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Jose Edgardo L. Aban, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography

location Office Location: HSS 220B
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.S., Biology, University of the Philippines
  • M.S., Remote Sensing, University of the Philippines
  • Ph.D., Remote Sensing, Chiba University (Japan)


Jose Edgardo L. Aban is a seasoned research and project manager and an advocate of satellite remote sensing education. He served for almost two decades at the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines and has taught as a senior lecturer in the Department of Geography, Development, and Environmental Studies at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam, where he was instrumental in the establishment of an image processing laboratory.

Prior to joining UOG, Aban served as a technical consultant at the Asian Development Bank, as project manager of the GIS-based project dubbed “Communication and Information Systems for the Control of Avian Influenza” of the ASEAN Foundation, and as a consultant of a mapping unit of an agricultural company in Indonesia.


  • land use/cover change analysis
  • global change analysis
  • ecosystems change research
  • applications of non-parametric methods for global change analysis and modeling (power and singular spectrum analysis of multi-temporal datasets) using satellite data (e.g. normalized difference vegetation index - NDVI) and climatic data
  • development of pre-processing algorithms for noise reduction in satellite images
  • phenological change analysis and its relationship with changes in floral and faunal populations
  • climate change impacts (sea-level rise scenarios) modeling with the use of digital elevation modeling, climatic oscillations (e.g. ENSO, PDO), drones, among others.
Desiree L. Calvo Aguon

Administrative Assistant

location Office Location: HSS Building, 3rd Floor, Dean's Office
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
 Todd T. Ames, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Micronesian Studies

location Office Location: HSS, 2nd Floor (Division Office)
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.S., Sociology, Portland State University (Ore.)
  • M.S., Sociology, Portland State University (Ore.)
  • Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Angeline L. Ames, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, Micronesian Studies, and Women & Gender Studies

location Office Location: HSS 220D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.A., Sociology, University of Victoria (Canada)
  • BFA, New York University
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Victoria (Canada)
  • Ph.D., Sociology, National University of Singapore
Hope Ananich

Instructor of Communication and Critical Thinking

location Office Location: EC 213C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.A., Communication, University of Guam
  • MPA, University of Guam
Raymond Anderson, Ph.D.

Professor of Communication

location Office Location: EC 213D
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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Dr. Raymond Anderson joins the University of Guam as Associate Professor of Mass Media in the Communication department.  Raymond was born and grew up on another island, the island of Jamaica, far away in the Caribbean.  For the past 17 years he has lived with his family on mainland USA and he is looking forward to revisiting island life, but now on Guam.

Raymond has a diverse background with working experiences in marine sciences, business, communication, film and media arts.  His love of the dramatic arts and helping Christian theater ministries led him to switch directions from his day job of managing Jamaica’s largest fish farming operation to completing a PhD in Communication and Media Effects at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.   He went on to teach at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.  At George Fox, Raymond was instrumental in helping the Cinema and Media Communication major grow significantly into the vibrant program that now exists.

Raymond spent four years at Sterling College in Kansas where he developed yet another media program that included various concentrations including Cinema Production, Public Relations and Multi-Media.   

He is an avid swimmer and snorkeler and would like to get back into SCUBA diving.


  • B.S., Natural Sciences – Marine Science, University of West Indies (Jamaica)
  • MBA, General Management, Nova Southeastern University (Fla.)
  • Ph.D., Communication Arts – Media Effects, Regent University (Va.)
David Atienza de Frutos, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Micronesian Studies

location Office Location: HSS 120C
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923


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David Atienza received a PhD in Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2006. He has taught history, philosophy, anthropology and applied linguistics at different institutions and universities in Spain. Dr. Atienza's research interests are focused on Cultural Identity Processes, Speech Analysis, Linguistic Anthropology, and Ethnohistory.   He has published the book, Viaje e Identidad: La Genesis de la Elite Quichwa-Otavalena en Madrid, a multilocal ethnography product of fieldwork conducted in Otavalo, Ecuador and Spain or La Violencia del Amor, an edited volume focused on different perspectives on human violence.  Dr. Atienza has recently published the articles “Death Rituals and Identity in Contemporary Guam” and “Embodied silent narratives of masculinities Some perspectives from Guam Chamorros” and he is working in ethnohistorical interpretation of the Mariana history with articles like “A Mariana Islands History Story” or “Priests, Mayors and Indigenous Offices: Indigenous Agency and Adaptive Resistance In the Mariana Islands (1681 -1758)”, among others.


  • B.A., History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain)
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Lei Bao, M.A.

Instructor of Critical Thinking and Logic

location Office Location: EC 118
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923


Mathematics logic
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  • B.A., English, Shaoguan University (China)
  • M.A., Logic, South China Normal University
Stephen C. Bednarzyk, PhD

Professor of Music

location Office Location: EC 117I
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.M., Clarinet Performance, New England Conservatory (Mass.)
  • M.M., Conducting, University of South Carolina
  • DMA, Conducting, University of South Carolina
Michelle C. Blas, MFA

Associate Professor of Theater

location Office Location: EC 117H
Mailing Address: UOG Station, Mangilao, Guam 96923
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  • B.A., Fine Arts – Theater, University of Guam
  • MFA, University of Houston
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