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Spring 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
Chris Adler Arts & Sciences: Music International Meeting on Mathematics in Music Composition France
Michael Agnew Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Conference paper to be read at the 2011 Sixth International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle—Medieval Chronicle Society. Hungary
Dee Aker Institute for Peace & Justice Participate and speak at Conference Pakistan
Karla Alvarez Institute for Peace & Justice Develop a partnership between young women in Kenya studying at the Daraja Academy and students here in the United States, through the IPJ’s WorldLink Program and SOLES Kenya
Leeva Chung Arts & Sciences: Communication Studies Sparkling Korea: Understanding the meaning of the Quality of Life in Contemporary South Korea. South Korea
Jennifer Freeman Institute for Peace & Justice “Launch of the Women PeaceMakers Asia Regional Network” Nepal
Michael Gonzalez Arts & Sciences: History Research Spain
Aaron Gross Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Presenting "The Question of the Animal and Religion" at the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment’s third international conference: “Animals as Religious Subjects: A Transdisciplinary Conference” United Kingdom
Lea Hubbard SOLES To conduct qualitative research on education and education reform New Zealand
Louis Komjathy Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies “Daoism Today: Women’s Roles and Practice” conference at Nanyue (Changsha), Hunan, People’s Republic of China China
Luby Liao Arts & Sciences: Math and Computer Science Make English a part of Taiwanese lives at AACE Global Learn Asia Pacific Australia
Michele Magnin Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Transcription, editing, annotation and indexing of unpublished Marguerite Durand manuscripts France
Ryan McKeon School of Business II World Finance Conference Greece
Erika Nash SOLES Not Just Exposure: Multicultural Awareness Captured in Photos International Conference Presentation and Research Hong Kong
Truc Ngo School of Business- Engineering Presenting a research paper at the 11th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization 2011 France
Rodney Peffer Arts & Sciences: Philosophy Presenting paper Global Justice, Human Rights, Economics, & the Environment. China
Vivek Sah School of Business Presenting a paper at a conference Italy
David Shirk Arts & Sciences: Political Science TBI/FUNCIVA Research Project: “Two Borders/Dos Fronteras: Comparative Border Experiences in North America and the European Union” Gibraltar, Spain & Morocco
Allison Wiese Arts & Sciences: Art Present a paper entitled Juicing the Plastic Orange France
 

Christopher Adler, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Music
cadler@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Adler has been invited by composer and author Tom Johnson to participate in a 10-day seriesof events in and around Paris, France, for composers working with mathematics in musiccomposition. The meeting will include six composers from the United States and Europe,and they will present our work in scholarly venues and give public performances of their compositions over the course of the meeting. The centerpiece of the meeting will be a presentation to the Séminaire MaMuX, a monthly seminar on mathematics and music held at IRCAM (Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), France’s premiere center for contemporary and electronic music. The meeting will include the world premiere of Dr. Adler's most recent composition, 11 Sequences for Tom Johnson, for pipe organ, composed specifically for this event as well as performances of his compositions for piano.

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Michael Agnew, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Spanish
magnew@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Agnew will present “Crisis and Cooption in Late Medieval Spanish Historiography: Diego Enríquez del Castillo and Alfonso de Palencia”. This conference paper will beread at the 2011 Sixth International Conference on the Medieval Chronicle—Medieval Chronicle Society.

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Dee Aker, PhD

Institute for Peace & Justice
daker@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Aker hasbeen invited to address the Taangh Wasaib Organization (TWO) 2010 Volunteer Conference in late spring (Invitation and information about TWO are attached.)There she will have the opportunity to participate and thus support the work being done in this region in Pakistan. She will have one week to speak and to observe some of the outreach and projects of TWO, as they represent a very important aspect of peacebuilding, solidarity, inclusion and community efforts in Pakistan. This program is run by a woman recognized as an IPJ Woman PeaceMaker (2009) and it would a somewhat rare opportunity to observe such a peacemaker’s work on the ground, and support it. If requested she will also provide short field workshops and arrangements will be made to meet with government and NGO leaders working with women and human rights defenders.

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Karla Alvarez

Institute for Peace & Justice
kalvarez@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of the trip is to develop a partnership between young women in Kenya studying at the Daraja Academy and students here in the United States, through the IPJ’s WorldLink Program and SOLES. The WorldLink Program plans to further empower participating youth by connecting participants with the Daraja Academy while supporting their education through fundraising and communication exchanges via internet.

The Daraja Academy is the first free all-girls secondary school in all of East Africa. The mission of Daraja is to cultivate a community of individuals with a sense of cultural awareness, social conscience, and environmental responsibility, while instilling talents that will enable them to open doors to a global society.

The mission of the WorldLink Program is to promote international awareness and understanding among students, encourage critical thinking about international dynamics shaping global policies and economies, and stimulate discussion among young people, leaders and activists, about challenges in our multi-faceted and interconnected world…” (http://peace.sandiego.edu/worldlink).

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Leeva Chung, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Communication Studies
leeva@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

As an intercultural communication scholar, Dr. Chung has recently spent time in a CIEE workshop discussing contemporary trends in South Korea. As the country moves towards the theme of “sparkling,” the intersection of traditional values (high power distance, collectivism, Confucian ideology) are being replaced with new ideals of the younger generation (individualism, identity, global consciousness, work). Birth rates are dangerously low and South Koreans have work longer hours than any other country in the world. This video documentary study will look at how ideals of the quality of life are interpreted in modern day Korea and comparisons drawn between two generations, specifically among women.

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Jennifer Freeman

KIPJ
jenfreeman@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

“Launch of the Women PeaceMakers Asia Regional Network” The IPJ has developed a detailed plan to launch a Women PeaceMakers Asia Regional Network (WPM-ARN) as the first step towards projecting its 32-to-date (growing by 4 annually) cohort of Women PeaceMakers as regional rapid response and lobbying bodies. The launch of the Women PeaceMakers Asia Regional Network will be their first pilot project in this larger, global endeavor.

The timing of the first WPM-ARN meeting is strategically situated to capitalize on a meeting of Asian leaders already being convened by one of our 2010 Women PeaceMakers, Merlie Mendoza of the Philippines, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2011. Her organization, the Asia Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), has indicated a willingness to sponsor up to three of the Asia Women PeaceMakers to attend their annual meeting, thereby reducing the travel costs for us to convene the remaining Asia Women PeaceMakers in Kathmandu immediately following the ADRRN conference.

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Michael Gonzalez, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: History
michaelg@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The title of Dr. Gonzalez's project is: “Islamic Influence in the Construction of Spanish and Mexican Missions in California, 1769-1823.” With some exceptions, as will be seen below, historians have said little about the impact of Islamic culture on the evangelization of California in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. When Franciscan priests constructed California’s missions during the Spanish and Mexican period, they used Islamic designs and techniques. It should be no surprise that an Islamic legacy influenced the Franciscans. Muslims from North Africa had ruled the Iberian Peninsula for nearly eight hundred years, and they helped shape the architectural heritage of Spain, and, later, the Spanish-speaking world.

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Aaron Gross, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Gross' paper, The Question of the Animal and Religion will be presentated at the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment’s third international conference: “Animals as Religious Subjects: A Transdisciplinary Conference.”

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Lea Hubbard, PhD

SOLES
lhubbard@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

During her sabbatical, Dr. Hubbard will conduct qualitative research on education and education reform in New Zealand. Her project is entitled "Organizational Structure and Educational Practice: The New Zealand context."

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Louis Komjathy, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Komjathy's proposed project involves attending and presenting a paper at an international conference on women and Daoism at Nanyue (Changsha), Hunan, People’s Republic of China. The “Daoism Today: Women’s Roles and Practice” conference is being organized by Dr. Livia Kohn, Professor Emerita of East Asian Religions (Boston University), and Dr. Robin Wang, Professor of Asian Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. The conference is an international gathering on the place of women in Daoism. Women have occupied a central position in the Daoist tradition from its earliest beginnings, and their contributions have been substantial. At the conference, he will present a paper tentatively titled “Sun Buer: Early Quanzhen Matriarch and the Origins of Female Alchemy.”

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Luby Liao, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Liao is on a yearlong sabbatical and currently visiting National Chin-Yi University of Technology in Taiwan. He started a project to make English a part of Taiwanese' lives. This is a very ambitious project because any previous effort of English education in Taiwan yielded little visible success, and in spite of the fact that they study English in school for at least six years, most Taiwanese do not read, write or speak English.

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Michele Magnin, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences:Languages and Literature, French
mmagnin@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Magnin will continue to work on her sabbatical project work on transcription, editing, annotation and indexing of unpublished Marguerite Durand manuscripts at the library that bears her name, a public library in Paris dedicated to women, in memory of turn-of-the-century journalist/writer and feminist Marguerite Durand (1864-1936). Marguerite Durand founded a daily newspaper in 1897 where she only hired women, a revolutionary endeavor at the time. She bequeathed her collection of papers and books in 1931 to the French government who in turn dedicated a specialized library in Paris to works by women. Dr. Magnin has been meeting with the head curator / director of the library for over a year.

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Ryan McKeon, PhD

School of Business
rmckeon@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of the travel would be to attend the World Finance Conference. Dr. McKeon has submitted a paper on options market performance to the conference and all research papers that will be presented during the conference will be considered for possible publication by the International Journal of Economic Research. The conference committee includes members from over a dozen different countries. Specifically, with regards to his own research interests in financial markets, specifically derivatives markets, the presence of scholars from European schools is of great interest.

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Erika Nash, PhD

SOLES
enash@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Nash's research on the Global Studies course (COUN 515) that shetaught and took to Tokyo, Japan was focused on student’s abilities to gain cultural competence through non-traditional teaching methods and an international trip. In May, she was accepted to present this research project and the teaching methods at the Enhancing Learning Experiences in Higher Education International Conference. She will present it, submit a manuscript, and attend the conference in Hong Kong.

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Truc Ngo, PhD

SBA- Engineering
tngo@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Ngo will be presenting a research paper at the 11th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization 2011. The paper’s title is: “Improving Electrical Conductivity of Organic Thin Film Semiconductor Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide.” By presenting Dr. Ngo's research results at this international conference, she will be able to share her exciting findings with other research professionals in the field. By attending this conference, she will also be able to see the latest and greatest development in the world in the area of carbon dioxide utilization

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Rodney Peffer, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Global Justice, Human Rights, Economics, & the Environment is the title of Dr. Peffer's second major work that will be published by Princeton University Press. He will be presenting various parts of this work to faculty and students at Renmin University in Beijing during his invited stay there. He will also present his theoretical work on global justice to a diversity of educational institutions, in China and since Vietnam is close by he also plans to present his work there for the first time.

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Vivek Sah, PhD

School of Business
viveksah@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The European Real Estate Society (ERES) is hosting its 17th Annual conference in Milan, Italy from June 23- June 26, 2010. SDA Bocconi, the School of Management of Bocconi University, will host the conference. The European Real Estate Society is the sister concern of the American Real Estate Society (ARES). Dr. Sah has been a member of ARES for the last 3 years. He has presented 5 papers in their (ARES) last three annual conferences held in various parts of the country. He will present a paper titled “Effect of Derivatives on the Volatility of REITs”, at the ERES conference. One of the co-authors on this paper is from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China and the other from Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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David Shirk, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science and Transborder Institute Director
dshirk@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Shirk will use funding on his research project, “Two Borders/Dos Fronteras: Comparative Border Experiences in North America and the European Union.”

In 2011, the Trans-Border Institute (TBI) will partner with the Fundación Ciudadanía y Valores (FUNCIVA) in Spain on a collaborative initiative to conduct develop promote scholarly exchange and research on the comparative impacts of regional integration on border communities in North America and the European Union (EU). During the 1990s and early 2000s, many pundits enthusiastically cheered the coming of globalization as a new era of “borderless” economic and social integration. Yet, even before 9/11, cross-border flows of “illicit” people, goods, and capital had begun to provoke serious concerns about border security and the changing character of border communities in both North America and Europe. As a result of the recent global economic downturn, such concerns have resulted in even sharper tensions and more dramatic state responses with regard to issues such as international trade disputes, undocumented labor migration, and employment black market economies (e.g., drug trafficking). Such problems manifest themselves especially acutely at the fringes of regional and national territory and identity, that is, at culturally complex international border zones such as San Diego-Tijuana and Spain/Gibraltar/Morocco. Despite the many interesting similarities and differences along these two major global crossroads, there has been surprisingly little comparative research on these two border zones. Through this project the participating institutions and researchers will embark on a shared, long term research agenda to examine the multifaceted impacts of economic and social integration on border regions, comparing experiences on both sides of the Atlantic that can help us to better understand the process of globalization and regional integration. Working with researchers at FUNCIVA, as well as USD students and TBI staff, Dr. Shirk will conduct field research in Mexico, Spain, Morocco, and Gibraltar, generate research papers, and produce a final report that will serve as the basis for future publication and funding requests to support the continuation and expansion of this research initiative on comparative border experiences.

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Allison Wiese, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Wiese will travel to Paris to present a paper entitled Juicing the Plastic Orange as part of an interdisciplinary panel currently under consideration for the California Conference to be held at the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. The panel, Golden Fruits: California Cuisine in Fantasy and Experience explores the history and resonance of California cuisine in American culture from 1849 through the twenty-first century, interrogating what it means for a region to be popularly imagined as a comestible.

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