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Fall 2011 Grant Recipients

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Rahma Adam

Rahma Adam, Ph.D. Candidate, Rural Sociology Program in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology


“Marando Bora Project (Health Vines)”

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Jerome Agelu, Graduate Student, Adult Education


“A Comparative Study of Informal Learning in the "Jua Kali" Workforce of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda”

Maureen Biermann

Maureen Biermann, Ph.D Candidate, ABD, Department of Geography


“Funding Adaptation to Climate Change: Tanzania’s Engagement with UN Policy”

Heidi Brush

Heidi Brush, Ph.D. Candidate, Children’s Literature


“Encountering Oral Literatures: Myth and Embodied Performance in the South Indian and West African Diaspora”

Amy Copley

Amy Copley, Undergraduate Student, The Schreyer Honors College, Paterno Liberal Arts Fellow in International Politics


“Food Security in Kenya and Tanzania:  The Affordable Greenhouse as a means of Adapting to Climate Stress”

Jacqueline Cox

Jacqueline Cox, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Demography Dual-Degree Program


“Recognizing All Victims: A Qualitative Approach to Understanding the Meaning, Experiences, and Perception of Forced Sex in South Africans”

Ariane Cruz

Ariane Cruz, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Studies


“Beyond Black and Blue: BDSM, Pornography, and Black Female Sexuality”

Lee Ann De Reus

Lee Ann De Reus, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State Altoona


“Maternal Acceptance or Rejection of Children Born from Rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo”

Elaine Dicicco

Elaine Dicicco, Graduate Student, Departments of Social Psychology and Women’s Studies


“Perceiving Women’s Anger in the Workplace: Intersecting Stereotypes of Race, Gender, & Emotion”

Katelyn Holmes

Katelyn Holmes, Ph.D. Candidate, Health Policy & Administration with dual-title in Demography


“Assessing Breast Cancer Risk in the Developing World: The Feasibility of Telemedicine Utilization”

Donna King

Donna King, Ph.D., Lecturer, African American Studies Department


“The Black Church in Early Pennsylvania History, Education and Politics”

Vanessa Massaro

Vanessa Massaro, Doctoral Candidate, Departments of Geography and Women’s Studies


“Drug Dealing as Livelihood: Resistance, Relations, and Contestation in Urban Illegal Economies”

Khanjan Mehta

Khanjan Mehta, Director of Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program and Instructor of Engineering Design


“Kochia Chronicles: Life & Adventure, Development & Human Nature”

Keiwana O’Neal Jones

Keiwana O’Neal Jones, Graduate Student, Department of Learning & Performance Systems


“Black Greek-Lettered Organizations (BGLOs): A Legacy of African American Adult Education”

Richard Olawoyin

Richard Olawoyin, Ph.D. Candidate, Energy and Mineral Engineering


“The Application of SOM-Artificial Neural Networks, PCA and GIS Technologies for the Characterization of Human Health Risk to Petrochemical Pollutants in the Niger Delta Region”

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Sylvia Owiny, Social Sciences Librarian at University Park Libraries


“Survey of Libraries in Lango Sub-region, Uganda: A Sabbatical Report”

Hiram Smith

Hiram Smith, Ph.D. Candidate, Spanish Linguistics

“Project Palenquero: Validating the Language Spoken in a Maroon Settlement”

 Leslie Sotomayor-Zoebisch

Leslie Sotomayor-Zoebisch, Undergraduate Student, Women’s Studies and Fine Art


“Arab Migration to Cuba between the 1860 and 1940’s: A Comparative Analysis of Identity and Racialization in the Americas”

Darryl Thomas

Darryl Thomas, Associate Professor of the Department of African American Studies, and Ahmed Banya, Graduate Student, Agricultural and Extension Education

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“Climate Change, Dry Agriculture/Forestry and Food Security in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa: President Obama’s Feed the Future Program in the Horn of Africa in the 21st Century”

Sydney Wheeler

Sydney Wheeler, Undergraduate Student, Earth and Mineral Sciences


“Enough is Enough:  A Comparative Study of the Impacts of the Social Movement, “y’en a marre,” on Senegalese Youth in Dakar and Fatick”