Made in America: An International Experience
On March 27th, 2018, the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness, in partnership with MSC OPAS, Muslim Student Association, and International Student Association, held an outstanding program- Made in America: An International Experience. The program featured comedy sets by popular comedians Hasan Minhaj, Azhar Usman, and Mo Amer. Following the sets, the comedians participated in a Q&A session, and interacted with the audience. Minhaj stated, “The audience was really receptive, I think they had a really good time.” Check out more about the program in this article by The Battalion.
Fellows Lecture Series: Joel Taylor
Joel Taylor is a Master’s candidate at the Bush School. Joel and his team traveled to 9 different districts in Uganda in December 2017 to research on existing refrigeration and freezing practices for protecting and preserving perishable agricultural and pharmaceutical products. Through his experience abroad, Joel gained a better understanding of food logistics in East Africa as it relates to temperature controlled supply chains. Joel presented his research as a part of the MSC L.T. Jordan Fellows Lecture Series.
Fellows Lecture Series: Leigh Ellyn Preston
Leigh Ellyn Preston is a DrPH candidate in Epidemiology and Environmental Science at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Leigh traveled to Quito, Ecuador to research the environmental health infrastructure issues and zoonotic exposures that potentially influence diarrheal disease in urban neighborhoods versus rural neighborhoods. While abroad, Leigh also had a goal to identify barrios on the islands of San Cristobal and Santa Cruz with higher incidence rates of parasitic infections. Leigh presented her research as a part of the MSC L.T. Jordan Fellows Lecture Series.
Fellows Lecture Series: Rachel Adams
Rachel Adams is a PhD candidate in the Ecosystem Science and Management department. Her research focuses on deep rooting tropical trees in the seasonally dry forests of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Rachel used this unique opportunity to directly observe and sample tree roots, which are otherwise difficult to study. With genetics tools and stable isotopes, Rachel determined which species can grow deep roots into the caves and how their access to groundwater impacts above ground forest composition and productivity. This interdisciplinary work seeks to understand the functions and benefits of deep rooting in this intriguing ecosystem as well as highlight the inherent connections between the surface and subterranean worlds. Rachel presented her research as a part of the MSC L.T. Jordan Fellows Lecture Series.
Fellows Lecture Series: Brianna Myre
Brie Myre is a PhD candidate in Biology studying sea turtle feeding physiology during reproduction. Her goal is to use physiology as a tool for conservation, as hormones can inform us about the cryptic behavior of these mysterious creatures. The central focus of Brie’s work is to advise the development of more effective conservation plans to aid Olive Ridley sea turtles in having more and healthier offspring. Brianna presented her research as a part of the MSC L.T. Jordan Fellows Lecture Series.
Every year, the MSC L.T. Jordan Fellows publicly present their internationally conducted research, highlighting their personal experiences while being immersed in a foreign culture.
With partial funding provided by the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness, Chris Traveled to Calnali, Mexico during Summer 2017 to interview locals in the area about their knowledge of environmental impacts in the river systems, the importance the river health has on them, and their description of the male swordtail fish, Xiphophorus. Additionally Chris will conduct behavioral field trials on female preference for hybrid males, an important aspect of the environmental impacts.
Understanding Human Diplomacy
With partial funding provided by the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute of International Awareness, Brianna traveled to Costa Rica to research the reproductive physiology of the olive ridley sea turtles over a nesting season while also developing non-invasive ultrasound and assay-based tools to determine female health, feeding status and reproductive state.
With partial funding provided by the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness, Annah traveled to Tunisia to research the ecological factors driving the distribution of Ixodes ricinus, the tick vector that transmit Borrelia burgdoferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease in Europe and Northern Africa.
Russian Film Screening: Who is Mr. Putin?
With partial funding provided by the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International Awareness, Camille Goblet traveled to the Chaco region of Paraguay on July 2- July 16, 2017, to conduct physical exams and collect samples for various health parameters on Chacoan and white-lipped peccaries, an endangered species native to the region.
Jordan 30th anniversary
Russian Film Screening
In the fall of 2016 we played Save My Speech Forever, a film about 20th Century Russian poet Osip Madelshtam. The film’s Director of Photography was present to discuss the movie and the message it carried. Over 200 people attended the event and we thank the Department of International Studies, Film Studies, and the Houston Russian Cultural Center for their help.
41st Annual Conference, American Sociological Association
For it’s 41st annual conference, the ASA Political Economy of the World-System in conjunction with the Sociology Department presents GLOBAL MIGRATION. Keynote speakers will be James Fenelon, Walden Bello, Immanuel Wallerstein and Rogelio Saenz. The topics to be tackled are as such: Being a Student in the Age of Trump,”Immigration as Racial Dominance since 1492″ (James Fenelon), “Migration from a World-Systems Perspective” (Immanuel Wallerstein) and topics related to Migration. Please click on this link to view the flyer for this important event.
This is an orchestra about a young gay student, Matthew Shepard. In October of 1998, he was kidnapped, severely beaten and tied to a fence. Matthew was found by a fellow student who had at first thought him to be a scarecrow. He died five days later. This Orchestra is in remembrance of irreprehensible atrocity that took place. For the 20th anniversary, Craig Hella Johnson created his first concert-length work. Considering conspirare.
The performance was at the Rudder Theatre on January 29th and 30th, 2017 at7:30 pm. Composed and conducted by Craig Hella Johnson. The performance is inspired by the legacy of Matthew Shepard and will feature a post discussion panel about the music and the LGBTQ experience at Texas A&M University. Tickets were purchased at the MSC Box Office.