Assoc. Prof Yuki Shimizu visited University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB)
Associate Professor Yuki Shimizu
Assoc. Prof. Yuki Shimizu (the author) visited the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay (UWGB) from March 6th to March 9, 2019. UWGB is a public university located in Green Bay in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Green Bay is the third-largest city in the state of Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan’s western shore, and is famous for the National Football League’s “Green Bay Packers.”
During my visit to Green Bay, I met with Mr. Brent Blahnik, director of the international office, and discussed the possibility of establishing an agreement of academic exchange between UWGB and Saitama University. Our discussion was highly productive. I learned that UWGB boasts a warm community of over 7,000 students learning on a beautiful campus and offers excellent majors and programs. The international office offers high-quality orientation services and always takes care of international students. I hope future research and academic exchanges between Saitama University and the UWGB will be fruitful.
I also had a meeting with Dr. Senzaki, an associate professor at UWGB. Dr. Senzaki is a cultural psychologist, and she and I have been collaborating since 2013 on cross-cultural research of cognitive development. We are specifically investigating the role of parenting and socialization practices in children’s development of morality across cultures (mostly Japan and the United States). This year, with another collaborator, Dr. Jason Cowell, a developmental neuroscientist and an assistant professor of psychology at UWGB, we have started a new project that investigates the cultural differences in the neurological processes of moral cognition among young children. This project is supported by an NIH grant (National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Health & Human Services). We discussed the future plans and schedule of the new project. I also observed experimental sessions for 3-year-olds and their parents in the lab room and addressed methodological issues.
On the last night of my stay in Green Bay, I was invited a welcoming party by the faculty members of the psychology department and significantly enjoyed conversing with them.