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UC MEXUS-CONACYT Sabbatical Fellowships

The program seeks to promote and further the academic careers of accomplished scientists and scholars through extended periods of research and scholarship at UC Campuses or at Mexican institutions of higher education pertaining to CONACYT’s Padrón Nacional de Posgrado (PNP) or Programa para el Fortalecimiento del Posgrado Nacional (PIFOP). In addition, the program seeks to create and enhance a collaborative, binational academic network by facilitating connections among UC and Mexican faculty as part of multidisciplinary and integrated research programs. Sabbatical support is provided for six months to a year. The sabbatical fellows, home departments and institutions, and their hosts, host departments and institution/campuses are listed below.

 

By Year
2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002

2007

Maria de Lourdes de León Pasquel, Estudios del Lenguaje, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (Host: Elinor Ruth Ochs, Anthropology, UC Los Angeles, Co-Host: Alessandro Duranti, Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families, UC Los Angeles).
Language socialization, interaction and children's communicative Development: Cross-cultural Connections/Socialización por el Lenguaje, Interacción y el Desarrollo de la Competencia Comunicativa Infantil: Conexiones Transculturales.

Gustavo Alonso Hirata-Flores, Fisicoquímica, Universidad Autónoma de México-Centro de Ciencias de la Materia Condensada (Host: Steven DenBaars, Materials, UC Santa Barbara).
Development of White Light Emitting Phosphors for Solid State Lamps/Desarrollo de Materiales Luminiscentes de Emision Blanca para Lámparas de Estado Sólido.

Cándido Lopez-Castaneda, Genética, Colegio de Postgraduados (Host: Giles J. Waines, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside).
A Historical Comparison of Root Characteristics of Old and Modern Mexican Wheats/Comparación Histórica de Características de las Raíces de Trigo Mexicanos Antiguos y Modernos.

David Mayer, División de Economía, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Host: Matthias Doepke, Economics, UC Los Angeles).
World Trade, Technological Change and Population Dynamics/Comercio Internacional, Cambio Tecnológico y Dinámica Demográfica.

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2006

J Andrés Christen, Probabilidad y Estadística, Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (Host: Bruno Sansó, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, UC Santa Cruz). Advances in the implementation of optimal Bayesian sequential analysis and design/Avances en la implementación del análisis secuencial y diseño Bayesiano óptimo.

Miguel Mellado, Nutrition and Feed, University Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro (Host: Wolfgang Pittroff, Animal Science, UC Davis). Factors affecting reproductive efficiency of dairy goats under intensive conditions in central Mexico/Factores que afectan la eficiencia reproductiva de cabras lecheras en sistemas intensivos en el centro de México.

Alejandro Ramírez-Solís, Física Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (Host: Bernard Kirtman, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Santa Barbara). Nonlinear Optical Properties of Charged Defect Structures in Organic PI-Conjugated Polymers and Molecules/Propiedades Ópticas No-Lineales de Estructuras con Defectos de Carga en Polímeros Orgánicos PI-Conjugados y Moléculas.

Xavier Soberon, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidad Autónoma de México (Host: Milton H. Saier Jr., Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego). Engineering protein specificity in the phosphotransferase system of E. coli/Ingeniería de proteínas para la especificidad del sistema de fosfotransferasas de E. coli.

Beatriz Xoconostle-Cázares, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Host: William Lucas, Plant Biology, UC Davis). Identification of phloem proteins and mRNA that form long-distance ribonucleoprotein complexes in pumpkin/Identificación de proteínas de floema y mRNA que forman complejos ribonucleoproteicos a larga distancia en calabaza.

Hailin Zhao Hu, Solar Materials Centro de Investigacion en Energía, Universidad Autónoma de México (Host: Reginald M. Penner, Chemistry, UC Irvine). Hybrid heterojunctions of II-VI semiconductor nanowires with poly3-alkylthiophenes for solar cell applications/Heterouniones hibridas de nanoalambres de semiconductores II-VI con poli3-alquiltiofenos para aplicaciones en celdas solares.

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2005

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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2004

Ofelia Angulo, Unidad de Investigación y Desarrollo en Alimentos, Instituto Tecnólogico de Veracruz. (Host: Michael O'Mahony, Food Science and Technology, UC Davis) Testing Odesky's and Thurstone's hypothesis concerning the paired preference test.

Steve Brush, Human and Community Development, UC Davis. (Host: Alejandro Casas Fernández, Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México – Morelia) Design and development of in situ conservation programs for Mexican crop genetic resources.

Roberto Castro-Pérez, Medical Sociology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. (Host: M. Catherine Maternowska, Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy, UC San Francisco) In search of sociological explanation for gender related domestic violence in Mexico: A comprehensive analysis of existing evidence.

Pablo Cotler Avalos, Economía, Universidad Iberoamericana. (Host: Christopher Woodruff, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego) The impact of microlending: Evidence from the Fincomun-Bimbo project.

Ana María Ibarra Humphries, Genetics, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste. (Hosts: Thomas Famula and Bernie May, Animal Science, UC Davis) Applications of genomic science on the genetic improvement of aquacultural mollusks.

Hipolito Ortiz Laurel, Agricultural Engineering, Colegio de Postgraduados. (Host: Shrinivasa K. Upadhyaya, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis) Integration of information technology and sensors to generate a precision agriculture model adaptable to Mexico farmland.

Juan Manuel Torres Rojo, Economía, Centro para la Investigación y Docencia Económicas. (Host: Alain de Janvry, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley) Social and economic factors affecting natural resources conservation in Mexico.

Antonio Yúnez-Naude, Economía, Colegio de México. (Host: J. Edward, Taylor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis) A collaborative institutional research and training project on rural economics.

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2003

David Aurioles Gamboa, Biología Marina, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Host: Paul Koch, Earth Sciences, UC Santa Cruz). Historical Variations in d13 C and d15 N in Tooth Collagen from California Sea Lion Teeth in the Gulf of California.

Zaul García Esquivel, Marine Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Host: Horst Felbeck, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego). Dietary protein-energy interactions in the green abalone, Haliotis fulgens.

James Grieshop, Human and Community Development, UC Davis (Host: Virginia Reyes de la Cruz, Sociológicos, Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca). Cultural Resources and Community Development: Developing Social Capital in Oaxacan Communities.

Francisco Molina Freaner, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Stephen Weller, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine ). Evolution of the breeding system of Oxalis alpina.

Arturo Molina Gutiérrez, Engineering, Tecnología de Monterrey – Campus Monterrey (Host: Paul Wright, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley). Integrated Environment for High Tech Product Development - Reconfigurable and Intelligent Machines.

José Luis Ochoa de la Torre, Oceanografía Física, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE) (Host: Pearn Peter Niiler, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego). Eddy Features in the West Caribbean Sea.

Hernando Quevedo Cubillos, Energía Nuclear, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Steve Carlip, Physics, UC Davis). Quantum gravity in (2 + 1) dimensions and in sigma models.

Rubén Ramos García, Astrophysics Optics and Electronics, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Host: Pochi Yeh, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Santa Barbara). Phase-modulated holography and photo-EMF techniques for characterization of nonlinear liquid crystals.

Luis Enrique Sucar Succar, Computer Science, Tecnológico de Monterrey - Campus Cuernavaca (Host: Adnan Darwiche, Computer Science, UC Los Angeles). A Probabilistic Framework for Small Robots.

Clara Tinoco Ojanguren, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Mike Goulden, Earth System Science, UC Irvine). Factors determining productivity of Typhalatifolia and its importance for carbon balance in the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve.

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2002

Eleazar Barbosa Corona, Instituto de Ciencias Agrícolas, Universidad de Guanajuato (Host: Brian A. Federici, Entomology, UC Riverside). Development of new insecticidal strain of Bacillus thuringiensis.

José Norberto Farfán García, Química, CINVESTAV-IPN (Host: Miguel Angel Garcia Garibay, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Los Angeles). Molecular rotors.

Juan Antonio García Aragón, Centro Interamericano de Recursos del Agua, Facultad de Ingeniería, UAEM (Host: James Hunt, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley). Water quality impacts of urbanization and the challenge of scarce resource allocation.

Paul Gertler, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (Host: Stefano Bertozzi, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública). Evaluation of the impact of Mexico's national welfare program PROGRESA on health and development in children and adolescents.

Samuel Salazar Garcia, Centro de Investigación Regional Pacifico Centro, INIFAP (Host: Carol J. Lovatt, Botany & Plant Sciences, UC Riverside). A temperature-driven (degree-day) model to predict bloom events of the Haas avocado in Mexico and California.

Rosa Luisa Santillán Baca, Quimica, CINVESTAV-IPN (Host: Miguel Angel Garcia Garibay, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Los Angeles). Synthesis of natural products by solid state decarbonization reactions.

Oscar U. Velasco Fuentes, Oceanografia Fisica, CICESE (Host: Paul Linden, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego). Two-dimensionalization of a perturbed vortex in a rotating fluid.