I am very pleased to recognize Political Science Professor Dr. Bin Yu as the 2013-2014 Wittenberg University Laatsch Faculty Scholar. This marks the second time that he has been honored with the award, having also received it in 2006.
Professor Bin Yu joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1991. He has spent his time investing in the Political Science Department as well as East Asian Studies. His next book will be published in 2014, The Transition from Western Sovietology to Russianology. In the last two years, Dr. Yu has published 17 articles, chapters and monographs. He also plays a broader role as public intellectual. He is currently a research professor at the Army War College, where he is sharing his knowledge and expertise about Asia. He is a board member of Foreign Policy Observer in Beijing, China and previously developed the student exchange program between Wittenberg and Fudan University in Shanghai. Additionally, he has served as an expert to dozens of news organizations from many countries, including the BBC, public radio and Chinese news outlets. With his attempts to bridge the divide between academia and the broader public, and his extensive travel and outreach efforts, Professor Bin Yu is the model recipient of this honor.
Named for Melvin Henry Laatsch (1905-1974), Professor Emeritus of Political Science, this endowment was funded during our Defining Moments Campaign by a group of scholars and friends in recognition of the important influence Dr. Laatsch had on hundreds of students during his 30-year Wittenberg career. Names and accomplishments of potential recipients are turned over to the Provost each year by Political Science Department faculty, based on excellence in scholarship and teaching by one of their colleagues. The honoree also receives a professional development award of $2,500 from the Laatsch endowment.
Please join me in once again congratulating Dr. Yu on his selection as this year’s Laatsch Faculty Scholar.