Robert E. Morrell, who taught Japanese literature and Buddhism at Washington University in St. Louis for 34 years, died May 11, 2016, in St. Louis after a brief illness. Sachiko Kaneko Morrell, his wife of more than 60 years, was by his side.
Aaron Jasny, PhD student in Japanese Literature, has won a prestigious Japan Foundation Doctoral Dissertation grant to conduct research in Japan for twelve months. Aaron's dissertation project concerns the literature of mountaineering in Japan and its connection to a rising environmentalist movement. While in Japan he will be affiliated with Tokyo University.