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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
Pilar Aquino Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Research Domincan Republic
Pavlo Bosyy Arts & Sciences: Theatre Arts Participation at symposium Ukraine and Serbia
Ami Carpenter Kroc Institute for Peace Studies Presenting at a conference Guatemala
Todd Edwards SOLES Presenting at a conference England and Spain
Russell Fuller Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Research Israel
Rick Gonzalez Arts & Sciences: Biology Presenting at symposium Spain
Kevin Guerrieri Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting a paper at Conference Canada
John Halaka Arts & Sciences: Art Research Palestine and Israel
Noriyuki Inoue SOLES Presenting a paper United Kingdom
Eric Jiang Arts & Sciences: Math and Computer Science Research China
Maria Kniazeva School of Business Presenting paper at a conference United Kingdom
Simon Koo Arts & Sciences: Math and Computer Science Presenting research at a conference Turkey
Kathleen Kramer Engineering Attending conference England and Spain
Sue Lowery Arts & Sciences: Biology Research Spain
Lance Nelson Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Research Indonesia
Emiko Noma Institute for Peace and Justice Attending conference Australia
Cameron Parker Arts & Sciences: Math and Computer Science Research Spain
Majorie Patrick Arts & Sciences: Biology Presenting at symposium Spain
Amanda Petersen Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting at a conference Mexico
Atreyee Phukan Arts & Sciences: English Presenting a paper England
Reyes Quezada SOLES Presenting at a conference Philippinnes
Miriam Rothman School of Business Presenting paper at a conference Portugal
Leonora Simonovis Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting a paper at a conference Canada and Puerto Rico
Bart Thurber Arts & Sciences: English Presenting a paper at a conference Spain
Carsten Zimmermann School of Business Presenting at a conference Italy
 

Pilar Aquino, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The main purpose of this travel is to formalize collaboration and partnership between the University of San Diego (USD) and the Global Institute of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) for an international symposium titled: Intercultural Approaches to Religious Peacebuilding. Co-sponsored by the USD College of Arts and Sciences and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Institute of Missiology Missio (Aachen, Germany), this symposium is scheduled to take place in Santo Domingo, June 2011.

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Pavlo Bosyy

College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre Art
bosyy@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Participation at the Expanding Scenography1 Symposium in Belgrade, Serbia, and delivering a series of lectures at the Anton Chekhov Memorial Museum in Yalta.

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Ami Carpenter, PhD

KSPS
acarpenter@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

This trip provides an opportunity to continue strengthening our network of partners for KSPS’s first international course, planned for Intersession 2011 entitled “P&J 594: Actors & Organizations in Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: Conflict Resolution, Human Rights and Development. Developed in partnership with Elena McCollim, Program Officer at the Institute for Peace and Justice, P&J 594 examines the organizational missions and intervention strategies of peacebuilding organizations in Guatemala over the last fifteen years, and examines the role of international, governmental and non-governmental organizations in shaping global institutions and domestic political and social change by providing crucial services in human security, conflict resolution, human rights and development. This course is provided in concert with site visits and presentations with fifteen different peacebuilding organizations, including USAID, UNDP, Catholic Relief Services, the US Embassy, MercyCorps and many more. As we are still in the process of coordinating our visit with the organizations based in Guatemala City (including USAID, UNDP, CICIG, Guatemalan Police), the research trip provides a needed opportunity for relationship-building, information gathering and coordination of the class.

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Todd Edwards, PhD

SOLES
tedwards@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Edwardswill interview general practitioners at multiple practices to answer the following questions about integrated care in the UK (the integration of mental health services into primary care and collaboration between mental health and medical professionals). Along with Dr. Ivbijaro and additional co-presenters from Slovenia, Spain, and the USA, he will travel from London to Malaga to give a presentation entitled “A Three Session Intervention for Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms.”

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Russell Fuller, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies
fuller@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Fuller will continue to work with colleagues, European and Israeli, on research on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls.  This research is ongoing and includes work on a new project which was developed in the Summer 2009 while in Jerusalem for which he received funding for an International Opportunities Grant.

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Rick Gonzalez, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Biology
gonzalez@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Gonzalez has been invited to make a presentation on his research in a symposium titled “Fish living on the edge: Mechanisms to cope with physiological and environmental extremes” at the 9th International Congress on the Biology of Fish in Barcelona, Spain on July 5 to 9.  The symposium brings together researchers to describe their work on the physiological adaptations fish possess that allow them to in harsh aquatic environments. He will be presenting a talk titled “Osmoregulating in hyper-saline environments” as part of this symposium.

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Kevin Guerrieri, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Languages and Literature
kevin2@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

"Migraciones transatlánticas: Madrid y Barcelona en la narrativa colombiana contemporánea": I am going to present a paper at the XXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in Toronto, Canada.

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John Halaka, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Art
jhalaka@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The primary purpose of Dr. Halaka's trip to Palestine / Israel is to continue his research for a collaborative book with the elderly Palestinian Folk Poet Ibrahim Essa.  Mr. Essa lives in the village of Jish in the Northern Galilee, but originates from the ethnically cleansed village of Kafr Bir’im.  The working title of the book is Stones of Memories and Desire.  The book will consist of three equally important elements; poetry, drawings and narratives; that will be woven together to present a personal vision of trauma and resilience in modern Palestine.

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Noriyuki Inoue, PhD

SOLES
inoue@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The goal of this project is to give a paper presentation titled "Action Research and non-Western Philosophy: Examples from Japanese Culture" at the annual meeting of Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) in Cambridge, UK. CARN is one of the largest international conferences in the area of action research. This presentation discusses how it is possible to infuse the non-Western epistemology and cultural concepts into the work of action research. This presentation is originated in an international collaboration initiated at USD, involving a group of Japanese scholars who regularly visit and present at Action Research Conference at USD every year.

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Eric Jiang, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Math and Computer Science
jiang@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The project “Learning to Integrate Unlabeled Data in Text Classification” investigates an efficient classification system that incorporates a weighted k-means clustering scheme into an Expectation Maximization (EM) process. The system aims to balance predictive values between labeled and unlabeled training data and to improve classification accuracy. It can be applied to the text classification problems where labeled training samples are very limited while unlabeled data are readily available in large quantities. The purpose of the travel is participation in the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Information Technology in Chengdo, China. The conference is the premier international forum for the presentation of technological advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied computer science and information technology.

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Maria Kniazeva, PhD

SBA
kniazeva@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Kniazeva will present USD at the highly respected international forum of researchers in consumer behavior discipline that takes place in Europe every three years and draws audience from all over the world. She will present her second videography titled Finding Harmony in the Jungle . She will also present her working paper titled Faking Authenticity that is a part of her ongoing stream of research on cross-cultural consumption and intersection of Eastern and Western values in the global marketplace.

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Simon Koo, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Math and Computer Science
koo@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Koo will present his research at the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC 2010) (http://www.smc2010.org/), an annual flagship conference in his research area.  His paper is titled: Human-Machine Interaction in Ubiquitous Application Design.

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Kathleen Kramer, PhD

SBA: Engineering
kramer@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Kramer will attend two conferences. The first of these conferences is the 5th IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Systems which brings together top specialists in the area of intelligent systems and is an opportunity for engineers and scientists to share ideas and achievements in the theory and practice of soft computing, intelligent control, data and knowledge engineering, decision support systems, data mining and knowledge discovery, ontologies, intelligent measurement. She will be presenting her paper “Impact Assessment Fusion Using Fuzzy Evidence Accrual with a Novel Pattern Recognition Technique”

The second of these conferences is the 2010 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence that will be held in Barcelona, Spain.  This congress is the largest technical event in the field of computational intelligence and it combines three major international conferences together (the 2010 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN 2010), the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE 2010), and the 2010 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2010). Her contribution, “Fuzzy Evidence Accrual Applied to Sustainable Manufacturing” has been accepted to the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems based upon peer review.

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Sue Lowery, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Biology
slowery@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Lowery will attend the 9th International Congress on the Biology of Fish in Barcelona, Spain, where she will present a poster, ‘Effects of Continuous Exercise on Skeletal and Cardiac Muscle Growth and Metabolism in Juvenile California Yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) and White Seabass (Atractoscion nobilis)’.

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Lance Nelson, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

As part of an ongoing research agenda in religion and ecology, as well as in support of his teaching interests, Dr. Nelson will visit Bali, Indonesia, to attend and photograph a five-day performing arts festival in the village of Payangan.

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Emiko Noma

KIPJ
noma@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Emiko will be presenting a paper, “Women Building Peace: Using Narratives to Understand Impact and Critique Tools of Evaluation,” based on her work in the Women PeaceMakers Program, at the International Peace Research Association’s (IPRA) bi-annual conference in Sydney, Australia. The theme of this year’s conference is “Communicating Peace.”

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Cameron Parker, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Math and Computer Science
cparker@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of this travel is conduct research with a professor at the High Engineering School of Manresa in Manresa, Spain. He has also been invited to give a seminar talk at the university.

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Marjorie Patrick, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Biology
mpatrick@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Patrick has been invited to speak in the symposium “Tropical Fish: Diversity and Adaptation”at the 9th International Congress on the Biology of Fish.

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Amanda Petersen

College of Arts and Sciences: Languages and Literature
apetersen@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Prof. Petersen will present two papers. The first one entitled “Elena Poniatowska’s Coatlicues: Memorializing the Ancient Mother?,” will be presented at the IV Congreso Internacional Escritura, Individuo y Sociedad en España, las Américas y Puerto Rico en homenaje a Mayra Montero, Rosa Montero y Elena Poniatowska (International Conference of Writing, Individual, and Society in Spain, the Americas, and Puerto Rico in homage to Mayra Montero, Rosa Montero, and Elena Poniatowska). The second will be “Conversing with the Dead: Gender and Violence in Mexican Narratives of the Border” to be read at the 92nd Annual American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Conference, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Atreyee Phukan, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: English
phukana@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Phukan's paper on Indo-Caribbean literature, entitled “Autochthonous Creolization,” has been accepted for presentation at the Indo-Caribbean Literature and Culture conference hosted by the University of Warwick, England. Presenting at the conference will enhance the chances of having her paper published in the U of Warwick’s peer-reviewed Journal of Indo-Caribbean Studies, and give her the opportunity to build a new network of scholars in her discipline.

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Reyes Quezada, PhD

SOLES
rquezada@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Quezada will attend and provide the Keynote speech at the biannual International Conference on Teacher Education at the University of the Philippines, in Manila (See Attachment).  The theme of the keynote presentation will be on “International Teacher Education and Innovation:  What Does it Take to Move Forward”

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Miriam Rothman, PhD

School of Business
rothman@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

"Repeating choices, searching for change: Girls occupational choice over 30 years" paper to be presented at the European Group for Organizational Studies conference.

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Leonora Simonovis, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Languages and Literature
simonovis@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Simonovis will be presenting the paper “Cómo convertirse en mujer o las reflexiones de una mujer lucía” at the LASA  (Latin American Studies Association) conference in Toronto, Canada. She is also submitting an abstract for the IV International Conference: Escritura, Individuo y Sociedad en España, las Américas y Puerto Rico [Writing, the Individual, and Society in Spain, the Americas, and Puerto Rico], which will be in homage to distinguished writers Mayra Montero (Cuba/Puerto Rico), Rosa Montero (Spain) and Elena Poniatowska (Mexico), whohave earned renown as novelists and journalists. Her paper for this conference will deal with the latest work of Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro, a contemporary Afro Puerto Rican writer whose work is not very well known outside the island. Both of these papers are part of a larger project on Afro Caribbean women writers. She explores how writers Mayra Santos-Febres and Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro (both from Puerto Rico) represent Afro Caribbean women in their texts and deal with issues of the female body and what it means to be a black or mulatto woman in the Caribbean. Santos-Febres and Arroyo reject theories of Western feminism that do not do justice to the problems that most women in the Caribbean face. Thus, she attempts to untangle the complexities of these texts by using some of the theories of sexuality posed by Kempadoo, as well as the critical feminist perspectives of Russoto, Grewal, and Caplan .

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Bart Thurber, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: English
thurber@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The Project title is “On Evidence.” The purpose of travel is to give a paper at the 2nd International Conference on Science and Society.

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Carsten Zimmermann, PhD

SBA
zimmermann@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Zimmermann will give a Conference Presentation at the Strategic Management Society in Rome, Italy

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