4 - Number of UCF In-House Grants awarded to COHPA in 2016
7 - Number of COHPA Research Fellowships awarded in 2016
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College Hosts Official from Tyumen State University in Russia
Monday, August 15, 2016
Tyumen State University is located in the city
of Tyumen in western Siberia. The university has more than 20,000
175 academic majors and includes 23 institutes. Learn more at www.utmn.ru/en/.
The College of Health and Public Affairs hosted an
official and scientist from Tyumen State University in Russia
for a daylong visit on Aug. 11.
Andrei Tolstikov, Tyumen's vice rector for research and
international affairs, visited the college as part
of a multi-day trip to UCF sponsored by the Eurasia
Foundation, a global partner with the National Council of
University Research Administrators. As an NCURA Global Fellow,
he came to UCF to learn about the university's
research administration practices and faculty development
COHPA Research and Budget Director Kerry Gajewski said she
was honored the college was selected to participate
in Tolstikov's visit. In fact, she was the first from the
college to meet with him.
Gajewski (left) and Tolstikov reviewed the roles and
of research administrators in the college.
"Andrei said his university is interested in enhancing its
international partnerships and collaborations and he was
looking for ideas to take back," Gajewski said. "He was most
interested in our research development processes and
faculty incentives, particularly our COHPA Research Fellowship
The two also discussed areas of research in the college's
schools and departments.
"Andrei is interested in having Tyumen's research faculty
collaborate with international partners and wanted to know how to
find suitable experts in their fields of interest," Gajewski
said. "I told him about resources our faculty members use,
such as PIVOT, and our own searchable database with
information about faculty research interests."
Their discussion prompted a visit to the college's
Knights on the Go Café in the HPA I atrium. "He found the
café very interesting," Gajewski said. "He said he knows
scientists who are working with individuals who
are visually impaired and physically disabled and that caring
for these individuals is a very big issue for his
Tolstikov went on to meet with Assistant Professor Jo Smith
from the School of Public Administration. They reviewed the
school's Master of Research Administration program, which Smith
directs, and discussed the program's international
In addition, Tolstikov met with two faculty members in the
college who conduct international research. The first
was Associate Dean Ross Wolf, a criminal justice faculty
member who studies volunteer policing worldwide.
"We discussed the development of modern volunteer policing
in Russia through the local use of Cossacks, including those
in the Tyumen region," Wolf said. "He suggested a possible
research collaboration on volunteer policing that would
compare the British model, adapted by the United States, with the
Russian model that developed after the fall of the Soviet
Tolstikov, Prysmakova (center) and Bryer discussed possible
Associate Professor Tom Bryer, director of the Center for Public
and Nonprofit Management, met with Tolstikov to discuss his
research abroad, including projects in Lithuania. Joining
them was Belarus-native Safiya Prysmakova, a student in
the college's Doctoral Program in Public Affairs
and graduate research assistant working with Bryer.
Shortly afterwards Tolstikov wrote to the director
of Tyumen's Institute of State and Law to tell him
about his meeting with Bryer and Prysmakova and
to suggest a way the institute might partner with
Gajewski said it's possible the day's meetings
could lead to future collaborations between Tyumen State
University and UCF.
"Andrei was very pleased when he came out of the meetings," she
(Photos by Abi Bell)
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