Tag: DKU Awards

2020 FSTA Recipients

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.

2019 FSTA Recipients

Benjamin Anderson, assistant professor of global health
He has received an FSTA to support a project called Epidemiological Surveillance of Enteroviruses (EV) among a Pediatric Population at a Clinical Setting in Jakarta, Indonesia. Using nasal swabs combined with polymerase chain reaction, the research aims to identify risk factors associated with EV infections, as well as identify and characterize EVs using molecular detection and sequencing techniques. The project will be largely carried out by Sankalpa Bhattarai, a graduate student in the master of science in global health program, under Anderson’s supervision. Anderson joined Duke Kunshan in 2017 and has a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Florida.

Emily McWilliams, assistant professor of philosophy
She received an FSTA to cover the cost of traveling to the fifth Biannual Mentoring Workshop for Pre-Tenure Women in Philosophy, where she gave a presentation entitled “What is testimonial withdraw? Why does it matter?” The workshop was held in Boston, the United States, in late June. McWilliams joined Duke Kunshan in 2017 and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Tulane University, Los Angeles.

David Huang, professor of medical physics
He has received an FSTA to cover the costs of traveling to the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s annual meeting in Chicago, U.S. At the meeting, to be held in September, he will present a poster entitled “A precise proton range telescope in proton therapy.” Huang joined Duke Kunshan in 2014 and has a Ph.D. in particle physics from Temple University.

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