ASU professor named president of American Oriental Society

April 8, 2011

Arizona State University professor and School of International Letters and Cultures Director Robert Joe Cutter acceded to the office of president of the American Oriental Society at its 221st annual meeting in March.

The AOS was founded in 1842 and is one of the oldest learned societies in the United States. The encouragement of basic research in the languages and literatures of Asia, broadly defined, are central to its humanistic aims. Download Full Image

"AOS is an intellectual home for a wide variety of scholarly endeavors," Cutter said. "There are specialists in the Ancient Near East, the Islamic Near East, East Asia, Central Asia, and in South Asia."

"The organization's journal, the Journal of the American Oriental Society, is a truly outstanding publication that makes the research of specialists in various disciplines in lesser-known geographical and cultural-linguistic areas available both to their fields and to other interested readers," he added.

Cutter came to ASU in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he had been a professor of Chinese for 22 years. At UW he also served terms as chair of East Asian Languages and Literature and director of the Center for East Asian Studies.

He received his Ph.D. in Asian languages and literatures (Chinese) from the University of Washington in 1983. His research specialization is medieval China, and today he is a leading scholar in premodern Chinese literature and cultural history.

Cutter began his tenure at ASU as the chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures. When the School of International Languages and Cultures, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was launched in 2008 he became its founding director and has served in that position since.

Cutter became a member of AOS during his graduate school days. Over time he has served the AOS as director-at-large, the East Asia sectional chair, the western branch vice president and president, and most recently as vice president of the national organization.

He joins a very distinguished list of those who have served as AOS president in the past, including Yale University President Theodore Dwight Woolsey, scholar James Hadley, linguist W. D. Whitney, and Johns Hopkins University President Daniel C. Gilman.

Cutter is deeply committed to furthering the study of humanities: "I think that in today's world, when there is so much support for utilitarian research and education, it is crucial to have organizations like AOS that foster knowledge about who we are as humans, that investigate where we have been, and that encourage us to better understand the cultural products of our various human societies."

ASU opens Nutrition Kitchens downtown

April 8, 2011

ASU nutrition program is 2nd largest in nation

The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion marked the opening of its new Nutrition Instructional Kitchens on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus with a reception and open house for alumni and registered dietitians in the community. The state-of-the-art facilities and equipment are used to educate 300 students annually and replace kitchen labs that were more than 50 years old. Download Full Image

“We envision the new kitchens being a landmark on the downtown campus,” said Carol Johnston, nutrition program director. “Not only are these kitchens state-of-the-art, energy-efficient and environmentally sound, they are spectacular and bold visually. Needless to say, we are ecstatic about the new kitchens.”

The last complete kitchen renovation occurred in the 1950s when the "home economics" building was constructed on the ASU Tempe campus. When the nutrition program was moved from the Tempe to the Polytechnic campus in 2000, only minor renovations were made to these kitchens. 

The 5,138 square-foot facility houses a food laboratory with computer monitors at the student stations, retail and commercial kitchens, a multi-purpose room and office space. The kitchens are located on the ground floor of the NHI1 building at 500 N. 3rd Street on the Downtown Phoenix campus.

The kitchen design and construction project was completed in just five months, Johnston said. The kitchens have a sustainable green design that provides natural daylight and direct sight lines between the students and the instructor. Wall insulation was made from recycled blue jeans. LEA Architects, LLC of Phoenix designed the kitchens and SDB, Inc., an Arizona firm, constructed them.

Craig Thatcher, interim associate executive vice provost for Health Solutions, said the program is the second-largest in the United States in terms of enrollment.

“The integration of the program into the School">">School of Nutrition and Health Promotion combines health promotion and healthcare in one academic unit, which are both essential for keeping people healthy and improving patient outcomes,” Thatcher said.

Career options in nutrition include becoming a registered dietitian, a food service director, a restaurant business entrepreneur, or a pharmaceutical or food industry professional. Registered dietitians also go onto medical, dental, pharmacy or graduate school.

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