 4 papers submitted to the competition and David Johnson, Sun-Ki Chai, and Krysia Mossakowski were the judges. Sang's paper, "Performativity and the Transformation of San Francisco's Street Food Market," is outstanding. The Department of Sociology will be awarding Sang $1,000 for this honor. Congratulations, Sang!
We are pleased to announce that Hiroki Igarashi was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Gary K. Sakihara Memorial Scholarship.
Hiroki, from Miyagi, Japan, holds a Bachelor's degree in Literature and obtained his M.A. in Sociology in 2006, joining the Ph.D. program after a year of working for an IT company in Tokyo. Although Miyagi was seriously damaged by the assive 2011 tsunami and earthquake, thankfully his family is fine.
Using the award to attend the 2013 Annual meeting of the ASA in NYC, Hiroki presented a paper entitled, "Status Distinction through Children's Elite Schooling: Japanese Nouveau Elites and an International School in Tokyo" in the Education Section. This opportunity permitted him to receive the guidance which he will use to transform this paper into a publication.
Hiroki's research centers on Japanese elite families and the educational stategies these parents use on behalf of their offspring. His research seeks to discover how and why a particular group of Japanese affluent families choose to educate their children in elite international schools rather than domestic elite schools. To conduct his research, he observed preschool children and their parents' everyday experiences with the schooling at an international school in Tokyo. He also tracked those families who enrolled their children in summer schools in Hawaii. His fieldwork was quite successful because the children liked him and their parents were then willing interviewees.
While writing his dissertation, Hiroki has enjoyed teaching Introduction to Sociology of the Family, Survey of Sociology of Education, Survey of Social Inequity and Stratification, and Principles of Sociological Inquiry. Hiroki believes his love for teaching comes naturally from his family because his grandfather, aunt, mother, and sister all taught elementary school in Japan. Luckily for UH and the Sociology Department, he's also been a helpful, friendly colleague to professors and fellow graduate students.
Hiroki has three publications, two co-authored with UH professors, and his own article entitled, "Privileged Japanese Transnational Families in Hawaii as Lifestyle Migrants," forthcoming from Global Networks. But in addition to his productivity, Hiroki is also quite the outdoors person.
He enjoys Hawaii's beauty and activities such as jogging, surfing, and hiking (over 20 Oahu trails!) while studying at UH Manoa. Most remarkably, he has completed the Honolulu Marathon five times since 2007, with a time of 3:58:19 in 2013.
August 12, 2013
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