2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Research for Creative Writing Thesis

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Rachel Reeves

Graduate Degree Fellow

 

During the summer of 2017, I traveled to Rarotonga, the main island of the Cook Islands, to conduct research for a creative thesis I am writing, in order to obtain a Master’s of Arts in English (Creative Writing). Part of my thesis will focus on domestic abuse in the Cook Islands and the specific challenges survivors there face. During my time in the Cook Islands I conducted in-depth, days-long interviews with fourteen survivors and interviewed a range of service providers, from counselors to police officers. I also spoke to a reformed abuser. In addition, I co-organized an event to raise money for Punanga Tauturu Inc, the only organization in the Cook Islands that provides support services for survivors of domestic abuse.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Conference Participation at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Philip Waisen

Graduate Degree Fellow

 

During my conference, I participated in a student competition where I presented my current research entitled “Effective Termination Methods of Brassica Cover Crops for Suppression of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes While Enhancing Soil Health.” I also participated in Cobb Bowl  which is an oral quiz on General Plant Nematology, and where my team came in 4th place and was presented with a certificate of participation. I took part in Cobb Bowl with my fellow student colleagues from UH Manoa, Lilly Fatdal, also a current EWC/USSP fellow and Josiah Marquez. A large part of the accomplishments from this trip was networking with like minded graduate students and getting to know potential collaborators and/or advisors.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Participation in Japan-America Student Conference 2017

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Ngan Vo Thi Bich

ADB-JSP Fellow

 

I am so grateful to receive the 2017 EWCA Summer Travel Grant to participate in the Japan-American Student Conference 69th (JASC) which was conducted in Japan this past August. I just finished this intense but amazing trip in which I learned a lot about Japan and gained new perspectives about the crucial relationship between Japan and America.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Paper presentation at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Meeting

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Imelda

Student Affiliate

 

I am a PhD candidate in Economics who works on cleaner energy access in developing countries. I presented my job market paper at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 30-August 1, 2017. More than 1,000 people attended this conference, as it is one of the largest annual meetings for economists who work in the field of agriculture and applied economics.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Presentation at the Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics at Columbia University

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Mel Lorenzo Accad

Graduate Degree Fellow

 

I would like to express my big thanks again for funding my conference presentation last June 23-25 at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (SIOE) at Columbia University in New York City. Directly after the conference, I flew to the Philippines for my research fieldwork and then back to Honolulu on August 17, 2017. The entire trip, including the conference attendance in New York City and field work in the Philippines was very productive.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Internship at Non-Profit Organization in Brazil

Summer Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

James Patrick Alonzo

ADB-JSP Fellow

 

Life-changing. This is the best way to describe my internship experience at Mais Caminhos, a non-profit organization based in Rio de Janeiro. One of my requirements as a Public Administration graduate student at the University of Hawaii is to do an internship, either in a government agency or a non-profit organization. Since working for an NGO was close to my heart, I did not think twice of taking this option. Also, since I have always known that Brazil has a massive dilemma of poverty, as shown in the prevalence of favelas, it proved to be a very appealing country for me to work in.

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2017 Summer Travel Grant Series: Two-week intensive course on accelerator physics

Summer  Travel Grant 2017 Recipient

Kathleen Tatem

Student Affiliate

 

During my intensive two-week graduate course on accelerator physics, I completed eight homework assignments, wrote two exams, and experimented with simulation software used to design and operate particle accelerators. An accelerator physicist from Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory taught the course, with a guest lecturer from Los Alamos National Laboratory. The course provided an advanced overview of how different particle accelerators operate, how to describe beam focusing magnets using the mathematics of geometrical optics, causes of beam instabilities, and beam dynamics. University of Hawaii professor John Madey, who passed away last July, was mentioned on the first day of class for his invention of the free electron laser, an influential contribution to accelerator physics. The director of the US Particle Accelerator School introduced me via email to leading experts in the field who might be able to act as my physics mentor for my dissertation, since University of Hawaii will not be hiring a replacement for John Madey.

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Quarterly Reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters 2017 (1st Quarter)

East-West Center Association

Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports

2017 1st Quarter Chapter Reports (Jan-April)

Compiled by Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development

Thank you to the 17 Chapters who submitted their first quarter reports for 2017. Your submissions help us and others know how active the Chapters are, and show your continued patronage for EWCA/EWC outreach. The following Chapters and representatives responded this quarter: 1) APLP (Miloni Gandhi) 2) ASDP (Dona M. Cady 3) Beijing (Hongxia Zhang) 4) Brisbane (Iraphne Childs) 5) Chennai (Vasanthi Ranganathan) 6) Dhaka (Abu Ekramul Ahsan) 7) Hawaii (Carl Hefner) 8) Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto) 9) Kathmandu (Nirendra Maske) 10) Kuala Lumpur (Gan Siowck Lee) 11) Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith) 12 ) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana) 13) Okinawa (Kiyoshi Nakachi) 14) Philippines (Pearl Angeli Erguiza Pacada) 15) Seoul (Won Nyon Kim) 16) Singapore (Alice Seng Seok Hoon) 17) Southern California (Claire Langham)

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Quarterly reports from EWCA Alumni Chapters (4th Quarter)

East-West Center Association

Chapter Development Committee, Quarterly Reports

2016 Fourth Quarter Chapter Reports (October-December)

Compiled by Dr. Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen
Vice President for Chapter Development

Thank you to the 12 Chapters who submitted Quarterly Reports. Your submissions as well as your ongoing commitment to EWC and EWCA outreach are sincerely appreciated. The following Chapters and representatives responded to the call for reports: 1) APLP (Miloni Gandhi)  2) ASDP (Dona Cady)  3) Beijing (Hongxia Zhang)  4) Chennai (S. Rajamani)   5) Brisbane (Iraphne Childs)  6) Hawaii (Carl Hefner)  7) Islamabad (Arjumand Faisel)  8) Kansai (Yumiko Okamoto)  9) Laos (Chanthavong Saignasith)  10) Malaysia (Gan Siowck Lee)  11) Manila (Ramon Clarete)  12) Mumbai (Sarosh Bana)  13) Nepal (Nirendra Maske)  14) New York (William Armbruster)  15) Northern California (Barbara Bornet Stumph)  16) Okinawa (Kiyoshi Nakachi)  17) Singapore (Alice Seok Hoon Seng)  18) South Korea (Eun-Young Cho)  19) Taiwan (Frank L. Hung)  20) Tokyo (Kazuhiko Takemoto)

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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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