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UW and Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin Collaborate on Research, More

May 24, 2018

A University of Wyoming delegation will travel to Berlin, Germany, next month to sign a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UW and Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) that will expand research and student exchange between the two universities.

UW President Laurie Nichols will make an official visit to FUB in June, accompanied by Professor Jean Garrison, director of UW’s Center for Global Studies, and Professor Stephanie Anderson, the head of the School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies.

“We are excited to formalize UW’s relationship with this outstanding German institution,” Nichols says. “These collaborations promise to enrich our students’ experiences and advance global research opportunities in very significant ways.”

UW’s delegation also will visit the University of Strasbourg, specifically the École de management de Strasbourg and Institut d'études politiques de Strasbourg, to advance student exchange opportunities in business, languages and international affairs.

FUB is a research university and is among Germany's most recognized universities. It is known for its research in the humanities and social sciences, and also in the field of natural and life sciences.

As part of the MOU, both UW and FUB have awarded collaborative research awards to the faculty of each institution for the coming year.

Last year, UW and FUB established a joint seed funding program, with each institution contributing $20,000, for a total pool of $40,000 that is designed to develop close collaboration between the two institutions’ faculty and researchers to: identify complementary strengths; leverage synergy; and promote the development of outstanding future research projects and other academic opportunities.

The funding is intended for intensive research and/or academic workshops; short-term research stays between the two institutions; and research-oriented teaching opportunities, such as short intensive seminars.

Applications for 2018 funding were evaluated by a joint FUB-UW committee, with each joint project involving at least one faculty member from the host institutions.

Three awards were given for:

-- “Pathways from Prison: A UW-FUB Action Research Collaboration on Post-Prison Community Re-entry and Higher Education/University in Prison Initiatives.” Co-principal investigators are Susan Dewey, UW School of Culture, Gender and Social Justice, and FUB’s Kirstin Drenkhahn.

-- “Nanoporous 2D Ordered Carbon Nitrogen Organic Framework Materials for Fuel Cells and Redox Flow Batteries.” Co-principal investigators are Bruce Parkinson and John Hoberg, UW Department of Chemistry, and FUB’s Christina Roth.

-- “Workshop: Sustainable Energy Transitions-Exploring Systems of Energy, Environment, and Society (Wyoming).” Co-principal investigators are Sarah Strauss, UW Department of Anthropology, and FUB’s Tanja Börzel.

For more information, call Garrison at (307) 766-6119, email, or visit

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