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Geography Doctoral Candidate Wins Junior Fellowship for Wildlife Conservation

James Lickfield, GAIA Public Relations Associate
October 20, 2014

Earlier this month, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) awarded Rutgers geography doctoral candidate Diya Paul a Junior Research Fellowship for her dissertation titled, “Widening the constituency for wildlife conservation: Unintended conservation spaces in forests outside protected areas in India.”


Two Rutgers Faculty Receive IIE Funding for Transformative Leadership Course in Africa

October 8, 2014


On October 7, 2104, IIE Carnegie African Diaspora Program announced two Rutgers faculty as the recipients of the Carnegie African Diaspora Program (ADF) funding.

Center for African Studies (CAS) director Dr. Osseina Alidou and women’s and gender studies professor Dr. Abena Busia join a team of experts from the University of Ghana, Accra (Ghana), the Center for Gender and Social Policy Studies at Obafemi Awolwo University, the University of Gamibia, Osun State (Nigeria), Taubman University (Liberia), and UNESCO for the collaborative Gender and Transformative Leadership Program. ADF funding will make it possible for Rutgers faculty to participate in curriculum design meetings and ultimately effect positive social change through education.


Regulska Honored with Prestigious Polish Government Merit Award

September 29, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, Poland and other central Eastern European (CEE) nations went through major political reform, including the establishment of local government systems, that required a complete overhaul of civil service operations and paradigms to provide basic services like law enforcement, transportation, and running water to keep its residents thriving.

Rutgers international and global vice president Joanna Regulska and King Felipe VI of Spain

King of Spain praises Fulbright program, academic collaborations in first US address

September 23, 2014

His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain visited the US for the first time since his ascension on September 22, 2014, and Rutgers was right there to welcome him.

Vice president of international and global affairs Dr. Joanna Regulska was invited by the IIE to attend a special presentation at their New York headquarters that celebrated US-Spain educational exchanges and academic collaborations.


Rutgers Welcomes First STRIDE Scholars from the Philippines

August 26, 2014

Economists predict that the Philippines will be the world’s 16th largest economy in 2050—currently, the nation is 44th—so there is a significant demand for more technologically savvy, globally-focused, and properly trained labor in the Philippines. A five-year, $32 million USAID grant, the “Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE)” project, aims to expand sustainable economic growth by improving collaborative science, technology, and innovative research between the U.S. and the Philippines.


Regulska Delivers Remarks at Closing Ceremony for Rutgers-Jilin University English Teachers Training Program

August 19, 2014

The Rutgers’ English Language Training Program for Chinese faculty hosted by the Rutgers’ China Office in collaboration with Jilin University in China, ended on August 13, 2014, after three weeks of intensive English language and teaching philosophy sessions and workshops


Rutgers Celebrates Convocation of Myanmar Mentees

By James Lickfield, Public Relations Assistant, GAIA Centers

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Dr. Joanna Regulska, vice president for international and global affairs at Rutgers University, attended the Institute for International Education’s (IIE) one-day workshop and convocation that served as the closing ceremony for their academic collaboration course with Myanmar. Entitled Connecting with the World: International Relations at Higher Education Institutions and created with the assistance of four organizations, including Rutgers University, the course provided comprehensive instruction for Myanmar university participants on how to set up and manage an international office. Fifty-six participants from 36 Universities and government bodies in Myanmar took part and were led by 35 international education experts from across the globe. This closing workshop’s main purpose was to prepare individuals for their new role on campus as an international “point person” and external liaison. Each participant received a completion certificate.

Dr. Regulska and Dr. Eugene Murphy, assistant vice president of the GAIA Centers were responsible for preparation and the delivery of one large segments of the course “Connecting with the World.” They  were also among the experts who acted as “virtual mentors” over the course of 20 weeks, engaging five Myanmar mentees in weekly emails about course assignments and sharing experiences. They covered topics ranging from developing a mission of the international office and creating an institutional international structure to hosting a foreign delegation and facilitating student and faculty exchange, developing institutional agreements and discussing the role of an international office within a university. As part of her attendance at the convocation and delivering opening remarks, Dr. Regulska had the opportunity to meet with three of her mentees and their respective university leadership: Yangon Technological University, Yangon University and Mandalay Technological University.

Apart from participating in designing and the delivery of this course, Rutgers is actively engaged in Myanmar. In 2012, Rutgers established a Myanmar Faculty Interest Group to explore current linkages and determine ways to formalize relationships with higher education institutions. Rutgers has several faculty members engaged in research in the country on topics such as a comparative history of colonial families in Myanmar and the sociocultural histories of Buddhism in Myanmar. In July 2014, Rutgers faculty member, Professor Chie Ikeya in collaboration with faculty from Yangon University is organizing a conference on women’s history. In October 2014, two librarians from Yangon University and Universities Central Libraries in Myanmar will spend a month visiting Rutgers and learning about the university’s library system. During the next academic year, several faculty from Rutgers will be visiting Myanmar to explore collaborative opportunities, and delivering lectures and seminars.


Rutgers Awards Faculty with International Ties

Rutgers Awards Faculty with International Ties

By James Lickfield, Public Relations Intern, GAIA Centers

With the academic year coming to an end, it’s time for Rutgers University to highlight the work of its talented faculty. On May 7, 2014, Rutgers recognized more than 30 faculty members with 7 different awards for a range of contributions including excellence in research or teaching and diversity. GAIA is pleased to announce that many of these recipients boast international connections.

Julie A. Ruth of the School of Business in Camden was recognized with The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ruth is a professor and area head for marketing, HR and organizational behavior. Her research interests, among others, are the emotions and consumer behavior and brand marketing strategies. Ruth helps run an international study program in South Africa and is on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of advertising.

Roberto Chang and Yuri Gershtein both received The Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence in Research. Chang, a professor in the Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences has worked internationally since the early 2000’s in short term capacities at European Central Bank as well as the Bank of Spain and The Bank of Italy. He currently has a number of publications to his name covering topics such as debt maturity and exchange rate policies.

Yuri Gershtein is currently an associate professor of Physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, whose research specializes in High Energy Physics. Notably, Gershtein recently helped with the Higgs Boson discovery, a major step forward in the field. Gershtein holds several leadership positions including on the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields Executive committee and travels the globe sharing his research internationally, including seminars in Moscow and Protvino.

Mark Gregory Robson, with the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, was given The Rutgers Faculty-Scholar Teacher Award. Robson is interested in exposure science and pesticide use, primarily in developing countries and the policies that impact pesticide use on a global scale. Robson has extensive research and teaching collaborations around the world, with several on-going projects in Southeast Asia. In 2010, Robson received an honorary degree from the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Four of the ten recipients of the Board of Trustees Research Fellowships for Scholarly Excellence, Sadia Abbas, Mark Zaki, Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi and Pam McElwee have strong international ties. Abbas is an assistant professor with the Department of English at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences, whose recent research engages with the global circulation of Islamism, especially in its relation with left politics, the colonial construction of religious identity, Pakistani laws between imperialism and the military, and aesthetic responses to Islamism and the state in the Pakistani Anglophone novel and contemporary painting.

Mark Zaki, an assistant professor of music in the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University–Camden, is no stranger to recognition. Zaki’s work is internationally recognized with awards and recognition from the International Society of Contemporary Music, Musica Nova (Prague) and a Mellon Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from Princeton University. His work has also been presented through various channels all throughout the world.

Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi has long been indebted to long term ethnographic field work in diverse societies and settings. Ghassem-Fachandi has conducted ethnographic research in the United States, Gibraltar, and India and boast a large collection of books and articles to his name from politics to religion.

Pamela McElwee is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, whose research interests lie within human adaptation to global environmental change specifically in biodiversity conservation and climate change in Asia. She primarily does fieldwork in Vietnam, and uses field methods ranging from quantitative household surveys to qualitative interviews to forest mensuration and botanical sampling to study ecologically critical regions, such as tropical forests and coastal estuaries. 

Shireen Rizvi, an associate professor with the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, was one of six recipients of The Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Some of Rizvi’s research interests are borderline personality disorder, suicidal behavior and development of mobile technology applications to aid in skills generalization. She was also the Program Chair for the 2010 and 2011 annual conference of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Lucille A. Joel was one of five faculty members honored with The Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award. A distinguished professor of The College of Nursing. Joel has been a part of UN and UNICEF for the International Council of Nurses (ICN) since 1996. She was also President of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools from 2006-2008.


Big Ten Benefits in the Classroom

Big Ten Benefits in the Classroom

Entering the Big 10 has given much more than just on-the-field benefits. Sure Penn State will be visiting next fall on the football field, but how about taking a class with Penn State or University of Michigan.

Joining the Big 10 has given Rutgers the opportunity to compete with some of the biggest names in college sports, but the educational impact could prove even more beneficial. As part of the Big 10, Rutgers University has also gained membership into the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). CIC is a consortium of Universities, mostly comprised of Big 10 schools, that is testing out a “distance-learning” course where 4 Rutgers students have been taking a class with students from the University of Michigan and Penn State, taught by a Penn State Professor. For more information on this academic innovation read the full article from Rutgers Today.


LSC Event

Rutgers Students Share Global Health Knowledge at the Liberty Science Center

By: Victoria Jackson, Global Health Intern, GAIA Centers

Photo by: Ziad Sifri

As part of a university-wide effort to bring light to Global Health issues through the 2013-2015 Biennial Theme: Global Health! The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs hosted the “Health Across Borders Science Fair” at the Liberty Science Center on April 13, 2014. Rutgers student organizations were invited to present interactive exhibits displaying their work, with a unique twist. The visiting k-12 students and their families were asked to be the judges. Eight student organizations from a variety of disciplines participated, and over 200 visitors attended. The event encouraged the interaction between Rutgers students and the community, while bringing many important global health issues into the spotlight such as nutrition and disease. 

The time and effort Rutgers students and faculty put into their exhibits was demonstrated by the engaging and interactive displays they constructed. The Sankara Eye Foundation, a foundation that raises money and awareness to provide 20/20 vision in India by the year 2020, had touch and feel slime as part of their exhibit to show what it feels like to be blind. The Science of Resilience exhibit presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Institute for the Study of Child Development used bio dots, which change color based on your level of stress, to teach children about how stress affects our bodies and how to reduce it. The Hispanic Dental Association from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine gave out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss to demonstrate the proper mechanism of brushing.

The other exhibits included “Physical Diagnosis Skills in Diagnosing Disease,” “The Great African Hernia: What is It and How Do You Tame It,” by the Rutgers International Surgical Health Initiative, “What is Diabetes and How Can We Treat It?” by Rutgers College Diabetes Network, “What’s on Your Plate?”, and “Trash to Treasure: Public Health Systems in Nicaragua” by the Nicaragua Alternative Spring Break Students.

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