VOLUME 19 #2

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From our student blogs

This summer, four UD students took on research ventures as Plastino Scholars. Established in 2007 by a gift from David Plastino, AS ’78, the annual awards provide support for students to work independently in an area of personal interest, enabling them to pursue an off-campus learning experience that would not otherwise have been possible.

The 2011 Scholars kept blogs during their projects. Here are some excerpts:

“Today I had a lesson in playing gamelan! I think I did decently well, but it’s certainly quite tricky! You play with a funny looking mallet that looks like a hammer on one side and a curving spike on the other. You hit the keys with the hammer side, as the spike is purely decorative.”

—Lisa Russo, who traveled to Bali to study the art of gamelan, a prevalent form of music and dance; http://lisasmusicalbali.tumblr.com/.

“The illegal wildlife trade is harder to track than drugs or weapons. Illegal wildlife trade is often mixed with legal occupations, such as the pet trade, and this makes it harder to prove illegal activity, as the trafficker usually has a legitimate source of income as well."

— Allison Rogers, who researched the smuggling of exotic birds and visited Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Rhode Island to raise awareness of the world parrot crisis; http://alli-g.tumblr.com/.

“I took the opportunity to go to Osho Park, here in Pune. It’s a very pretty garden, but it’s a shame to see that even in such a beautiful park, there was trash in the water in some places and piles of garbage at the end of the park.”

— Chris Kerwien, who traveled to India and studied the impact of solar-powered refrigeration technologies in developing countries with Promethean Power; http://kerwienc.tumblr.com/.

“I made my way over to Fundacion IWO, whose mission is to preserve and disseminate the history, culture and religious ideals of the Jewish community in Argentina. They house massive amounts of books, archives and important documents relating to Jewish life.”

—Stephanie Halperin, who researched the Jewish community in Buenos Aires, which is the largest in Latin America and nearly 2 percent of the Argentine population; http://steph-argentina.tumblr.com/.

For more about the adventures of UD students, visit the University’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UDelaware.



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