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Volume 10, Edition 2 October 2010

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NSF Grant awarded to Dr. Terry Nile in the Department of Chemistry

UNCG has been awarded three years of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to create a new International Research Experience for undergraduate students. This funding has been applied to the Study Abroad Summer Research program led by Dr. Terence Nile.

The summer research program, initiated in 2007, includes seven weeks of research, earning students six credit hours. Six students from colleges and universities in the Greensboro, NC, area carry out summer research at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in the field of chemistry. The participants are recruited after their sophomore and junior years, and at least half (50%) hail from underrepresented groups.

As well as providing students with a first class international experience, the program gives students, especially those from smaller institutions in the Greensboro area, the opportunity to undertake cutting edge research in synthetic chemistry at an extremely well-equipped major research university. The amount of the award totals $149,841 to be distributed over three years from April 2010 to August 2012.

This year, the group of students were: Nickolas Anderson, Jessica Bame, Alexandria Harkey, Gregory LeDonne (High Point University), Brandon Ore, Nicholas Saggese, Garrett Tanner (Guilford College).

UNCG in Rome

During the first part of this past summer, the Directors of a new Summer Program in Italy, Jonathan Zarecki and Maura Heyn, brought a group of Classical Studies students to Rome, where they were given first-hand experience with the sites and monuments of Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire and the most important city in early Christianity. These students are:

Samantha Bardarik, Erin Bowman, Teddi Burnett, Emily Calder, Elizabeth Cline, Emily Cowan, Alexandra Creola, John Gemperline, Lauren Hill, Luke Legrand, Calvin Lynch, Carla Rascoe, Leigh Splawn, Kimberly Stevens, Lauren Summerville, Megan Ulery, Sara Warsing, Samantha Wilkerson.

Strolling through the Roman streets is like taking a trip through Italian history. Students may visit such varied and interesting locations as the Villa Giulia, the Roman Aqueducts, Pompeii, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and the Vatican.

This course is designed to accommodate academic internships and study in Greece and/or Rome. Through daily lectures and reports, extensive on-site experience with both archaeological sites and museum collections, and further research to be done after returning to the United States, students will gain an appreciation for the splendor and importance of the city of Rome. Much of the cultural and historical background is presented in reading assignments.

For more information, visit the UNCG in Rome website.

 

 

 

Servants of Globalization in Taiwan

A new service-learning course, offered during first summer session of 2010, was designed to prepare students for the requirements of a global society by helping them to develop an international perspective and learn to use common social science field research techniques while traveling in Asia. It is targeted to undergraduate students in Political Science, Anthropology, Human Geography, Sociology, and International and Global Studies (IGS) Asian Studies Program.

This year’s group of students, with Dr. Stephen Sills, traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, from May 28 to June 3, then went on to Manila in the Philippines before returning to Kaohsiun, Taiwan on June 11 through the 17. The students who participated this past summer are:

Aren Blake, Destiny Boyd, Laura Johnson, Kelsey Maher, Juan Miranda, Kara Weinacht.

In addition to providing students with an opportunity for experiencing first-hand a foreign non-western culture, this program aims to engage students in learning about global issues, migration in South East Asia, development, labor, and gender. The course emphasizes discovery through direct interaction with key individuals in Taiwan and the Philippines who work daily with international relief organizations and governmental agencies, are employed in the global supply chain, are domestic workers in Taiwanese homes, or who have conducted significant research on these topics.

For more information, visit the Servants of Globalization website.

(Taiwan photos from Kara Weinacht)

 

 

The students listening to a presentation

Hanging out in Taiwan

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Volume 10, Edition 1, September 2010

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