Deadline Reminder: SSRC Eurasia Program Fellowships

SSRC Eurasia Program Fellowships


DEADLINE: 11:00PM EST December 8, 2012

The Eurasia Program offers two types of fellowship support in 2012, providing financial and academic support to graduate students in the early stages of dissertation development and Ph.D. candidates near completion of their doctoral programs in the social sciences and related humanities.

Pre-Dissertation Awards (PDAs) enable early-stage graduate students to perform initial field assessments of up to four weeks for archival exploration, preliminary interviews, and other feasibility studies related to their dissertations. We anticipate awarding six young scholars the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of their proposed field sites, establish contacts within local communities, meet with local scholars, and gain insight into how their dissertation topics resonate with regional intellectual, political, and social currents. Proposals should reflect a clear plan for initial field assessment, require a budget of less than $3,000, and clearly articulate the policy relevance of the proposed project.

Dissertation Development Awards (DDAs) are intended to provide one year of support to enable the prompt completion of a PhD dissertation. We anticipate offering approximately ten DDAs (with stipends of up to $20,000) to advanced graduate students who have completed their fieldwork. Fellows will participate in professionalization activities and a fall workshop and contribute to the Eurasia Program’s new working paper and policy brief series. Applicants should pay serious attention to the policy-relevant aspects of their research. All DDA applicants must have obtained ABD status (meaning they have completed all requirements for the PhD except for the dissertation) by the application submission deadline.

Proposals and research must pertain to one or more of the regions and countries currently supported by the program: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. We will consider comparative projects if one or more of the countries/regions under consideration are supported by the program.

Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Program

The Phi Kappa Phi All-University Honor Society is pleased to announce the 30th annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards Program for 2012-13, which recognizes outstanding artistic and academic works by undergraduate and graduate students during the previous year. Four awards of $500 each will be presented at the USC Annual Academic Honors Convocation in April.

The deadline for submission is Monday, November 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm.

Repercussions: A Serious Games and Immersive Journalism Exhibit

The Media Arts + Practice Program in the School of Cinematic Arts presents an exhibit of new work by doctoral students in a show titled “Repercussions: A Serious Games and Immersive Journalism Exhibit.”

The show features examples of immersive journalism, a form of news reporting that is entirely experiential, as well as critical perspectives on video game tropes of violence, control and progress.

Please join us for the opening, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the SCA Main Gallery.

If you miss the opening, the show will be open to visitors on the following days:
Thursday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Call for entries: Nineteenth Century Studies Association 2012 Emerging Scholars Award

From the Society of Architectural Historians:

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2012 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author’s doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Only articles physically published between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2012 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.

Send three off-prints or photocopies of published articles/essays to the committee chair: Professor Judith W. Page, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, PO Box 117352, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. (Electronic submissions will not be accepted.) Address all questions to Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged.

Chinese Studies Lecture Series

Attend the Chinese Studies Lecture Series, held by Taiwan Academy  and co-organized by the East Asian Library of USC, this Friday, November 9th, 2012 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The speaker, professor Mei-hwa Yang, will give a lecture entitled “Voyage of Discovery : Scholarly Electronic Resources  on Sinology” on Chow Tse-Tsung. The lecture will take place on the USC UPC campus in the Memorial Seminar Room (DML 110C) in the East Asian Library.

USC Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate Awarded the STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship

Elena Ferri began asking big scientific questions at an early age. Growing up in Novara, Italy, Elena was wondering how the human body works long before it was time to head to university to discover the answers. Now, years and degrees later, Elena is the recipient of the prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Chateaubriand Fellowship.

Awarded by the Office for Science and Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in the United States, the Chateaubriand Fellowship encourages collaborations, joint projects, and partnerships between the United States and France by providing funding for doctoral students at American universities who wish to perform research in a French laboratory as part of their Ph.D. studies.

Elena’s career began at the University of Milan, where she earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Industrial Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry and Management, respectively. After completing her coursework, Elena worked in a university lab for a year, where she fell in love with research.

“I love science,” Elena said. “Chemistry allows me to answer the biology questions I’ve had since childhood… As a researcher, I get to solve a few [of those] little problems every day.”

To continue her studies and research, Elena joined the USC Chemistry Ph.D. program and the lab of Dr. Charles McKenna, professor of chemistry and Vice Dean for Natural Sciences in USC Dornsife.

Dr. McKenna laid the groundwork for Elena’s current project when he formed a partnership with scientists at the Institut de Biologie Structurale Jean-Pierre Ebel (IBS) and the Institut Albert Bonnoit of Grenoble, France, for which he was awarded a Partner University Fund (PUF) grant in 2010. This collaboration brings together scientists of both countries, including student researchers, such as Elena. The Prime Minister of France recently recognized Dr. McKenna’s scientific accomplishments and collaborations with French scientists and institutions by naming him a Chevalier, or Knight, of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms), one of France’s oldest and most prestigious civic honors.

Elena has now also made a name for herself with the Chateaubriand Fellowship. She is the lead chemist on the PUF grant-funded joint project. For the past year and a half, she has researched bromodomains, proteins that are able to recognize particular modifications of chromatin (part of the cell nucleus). Bromodomains are involved in cancer, viral infection and inflammatory diseases. For this reason, the team’s research has great implications for the future of medicine and the development of drugs to treat harmful diseases. “Our project aims at designing potent and selective inhibitors of bromodomains, utilizing our expertise in molecular modeling and organic synthesis and our collaborators’ expertise in structural biology and biochemistry,” Elena says of the collaboration.

This December, Elena will travel to the Institut de Biologie Structurale in Grenoble, France, to test and continue her work alongside the partnering French biologists in the lab of Dr. Carlo Petrosa, the project’s primary French collaborator. Other partners in the project are Saadi Khochbin and Mary Callanan of the University of Grenoble, and Jerome Govin of the Center for Atomic Energy. The team is working on epigenetics, or cell memory, which is a hot area of research. Elena is honored to be researching the same question as so many masters in the field.

As well as being eager to continue her research, Elena is excited to live in Grenoble, a city of scientists. Home to the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), a university, and numerous institutes and research facilities, Grenoble attracts scientists from around the world. Elena looks forward to spending nine months in Grenoble’s vibrant scientific community.

Elena will enter the fourth year of her doctoral studies upon returning to USC in August. She hopes to continue her career as a research scientist upon graduation.!/article/43432/doctoral-student-earns-stem-fellowship/

“Til Our Next Disagreement Do Us Part – Working Effectively with Friends or Frenemies.”

“Til Our Next Disagreement Do Us Part – Working Effectively with Friends or Frenemies.”
A panel on finding collaborators and making your academic collaborations work.

Date: Tuesday, November 6
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Location: TCC 227

Please rsvp at: (code: idiploma2). Lunch will be served.

Marientina Gotsis, MFA
USC School of Cinematic Arts – Interactive Media Division
Director/Co-founder, Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center

Marientina Gotsis is a research assistant professor in the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the director of the Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center (CM&BHC), an organized research unit between the School of Cinematic Arts and the Keck School of Medicine. CM&BHC works to increase public awareness of critical issues in mental health and behavioral science and to provide hands-on creativity-based educational opportunities for health researchers and practitioners. Gotsis, who comes from a broad background in arts, design and engineering with special interest in medicine, public health and health behavior, leads a team that has developed several innovative applications using games for health behavior change. Gotsis has extensive experience collaborating across disciplines; she is project director and co-principal investigator on Wellness Partners, an intergenerational pilot project for health games research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through a collaboration with the Keck School of Medicine, the School of Social Work and the USC Center for Work & Family Life. Additional projects include: a collaboration with UCLA’s Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) and University of Washington’s Autism Center to evaluate a novel game controller and game for social skills training in children; an NIH-funded pilot at the Keck School of Medicine to develop stereoscopic transmedia to communicate basic concepts about vision to children; and a concept prototyping project for games and interactives to explain complex issues about the science of early childhood development to policymakers and the public in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and USC’s Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute.

Manuel Pastor
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences – Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity
Director, Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
Co-director, Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity in Dornsife and serves as the director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, housed in the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, and as co-director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His most recent book, Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, co-authored with Chris Benner (Routledge 2012), argues that growth and equity can and should be linked, offering a new path for a U.S. economy seeking to recover from economic crisis and distributional distress. In honor of his work, the Liberty Hill Foundation presented Pastor with the 2012 Wally Marks Changemaker Award, which honors an outstanding individual whose work in the community illustrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s insight that while “the arc of history is long, it bends toward justice.” Dr. Pastor has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg foundations and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the California Endowment, the California Air Resources Board, and many others.

Terence Sanger
Viterbi School of Engineering – Biomedical Engineering
Keck School of Medicine – Neurology
Director, USC Pediatric Movement Disorders Center
Academic Director, HTE@USC

As the academic director of USC’s HTE@USC, an interdisciplinary educational program for medical and engineering students, Dr. Terry Sanger brings his background in engineering and medicine to the challenge of fostering effective collaborations between the two fields. Dr. Sanger holds appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Neurology, and Biokinesiology, and he is also the director of the Pediatric Movement Disorders Clinic at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles. His laboratory research focuses on understanding the origins of pediatric movement disorders from both a biological and a computational perspective. Dr. Sanger coordinates the Childhood Motor Study Group (CMSG) and the NIH Taskforce on Childhood Motor Disorders, and he is principal investigator on several research studies at USC. At CHLA, Dr. Sanger works with specialists from Rehabilitation, Surgery, Neurosurgery and other specialty areas. His training includes background in Child Neurology, Electrical Engineering, Signal Processing, Control Theory, Machine Learning, and Computational Neuroscience.

Melora Sundt
Rossier School of Education – Clinical Education
Vice Dean for Academic Programs, Rossier School of Education

Dr. Melora Sundt is Vice Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of Clinical Education at Rossier. In this capacity, she oversees the degree programs, admissions and student services, and through the Associate Dean supervises program directors. Dr. Sundt specializes in the areas of online learning and instruction, creativity and innovation in higher education, diversity issues, and violence prevention on college campuses. Dr. Sundt chaired the design teams that created the MAT@USC program and the Global Executive EdD. Dr. Sundt also teaches in the master’s, MAT, Global Executive EdD and on-campus EdD programs. She recently concluded a 10 year, US Dept of Justice-funded campus violence prevention program, and has conducted evaluations of nationally and internationally based educational partnerships and programs for federal agencies and foundations such as the Corporation for National Service, USAID, FIPSE, NEH and the Kauffman Foundation. Her other work has addressed sexual harassment in the academy, gender bias in the middle school classroom, sexual assault on campus, hate speech codes, and academic integrity.

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