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World View: Faculty, Students Traverse the Globe for Research
Despite ground-breaking technology and the ability to transmit messages across the globe in the blink of an eye, today’s academic researchers still face familiar challenges: time, distance and money.
College of Liberal Arts faculty members may be able to share research information with colleagues on the other side of the world, but attending international conferences or conducting on-site research can be costly.
Generous donations by longtime supporters of UT Arlington have led to the creation of two centers that not only provide faculty and students with needed funding but encourage scholarship with a global focus.
The Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies opened in 2010 following a donation by the late Roger and Betty Ruch. The mission of the center is to promote the study of critical languages like Arabic, Chinese and Russian, and provide students with scholarships and opportunities to study abroad.
The McDowell Center also supports faculty research. Last year, several Liberal Arts faculty members received travel assistance, including:
• Najia Alameddin (Modern Languages), who presented at a conference at the University of Bristol, England;
The Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute began in 2005 with a generous donation from alumnus Mustaque Ahmed (’81) and each year the center supports guest lectures on the UT Arlington campus. The institute also provides funding for student and faculty research.
In 2013, five graduate students were named Global Research Fellows, including:
• Mylynka Kilgore Cardona (History), writing a dissertation on the impact of Dutch aristocrat Alexandrine Tinne;
The institute also named Dr. Bob Kunovich (Sociology) as a fellow for his work on social and political changes in Eastern Europe.
Dr. Beth Wright, Dean of Liberal Arts, said donor support is crucial in funding scholarship by UT Arlington faculty and students.
“We are so pleased that our alumni and donors continue to support the College and the University,” she said. “Through their generous giving, our award-winning faculty and students are able to conduct research and attend peer conferences around the world that improves the quality of academics and teaching here at UT Arlington.”
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