Faculty Members Present Academic Research

April 04, 2011

University of Mount Union faculty members, Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner and Dr. David Thiele, presented their academic research at the Faculty Research Forum on Tuesday, March 29. 
 
Dr. Hamako Furuhata-TurnerFuruhata-Turner, professor of Japanese, presented Japanese Comics Manga as a Learning Tool for Translating: A Case Study of ‘Fruit Baskets 22.
 
Her research stemmed from the idea that Japanese pop culture has gained popularity worldwide and can be used to motivate American students to learn the Japanese language. By using a student majoring in Japanese at Mount Union, Turner examined how non-Japanese speakers can use comics to learn about translating. Her findings indicated that the Japanese major was able to translate at nearly a 70 percent accuracy rate, and it taught the student about differences in linguistic structure and the significance of sociolinguistics, among other things.
 
“For future research, more cases exploring more genres should be investigated,” said Furuhata-Turner, when discussing next steps in the research process.
 
A member of the Mount Union faculty since 2001, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in American studies from Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, a master of arts degree in political science from Western Michigan University and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Idaho. 
 
Dr. David ThieleThiele, assistant professor of English shared his research in presenting, “Liberal Education and Democracy in the Victorian Age.”
 
“What excites me about this topic is that this is the birth of liberal education,” he said. 
 
Thiele focused on the cultural context of a project he's been working on that involves close readings of many texts. His research focuses on the Victorian Age, a period when England moved from a rural to an urban age.  During this time period, the number of books published, the population and the number of students all increased.  Thiele explained that this led to the first time England had a public school system that was liberal and went far beyond teaching students about religion and obedience. 
 
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Kenyon College and a master of arts in Irish studies and a doctoral degree in English, both from Boston College.
 
The Faculty Research Forum, held biannually, highlights the academic research that Mount Union faculty members across multiple disciplines are currently conducting.
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