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From the Director - Jean Garrison

Over the last year we’ve seen great changes at UW and within the Center for Global Studies (CGS). While budget cuts have garnered many headlines, CGS has emerged from the last year positioned to move forward on solid footing. For CGS, the old adage that “with great challenges come great opportunities” has proven true. With the support of President Laurie Nichols and Provost Kate Miller, UW has invested in the Center, its programming, and its people. This fall the Center welcomed some new faces in key roles. Dr. Robert Field has stepped into the associate director role previously held by Dr. Stephanie Anderson. I’d like to thank Stephanie for all her hard work and congratulate her on her appointment as the head of the new School of Politics, Public Affairs, and International Studies. Robert comes to us with extensive expertise in the field of environment and natural resources. He holds a Ph.D. from Imperial College, London with an expertise in air pollution and measuring air quality. He has extensive background measuring population exposure to air pollution with the UK government and EU Commission, and has been at the forefront of measuring ozone levels in Wyoming as related to oil and gas production. We also welcome the help of two new staff members; Erika Helgeson, project coordinator for CGS; and Lori Gonzales who works on event planning for CGS and the Office of Global Engagement. Erika comes to us from the Global and Area Studies Program and Lori most recently worked with the former Outreach School. With a new CGS team in place and completion of the CGS strategic plan, which closely ties to the goals in UW’s strategic plan, Breaking Through: 2017-2022, we have a roadmap for where we’d like to be in five years and the means to get there (available at www/ Please partner with us as we work to bring the world to Wyoming and Wyoming to the world!

cgs director Jean Garrison and cgs associate director robert field
From the Associate Director - Robert Field

I am excited to become part of the CGS team at a time when internationalization is a key part of the new “Breaking Through” strategic plan for our University. Our team includes highly motivated students and it is exciting to engage with such a dynamic and diverse group of people. I believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of international experiences. I have been fortunate to live and work in the US, UK, and Italy. Through my role at CGS, I will be a strong advocate for interdisciplinary learning and collaborative research. I aim to help students and faculty, in every college, benefit from funding to support their international research. Global engagement brings wide ranging perspectives that develop our understanding of the complex world we share.

Partnership Profile – A Commitment to Engagement

group photo in washington dc for cgs world to wyoming dc event

CGS is known for its statewide engagement efforts. We believe that bringing speakers to communities, who provide diverse perspectives on global issues, is critical to im-proving the knowledge base of our communities, encourages our constituents to become proactive in the global community, builds relationships, and showcases what UW has to offer to the world.  Signature programs such as World to Wyoming with Mark Jenkins, a senior fellow with CGS and correspondent for National Geographic, continue, and we have initiated two new series. First, the CGS-US Senator Malcolm Wallop “Con-versations on Democracy” program (a partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences and the American Heritage Center) featured Ambassador Gary Grappo (former US Am-bassador to Oman) and CGS-funded students in presentations in Sheridan, Cheyenne, and Casper.

 This fall, we also hosted Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen (NATO Secretary General, 2009-14 & Danish Prime Minister, 2001-2009) for a public talk on November 13 at UW on “America’s Willingness to Lead: Transatlantic Relations and the Future of US-European Relations. ”Second, CGS took its World to Wyoming Program outside the state to Washing-ton, DC with the partnership of the UW Foundation, Alumni Association, President’s Office, College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Energy Resources.  With the help of CGS board members, Chris and Michelle Spear, along with the American Trucking Associations and other corporate partners, CGS host-ed over 200 alumni and friends as Mark Jenkins talked about “Burma’s Resurrection.”

chart showing cgs participation numbers, 2009-10: 520, 2010-11: 1848, 2011-12: 1561, 2012-13: 1688, 2013-14: 3370, 2014-15: 3693, 2015-16: 2282, 2016-17: 4471

2017 Student Project Highlights

Studies on Women’s International Migration in Serbia
Nina Radovanovic (MA, American Studies) from Lukicevo, Ser-bia was given our Centennial Fellowship and CGS World to Wyoming Grant to travel to the Balkans to investigate ‘exchange programs’ of the US State Department, such as the one-year long Au Pair program. Participants in this program spend one year with an American family for the cultural exchange opportunity and receive a small stipend. She interviewed participants before their departure to understand their pre-departure expectations and decision making about participating in the program. She found that the more information and first-hand experience of au pairing that is available, the less attractive these programs become. The ‘cultural exchange’ story does not work that well anymore.

Graduate Research on the Environment in Germany & China

graduate student danielle peck in germany

Danielle Peck (MA, International Studies/Environment and Natural Resources) from Lovell, WY was awarded our CGS-SER Nielson International Fieldwork Grant to conduct research in Germany. Danielle’s research focused on the former East Germany and its environmentally hazardous landfills before German re-unification.  She investigated policy changes that have occurred since reunification on how these spaces are managed. Danielle noted, “[t]his opportunity provided me with vital experience in the real world.With the results obtained from my research in Germany, I will complete my MA and be positioned to seek domestic or international work in the area of environment and natural resources." 

Paul Bonifas (MBA and MS in Engineering) from Casper, WY received our CGS-SER Nielson International Fieldwork Grant and travelled to China in order to research how companies are using new technologies to overcome burdensome pollution challenges that affect how they conduct their business. Paul visited the RESEM Pyrolysis plant and the Huayin Renewable Energy Equipment Company to see how these eco-friendly transforma-tions are taking place. 

graduate student paul bonifas in china

The Study of Trafficking in Georgia & Human History in Peru

Misty Springer (Master’s in Public Administration) from Las Vegas, Nevada was awarded the Christopher & Michelle Spear Grant Award and the Centennial Fellowship to travel to Georgia to study the prevalence of human trafficking in this post-Soviet country. Misty looked at the early causes of the sex-trafficking industry and researched how Georgia is handling the situation through new policy initiatives to prevent its spread. 

Alexander Garcia-Putnam (PhD, Anthropology) from Laramie, WY was award-ed our CGS World to Wyo-ming Grant to travel to Peru to study pottery remains.  His work included assisting Anthropology faculty mem-bers, Dr. Jason Toohey and Dr. Melissa Murphy, in their field school for UW under-graduates. The work consisted of labeling and cataloging ceramic shards and exploratory surveying of possible architectural features and rock art in the Pe-ruvian mountains. Alexander told us, “[t]his summers fieldwork and travel allowed me to get to know the country (past and pres-ent) that I will be devoting considerable energy and time to in the years to come for my PhD. I want to thank CGS and its supporters for making this research possible. I have now found the site for my dissertation research.”

alexander garcia-putnam phd student in peru studying pottery remains

Undergraduate Research in Africa

Brittany Nordberg (BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology & Man-agement) from Cody, WY was awarded our Harris International Research Grant to conduct research in Tanzania. Working with a UW team, she investigated the evolutionary history of the Nile Perch Fish found in Lake Tanganyika, which is an important local food source and the major source of income for local residents. Brittany gained important experience in how to con-duct scientific fieldwork. 

undergraduate brittany nordberg studying nile perch fish in tanzania

2017 CGS-SER Nielson Graduate Fellowship Grant

nielson graduate grant winner ramesh sapkota

This year’s CGS-SER Nielson Graduate Fellowship award winner is Ramesh Sapkota. Ramesh is a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Program in Ecology (PiE) coming from the Department of Ecosystem Science & Management. He is interested in observing the nexus between plant community assemblage and anthropogenic disturbances in the forests. For his PhD dissertation, he is investigating human use of lowland forests in Nepal and the effectiveness of (passive) restoration efforts. This fellowship award offers a $10,000.00 grant to help a student finish their thesis or dissertation project.

2017 Faculty Project Highlights

Transitional Justice in Ireland

Associate Professor Nevin Aiken (School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies), with money from a 2017 CGS-Senator Malcolm Wallop Research Grant, has been exploring the casual relationships in transitional justice in societies deeply divided by past human rights violations. Aiken travelled to Northern Ireland in the summer of 2017 to carry out his project titled, “Socioeconomic Deprivation and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland.” The findings from more than fifty interviews he conducted suggest that high levels of prejudice, sectarianism and divisive political polarization threaten the stability of the current peace process and democratic government in Northern Ireland. In addition to Dr. Aiken’s own research, the Wallop research grant also allowed him the ability to carry out a number of activities designed to advance internationalization at the University of Wyoming.  In conjunction with staff from UW’s Global Engagement Office, Queen’s University Belfast, and the QUB Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice, he was able to work on opening the opportunity for University of Wyoming students to participate in the Mitchell Institute’s world-renowned International Summer School on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.

dr. nevin aiken in belfast ireland

Health & Nutrition in Ghana

University of Wyoming Extension Educator Laura Balis (UW Extension Nutrition Program in Lander, WY) examined public health issues in the African country of Ghana with the CGS Faculty Fieldwork grant. Ghana, like many developing countries, is experiencing an epidemiologic shift in public health issues. Her project titled, “Older Ghanaian Adults’ Perceptions of Physical Activity: An Exploratory Study,” focused on determining older Ghanaian adult’s perceptions of physical activity in order to assess the feasibility of adapting and delivering an older adult physical activity program in the country.

laura balis in ghana

Sustainable Energy in Scotland

Professors Sarah Strauss (Anthropology) and Carrick Eggleston (Geology and Geo-physics) were awarded funding from the CGS-SER Nielson Faculty Fieldwork grant. With this funding, both professors were able to conduct research in Scotland during the summer of 2017 as well as gather material for two new courses to offer at UW; each will have a study abroad component. Their research titled, “From Abbotsford to Aberdeen: Scotland’s Energyscape in Transition,” looked at the different ways communities in Scotland have been transitioning to renewable and sustainable energy. This grant has helped establish an MOU relationship between the University of Aberdeen and the University of Wyoming. Their work in Scotland was part of UW at Abbotsford: A Multidisciplinary Research Group, a project that included faculty from across the university who plan to continue to deepen the collaboration between UW faculty, students, and col-leagues in Scotland.

sarah strauss and carrick eggleston in scotland

CGS Donors & Partners

Thank you for your support!

Joseph Albright & Marcia Kunstel
John & Anne Allen
Andrew & Ling Anderson-Spreecher Stephanie Anderson & Thomas Seitz Christopher & Kathyrn Boswell
Stan & Claire Brooks
Johnnie Burton
Francis & Carolyn Castano
Carmen Clayton
Celeste Clogan
Madelon & Ralph Daniels
Kathleen Daulton/Kathleen Daulton Living Trust Andrew Denison
Josephine DeWitt
Cara Durr
Fedex Corporation
Frederick & Patricia Supper Foundation Timothy & Randi Hutchinson
Peter & Victoire Gardner
Jean Garrison
Cecily Goldie
Cynthia Gray
Duncan & Janice Harris
Martha Harris
Kendall & Jospeh Hartman
Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation
John Housel
Susan & John Jackson
John P. Ellbogen Foundation
Stephen & Cynthia Johnson
Erika & Ned Jannotta
William Leach
Krista Lewellyn
Guy Litt
Kim & Mary Kay Love
Homer & Pat Luther
Paula & Len Lutz
Carol Marsala
Karen & Peter Maxfield
David Messenger & Maureena Walker
Gerald Meyer & Barbara Hoffman
Rita Meyer
Anneloes Mook
Sara Murray & Ester J. Murray Trust
Jessica Nape
National Private Truck Council
Anne & Scott Nickerson
Eric J. Nigh
John & Cindy Nigh
Benjamin & Lynette Parkhurst
Ruby Quarterman
Thomas Risse & Tanja Boerzel
Terri Rittenburg
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation
Steve & Jo Carol Ropp
Laurent & Lori Roux
Joseph & Stephanie Russin
Ruth R. Ellbogen Foundation
Homer & Janet Scott
Sam J. Scott
William Schilling
Alan & Ann Simpson
Joseph & Ying Smith
Christopher & Michelle Spear
Thomas & Debbe Spicer
Robert Springer
Kirk & Nancy Taft
Truckload Carriers Association
John & Mary Kay Turner
Dan Turnquist
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
UPS Foundation
Marc Wall
Anne Walthall
Libby & Peter Wood
Oliver Woshinsky
Ho-I & Pyng-Pyng Wu
Wyoming Humanities Council
Anne Young & Jim Nielson

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