Graduate Student Ben Smith published his article, “Hunting in yellow waters: an ethnoarchaeological perspective on selective fishing on Lake Turkana” in Quaternary International.
Jessica Casimir (Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology) received a Boren fellowship to conduct field research in South Africa during 2018-19.
Ryan Z. Good (Ph.D. Candidate, Geography) was awarded a travel grant from the Urban Geography Specialty Group for his work in Tanzania at the recent American Association of Geographers conference. At the same meeting, Ryan was named a finalist for the Landscape Specialty Group’s best presentation award for his dissertation work on urban environmental change around Lake Victoria.
Beginning in 2018, Benjamin Soares will direct a three-year multi-disciplinary project, “Islam and Africa in Global Context,” funded through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs to the University of Florida. The project will be carried out by the Center for Global Islamic Studies in conjunction with the Center for African Studies. The main objectives are to deepen knowledge of Islam in Africa, challenge scholars of Islam working on other geographic areas to engage more fully with scholarship on Africa, and strengthen the study and understanding of Islam in the US, as well as in non-US institutions of higher education especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The main project themes include: Muslims and new media; contemporary ways of being Muslim; Muslim-Christian encounters; and Islam and politics. In addition to helping to consolidate UF’s standing as a leading hub for the study of Islam in Africa, the project will also support non-US-based scholars, institutions, and higher education, particularly in Africa, through the training and mentoring of a group of scholars (some of whom might be future policymakers). It will also facilitate long-term international exchanges and networks.
Sebastian Elischer and Lisa Mueller have a new piece in the Washington Post discussing Niger’s protests.
Peter Schmidt. 2017. The Colonial Origins of Myth and National Identity in Uganda. In Unmasking Ideology: The Vocabulary and Symbols of Colonial Archaeology, eds. Bonnie Effros and Goulong Lai. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.
Dr. Sandra L. Russo, Director of the Office for Global Research Engagement (OGRE) in the University of Florida’s International Center (UFIC), was recognized by the UF Association of Academic Women as AAW Woman of Distinction 2018. Dr. Russo was presented with the award at the Women’s History Month Awards Reception on March 14th, at the Earl and Christy Powell University House.
The Woman of Distinction Award is given to a UF faculty member or administrative/professional woman who have made significant contributions to the quality of life of women. At UF, Dr. Russo was one of the co-founders of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, helping establish it legally in its early years. She continues to teach courses on gender and development for UF and to supervise and mentor students. In 1996-99, she was the PI for a USAID Women in Development Fellows program, WorldWID; a grant of $2.3 million.
Dr. Russo has been PI or Co-PI on numerous USAID and NSF projects that involve research, international development and graduate students, including a ten-year project with ICARDA in the Middle East on water and livelihoods; and several subawards involving integrating gender into extension in developing countries. On these and other awards, Dr. Russo has included UF faculty, graduate students and staff to encourage their engagement and scholarship in developing countries. In total, Dr. Russo has secured over $31 million in funding to UF.
An agronomist and animal nutritionist by training, Dr. Russo has worked in international development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East since 1981. She was a AAAS Fellow with the US Agency for International Development and worked as a gender advisor to USAID from 2000-2008. She has lead research projects on gender and climate change in Africa, gender and livelihoods in the Middle East, and gender transformation with WorldFish. Her interdisciplinary research focus involves integrating gender into agricultural, environmental and natural resources management.
Gainesville, FL – March 13, 2018- NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, announced today that the University of Florida has been selected as one of five institutions to receive the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. The award will be formally presented during International Education Week on November 13 in Washington D.C.
UF is being honored for its broad commitment to international education and research, grounded in its fundamental goals of preparing our students to meet the challenges of a globalized world, striving for faculty research excellence with a global impact, and advancing campus diversity. A key component of the effort is UF’s 2014 Quality Enhancement Plan, entitled “Learning without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation,” which was presented as part of UF’s reaccreditation process.
“We are pleased and proud to receive the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Award recognizing UF’s efforts in international education,” said UF President Kent Fuchs. “This award affirms our commitment to international students, education, research and exchange as essential to the college experience, the pursuit of knowledge and the betterment of people everywhere.”
In the latest OECD West African Paper, Dan Eizenga and the UF Sahel Research Group look at the short and long-term outlook for security and political stability in Chad. Read it here.
What does the future hold for Niger’s stability? In the latest OECD West African Paper, Dr. Sebastian Elischer and the Sahel Research Group gauge the state of play and look at three possible scenarios for the country’s stability. Read it here.