Dr. Laura Elder
Home Institution:  Notre Dame, Indiana
Host Institution: University of Malaya, Academy of Islamic Studies
Project Title: Greening the Glass Ceiling: Investigating institutions and individuals shaping Malaysian women’s Shariah expertise as global Islamic financial expertise

Dr Elder is a culauraltural anthropologist and teaches in the Department of Global Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame. She has always been fascinated by the temporal and cultural frameworks which shape economies.  During her graduate studies in New York, she also became engrossed in the dynamic histories and cultures of Southeast Asia.  As a result, she has carried out fieldwork in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, and Singapore.  Her primary research interests are global political economy, Islam, and gender.  In previous research she exposed the importance of race and class in patterns of networking and capital accumulation among Asian hedge funds in Malaysia. She is currently researching changes among the power elite in global financial regimes through a comparative analysis of the promotion of women’s expertise in Islamic finance in Southeast Asian and Gulf Cooperation Council countries.


Dr. Edmund Kellerman
Home Institution: University of Florida, Gainesville
Host Institution: Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Bangi, Malaysia
Project Title: Teaching Intercultural Communication and Conducting Research on Intercultural Marriages in UNITEN’s Graduate Business School.



Currently Dr. Kellerman is a Master Lecturer in the Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication in the University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. From 1977 to 1979, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer speech therapist and audiologist at the General Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Meeting his wife there in 1978 sparked his interest in intercultural marriages and from 1997 to 1999, he served as a lecturer in communications at UNITEN.  At UF, he teaches a variety of communication courses from freshman introductory classes to upper division Patterns of Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication and Leadership, and Non Profit Leadership.  At UNITEN, Dr. Kellerman also intend to collect data and analyze results for his study entitled “Factors That Influence the Formation of Successful Intercultural Relationships.”  He hopes to publish the results in monographs and a book next year. Additionally, he is the director of Project Nepal, an NGO that funds schools for poor children in Nepal (www.supportprojectnepal.com)


Dr. Valerie Trollinger
Home Institution: Kutztown University of PA
Host Institution: Universiti Teknologie MARA
Project Title:  Developing an online Gamelan School, Teaching Undergraduate courses and graduate classes in music, performing arts medicine, and instrumental music, Sharing Music across Cultures 


valerieDr. Trollinger is an Associate Professor of Music at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and is a Fulbright Scholar for Spring 2016, associated with the Music Department at the Universiti Teknologie MARA in Shah Alam. Dr. Trollinger is a professional musician and performs as both a professional bassoonist and singer. While at UTiM she will be developing an online Gamelan School with Dr. Shahanum Mohd. Shah, continuing a project that was started several years ago, with the purpose to share Gamelan techniques and performances with those not familiar with or with access to instruments and music. Additionally, she will be teaching graduate and undergraduate classes in all areas of music, presenting workshops for teachers in the field, and sharing information on performing arts medicine.

Dr. Trollinger has a master’s and doctorate in music performance and music education from Indiana University, Bloomington IN. She has performed with many symphony orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recently she has begun collaborative research with physicians in otolaryngology as part of her performing arts medicine work. She was last in Malaysia in 2006 attending an international conference in music and music education.

Kelly Heber Dunning 
Home Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 
Host Institution: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Project Title: Communities of Coral: An Ecosystem Service Analysis of Coral Reef Management in Indonesia and Malaysia 

kellyKelly is a fourth year PhD student at MIT getting a degree in Natural Resources, Planning, and Policy in MIT’s Environmental Policy and Planning division of the School of Architecture and Planning, in its Science Impact Collaborative Lab. She researches ecosystem services, or the benefits that human societies can derive from healthy ecosystems. She is comparing strategies for coral reef management in Indonesia and Malaysia, with her field sites in Tioman, Redang, and the Perhentians in Malaysia, and Lovina, Pemuteran, and Amed in Bali Indonesia. She performs ecological surveys of the reefs measuring how much living coral is present, and she also conducts interviews and surveys of those who live and work in the tourism sector and benefit from the healthy reef. Since Malaysia and Indonesia are working on a regional strategy for coral reef management in the Coral Triangle Initiative, she believes that comparative analyses of management strategies will serve both countries in meeting their conservation goals, while still focusing on social and economic benefits for local people.  Before Kelly was at MIT, she received an Msc in Environmental Management from Oxford in the UK, and a B.A. in political science focused on environmental policy and economics at the University of Florida. Her hobbies include diving and surfing and practicing her Bahasa Malaysia. She hopes to become an academic researcher and teacher who studies and teaches about coastal natural resources and the human dimensions of healthy ecosystems.


Chelsea Jordan Messinger
Home Institution: Yale University, CT
Host Institution: University of Malaya Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Project Title: Impact of Health Worker Attitudes about Influenza on the Health of Malaysian Pregnant Women

chelseaChelsea is a recent graduate of Yale College with a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. She first began conducting public health research during the summer after her freshman year in college, when she helped conduct a study on swine influenza. Since then, she has worked on a variety of public health research projects both in the United States and internationally, including most recently as a reproductive health research intern at the non-profit BRAC in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During her spare time at Yale, she enjoyed volunteering in free medical clinics for uninsured patients, giving presentations in my local community about affordable health insurance, serving as a leader in various campus groups, as well as playing on the Yale Polo Team. Upon her return to the United States, Chelsea hopes to pursue a career as a physician scientist and conduct translational research in the field of global women’s health. Her primary research interests include the sociocultural determinants of global maternal mortality and reproductive health disparity, as well as the intersection of infectious disease and maternal health. Ultimately, she hopes to work to design better maternal and reproductive health policy for underserved women and girls worldwide through a multilateral relief organization such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, or the UNFPA.


Trena Mukherjee
Home Institution: Yale University
Host Institution: University of Malaya-Center of Excellence for Research in AIDS (CERiA)
Project Title: HIV, Drug Use & Incarceration in Malaysia 

trenaTrena recently graduated from the Yale School of Public Health with an MPH in Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Global Health. As part of her graduate coursework, she was awarded the Downs Fellowship to travel to Kuala Lumpur and study drug use behaviors, stigma and attitudes towards methadone treatment among opioid-dependent incarcerated individuals, who are at risk for HIV. Prior to her MPH, Trena graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Neuroscience and a minor in Economics, and completed a post-baccalaureate fellowship at NIH. 

This year, Trena will continue to study drug use behaviors, community re-entry and recidivism among incarcerated individuals in Kuala Lumpur. Upon completing her Fulbright, Trena hopes to obtain a PhD in Epidemiology, with a focus in global health and behavioral interventions.


Katie Young
Home Institution: New Mexico State University, NM
Host Institution: University of Malaysia Sarawak
Project Title: Impact of land use change on sylvatic dengue vector abundance and diversity in Borneo.

katieMs. Katie Young is a PhD candidate at New Mexico State University where her research focuses on the ecology and evolution of mosquito-borne dengue viruses. Katie’s interest in the ecology of infectious disease stems from her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer concentrating in HIV public health in Kenya from 2009-2011. After returning from her Peace Corps service, Katie began working toward her master’s degree in biology. She performed the research for her master’s project in a rural village in Sarawak, Malaysia and had the opportunity to make lasting partnerships with local people and UNIMAS. For her Fulbright fellowship, Katie will partner with the Institute of Health and Community Medicine at UNIMAS to characterize potential mosquito vectors of sylvatic dengue viruses, viruses circulating in non-human primates with the potential of infecting humans in rural areas. She will be working with local communities in order to fully understand the risk potential of specific mosquito species and land cover on the potential infection of humans with sylvatic dengue viruses. In her free time, Katie enjoys experiencing the outdoors by hiking and backpacking, traveling to new places, canoeing and playing soccer