Kai Huang, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of Physics

Received an FSTA award to support a project entitled “the Influence of Gravity on Granular Drag” The project, a collaboration with the University of Navarra, Spain, aims to gain a better understanding of drag force induced by granular materials such as powders and grains. The first part of this project was published in Scientific Reports, in 2020. Granular materials are the most abundant materials on other planets, gaining Huang’s project the attention of the Chinese Space Program. Dr. Huang has a PhD in Physical Acoustics from Nanjing University; he joined DKU in 2019 and currently chairs the Division of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Zach Fredman, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of History

Received an FSTA award to support the completion of a book entitled “Uneasy Allies: China and the United States before Mao” edited by Dr. Fredman, and to fund a conference for the co-editors and authors in the United States. Fredman’s book is expected to be published by the Cambridge University Press, UK. Dr. Fredman has a Ph.D. in History from Boston University, MA; he joined DKU in 2018.

Xiaofei Pan, Ph.D.  Lecturer in Chinese Language

Received an FSTA award to support her travel to a Summer Institute for Teachers organized by Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at University of Minnesota. CARLA Summer Institutes are professional workshops for language educators, to enhance their ability to develop communicative tasks, rubrics, and assessment tools for student performance on a variety of tasks in a target language. Dr. Pan received her Ph.D in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from the University of Iowa; she joined DKU in 2019.