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As we get started with the 2016-2017 academic year, here is a round-up of the many exciting things we were up to over the past year.

Andrew Barshay was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mary Elizabeth Berry was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Sciences (Social Science division).

Mark Blum was awarded the 2015 Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Translation in Buddhism. He is the North American representative for the International Association for Shin Buddhist Studies, on the board of directors for International Association for Buddhist Studies, and on the editorial board for The Eastern Buddhist journal.

Dana Buntrock was again on the LIXIL International Student Competition jury; UC Berkeley students won in 2014, their project subsequently widely published and receiving major professional awards. She recently published chapters in a monograph on the architect Kazuhiro Miyammoto, on prefabrication and on a building by the architect Kazuyo Sejima, plus a refereed paper on Toyo Ito’s use of structural aluminum. She chairs the Center for Japanese Studies.

Philip Kan Gotanda's two short plays, Remembering the I-Hotel and Monstress were seen at the ACT Theater in San Francisco; it was Monstress’ premier. He also arranged for a crowd-pleasing workshop of Both Eyes Open, a chamber opera in development.

Junko Habu has been leading a transdisciplinary team at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto for two years; we are delighted to have her back in Berkeley. A recent article she co-authored (on the excavation of a prehistoric site) was published in the Quarterly of Archaeological Studies. She also serves on the CJS Executive Committee.

Susan Holloway has recently published a flurry of chapters in books and refereed papers, demonstrating what a sabbatical can do for productivity. The work broadly addresses parenting and education issues in many cultures. She was also a Visiting Scholar at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo this summer.

H. Mack Horton received a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for a project involving five centuries of poetic verse in Japan. He also heads the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture.

Gregory Levine’s book — "Long Strange Journey: On Modern Zen, Zen Art, and Other Predicaments" — will be out with University of Hawai'i Press, in Fall 2017. He also serves on the CJS Executive Committee.

John Lie has recently completed a collection of translated Zainichi literature for publication. In addition he has published on AKB48 in Japanese and pieces on Japanese self-images and on North Koreans in Japan.

Hitoshi Murayama is a member of the Kamioka Liquid-scintillator Antineutrino Detector (KamLAND), which received one of five five neutrino experiments awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The $3 million prizes are the richest in their fields. In addition to his work on the Berkeley campus, he is also the founding director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo.

Dan O'Neill wrote a chapter titled "Slow Cinema and Disaster’s Double Exposure" for a collection of essays which is in press. In May, he led a workshop in Taiwan at the National Chengchi University on documentary cinema and queer ecologies. He also serves on the CJS Executive Committee.

T.J. Pempel was honored with a Foreign Minister’s Commendations for 2016. He was one of three individuals in the San Francisco area who received this award. Pempel is on the Japan-United States friendship Commission and participates regularly in diplomatic activities. His book Two Crises, Different Outcomes: East Asia and Global Finance came out last year.

Miryam Sas wrote a catalog essay on the photographer Ishiuchi Mayoko and a book chapter on the Enzensberger Moment in Japan. She also chairs the Department of Comparative Literature.

Robert Sharf had a busy and productive sabbatical, with trips to Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea. Despite all the travel he managed to finish a number of articles and book chapters. He continues to Chair the Center for Buddhist Studies.

Alan Tansman has recently co-edited two volumes on Natsume Sōseki. He also directs the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Steven Vogel also serves on the CJS Executive Committee.

Bonnie Wade continues as Interim Chair of the Department of Art History.