Associate Professor, Finance
Professor of Japanese
Professor of Japanese
Professor of Psychology
Yoshito Kawabata is an associate professor with a background in developmental psychology. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in psychology from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
Yoshi’s research interest focuses on interpersonal relationships and psychopathology and the roles of contextual factors such as schools, neighborhoods, and cultures on these domains.
He is particularly interested in examining risk and protective factors that may influence developmental processes involving parenting, peer relationships, and forms of psychopathology (i.e., anxiety, depression, and aggression) with a cross-cultural and ethnically diverse sample. In another line of research, Yoshi uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative data and analyzes how and why children and adolescents accept or reject intergroup contact or cross-ethnic friendships.
He has supervised undergraduate and graduate students with their thesis and provided considerable support for research and writing. He has enjoyed these mentoring experiences and is excited to work with students at University of Guam.
Associate Professor of Art
Irena Keckes is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Guam. She received her Ph.D. in Fine Arts from The University of Auckland, New Zealand (2015), MFA in printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2005) and B.A. in art education from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia (2000). Integrating theory and practice has been a key element to her research through which she has been exploring connections between eco-Buddhism and printmaking, extended forms of print and art/craft relationship.
Her practice involves large-scale monochrome woodcuts and print installations. Irena’s artwork has been exhibited internationally in many group and independent exhibitions. She presented at the SGCI Print Conference 2016 in Portland, IMPACT 9 International Printmaking Conference in China (2015), 4th International Printmaking Symposium at The University of Auckland, New Zealand (2015), IMPACT 8 in Scotland (2013) and the 2nd International Mokuhanga Conference at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan (2014).
She exhibited at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam Museum and Isla Center for the Arts (2016). Irena curated the International Exhibition of Contemporary Print UOG 2016 at Isla Center for the Arts (2016). Her work is exhibited the International Print Biennial, Northern Print, UK (2016), and SGCI Print Conference 2017 in Atlanta.
Professor of Marine Biology
Evolution and systematics of invertebrates
Assistant Professor of Water Engineering
Prior to coming to UOG, Kim served as director of the Samsung Institute of Safety & Environment at Samsung Economic Research Institute and as principal consultant of the Environmental Consulting Team at Samsung SDS. Kim has conducted numerous environmental research and engineering consulting projects in the United States, China, Vietnam, and South Korea.
Water pollution, water quality monitoring, environmental remediation, surface water-groundwater interaction, hydrogeological risk assessment
Associate Professor of Geography / Lead of the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center