Visiting International Scholars, 2017-2018

Department of Computer Science

Dr. Victoria Tulivaye Hasheela, Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Systems, and Dr. Tulimevava Kaunapawa Mufeti, Senior Lecturer, University of Namibia, will participate as research scholars in the EMU Department of Computer Science, during Fall 2017.

Victoria Hasheela’s Fulbright focuses on program and curriculum development in Information Systems. She will participate in department committees responsible for program development, to explore and assess the computing facilities, and to explore the university budgetary process as she prepares to oversee the IS departmental budget at the University of Namibia. She will look at innovative teaching tools such as eLearning and audio, that may be useful at her own institution. Victoria Hasheela plans to share with interested EMU faculty issues of technology, learning, and culture in Namibia.

Tulimevava Kaunapawa Mufeti directly supervises three departments. Her Fulbright supports her need to provide high-level academic leadership, facilitate community engagement, and ensure effective management and administration of the resources within her school. She will benchmark her university practices against a well-established institution, which will help to set targets for improvement over time to achieve best practice in her own context. Lessons learned will serve as an instrument for reflection and for suggesting solutions that can be adapted for the University of Namibia's specific context. Her school will expand its program offerings to include new areas of research geared towards Software Engineering, Cybersecurity and Data Science. Mufeti will learn and benefit from curriculum development, personnel observations and collaborations with an American institution of higher learning.

Department of Biology

Yan Lucien Hénaut, Professor, and Salima Christine Machkour M’Rabet, Professor, Department of Conservation and Diversity, El Colegio de La Frontera Sur Avenida Centenario, Mexico, will participate as research scholars in the EMU Department of Biology, during AY 2017-18.

Professor Machkour M’Rabet shares a joint interest in tarantulas, and in collaboration with Cara Shillington, Professor of Biology, will analyze data associated with the Mexican red-rump tarantula. In addition, she will collaborate with Margaret Hanes, Professor of Biology, to earn and apply new molecular techniques. Dr. Hanes’ lab is currently working on reconstructing the phylogeny of a group of plants from Madagascar using RADSeq methodologies. Dr. Machkour M'Rabet will be trained in new molecular technology and will have opportunities to participate in lab meetings with students. The collaborating undergraduate researchers will have an opportunity to present their work in collaboration with Dr. Hénaut and Dr. Machkour M'Rabet at the March annual Undergraduate Symposium. The scholars will all present talks at the seminar series hosted by the Department of Biology.

Professor Hénaut shares a joint interest in tarantulas, and in collaboration with Cara Shillington, Professor of Biology, several experimental projects will occur, including data analyses and completion of a manuscript on tarantulas for publication submission during this time period. Several undergraduate and graduate students working in their research lab are excited about the opportunity of meeting and/or collaborating with Dr. Machkour M'Rabet. The scholars will present talks at the seminar series hosted by the Department of Biology.