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.