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UT Faculty Awarded Global Virtual Exchange Grants for International Collaborations

  • Aug 18, 2020
  • Global Engagement and Strategy

Bias in artificially intelligent systems, advanced Russian, semiconductor memory design and global responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are among Texas Global’s latest round of Global Virtual Exchange Initiative funding.

Ten UT faculty were awarded grants at the summer 2020 competition deadline to leverage digital technology to create cross-cultural, project- and problem-based learning experiences for UT students and their peers across the world. They represent six colleges and schools across the university and are partnering with colleagues at 14 institutions across nine countries.

“I am so pleased to witness the continued and growing interest of our faculty in this transnational academic initiative. To date, we have supported 44 faculty to develop and implement virtual exchanges across 6 continents and 29 countries. The upcoming two semesters alone, more than 900 UT and students around the world will benefit from the Global Virtual Exchange Initiative,” said Sonia Feigenbaum, senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. "This robust intra-institutional program enhances the academic experience of our students and faculty and advances the university’s comprehensive global engagement objectives.”

This summer’s grant recipients are the second cohort of faculty to receive a Global Virtual Exchange Initiative award. Texas Global will announce a new deadline for proposal submissions in early September and we look forward to funding additional virtual exchange courses this fall.   

Grant Recipients

Marcela Castillo

Assistant Professor, Women's Health, Dell Medical School
Foundations of Global Health – Enrichment Elective

(Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico)

Octavio Kano-Galván

Assistant Professor, Advertising and Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
Digital Social Media Production

(Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico)

Thomas J. Garza           

Associate Professor and Director, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Advanced Russian through Global Debate
(Moscow International University, Russia)         

Ilyas Iyoob       

Adjunct Professor, Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Exploratory Data Analysis to Identify Bias in Artificially Intelligent Systems                     
(Ryerson University, Canada)

Jaydeep Prakash Kulkarni         

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Graduate Course on Semiconductor Memory Design

(Indian Institute of Technology, India)   

Fernando Luiz Lara

Professor, Architecture, School of Architecture
Latin Urbis - The History of the City in Latin America
(Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Universidad Federal da Bahia, Brazil)

Jeannette Okur

Assistant Professor of Instruction, Middle Eastern Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Cultural Translation

(Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey)

Hugh Smyth     

Professor, Molecular Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery, College of Pharmacy
Written Scientific Communication Using Digital Tools
(Universidad de Chile and Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile)

Sean Theriault  

University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Government, College of Liberal Arts
International Responses to a Global Phenomenon: The COVID-19 Pandemic
(Sciences Po Lyon, France)

Wilfried Wang 

O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture, School of Architecture
International Students' Architecture Award
(Universidad de Palermo, Argentina; Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil; Pontificia Universidad Católica, Chile)