Katie Klemsem (IPS '05) recalls her experience as a kindergarten teacher in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch left the country devastated:
I am not just a girl. I am a servant, a servant to humanity. Now I am also a writer and a professor, but it hasn't always been that way.
Over the last several years, I have introduced the Monterey Way of teaching and learning at universities in Russia and Kyrgyzstan as advisor to newly established International Relations programs in Perm, Ekaterinburg, and now Bishkek. The Monterey method promotes innovative teaching methods to facilitate active student learning through presentations, debates, panel discussions, group research projects, simulations, and other interactive methods.
Two experts from the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) are quoted in an Associated Press article about Iran’s acquisition of sensitive nuclear equipment that is being syndicated across the globe. The story traces the sale of pressure transducers – vital for uranium enrichment – by a Swiss manufacturer to a company in Taiwan, which resold them to a counterpart in China, which then sold them to an industrial manufacturing firm in Iran.
Highlights of recent activities by the faculty and staff of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies include the folliowing:
Institute alumna Mary Graham (MAIPS ’04) was recently interviewed by Voice of America regarding the development work she is doing with Practical Small Projects, the small NGO she founded "in hopes of facilitating micro-enterprise/finance projects that motivate locals to view themselves as capable entrepreneurs who can develop their own countries." Voice of America reporter Jackson Mvunganyi was specifically interested in the work Mary and PSP are doing in Mali, where they are helping villages become more self-sufficient through well const
"Opportunities & Strategies in Emerging Economies" will be the focus of the Monterey Institute’s annual student-organized international trade and investment conference, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. ( with check-in starting at 9:15 a.m.) to 5:30 p.m. (followed with a cocktail reception for paid conference attendees, panelists and reception speakers) on March 12 in the McCone Building, 499 Pierce Street in Monterey.
Monterey Institute faculty members Kenneth Coleman and Raymond Zilinskas of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies were recently referenced in an article about Botox as a bio-weapon.
Jonathan Tucker, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C. location of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, was quoted in an Associated Press article about the execution of “Chemical Ali,” or Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin and close cohort of Saddam Hussein who used chemical weapons to kill thousands of civilians during the dictator’s regime.
Professor Jinhuei Dai is a pioneer of innovative teaching and learning strategies. She advocates a "sustainable model" for teaching the Chinese language to policy students from a wide range of language levels and academic interests. By emphasizing individualization, the personal experience of learning, Professor Dai's students cultivate their language abilities.