2013 Theory-to Practice Grants Support Active Learning

Students and professors continue linking academic theory with real-world experiences
Danielle Bernert '13, Greece, Archaeological Dig.

Danielle Bernert ’13, Greece, Archaeological Dig.

With topics ranging from ethnographic research on Kosrae Island to studying pueblos and landscapes of the American Southwest, OWU’s most-recently-awarded Theory-to-Practice grants continue to enable student to link academic theory with real-world experiences. Here are our additional 2013 recipients:

“Public Health Internship in Alabama,” submitted by student, Nora Gumanow ’14. She will conduct focus groups with adolescent girls, coding qualitative data. This will take place for several weeks in May and June, in the context of her current research designed to investigate risky behaviors—especially lack of birth control—among adolescents in Birmingham.

“A Unique Model for Land Conservation and Preservation in Karukinka, Chile,” submitted by students “ Melissa Guziak ’13, Owen Kelling ’16, and Samuel Sonnega ’14. They will travel to Tierra Del Fuego, Chile for nine days in January 2014 with staff member William Hayes to visit the newly-founded Karukinka National Park. There they will interview officials with the Wildlife Conservation Society to learn about their model for land conservation and preservation.

“Equine Veterinary Medicine: A Close-Up Experience with Horses,” submitted by student, Mary Helfrich ’14. She will gain hands-on experience with horses in the Ohio area in early July and August, becoming familiar with their behaviors in sickness and good health situations, also learning how to administer vaccines and diagnose and treat horses.

“Transatlantic Food Practices: A Comparative Analysis between Barcelona Spain, and Columbus, Ohio,” submitted by students, Sarah Jilbert ’14, Hayden Barnes ’14, with Professor David Walker. They will conduct an analysis of food cultures and practices in Barcelona, Spain and Columbus (OH) in mid-May, and also will evaluate the health and environmental issues related to these practices.

“From Jane Rose to Savita Halappanaver: Examining Reproductive Rights Policy in the U.S. and Ireland,” submitted by students Kate Lewis-Larkin ’13 and Katalyn Kuivilla ’14. For 10 days in June, they will do a comparative study of public policies and debates surrounding reproductive rights in Ireland and the U.S.

“Tin House Workshop,” submitted by student, Alyssa Long ’16. For a week in mid-July, she will attend a creative writing workshop in Oregon, featuring intensive creative writing seminars, peer critiques, panels, and readings given by elite faculty and students in the program. The focus is on honing students’ manuscripts to make them more real, vivid, and publishable.

“Mediterranean House Gecko Research and Herpetology Conference,” submitted by student, Madeline Miguel ’14. She will be part of a research team that will focus on the Mediterranean House Gecko to see if it can evolve adaptations based on physiological and morphological tests. Traveling to California and New Mexico in mid- June for a duration of two months, she will also attend a Herpetology Conference.

“Pueblos and Landscapes of the American Southwest: Reframing the Views of 19th Century Photographers,” submitted by professors Jeff Nilan, Bernard Derr, and several students. They will travel to New Mexico for a week in June, using the NGL Mellon grant archive created last spring (“Photographs of the American Southwest, 1870s to early 1900s) as a logistical framework. They will record changes occurring in the subjects and views more than a century later.

“Christian Perspectives and Social Identity,” submitted by students, Thomas Owings ’13, Andrew Barnhardt ’16, Haley Cook ’14, and Joe Kirincic ’16. They will travel to West Virginia, Alabama, and Illinois at the end of July, to study the mechanisms of religious narrative in domestic, low-Church Protestant denominations and their impact on social identity.

“Ethnographic Research on Kosrae Island, Federated States of Micronesia,” submitted by Professor Jim Peoples and students Haley Beffel ’14, Erika Nininger ’14, and Samuel Sonnega ’14. They will travel to Micronesia at the end of July for two weeks to interview people about their use of communications media, their attitudes and plans for future emigration, their feelings about the recent presence of other Christian denominations on the island, and their food preferences and knowledge of farming and food processing practices.

“Understanding Social Business Models,” submitted by student, Dung Pham ’14. He traveled to Singapore in March to learn about how to scale up a business and transform it into a successful enterprise.

“The Unending War: Exploring and Addressing the Relational Remnants of War between Vietnam and the U.S.”, submitted by student Hoa Pham ’16 and Chaplain Jon Powers. They will travel to Vietnam for two weeks in May to study the painful issue of Agent Orange and the gap in trust between our nations that was enlarged by the unjust verdict in 2005.

“Harnas Wildlife,” submitted by student Julie Stark ’15. She will volunteer at an animal sanctuary, Harnas, in Africa, for three weeks, beginning in early May. The sanctuary specializes in caring for wild animals that suffer from such diseases as AIDS, epilepsy, and other ailments.

Documenting African Christianity in Uganda,” submitted by Professor Emmanuel Twesigye and students Ryan Lenfest ’15 and Jennifer Sollmann ’14. They will travel to Uganda for three weeks in mid-May to witness, experience, and document how religion, history, culture, politics, and ethics are celebrated as transformative positive forces in Africa.

“Understanding the Indigenous People of the Mountainous Tamang Region of Nepal,” submitted by students Rachel Vinciguerra ’14 and Eleanor Feely ’14. They will travel to Nepal for two weeks in late June to study how sustainable tourism practices have been implemented by the Holiday Mountain Treks and Expedition Company and how the first novel published in English in Nepal has been received by Kathmandu and the mountain cultures (Tamang).

“Carrying Words Across Borders,” submitted by student, Caroline Williams ’16. She will attend workshops in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction as well as literary walks and other excursions and readings with Portuguese and North American writers as she travels to Portugal in late June for two weeks.

“Examining the Relationship between Environmental Policy, Geology, and Sustainability in Ipoh, Malaysia,” submitted by student, Elaine Young ’14. She will spend three weeks in December and January 2014 in Malaysia, investigating the interactions between global environmental policy implementation, sustainability, resource management, and geology.

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