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- A September 2014 workshop on opportunities for joint engagement in agriculture, global health, information technology, energy, and water in Africa, co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies and the European Union Center, features presentations by Drs. Zeinab Nour Eddine Tag-Eldeen, Peter Nilsson, Karoline Beronius, Yifang Ban, Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao, and Yohannes Kiros from KTH, and Alex Winter-Nelson, Ian Brooks, Gregory Damhorst, Barry Pittendrigh, George Gross, Prosper Panumpabi, and Joanna Shisler from Illinois.
- Starting in the 2014/15 academic year, the partnership between RailTEC and the KTH Railway Group includes opportunities for enrollment by Illinois students in three online courses offered at KTH.
- In October 2014, a workshop on Heritage Language Speakers in Society and Education was organized by the SU Department of Language Education. Plenary speakers included Profs. Silvina Montrul, Melissa Bowles, and Jill Jegerski of the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese,
Prof. Liv Thorstensson Davila in the College of Education, Prof. Tania Ionin of the Department of Linguistics.
- As part of the EU-funded EPiGRAM project, Illinois is joining KTH and four other European institutions in organizing the Exascale Applications and Software Conference in Stockholm in April 2014. Prof. William Gropp of the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Parallel Computing Institute joins Prof. Erwin Laure in the School of Computer Science and Communication at KTH on the EASC 2014 steering group.
- In May 2014, Prof. Stephen Downie presented an invited talk on the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis: Prototyping Project to the KTH Sound and Music Computing Lab. During the same visit, Downie's PhD student Kahyun Choi presented a talk on a Cross-cultural Exploration of K-Pop Moods and Genres.
- During Spring 2014, Prof. John Stallmeyer of the Department of Architecture collaborated with Charlie Gullström and Ori Merom of the KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment in the creation of a Mediated Studio course on the influence of information and communication technology in future architecture and urbanism. The Illinois and KTH students enrolled in the course collaborated through internet-based conferencing as well as in person meetings during visits to Stockholm and Urbana.
- In March 2014, Prof. Mei-Po Kwan of the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science is visiting the SU Department of Human Geography and giving a seminar on Geovisualization and Geocomputation of Human Activities in Space-Time.
- Between March 10 and May 7, Donald Haring, head instructor of American Sign Language in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science will be visiting the SU Department of Linguistics as instructor in an introductory course on American Sign Language. The exchange is an element in a collaborative project led by Prof. Matthew Dye at Illinois and Prof. Johanna Mesch at Stockholm University. Indeed, Mats Jonsson, Deaf Swedish Sign Language (SSL) instructor from SU will be visiting Illinois for 8 weeks during the spring 2014 semester, as an instructor in the 4-hour elective Intro to Swedish Sign Language (SHS 390) as well as in an evening class to local Deaf communities.
- In March, Prof. Joanna Shisler of the Department of Microbiology and the Safe Global Water Institute visited KTH to discuss opportunities for collaborative international research projects in eastern Africa.
- As a result of INSPIRE, the Innovation Immersion Program, created by Robert Valli, Director of Illinois Business Consulting, was expanded last year to include KTH, Technion, National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and is a prominent element in KTH's development strategy. Robert Valli is a keynote speaker on the topic of the Innovation Immersion Program at a EU-funded thematic forum on Partnerships for Innovation and Socio-economic Impact: The Entrepreneurial University, held on the KTH campus March 19-20. View a YouTube video about the March 2013 IIP trip to Israel.
- In 2014, two undergraduate students were 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 Science and Engineering junior, joined two other undergraduates from the same program 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.
- In April, Dr. Matthias Frihammar of the SU Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies is one of two keynote speakers at the CHAMP annual conference where he will speak on "Skogskyrkogården, the Forest Cemetery: Controversies surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Stockholm, Sweden."
- By initiative of Prof. Anita Say Chan of the Department of Media and Cinema Studies, a faculty-led program abroad on Food Networks: Media, Technology & Sustainability (MACS 364) is offered from mid-March through end of May, including a week-long visit to Stockholm. View an informational flyer for the course.
- Four students from Stockholm University are spending the spring 2014 semester in the College of Law, as part of a targeted exchange.
- A new exchange agreement has been entered between the Department of Speech and Hearing Science and the Karolinska Institutet (KI) Divisions of Audiology and Speech and Language Pathology for student exchange to begin in fall 2014. Profs. Laura Segebart DeThorne and Karen Kirk visited KI in September, 2014, to explore opportunities for research exchange. During their visit, Prof. DeThorne gave two lectures to speech-language pathology students and a research seminar on Supporting Communicative Competence: Children with Autism & the Importance of Flexible Multimodality, while Prof. Kirk gave one lecture to speech-language pathology and audiology students and a research seminar on Evaluating multimodal sentence recognition by adults or children with hearing loss.
- Issue no 1 of volume 26 of the prestigious quarterly Film History, an international journal published by Indiana University Press, contains the article "Marketing Rebellion: The Chinese Revolution Reconsidered," by Kim Fahlstedt of the SU Department of Media Studies, a result of his collaboration with Prof. Ramona Curry of the Department of English.
- 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. In 2013, Prof. Curry's collaboration with Stockholm University supported a semester-long visit to Illinois by Kim Fahlstedt. An immediate outcome of this collaboration is a 2014 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.
- As part of an exploratory research visit in May to Stockholm University, Prof. Elizabeth Lowe McCoy, Director of the Center for Translation Studies, will give a seminar on The Future of Translation Studies at the Institute for Interpreting and Translation Studies.
- As part of an ongoing engagement with Arctic studies, including the course Environment and Society in a Changing Arctic, a multi-institutional research group including Dr. Dag Avango of the KTH Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment and Prof. Anna Westerståhl Stenport of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures have received a three-year award from the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development to conduct field-work at three different locations in the Nordic Arctic for a comparaitive study of the legacy of mining.
- In May 2014, Profs. Michael Twidale and Catherine Blake of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) visited the SU Department of Computer and System Science, where they presented seminars on Collaborative Data Analytics and Towards Agile Research. The visit was a continuation of an ongoing exchange and research partnership with Prof. Preben Hansen, GSLIS research fellow for AY 13/14 and 14/15.
- Among the main organizers of a Nobel Symposium on New forms of matter: topological insulators and superconductors, held in Stockholm in June 2014 were Eddy Ardonne, Thors-Hans Hansson, and Anders Karlhede from the SU Department of Physics and Eduardo Fradkin and Dale Van Harlingen from the Illinois Department of Physics.
- Hosted by Prof. Pieter Vermeulen of the SU Department of English, Prof. Michael Rothberg and Jessica Young of the Department of English gave presentations on Holocaust memory and migration and digital remembrance, respectively, at a workshop on Global Memories and World Literatures, held in August 2014 as a mechanism for exploring opportunities for deeper exchange with Illinois.
- A delegation from the SU Department of History visited the Illinois Department of History in October 2014 to explore opportunities for research collaboration and exchange.
- A Swedish delegation from academia and industry, organized under the umbrella of Production2030, visited the Urbana campus in November 2014 to explore research strengths in the area of digital manufacturing and big data.