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UNC Global Announces 2016-17 Global Partnership Award Recipients

May 9, 2017
UNC Global Affairs

UNC Global announces the 2016-2017 Global Partnership Award recipients. The awards program was launched in Fall 2013 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help faculty, staff and students develop and sustain partnerships with international institutions, with preference given to proposals that include designated University strategic or emerging partners.

There were 11 recipients this year, including faculty, staff and a graduate student. “We’re delighted to announce such an impressive group of award recipients from across the University, working in areas as diverse as periodontology, dramatic art and study of the Turkish language with colleagues in countries such as Germany, China and New Zealand,” said Ronald Strauss, executive vice provost and chief international officer. “The Global Partnership Awards are an important source of support for UNC faculty and students engaging in partnership activity with institutions around the world.”

Recipients receive awards from $500 to $3,000; in the 2016-2017 award cycle, the average award was $1,500. Funds are distributed by the Global Relations office with support from the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund, the only pan-University, unrestricted fund supporting the University’s top global priorities.

2016-2017 Global Partnership Award Recipients

Hazael Andrew
, assistant director of first year experience
Carolina Housing, Student Affairs
Partner Institution: University of the West Indies at St. Augustine (Trinidad)

Cemil Aydin, associate professor
Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
Partner Institution: University of Tokyo (Japan)

Silvana Barros, associate professor
Department of Periodontology, School of Dentistry
Partner institution: Qingdao Stomatological Hospital (China)

Marc Callahan, assistant professor
Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences
Partner Institution: King’s College London (United Kingdom)

Gregory Copenhaver, professor
Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Partner Institution: Fudan University (China)

Amanda Corbett, clinical associate professor
Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Partner Institutions: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, Beijing Royal Integrative Medicine Hospital (China)

Benjamin Foster, graduate student
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Partner Institutions: Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and University of Stuttgart (Germany)

Joseph Megel, senior lecturer and artist in residence
Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences
Partner Institution: King’s College London (United Kingdom)

Ross Simpson, professor
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
Partner Institution: University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Shai Tamari, associate director
Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, College of Arts and Sciences
Partner Institution: Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany)

Adam Versényi, professor
Department of Dramatic Art, College of Arts and Sciences
Partner Institution: King’s College London (United Kingdom)
For more information about application requirements and instructions, visit the Global Partnership Award  page on the UNC Global website.

Awards contact: Melissa McMurray, international liaison officer, UNC Global,, 919.537.3675

Media contact: Katie Bowler Young, director of global relations, UNC Global,, 919.962.4504


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