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                                 LAST SUMMER'S STUDY ABROAD IN FRANCE
         On the left is the Roman theatre at Arles; on the right is the chapel at Vincennes.
All Set For All Sets by Sameera Muqueet
Brendan Feltrup-Exum, an Honors alumnus and graduate film student, is a jack of many trades. His interests include science, math and technology, all of which he believes can be combined and incorporated into his passion for film. His latest project, Voyager, proves this to be true. Feltrup-Exum’s love for film began at an early age.  “I started making short films with friends of mine growing up in Florida. We would film toys and figurines in stop-motion style and record voice-overs all on a Betamax and VHS camcorder,” Feltrup-Exum said. However, as he grew older, his interests shifted to sciences, math and technology. Feltrup-Exum would later discover that film had the capability of encompassing all of these different areas of interest. “I later discovered that film combines all of my interests and allows me to play in 
Feltrup-Exum on the set of Voyager
many realms. I could become learned in any field I wanted for the benefit of my film. Whether it is astrophysics or military protocol, I could research the field fulfilling my thirst for knowledge and incorporate what I have learned into a film, making the depiction of that field more accurate,” said Feltrup-Exum.
This realization led Feltrup-Exum to pursue film as a major at UTA.  After researching film programs offered around Texas, Feltrup-Exum said that he chose UTA’s program because it “was the only one in which you were able to pick up a camera on day one and start making a film.” Feltrup-Exum also said that he recognized that the Honors College greatly influenced his undergraduate career as it served as “a great preparatory system that made me a better student and helped to mold how I looked at the world and learned what it had to offer. My own personal passion for learning, mixed with the guidance of the Honors College, prepared me for the working world and also enticed me to return for my master’s degree.”
During his undergraduate career, Feltrup-Exum had the opportunity to work as a production assistant on the direct-to-DVD version of Walking Tall, starring Kevin Sorbo, who is best known for the TV series Hercules. Feltrup-Exum also worked on several local productions, including the TV show Dallas, and is a co-owner of a local turnkey media production company, Haywire Studios, which produces numerous commercials, industrial training videos and corporate media. 
Currently, Feltrup-Exum is a graduate student at UTA pursuing a master’s degree in film. He said that he considers his latest production, Voyager, to be his greatest accomplishment to date. Voyager is now in post-production and features a twenty-foot-long spaceship interior set and a two-foot-long spaceship miniature that Feltrup-Exum built himself. “This film has been a two-year investment from script development to the finishing touches in post [production]…. I researched every aspect of this production from simulating weightlessness to what it takes to film a miniature,” Feltrup-Exum said. Due to the extensive visual effects work needed to finalize the film, it has been a large time commitment, but Feltrup-Exum said that he is confident that this film will be “something fantastic.” He is also writing a script for his graduate thesis film about a gardener who discovers that his town is being taken over by an alien plant. According to Feltrup-Exum, “it's hopefully going to be a comedy sci-fi film. I say hopefully because I have never written a comedy film, but with the amount of research I have done and the skills I have developed thus far, I figure the time is right to try.” 
Voyager features a twenty-foot-long spaceship interior set and a two-foot-long spaceship miniature that Feltrup-Exum built himself.
After graduating with his master’s in film, Feltrup-Exum says that he doesn’t plan on moving off to Los Angeles or New York as many would expect. “After graduate school, I have a wide variety of opportunities… I have my company here, and being able to make a living doing film is a great thing. I have several other film ideas in the works that I would like to produce when I leave, including a grouping of very short films on emotion and a feature documentary. Since I have worked as a graduate teaching assistant with my own section of students, I have also found a true sense of pride for teaching, so I'm not going to rule that out either.”  Feltrup-Exum added that he doesn’t think he will ever be settled with just one job: or have a dream job, “for me making a film in any possible way is a passion and less of a job.”
The Island of Santorini
The Honors College is pleased to announce that its summer 2015 study abroad program will be in Greece May 27-June 17. While based in the capital of Athens, the program will be travel-heavy: there will be a weeklong trip through the Peloponnesos and central Greece, and another by hydrofoil to the islands of Crete and Santorini. Greece is a mountainous country. The program will involve much hiking, occasionally in rough terrain.   
Two coordinated courses will be taught: ANTH 2358: Archaeological Cultures: Ancient Greece (taught by Honors Dean Karl Petruso) and CLAS 2335: Greek Mythology and Civilization (taught by Prof. Charles Chiasson, Director of the Classics Program). All students enroll in both courses. The courses may be taken for Honors credit through the usual contract procedure. Applications are encouraged from students in all majors. Honors College study abroad programs do not use classrooms; all course sessions will take place on archaeological and historic sites (including the impressive Bronze Age palaces and citadels of Minoan and Mycenaean civilization, and the classical sanctuaries of Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Eleusis, Sounion, and Epidauros). Many museums will be visited, exhibiting the best-known Greek art from the Stone Age to the Byzantine Period.
The program fee of $1750 covers hotels (double occupancy); all breakfasts; two dinners; all program travel within Greece; and entry fees to all archaeological sites and museums. Not included: airfare; lunches and most dinners; tuition, books and incidentals. Financial aid can be applied, and all students are eligible for UTA International Education Fee Scholarships. Honors College members are eligible additionally for Robert F. McMahon Scholarships.
Application forms will be posted to the Honors College website in October 2014. All applicants will be interviewed. Enrollment is limited, so early application is strongly recommended. For further information, contact Dean Petruso (
Biology junior Fordjour earns poster award at ASM branch conference in New Orleans
Emmanuel Fordjour, a junior in the Honors Biology/Microbiology program with a minor in Chemistry, earned the Joan Abramowitz Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for his poster presentation at the Joint American Society of Microbiology Branch conference in early November in New Orleans.                                                                         Emmanuel Fodjour
Fordjour was selected as the winner over nearly 200 student presenters from institutions across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. He is involved in molecular microbiology and bacterial infectious disease research in the lab of Julian Hurdle, Assistant Professor of Biology. Fordjour’s project was titled “Analysis of Anti-Clostridium difficile Activity of Paired Antibiotic Combinations”. Clostridium difficile is an intestinal bacterium that causes severe to fatal diarrhea, killing over 15,000 people annually in the United States.
“I am humbled by this recognition from the American Society of Microbiology because I had not even taken the required microbiology class when I began research this past spring,” Fordjour said. “I am very grateful to Dr. Hurdle and all the lab members for their instruction and continued support.”
Said Hurdle, “Emmanuel is thoroughly deserving of the ASM branch award, as he has worked tirelessly in his project to identify drug combinations to treat persistent Clostridium difficile infections. Certainly, with his enthusiasm and dedication, he continues to set new standards for undergraduate research in my lab.” 
Fordjour was named a winner of the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2014 Posters on the Hill competition. He is one of 60 undergraduate scholars selected from 600 applicants across the nation to present his research in Washington, DC. Fordjour also received one of 15 United Negro College Fund Merck Science Research Fellowship Awards for 2014.
It’s Not Rocket Science…It's Aerospace Engineering  
by Sameera Muqueet
            “It’s not rocket science” is a phrase that doesn’t apply to second-year graduate student and Honors College alumna Sarah Hussein. Hussein is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a National Science Foundation fellow. Hussein’s journey 
    Sarah Hussein
to receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014 began with her undergraduate career at UTA. Hussein chose UTA after moving to the United States from Lebanon. She was drawn to the university because of its renowned engineering program. “My interest in mathematics led to me engineering, then my fascination with flight led me to aerospace engineering,” Hussein remarked. By combining these two passions, Hussein went on to become the Engineering Constituency Council president and take part in several research opportunities both at UTA and at the International level.  In the summers of 2011 and 2012 she participated in the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Research Academy and collaborated in an international research opportunity with this organization. “These opportunities to experience research helped guide me to graduate school,” Hussein said.  Upon graduating with an Honors degree in aerospace engineering, Hussein decided to stay at UTA for her Ph.D. studies.
Hussein said that the Honors College at UTA was instrumental in her success as an undergraduate and in her choice to continue her education in graduate school. “The Honors College enhanced my undergraduate studies by providing better learning opportunities through smaller class sizes, mentoring, as well as the experience of defending an Honors thesis. Furthermore, the Honors College supported me as an alumna through graduate school funding. Funding was one of the main struggles I faced on the path to graduate school. However, through the Honors College and with the support of UTA faculty, I successfully received multiple fellowships in the first two years of graduate school that will fund me until graduation.” Through the support and guidance of both the Honors College faculty as well as from the faculty of the nationally recognized Aerodynamics Research Center, where she currently works, Hussein has gone above and beyond in her field of study.
Hussein is currently conducting research on turbulent flow and utilizing the properties of turbulent flow to enhance engine systems and aircraft designs. Hussein said that her research on turbulent flow has many applications, “the research introduces detonation phenomena to a turbulent flow, and this work has applications in the establishment of disaster mitigation techniques for coal mine, and power plant explosions, a need that remains unmet.” After receiving her Ph.D., Hussein hopes to continue working on cutting-edge research and contributing to the scientific community through her work in industrial and academic aerospace engineering research. 
In her free time, she continues to contribute to an outreach program called Smart Girls in STEM. Hussein married fellow Honors College alumnus, Tarik Shihabeddin, in the summer of 2014.
  Sarah Hussein can be seen in the photo on the right among her Smart Girls in STEM.

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Sarah Hussein - The Honors College Graduate and Bridge to Graduate School Fellow has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship. The stipend for 2014-15 is $32,000 per twelve-month fellowship year. The GRFP fellowship period is for up to 5 years, with support provided for a maximum of three years.
ACES 2014 ~ Honors Student Winners (6 out of 13 total awards!)
 Undergraduate Poster Presentation
 Provost's Poster Award ($100)  Mouhamed Nashawi (Biology): Influence of Nutrient Concentration on EPS Production & Biofilm Growth Faculty Mentor: Hristo Kojouharov
  Undergraduate Oral Presentation
 President's Award ($200) Emmanuel Fordjour (Biology): In Vitro Activity of Paired Antibiotic Combinations against Clostridium difficile. Faculty Mentor: Julian G. Hurdle
 Dean's Award ($50) Rachel Lyle (Nursing): Measured Noise Levels in the Hospital with Correlating Patient Perception. Faculty Mentor: Deborah Behan
 Dean's Award ($50) Matthew Le (Biology): Limiting Neuroma Formation and Neuropathic Pain after Peripheral Nerve Injury Using a Multi-Luminal Conduit Implant. Faculty Mentor: Mario Romero-Ortega
 President's Award ($200) Timothy Hoffman (Physics): Simulations of the ATLAS Forward Proton Detector. Faculty Mentor: Andrew Brandt
 Provost's Award ($100) Arya Banait (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering): Experimental Analysis of Patterned Growth of Micropores in Poly-Dimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Faculty Mentor: Ankur Jain
Unintended Effects of Food Aid Policies  By Susan Kemboi an international student from Kenya is a sophomore Mathematics major and Economics minor at UT Arlington. She is passionate about her homeland, and enjoys reading and writing  about ongoing issues and debates in continental Africa.]
Susan Kemboi
Imagine the horrors of living through starvation, of a child’s life ebbing away from the pangs of hunger, of a helpless mother incapable of feeding her feeble, emaciated children. Imagine that nagging fear, that persistent uncertainty of having food today, tomorrow maybe . . . but skeptical of the days to come. Imagine the sorrows of an inevitable death, day in, day out, and year in, year out. I was there once, languishing in hunger after the 2000 drought claimed most of our farm produce. I remember those devastating afternoons, trying to learn on an empty stomach. I remember the schools closed down that semester. I remember those haunting wretched cries of hungry children, and of my friend who died of malnutrition. I remember most of us survived only by the goodwill of the American people who gave soo generously of their ‘yellow maize.’
The hunger problem in Africa is of unquestionably crucial importance to humanity. Needless to say, food aid has had a remarkable impact on its recipients, especially those living deep in the heart of sub-Saharan Africa, where at least three children die every minute of hunger and malnutrition-related diseases. To many such at-risk people, food aid has become a source of survival—a  solution full of looming possibilities, a savior! The heated debate on the intricacies of food aid therefore has far-reaching consequences not only for the 890 million people in the world who are still victims of starvation, but also for our children and our children’s children, whose future welfare and is at stake.
Despite the popular acclamation of food aid as the epitome of American generosity, critics have for the past few decades questioned the efficiency and sustainability of food aid, especially to Africa. Dambisa Moyo, an economist and one of the most outspoken critics of foreign aid, in her book Dead Aid depicted the aid model as a double-edged sword—promising change and the alleviation of poverty on one hand, yet a devastating tool that has crippled many African economies. While economists like Moyo focus their argument on the repercussions of food aid on the economy, policy makers have criticized the politics of government spending and agricultural reform. New York Times Journalist Ron Nixon published an article last November that vividly captured the reactions of lawmakers, merchants, and farmers when Congress failed to approve revisions to the Farm Bill that would have significantly altered the execution of food aid. The new bill advocated for waiving the “U.S. flag vessel requirement” that required food aid to be shipped by U.S. merchants; additionally, it would allow the purchase of food aid from recipient countries. “It creates jobs in this country," one Mississippi farmer complained, “and people get the food they need. Why change that?” To merchants, farmers, and policy makers from farm states whose income and political reputation are at stake, such a restructure in food aid policies ought to elicit an unprecedented level of contention. At best, these arguments have drawn remarkable attention to the rigidity of the American food aid policies, the sorry nature of starvation in Africa, and the need for pragmatic solutions to the hunger problem.
While the number of severely famished people in most developing nations of Asia and Latin America has fallen drastically for the past four decades, statistics from the World Food Organization reveal that starvation in Africa has, in spite of the continuous supply of food aid, increased by nearly 36 percent. Such statistical disparities have intensified the controversy surrounding the efficacy of food aid policies. Does food aid really solve the hunger problem? Does it alleviate the fear, uncertainty, and perpetual insecurity experienced by at-risk people, or is it merely a tool of overseas political influence? Contrasting the suboptimal consequences of current U.S food aid policies to the objectives of the Food Assistance Convention (FAC)—a multilateral cooperation between the largest donors of food that oversees all forms of food assistance—eveals that the goal of “reducing hunger and improving food security of the most vulnerable populations”, as depicted by the increasing rate of starvation, has not been met. Current food aid policies are therefore inefficient at solving Africa’s hunger problem because they destabilize local agricultural production, create a cycle of dependency, and are prone to economic exploitation by donor countries.
Destabilization of Agricultural Markets
Agriculture is of crucial importance to many African economies. According to research done by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), agriculture is the main and often only source of income to food-insecure people in Africa.
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