America in Living Color Seminar

The seminar provides a unique opportunity to gain understanding of various academic fields through the presentations of American Fulbright grantees who are currently doing reasearch and studying in Finland.

4th America in Living Color Seminar

March 14-15, 2013
University of Tampere

The seminar is organized by the Fulbright Center and the University of Tampere North American Studies Program.

Examples of grantee presentations:


Thursday, 14 March 2013, University of Tampere Main Building D11

12:45-12:55 Opening of the Seminar
Seminar Chair: Professor Katri Sieberg, University of Tampere
Remarks by Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director of the Fulbright Center and Pertti Haapala, First Vice Rector of the University of Tampere

Snapshot from previous year's seminar

12:55-13:20 Historic Context: American Construct, Finnish Reception
Salim Elwazani • Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair • Bowling Green State University • Architecture • Aalto University

13:20-13:45 Prevention of Public Sector Corruption: The Finnish Approach
Hannah East • Fulbright Student Program, Fulbright-CIMO Grantee • Nazareth College of Rochester • Social Work • University of Helsinki

13:45-14:10 Developing a Strategy for Successful Digital Partnerships
Lesley Kadish • Scholar, Mid-Career Professional Grant • Minnesota Historical Society • Anthropology • WeeGee Exhibition Center

14:10-14:15 What Can Fulbright Do for You?
Karoliina Kokko • Senior Program Manager • Fulbright Center

14:15-14:45 Coffee Break

14:45-15:10 How Much Does One Kilo Weigh?
Rae Ellen Bichell • Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award • Yale University • Journalism • University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, University of Lapland

15:10-15:35 Methane Cycling in the Arctic Peatlands
Kimberley Miller • Fulbright Student Program • San Diego State University • Biology • University of Helsinki

15:35-16:00 Plants in lapland and the Future of Species Distribution Modeling
Lucas Harris • Fulbright Student Program • Hamilton College • Geography • University of Helsinki

16:00-16:25 Designing Safer Levee Systems
Christopher Meehan • Fulbright-Tampere University of Technology Scholar Award • Civil and Environmental Engineering • Tampere University of Technology

16:25-16:35 Break

16:35-17:00 Additive Manufacturing and the Potential Democratization of the production of Physical Goods
Brent Stucker • Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation • Mechanical Engineering • VTT Espoo

Snapshot from previous year's seminar

17:00-17:25 Bugs and Drugs: Thoughts on Combating Antibiotic Resistance from Finland
Megan Whalen • Fulbright Student Program • Occidental College • Chemistry • University of Helsinki

17:25-17:45 What is Topology?
Gregory Arone • Scholar • University of Virginia • Mathematics • University of Helsinki


Friday, March 15 2013, Pinni B, Auditorium B1097

9:15-9:40 How Finnish Secondary School Teachers of Chemistry Use Inquiry-Based Teaching Methods in Their Classroom
Jacqueline Williams • Fulbright Student Program • Pace University • Education • University of Oulu

9:40-10:05 The Educator’s Role in Cultivating Confidence, Equity and Achievement: Perspectives from Oulu’s Schools
Sophie Anne Knowles • Fulbright Student Program • Brooklyn College, The City of New York • Education • University of Oulu

10:05-10:30 Finnish Teachers and How They Reach Scientific Problem Solving Skills
Janet English • Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching • Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Lake Forest, CA • University of Eastern Finland, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education

10:30-10:55 The Choice of Vocational Schools
Karen Lee • Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching • Thurgood Marshall Academy, Washington, DC • University of Jyväskylä, Finnish Institute for Educational Research

10:55-11:20 An Intercultural Education Model
Laurie Eldridge • Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching • Peoria Unified School District #11, Phoenix, AZ • University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education

11:20-12:30 Lunch Break

12:30-12:55 It Doesnʼt Have to Be This Way: Teacherʼs Unions in Comparative Perspective
Lindsay Whorton • Fulbright Student Program, Fulbright-CIMO Grantee • Drake University • Education • University of Helsinki

12:55-13:20 You Are Not Taught, You Learn: a Cross-Cultural Dialogue of Constructivism and Play in the United States and Finland
Amanda Siepiola • Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching • District of Columbia Public Schools, Horace Mann Elementary School, Washington, DC • University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education

13:20-13:45 Informal Economies of Hospitality: Re-imagining Tourist Dwelling in Finnish Lapland
Jennie Germann Molz • Scholar • College of the Holy Cross, Worcester • Sociology • University of Lapland

13:45-14:00 Coffee Break

14:00-14:25 Expressions of Urbanity in Finnish Art
Benjamin Norris • Fulbright Student Program • College of William and Mary • Cultural and Intellectual History • University of Helsinki

14:25-14:50 Geography and the New political Economy of US Intelligence
Susan Roberts • Fulbright-University of Turku Scholar Award • University of Kentucky • Geography • University of Turku

14:50-15:15 Land
Richard Schein • Scholar, Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies • University of Kentucky • Geography • University of Helsinki

15:15-15:20 Closing Words: Katri Sieberg

End of seminar


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