Imai Authors Article on Postal Saving System

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies.

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, assistant professor of East Asian studies.

Masami Imai, assistant professor of economics, East Asian studies, is the author of “Ideologies, vested interest groups, and postal saving privatization in Japan,” published in Public Choice August 2008.

The privatization of Japan’s postal saving system has been a politically charged issue since it first started being debated in the late 1980s, and yet it provides a useful setting in which political economy of economic policy-making can be investigated empirically. Analyzing the pre-election survey of the House of Representatives candidates in 2003 and also the voting patterns of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members on a set of postal privatization bills in 2005, this paper asks why some politicians fiercely opposed (or supported) privatization.

Meyer Author of Russian, French Literature Book

Meyer book

Priscilla Meyer, professor of Russian language and literature, is the author of How the Russians Read the French: Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, published in January 2009 by the University of Wisconsin Press.

In How the Russians Read the French, Meyer shows how Mikhail Lermontov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Lev Tolstoy engaged with French literature and culture to define their own positions as Russian writers with specifically Russian aesthetics and moral values. Rejecting French sensationalism and what they perceived as a lack of spirituality among Westerners, these three writers created moral and philosophical works of art that answered French decadence and “desacralization” with countertexts drawn from Russian literature and the Gospels.

Meyer argues that each of these great Russian authors takes the French tradition as a thesis, proposes his own antithesis, and creates in his novel a genuinely Russian synthesis rather than an imitation of Western models.

Thomas Published in Science Magazine

Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and environmental sciences, is a co-author of an article on the “long record of the Ca-isotope composition of seawater,” published in Science Magazine Dec. 15.

Varekamp Edits Special Volcanic Lakes Publication

The Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

Johan Varekamp, the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, is a co-editor of a special volume on “Volcanic Lakes and Environmental Impacts of Volcanic Fluids,” for the for the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, Volume 178, Issue 2, published Dec. 10, 2008. He’s worked on the publication for more than two years. The publication contains 17 articles including one of Varekamp’s own papers titled “The volcanic acidification of glacial Lake Caviahue, Province of Neuquen, Argentina,” found on pages 184-196.

Kolcio Author in Cultural Theory Journal

Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance, is co-author of “Faking It: The Necessary Blind Spots of Understanding” in the journal Cultural Theory-Critical Methodologies 9:2, published in May 2009. Kolcio wrote this article in collaboration with Wesleyan dance major, Ellen Gerdes ’06. Gerdes is currently doing graduate studies in dance at Temple University.

Barth Author of Cognition Article

Hilary Barth, assistant professor of psychology, is the author of “Judgments of discrete and continuous quantity: An illusory Stroop effect,” published in the journal Cognition in November, 2008.

Juhasz Published in Cognitive Process Journal

Barbara Juhasz, assistant professor of psychology, is the author of “The processing of compound words in English: Effects of word length on eye movements during reading,” published in Language and Cognitive Processes, 23, 1057-1088, Nov. 2008. She also is the co-author of “The processing of novel and lexicalised prefixed words in reading,” published in Language and Cognitive Processes, 23, 1133-1158, Nov. 2008.

Rodriguez Writes Lead Article in Economics Journal

Francisco Rodriguez, assistant professor of economics, is the co-author of the article “Freed from Illiteracy? A Closer Look at Venezuela’s Misión Robinson Literacy Campaign,” which was published as the lead article in Economic Development and Cultural Change 57(1):1-30, October 2008.

Thomas Author of 3 Geology, Palaeogeography Articles

Ellen Thomas, research professor of earth and enviornmental sciences, is the author of “Research Focus: Descent into the Icehouse,” published in Geology, 36: 191-192, 2008. She is the co-author of “Depth-dependency of the Paleocene-Eocene Carbon Isotope Excursion: paired benthic and terrestrial biomarker records (ODP Leg 208, Walvis Ridge),” published in  Geochem., Geophys., Geosyst, 9 (10): Q10008, 2008; and “Effects of Oligocene climatic events on the foraminiferal record from Fuente Caldera section (Spain, western Tethys),” published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 269: 94-102. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2008.08.006, in press.

Roth Author of Review Essay

Wesleyan President Michael Roth is the author of a review essay on Richard Rorty, Philosophy as Cultural Politics: Philosophical Papers, published in Volume 4 of History and Theory in October 2008.