Garvey McIntosh (MAIPS ’03), an international programs specialist at NASA headquarters in Washington D.C., recently traveled to Seoul, South Korea to engage in discussions with senior representatives from the Korean government to identify cooperative areas between the US and South Korea in the field of aeronautics. Garvey wrote to the Monterey Institute to tell us about the instant rapport and wonderful working relationship he established with Kristen Bauman (MAIPS ’99), science counselor at the US Embassy in Seoul.
The Monterey Institute community was sad to learn over the holiday break of the passing of longtime professor Leo van Lier on December 23. A professor of educational linguistics, Leo joined the Institute faculty in 1986.
The Monterey Institute community celebrates 2012 as a year of great achievements and is looking forward to a new year filled with possibilities and promise.
Picking the top five news stories of the year was especially difficult this time around, but we have chosen five important stories, listed by date:
Six projects are currently featured on MontereySTART, a micro-philanthropy network created to help Monterey Institute students fund projects, new enterprises and immersive learning opportunities.
The projects are as diverse as the Monterey Institute student body. They range from individual student projects to larger group projects. Following is a short description of the projects highlighted this December:
The world-class experts at the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) are in high demand in national and international media whenever there is breaking news related to matters of security and weapons of mass destruction. On December 14, 2012, Reuters, the Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Inter Press Agency each published stories featuring a CNS expert:
While always a joyous occasion, commencement at the Monterey Institute can also be a little bittersweet for faculty and staff who say farewell to incredible students who have made their mark on the Monterey campus for the past two years. But as President Sunder Ramaswamy remarked in his address at the December 8 Winter Commencement, the day also marks the initiation of graduates into the exclusive and very supportive network of Monterey Institute alumni.
Christopher Voerg-Jones (MPA ’14) says his three-year experience as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Bulgaria helped him develop skills that he is now honing further in his chosen graduate degree program of Public Administration. When he started the program in the fall he had his sights on specializing in international development with a focus on human rights and has now broadened his scope to include an interest in social entrepreneurship.
Renowned human rights activist Larry Cox, former executive director of Amnesty International USA, will give a talk at the Irvine Auditorium of the Monterey Institute on Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. His talk is titled: “A More Perfect Union: The Fight for Human Rights in the USA.”
Alumni of the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS) program shared their experience and reflected on the deep effect it has had on their careers and lives, at the 10-year anniversary celebration of the program on November 29. The program was the brainchild of Professor Ed Laurance, who ten years ago recognized the value of combining real-life work experience with rigorous academic training to prepare graduate
Spurring a lively debate on the New York Times’ website, Judith Kildow, director of the National Ocean Economics Program at the Monterey Institute and Professor Jason Scorse, director of its Center for the Blue Economy, warn that the National Flood I