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Inaugural Global Impact Research Grants AwardedGrants fund studies of art and AIDS, Islam and Hinduism in the Indian Ocean area, nanotechnology, and malnutrition and education.

Inaugural Global Impact Research Grants Awarded

The UCLA International Institute has selected an initial set of four cutting-edge research projects for funding under its new Global Impact Research initiative.

By Steve Gamer

"The Global Impact Research initiative is designed to facilitate faculty-led innovation in international research. With this first group of projects, the initiative is off to a wonderful start." Geoffrey Garrett

The UCLA International Institute has announced the winners of the first grant competition in its new Global Impact Research program. Almost thirty groups of UCLA faculty submitted letters of intent to apply for funding to support innovative research projects addressing major global issues that will have substantial spillovers into the classroom and the community. From these letters of intent, the Faculty Advisory Committee of the International Institute requested eight full proposals, of which four have been funded. “The winning proposals,” said Vice Provost of the International Institute Geoffrey Garrett, “reflect well the diverse interests and creativity of the UCLA faculty. The Global Impact Research initiative is designed to facilitate faculty-led innovation in international research. With this first group of projects, the initiative is off to a wonderful start.”

Global Impact Research grants have been awarded to:

HIV/AIDS and the Arts in Developing Societies ($50,000 over two years), David Gere, Assistant Professor of World Arts and Cultures (PI)

This project will feature an international conference to be held in Bangalore, India, on “How to Make Art in an Epidemic,” the proceedings of which will subsequently be published. It is estimated that there will be between 20 and 25 million HIV positive people in the country by 2010. The conference will highlight innovations in India in AIDS awareness and palliative care by artists, activists, and academics, including street theater troupes, a popular detective drama on national television, and performances by the Bharata Natyam dancer Mallika Sarabhai.

Malnutrition and the "Education for All" Agenda ($22,000 for 2003-2004), Charlotte G. Neumann, Professor of Public Health (PI)

This project will explore the impact of malnutrition on educational outcomes in the developing world. An international research group will be established comprising scholars in economics, education, and public health from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America. The group will convene several times at UCLA to discuss work in progress and to facilitate collaboration on the project. The research group’s work will be presented at the International Nutrition Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa, in 2005 and will then be prepared for publication by UNESCO.

National Institutions and Economic Impact of the Nanotechnology Revolution ($83,500 over three years), Michael Darby, Warren C. Cordner Professor of Money & Financial Markets in the Anderson Graduate School of Management (PI)

This project will examine the international diffusion of nanoscale science and technology outside the United States, concentrating on the importance of linkages between private sector firms and academic scientists. The research will rely heavily on data collected on networks connecting scientific innovators with commercial entrepreneurs in several countries. A series of academic papers will be published, culminating in the production of a monograph summarizing the project.

Religion and Society in the Indian Ocean World ($64, 000 over 2 years), Edward A. Alpers, Professor of History (PI)

This project will center around two international workshops on the intersections among religion, society, and the state in the Indian Ocean World. The workshops will focus on two of the world’s major religions – Islam and Hinduism – that are influential in countries from East Africa to Southeast Asia. The workshops will stimulate comparisons between these two major religions as social institutions, as part of the broader Indian Ocean initiative that is partially funded by a grant from the Chancellor’s Fund for Academic Border Crossing at UCLA.

The Faculty Advisory Committee of the International Institute comprises: Professors Gail Harrison (chair, Public Health), Robert Buswell (East Asian Languages and Cultures and Director, Center for Buddhist Studies), Rogers Brubaker (Sociology), Miles Kahler (Political Science and IRPS, UC San Diego), and Eric Sundquist (English). In addition to advising Vice Provost Garrett on the selection of Global Impact Research programs, the Advisory Committee participates in reviews of the Institute’s centers and programs and offers guidance on strategic issues affecting international studies at UCLA.

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