2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Practicum with the American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati/Ohio River Valley, Ohio

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Amota Ataneka in front of the Red Cross Center in Ohio

Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Amota Ataneka

USSP

My summer travel consisted of a trip to the American Red Cross Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter (Ohio) for my practicum, that is a mandatory part of my Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) Program at UH Manoa. I joined the disaster volunteers management team which gave me the chance to recruit, monitor and deploy qualified volunteers to natural disasters across the U.S. Two natural disasters in particular were the West Virginia and the Louisiana floods, which happened between July and August of this year (2016).

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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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A Tale of Two Degrees, 22 COPs and Many RINGOs

Or, How Non-state Actors Can Help Accelerate
the Pace of the UN Climate Change Process

By Anukriti Hittle
Visiting Scholar, East-West Center, Honolulu
Instructor, Washington University in St Louis

Rising Above National Interest
Most of the time, nations act in their own self-interest. And much of the time, they cooperate only when they are forced to—such as when facing imminent collective danger (nuclear threat, small pox, dictatorships). But in the face of a slow-boil threat like climate change, they seem to drag their national government-level feet. In such cases, pressure from non-state actors may be the key to achieving collective action.

How can non-state actors complement national actors to ratchet up ambition and speed up action in the area of climate change implementation? By using the well-tried resolutions process of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and applying it to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organizations, or RINGOs, or could maximize collective action at the COP (Conference of the Parties) summits where both government representatives and observer organizations gather every year to address climate change issues. Continue reading

2016 Summer Travel Grant Series: Archival Research of Photographs Produced by Dean Conant Worcester

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Summer Travel Grant 2016 Recipient

Keiko Fukunishi

EWC Student Affiliate

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude for the assistance of the East-West Center Summer Travel Grant in supporting my archival research. One aspect of my dissertation research considers photographs produced by Dean Conant Worcester, and American zoologist and colonial officer who used a camera for the first time outside of the studio in order to photograph Filipino people at the turn of the century. Thanks to the award, I was able to examine thousands of photos taken by Worcester, and several hundred glass plate negatives related to his photographic projects at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan and the Bentley Historical Library.

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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.