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2015 Projects

Faculty Projects

Preparing Early Childhood Educators to Teach Young Children in International Contexts (Nepal)

Samara Madrid

What are college student’s perceptions of the child-in-cultural-context in Wyoming and Nepal? How do college students understand the young child-in-cultural-context? How can curriculum be developed to help American early childhood college students teach in international contexts?

“To Assert its Identity on the International Scene”: Visibility and the European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP)

Stephanie Anderson

Politicians have consciously used the CSDP to create “Euro-citizens” because of its consistent high levels of popular support and its high-profile nature. By using the media to draw attention to EU actions overseas, CSDP missions were supposed to heighten public awareness of the EU itself. In a pep-talk to French and German soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie told them, "Your presence is proof that Europe exists and is capable of bringing its weight to bear on the great crises shaking our planet." Nevertheless, over the past decade, the CSDP missions have garnered almost no news coverage at all. Why?

Personality and Problem Solving in Asian Elephants (Sri Lanka)

Sarah Benson-Amram

Is personality in Asian elephants related to individual problem-solving success on a puzzle box task? Does this have implications for mitigating human-elephant conflict?

Being Chinese and Muslim: A Chinese-Muslim Community in Local and Transnational Contexts

Michael C. Brose

This project investigates how and why Chinese Muslim citizens of this unique borderlands province in Southwestern China are thriving in their twin identities as faithful Muslims and good citizens.

“The Time Has Come to Save Our Women”: A Female Religious Leader’s Feminist Politics as Experimental Hinduism in North India

Antoinette DeNapoli

How do female religious leaders who have mobilized religious organizations for female renouncers (sādhus; sannyāsinīs; yoginīs) draw on and reinterpret religious texts, practices, and ideologies to align Hinduism with 21st-century transnational discourses like feminism and gender and human rights, as these notions are conceived in local Indian contexts? How are female renouncers not only working within, but also working beyond the more conventional institutional structures, which often follow male models of leadership, power, and hierarchy, to transform inequitable social structures and practices within the male- dominated religious institution of Hindu renunciation? How are the local householder communities whom female renouncers serve responding to their social activism in renunciation?

Field-Testing of Prototype European Samplers for Determination of Air Quality

Robert Field

How do pollutant emissions from oil and gas with different hydrocarbon profiles and development densities differ?

Valuing Votes: Grassroots Development, Political Culture and Democratization in Indonesia

Andrew Garner and Thomas Seitz

How do citizens differ in their meaning of democracy in Indonesia, and what is the role of government officials and parties in socializing citizens into these attitudes?

Tackling the Energy-Climate Security Divide – Traditional and New Approaches (US, EU and China)

Jean Garrison

When, how, and why do dire warnings by climate scientists on the impending disaster caused by global warming (e.g., climate change) get ignored or acted upon? When, how, and why do crises/problems like climate security and energy security become salient? What is the relationship between energy policy and climate policy? What explains when leaders, stakeholders and publics do (or do not) call for action?

Development of a Sustainable Model for Repurposing Apparel and Textiles: A Case Study of TRAID

Erin Irick

What is the environmental model used by TRAID? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this model? What is the business model used by TRAID? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this model?

Mapping Migration: Contemporary European Policy Debate and the History of Nation-State Interventions in the Movement of Labor

Barbara Logan and Ruth Bjorkenwall

Are contemporary EU debates regarding labor migration correct when they assert that new and unprecedented problems face modern states attempting to regulate migration and labor markets?

Identifying Hot-Zones of Human-Elephant Conflict in the Coimbatore Forest

Ramesh Sivanpillai

The number of human-elephant conflicts are increasing in villages and cities located along the central Western Ghats of southern India. This escalation in conflict is resulting in damage to crops, plantations, and homes. Elephants are injured or killed by electric fences, trenches and other barriers, while human deaths are attributed to encounters with elephants. These circumstances have pitted ecologists and conservationists against farmers, ranchers, and others who are in favor of economic development. Our research was focused on understanding where and how often these conflicts occur based on the incident data collected in Coimbatore, TN, India.

Efficacy of Long-term Professional Development: RWCT Retrospective (Latvia)

Victoria Gillis

What was the professional impact of participation in Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) for the original teachers who became RWCT certified Trainers? Do classroom teachers who have been educated and or trained by RWCT Trainers implement the principles of RWCT in their everyday teaching? How might the impacts on participants in Latvia and results of RWCT training, as viewed in classrooms, be applied to similar professional development programs in Wyoming?


Student Projects

Hydrometric and Hydrochemical Runoff Characterization and Modeling across Multiple Land Covers in Panama

Guy Litt

Panama Canal operations depend entirely on secure freshwater supplies to its reservoirs, however this critical natural resource's flow is sensitive to land management decisions. To better manage water resources, hydrological investigations are needed to quantify how runoff and groundwater supplies differ between different tropical land covers.

Peace Corps Volunteers and the Perception of the Landscape in Ethiopia

Charles Adams

Peace Corps Volunteers serve in countries all over the world, in a variety of environments both familiar and strange. They must adapt to local cultural norms in order to be an effective volunteer. How do Peace Corps Volunteers in Ethiopia perceive, use, orient, and generate stories about their local landscape in relation to the host culture they are in?

Understanding Asian Elephant Personality and Cognition to Inform Conservation (Sri Lanka)

Lisa Barrett

This project seeks to investigate Asian elephant problem-solving behavior and how it relates to crop-raiding (a form of human-elephant conflict) and personality. Barrett expects to gain knowledge about which individual elephants are more likely to engage in risky crop-raiding behavior by conducting research with both captive and wild elephants.

A Comparative Analysis between the EU and the United States of the Feasibility of Co-Firing Woody Biomass in Existing Coal Fired Power Plants from a Technical, Economic and Policy Perspective

Emily Beagle

Pine and woody biomass is a vast resource available around the world that, if managed sustainably and responsibly, has the potential to serve as a fuel for energy applications. Various species of bark beetle, including the European spruce bark beetle and the North American mountain pine beetle, have devastated forests worldwide, leading to significant amounts of dead standing woody biomass that is a potential fuel. Burning biomass with coal in existing plants is attractive because it reduces greenhouse gas emissions, utilizes existing infrastructure and is a well-developed technology. The economic and political climates around the world greatly influence the likelihood of using biomass for electricity generation. What policies are in place in the EU and the United States that potentially encourage the use of biomass for co-firing applications? Have these policies been effective? What can the United States learn from the countries in Europe that have a significant number of co-firing plants already in place to increase the use of this technology and biomass resource here?

Evolving Natural Resource Insecurities: Evaluating the Energy-Climate Nexus

Callie Berman

Berman, the 2014-15 Center for Global Studies Nielson Scholarship Recipient, co-authored a paper titled Evolving Natural Resource Insecurities: Evaluating the Energy-Climate Nexus with Dr. Jean Garrison for the Western Political Science Association Conference in April 2015. This paper examines the politics of scarcity in key natural resources as a starting point to analyze the politics surrounding how environmental security challenges, from local to global contexts, are addressed. This paper situates energy and environmental security within the classic security debate to see how different problems are defined and framed and how this influences policy choices.

Business Administration Internship in Small Family Business (Sicily)

Anne Burback

Linked to a family business development course, provides a course of study focusing on business operations and dynamics, and European, Italian, and Sicilian business laws and regulations.

International Criminal Court Internship/Research in The Hague (The Netherlands)

Anna Cleveland

Cleveland will be serving as an intern for the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Olive Baboons, Seed Dispersal and Rangeland Quality (Laikipia, Kenya)

Megan Dudenhoeffer

Do rodents remove Opuntia stricta seeds from olive baboon feces and act as secondary seed dispersers, transporting seeds to sites that improve seedling recruitment?

Kyrgyzstan’s Emerging Community Based Tourism Industry: A Model Method for Achieving Sustainable Development and Environmental Conservation?

Lindsey Ehinger

Community based ecotourism has been suggested as a means to achieve environmental conservation and sustainable development. Kyrgyzstan’s recently introduced National Sustainable Development Strategy and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals agenda indicate a national and international policy drive towards sustainable development. How does Kyrgyzstan’s community based ecotourism industry succeed in fulfilling national and international environmental conservation and sustainable development policy goals?

The Rising: Remembering Women of Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising

Elizabeth Holder

What specific roles did women play in Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916?

European Union Common Security and Defense Policy Missions and Identity-Building: Case of EUFOR Althea.

Denis Iulin

What are the communication goals of the EU regarding CSDP? Are they consistent on different levels? Are these goals reflected in the actual communication of the EU? If not, what other messages are communicated? How effective is EU communication towards CSDP, after all? Is it efficient in terms of the time and money spent on it?
Hypothesis: Inconsistency in CSDP communication limits the ability of the missions as an identity-building tool.

Help-Seeking Pathways in Health Care: The Quest for Medical Service for the Maya Population in Guatemala

Ana Vides Porras

The goal of this project is to understand the help-seeking pathways sought by Maya patients with chronic diseases, particularly cancer. The proposed research will focus on trends affecting Maya patients' help-seeking processes, interactions between the public health and traditional indigenous healing systems, and the structural risk factors for this population that may delay obtaining a diagnosis and treatment.

International Internship with Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) in Southeastern Anatolia (Turkey)

Mustaffa Raja

Raja interned with Turkish Petroleum in the summer, with Turkey being a vital transportation center for oil that eventually reaches European and American markets.

US Foreign Policy Decision Making During the India-Pakistan Conflict Of 1999

Anil Raman

This research analyses US foreign policy decision making while mediating between India and Pakistan in a conflict over Kashmir in 1999, which had nuclear overtones.

Critical Thinking in Teaching and Learning: Language and Culture of Latvia

Marian Stordahl

How does English-language pedagogy shape political discourse in the Republic of Latvia?

Charity Tourism: Conflicts of Interest in Job-Training NGOs in Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

Jessica White

White examined the business and donor outreach practices of NGOs seeking funding through the tourist industry.

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