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Fall 2008 International Opportunity Grant Recipients

Please click on the name of a recipient for a more complete descripton of the project.

 
Recipient School/Department Purpose of Travel Countries
Michael Agnew
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literatures Conduct research for a book project called, "Figures of the Historian in Fifteenth-Century Spain" N. Ireland, Spain
Dee Aker
Interim Director
Institute for Peace & Justice Initiate exploration of collaboration with University Minuto de Dios School of Peace and Development Colombia
Michelle Camacho
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Sociology Research for manuscript: The Paradox of Paradise: Tourism as Economic Development Mexico
Bahar Davary
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Research: "Contemporary Women’s Movement in Iran: The establishment of Religious School for Women in Isfahan and Qum" Iran
Mary Doak
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Present research: International Theological Conference on “Creative Theology for an Age of Globalization” France
Florence Gillman
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Research: Holy Spirit Seminary in Hong Kong China
Peter Gratton
Assistant Professor
Arts & Sciences: Philosophy Paper presentations at Conference for International Association for Philosophy and Literature and the Derrida Today International Conference Australia
Sarah Gray
Associate Professor
Arts & Sciences: Marine Science & Environmental Studies Fieldwork: Sediment samples and oceanographic data Virgin Islands
Noriyuki Inoue
Assistant Professor
SOLES: Leadership Studies Paper presentation: Joint Meeting of the International Group of Psychology of Mathematics Education Mexico
Leslie McAllister
Associate Professor
School of Law Collaboration on Mexican environmental enforcement Mexico
Vidya Nadkarni
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Political Science Publication research: Handbook of Central Asian Studies Slovenia
Reyes Quezada
Associate Professor
SOLES: Learning and Teaching Paper presentation: Paris International Conference on Education, Economy & Society France
Manzur Rahman
Associate Professor
School of Business Administration Paper Presentation: Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting Italy
Kenneth P. Serbin
Professor
Arts & Sciences: History Book launching: Padres, Celibato e Conflito Social Brazil
Sandra Sgoutas
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Psychology Conference (presenting paper) Czech Republic
Charles Tu
Associate Professor
School of Business Administration Paper presentation: Asian Real Estate Society Annual Conference China
Zhi-Yong Yin
Professor
Arts & Sciences: Marine Science & Environmental Studies Conduct fieldwork in archaeological sites Egypt
Fred Zacharias
Research Professor
School of Law Paper presentation: Third International Legal Ethics Conference Australia
 

Michael Agnew, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Languages and Literatures
magnew@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose for Dr. Agnew's travel was to do primary-source research for scholarly a presentation in Belfast and to write a subsequent article on Pablo de Santa María. Dr Agnew also conducted primary-source research for his book project, "Figures of the Historian in Fifteenth-Century Spain."

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Dee Aker

Institute for Peace & Justice
daker@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

At the invitation of the University Minuto de Dios School of Peace and Development in Bogotá, Colombia, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) Dee Aker and her staff will initiate exploration of collaboration on several levels with the Colombian university. The IPJ will observe workshops being offered in gender and conflict resolution, work with faculty at the university to share best practices in gender-sensitive conflict resolution training, and write a paper comparing useful practices in conflict settings of Colombia and Nepal (IPJ’s on-going work). The paper will be presented during International Education Week (if the July date is possible) or in a Daylight lecture program during the 08-09 school year; outcomes will be submitted to the 2009 International Peace Studies Association conference.

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Michelle Camacho, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Sociology
mcamacho@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Camacho's travels was to conduct research for her manuscript, The Paradox of Paradise: Tourism as Economic Development, specifically to collecting qualitative and quantitative data, and performing archival research.

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Bahar Davary, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
davary@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

While in Iran, Dr. Davary continued her research titled, "Contemporary Women’s Movement in Iran: The establishment of Religious School for Women in Isfahan and Qum." This research focuses on women’s religious school and their curriculum. The formation of these religious schools for women as a gateway to official entry into the realm of –authoritative- engagement with classical textual Islam has yet to be explored. For this reason, Dr. Davary finds it important to conduct research on the curriculum of the school in Isfahan and at howzeye elmi’ye khwaharan (seminary for women, established in 1985) in Qom.

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Mary Doak, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
mdoak@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of the trip is for Dr. Doak to participate in an international gathering of theologians from Europe, Canada, the United States, and Mexico at the International Theological Conference on “Creative Theology for an Age of Globalization” to present current research on the challenges and opportunities globalization presents to contemporary Christian theology.

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Florence Gillman, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
gillman@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Gillman conducted research and interviews at the library and study centre of Holy Spirit Seminary in Hong Kong. She also extended her current Chinese contacts by visiting institutions that teach biblical studies or theology in Macau and/or Taiwan. The specific article she worked on regarding this research will deal with her observations as an American teaching biblical studies to Catholic students in Hong Kong.

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Peter Gratton, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy
pgratton@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Peter Gratton presented papers at two conferences. For the first conference, he not only presented a paper, but also organized a panel of international scholars on the work of the philosopher, Jacques Derrida, at the International Association for Philosophy and Literature. He was also asked to be an on-site coordinator to help set up the conference before it began. The title of the paper he presented is, "Derrida's Thought on Globalization and the Possibility of Local Knowledge." Dr. Gratton organized the scholars from France, Austria, the UK, and Australia. He also presented a paper called, "Just Violence and the Violence of Metaphysics" at the Derrida Today International Conference in Sydney, Australia.

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Sarah Gray, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Marine Science & Environmental Studies
sgray@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Gray continued her field work started in August 2007 to collect sediment samples and oceanographic data, and to meet with researchers in the Virgin Islands to work on joint research proposals for funding this research program. She established a long-term ongoing program of collaborative research, education and outreach in partnership with researchers at the University of the Virgin Islands and local non-profit environmental organizations.

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Noriyuki Inoue, PhD

SOLES: Leadership Studies
inoue@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of this travel is to present a paper at the Joint Meeting of the International Group of Psychology of Mathematics Education, the largest international organization in the area of psychology of mathematics education. Through this travel, Dr. Inoue would like to present his research project at USD to the international audience, interact with them, and receive feedback from a wide variety of scholars in the area.

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Leslie McAllister, PhD

School of Law
mcallister@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

During her travels, Dr. McAllister will continue to collaborate on a project about Mexican environmental enforcement with Dr. Antonio Azuela de la Cueva (http://www.iis.unam.mx/areas/urbanos/azuela.html). She will also conduct additional field work at the offices of PROFEPA (Procuraduria Federal de Protección al Ambiente, Federal Attorney General for Environmental Protection) and at the offices of companies that participate in Mexico’s environmental auditing program.

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Vidya Nadkarni, PhD

Arts & Sciences: Political Science
nadkarni@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Nadkarni's travel was to conduct research for her book titled, Handbook of the Politics of Central Asia. The time period covered in the handbook is contemporary, with a focus on the dynamics and causes behind current issues in the region—it is not intended to be a historical treatment, but rather a work centered on internal and regional political issues, as well as the geopolitics affecting the stability and international role of Central Asia. Central Asia will be considered to consist of the five former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan.

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Reyes Quezada, PhD

SOLES: Teaching and Learning
rquezada@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Quezada's travel is to attend the Paris International on Education, Economy & Society Conference and to present his paper titled, “Perceptions of Learning Through Teaching Abroad.”

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Manzur Rahman, PhD

School of Business Administration
rahman@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Manzur's travels were to present at the Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting. AIB is the leading academic organization for scholars of International Business, and thus one of the key research venues for presentations and review of working papers on international business topics. Typically, presentations done by Dr. Manzur at academic conferences represent the first step in the external review of his research, and is an essential step in the process towards ultimately attaining a journal publication.

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Kenneth Serbin, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: History
kserbin@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

During Dr. Serbin's travels to Brazil (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília) he launched the Brazilian edition of his award-winning book Needs of the Heart: A Social and Cultural History of Brazil’s Clergy and Seminaries (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006). In Brazil the Portuguese translation of the book was published as Padres, Celibato e Conflito Social (Priests, Celibacy, and Social Conflict) by Companhia das Letras, Brazil’s top commercial publisher. Dr Serbin did a week-long book tour with book signings; radio, television, and newspaper interviews; and talks before academic audiences and at the headquarters of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops in Brasília. He also joined fellow officers of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) to meet with Brazilian officials for two days to help plan the Tenth International Conference, scheduled for July 2010 in Brasília.

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Sandra Sgoutas, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology
emch@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Sgoutas-Emch presented research at the European Congress of Psychology. She has attended the European Congress for the last 10 years and has had the opportunity to visit a variety of countries. She has used the knowledge she learned during the congress in several of her courses. She also has made it a point to travel around the countries to observe the different cultures, languages and customs. She uses these examples in her courses as examples of how people vary and the roll of culture on health. Helping students see the role of diversity and different health practices and beliefs is an important part of health psychology. Furthermore, she brought a student along to the conference so they may experience what psychology is like in Europe.

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Charles Tu, PhD

School of Business Administration
tuc@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Tu's travels is to present two papers at the 13th Asian Real Estate Society Annual Conference, held in Shanghai, China from July 12-July 15, 2008. The titles of the papers are, "An International Perception of the Quality of Real Estate Research Publication Outlets " and "Time-Varying Diversification Effect of Real Estate in Institutional Portfolios: When Alternative Assets Are Considered." During this trip, Dr. Tu will also be exploring new research ideas and discussing collaboration opportunities with researchers in other countries. He will also establish a connection with academics and real estate professionals in Asia, particularly in China. Through these contacts, he hopes to enhance the international contents of his existing courses and possibly develop new courses.

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Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Marine Science & Environmental Studies
zyin@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Yin's trip was to conduct fieldwork to investigate the impact of recent urban development on archaeological sites. Dr. Yin and colleagues submitted a proposal to the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and this served as a pilot study. Because of the rapid pace of urban development along the Red Sea coastal region of Egypt, there has been little attempt by scholars to assess the impact of urbanization and land use change on the natural environment and cultural heritage sites in this area. Dr. Yin would like to conduct a preliminary impact assessment and archaeological field survey of Hurghada and Quseir, and the area in between. Of particular concern is the rate of urban encroachment on identified (as well as potentially unidentified) archaeological sites, including the Ottoman fort at Quseir and the ancient city, now an archaeological park. This project showcased how geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies can be used in social sciences. The data obtained from this study will be available for students to use in classes at USD.

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Fred Zacharias, PhD

School of Law
zacharia@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Zacharias' trip is to present his paper, "The Misnomer of Lawyer Self-Regulation," at the Third Internatioanl Legal Ethics Conference in Queensland, Australia.

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