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Hackworth Research Grant Winners, Winter 2004
Sara Garcia, Associate Professor, Education, and Peg Graham, Assistant Professor, Anthropology - Professor Garcia and Professor Graham won a $4,500 award for a project called "Interdisciplinary Research on Drought in Northern Mexico: Educational, Anthropological, and Ethical Perspectives." Their work will examine the ethical assumptions that guide the personal and political response of the citizens of Aldama, a small city in the northern Mexican desert, to the long-term drought in the region. Their work also aims to enable the people of Aldama to respond more effectively to this situation of drought. The management of scarce water resources is increasingly a global issue of great ethical importance, and the work of Professor Garcia and Professor Graham is a contribution to the understanding of that issue.
Bill Stover, Associate Professor, Political Science - Professor Stover won a $5,000 grant for travel throughout the Middle East in order to develop an ethics and human rights component for his interactive teaching tool called "International Conflict Simulation." To date, the interactive Web site built by Professor Stover has permitted Santa Clara University students to communicate via e-mail about strategic, international issues with experts who live in the Middle East. With the support of the grant, Professor Stover aims to find Middle Eastern experts in ethics and human rights in order to add their voice to the strategic concerns that students explore in his class.
Tasce Simon, '04 - Ms. Simon won a $2,150 award for a project called "Healthcare Disparity: Exploring an Ethical Alternative." Ms. Simon, an SCU pre-med student, will examine an innovative, community health care model on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador. She will study what the ethical assumptions are that have guided the creation of that model, which has provided sustainable health-care delivery with ongoing service to the poor. She will also briefly compare the ethical assumptions that have led to such a successful model to the ethical assumptions behind the problematic U.S. health care system.