I started my internship at the Bank of Papua New Guinea (PNG) from June 19 – July 28 2017. The commitment hours were five hours per working day for thirty days, that amounted to 150 hours. During this time, I was engaged with the Financial Markets Department of the Bank of PNG, specifically at the Office of Open Market Operations that implements Monetary Policy of the Bank. This office conducts weekly auction of PNG National Government’s Treasury bills and Inscribed stocks. The Bank also auction its own central bank bill to influence liquidity and interest rates. Aside from the formal auction of Treasury bills and Inscribed stocks, the Bank of PNG sells bonds and bills at the Tap, which is over the counter transactions.
The EWCA travel grant enabled me to complete a four week internship program and one week of field work with the collaboration of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) in Vanuatu.
During the internship placement, I was able to participate in national conferences and farm visits. During these visits I taught and assisted extension officers on how to identify Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) symptoms on kava. At the same time I trained them on how to use Immunostrip assay to test for Cucumber mosaic virus, which is a severe cause of dieback disease of kava, resulting in total crop loss.
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.
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.
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.
By Carl Polley
Graduate Degree Fellow, Linguistics (PhD)
I would like to thank the East-West Center Alumni for their generous Summer Travel Award, which I used to travel and present at two conferences in August. This was my first time attending international linguistics conferences outside of the United States.
This summer, I explored the possibilities of incorporating social issues into a language classroom in Ubon Rajathanee University in Thailand. Students practiced writing argumentative essays while engaged themselves in active discussion on social & environmental issues like “Thai elephants in tourism” and “globalization & sex trade.” Through role-play activities in class, students are encouraged to broaden their perspective and think critically.
I presented my Master’s research on cultural touring performances at the International Federation for Theatre Research Conference in Seoul, South Korea from July 14-19, 2008. Overall my experience was amazing and I met numerous theatre scholars from around the globe.
I presented a paper entitled “(De-)Institutionalization of Social Movement in Indonesia with Walhi as an Example” at the American Sociological Association Meeting, held in Boston, August 1-4, 2008. My session was in the last day of the conference. It was a refereed round-table session, with four people presenting their work.