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Supporting displaced scholars through the At-Risk & Refugee Scholar Membership Initiative

By Teresa Stoepler, Karly Kehoe, Anina Rich, Eva Aisic, and Jan-Christoph Heilinger

The Global Young Academy (GYA) published an overview of their recent activities working with at-risk and refugee scholars in GYA Connections. GYA's peer mentorship program connects these scholars with their counterparts in other countries in partnership with IIE-SRF, The World Academy of Sciences, Scholars At Risk, and other organizations.

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Fellow Melissa Bilal of Turkey Co-Chairs Feminism & Armenian Studies Conference

Armenian Weekly describes the April 7th conference “Feminist Interventions in Armenian Studies/Armenian Interventions in Feminist Studies” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), co-chaired by IIE-SRF Fellow Melissa Bilal. An ethnomusicologist and historian from Turkey, Dr. Bilal joined a group of women scholars from the US, Canada, the UK, and Armenia to discuss the intersection of feminism and Armenian history. The Dilenschneider Award sponsored the conference in conjunction with MIT and others.
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IIE-SRF Scholar from India Speaks at Connecticut College Founder's Day

To conclude Connecticut College's Founder's Day ceremony, Binalakshmi Nepram, the college’s Rescue Scholar-in-Residence, spoke about the work she has done as a human rights and disarmament activist in her home country of India, and how vital exposure to global education is for the next generation of peace advocates.

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"Why Every University Should Take in Refugee Students and Scholars": Interview with IIE's Allan Goodman and Katherine Miller

By Kim Bode

In an interview with Refugees Deeply, IIE's President & CEO Allan Goodman and IIE-PEER's Katherine Miller speak about current projects that aim either to help more refugee students access higher education or protect refugee scholars. Their conversation links major challenges such as documentation, funding, and language support for refugee students and scholars alike, particularly in relation to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Displaced Scientists Strive to Restart Professional Lives in New Lands

By Toni Feder

For four displaced scientists from Syria and Yemen, IIE-SRF fellowships were a means to ensuring their security and restarting their careers. A new publication in Physics Today tracks the journeys of these four IIE-SRF scholars, representing the record number of scientists who have had to flee their home countries during this unprecedented global migration crisis. 

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Interview with IIE-SRF Scholar Mustafa Bahran in Physics Today

By Toni Feder

This full-length interview with IIE-SRF scholar Mustafa Bahran of Yemen, a professor of nuclear physics, follows his education, career development, and journey to escape conflicted Yemen. Despite his many accomplishments, Dr. Bahran fled his home country to ensure his and his family's safety, and also continue his scientific work -- without a certain future. 

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Call for Applications: IIE-SRF Fellowships for Threatened Scholars

IIE-SRF has released our quarterly call for applications from qualified scholars facing threats to their lives or careers. For consideration in May 2018, application materials must be submitted by April 9, 2018. More information on eligibility and the IIE-SRF application process can be found here.

A New Film Focuses on 4 Arab Researchers’ Lives in Exile

By Tarek Abd El-Galil

Featuring the stories of four Arab refugee scientists, "Science in Exile" gives voice to the struggles refugees face when escaping war and searching for new opportunities in academia. The documentary was premiered at IIE-SRF's Forum on March 9, 2018 at the IIE Headquarters in New York City. The trailer is included in this article by Al-Fanar Media.

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Science, Interrupted

By Jennifer Hattam

War, conflict, and strife have uprooted researchers around the world. When these individuals are displaced, the fate of their life's work and their wealth of knowledge are also at risk. Through the stories of scholars from the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Discover's Jennifer Hattam explores the complex issues surrounding interrupted scholarship. The full text of this article is available only to Discover magazine subscribers. 

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Joshua McKeown Mentors Physician-Educator from Myanmar

 
As part of an IIE program called "Connecting with the World," Dr. Joshua McKeown, director of SUNY Oswego's Office of International Education and Programs, mentors physician, educator, and IIE-SRF alumnus from Myanmar, Dr. Myint Oo. The program is dedicated to helping Myanmar professionals acquire the foundational knowledge needed to develop and manage an international officein their home country.
 
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