Dr. Carol Auer
Dr. Carol Auer, a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, received a Regional Travel Program grant to Chile in November 2016, where she spoke at two scientific events. The first activity was the annual meeting of the Chilean Society of Plant Biologists held in Chillán, Chile (November 28 – December 1, 2016). Dr. Auer was hosted by Dr. Rodrigo Gutiérrez (current President of the CSPB) and Dr. Soledad Undurraga (Research Fellow, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), and she presented on her research at the University of Connecticut, titled “Ecological risks and benefits of the novel oilseed crop camelina” Following the CSPB meeting, Dr. Auer returned to Santiago, Chile for the ‘First International Course in Plant Biology’ held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (December 5-6, 2016). This free conference was open to all undergraduate and graduate students in the region. Her first talk described the adoption of genetically engineered crops in the US and the theoretical basis for ecological risk assessments. The second talk presented research on crop gene flow and pollen dispersal. This exchange of knowledge with plant biologists, agronomists, and sociologists will support future international projects on the complex linkages between plant science, agricultural policy, and society throughout North and South America.
Dr. David Matarrita Cascante
Dr. Matarrita Cascante was the recipient of a Fulbright Regional Travel Program Grant to Universidad del Valle in Colombia from December 5 to 16, 2016. At the Universidad del Valle, he conducted a workshop on academic productivity. This workshop was designed to teach the attendants ways to improve their publications and chances of acceptance. He also gave a lecture to undergraduate students of tourism in the topic of Community Development in the context of Tourism. Additionally, he worked in collaboration with his host at the university on an article he is working on based on his dissertation; Dr. Matarrita Cascante and his colleagues made significant progress in publishing the article. Finally, Dr. Matarrita Cascante visited areas of town that might be part of a joint collaborative research initiative. At the end of his visit, he was invited to be an external editor for the university’s new scientific magazine.
Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney, a Fulbright Scholar to Panama, was the recipient of a Fulbright Regional Travel Program grant to Costa Rica from February 13 to 17, 2017. She was invited by the Ministry of Education to lecture and give workshops on different topics related to TESOL Dr. Dantas-Whitney worked with the Ministry to lead videoconferences for professors of English, during which she taught methods of implementing new English programs. This was the first time the Ministry used this system to reach professors of English throughout Costa Rica.
Dr. Dantas-Whitney received a second Regional Travel program grant to the Dominican Republic, where she travelled from April 2-6, 2017. The goal of the project was to hold meetings with officials from the Department of Curriculum for Foreign Languages of the Ministry of Education (MINERD), in order to review the description of the field and the preliminary version of the new English curriculum for secondary level (7th – 12th grades), and to provide recommendations, through open dialogue and exchange. As a recipient of a year-long Fulbright grant Dr. Dantas-Whitney was able to participate in the RTP for a second time.
Dr. Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante
Dr. Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante, a Fulbright Global TEFL Scholar at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas (UNACH) in Mexico, participated in the RTP from March 3-12. She traveled for a week to Unilasalle, in Brazil where she delivered two seminars, for doctoral students and undergraduates; shared with Brazilian students and faculty her experience as a Fulbright Scholar; and explored possible collaborations with Unilasalle, UNACH, and her home university, Utah State University (USU). The three-day doctoral seminar, titled “Best practices to improve Teaching Across Disciplines”, was attended by 10 students. The second seminar, “Communicative Language Teaching in EFL Classroom to Satisfy Global Needs,” was a four-day forum for students pursuing a degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL); it was attended by more than 50 participants. Regarding institutional collaboration, Unilasalle and USU are planning to implement a graduate student exchange program that will allow a student from Unilasalle to teach Portuguese one semester at USU, while a USU student will teach English for one semester at Unilasalle. Additionally, Dr. Felicetti, from Unilasalle, Professor Cal y Mayor, from UNACH, and Dr. Spicer-Escalante, are carrying out a collaborative research project on Self-Assessment of Teaching. Dr. Spicer-Escalante pursued the Fulbright Regional Travel Program to explore possible collaboration among the three institutions that share not only similar needs and interests in the teaching of EFL, but also because they are institutions with faculty and students with great potential that will nurture each other by working collaboratively. By teaching Brazilian students at Unilasalle, Dr. Spicer-Escalante had the chance to reflect upon how much she has learned by working with future EFL teachers in Mexico and the impact that she has already made on her students.
Jayne Mc Guire
The Fulbright Regional Travel Program provided an ideal opportunity to expand Dr. Jane Mc Guire’s work in the Caribbean. Dr. Mc Guire is a Fulbright Scholar at UWI St. Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago, where she has been working to support the success of students who experience disabilities. The RTP enabled her to travel to Barbados from April 9 to 15 and continue her work with the UWI Cave Hill campus. While there, she facilitated workshops on disability awareness and access, Universal Design for Learning, and creating work-life balance. She was also able to take part in several meeting to develop capacity for collaboration between the campuses.