2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Summer Study in Japanese Music

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Chris Molina

Graduate Degree Fellow

 

I flew to Tokyo on June 1, 2016 to begin two-and-a-half months of summer study in Japanese music. Twice weekly I met Mr. Kazushi Matama for one-on-one lessons in shakuhachi bamboo flute. In addition to these meetings, I arranged regular meetings with three instrumentalists through Senzoku Gakuen School of Music. The first was shamisen master Mr. Tetsuya Nozawa, the second was koto master Ms. Michie Kobayashi, and the third was shakuhachi specialist in contemporary music, Mr. Kenji Yamaguchi.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Practicum at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA)

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Gautam Anand

ADB JSP Fellow

I traveled to India this summer to do my practicum at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi, India. This practicum is a mandatory requirement towards the completion of my Master’s Degree in Public Administration, at the University of Hawaii. At IIPA, I worked on a research study to evaluate the performance of the ‘Domestic Funding of Foreign Training’ Scheme of the Government of India. I worked on the research methodology for the study as well as contributed to the development of survey tools. It was a great learning experience for me given I could understand the critical importance of training and development of civil servants and the effort that governments are putting into this. Also, the project gave me the much needed exposure to look at government systems in India.

Last but not least, I was able to take out time to meet family and friends which was very refreshing, and I am all geared up for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. I am deeply grateful to East West Center Alumni Association (EWCA) for providing me this grant which helped me to travel to India this Summer.

 

 

 


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.

2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Classroom Research at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Min Namkoong

EWC Endowment Scholar

I conducted action research in my classroom during my stay at Ubon Ratchathani University in Thailand, as part of the Department of Second Language Studies Thai Practicum. I also taught an English as a foreign language class to low proficiency Thai university students.

This research study aims to examine the development of novice and less experienced teachers through the summer practicum program, as well as students’ achievement. The results will indicate different types of influence that teaching practicums possibly have on novice teachers. The participants were eight female incoming students and the researcher as a teacher. The class consisted of four days a week, Monday through Thursday, for two to three hours depending on the schedule of the week.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Developing and Evaluating an Open Learning Platform for Khmer Speaking Users

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Sokunthearith Makara

Graduate Degree Fellow

One of the pressing issues facing the Cambodian education system today is the unequal access to quality education between people in the countryside and those in the cities. The solution I am proposing for this issue involves the use of Internet technology to transfer the quality learning modules from the cities to the countryside. In order for this to happen, a learning platform which allows people to create modules and to learn the modules for free is required. Therefore, the purpose of my summer field research was to develop and evaluate an open learning platform for Khmer speaking users.

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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Research — Impact of Built Environment on Urban Heat Island Effect in Kathmandu

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Ranjeeta Acharya

ADB-JSP Scholar

 

In the third week of May, I traveled to my home country of Nepal for research about the impact of built environment on urban heat island effect in Kathmandu. During my stay in Nepal, I visited the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) to determine how new planning and reconstruction after the earthquake of April 2015 may contribute towards adapting and mitigating increasing urban temperatures in Kathmandu. I met officials in the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, and also collected and analyzed temperature data to examine the variation in temperature in Kathmandu from 1980 until 2015. After visiting the peri-urban areas of Kathmandu valley, I observed that agricultural land and green fields are being converted into the residential plots, without thought about open spaces for future neighborhoods.

 

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Agricultural land being converted into a residential plot in the periphery of Kathmandu.

 

Last but not least, I am very thankful to the East-West Center Alumni Association for supporting my research with a travel grant.

 

 

 


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.

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

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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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2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Kilauea and Mauna Loa Research for Certificate Capstone on Evacuation Strategies and Planning Volcanic Eruptions in Hawaii

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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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