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Office of International Affairs' Fund Recipients

2019 OIA-BOSP Companion Grant (up to $15k to support international research opportunities related to BOSP location)

  • Mykel Kochenderfer, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics and, by courtesy, of computer science, is collaborating with Oxford Robotics Institute researchers, Professor Ingmar Posner and Dr. Ioannis Havoutis, as well as with two Stanford PhD students from the Aeronautics and Astronautics department. They aim to study how to enable machine learning to reason about uncertainty for robotic autonomy. Currently, robots can operate safely and reliably when in highly repetitive and predictable conditions. By advancing machine learning techniques to better adapt and understand their surroundings, autonomous robots can be used in a wider range of scenarios to improve quality of life.

  • Jeanne Tsai, professor of psychology, is collaborating with Dr. Yukiko Uchida from the Kokoro Research Center, Kyoto University, and a 2nd year PhD student in her lab, to analyze what factors promote romantic attraction when considering cultural differences in the emotional states of North Americans and East Asians.

2019 International Research Exploration Fund (up to $15K to address challenges in global research)

  • Craig Criddle, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is collaborating with Stephen Luby, Stanford professor of medicine, and Abdul Wahab, professor of limnology and aquaculture at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU). They seek to explore how certain species of fish can impact methane emissions of aquaculture ponds in Bangladesh and more broadly understand how methane emissions could be impacted by manipulating local pond ecology.

  • Jenna Davis, associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, is collaborating with Kanwaljeet Anand, Stanford professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology, and two professors from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, Scholastic Ashaba from the department of psychiatry and Elias Kumbakumba from the department of pediatrics and child health. They aim to research pathways of water supply that affect child health and development in low- and middle-income countries. They hope to leverage the data for long term contributions to water infrastructure planning and policy that support maternal and child health.

  • Grant Miller, professor of medicine, is collaborating with Luis Fabiano de Assis, who brings expertise from a variety of roles including chief research & data officer, federal prosecutor, and professor at the National School of Public Prosecutors in Brazil. They seek to expand Fabiano de Assis’ human trafficking data repository. The data will advance research purposes that can connect stakeholders in government, civil society, NGOs, and academia who would leverage the emerging data to fight human trafficking.

  • Krish Seetah, assistant professor of anthropology, is conducting research on malaria spanning 300 years at sites with historic epidemics. The work will involve multiple disciplines such as archaeology, history, and climate science, as well as over 20 collaborators across 5 countries. In particular, Professor Seetah and his research team are seeking new sites in Africa, with Zimbabwe as a potential case study for the team. With extensive datasets, Professor Seetah aims to produce a framework that could predict the impact of malaria in the next 50-100 years.

  • William Tarpeh, assistant professor of chemical engineering and, by courtesy, of civil and environmental engineering, is collaborating with Becaye Sidy Diop, chief executive officer of Delvic Sanitation Initiatives in Dakar, Senegal to research proof-of-concept of an electrochemical treatment process that could contribute to their overall goal of increasing sustainable sanitation access, reducing diarrheal disease, and reducing environmental impacts of disinfectant production.

  • Soichi Wakatsuki, professor of photon science and of structural biology, will collaborate with University of Tsukuba professors Hideo Kigoshi and Kenji Iwasaki, as well as assistant professor Naoki Horikoshi, to research marine organic  anti-tumor compounds from sea hares in the Asian Pacific Ocean along Japan and California’s coasts. Their research presents huge potential for developing tumor suppressing, next generation drug compounds.

2018 OIA-BOSP Companion Grants (up to $15K to send graduate students to a BOSP location or bring a collaborator from overseas to Stanford)

  • Jonathan Berger, denning family provostial professor in music, is collaborating with several Stanford affiliates including PhD candidate Eliot Canfield, consulting professor Dr. Jonathan Abel, and senior lecturer Dr. Talya Berger, as well as Dr. Alessandra Capodifiero, director of Museo Nazionale Romano and Dr. Binaca Maria Antolini, director of Societa Italiana di Musicologia, to analyze musical properties and related source materials of four churches in Rome and Florence, Italy for a comparative study of how the architecture of each church influences musical performances.

  • Noah Goodman, associate professor of psychology, of computer science, and by courtesy, linguistics, will collaborate with Stanford graduate students Ben Peloquin and Mike Wu and potentially with Kenny Smith, professor of linguistics and English language at the University of Edinburgh and a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, to expand comparative research on how Spanish and English languages influence thought by utilizing modern computer-assisted experimentation tools. They aim to further compare with other Iberian languages such as Catalán.

  • Tanya Luhrmann, professor of anthropology, will collaborate with Angela Voss, senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury and Gregory Shaw, professor of religious studies at Stonehill College, and potentially with Douglas Hedley, professor of the philosophy of religion at the University of Cambridge, to research how and to what extent humanist philosopher Marsilio Ficino’s (1433-1499) philosophical and spiritual practice, which became the foundation of what is now commonly known as Renaissance magical philosophy, is practiced in the modern age.

2018 International Research Exploration Fund (up to $15K to develop new programs and initiatives that demonstrate "proof-of-concept")

  • Tadashi Fukami, professor of biology, will collaborate with Kaoru Tsuji, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ecological Research in Kyoto and Manubu Kishi, a researcher at the Japanese Apricot Laboratory, Wakayama Fruit Experimental Station in the Minabe/Tanabe region of Japan to study how bacteria and yeast found in flower nectar can improve pollination of agricultural crops by honey bees.

  • Steven Gorelick, professor of earth system science, will collaborate with officials, regulators, researchers with the New Zealand Ministry of the Environment, to explore collaboration opportunities with academics in Auckland to develop modern and innovative freshwater sustainability tools.

  • Rishee Jain, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will collaborate with Ronita Bardhan, assistant professor with the Center for Urban Science and Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, to measure energy consumption in the Dharavi informal settlement (colloquially known as a slum) for the purposes of devising a sustainable redevelopment plan.

  • Simon Klemperer, professor of geophysics, will collaborate with Soma Nath Sapkota, the deputy director general at the Department of Mines and Geology in Nepal and adjunct professor at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu will sample geothermal  springs in Nepal to better understand seismic fault activity.

  • Stephen Luby, professor of medicine, will collaborate with Bilkis Belgum, head of division of chemistry at the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, to research and address air pollution impacts on health in urban Bangladesh.

  • Vinod Menon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, will collaborate with Ramkrisha Pasumarthy, associate professor of electrical engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, to develop new tools and computational frameworks for the investigation of psychiatric  and neurological disorders.

  • Erik Sperling, assistant professor of geological sciences, will collaborate with Aivo Lepland, research scientist at the Norwegian Geological Survey and geology specialist at the Tallinn University of Technology, to track the origins of  Earth's oxygenated atmosphere in Fennoscandia and Arctic Russia. 

2017 OIA-BOSP Companion Grants (up to $15K to send graduate students to a BOSP location or bring a collaborator from overseas to Stanford)

  • Alexandra Boehm, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will collaborate with Katherine Lizama Allende, a professor at the Universidad de Chile to study the environmental and human determinants of contamination in the Mapocho / Maipo River system that runs through the urban center of Santiago.

  • Paul DeMarinis, professor of art and art history, will collaborate with Kazuhiro Jo, an assistant professor at the Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts, on a project on phonography combining the creation of a new artwork and a body of critical writing.

  • Kenneth Goodson, professor of mechanical engineering, will collaborate with David Wilson, a Stanford doctoral student in musicology, on the course “The Engineering of Opera” to be offered in Florence. They will invite a number operatic performers to Florence for demonstrations, concerts, and lecture participation.

  • Pamela Hinds, professor of management science and engineering, will collaborate with a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Work, Technology and Organization to build a network of researchers in South Africa, to join efforts in studying South Africa’s emerging digital economy, to build portfolio of relevant companies, associations and individuals in order to get a handle on how data analysts and data scientists are trained and organized in South Africa and to commence exploratory qualitative and ethnographic work

  • Helen Longino, professor of philosophy, will collaborate with Philippe Huneman, a professor at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), and a Stanford doctoral student in philosophy on developing a working partnership between the Patrick Suppes Center for History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford and IHPST at the National Center for Scientific Research, and developing and disseminating philosophical analysis of interaction that draws on both analytic and continental traditions in philosophy.

  • Grant Parker, associate professor of classics, will collaborate with Paul Tichmann, the director of digitization at the Iziko Museums of South Africa and a Stanford graduate student in classics, on the creation of a digital database, Mapping Cape Slavery, which was the main source of labor in the Cape Colony under Dutch occupation.​

2016 International Research Exploration Fund (up to $15K to advance international collaborations)

  • Gary Darmstadt, professor (teaching) of pediatrics, and a multidisciplinary team at Stanford are collaborating with Sesame Workshop, World Vision International, to form a new and innovative partnership intended to change the WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) attitudes and behaviors of school-aged children that will result in significant impact on health, education, and gender equality. This project has been piloted in Zambia, and the partners seek to scale up to 14 additional developing countries. Stanford University has been invited to come alongside Sesame Workshop and World Vision to develop a multi-disciplinary, evidence-based evaluation and research framework that will be incorporated into the program as it is scaled up.

  • Pascaline Dupas, associate professor of economics and a multidisciplinary team at Stanford are creating early pathways for graduate economics students, specifically those studying Development Economics, to participate in an international research project through a mentored activity. The aim of the project is to increase the likelihood that PhD students choose to study international issues, in particular issues pertaining to developing countries, and make groundbreaking contributions in this domain. It is extremely difficult for students to make meaningful contributions in this field if they do not have first-hand yet structured experience with international issues, nor contacts with local partners that they can work with in order to pursue a given research question once they have identified it.

  • Pamela Hinds, professor of management science and engineering will collaborate with researchers from Italy and Sweden to study crowd-based open innovation and how integrating ideas from globally distributed external systems changes the work of designers and engineers within a firm, especially when working on physical products. They plan to conduct an ethnographic study at the Local Motors site in Berlin and follow all challenges and tasks based over the course of 8 weeks. Collecting data in Germany has the added benefit of providing an interesting cross-cultural comparison of behaviors in Germany versus headquarters based in the United States.

  • Grant Miller, associate professor of medicine and collaborators at Stanford and in Iran will conduct econometric analyses of the role that Iran’s primary health care expansion played in its dramatic population health gains from 1974 to 2000. The team has acquired a detailed census of Iran’s primary health care infrastructure since the Islamic revolution that can be matched at a highly disaggregated geographic level to population health indicators in Iran’s population censuses conducted in 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006, and 2011 (which has been obtained in their entirety from the Statistical Center of Iran).

  • Barbara Voss, associate professor of anthropology and collaborators at Stanford and in China will conduct interdisciplinary study of 19th century qiaoxiang (home village) society and culture in the Pearl River Delta region, Guangdong Province, China. Emigration from southeastern China is one of the largest and most important population movements during the modern era. Migrants’ home villages developed distinctive cultural and social strategies to stay connected to migrants living abroad. The qiaoxiang were themselves transformed as migrants shared new cultural influences and sent remittances to support their families and cultural institutions back home. Read more

2015 OIA seed grant recipients (up to $30K for proof of concept projects)

  • Zephyr Frank, associate professor of history and director of the Program on Urban Studies, aims to convene two workshops and an Urban Sustainability Expo at the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) in partnership with universities in China on the theme of sustainable cities. Frank hopes the grant will enable the Program on Urban Studies to establish a home base at SCPKU and conduct field research in Beijing. Read more.

  • Maurice Rehm, professor of theater and performance studies and classics, will collaborate with Eleni Paplaxiou of the University of the Peloponnese to establish a summer institute in Greece's Argolid region. Rehm hopes that the institute will serve as an international center for research on Greek tragedy and that it will become a center for theatrical exploration. Read more.

  • Krish Seetah, assistant professor of anthropology, is conducting research on improving "early warning" models that predict the incidence of malaria in Mauritius. Working with colleagues from the U.S., U.K., Denmark and Mauritius, they plan to recover and analyze archaeological samples, assemble a record of past climate change, and correlate the data with historic incidences of malaria epidemics. 

  • Michael Tomz, professor of political science, will collaborate with Masaru Kohno of Waseda University to study Japanese attitudes toward foreign policy. They will design, field and analyze public opinion polls about major foreign policy topics, including territorial disputes, military alliances, trade agreements, economics sanctions, humanitarian intervention, and environmental treaties.

2015 OIA seed grant recipients (up to $10K, to bring your collaborator to Stanford)

  • Angelle LaBeaud, assistant professor of pediatrics (infectious diseases) and Bryson Ndenga, from the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kenya use a multidisciplinary approach to early diagnosis of chikungunya and malaria. Read more.

  • Stephen Luby, professor of medicine (infectious diseases), and Nadia Ali Rimi, from the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh to advance a study about the social lives of Bangladeshi poultry workers to understand whether social contact structure can facilitate human-to-human transmission of zoonotic respiratory infections between rural and urban areas.

  • Alex Macario, professor of anesthesiology, and Farai Madzimbamuto from the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) in Zimbabwe will exchange knowledge.  Dr. Farai Madzimbamuto to learn education techniques used at Stanford will inform him and equip him to steer research studies that optimize the use of available resources to augment the education of UZCHS residents.

  • Vinod Menon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Viswanath Talasila, from M.S.R. Institute of Technology (MSRIT), Bangalore University in India will integrate ongoing research in characterizing brain networks in the Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory at Stanford with control theory, signal processing, machine learning and statistical.

  • Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Esraa Abdel-Fattah, an activist and digital media specialist, April 6th Youth Movement in Egypt and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will collaborate on a research project examining the use of social media in political activism in Egypt.

2014 OIA seed grant recipients (up to $10K, to bring your collaborator to Stanford)

  • Julie Parsonnet, professor of medicine and Dr. Kaniz Katun-e-Jannat from the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh will assess probiotics intervention in malnourished children.

  • Benjamin Pinsky, assistant professor of pathology and medicine and Dr. Wellington Oyibo from The University of Lagos in Nigeria will collaborate to establish the use of our assays, which they expect to yield refined estimates of dengue and malaria incidence in Nigeria.

  • Abby King, professor of health research and policy and Dr. Felicia Canete from the Ministry of Health of Paraguay will build on the “health without borders” approach and develop chronic disease prevention research in a low-middle income country.

  • Elizabeth Hadly, professor of biology and Kashish Das Shrestha from Nepal, to present Maintaining Humanity's Life Support Systems in the 21st Century, a consensus statement written at the request of California Governor Jerry Brown, at a national event with high level politicians and policy makers to endorse the document. Read more.

  • Dick Zare, professor of chemistry, and G. Jagadeesh from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India will further droplet chemistry fusion research.

  • Helen Stacy, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Ohnmar Ei Ei Chaw from the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region in Myanmar will further the technical aspects of research and data analysis and contribute to consolidating links between the Stanford project, Bay Area scholars and the Myanmar experts and activists.

2013 OIA seed grant recipients (up to $15K to initiate a new collaboration)

  • Simon Klemperer, professor of geophysics to collaborate with Li Zhenqing of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences to sample hot springs in Tibet and analyze their geo chemistry and isotopic composition to understand the tectonics of India-Asia continental collision; to understand greenhouse gases (carbon-dioxide release) in collisional belts; and to characterize the geothermal (alternative energy) potential of Tibet.

  • Jenna Davis, professor of civil and environmental engineering and Atonu Rabbani of the University of Dhaka will undertake a collaboration that has the potential to bridge the gap between a technological innovation and a scalable, sustainable solution for urban water supply in low-income countries.

  • Grant Miller, associate professor of medicine will collaborate with researchers in India to identify institutional and behavioral obstacles that prevent health programs from reaching their full potential, to develop a new conceptual framework for analyzing these obstacles, and to formulate strategies that address them.

  • Stephen Palumbi, professor of biology and Dr. Rongo and the Cook Islands climate change division, they hope to expand general knowledge of how corals will respond to climate change and specific insight relevant to the worlds largest marine protected area.

  • James Fishkin, professor of communications to collaborate with Hunan University in China on deliberative democracy.

  • Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to collaborate with researcher partners at Tecnologico de Monterrey on the study of crime, violence and citizen security in Latin America.

2013 OIA/VPOL seed grant recipients (up to $65,000 to develop online course with international partner)

  • Richard Ford, professor of law, collaborated with David Oppenheimer of Berkeley Law School and Mikhail Xifaras of Sciences Po School of Law in France. They will develop the course, Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law, that will compare U.S., European, and other national, regional and international legal systems.

  • Matthew Strehlow, professor of surgery, and his team collaborated with Dr. Nelson Sewankambo of the College of Health Science at Makerere University in Uganda to create an online emergency medical course, Introduction to Essential Emergency Care. Read more.

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