Request for Proposals
The Illinois Strategic International Partnerships (ISIP) initiative, and its pilot project INSPIRE—Illinois‐Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange—invite proposals from current faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign for funding in support of collaborative research projects and/or cooperative educational programs that will strengthen our existing partnerships with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, and/or Karolinska Institutet.
NEXT DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2014
2014 Nordberg INSPIRE Scholar-in-Residence and Student Scholar Awards
The 2014 Nordberg INSPIRE Scholar-in-Residence Award, supported by a donation to INSPIRE from H. Gerald Nordberg, Jr. and Linda Nordberg, is given to Prof. Boris Shapiro of the Department of Mathematics at Stockholm University. Prof. Shapiro, whose selection was nominated by Profs. Yuliy Baryshnikov and Hal Schenck of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Mathematics, will visit the Urbana campus in the fall of 2014 to deliver a series of talks, and interact with faculty and graduate students, on the topic of applied topology. The INSPIRE program will provide $5k to defray travel and hosting expenses associated with this visit.
Two undergraduate students are the recipients of the 2014 Nordberg INSPIRE Student Scholar Award, a $2,500 scholarship funded by H. Gerald Nordberg, Jr. and Linda Nordberg in support of a study-abroad experience at an INSPIRE partner institution. Amanda Steelman, a Mechanical Engineering junior, spent the spring 2014 semester on an exchange with the School of Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, with a focus on energy and sustainability. Lisa Feldman, a Marketing junior, spent the spring 2014 semester on an exchange with the Stockholm Business School at Stockholm University.
Nelson awarded the Kungstenen Scholarship
Michael Nelson, an M.A. student in European Union Studies is the recipient of the Kungstenen Scholarship from Stockholm University, a one-time opportunity for an outstanding student from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to enroll in one of 76 different two-year Master's Programs offered in English in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. The scholarship covers full tuition and living expenses at a total value of $70k.
Fulbright-Uppsala University Distinguished Chair
Prof. Ramona Curry of the Department of English has been awarded the Fulbright-Uppsala University Distinguished Chair in American Studies for the period January through June 2015. The position will allow her to teach at Uppsala, and continue her ongoing collaboration with Prof. Jan Olsson and Dr. Marina Dahlquist of the SU Department of Media Studies.
Prof. Curry's collaboration with Stockholm University has also supported a semester-long visit to Illinois by Kim Fahlstedt, a graduate student from the Department of Media Studies, in 2013. An immediate outcome of this collaboration is a recent essay published in the prestigious quarterly Film History, which features Mr. Fahlstedt's research on American cinema in relation to Chinese immigrants/citizens in San Francisco in the first quarter of the 1900s,
Exascale Programming Models
Illinois is an associate partner, and only non-EU participant, in the EC-funded EpiGRAM (Exascale ProGRAmming Models) consortium led by KTH (coordinator) and including Vienna University of Technology, Fraunhofer, Cray UK, and the University of Edinburgh. The three-year project, which started on November 1, 2013, with Prof. William Gropp as the Illinois coordinator, aims to develop message-passing and programming models that address current limitations on exascale systems, able to perform 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 floating operations per second!
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Securing Water for Food
The launch of World Water Week in Stockholm in September 2013 included a joint call by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to "identify and accelerate science and technology innovations and market-driven approaches that improve water sustainability to boost food security and alleviate poverty." In the first round, the Securing Water For Food: A Grand Challenge for Development (GCD) will select 30-40 projects led by science and technology innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses, students, and other organization from anywhere in the world.
Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic
The innovative summer course Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic brings together faculty and students from KTH and Illinois to pursue interdisciplinary studies on Arctic resource management, geopolitics, geology, and climate change. With partial support from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat, the 2013 iteration included a two-week stay on Svalbard, north of the Arctic Circle, with teaching and research in the field consisting of observations of the environmental impact of climate change and interviews with researchers and actors from the business community regarding their strategies in a changing Arctic.
View the following video describing the 2012 program: