Regents Grant Faculty Sabbatical Leaves

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 3, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today granted sabbatical leaves to five faculty members during a closed session meeting of the board.

They are Dr. Kang Hoon Park, professor of economics; Dr. Brandon Christensen, associate professor of music; Dr. Warren Anderson, associate professor of anthropology; Dr. Gabriele Eckart, professor of foreign languages; and Dr. Walt Lilly, professor of biology. Anderson’s sabbatical is for the fall 2009 semester. Eckart’s, Christensen’s and Lilly’s sabbaticals are for the spring 2010 semester. Park’s sabbatical is for the 2009-2010 academic year.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Park will be working on a comparative study on banking services in China, Japan and Korea while teaching economics at one of the universities in these countries as arranged by the Fulbright Scholar Program. His research will be quantitatively measuring and comparing bank efficiency, productivity, profitability, competitiveness and performance of the three major East Asian countries.

Christensen will serve as a guest teacher at Shanghai Normal University. He will prepare several student ensembles for a gala concert to be given at the end of the term and will invite one ensemble to the United States in the fall for a short residency at Southeast Missouri State University, in which they will give a series of in-school performances at regional high schools. He also will travel to other universities to perform professional ensembles as a chamber and orchestral musician.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Anderson will conduct ethnographic and linguistic field research with colleagues from the University of Costa Rica among the Cabécar Indians of southeast Costa Rica.  He also will teach two anthropology courses at the Sede del Atlántico, a branch campus of the University of Costa Rica, as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Eckart will investigate the influence of Miguel de Cervantes on 20th century German, Austrian, and Swiss literatures, particularly on writers Gustav Regler, Fritz Hochwälder, Fritz Rudolph Fries and Wilhelm Muster. The results of her research will be summarized in three conference presentations and published as refereed articles, intended to evolve into a monograph.

Lilly proposes to use RNA interference on a mushroom, Coprinus cinereus, to study the role of some selected proteins in its biology. He expects the outcomes of this research to lead to: professional publication of the results; integration of the data with other ongoing work as the basis for a major grant proposal; development of methods and materials for use by undergraduates in research; and development of specific laboratory/classroom experiences using RNA interference as a tool for understanding gene function.