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Spring 2010 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
Karla Alvarez Institute for Peace & Justice Develop a partnership between youth in the conflict-affected areas Philippines
Can Bilsel Arts & Sciences: Art Co-Chair Conference Portugal
Michelle Camacho Arts & Sciences: Sociology Attending Seminar Guatemala
Bradley Chase School of Business: Engineering Presenting paper at a conference Mexico
Michael Gonzalez Arts & Sciences: History Research Spain
Jerome Hall Arts & Sciences: Anthropology Research England
Peggy Hetherington SOLES Potential partnerships Kenya
Lois Howland School of Nursing Research and service learning Mexico
Frank Jacobitz School of Business: Engineering Research: Tunisia
Kathy James School of Nursing Research and service learning Mexico
Louis Komjathy Arts & Sciences: Theology and Religious Studies Presenting paper at a conference Norway
Beatice Lado Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting paper at a panel Spain
Curtis Loer Arts & Sciences: Biology Presenting at a conference and research United Kingdom and Norway
Topher McDougal Kroc School for Peace Studies Attending workshop and research Switzerland
Lisa Nunn Arts & Sciences: Sociology Research Cambodia
Clara Oberle Arts & Sciences: History Research Germany
Joha Perols School of Business Collaboration with colleagues on research Germany
Mark Peters University Ministry Presenting a paper South Africa
Jack Pope Arts & Sciences: Math and Computer Science Presenting a paper Ireland
Cecilia Ruiz Arts & Sciences: Languages and Literature Presenting paper at a conference Spain
Vivek Sah School of Business Presenting a paper at a conference Italy
Abraham Stoll Arts & Sciences: English Presenting a panel at a conference Italy
Monica Stufft Arts & Sciences: Theatre Arts Participate and direct a seminar Guatemala
 

Karla Alvarez
Emiko Noma

Institute for Peace & Justice
kalvarez@sandiego.edu
nomae@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

“Building International Bridges through Youth Leadership.” The IPJ has been invited back to Mindanao in the Philippines by the Mindanao Peoples’ Caucus (MPC), a nongovernmental organization based in Davao, to develop a partnership between youth in the conflict-affected areas and those here in the United States, through the IPJ’s WorldLink Program.

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Can Bilsel, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The concept of this session has grown from Dr. Bilsel's experiences researching a current book project. The book entitled “Antiquity on Display: the Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum,” is under contract with the Oxford University Press to be published in 2011. While collecting material for this book in the archives of the Berlin Museums, he noticed that the German reconstruction and representation of the monuments of antiquity changed considerably from the early nineteenth to the twentieth century. His book documents the ways in which the political demands and needs of a modern age transformed the way the art and architecture of antiquity was received, imagined and displayed. Later, during his residence as an invited scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2007 in Montreal, Dr. Bilsel had the opportunity to conduct a comparative analysis of the French and British reconstructions of antiquity in the nineteenth century.He has been especially interested in the effects of nationalism, and colonial experience on the museum displays.

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Michelle Camacho, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Religious Pilgrimage and the Tourist Gaze: Performativity and Power. This fieldwork project contributes to the interdisciplinary production of knowledge at religious sites and builds upon my dissertation fieldwork on cultural tourism and religious pilgrimage. Dr. Camacho will coteach a course with Monica Stuft for either the Honors Program or Social Issues with an emphasis on research methodology and performance studies using cases such as religious pilgrimage. They will be engaging in an advanced seminar:to study Semana Santa through an interdisciplinary lens, investigating and documenting the experience as a complex cultural, social, and artistic event.

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Bradley Chase, PhD

SBA
bchase@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Chase will be presenting two papers, Implementing a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Program within an Undergraduate Industrial Engineering Curriculum, and Electrophysiological Measures of Human Operator Performance at Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Annual Conference and Expo 2010, June 5-9.

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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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Jerome Hall, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Anthropology
jeromeh@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

This is part of an ongoing research project in which Dr. Hall has been asked to publish the hull construction of a 1st-century CE boat extracted from the Yam Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in Israel. The tools are an integral part of this study as they represent extant technology used in the construction of this boat. The applicant has spent 11 (non-consecutive) months documenting the hull of this vessel; final publication is tentatively scheduled for 2012.Dr. Hall will document and photograph tools contained within museums in Sussex and in London. He plans to spend several days in The British Museum and the Museum of London. This research is integral to the final publication of the Kinneret Boat, as one chapter of the volume will be dedicated to the variety of tools used in the construction of the vessel.

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Peggy Hetherington, PhD

SOLES
peggyh@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Hetherington will do a site visit to Daraja Academy in Nanyuki, Kenya to facilitate an ongoing dialogue and needs assessment for continued partnership opportunities for faculty and students in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

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Lois Howland, PhD

School of Nursing
lhowland@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Holand's trip is two-fold: to further develop our service learning collaboration with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) in Miacatlan and Cuernavaca, Mexico, and to supervise the assessment and education activities of graduate nursing students specific to the increasing incidence of obesity with the school-age girls at NPH.

The village of Miacatlan is approximately 20 miles from the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico. NPH is a Mexico-based Catholic-supported organization which opened its orphanage in Miacatlan over 50 years ago. The Miacatlan facility houses up to 550 children from preschoolers to high school entry at which time the children attend the smaller residential high school in Cuernavaca houses which houses approximately 150 students. The USD School of Nursing has been collaborating on providing health screening, education, and training of staff for the last five years.

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Frank Jacobitz, PhD

Engineering
jacobitz@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Jacobitz will perform a comparison of linear theory and direct numerical simulations of rotating sheared turbulence. Many turbulent flows are exposed to the effects of rotation and shear. Examples are geophysical flows the the atmosphere and ocean, where the earth’s rotation influences the structure of turbulence. In turn, turbulence is an important mechanism in the transport and mixing of momentum, heat, salinity, as well as other natural and anthropogenic substances present in such environments. Over the last years, Dr. Jacobitz has studied rotating sheared turbulence using direct numerical simulations. The simulation results have helped to identify properties and processes. Another approach is linear theory, in which certain terms of the equations are neglected, but an analytical solution can be obtained. Prof. Abdelaziz Salhi has worked on obtaining results from linear theory for a variety of flows. He willto compare his simulations with such theoretical results and also apply some techniques developed by his group to his data. Dr. Jacobitz has used his background in geophysical turbulence in fluid mechanics classes in order to motivate and explain phenomena such as Santa Ana Winds or coastal eddies.

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Kathy James, PhD

School of Nursing
kjames@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. James' trip is two-fold: to further develop our service learning collaboration with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) in Miacatlan and Cuernavaca, Mexico, and to supervise the assessment and education activities of graduate nursing students specific to the increasing incidence of obesity with the school-age girls at NPH.

The village of Miacatlan is approximately 20 miles from the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico. NPH is a Mexico-based Catholic-supported organization which opened its orphanage in Miacatlan over 50 years ago. The Miacatlan facility houses up to 550 children from preschoolers to high school entry at which time the children attend the smaller residential high school in Cuernavaca houses which houses approximately 150 students. The USD School of Nursing has been collaborating on providing health screening, education, and training of staff for the last five years.

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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 will attend and present a paper at an international, invitation-only conference on meditation near Oslo, Norway. The “Cultural Histories of Meditation” conference is being organized by Professor Halvor Eifring, Professor of Chinese Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, and sponsored by the University of Oslo. At the conference, he will present a paper titled “Daoist Clepsydra-Meditation: Late Medieval Quanzhen Monasticism and Communal Meditation.” This paper examines a form of Daoist communal meditation that arose in the context of late medieval Chinese Daoist monastic communities. Specifically, Daoist monastics gathered together to practice meditation using a clepsydra, or sinking-bowl water-clock. This paper provides the first systematic study of the practice of Daoist clepsydra-meditation, including the actual object and its placement within monastic compounds. Although his research may appear to focus solely on a historical artifact, this is not the case. Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) remains one of the primary forms of Daoism in the modern world, both within and beyond mainland China. His research thus provides a window into distinguishing characteristics of this Daoist tradition and sets the stage for an analysis of the continuities and departures between earlier and contemporary forms of Daoist monastic life. It directly clarifies important dimensions of traditional Chinese culture as well as contemporary Chinese religion and society.

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Beatriz Lado, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Lado will be presenting a paper in AESLA (Spanish Association of Applied Linguistics) in April of 2010 as part of a panel that will be given on The Latin Project, an ongoing project by a research team from Georgetown University that looks at the interaction between internal variables (e.g., language experience and cognitive capacity) and external variables (e.g., type of feedback provided during language learning). In other words, it investigates the advantages of learning a foreign language and the best methods to provide feedback that benefits foreign language learning.

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Curtic Loer, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Loer will give a presentation at Evolutionary Meeting and Biochemistry Collaboration in Norway. The purpose of his travel is dual: Presentation at “The Evolutionary Biology of Caenorhabditis and Other Nematodes” Wellcome Trust Conference Center, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK and also meeting for collaboration with Dr. Aurora Martinez, Dept of Biomedicine, University of Bergen Norway. In addition to research on the evolution of nerve cells using the neurotransmitter serotonin, we also continue study of gene function and regulation in C. elegans in those cells. This includes characterization of a set of genes encoding proteins needed to synthesize an enzymatic cofactor called biopterin that is essential for serotonin synthesis. This work includes collaboration with the biochemists in Norway and Austria that are experts in enzymes related to biopterin and serotonin

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Topher McDougal

Kroc School of Peace Studies
tlm@sandiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Professor McDougal will be assisting an Urban Resilience & Chronic Violence Workshop, and subsequently serve as a visiting researcher appointment to the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at Geneva’s Graduate Institute. The purpose of his trip there is threefold. First, he will present a paper that he has recently written and whose methodology has the potential to inform the URCV’s research agenda going forward. Second, stemming from this paper, he hopes to co-author an article with the URCV’s program director, Robert Muggah, on violence levels on the neighborhood level in Baghdad, Iraq or Kabul, Afghanistan. Third, he will to explore the possibility of establishing an institutional partnership between the Kroc School of Peace Studies and the CCDP.

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Lisa Nunn

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The research is for the third part of a longitudinal film project, started in 2002, titled: “Excluded: Immigration Struggles of a Gay Bi-National Couple.” The purpose of the travel is to film interviews and other relevant footage for the film project. The informants of the research are a gay couple who have given up their permanent residence due to immigration rights exclusions and have been nomadically traveling through India, China, Tibet, and parts of Southeast Asia since June 2007. In January 2010, they will be in Cambodia, and have agreed to make time for Dr. Nunn to conduct filmed interviews and collect footage, photographs, and other artifacts of their experiences for this third segment of our ongoing immigration rights film.

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Clara Oberle, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of this travel is to conduct archival research for a long-term international research project on European cities transitioning from war to peace. This part of the study looks at a variety of international responses to Berlin in the immediate aftermath of war, and at the Allied attempts of pacifying the inhabitants and creating their version of a postwar order. One particular way these pacification attempts and their varying degrees of success can be examined is through court cases. Specifically, the goal of this summer is to spend a month (June 3rd-3oth, 2010) researching a chapter on these court cases. Goal is to submit this for publication as part of the manuscript and possibly already as separate article.

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Johan Perols, PhD

School of Business
jperols@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Perols' project is titled Internal Controls – An International Comparison of Individual Perceptions and the Impact of Control Frameworks on Financial Markets. Dr. Perols has come up with some ideas in which he will examine one or more of the following: (1) country differences in individual’s perceptions about organizational internal controls, (2) what factors drive these country differences, (3) what is the impact of these country differences on (a) audits strategies, (b) the usage of internal controls in organizations and (c) mandated governance/control frameworks, and (4) country differences in the impact of governance/control frameworks on financial markets.

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Mark Peters

University Ministry
markp@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Mr. Peters' travel is to present a paper at the First International Conference on Responsible Leadership hosted by the University of Pretoria. While conducting research at the Centre for Microfinance at the University of Pretoria this past summer, Mr. Peters' was introduced to the Director of the Centre for Responsible Leadership. They discussed his recent study on mentoring young adults for meaning, purpose, and passion in life. The Director strongly encouraged him to submit a paper on this topic for the Conference.

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Jack Pope, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The conference in Dublin is a joint conference encompassing The 2010 European Applied Business Research Conference (EABR) and The 2010 College Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC). This combination is particularly useful to Dr. Pope's pedagogical research as it includes researchers in both educational methodology as well as applied disciplines such as business and economics. Both as a former administrator and now as full time professor, Dr. Pope hsa been interested in not just how technology makes its way into the classroom, but also how such new tools are used or not used in other disciplines. In fact, the paper itself indicates the disparity in the utilization of such tools among various fields of study.

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Cecilia Ruiz, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Ruiz will present a paper at 2010 Conference of the Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology in Madrid, June 23-25. The theme of this year’s conference is “Deciphering”. The title of my paper is “Como descifrar el mensaje politico profundo en Castigos y documentos del rey Sancho IV”.

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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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Abraham Stoll, PhD

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

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

Dr. Stoll will attend the Renaissance Society of America 2010 Conference. There he will organize and present in a panel called “Milton’s Mind: Faith, Conscience, and Joy.” His paper is titled “Conscience and Spirit in the Reformation and Milton.”

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Monice Stufft, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre Arts
mostufft@SanDiego.edu

Description of Project/Purpose of Travel

The purpose of Dr. Stufft's trip to Guatemala will be to participate in and run an Advanced Seminar on Antigua’s 2010 Semana Santa activities. The seminar will be held at the Casa Herrera in downtown Antigua, a research facility operated by the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Art and Art History and serving as an extension of the Mesoamerica Center. She is currently proposing and developing the advanced seminar with Dr. David Stuart, the Director of the Mesoamerican Center and the Linda and David Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing in the Department of Art & Art History at UT Austin.

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