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Fall 2013 International Opportunity Grant Recipients

Click on the recipient's name for a more complete description of their project.

 
Recipient School/Department Purpose of Travel Location
Can Bilsel, PhD College of Arts and Science- Art, Art History and Architecture Research Turkey
Susan Bonnell, PhD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science Conference Prague, Czech Republic
Cynthia Burrows Information Technology Services Research Bethsaida, Israel
Bradley Chase, PhD School of Business Administration- Engineering Conference Gumna, Japan
Alana Cordy-Collins, PhD College of Arts & Science- Anthropology Research Orkney, Scotland
Justine Darling, MA Student Affairs- Residential Life Conference New Zealand
Russell Fuller, PhD College of Arts and Science- Theology & Religious Studies Conference St. Andrews, Scotland
Maura Giles-Watson, PhD College of Arts and Science- English Conference

Uppsala, Sweden

John Halaka, MFA College of Arts & Science- Art, Art History and Architecture Research Palestine, Israel and Lebanon, Jordan
David Harnish, PhD College of Arts and Science- Music Conference Shanghai, China
Zahra Ismail, MA Institute for Peace & Justice- Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies Educational Symposium Istanbul, Turkey
Frank Jacobitz, PhD School of Business Administration- Engineering Conference/ Research Marseille and Poitiers, France
Juliana Maxim, PhD College of Arts and Science- Art, Art History and Architecture Research Romania
Julia Medina, PhD College of Arts and Science- Languages & Literatures Conference/ Research San Jose, Costa Rica and Nicaragua
Alejandro Meter, PhD College of Arts and Science- Languages & Literatures Conference Jerusalem, Israel
Serina Molina, EdD School of Leadership and Education Sciences Educational Symposium Thonburi, Thailand
Vidya Nadkarni, PhD College of Arts and Science- Political Science and International Relations Conference New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India
Lisa Nunn, PhD College of Arts and Science- Sociology Research Berlin, Germany
Amanda Petersen, PhD College of Arts and Science- Languages and Literatures Conference

Puebla, Mexico

Nathalie Reyns, PhD College of Arts and Science- Marine Science and Environmental Studies Workshop Bocas Del Toro, Panama
Kenneth Serbin, PhD College of Arts and Science- History Conference Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tyagarajan Somasundaram, PhD School of Business Administration- Marketing Conference Istanbul, Turkey
Drew Talley, PhD College of Arts and Science- Marine Science and Environmental Studies Research Islands in Gulf of CA & Baja Mexico
Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD College of Arts and Science- Theology and Religious Studies Conference/ Research Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Randy Willoughby, PhD College of Arts and Science- Political Science and International Relations Conference Delhi, India
Inigo Yanguas, PhD College of Arts and Science- Languages and Literatures Conference Athens, Greece

 

Can Bilsel, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Art, Art History and Architecture
cbilsel@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Bilsel will conduct fieldwork and archival research in Turkey, which will allow him to identify the main participants in the debate over the design of a monumental mosque overlooking Ankara, the national capital, as well as make connections with a Cold War discourse of cultural heritage in Turkey and the greater Islamic World. Ultimately, he hopes to incorporate this research in a book manuscript about the problem of cultural heritage in Turkey.

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Susan Bonnell, PhD

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science
sbonnell@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Bonnell will be presenting her work entitled "Nutritional Supplementation for Moderately Stunted School-aged Children" at the Sigma Theta Tau International's 24th International Nursing Research Congress in Prague. She will discuss her findings from evaluating the development and psychosocial status of school aged children in an impoverished, underdeveloped rural mountain community 30 minutes east of the Haitian border, as well as the results of a supplementation project undertaken in January 2012.

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Cynthia Burrows

Information Technology Services
cburrows@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Ms. Burrows will participate in the excavation of this 1st-century city in the Holy Land by performing research and gathering geospatial data in order to begin a geographic information systems (GIS) survey, map, and database that will serve as the foundation for a digital archive for the preservation of the site. In doing so, Ms. Burrows plans to enhance the well-established excavation project by interfacing with researchers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Israeli Antiquities Authority using geospatial visualization techniques.

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Bradley Chase, PhD

School of Business Administration- Engineering
bchase@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Chase plans to attend the Brain and Health Informatics 2013 conference to learn more about his recent areas of research: Brain-Computer- Interface (BCI), Eye-tracking meets fMRI/EEG for human-computer interaction, and Non-verbal communication.

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Alana Cordy-Collins, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Anthropology
alanacc@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Cordy-Collins will participate in the excavation of the Ness of Brodgar which is a 6 acre, recently-discovered Neolithic village and ritual center in Orkney, Scotland. One of her primary roles will be photography, utilizing the new D-Stretch system for retrieving color information on weathered surfaces.

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Justine Darling, MA

Student Affairs- Residential Life
jdarling@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Ms. Darling will attend the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers to present on restorative justice. She will also conduct interviews with the thirteen indigenous grandmothers to collect their experiences in order to complete the restorative justice book she is editing.

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Russell Fuller, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Theology and Religious Studies
fuller@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Fuller will attend the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which will be held at St. Andrews University in Scotland where he will deliver his work entitled, " Scribal Practice and Textual Reliability in 4QTestimonia." This scholarly work examines the scribe's unique, error filled style of writing and the implications for the reliability of the text of the biblical quotations found in the composition.

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Maura Giles-Watson, PhD

College of Arts and Science- English
mgileswatson@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Giles-Watson will present her work analyzing the ways that Renaissance dramatists interacted with and transformed classical tragedy at a major international conference at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. She will also conduct research for the manuscript of a book she is currently writing which covers the life and career of the early Renaissance playwright John Heywood, The Last Minstrel: John Heywood in Print and Performance.

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John Halaka, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Art, Art History and Architecture
jhalaka@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Mr. Halaka will be working on two projects during Summer 2013. The first is entitled "Portraits of Desire and Denial" in which he will create video recordings of the oral histories of three generations of Palestinian refugees living in the U.N. administered refugee camps and adjacent communities in the West Bank. In the second project, entitled "The Art of Resistance," Mr. Halaka will conduct follow-up interviews with five Palestinian artists and a Palestinian curator which will serve to supplement and update research previously conducted.

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David Harnish, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Music
dharnish@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Harnish plans to present a research paper and participate in the biennial conference of the International Council for Traditional Music 42nd Biennial Conference, where he is also a nominee for the Board. His presentation will cover the music/dance style gendang beleq of Lombok, Indonesia, a medium through which arguments on state arts policies, aesthetics, and the role of religion in everyday life come into focus.

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Zahra Ismail, MA

Institute for Peace & Justice- Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
mismail@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Ms. Ismail will serve as one of the trainers for the Mediators Beyond Borders International Training Institute (MBBITI) 2-day conflict resolution and mediation training that Mediators Beyond Borders is offering for up to 20 women leaders from the Middle East & North Africa. Following the training Ms. Ismail have been invited to join the annual Mediators Beyond Borders conference as a delegate, and hopes to be able to share from the experiences of USD's Institute for Peace & Justice.

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Frank Jacobitz, PhD

School of Business Administration- Engineering
jacobitz@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Jacobitz will continue an ongoing research collaboration with Dr. Schneider’s group in Marseille. In particular, they plan to investigate the spatial structure of Lagrangian and Eulerian accelerations in homogeneous turbulence with shear and rotation. Dr. Jacobitz will also present his results from a statistical investigation of Lagrangian and Eulerian accelerations at the Eighth International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena (TSFP-8) in Poitiers. This work was partially supported by an International Opportunities Grant from Fall 2012.

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Juliana Maxim, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Art, Art History and Architecture
jmaxim@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Maxim will collect photographic material for classroom and publication purposes, documenting hundreds of housing projects as well as public and industrial buildings of the communist era in Romania's capital, Bucharest, and in other important towns such as Brasov, Constanta, and Galati in order to highlight the urban landscape of communism in Romania.

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Julia Medina, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Languages and Literatures
jmedina@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Medina will be presenting her work entitled "Cultural Transnationalism and Regionalism: Politics of Central American Representations in Modernity" at the IV Conference of Central American Cultural Studies, which will take place in San José, Costa Rica. She will also spend time in Nicaragua to continue to conduct research particularly in the areas of seeking material published during the 1980’s, at the height of the civil war, which focuses on the cultural production of female travelers as they report and portrait social change.

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Alejandro Meter, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Languages and Literatures
ameter@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Meter will present his work entitled "Dream of Victory: Soccer and the Shaping of the Nation in Brazilian Jewish Film" at the Fifteenth International World Jewish Congress in Jerusalem. In this work he examines how film has become a vehicle through which to explore the tensions implicit in this process in the case of Brazil, in particular.

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Serina Molina, EdD

School of Leadership and Education Sciences
sarina@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Molina will be speaking with the Thonburi Language Center and the Island Teaching English as a Foreign Language program on the theme of “Teaching English as an International Language.” In addition, the Thai Ministry of Education have expressed an interest in her English Language Textbook and are looking for ways to adapt the communicative language pedagogy used in this text for teacher training in Thailand and for the Thai Schools. Thusly, they have also invited Dr. Molina to visit with teachers in Thai Schools and the Training Centers for Teachers of English in rural Thailand and Bangkok.

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Vidya Nadkarni, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Political Science and International Relations
nadkarni@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Nadkarni has been accepted to present at the 2013 Global Studies Conference in New Delhi. Her paper seeks to connect the roles of India and China and their complex bilateral relationship to this theme. This conference will bring together scholars from all over the world and will allow her to seek opportunities for collaborative research with them. A second important facet of this travel is to do legwork for a graduate/undergraduate course on the International Politics of South Asia that she plans to propose and hopefully offer during the January 2015 intersession.

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Lisa Nunn, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Sociology
lnunn@sandieg.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Nunn will be researching for Returning from Exclusion, the second film in a two-part series of visual sociology projects on the immigration struggles of a gay, bi-national couple. She will be conducting filmed interviews in Berlin, Germany where the couple now lives after the U.S. Supreme Court will have made a decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

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Amanda Petersen, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Languages and Literatures
apetersen@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Petersen will present her scholarly paper entitled "“The Ruinous Female Body par excellence: Coatlicue in the Mexican Imaginary (from the monolith to Elena Poniatowska)” at the inaugural summer conference on Mexican Literature and Culture in Puebla.

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Nathalie Reyns, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Marine Science and Environmental Studies
nreyns@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Reyns plans to attend a workshop/course at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) led by one of the world's most well respected larval marine ecologists, Dr. Richard Strathmann. This course will contribute tremendously to her scholarship as her research focuses on examining larvae of marine organisms.

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Kenneth Serbin, PhD

College of Arts and Science- History
kserbin@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Serbin will participate as a guest lecturer in the 2013 World Congress on Huntington’s Disease in Rio de Janeiro and will specifically present on the new human experience of living in the gray zone between a genetic test result and the onset of a disease foretold. Dr. Serbin will also give a talk on Huntington’s and bioethics at the Centro Universitário São Camilo, a Catholic university, in São Paulo.

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Tyagarajan Somasundaram, PhD

School of Business Administration- Marketing
soma@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Somasundaram will present his work entitled "An investigation of the impact of physical attractiveness on recruiting decisions in marketing and information technology roles: A Comparison between the United States and Europe" at the the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines (IABPAD) Conference. His work has also been selected for publication in the IABPAD Conference Proceedings.

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Drew Talley, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Marine Science and Environmental Studies
dtalley@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Talley will study the patterns of diversity for a genus of lizards (Uta species, or side-blotched lizards) that dominates the Gulf of California islands and Baja Mexico desert habitats. He will also research how marine resources fuel terrestrial arthropod communities. Dr. Talley's goal is to generate a detailed phylogeny for the islands off of Baja California, in order to assess how evolutionarily distinct lizards of particular islands are from each other and the mainland.

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Karma Lekshe Tsomo, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Theology and Religious Studies
tsomo@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Tsomo will present her scholarly work entitled "Reviving Bhiksuni Ordination: Implications for the Tibetan Buddhist Diaspora" at the Thirteenth Seminar of the International Association of Tibetan Studies to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She will also conduct research on the multi-religious experience of Mongolians during the period of economic and political transition from Soviet rule to a market economy and democratic governance, with particular attention to the changing roles of women in both indigenous shamanistic and Buddhist practices and worldviews.

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Randy Willoughby, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Political Science and International Relations
rwilloug@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Willoughby will be presenting his work entitled "Indian Nuclear Futures" at the Sixth International Global Studies Conference. He has been writing on nuclear power and nuclear weapons futures since 2009, with special attention to France, Europe as a whole, and China. This paper now extends that analysis to India and South Asia more generally.

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Inigo Yanguas, PhD

College of Arts and Science- Communication Studies
inigoyanguas@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Yanguas will present his work entitled "Computer-Assisted Language Acquisition (CALL)" at the 6th Annual International Conference on Languages and Linguistics. In his work, Dr. Yanguas explores how learners of Spanish as a second language interact and communicate in a computer-mediated environment. In particular, he investigates differences in performance and anxiety levels during an interactive task among three different groups of students.

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