Pardee Center Announces 2009 Summer Fellows

Seven graduate students from across Boston University have been named Pardee Summer Graduate Fellows for 2009. They will spend the summer conducting research at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and participate in a cross-disciplinary program of research on longer-range challenges related to human well-being.

Selected from a pool of over 50 stellar applicants from all across Boston University, the class of 2009 Summer Fellows includes graduate students from the Departments of Economics (1), Geography and Environment (1), Anthropology (2), International Relations (1), and the School of Public Health (2).

“We are very pleased to have these graduate students become affiliated with the Pardee Center and look forward to working with them this summer,” said Pardee Center Director Adil Najam. “We expect that they will contribute to the intellectual life of the Center and enrich the Center’s activities through their individual research as well as the multi-disciplinary perspectives that the group as a whole will bring to the Center’s research on key longer-range future challenges.”

The 2009 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellows include:

Ruzan Avetisyan,
a Doctor of Sciences candidate in the School of Public Health. Avetisyan is a medical doctor with degrees from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from BU. She has significant work experience with international health care programs.

Her summer research will focus on developing research and policy programs to address disparities in health and health care systems among countries around the world.

Arianna Fogelman,
a doctoral candidate in  the Anthropology Department. Fogelman earned an undergraduate degree in anthroplogy and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in museum studies at George Washington University. She has done field work and additional course work in Panama and Africa.

Her work at the Pardee Center will look at food insecurity in southern Africa, and how it is influenced by international and national food policies as well as cultural beliefs and practices.

Peter McGuire,
a master’s candidate in the International Relations department. McGuire holds an bachelor’s degree in History from Dalhousie University and has been a volunteer teacher in Rwanda.

His work at the Pardee Center will focus on the escalation of narcotics trafficking in West Africa and its implications for the future of transnational crime issues, governance and development in the region.

Naoko Nakagawa,
a doctoral candidate in  the Anthropolgy Department. Nakagawa has an undergraduate degree from Keio University as well as a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in addition to her master’s in anthropology from BU.

Currently doing field work in Thailand, she will conduct research this summer on the effects of alternative, pesticide-free agriculture practices on small farms in developing countries and how that affects their role in the global agricultural economy.

Peter O’Connor,
a doctoral candidate in the Geography and Environment Department, specializing in energy and environmental issues. O’Connor holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a master’s from Stanford University in peteoleum engineering. He has worked as an independent consultant for the World Bank and the Virginia-based Global Environment & Technology Foundation.

He will study historical energy transitions in various societies and the role of long-run energy use patterns and transitions in various countries around the world.

Keren Shani,
a master’s candidate in the School of Public Health, with a concentration in international health. Shani has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University and has studied at the University of Tel-Aviv.

Her summer work will focus on the cost-effectiveness and efficacy of specific health and social support programs for orphaned children in sub-Sarahan Africa whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS.

Deyu Zhao,
a master’s candidate in economics. Zhao eared a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of International Business and Economic in Beijing and did an internship with the United Nations Development Program.

His work at the Pardee Center will look at the development and trade impacts experienced by landlocked countries in central Africa who lack direct access to seaports.