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‘Wyoming Goes Global’ Conference March 28-29

March 15, 2016
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UW student Megan Dudenhoeffer pauses for a photo in Kenya during zoology research. She is one of the presenters in the “Wyoming Goes Global” conference March 28-29. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming’s connections with the world will be on display during a March 28-29 conference in the Wyoming Union ballroom.

The conference, “Wyoming Goes Global: UW Faculty and Students Developing Practical Solutions to Address Global Problems,” will highlight international work conducted by UW faculty and students from across campus. In addition, experts will discuss a variety of international career options.

The event, sponsored by UW’s Center for Global Studies, is open to the public.

“Through its support for interdisciplinary faculty and student international projects, the Center for Global Studies seeks to advance UW to the next level of excellence in internationally focused research to find solutions to complex global problems,” Director Jean Garrison says. “The projects highlighted in this conference show the center’s support for work that looks at the implications -- from local to global -- of a wide spectrum of evolving international challenges.”

Beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, March 28, UW’s international research will be the focus. A faculty research panel will feature:

-- Michael Brose, of the Department of History, “Being Chinese and Muslim: Thriving in Twin Identities.”

-- Tom Seitz, of Global and Area Studies, and Andrew Garner, of the Department of Political Science, “Valuing Votes: Grassroots Development, Political Culture and Democratization in Indonesia.”

-- Samara Madrid, of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education, “Preparing Early Childhood Educators to Teach Young Children in International Contexts (Nepal).”

-- Ramesh Sivanpillai, of the Department of Botany and the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, “Identifying Hot Zones of Human-Elephant Conflict in India.”

From 2:30-3:45 p.m. March 28, these faculty-student international fieldwork projects and programs will be highlighted:

-- Megan Dudenhoeffer, zoology/Russian, and Jacob Goheen, Department of Zoology and Physiology, “Olive Baboons, Seed Dispersal and Rangeland Quality (Laikipia, Kenya).”

-- Lisa Barrett and Sarah Benson-Amram, Department of Zoology and Physiology, “Personality and Problem Solving in Asian Elephants (Sri Lanka).”

-- Anna Cleveland and Suzan Pritchett, College of Law, “The Pursuit of Transnational Justice: Litigating Human Rights Claims in International Tribunals and Beyond.”

-- Linda Johnson, College of Health Sciences, “Honduran Health Brigade: The Clinica Agua Salada Project.”

From 4-5:15 p.m. March 28, these student international research and internship projects will be highlighted:

-- Guy Litt, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, “Panama Canal Watershed Management.”

-- Anne Burback, business administration, “Promoting Family Agribusiness: Internship in Sicily.”

-- Susma Giri, Department of Zoology and Physiology, “The Effects of Temperature and Parasites on Honeybees in Nepal.”

-- Anil Raman, Global and Area Studies, “U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making During the India-Pakistan Conflict of 1999.”

From 5:30-6:30 p.m., a poster session and closing reception are planned, with topics including Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia, the European Union’s defense policy, Kyrgyzstan’s tourism industry and job training in Cambodia.

The Tuesday, March 29 discussions focus on global career options and opportunities.

At 9 a.m., a panel of UW alumni will feature:

-- Robert Q. Lee, partner and international transactions attorney with Rimon Law Firm.

-- Nadia Oweidat, senior nonresidential fellow with the New America Foundation, formerly with Rand Corp.

-- Eric Nigh, senior technical adviser with TetraTech DPK.

-- Tim Stubson, state legislator from Casper and attorney with the firm of Crowley Fleck.

At 10 a.m. March 29, a discussion on international careers in the public and private sectors focused on nongovernmental organizations, government and education will include:

-- Debra Lee, former election administrator and coordinator with the United Nations.

-- Riki Suess, director of UW’s English Language Center.

-- George Varughese, Global Studies senior scholar and Nepal representative to the Asia Foundation.

-- Marc Wall, former U.S. ambassador to Chad, career U.S. Foreign Service worker and UW senior scholar in Global Studies in 2013-14.

At 11 a.m. March 29, a discussion on international careers focused on business will include:

-- Anne Alexander, UW associate vice president for undergraduate education.

-- Richard Horner, deputy director for emerging projects and technology, UW School of Energy Resources.

-- Paul Peterson, vice president of manufacturing, Tata Chemicals (soda ash) Partners.

-- Laurent Roux, Gallatin Wealth Management LLC.

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