2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Poster Presentation of Research at 9th Joint Natural Products Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark


Ram P. Neupane  during the poster presentation


Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Ram P. Neupane

EWC Student Affiliate

I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark at the end of July to attend the 9th Joint Natural Products Conference. At the conference, I presented a poster on my research which describes the isolation, characterization and biological evaluation of anticancer compounds from the Hawaiian sponge Dactylospongia sp. I also had the opportunity to listen to various presentations and engage in discussions with scholars and researchers from the United States and many European countries. I was able to broaden my knowledge on the latest research being carried out in the field of natural product chemistry. This research includes finding drug leads against various targets such as viruses, bacteria, cancer cells and the like.

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Nineteen chapter reports were received for this quarter’s report.

Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP)
This quarter APLP completed their inaugural APLP Global Day of Service – where APLP alumni around the world participated in community service activities. They used this event as a way to give back to their communities and celebrate the graduation of APLP G15!
Below is a list of participants from the first day of service. They hope to double this number next year.  They also released another issue of the Navigator newsletter.
Dayaprasad Kulkarni (G11), Syracuse, New York – Volunteered at Mountain Goat Run
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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Kilauea and Mauna Loa Research for Certificate Capstone on Evacuation Strategies and Planning Volcanic Eruptions in Hawaii


Sarah Eggert in front of the 2014 Pahoa lava flow during research trip to Big Island

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Sarah Eggert

EWC Student Affiliate

My EWCA Summer Research Grant provided me an opportunity to be involved in a National Science Foundation-funded research project into volcanic hazard awareness and risk communication on the Big Island of Hawai’i.  One task of the research (a household survey of preparedness for a volcanic eruptions) was postponed, but fortunately, the task involving stakeholder interviews continued. During the third week of June, 2016, my colleague from East Tennessee State University and I arranged interviews with key stakeholders involved in volcanic hazards and response on the island of Hawai’i. From the moment I arrived in Hilo, we got to work. We were able to arrange interviews with representatives from utilities, the Fire Department, National Park Service, the National Guard, the planning department, Civil Defense, and USGS. These interviews were in addition to others that had taken place the previous week. We also canvassed the business district of Pahoa, gathering contact information of business owners affected by the 2014 Kilauea lava flow.
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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies in Hong Kong.

HOLDWAY, Jennifer - EWCA Alumni Travel Grant Summer 2016

Jennifer Holdway presenting at ICLLS 2016 in Hong Kong

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Jennifer Holdway
EWC Student Affiliate

I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Second International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies in Hong Kong, organized by the Chartered Institute of Linguists Hong Kong Society. The conference hosted 47 scholars from 15 countries and included keynote presentations by Kang Kwong Luke and Angel Lin. My presentation on “Language Access to Public Services: Interpretation-Related Challenges to Policy Implementation in Hawaiʻi” was well-received and I was able to learn from colleagues in the parallel sessions on similar topics, including language access challenges in the UK. I also attended many sessions and learned from applied linguistics experts from across continents, including Asia, North America, and Europe. I gained valuable professional experience through presenting, attending sessions, networking with colleagues, and learning more about language, culture, and life in Hong Kong. I am very grateful for the East-West Center Association Alumni Travel Grant in support of my continued professional development and growing academic career.

The East-West Center Association (EWCA) and the EWCA Hawaii Chapter provided Travel Grants ($500 each) to 10 current East West Center students for the summer of 2016.

An East-West Center Gathering in South Asia

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Dear EWCA Alumni,

The East-West Center will hold its International Media Conference in New Delhi, India on September 8-11, 2016 with the theme “South Asia Looking East.” The Center’s last International Media Conference was held in Yangon, Myanmar in 2014 and drew more than 400 attendees including journalists, policymakers, business professionals and EWC alumni.
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Submitted by Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen

April 2016 - 1

East-West Center Association Executive Board at the EWC/EWCA International Conference, Manila, January 2016

As EWCA Executive Vice President for Chapter Development, I am pleased to present the following reports.  Twenty-one chapter reports were received for this quarter’s report.
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