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CLACS Strategic Partnership Past Fund Awards

In the past years, CLACS has founded strategic collaborative work between MSU faculty and partners in Peru, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico Mexico and Cuba.

2016-2017 Strategic Partnership Fund Awards

In 2017, CLACS funded collaborative work with partners in Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Cuba.

Sustainability Initiatives in Cuba (2016-2017) 



CLACS and CASID jointly awarded Strategic Partnership Funds to a team of 7 to launch research in Cuba. Team members include Michael Kaplowitz, Jenifer Hodbod, Matt Raven, and Michelle Rutty from Community Sustainability; Frank Lupi from Agriculture, Food, & Resource Economics; Dylan Miner from the Residential College in Arts & Humanities and American Indian and Indigenous Studies; and Laurie Thorp from the Residential Initiative for Study of Environment (RISE) and the MSU Student Organic Farm. The team traveled to Cuba to develop projects and proposals for research funding on three topics: 1. sustainable tourism/ecotourism and research capacity building; 2. sustainable community development with urban youth; and 3. increased and improved organic farming and farm-to-table operations. This initiative also received substantial funding from the CANR Dean's Office.

 Potatoes and Peru (2017)


Patates.jpgStrategic Partnership Funds underwrote an April, 2017, visit to MSU by Dr. Hugo Campos, Research Director of the International Potato Center (CIP), headquartered in Lima, Peru, and Dr. Simon Heck, CIP's Program Manager in Uganda, who leads efforts to scale up CIP's work on bioenriched sweetpotato in Africa. During their visit to MSU, the CIP team met with more than 30 MSU researchers from multiple departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In a seminar that kicked off their stay on campus, Dr. Campos, a plant breeder, and Dr. Heck, an anthropologist, emphasized the need to integrate social science approaches with advances in plant breeding in order to maximize the nutritional and health impacts of improved crop varieties. Reflecting this emphasis, they held meetings with both plant scientists and social scientists at MSU. As a Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) center with projects across Africa and Asia as well as the Americas, CIP is an important actor in networks within and across these world regions. This visit will enable researchers from CIP and MSU to leverage our combined networks to expand future collaborations in research, project implementation, and project assessment.



2015-2016 Strategic Partnership Fund Awards

In 2015, CLACS funded collaborative work with partners in Peru, Chile and Colombia

Agriculture in Peru (2015-16)


potato-sbs.jpgDr. Larry Olsen, Entomology, CANR; Monica Hufnagel, Entomology, CANR; and Fernando Mendoza, Agricultural Engineering, CANR were awarded funding for travel to Peru to meet with potential collaborators at universities in Lima, Huancayo, and Trujillo focused on agriculture.



Digital Archive Development (2015-16)


murphy-sbs.jpgDr. Ed Murphy, History, CSS, and Dr. Laura Reese, Global Urban Studies Program, SCC, were awarded funding to launch collaborative work with colleagues at the University of Santiago, Chile and the NGO Educación y Comunicaciones to develop a proposal and budget to fund development of a digital archive Lives, Activism, Archives.







Post-Conflict Studies - Colombia (2015-16)


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Dr. Elvira Sanchez-Blake, Romance and Classical Studies, CAL, and Dr. Galia Benitez, James Madison College, were awarded funding for travel to Colombia to meet with potential collaborators at universities and NGOs in Bogota, Cali, and Cartegena to pursue research collaboration and study abroad development on the theme of post-conflict studies.  




Posture Control Protocols - Peru (2015-16)

reeves-lab-sbs.jpgDr. Peter Reeves, Osteopathic Surgical Specialties and MSU Center for Osteopathic Research, COM, received funding to support travel for a researcher from the Grupo de Investigación en Robotica Aplicada y Biomecanica (GIRAB), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru to MSU for one month to learn MSUCOR's testing protocols for assessing postural control, in preparation for a multi-year collaborative research project between the two projects.  Other MSU faculty involved in this work include Dr. Jacek Cholewicki and Dr. John Popovich, Osteopathic Surgical Specialties, COM; Dr. Jongeun Choi and Dr. Clark Radcliffe, Mechanical Engineering, EGR; and Dr. Pramod Pathak, Statistics and Probability, Nat Sci.

Plant Breeding (2015-16)


Dr. James Kelly and Dr. Dave Douches of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences, CANR, were awarded funding for travel to the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia for meetings focused on launching research on plant breeding with CIAT counterparts.