Christopher Bae Selected to Receive Regents’ Medal for Research

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Christo­pher J. Bae, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of anthro­pol­o­gy, has been select­ed to receive the 2012 Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Research. The medal is award­ed by the Board of Regents to rec­og­nize schol­ar­ly con­tri­bu­tions that expand the bound­aries of knowl­edge and enrich the lives of stu­dents and the community.

Bae was award­ed a $1.1 mil­lion research grant by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies in 2011 for a mul­ti­year, inter­na­tion­al project for pale­oan­thro­po­log­i­cal research in Korea. That project, which runs through 2015, is titled “The Ear­li­est Peo­pling of the Kore­an Penin­su­la: Cur­rent Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives.” It aims to devel­op a more com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of East Asian human evo­lu­tion dur­ing prehistory.

Recip­i­ents of the Regents’ Medal are select­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty Research Coun­cil through a process that begins with nom­i­na­tions of out­stand­ing fac­ul­ty mem­bers, screen­ing by a com­mit­tee of for­mer award recip­i­ents, and eval­u­a­tions of the top nom­i­nees by lead­ing U.S. schol­ars in the can­di­dates’ specialties.

One of three research medal win­ners for 2012, Bae will be rec­og­nized at a spe­cial UH Mānoa awards recep­tion May 9 at Col­lege Hill. The medal will be award­ed at the 2012 Con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny sched­uled for Sep­tem­ber 13, 2012. In addi­tion, Bae will be invit­ed to to give a pub­lic lec­ture ear­ly in the 2012 fall semester.

For more infor­ma­tion about Bae’s research inter­ests, pub­li­ca­tions, and teach­ing, see http://www.anthropology.hawaii.edu/People/Faculty/Bae/index.html.

The Center’s fac­ul­ty includes one oth­er win­ner of the Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Research: Prof. Ho-min Sohn of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures in 2005. Three have won Regents’ Medals for Excel­lence in Teach­ing: Prof. Chan Ho Lee of the Depart­ment of Art and Art His­to­ry in 2011; Prof. Fred Lau of the Depart­ment of Music in 2010; and Prof. Sang Yee Cheon of the Depart­ment East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures in 2009.

CKS Faculty Member Christopher Bae Wins $1.1 Million Grant

Christopher J. Bae (2010)Dr. Christo­pher J. Bae, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the UH Mānoa Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy and a mem­ber of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, has been award­ed a $1.1 mil­lion research grant by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Studies.

The award, fund­ed by the Academy’s Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice (KSPS) divi­sion, will be used to con­duct pale­oan­thro­po­log­i­cal research in Korea from 2011 to 2015. It is one of only six pro­pos­als in the world being fund­ed by KSPS.

Bae’s project, titled “The Ear­li­est Peo­pling of the Kore­an Penin­su­la: Cur­rent Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives,” will devel­op an active long-term research pro­gram in Korea to facil­i­tate a more com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of East Asian human evo­lu­tion dur­ing pre­his­to­ry. “In par­tic­u­lar, this project will inte­grate datasets from dif­fer­ent social and nat­ur­al sci­ence fields to recon­struct a syn­thet­ic view of human evo­lu­tion in the region,” Bae explained.

The research project is mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary in nature and involves close col­lab­o­ra­tion with sci­en­tists from var­i­ous insti­tu­tions in Korea, Eng­land, and the Unit­ed States. The pro­pos­al was strong­ly sup­port­ed by the UH Mānoa Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy, Col­lege of Social Sci­ences, and the Cen­ter for Kore­an Studies.

The pres­i­dent and oth­er offi­cials of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies will join Prof. Bae and UH offi­cials in a cer­e­mo­ny to sign a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment regard­ing the grant Decem­ber 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies con­fer­ence room.

For more infor­ma­tion about Christo­pher Bae’s back­ground, research inter­ests, pub­li­ca­tions, and teach­ing, see http://www.anthropology.hawaii.edu/People/Faculty/Bae/index.html.