The Regional LIASE Conference brings together the Southern California grantees of the LIASE grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Faculty, students, and staff from Occidental College, Whittier College, and EnviroLab Asia from the Claremont Colleges will share their research projects, approaches, and questions to studying environmental issues in East and Southeast Asia.

LIASE Regional Conference

Friday, April 13, 2018

Whittier College, Villalobos Hall
13507 Earlham Dr., Whittier, CA 90602


10am – 4pm


10:00                        Arrival (light fruits + drinks)

10:20-10:45              Opening and Welcome Comments: Dean of Faculty – Darrin Good & LIASE Director – Jake Carbine

10:45-11:05              Determining the Antibacterial and Anticancer Properties of Medicinal Herbs and Fungi from Southern China

Prof. Ralph Isovitsch, Whittier

11:05-11:25               Environmental Chemistry Collaboration with the National University of Malaysia

Prof. Katie Purvis-Roberts, ChanchanokSudta, Emma Stacey, Emma Su, and Lude Rong, Claremont

11:25-11:45                Research at Maipo Wetlands (Hong Kong) on Mangroves

  Prof. Cheryl Swift and Robert Karaat, Whittier, Whittier

11:45-12:00                 Take Your Seat Hong Kong

Spencer VanDerStarren, Whittier


Luncheon Keynote Address 

12:00-1:30                   Prof. Robert Marks, “Asia & the Environment: Past and Future


1:30-1:50                     Hong Kong Independent Research

Allen Chen, Olivia Wilk, and Ryan Lee, Occidental

1:50-2:10                     Theatre as a Vehicle for Environmental Change

Luyi Huang, Sami Murphy & Betel Tesfarmariam, Claremont

2:10-2:30                     Bio-Diversity and Sacred Spaces in Myanmar

Prof. Jake Carbine, Christina Mecklenburg, Marissa Ochoa, and Anders Blomso

2:30-2:50                     Implementation Grant Discussion
Prof. Alexander Day, Occidental

3:00-4:00                     Closing Performance

Chen Zhipeng and Moon Lin
Chinese Nature Musicians from Dali and Beijing