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Month: June 2016

Research and Reflections: The Greening of Supply Chain Management

        In 2014 I read a news article that shocked me. A large semiconductor manufacturer in southern Taiwan was fined a paltry $90,900 for discharging untreated toxic wastewater (hydrochloric acid) into a river, affecting hundreds of acres of farmland and the health and livelihoods of thousands of people. What’s more stunning is that after a second trial the following year, the Taiwan High Court’s Kaohsiung branch reversed the lower court verdict and acquitted four executives and employees of all charges, clearing the company of the fine imposed by the District Court in the first ruling.          How could this happen in an arguably “developed” country? Since I was born in Taiwan, I felt that I couldn’t remain silent or inactive. I was motivated to examine why this might happen and how to prevent it from happening again. I knew I could use what I’ve learned from studying supply chain management to share cutting-edge knowledge about sustainable (green) supply chain management with researchers and business executives in Taiwan.           This Fulbright grant gave me the great opportunity to combine my desire to give back to my native country while also studying something about which I have been

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Craig Quintero: Creative Process: Between Art and Performance

How do you embody theory? How do you theorize praxis? Dr. Craig Quintero address his interdisciplinary class on Site Specific Performance and the creative projects he produced in Taiwan this year. Dr. Craig Quintero is a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Taipei National University of the Arts. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College. Craig is also the Artistic Director of Riverbed Theatre.

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Can We Detect Depressive Emotions in the Masked Faces of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease?

Foreword          As occupational therapists, we care about facilitating participation in meaningful occupations and improving human quality of life, especially for people with physical or mental diseases. We help patients or clients with functional restriction participate in what they want to do in daily life through the purposeful and therapeutic use of activities. Occupational therapy’s viewpoint is that human occupational performances can be categorized as social participation, daily living activities, work, leisure, etc. Social interaction has been one of the main focuses of therapy for people with impairments, such as patients with Parkinson’s disease. Patients with Parkinson’s disease often complain that, when interacting with family, age peers, or medical practitioners, they have difficulty conveying messages through facial or bodily movements, since disease symptoms have impaired their faculties. Furthermore, medical practitioners, including occupational therapists, are also likely to misjudge patients’ emotions or motivation during therapy process if practitioners disregard the possible influence of patients’ symptoms on their expression. These clinical needs motivated my one-year Fulbright research project in the U.S. Through academic exchange, I hope to generate new contributions to clinical practice of occupational therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease. During this Fulbright research, I have been focusing on finding

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James Behuniak: American and Chinese Philosophy in Taiwan

Dr. James Behuniak reflected on teaching Philosophies in a comparative context, and shared some insights about living in Taiwan.  Dr. James Behuniak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His areas of research are American Philosophy and pre-Qin Chinese philosophy. Currently, he is Senior Fulbright Scholar teaching in the Philosophy department at National Taiwan University.

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