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.