Faculty and Staff Travel Awards List

2018 Awards

Travel Grant to support a project assessing mycotoxin levels in maize in the highlands of Guatemala

Claudia Calderon, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Horticulture

This travel grant requests funding to cover travel costs associated with a project Calderón recently initiated in Guatemala. The project focuses on a critical aspect of food safety in the western highlands of Guatemala: mycotoxin contamination in maize. In Guatemala, maize is a dietary staple that is often consumed to the exclusion of other food commodities. Previous studies have found that people relying on maize often consume high levels of toxic metabolites produced by fungi (mycotoxins) above the threshold proposed by the World Health Organization. This has significant implications for food safety, food security and international trade. The project will focus on 50 small-scale farmers in the western highlands of Guatemala and will support research on the quality of maize, both stored and processed for consumption, and provide recommendations on food safety regarding mycotoxin contaminants in maize, with the overall goal to devise effective and sustainable mechanisms to educate, monitor and reduce exposure to mycotoxin contamination.

Integrating rehabilitative services within an educational setting for children with significant development disabilities in Peru

Karen Patterson, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, School of Medicine and Public Health

Many school-aged children in low income countries with disabilities are under-served or do not attend school due to lack of resources and qualified personal. In Cusco, Peru according to the disability census statistics, 1582 individuals age 14 and under have disabilities (Peru Ministry of Education 2013 report).

Manos Unidas was founded in 2008 in Cusco as a non-profit organization in an effort to not only to improve access to education for children with disabilities but also to educate local teachers and to transition young adults with disabilities into paying jobs. The physical rehabilitation aspects of these children play a large part in the success of this program. In communication with the directors of Manos Unidas there is a great need for further education revolving around the role of physical rehabilitation for teachers and local providers.

Develop a partnership between with UW DPT program and Manos Unidas that is mutually beneficial. Goals will be to assist Manos Unidas in making informed decisions about improving the quality of the comprehensive school program and individual specific programs to ensure that services are being performed in a manner as to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment that allows the students with disabilities to reach desired outcomes and expectations within the most efficient and effective inclusive educational setting. This program will also serve as an ongoing service learning project for the UW DPT program with potential to expand to an interdisciplinary program with other UW health care professional students.

2017 Awards

Supporting nutrition and Entrepreneurship in rural Kenya

Bret Shaw, Department of Life Sciences Communication.

This award will fund a trip to Majimbo in the north eastern part of Lake Victoria in western Kenya to conduct research and develop a communication plan to promote nutrition, food security and entrepreneurialism through the implementation of sustainable urban gardening practices in secondary schools in the region.  The trip will be facilitated by representatives of a local non-governmental organization called EducationHope.

 2016 Awards

Distribution of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform in Indonesia

Corbett Grainger, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

At a time when cutting carbon emissions is a top concern to mitigate climate change, global fossil fuel subsidies have grown significantly over the past decade. The purpose of this research proposal is to determine the impact of subsidies on exporting industries, which in turn will help understand  the political economy of subsidies and how governments could effectively eliminate them. This proposal lays out a strategy to estimate the impact of fossil fuel subsidies on different measures of exports and growth at the sector level in Indonesia, a country that has recently implemented a series of subsidy reforms.

2015 Awards


Leonelo Bautista, M.D., MPH, DrPH

A GHI grant will enable me to participate in a migration and health workshop at the WUN Hong Kong meeting (April 26, 2015). A proposal for the workshop has already been submitted, aimed to further our research in preparation for future proposals and publications.


Mari Palta, Ph.D.

As the PhD dissertation adviser of Stephanie Koning I am requesting this grant for traveling to Thailand and finalizing her research design on site. Stephanie held a GHI grant July 2013-2014 to explore the effects of rural health care expansion in Thailand on health, and social enfranchisement.


Brett Shaw, Ph.D.This award is to pay for travel to provide guidance on a social marketing campaign to encourage behaviors that reduce the incidence of water-borne illness among residents living in a rural area on Ecuador’s Pacific coast. This multidisciplinary initiative, combing natural, medical and social sciences, builds on a water quality course offered by the UW-Madison titled, “Water for Life Sustainability and Health,” as a partnership between the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation and the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.


James Steele, Ph.D.

We are requesting funding in order to travel to our collaborator’s lab at Anna University in Chennai, India, where we will adapt our bacteria to yogurt samples collected from rural fermentation systems. We believe that our project aligns with the mission and vision of advancing global health solutions in an equitable and sustainable manner.

The Gambia

Adrienne White, MSN

I am requesting travel funding to return to The Gambia during July-August of 2015 in order to collaborate with the director, staff, mentors, and students of Starfish International and assist to with laying the groundwork for the establishment of a free community health center in the village of Lamin, where Starfish is located.

2013 Awards


Douglas Dulli, professor, Department of Neurology, School of Medicine and Public Health

We are establishing a neurology clinical and teaching rotation at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in coordination with the Ethiopia-Medical Education Partnership Initiative and the UW ACGME Global Health. We plan to have two of our senior neurology residents rotate there in October 2013, and this award will be used to fund an exploratory/organizational trip in May to collaborate with the AAU Neurology faculty. I have been in communication with their faculty neurologists, and have made plans to set up our residents’ training, as well as teaching and lecture activities for both UW and AAU residents.


P.I.: Thomas L. Eggert, senior lecturer, UW School of Business, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

The Global Health Institute Faculty and Staff Travel Award will support training of local leaders of the Haiti Microfinance Project on tracking the flow of money within the project and documenting changes in the quality of life of loan recipients. In addition, groundwork will be established with existing microfinance institutions in Haiti so that current loan recipients can become eligible for larger loans from existing institutions.


Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS, professor, Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Services Director, Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service UW School of Medicine and Public Health

In January, 2013, our team will travel to Clinica Pena de Horeb in rural Chiapas, Mexico to advance the ongoing partnership with the UW Division of International Ophthalmology. There, alongside several other surgical teams from the United States and Mexico, we will provide oculoplastic surgery to patients with eyelid, tear duct, and ocular disorders. This trip provides educational opportunities for Clinica Pena de Horeb’s two full-time physicians and their staff and emphasizes local capacity-building.

Sierra Leone

Amit J. Nimunkar, Ph.D., faculty associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering

In summer 2013, I will co-lead a global health field course for undergraduate students in Sierra Leone. Students will work in teams on a multidisciplinary cross-cultural design project with selected students from the University of Sierra Leone Fourah Bay College (FBC) to develop sustainable community-based environmental healthcare approaches to track and prevent waterborne disease outbreaks in Sierra Leone. This award will allow me to make an exploratory visit to assess the site and make necessary logistical arrangements for the UW students. The project site and instructional needs will be evaluated and plans made so that we can forge a successful collaboration between the UW and FBC.


Mark Petrovani, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health

I will be using the award to defray the cost of my anticipated trip to Southern Belize to take over responsibility for the ongoing relationship between the UWSMPH and the Hillside Clinic which is in its tenth year of providing free health care to the people of this impoverished region. My main goal is to continue the strong participation of our medical students in this excellent international rotation and to provide mentorship to these students both here at home and while in-country in Belize. I would further like to get an understanding of the needs of the community served by the clinic in order to spearhead a coordinated effort by all of the entities here at the UW who are involved in providing service to this clinic. My ultimate goal would be to harness the diverse resources and talents available here at the university to help provide an interdisciplinary and sustainable service to this population.”


James Svenson, M.D., associate professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health
Project: “This award will be used to explore the possibility of establishing a training program in Emergency Medicine in Zambia. Based on the success of the Ethiopian twinning model and at the request of Zambian government officials, we hope to establish the groundwork to outline a viable project and make a formal funding proposal for a similar twinning program.”