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2005

Special Calls for Applications
UC MEXUS-CMHI - Migration and Health Issues in Mexico and California
UCR-Mexico Initiatives - Funding for UCR and Mexican Researchers

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Faculty Fellowships

Leonel Avendaño-Reyes, Instituto de Ciencias Agrícolas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Host: James Fadel, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis). Experience in designing, completing, analyzing and writing experiments with dairy and beef cattle in animal nutrition, physiology and welfare, as well as on their environmental impacts/Experiencia en el diseño, análisis y escritura de experimentos con ganados de carne y de leche en nutrición animal, fisilogía y bienestar animal así como su impacto en el medio ambiente.

Ramón Cajal Medrano, Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Host: Farooq Azam, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego). Significance of Bacterial Diversity and Metabolic State on Bacterial Growth Efficiency and Carbon Cycling in the Ocean/Importancia de la Diversidad Bacteriana y El Estado Metabólico en la Eficiencia de Crecimiento Bacteriano y El Ciclo del Carbon en el Oceano.

Leslie Cragin, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco (Host: Dilys Walker, Salud Reproductiva, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública). Improving Maternal Health in Mexico: Promoting Culturally Appropriate Collaborative Practices for Nurses, Physicians and Midwives/Mejorar salud maternal en Mexico: Apropiado cultural práticas de colaboración para los médicos, las parteras, y las enfermeras.

Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz, Instituto de Neurobiología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Andrew Charles, Department of Neurology, UC Los Angeles). Mu and delta opioid receptor interactions/ Interaccionesentre receptores opioides mu y delta.

Mario Farías Sánchez, Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Gabor Somorjai, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley. Formation of Methane and Other Small Hydrocarbons by Catalyzed Reactions of CO2, H2, and Carbonate Minerals at High Pressures (200~300 atm) and High Temperatures (300°-500°C). Search for Methane Producing Reaction Cycle at the Ocean Floor/Formación de Metano y otros Hidrocarburos Ligeros por Reacciones Catalizadas de CO2H2 y Minerales de Carbonatos a Altas Presiones (200 ~ 300 atm) y Altas Temperaturas (300-500 C). Investigación del Ciclo de Reacción de Producción de Metan.

Gordana Jovanovic-Dolecek, Department of Electronics, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Host: Sanjit Mitra, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UC Santa Barbara). The development of efficient methods for the digital filter design/Desarollo de métodos eficientes para diseño de los filtros digitales.

Javier Lopez-Baltazar, Subdirección de Posgrado, Instituto Tecnológico Agropecuario de Oaxaca (Host: Chentao Lin, Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, UC Los Angeles). Molecular and physiological characterization of the structure and function of Cryptochrome 2 in tomato/ Caracterización molecular y fisiológica de la estructura y función del criptocromo 2 en tomate.

Jose de Jesus Luna Ruiz, Disciplinas Agricolas, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (Host: Paul Gepts, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis). Biogeography and Genetic Diversity of Wild Populations of Capsicum spp in Mexico and their Relationships with Domesticated Species of Pepper/ Biogeografía y Diversidad genética de la Poblaciones silvestres de Capsicum spp en México y sus relaciones con las especies domesticadas de chile.

Alberto Odor Morales, Research Division, National Rehabilitation Center (Host: Peter Yellowlees, Department of Psychiatry, UC Davis). Advancement of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine in Mexico/ Avance de la Informática Médica y la Telemedicina en México.

Luis Rubalcava, Economics, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C. (Host: Duncan Thomas, Economics Department, UC Los Angeles). Preferences and Economic Decision-making/ Preferencias y conductas sobre decisiones económicas.

Liudmila Sabinina, Departamento de Matemáticas de la Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (Host: Efim Zelmanov, Department of Mathematics, UC San Diego). Tangent Structures, Codes and Loops/Estructuras Tangentes, Codigos y Lazos.

Fernando I. Salmerón-Castro, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (Host: Juan-Vicente Palerm, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara). Local development and Mexican communities in California/Desarrollo local y comunidades mexicanas en California.

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UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

María Aracelia Alcorta García, Department of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon (Host: William M. McEneaney, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego). Robustification of Non Linear Optimal Filter and Control Algorithms using the Risk-Averse Limit Approach/Rubustificación de Algoritmos de Filtrado y Control Óptimos no Lineales.

Elena Castellanos Santiago, Instituto de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: James S. Nowick, Department of Chemistry, UC Irvine). Design, Synthesis and Structural Evaluation of Cyclic Beta-sheets/Diseño, síntesis y evaluación estructural de hojas-beta ciclicas.

Laura Edith Castellano-Torres, Genetics of Development and Molecular Physiology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Charles Glabe, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UC Irvine). Identification of genes differentially expressed at different developmental stages of mouse spermatogenesis/Identificación de genes que se expresan diferencialmente en células espermatogénicas de ratón.

Travis Du Bry, Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center, UC Riverside (Host: Magdalena Barros Nock, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social). Following los migrantes Home: A Postdoctoral Stay at CIESAS/Seguir los migrantes: Una estancia de posdoctorado en CIESAS.

Karla Espinoza Dueñas, Department of Chemistry, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Host: Charles Perrin, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego). Study of hydrogen bond of dicarboxylate and conformational study of alkyl amines/Estudio de puentes de hidrógeno en compuestos dicarboxilados y estudios conformacionales en alquil aminas.

José Luis Gárate-Morales, Instituto de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Christopher Reed, Department of Chemistry, UC Riverside). "What is the nature of the intermediates in metallation reactions of porphyrins?" Isolated Sitting-Atop Metalloporphyrin Complexes/"Cuál es la naturalez de los intermediarios en la reacción de metalación de porfirinas?" Aislamiento de Complejos SAT-metaloporfirínicos.

Magdalena Guerra-Crespo, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: James Fallon, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, UC Irvine). Long-term tracking of transplanted stem cells in a Parkinson's disease rodent model by non-invasive, in vivo, positron emission tomography/Estudio in vivo de la neurogenesis de células troncales transplantadas en un modelo de Parkinsonismo en rata, mediante tomografía de emisión de positrones.

Hugo H. Mejía-Madrid, Department of Zoology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Steven Nadler, Department of Nematology, UC Davis). Phylogenetic relationships of Rhigonematida, Ascaridida, Spirurida and Oxyurida nematodes inferred from SSU and LSU rDNA sequences/ Relaciones filogenéticas de Rhigonematida, Ascaridida, Spirurida y Oxyurida inferidas a partir de las sequencias SSU y LSU de rDNA.

Raquel Muñiz Salazar, Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Host: Susan Williams, Bodega Marine Laboratory, UC Davis). Phylogeographic structure of Phyllospadix spp. along the Pacific Coast of North America/Estructura filogeográfica de Phyllospadix spp. a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico de Norte América.

Leonardo Patiño, Physics, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Donald Marolf, Department of Physics, UC Santa Barbara). Gauge/Gravity correspondence beyond the probe approximation/Correspondencia Norma/Gravedad más allá de la aproximación de prueba.

Rafael Pérez Pacheco, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación Para el Desarollo Integral Regional, Unidad Oaxaca (Host: Edward Platzer, Department of Nematology, UC Riverside). Biological Control of Mosquitoes with Nematodes/Control Biológico de Mosquitos con Nematodos.

Rosario Pineda Hernández, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas y Agropecuarias, Universidad de Colima (Host: David Crowley, Department of Environmental Sciences, UC Riverside). Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Mine Spoils from Colima, Mexico/Phytoremediación de Suelos de Mina Contaminados con Metales Pesados de Colima, México.

Osbaldo Resendis-Antonio, Centro de Ciencias Genómicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Bernhard Palsson, Department of Bioengineering, UC San Diego). Analysis of metabolic networks with symbiotic processes/Análisis de redes metabólicas con procesos simbióticos.

Marco Antonio Reyes Huesca, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Hector Ceniceros, Department of Mathematics, UC Santa Barbara). Modeling and Simulation of Interfacial Dynamics in Flow-Induced Emulsions/Modelado y Simulación de Dinámica Interfacial en Emulsiones Inducidas por Flujos.

Said Robles Casolco, Center for design and manufacturing, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Javier Garay, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Riverside). Mechanical Characterization of the Zn-Al eutectoid modified with silver/Caracterización mecanica del eutectoide Zn-Al, mofidicado con plata.

Gabriela Rodríguez-Fuentes, Recursos del Mar, Centro De Investigación y De Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Host: Daniel Schlenk, Department of Environmental Sciences, UC Riverside). Effect of osmotic stress on the expression of flavin containing monooxygenase and the toxicity of aldicarb using cultured hepatocytes of Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes)/Efecto del estrés osmótico en la expresión de las monooxigenasas que contienen flavina y la toxicidad del aldicarb utilizando hepatocitos cultivados del medaka japonés (Orzyas latipes).

Luis Manuel Vargas-Villamil, Animal Science, Colegio de Postgraduados, Yucatán (Host: Roberto Sainz, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis). Development of mechanistic models of ruminant consuming sugar cane for economical and biological optimization/Desarrollo de modelos mecanisticos de rumiantes consumiendo caña de azúcar para su optimización económica y biológica.

Miguel Angel Yáñez Martínez, Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Michael Norman, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, UC San Diego). MHD in a Galaxy with Spiral Arms/MHD en una Galaxia con brazos Espirales.

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UC MEXUS-CONACYT Sabbatical Fellowships

Valentin Afraimovich, Instituto de Investigación en Comunicación Óptica, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Host: Mikhail Rabinovich, Institute for Nonlinear Science, UC San Diego). Mathematical Foundation of Neural Microcircuits Modeling/Fundamentos matemáticos de modelos de microcircuitos neuronales.

Jorge Fernández Ruiz, Economics, El Colegio de México (Host: Joshua Aizenman, Economics Department, UC Santa Cruz). Sovereign debt in the light of optimal financial contracting/La deuda soberana bajo la óptica de la contratación financiera optima.

Alejandro M. García Carrancá, Departamento de Biología Molecular y Biotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Hans Ulrich Bernard, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UC Irvine). The effect of viral DNA methylation on the productive cycle of Human Papillomavirus and its contribution to carcinogenesis/Efecto de la metilación del ADN viral sobre el ciclo productivo de virus de papiloma humano y su contribución a la carcinogénesis.

Alberto García-Díaz, Physics Department, Centro De Investigación y De Estudios Avanzados de IPN (Host: Steven Carlip, Department of Physics, UC Davis). Exact Solutions in 2+1 Dimensional Gravity and their Correspondence with 3+1 Spacetime Solutions/Soluciones Exactas en Gravedad de 2+1 Dimensiones y su correspondencia con las Soluciones del Espacio Tiempo 3+1.

Miguel Fernando Lavín Peregrina, Oceanografía Física, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educacíon Superior de Ensenada (Host: Peter Niiler, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego). Ocean currents in the Gulf of California and off SW Mexico/Corrientes oceanicas en el Golfo de California y al SO de México.

Agustín Orihuela Trujillo, Facultad de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (Host: Joy A. Mench, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis). Animal behavior and welfare/Comportamiento animal y bienestar.

Mayo Villagrán Muniz, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarollo Tecnológico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: George Morales, Plasma Science and Technology Institute, UC Los Angeles). Optical Diagnostics of Laser Induced Plasmas in Magnetic Fields/Diagnósticos ópticos de Plasmas Inducidos Por Laser en Campos Magnéticos.

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Dissertation Grants

Angélica J. Afanador, Art History, UC Los Angeles (Advisor: Cecelia F. Klein). The politics of ethnicity: Reimagining indigenous identities in sixteenth-century Michoacán, México.

James Barsimantov, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz (Advisor: Alan Richards). Examining the role of community forestry in conserving Mexico's pine-oak forests.

Martha Bonilla-Moheno, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz (Advisor: Karen D. Holl). Vegetation succession in swidden agriculture in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

Virginia Chaidez, Graduate Group in Nutrition, UC Davis (Advisor: Lucia L. Kaiser). Child-feeding practices in Mexican-Americans with a history of gestational diabetes: An early starting point in obesity prevention. (SCR 43)

Francisco J. Dóñez, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley (Advisor: Ann Keller). Air quality and development in the Big Bend: The politics of knowledge. (SCR 43)

Oscar F. Gil, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara (Advisor: Denise Segura). Deconstructing gender relations in forced migrant communities. (SCR 43)

Gloria Gonzalez, Sociology, UC Los Angeles (Advisor: Vilma Ortiz). Body image and Mexican origin girls. (SCR 43)

Tina R. Green, Economics, UC Berkeley (Advisor: Edward Miguel). The political economy of a poverty alleviation program: the case of PROGRESA in Mexico.

Xiaohui Hou, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley (Advisor: Paul Gertler). Can conditional cash transfers mitigate the impact of natural shocks on food consumption? Evidence from rural Mexico.

Michelle A. Johnson, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley (Advisor: Julian Chow). Perinatal health and the context of immigrant reception: does place matter? (SCR 43)

Mark A. Leach, Sociology, UC Irvine (Advisor: Frank D. Bean). The incorporation of Mexican immigrants in new destinations within the United States. (SCR 43)

Aubrey N. Manack, Environmental Health Science and Policy, UC Irvine (Advisor: Chad Garner). Comparison study: Can targeting antibiotic resistance education within Latino and multiethnic elementary school student-parent populations overcome cultural bias about antibiotics? (SCR 43)

John E. McCormack, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles (Advisor: Thomas B. Smith). The Sky Islands of Northern Mexico as generators of diversity in a bird species.

Rani F. McLean, Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara (Advisor: Juan-Vicente Palerm). Wine country: Mexican livelihoods in a highly stratified society. (SCR 43)

Imelda Nava, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles (Advisor: Robert K. Wayne). Systematics of Porichthys and speciation in the New World.

Alejandro Nettel-Hernanz, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley (Advisor: Richard S. Dodd). Mating at the extreme, comparison of black mangrove mating system between Pacific Ocean's northern range-limit and Central American populations.

Gabriela Nuñez, Literature, UC San Diego (Advisor: Rosaura Sánchez). Crossing borders and investigating spaces: Contemporary Chicana/o and Mexican detective fiction. (SCR 43)

Christopher Osovitz, Biological Sciences, UC Santa Barbara (Advisor: Gretchen E. Hofmann). Investigating the role of physiological tolerances in setting marine species' biogeographic boundaries.

Camila Pastor de Maria y Campos, Anthropology, UC Los Angeles (Advisor: Sondra Hale). Arab migrants to Mexico: Making/marking status in global postcoloniality.

Analola Santana, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Irvine (Advisor: Juan Bruce-Novoa). Mass culture in current Mexican theatrical trends.

Hirokazu Sasabu, Anthropology, UC Riverside (Advisor: Scott L. Fedick). Ancient Maya wetlands manipulation in the Yalahau region of Quintana Roo: A functional analysis of constructed rock-alignment features.

Amara L. Solari, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara (Advisor: Jeanette F. Peterson). Processing the ancestral past: intercultural Maya identity and Catholic ritual at early colonial Izamal, Yucatan.

Kathryn Ann Sorenson, Anthropology, UC Riverside (Advisor: Scott L. Fedick). Ancient Maya site planning principles: A case study for the preclassic/classic transition.

Jun U. Sunseri, Anthropology, UC San Diego (Advisor: Judith Habicht-Mauche). Ethnic scales of practice-historic archaeology of an Indo-Hispano buffer settlement in Colonial Northern New Mexico.

Molly A. Talcott, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara (Advisor: Kum-Kum Bhavnani). Plan Puebla Panama and its alternatives: Transnational movements for sustainable development.

Hector Valdes-Conroy, Economics, UC Los Angeles (Advisor: Duncan Thomas). The role of attitudes toward risk in the decision to migrate.

Rodrigo Vargas, Center for Conservation Biology, UC Riverside (Advisor: Michael F. Allen). Soil carbon dynamics in a tropical seasonal forest: From natural succession to ecological restoration.

Lance K. Wollwage, Anthropology, UC Riverside (Advisor: Scott L. Fedick). Water level fluctuations and Maya wetland agriculture in the Northeastern Yucatan, Mexico.

John N. Williams, Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis (Advisor: Mark Schwartz). Tree diversity in Mexican dry forests: Do local patterns predict global ones?

Natale A. Zappia, History, UC Santa Cruz (Advisor: Lisbeth Haas). The Old Spanish Trail: Indigenous trails, Mexican caravans and American commemoration.

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Faculty Grants

Jeffrey Bada, Geosciences Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Fine-tuning the prebiotic chemistry of planetary bodies.

Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Chicano Studies, UC Davis. Criminalizing and racializing youth of color in California: Whittiar State School and the Preston School of Industry, 1890 to 1940. (SCR 43)

Arturo Keller, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara. Developing a sustainable water resources management plan.

Kent G. Lightfoot, Anthropology, UC Berkeley. An archaeological assessment of Mission Santa Catalina, Baja California, Mexico.

Manuel Pastor Jr., Merrill College, UC Santa Cruz. California's Latino working poor: Analysis and policy. (SCR 43)

Enric Sala, Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps, UC San Diego. An ecological and economic baseline for the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. (Mildred Mathias Award)

Otto Santa Ana, Chicana/o Studies, UC Los Angeles. Imaging Latinos in 2003: Semiotic analysis of the network television news. (SCR 43)

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Small Grants

Edith B. Allen, Center for Conservation Biology, UC Riverside. The ecological importance of mycorrhizal fungi during secondary plant succession in a seasonal tropical forest.

Michael F. Allen, Center for Conservation Biology, UC Riverside. Epiphyte-mycorrhiza associations in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Shaun Bowler, Political Science, UC Riverside. Latino and minority politics. (SCR 43)

Juan Bruce-Novoa, Spanish and Portuguese, UC Irvine. VI Latin American Film Festival.

Bernard Choi, Beckman Laser Institute, UC Irvine. Laser speckle flowmetry with quantum well detection scheme.

Elizabeth Deakin, University of California Transportation Center, UC Berkeley. UC MEXUS-funded research dissemination: Improving pedestrian safety in Mexican cities through low-cost, implementable, sustainable street designs.

James A. Donlon, Dramatic Art, UC Santa Barbara. 2005 Festival Internacional de Pantomima, Puebla, Mexico.

Jack D. Forbes, Native American Studies, UC Davis. Cataloging indigenous Americans materials for research access. (SCR 43)

Jeffrey H.R. Goddard, Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara. Developmental mode in benthic opisthobranch molluscs from eastern tropical Pacific.

David A. Grantz, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside. Travel to coordinate measurements of brick kiln emissions near Queretaro, Mexico.

Louis J. Hock, Visual Arts, UC San Diego. The Mexican Tapes: Continued. (SCR 43)

Kevin R. Johnson, School of Law, UC Davis. Book project: Open Borders book.

Susanne L. Jonas, Latin American and Latino Studies/Merrill Faculty Services, UC Santa Cruz. Trans-regional political advocacy and intellectual networks for Guatemalan/Central American Migrant Rights.

John H. Klotz, Entomology, UC Riverside. A comparative survey of pest ants and their control in Northwest Mexico and Southern California.

Kenneth L. Kraemer, CRITO/The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine. From computer networks to community neighborhoods: identification of critical factors leading to self-sustained housing communities for Mexican low-income families.

Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Politics, UC Santa Cruz. Public health promoters: Translation and negotiation of health services for Mexican migrants in California. (SCR 43)

Kathleen Lytle-Hernández, History, UC Los Angeles. Mexico's National Institute of Migration Archive Project.

Mónica Medina, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced. Exploratory visit for potential collaborations between UC Merced and Mexican Marine Laboratories.

Rudy M. Ortiz, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced. Advancing collaborative research opportunities between CIBNOR and UC Merced.

Donald H. Owings, Psychology, UC Davis. Snake scent application by Baja California rock squirrels (Spermophilus atricapillus).

Calvin O. Qualset, Genetic Resources Conservation Program, UC Davis. DIVERSITAS Conference in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Jaime E. Rodriguez, History, UC Irvine. The New Nations: Spain and Mexico, 1808-1850.

Wendy L. Rogers, Dance, UC Riverside. New choreography for U.S. and Mexican performers: Trolley Dances 2005 in San Diego. (SCR 43)

Slawek M. Tulaczyk, Earth Sciences, UC Santa Cruz. Radar investigations of aquifer heterogeneity in the Northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: Study of a critical issue concerning quality and quantity of groundwater resources in a vulnerable region.

Zaragosa Vargas, History, UC Santa Barbara. Making Class Visible: Rethinking the Social and Cultural History of the 1960s. (SCR 43)

Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, Anthropology, UC Riverside. Capacity building for the future: Ethnographic investigation. (SCR 43)

Zhiwu Zhu, Environmental Toxicology, UC Santa Cruz. Bringing scientific expertise from Mexico to California.

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UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Grants

Douglas Bartlett, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, Marcial-Leonardo Lizárraga-Partida, Biotecnología Marina, CICESE. Virulence of Vibrio harveyi transposon mutants upon crustacean larvae/Virulencia de mutantes de Vibrio harveyi sobre larvas de crustaceos.

Alison Berry, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, Alberto Mendoza Herrera, Laboratorio de Biotecnología Vegetal I, Centro de Biotecnología Genómica. Gene expression and spatial organization of a novel pathway of nitrogen assimilation in nitrogen-fixing root nodules of Datisca glomerata/Espresión genética y organización especial de una nova ruta de asimilación de nitrógeno en nódulos de Datisca glomerata.

Maylei Blackwell, Chicana/o Studies, UC Los Angeles, María Teresa Sierra Camacho and Rosalía Aida Hernandez Castillo, CIESAS. Indigenous Rights Globalization and Gender: Towards a Comparative Methodology/Derechos Indígenas, Globalización y Género: Hacia una metodología comparativa.

Cathy Busby, Geological Sciences, UC Santa Barbara, Elena Centeno-Garcia, Instituto de Geología, UNAM. Exotic vs. Fringing Arc Models: Implications for the Growth of Continents/Modelo de arcos volcánicos exóticos o marginales: Implicaciones en el crecimiento de los continentes.

Bradley Cardinale, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara, Edmundo Díaz-Pardo, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Hotspots of biodiversity in central México: Implications and importance for habitat conservation in human-dominated watersheds/Centros de biodiversidad en el Centro de México: Implicaciones e importancia para la conservación del hábitat en cuencas dominadas por actividades humanas.

Robert Coe, Earth Sciences Department, UC Santa Cruz, Avto Gogichaishvili, Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM. Magnetic Dating of Some Archeological Sites in Mexico/Fechamiento Magnético de Algunos Sitios Arqueológicos de México.

Michael Coffey, Plant Pathology, UC Riverside, Remigio A. Guzman-Plazola, Plant Pathology, Colegio de Postgraduados. Epidemiology and Population Biology of tomato powdery mildew Leveillula taurica in California and Mexico and the use of Microclimate Databases in Decision Support Systems for Predictive Disease Management/Epidemiología y biología de poblaciones de la cenicilla del tomate Leveillula taurica en California y México y el uso de bases de datos microclimáticas en sistemas de soporte de decisiones para el manejo predictivo de la enfermedad.

Michael Cole, Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition, UC San Diego, Juan Carlos Mijangos, Departamento de Investigación, Escuela Normal Rodolfo Menéndez de la Peña. Elementary education culture and cognitive processes of the Mayan children from Yucatan Mexico/Educación primaria, cultura y procesos cognitivos de los niños y niñas mayas de Yucatán, México.

Leslie Cragin, Obsterics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco, Dilys Walker, Salud de la Mujer, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Evaluation of three models of skilled attendants at childbirth in Mexico: Professional midwives, obstetrical nurses and general physicians/Evaluación de tres modelos para la atención del parto en México: Parteras profesionales, enfermeras obstétricas y medicos generales.

Paul Davis, Earth and Space Sciences, UC Los Angeles, Sri Krishna Singh, Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM. The Middle America Subduction Experiment (MASE): A Collaboration between UNAM, UCLA, and Caltech to Understand Earthquakes and their Effects/El Experimento Mediano de América Subduction (MASE): Una Colaboración entre UNAM, UCLA y Caltech para Entender Terremotos y sus Efectos.

Rufus Edwards, Environmental Health, Science & Policy, School of Social Ecology, UC Irvine, Omar Masera, Laboratorio de Bioenergía, UNAM. Assessment of Improvements in Indoor Air Quality from Improved Biomass Cook Stoves in Michoacán, Mexico/Evaluación de Mejoras en la Calidad del Aire Intramuros por Estufas Eficientes de Leña en Michoacán, México.

Lewis Feldman, Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley, Gladys Cassab, Biología Molecular de Plantas, UNAM. Root hydrotropism reveals complex regulation of amyloplast development in columella root cap cells/El hydrotropismo revela una regulación compleja del desarrollo de amiloplastos en las células de columela de la cofia de la raíz.

John Carlos Garza, Ocean Sciences, UC Santa Cruz, Axayacatl Rocha-Olivares, Oceanografía Biológica, CICESE. A genomic perspective on the Pacific sardine/Una perspectiva genómica sobre la sardina del Pacífico.

Alexander Gershunov, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Climate Research Division, UC San Diego, Maria Tereza Cavazos-Perez, Oceanografía Física, CICESE. Precipitation extremes in the western U.S. – Mexico border region (WBR) under current and future climatic conditions/Extremas de precipitación en el oueste de la region frontera E.U. - México.

Philip A. Hastings, Marine Biology, UC San Diego, Jorge A. Rosales-Casián, Ecología, CICESE. Baseline study of the nearshore non-reefs of Bahía de Los Angeles, Baja California, México, prior to proposed development/Estudio de los peces costeros de Bahía de Los Angeles, Baja California, México, previo a un propuesto desarrollo.

James Kadonaga, Section of Molecular Biology, UC San Diego, Mario Zurita, Genética del Desarrollo y Fisiología, Instituto de Biotecnología, UNAM. Molecular and genetic analysis of the ATRX gene from Drosophila melanogaster: A model for human diseases involving mutations in the hATRX gene/Análisis genético y molecular del gen ATRX de Drosophila melanogaster: un modelo para enfermedades en humano involucrando mutaciones en el gen hATRX.

John Labavitch, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, Jorge Siller Cepeda, Postharvest Biology, CIAD, A.C. Cell wall metabolism during papaya ripening: Changes in cell wall composition wall-digesting enzymes and pectin-derived oligomer production/Metabolismo de la pared celular durante la maduración de papaya: Cambios en composición enzymas de la pared y oligómeros derivados de pectinas.

James Lents, Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, UC Riverside, Aron Jazcilevich, Centro de Ciencias de la Atmosfera, UNAM. Enlargement of Vehicular Emissions Data and Adaptation of Emission Models for Mexico City/Ampliación de Datos de Emisiones Vehiculares y Adaptación de Modelos de Emisiones para la Ciudad de México.

Edwin Lewis, Nematology, UC Davis, Jaime Ruiz-Vega, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación para el Desarrollo Integral Regional-IPN. Evaluation of two formulations of entomopathogenic nematodes for white grub (Phyllophaga spp., Cyclocephala spp.) control/Evaluación de dos formulaciones de nemátodos entomopatógenos para el control de gallinas ciegas Phyllophaga spp., Cyclocephala spp.

Paul Linden, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego, Ramón Tovar, Centro de Investigación en Energía, UNAM. Ventilation of multiple room buildings/Ventilación de edificios de múltiples habitaciones.

Katja Lindenberg, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego, Aldo H. Romero Castro, Materials Department, CINVESTAV-Unidad Queretaro. Pulse and Signal Propagation in Granular Media/Propagación de Pulsos en Medios Granulares.

Jay Lund, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis, Leopoldo Mendoza-Espinosa, Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanologicas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. Market Based Water Management and Reuse for Agricultural Urban and Environmental Uses in Baja California/Manejo y Reuso del Agua Basados en Mecanismos de Mercado para Uso Agrícola Urbano y Ambiental. (George Brown, Jr. Award)

Marc Mangel, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, UC Santa Cruz, Tania Zenteno-Savin, Planeación Ambiental y Conservación, CIBNOR. Oxidative Damage in Diving Mammals and Birds: Linking Theory and Experiment/Daño oxidativo en aves y mamíferos que bucean: Uniendo la teoría y la experimentación.

Martha Orozco-Cardenas, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside, Ana Carmela Ramos Valdivia, Biotecnología y Bioingeniería, CINVESTAV-IPN. Overexpression of the 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate synthase gene in selected Uncaria tomentosa (Cat´s Claw) hairy root lines for the production of oxindole alkaloids/Sobre-expresión del gen de la 1-desoxi-D-xilulosa 5-fosfato sintasa y en líneas seleccionadas de raíces pilosas de Uncaria tomentosa (Uña de Gato).

James Rector, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley, Jobst Wurl, Geohidrologia y Geoinformática, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Lea Méndez, Planeación Ambiental y Conservación, CIBNOR. Study of freshwater availability in the Loreto aquifer, Baja California Sur, Mexico/Estudio de la disponibilidad de agua dulce en el acuífero de San Juan Londo, Baja California Sur, México.

David Reinkensmeyer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Irvine, Luis Sucar, Computer Science, ITESM – Campus Cuernavaca. Gesture Therapy: Low-Cost Computer Vision for Arm Movement Training at Home after Stroke/Terapía por gestos: Sistema de visión de bajo costo para terapia de movimiento de brazo en casa después de un ataque.

John Rotenberry, Center for Conservation Biology, UC Riverside, Pedro Peña, Biología de la Conservación, CICESE, Ricardo Rodriguez Estrella, Planeación Ambiental y Conservación, CIBNOR. Modeling the distribution of plant and animal communities along the Baja California Peninsula/Modelar la distribución de comunidades de plantas y animales a lo largo de la Penísula de Baja California.

William Scott, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz, Leticia Santos, Molecular Biology, IPICyT. Crystal structure of the archaeal AAA protein TAA43/Estructura cristalográfica de la proteína AAA TAA43 proveniente de arquea.

Robert W. Simons, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UC Los Angeles, Jaime García-Mena, Genética y Biología Molecular, CINVESTAV-IPN. Study of physical and functional assemblies between Ribonuclease PH and Ribonuclease E/Estudio de ensambles físicos y funcionales entre Ribonucleasa PH y Ribonucleasa E.

Johan Six, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, Luc Dendooven, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, CINVESTAV. Conservation agriculture in the central highlands of Mexico: Its effect on soil processes/Agricultura de conservación en el altiplano central de México: Su efecto en los procesos del suelo.

Norman Terry, Plant Biology, UC Berkeley, Jorge Manuel Santamaria Fernández, Biotecnología/ Fisiología Molecular, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica de Yucatan. Characterization of Genes Expressed in Response to Lead in a Pb Accumulator Aquatic Fern (Salvinia minima) Baker/ Caracterización de genes expresados en respuesta a plomo en un helecho acuático con potencial para fitoremediar aguas contaminadas con Plomo.

John Thompson, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, Jesus Vargas-Hernández, Programa Forestal-IRENAT, Colegio de Postgraduados, Deborah Rogers, Genetic Resources Conservation Program, UC Davis. Diversity and local adaptation in interactions between Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) and key symbiotic mutualists ectomycorrhizal fungi/Diversidad y adaptación local de las interacciones entre Pinus radiata y hongos ecto-micorrízicos especies simbiontes mutualistas clave.

Stefano Varese, Native American Studies, UC Davis, Nemesio Rodríguez, Programa México Nación Multicultural, UNAM, Paola María Sesia, CIESAS-Unidad Istmo. Environment, migration and development in the indigenous and Afromestizo communities of the Costa Chica of Oaxaca. Diagnostic and social environmental model/Desarrollo, ambiente y migración en comunidades indígenas y afromestizas de la Costa Chica de Oaxaca. Diagnóstico y modelo socio-ecológico.

Claude Wasterlain, Neurology, UC Los Angeles, Luisa Rocha, Pharmacobiology, CINVESTAV-IPN. Markers of hippocampal neuronal injury in epilepsy/Marcadores de daño neuronal hipocampal en epilepsia.

Susan Williams, Bodega Marine Laboratory, UC Davis, Alejandro Cabello Pasini, Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Richard Grosberg, Biological Sciences – Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis. Physiological variation and genetic structure of seagrasses Phyllospadix spp. along the Pacific Coast of North America/Variación fisiológica y estructura genética de pastos marinos Phyllospadix spp. a lo largo de la costa del Pacífico de Norte América.

Forman Williams, Center for Energy Research/MAE, UC San Diego, César Treviño Treviño, Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM. Reduced chemistry for ignition of hydrocarbon fuels/Ignición de hidrocarbos con cinéta química reducida.

Jin Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz, Umapada Pal, Instituto de Física, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Investigating the effects of doping and trap states on the optical, electronic and structural properties of oxide nanostructures/Estudio de los efectos de dopamiento y niveles de trampas sobre las propiedades óptica, electrónica y estructural de óxidos nanoestructurados.

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Special Calls for Proposals

UC MEXUS-CMHI
Migration and Health Issues in Mexico and California

UC MEXUS and the California-Mexico Health Initiative (CMHI) at the University of California Office of the President California Policy Research Center developed a joint initiative in 2003 to support for collaborative research on health and migration in California and Mexico. A third UC MEXUS-CMHI grants competition was offered in 2005 in partnership with the California Program on Access to Care (CPAC) of the California Policy Research Center, UC Office of the President; the Universitywide AIDS Research Program; the Secretaría de Salud (SSA); el Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT); the Fundación México-Estados Unidos para la Ciencia (FUMEC); and the California Endowment (TCE).

The primary objective of the program is to provide seed funds for developing projects in all disciplines that will enhance the understanding and knowledge of migration and health-related issues facing Mexican-origin workers and their families in California and Mexico, as well as the dissemination of information regarding these issues. A second objective is to promote new collaborative research actions and long-term linkages among the University of California campuses and Mexican research institutions. Ultimately, the program strives to create a binational network of researchers and institutions from California and Mexico who can inform policy decisions on health and migration issues.

The 2005 UC MEXUS-CMHI grants competition awarded eight grants totaling $306,385 to teams of UC and Mexican researchers for projects that addressed research and policy concerns regarding migration and health together. The Co-Principal Investigators, departments, home UC campuses and Mexican institutions, and project titles of the grant recipients are listed below.

Edgar W. Butler, Sociology, UC Riverside, Celia Mancillas Bazán, Psicología, Universidad Iberoamericana. Interpersonal and mental health in Mexican immigrant couples: a bicultural study/Salud mental e interpersonal en parejas mexicanas migrantes: un estudio bicultural.

Patricia B. Crawford, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, UC Berkeley, Montserrat Bacardi Gascón, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California – Tijuana. Evaluation of the period of adiposity rebound for the prevention of obesity/Evaluación del periodo de rebote de adiposidad para la prevención de obesidad.

Brenda Eskenazi, Epidemiology, UC Berkeley, Lynnette M. Neufeld, Nutrición y Epidemiología, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Understanding the effects of U.S.-Mexico migration on childhood overweight/Comprendiendo los efectos de migración entre los Estados Unidos y México en el sobrepeso de niños durante la infancia.

Lucia L. Kaiser, Nutrition, UC Davis, Luz Elvia Vera Becerra, Facultad de Medicina-Nutrición, Universidad de Guanajuato. Influence of migration on nutritional practices that promote obesity in young children/Influencia de la migración en prácticas de nutrición que promueven la obesidad en niños.

Janet C. King, Nutrition, UC Davis, Esther Casanueva, Investigaciónes en Salud Pública, Instituto Nacional de Perinatología. Impaired glucose tolerance and diet glycemic load in obese, pregnant women in Mexico City/Intolerancia a la glucosa e índice glicémico de la dieta en mujeres embarazadas con obesidad de la Ciudad de México.

Alexandra Minnis, Obsterics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, UC San Francisco, Sergio Bautista Arredondo, Economía y Políticas de Salud, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Migration and reproductive health among Mexican youth/Migración y salud reproductiva entre adolescentes mexicanos.

John M. Ringman, Neurology, UC Los Angeles, Yaneth Rodríguez, Laboratorio de Psicología Experimental, Instituto Nacional de Neurología. Neuropsychological changes in persons of Mexican descent at-risk for familial Alzheimer's Disease/Cambios neuropsicológicos en personas de descendencia mexicana en-riesgo para enfermedad de Alzheimer familial.

Leslie Wilson, Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, UC San Francisco, Janine Ramsey, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Enfermedades Infecciosas, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Collaboration on identification of risk and cost-effectiveness of Chagas Disease in the Mexican and California blood supply by geographic migration/Colaboración en la identificación de riesgos por migración geográfica y el costo-efectividad de estrategias para el tamizaje transfusional para "Trypanosoma cruzi"
(enfermedad de Chagas) en México y California.

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UCR-Mexico Initiatives

With funds made available by the UCR Chancellor's office, UC MEXUS awarded a grant to one project in response to the 2005 UCR-Mexico Initiatives competition. The program is intended to support the projects of UC Riverside faculty and researchers who wish to develop collaborative research or creative activities in any discipline with colleagues at Mexican institutions of research and/or higher education. The primary objective of the program is to expand and enhance academic exchange between UCR and Mexico and provide seed funds for starting projects that will lead to the development of major, long-term, interdisciplinary research and academic activities with strong potential for extramural funding. The Principal Investigator, departments, Mexican collaborators, Mexican institutions, and project title of the selected project is listed below.

Jianzhong Wu, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside (Carlos Lira-Galeana and José Luis Mendoza de la Cruz, Mexican Institute of Petroleum). Phase Behavior of Asphaltene Containing Petroleum Fluids in Porous Media.