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No. 17512 April 2010

I. Scholarships and Fellowships

– Undergraduate and Graduate: International student scholarships available at Hawai’i Pacific University

– Undergraduate: Grand Valley State University still accepting applications for 2010 – international scholarships of up to $5,000 per year

– Undergraduate and Graduate: Kodak Scholarship Program 2010

II. News you can use

– Environment Yale Magazine online: “The Problem with Plastics”

– To upload or not to upload? U.S. Colleges consider making lectures freely available online

– Research & Development: Virginia Tech Robotics Lab featured on multimedia TED Talks


I. Scholarships and Fellowships

International Student Scholarships Available at Hawai’i Pacific University


Are you a degree seeking student with a solid academic background? Are you involved in community service and extra-curricular activities? If your answer is ‘yes’, you may be eligible for Hawai’i Pacific University’s scholarship for international students.

HPU’s mission to educate and prepare individuals to become a part of a global community is strengthened by its more than 1,000 international students. We nurture our international diversity by recognizing qualified international student with scholarships to help them achieve their academic and career goals.

If you want to be part of a group of selected scholarship recipients and receive a world-class education from an American university that is ranked among the best in the United States, explore the scholarship opportunities available to you at



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For more information, contact:

Hawai’i Pacific University, International Center

1164 Bishop Street
Suite #1100
Honolulu, HI 96813 USA
Tel: +1 (808) 543-8088
Fax: +1 (808) 543-8065
E-mail: [email protected]


Grand Valley State University is still accepting applications for the Fall 2010 semester – International Scholarships up to $5,000 per year

We welcome all students at Grand Valley, whether it is for a year-long exchange program or bachelors degree. For students wanting to study one year at Grand Valley, we offer students the opportunity to choose courses from our flexible general education requirement as well as having the ability to choose from the hundreds of available classes.

For students wanting a degree, we offer over 200 different degree programs, where students can learn from highly qualified professors and use the advanced facilities on campus. Grand Valley offers an affordable education and we have been named one of America*s top 100 Education Best Buy for 14 straight years.

International Merit Scholarship:

Every year, Grand Valley awards a limited number of International Merit Scholarships to incoming international students who have demonstrated an outstanding academic achievement record.

The value of this scholarship is $5,000 per year.

All students who submit a complete application for admission by May 1 are eligible for this merit-based scholarship.

In addition, students must write an essay of approximately 1,000 words on the following topic:

“What will I do to bring cultural and international perspectives to Grand Valley that will enhance the learning environment for the entire GVSU community?”

Typically, qualified students have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, but decisions are based on academic credentials, the scholarship essay and information provided in the application materials. Transfer students from U.S. four-year colleges and universities, and students being fully funded by their government are not eligible.

Renewal: Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.85 grade point average, maintain full-time enrollment, and maintain valid immigration status. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, maintain full-time enrollment, and valid immigration status.

For more information, please visit:

Admissions Office

Grand Valley State University

1 Campus Drive

Allendale MI 49401-9403

Phone (616) 331-2025


[email protected]

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KODAK Scholarship Program 2010

Deadline: Post Marked by June 14, 2010

These highly competitive awards are given to students demonstrating superior professional filmmaking production skills and creativity. Colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and participating countries in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, that offer a degree or diploma program in film, film production, or cinematography may nominate up to two students each year for consideration.

A Blue Ribbon Jury will evaluate all submitted work and make all final selections. The jury will consist of one individual from Kodak and one from the University Film & Video Association (UFVA), plus a representative from the filmmaking industry. Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, creative and technical ability, communications ability, and range of filmmaking experience. Visual Imagery will count 50%, creative and other technical skills 25%, and the other criteria 25%.

Conditions of Entry

1. Entries must be completed works that communicate a story or theme in some fashion — no clips or short vignettes.

2. Eligible institutions are colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, participating Asia Pacific countries (Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore), participating European countries (Austria, Benelux, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and participating Latin America countries (Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela).

3. No more than two nominees per institution.

4. College student nominees must be fulltime undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the 2009 – 2010 academic year and planning to enroll for the 2010 – 2011 academic year in a film school’s degree or diploma program.

5. All judges’ decisions are final.

6. The names of the winners may be published on the website at Winners agree to allow the free use of their names, photographs and general location for publicity and news purposes in connection with the Scholarships Program.

To download the application form, visit:



II. News You Can Use

Environment Yale Magazine Online

The Journal of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies has a new, sleek looking website for the Fall 2009 issue. The “Past Issues” are still available on the previous environment: Yale website, however, and the issues go all the way back to the spring of 2002. The journal is published twice per year, and exists in both print and online formats. Some of the features of the journal include “Bookshelf” and “Class Notes and Obituaries”, available in PDF format in the past issues. The current issue, Fall 2009, has some fascinating articles, i.e. “The Problem with Plastics“, which includes a list on the right side of the page of a dozen or so steps you can take to avoid toxic chemicals; “Pond Scum Prized Again as Potential Biofuel”; and “Can China Save the Amur Tiger?”, which discusses the promise of “tiger recovery in the same way China committed to panda conservation 30 years ago” due to a “dramatic expansion of [tiger] habitat and population.” [KMG]

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. March 26, 2010


To upload or not to upload? – U.s. Colleges Consider making lectures freely available online

Through open-courseware projects many schools already make syllabi, lecture notes and other documents freely accessible online. Posting full lecture videos as public content is still uncommon, even though hundreds of higher education institutions maintain their own YouTube channels.

Barriers to publishing lectures:

– technological challenges of recording, editing and uploading videos

– fears that class attendance would drop

– concerns about intellectual property rights

U.S. schools already posting lectures open to the public include:

– Purdue University

– University of Oregon

– Massachusetts Institute of Technology

– Tufts University

– Yale University

For a list of Open Courseware Consortium member schools, go to:

Find out about the various aspects of this dilemma and future prospects at:

Full-length article: College 2.0: More Professors Could Share Lectures Online. But Should They? By Jeffrey R. Young, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 2010


Virgina Tech robotics lab featured on TED Talks


At TEDxNASA, Dennis Hong introduced seven award-winning, all-terrain robots — like the humanoid, soccer-playing DARwIn and the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR — all built by his team at Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa), Virginia Tech.