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Fall 2011 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
Dee Aker Institute for Peace & Justice Participate and speak at Conference Hungary and the Netherlands
Rachel Blaser Arts & Sciences: Psychology Presentation at Conference Turkey
Pavlo Bosyy Arts & Sciences: Theatre Arts Participation at Prague Quadrenial Ukraine & Czech Republic
Sandra Buczynski Arts & Sciences: Math Presentation at Conference Scotland
Ming Huang SBA: Engineering Research Taiwan
Rebecca Ingram Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Research Spain
Frank Jacobitz SBA: Engineering Research France
Jeremy Kua Arts & Sciences: Chemistry Participating in conference France
Ian Martin SOLES Participating in conference Italy
Juliana Maxim Arts & Sciences: Art History Presenting paper at conference England
Vidya Nadkarni Arts & Sciences: Political Science Presenting paper at conference Portugal
Emiko Noma KIPJ Presenting paper at conference Netherlands
Lisa Nunn Arts & Sciences: Sociology Presenting paper at conference Canada
Ann Pirruccello Arts & Sciences: Philosophy Presenting a paper at conference China
Reyes Quezada SOLES Presenting a paper at a conference Scotland
JJ Schlichtman Arts & Sciences: Sociology Presenting a paper at a conference Netherlands
Daniel Sheehan Arts & Sciences: Physics Presenting at conference Czech Republic
Joi Spencer SOLES Presenting at symposium Switzerland
Charles Tu SBA Presenting a paper at a conference South Korea
Zhi-Yong Yin Arts & Sciences: Marine Science Presenting a paper at a conference Switzerland
 

Dee Aker, PhD

Institute for Peace & Justice
daker@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Aker has been invited to the XVIth annual Savaria International Summer University in Koszeg, Hungary. Since 1996, the program has been an opportunity for experts, activists, practitioners and policy makers, researches, social scientists and students to meet and discuss contemporary challenges and international cooperation. Most of the program on “Reinventing the Future - New Strategies in Global Management” will be focused global issues and contemporary Europe, but Dr. Aker has been invited to discuss the role of women globally, as well as in the region, in peacebuilding, and in particular present the Women PeaceMakers Program. This falls just prior to the LOVA conference on “Ethnographies of Gender and Conflict” in Amsterdam where Emiko Noma and Dr. Aker will present a paper on “Gendered Dimensions of Newly Created and Reclaimed Spaces in Conflict-Affected Mindanao." Both opportunities are stages to present the work of the university and the institute.

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Rachel Blaser, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Blaser has been invited to give a presentation at IDARS (International Drug Abuse Research Society) annual meeting. The presentation is on her research on behavioral pharmacology in zebrafish.

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Pavlo Bosyy, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre Arts
pavlobosy@yahoo.com

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Prof. Bosyy has been invited to attend the Prague Quadrennial, Czech Republic and will be curating the collection “Chekhov Overseas” for Anton Chekhov Memorial Museum in Yalta, Ukraine.

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Sandra Buczynski

College of Arts and Sciences:Math
sandyb@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of travel is to attend the 2011 ICET conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Teachers and Teacher Education: Towards excellence in curriculum, pedagogy and leadership.” Dr. Buczynski has been accepted to co-present two papers. The first paper “Internationalizing Teacher Preparation and Graduate Education Programs: Faculty Discussions and Implementation Process” will be co-presented with Dr. Reyes Quezada. This paper documents the process Learning and Teaching faculty have gone through to craft a response to a school-wide international experience initiative. The second paper, “International Requirement Experiences of Graduate Education Students: What do they tell us!” will be co-presented with Dr. Reyes Quezada and John Franey, a third year doctoral student in SOLES. This paper discusses how the requirement of an international experience is impacting the world-view of graduate students at USD.

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Ming Huang, PhD

SBA- Engineering
minghuang@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Huang is currently working on "A Study on Innovative Pedagogical Practices in the Taiwanese Engineering Schools." The objective of this project is to conduct an explorative study on the extent and practices of active learning and innovative teaching techniques in the engineering schools of Taiwan. Representative data will be collected from a number of public and private universities. A secondary objective is to assess and identify candidate schools for potential study abroad and exchange programs for USD engineering.

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Rebecca Ingram, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Language and Literature
rei@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of this trip is to conduct research at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in support of an article Dr. Ingram is currently preparing titled “Mapping and Mocking: Spanish Cuisine and Ramón Gómez de la Serna’s ‘Mapa Gastronómico-Humorístico.’” The article proposal has been accepted for publication for a special number of the Cincinnati Romance Review, forthcoming in 2012. The paper has also been accepted for the “Humor ibérico” panel, a session proposed by Jo Labanyi (NYU) for the 2012 Modern Language Association meeting.

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Frank Jacobitz, PhD

SBA- Engineering
jacobitz@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Jacobitz is conducting research on the properties of homogeneous turbulence with and without initial mean helicity. His travels will allow him to continue an ongoing research collaboration, prepare a conference presentation, and write a journal article on the effect of initial mean helicity on the evolution of homogeneous turbulence.

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Jeremy Kua, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Chemistry
jkua@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Kua has been invited to participate in the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL) 2011 Conference to present his research.

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Ian Martin, PhD

SOLES
imartin@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Martin is working on a project entitled "School Counseling in United States Elementary Schools: A review of best practices and outcome research." The purpose of his travel is to present at the second annual Conference on School Counseling at the University of Verona, Verona, Italy and conduct research with colleagues.

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Juliana Maxim, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences:Art History
jmaxim@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Maxim will present a paper titled “The mikrorayon: on the organization of mass housing ensembles, Bucharest, 1956-1967” at an international conference titled Mass Housing: Towards an International Inventory organized by the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) and the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO) in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Vidya Nadkarni, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science
nadkarni@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Nadkarni will be presenting a paper on Central Asian-South Asian Security Futures at the Third Global International Studies Conference sponsored by the International Studies Association in Porto, Portugal. Additionally, all the paper presenters on her panel are working on a book on that topic and are planning future research projects around the subject. She will be meeting there with colleagues from France, Germany, Australia and the United States.

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Emiko Noma

KIPJ
nomae@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Noma will be presenting a paper, co-authored with Dr. Dee Aker, based on their work in the Women PeaceMakers Program – particularly their analysis of case studies of the peacemakers from Mindanao, Philippines. The paper will be presented at the LOVA International Conference, “Ethnographies of Gender and Conflict,” at the University of Amsterdam. LOVA is the Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology, which has an international network.

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Lisa Nunn, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Sociology
lnunn@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Nunn has recently developed a serious scholarly interest in the area of visual sociology. In 2010 she completed a visual sociology film project: Excluded: Immigration Struggles of a Gay, Bi-National Couple and is working to establish her film within the field of visual scholarship. Towards that goal, she presented Excluded this past August (2010) at the visual sociology session of the national American Sociological Association annual conference. Yet, visual sociology is a specialized subfield in the US. The larger community of scholars who do this kind of work are members of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA). Through her participation in the International Visual Sociology Association annual conference.she will not only publicize her completed film to fellow visual scholars, but also engage in discussions and debates to help her develop her future research agenda in this discipline.

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Ann Pirruccello, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy
annp@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Pirruccello is currently working on a project entitled "Collaborative Cross-Cultural Research of Indigenous Chinese Philosophy in Shandong Province." The purpose of her travel is to spend one month at a research institute in China doing collaborative textual and field research in Confucian, Daoist and Greek philosophies.

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Reyes Quezada, PhD

SOLES
rquezada@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Quezada will attend and co-present two papers entitled “Internationalizing Teacher Preparation and Graduate Education Programs: Faculty Discussions and Implementation Process” and “International Requirement Experiences of Graduate Education Students: What do they tell us!” with another SOLES faculty and a SOLES Leadership doctoral student at the International Council on the Education of Teachers (ICET) conference at the University of Glassgow, in Scotland.. The theme of the conference is on Teachers and Teacher Education: Towards excellence in curriculum, pedagogy and leadership.

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JJ Schlichtman, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Sociology
jjschlichtman@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Schlichtman will present two papers and to serve as a discussant at “The RC-21,” the premier conference in his field of Urban Sociology and will take an exploratory trip to London in order to lay the groundwork for my course “London in a Global Context” in USD’s Summer 2012 London summer program.

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Daniel Sheehan, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Physics
dsheehan@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Sheehan will lecture at International Quantum Thermodynamics Conference in Czech Republic. He will present an invited lecture at the international conference, "Frontiers of Quantum and Mesoscopic Thermodynamics," and participate in the program. He will also reestablish research ties with European colleagues and establish new research collaborations.

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Joi Spencer, PhD

SOLES
joi.spencer@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Spencer will attend an international symposium on research on the "Use of Video in the Professional development of Mathematics and Science Teachers." The purpose of her travels will be to present a research symposium entitled, “Design Principals for using Video as a Tool for Engaging Teachers in Equity-Based Discussions about Mathematics Teaching and Learning.”

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Charles Tu, PhD

SBA
tuc@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Tu will present a paper titled “Graduate Real Estate Education: Compensation and Career Services” at the Asian Real Estate Society annual conference. This is the third study in a series of research that focuses on graduate real estate education and explores the acceptance of specialized master degrees in the real estate professional community. In this paper, Dr. Tu and his coauthors assess the success of these programs by examining the placement as well as the compensation that recent graduates received. They are currently conducting an online survey to collect data. The purpose of presenting this paper at an international conference is to share their experience with educators from different countries and to exchange ideas and best practices.

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Zhi-Yong Yin, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The INQUA Congress is one of the major platforms where research results regarding environmental changes in Quaternary, including those that occurred in the past 10000 years, are presented by scholars worldwide. Dr. Yin's area of specialty is climatic variability and its impact on hydrological systems. Currently he is working on several projects on climate changes in China, specifically over the Tibetan Plateau, and a NSF sponsored climate change education grant. During the past few years, he has been working with Chinese scholars to use tree ring data obtained from the northeast Tibetan Plateau in reconstruction of past climate for the region. By combining samples from living trees and archaeological wood found in ancient tombs dated prior to AD 800, we now have a long chronology lasting more than 3000 years (Shao et al. 2010). Dr. Yin will present the current state of this project at the INQUA Congress. Through their analyses, this long chronology is moisture-sensitive, and can be used to reconstruct the drought history for the region.

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