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International Affairs announces Cobb Fellowship recipients

May 7, 2014
Marc Adler, Kikue Hamayotsu and Holly Jones

Marc Adler, Kikue Hamayotsu and Holly Jones

International Affairs has announced the recipients of this year’s Cobb Fellowships:

Each fellow will receive a grant of $1,333 to facilitate research collaboration with an international colleague.

The Cobb program is funded through an endowment that was established from the estate of Lillian “Pauline” Cobb, who served as the first chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 1930 to 1966. It is a competitive grant program designed to promote the active involvement of regular NIU faculty members in international travel that will enhance their on-campus programs.

The specific invitational priorities of the Cobb Faculty Travel Fellowship program may be adjusted each year to support particular aspects of the strategic plan and mission.

For the 2014 competition, the invitational priority was international research collaboration.

Photo of international flagsAdler seeks to initiate new collaborative research with a lab at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom to study protein folding and related diseases. Hamayotsu plans to build collaborative relations with leading researchers in Indonesia in the field of religious conflict and democracy in Indonesia. Jones seeks to facilitate international collaboration with Auckland University of Technology, Auckland University and Victoria University in New Zealand to quantify island recovery following invasive species removal.

In addition, the Division of International Affairs has provided funds for three more international research collaboration fellowships. These have been awarded to Catherine Raymond of the School of Art and Center for Burma Studies, Victor Ryzhov of chemistry and biochemistry and Karen Samonds of biological sciences.

Raymond’s collaboration involves poetics, politics, digitization and bi-directional capacity building in Burmese museology. Ryzhov will collaborate with colleagues in the Netherlands on the study of free radicals in protein model systems. Samonds will collaborate on the study of the arrival of modern vertebrate fauna to Madagascar.