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International Institute Grants Boost 8 Faculty Projects

The next round of applications for UCLA International Institute faculty grants, for globally oriented outreach and research, is due on March 3, 2008.

The UCLA International Institute has awarded $50,000 to eight UCLA faculty members and their collaborators to pursue internationally oriented research projects. This quarter, the topics of the selected projects include rumor and state power in the Caribbean, the Armenian diaspora in the Mediterranean, and language development in Spanish-learning infants. The largest award will help the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures to debut the Make Art/Stop AIDS exhibition on campus at the Fowler Museum and to host visiting artists from India. Ranging in size from $3,000 to $12,000, the faculty grants are designed to cover travel and other research expenses or the costs of holding conferences and symposiums.

The application deadline for the next round of faculty grants is March 3, 2008.

Recipients of the winter-quarter grants are:

  • Robin Derby, History, for "Wadio Teledjòl:  Rumors of Power and the Power of Rumor in the Caribbean";
  • David Gere, World Arts & Cultures, for Make Art/Stop AIDS;
  • Miriam Golden, Political Science, for a comparative study of political causes of and the economic and political costs of widespread political corruption across Indian localities;
  • Kelly Lytle Hernandez, History, for the Mexican National Institute of Migration (MIGRA!);
  • Richard Hovanissian, History, for a multidisciplinary conference on the Mediterranean Armenian communities from Kessab in Syria to Musa Dagh and Alexandretta in Turkey;
  • Saloni Mathur, Art History, for "Charles and Ray Eames in India";
  • Charlotte G. Neumann, Public Health and Medicine, for a study of "Impact of Animal Source Food versus Plant Source Food in Feeding Interventions on Cognitive Outcomes of Children of HIV-Positive, Rural Kenyan Women";
  • Megha Sundara, Linguistics, for a study of "Language Development in Spanish-learning Infants."

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