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In The Iconography of Family Members in Egypt’s Elite Tombs of the Old Kingdom,, Jing Wen offers a comprehensive survey of how ancient Egyptians portrayed their family members in the reliefs of an elite tomb. Through the analysis of the depiction of family members, this book investigates familial relations, the funerary cult of the dead, ancestor worship, and relevant texts. It provides a new hypothesis and perspective that would update our understanding of the Egyptian funerary practice and familial ideology. The scenes of family members are not a record of family history but language games of the tomb owner that convey specific meaning to those who enter the chapel despite time and space.


The paper uses macro-causal analysis combined with empirical data analysis to illustrate how Chinese scholars in higher education (he) have adapted the concept of “student engagement” and indigenize the instrument of the National Survey of Student Engagement (nsse), with the aim of revealing college teaching/learning activities and understanding the learning processes of Chinese students in he. The paper explains why and how the China College Student Survey (ccss) was developed by the research team in the Institute of Education (ioe), Tsinghua University, using the nsse as a basis, with the help of both domestic and foreign scholars. The paper analyzes data collected nationwide in 2012, under the framework of four trends influencing he in China. Cases are also studied in the paper illustrating the learning behaviors of college students, as well as the macro-level driving forces in a more general context.

In: International Journal of Chinese Education


The insulin signalling pathway is one of the most studied pathways, including ovary maturation and female reproduction. However, downstream elements involved in this cascade remain unknown. Here, we identified and characterized an insulin-like receptor (IR) in female Macrobrachium rosenbergii, and named as Mro-IR. The deduced Mro-IR contained conserved domains of IR proteins, including two ligand-binding domains, a furin-like domain, two fibronectin-3 domains, a transmembrane domain and an intracellular tyrosine kinase domain in order. Multiple sequence alignment of the first ligand-binding domain and the tyrosine kinase domain in Mro-IR revealed a high degree of similarity to other representative IRs. Mro-IR was clustered into a separate branch with IRs from decapods by phylogenetic analysis. Additionally, tissue distribution analysis showed that Mro-IR was uniquely expressed in the ovary of M. rosenbergii. This study would possibly provide a new highlight to the molecular mechanism of insulin-like signalling cascade, regulating female sexual differentiation in crustaceans.

In: Crustaceana

The levels of civic engagement in terms of social services and civic activism in the Catholic churches of Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, and Shanghai are very different. While the former three churches have a higher level of social services, Shanghai does not. Hong Kong has a higher level of civic activism than the other three dioceses. This paper explains the similarities and differences among these cities by using an analytical model of political, cultural, and individual opportunity structures. Our findings and analysis are derived from a collaborative research project on the Catholic Church’s civic engagement in the four cities using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. In a time of rapid political, economic, and social transformation in China, religion is beginning to play an increasingly important role. Our study sheds light on what roles Catholicism or other religions might play in this process, and it has important implications for church-state relations in greater China.

In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society