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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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Refugee Scientists Under the Spotlight

By Andy Exrtance

Thousands of people are forced to flee war-torn regions every year, but the struggles of scientists who have to leave their homeland often goes under the radar. IIE-SRF is just one of many initiatives around the world helping these scientists to continue their work in safety.

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Safe Harbor

By Wyatt Marshall

Proto magazine interviewed IIE's President and CEO Allan Goodman, who oversaw the creation of IIE-SRF in 2002. The interview addresses the dangers scholars face today, how the organization connects with those in need, and ways in which institutions can help. 

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She May Be the Most Unstoppable Scientist in the World

By Michaeleen Doucleff

Forced to flee her native Yemen, IIE-SRF scholar Eqbal Dauqan conitinues to break boundaries as a highly accomplished female scientist. NPR shares more on her incredible journey.

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Refugee Scientists: The Way Forward

By Sean Treacy and Edward W. Lempinen

Fleeing conflict and war, refugee scientists often arrive in their new countries unrecognized and unemployed. A workshop co-organized by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has produced a broad set of recommendations for supporting them.

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IIENetworker Magazine Feature: Seeking Safe Havens: National Responses to Scholar Persecution

By Sarah Willcox

The Spring 2017 issue of IIE's Networker magazine is now online, featuring the work of IIE team members as they join with partners around the world to expand international opportunities for all. IIE-SRF Director Sarah Willcox, in her article entitled Seeking Safe Havens: National Responses to Scholar Persecution, provides an important overview of the program from its inception to present day, noting particularly the steps that countries are taking to keep their doors open as safe havens to scholars duing times of uncertainty.

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The Scientists Who Had to Start Over: 'Five Years of my Career Have Been Wiped Out'

By Giovanni Ortolani

Many displaced academics and scientists aren't able to reach their full potential in their fields due to a lack of resources for threatened scholars. The Guardian explores the reasons why, with two IIE-SRF scholars offering their perspective. 

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The Role of Science Diplomacy in International Crises: Syria as a Case Study

By Teresa M. Stoepler, Joel E. Creswell, Nicholas J. Anthis, Florence Chaverneff and Rebecca R. Parkhurst

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) organized a symposium titled “The Role of Science Diplomacy in International Crises: Syria as a Case Study” to discuss ways for the international science and technology communities to respond to crises and published their findings in Science & Diplomacy

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Academic Solutions for the Syria Crisis

By Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei

New Research Voices (NRV) is a community platform for researchers to share their work, opinions, and ideas with other researchers from around the globe. In this issue, IIE-SRF alumni of Iran Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei discuss the online medical education course program they created for displaced Syrian scholars. Their story, titled "Medical Education for Vulnerable Students Worldwide. Hope from Albany to Aleppo" discusses how they collaborated with their host institution, the University of Albany, State University of New York (SUNY Albany), to develop a program that promotes access to higher education.

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Philipp Schwartz Initiative Call for Applications

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has announced a third round of funding for its Philipp Schwartz Initiative (PSI). German universities and research institutions are invited to apply for PSI support to host threatened scholars who are under threat from political persecution and war. Up to 30 fellowships will be available for scholars to continue their research for two to three years at German institutions under the initiative. Applications must be submitted by April 21, 2017. IIE-SRF continues to be a proud partner to PSI, providing German institutions with assistance in identifying and evaluating candidates, pre- and post-arrival advice, and transition support for PSI fellows completing the fellowship. For more information, visit the Philipp Schwartz Initiative website.