1 through 5 November 2005. SUNY participation
in the conference Mathematics and Cybersecurity 05, MSU, Humanities
Building 2 . Conference program
26 October through 6 November 2005. SUNY delegation
headed by Interim Chancellor Admiral John R. Ryan to visit Moscow
21 September 2005. Official Moscow
State University representative Olga Yakimenko begins tenure in
Albany as SUNY Center Academic Co-Director.
1 September 2005. Fulbright Teaching
Fellow Charles Rougle (University at Albany) begins tenure in Moscow
as SUNY Center Academic Co-Director. In addition to duties at the
Center, Prof. Rougle is teaching a course on Russian-English translation
at the MSU Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, and translation
workshops are planned with the Faculty of Public Administration
and the Faculty of Philology. In late October, he and fellow Fulbrighter
Prof. Douglas Robinson (University of Mississippi), currently with
the Department of Linguistics and Translatology at Voronezh State
University, will present a joint paper at the 7th Fedorov Readings
conference organized by the Fedorov Center for Translation Studies
at St. Petersburg State University.
June 20 - July, 06, 2004 the exchange
of the students groups of biological faculty of Moscow State University
and SUNY University at Syracuse is planned. Students from SUNY will
have field studies at Zvenigorod biostation and students of the
Moscow State University – at the Cranberry Lake biostation
June 19 - 23, 23, 2004 Moscow State
University is visited by the vice chancellor of SUNY for international
programs R. Gosende. In his visit schedule meetings with MSU administration,
deans of the faculties and students are included.
May 18 - June 13, 2004 The group of students
of Genessio SUNY under the direction of their professor Robert Goeckel
are trained during the summer school at the faculty of foreign languages
of Moscow State University within the program " Russian civilization".
The program acquaints students with the features of Russian culture,
Russia history. Excursions across Moscow and Saint Petersburg, visiting
of historical places, museums and theatres are included in the program.
March 15, 2004: Nineth University
Forum will take place at 15:30 in the room M1 at the Biological
faculty of MSU (ul. Mendeleeva). The theme is "Biological Illiteracy".
We are honored to invite Prof. S. Teale, Dr. A. Smurof and Ph.D
A. Oleshkin as speakers.
March 19-27, 2004: Prof.: John Ryder,
Director of International Programs will stay in Moscow to participate
in the conference on education organized by the US Embassy. He will
also conduct some lectures at MSU. The exact time and place will
be announced later.
March 08, 2004: Dr: Olga Iakimenko,
Research Assistant, MSU Faculty of Soil Studies is going to SUNY
ESF as a part of MSU-SUNY Professional Fellows Program. She will
make some presentations in her field and participate in discussions
connected with exchanges of biological field work of SUNY and MSU
March 4-19: Prof. Stephen Teale,
Director, ESF Biological Station in NY will have classes on etymology,
conduct meetings connected with ESF and MSU Ecocenter cooperation.
We shall announce the time and the place of his lectures.
February 27, 2004: Eighth
University Forum will take place at 15:30 in Lecture Theater 10
at the faculty of Public Administration. The theme is “Comparison:
principles of management in Government and Business” We are
very honored to welcome our speakers: Laurence Wohlers, Minister
Counselor for Public Affairs, US Embassy and A.T. Smith, President,
Since February 09, 2004, SUNY professor
Greg Garvey begins his classes on American Studies at the Faculty
of Foreign Languages and Public Administration and Management
January 21, 2004. The US Embassy
delegation consisting of Michael Sullivan; Natalya Dobrovolskaya
and Natalya Mitoussova was invited to Natural History Museum at
MSU to get familiarized with the development of MSU-SUNY partnership
relations in ecological education. (details)
June 8, 2001. The SUNY Center on the United
States and Russia at Moscow State University was opened in a ceremony
hosted by Rector Sadovnichy of MSU and Chancellor Robert King. In
their remarks hailing the new Center they were joined by Mr. Alexander
Almasov, head of Press and Culture Section at the American Embassy.
The new center is centrally located in Zone A, Room 161 of the Main
Building of MSU.
June 6, 2001. Chancellor King hosted a gala
concert by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin under conductor Mikhail
Rachlevsky at the Kremlin Armory. The guests included numerous representatives
of the MSU administration and faculties, as well as dignitaries
from the diplomatic, governmental and business community in Russia.
June 4-18, 2001. The champion baseball team
of SUNY Cortland arrived for a series of games against the Moscow
State Tornadoes, the Russian national team, and the St. Petersburg
team. The Red Dragons from Cortland also hosted several baseball
training clinics for youth, in addition to sight-seeing in Moscow
and St. Petersburg. Chancellor King played in several of the games
in addition to presenting the host teams with specially-engraved
bats from Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Both
sides agreed to a SUNY-MSU rematch in 2002.
June 4-10, 2001. Chancellor Robert King
began a week-long official visit to Moscow State University, meeting
with key officials at the University and in the public and business
sector in Moscow.
March 4, 2001. The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
under the baton of Mikhail Rachlevsky will perform at the Troy Savings
Bank Music Hall. The program includes Vivaldi's "Four Seasons"
and Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings".
On January 15, 2001 a new MSU Co-Director of
the SUNY Center on Russia and the United States, Dr. Nikolai V.
Semin will begin performing his duties at the office. His appointment
runs until June 30, 2001. Dr. Semin graduated summa cum laude in
1992 from Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics, Moscow State University.
His current position at the University is that of provost.
Dr. Semin's lectures will cover a wide variety of topics including
reform of the education system in Russia, the MSU network as a principal
component of the Russian Internet, the Russian Internet, open education
in Russia, and mathematical education in Russia, etc. Dr. Semin
is expected to lecture at SUNY campuses and other universities as
In 2000-2001, the Co-Directors of the sister
centers took up their positions. Dr. Robert F. Goeckel, Professor
of Political Science, SUNY Geneseo, left for Moscow the first of
September to assume his position as SUNY Co-Director of the Center
on the United States and Russia. Dr. Robert Goeckel successfully
combines his academic work associated with his Fulbright grant,
with contacts with the US Embassy and responsibilities as SUNY Co-Director
of the MSU Center.
In the past eight months, the Centers implemented
the programs that were developed in the previous year and began
to elaborate new programs.
Distance Learning Program
During the first week in October, three MSU professors
from the Faculties of Foreign Languages and History participated
in a three-day training session at the SUNY Learning Network
Distance Learning Training Center in Syracuse, New York along with
three SUNY faculties. Three courses are in the process of development
and will be offered fall semester 2001.Three additional MSU professors
will participate in the Distance Learning-training program in spring
SUNY Professional Fellowships
Provision was made in the 2000-2001 budget for four
two-month fellowships for MSU junior faculty to gain first-hand
experience on a SUNY in teaching new curricula and developing new
courses. The four young Moscow professor that will be working on
SUNY campuses run the gamut of disciplines, and reflect the interest
on both sides in fostering closer contact. The School of Management
at SUNY Binghamton not only requested to take a fellow but asked
to extend the fellows program to six months. Dr. Chihun started
her fellowship in mid-Januaryat SUNY Binghamton. Dr. Svetlana Titova
will start her professional fellowship in using technology to teach
English to foreigners at SUNY Cortland around March 1, and Dr. Andrei
Baev will be working with Dr. James Glimm in the Department of Mathematical
Physics during March and April, 2001. Finally, Dr. Olga Solovyova
is planning a Professional Fellowship in Criminal Justice at SUNY
Albany towards the end of the semester.
SUNY Senior Faculty Seminars
The program for the year 2000-2001 provided for three
two-week visits of SUNY senior faculty to teach a short course in
a subject requested by Moscow State. Three SUNY professors have
already been identified and once again reflect the diversity of
faculty interest in closer cooperation between our two institutions.
A. From November 19 to November 28, Dr. Neil
Ringler, Head of the Department of Ecology and Forestry conducted
a series of lectures in the Biology and Geography Faculties and
at the MSU Ekocenter.
B. Dr. Jon Rubin, Professor of Media Studies,
SUNY Purchase, has submitted a proposal to deliver a seminar on
Issues relating to Contemporary Film.
C. Dr. Qiqing Yu will be conducting a two-week
seminar in actuarial math in the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanical
D. Dr. Ivan Zassoursky completed his term as
the first MSU Senior Faculty Research Fellow and returned to Moscow
in December 2000. Dr. Zassoursky spent the fall semester traveling
throughout the SUNY campuses, giving lectures and explaining the
new direction the SUNY/MSU partnership. We estimate he reached over
5,000 students with his lectures. He has also lectured at MIT, Columbia,
New York University. The purpose of his lectures was to attract
students from whatever university to the SUNY/MSU program and to
change stereotypes of Russia, the difficulties of study in Russia
and the dangers of living there.
A. Fulbright Support
During the summer and fall of 200, we worked with
the Department of State on expanded Fulbright support of our center.
We are pleased to announce that for the academic year 2001-2002,
both co-directors will receive Fulbright awards.
B. Grant applications
During the review period, we have participated in
three grant application projects: The SUNY Research Foundation application
to USAID regarding judicial reform, the World Bank grant competition
regarding the development of a comprehensive environmental education
program in Russia and the one-time grant application to the Trust
for Mutual Understanding for a tour of the SUNY campuses by Russian
contemporary jazz groups.
C. The Foreign Policy Associations Hyperlink
This year SUNY joined forces with the Foreign Policy
Association (FPA) and the Albany Times Union in editing a
newsprint web-based version of FPAs Great Decisions called
the Foreign Policy Hyperlink (www.fph.suny.edu).
The goal of this publication is to bring together a community of
media that will help students to think about important foreign affairs
central to US interests.
New programs and directions
A. International Studies and Technology Program
A new program is being developed as a partnership
between major advanced materials and technology companies located
in New York State, the SUNY campuses and MSU. The program will be
coordinated through the SUNY/MSU Centers with students and post
graduates from MSU performing research on a SUNY campus for an interested
company, and students and post graduates from SUNY completing their
doctoral research in laboratories at MSU.
B. Initiatives by the MSU Faculty of Biology,
the MSU Ekocenter and the SUNY College of Environmental Science
and Forestry (ESF)
First, there is the development of the grant application
on environmental education. Second is the exchange of students working
on similar research agendas at various SUNY or MSU biological stations
that we hope will start in the summer of 2001. The third and perhaps
the most exciting venture is potential cooperation between MSU Zoological
Museum and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
C. Public Administration Initiative.
The MSU School of Public Administration is looking
for ways to integrate its programs with SUNY programs on a permanent
for-pay basis. The Center was able to arrange a meeting with the
head of Binghamtons Center on Democratic Performance and a
representative from the Department of Public Administration to start
the process of developing a long-term program of student, faculty
and research exchange.
D. Rule of Law Initiative.
Rule of Law comprises a second important area whose
reform is critical to the Russian Federations transition to
democracy. The SUNY/MSU Centers have joined with the International
Development Group of the SUNY Research Foundation, the John W. McCormack
Institute of Public Affairs, and the Massachusetts Judges Conference
in making a tender to USAID for a three-year grant aimed at assisting
the Russian Court Administration to reform its procedures. Involved
in the project are the MSU Faculties of Law and Public Administration,
the Office of Court Administration of the State of New York, the
Buffalo Law School, and the various departments on the SUNY campuses
that have expertise in this area.
E. Digital Media Initiative
The Media Department of SUNY Purchase and MSU's Department
of Journalism are working on the development of a digital media-training
center at MSU that will serve the Central Russian Region. Participants
include SUNY Purchase, SUNY Cortland and SUNY Oswego, the European
Free Institute, Minsk, Belarus, and MSU associated institutions
in the Central Russian Region. For the year 2001-2002, the participants
will be looking for an additional grant to fund a small exploratory
and experimental program that will include all the participants.
F. The Information Technology Initiative.
This initiative is just taking shape. Dr. E.I. Moiseev,
Dean of the Faculty of Computational Science and Dr. Alexander Lukshin,
Vice-Dean for International Relations, have just returned from visiting
three SUNY campuses where they have been hammering out agreements
on student exchange, faculty exchange and research agendas. Another
exciting aspect of the IT initiative is how to mesh SUNYs
library system, SUNY Connect, with that of Moscow State. Dr. Semin
will be working on ways to solve that problem.
On September 7th the Center welcomed its first
senior Researcher Associate, Dr. Ivan Zassoursky, from MSU Faculty
of Journalism. Dr. Zassoursky is conducting research on media and
culture in America. He is also finishing the second edition of his
award winning book "Mass Media in the Second Republic",
and is working with the US publisher to get the book published in
English. If that were not enough, Dr. Zassoursky has done a splendid
job conducting lectures on many SUNY campuses on Russian media and
politics in the 1990s. Students seem to like his laid back approach
and informative presentation. He also lectured at Harvard, Columbia,
NYU and Georgetown University in Washington DC. Click here
for the schedule of Dr. Zassoursky's lectures.You can get more information
about Dr. Zassoursky's interest and resources in English and Russian
on his web-site: www.geocities.com/zassoursky
There you can get an access to his work papers and the full text
of his book (in Russian only).
For those of you who are interested in getting
a marvelous experience and taking a semester abroad at the Moscow
State University we have some great news. President Clinton has
signed the legislation establishing the "Benjamin A. Gilman
International scholarship" program to help American undergraduate
students of limited financial means to study abroad. Favorably for
us, SUNY New Paltz President, Roger Bowen, a person very much involved
in the expansion of the study abroad opportunities for students
at New Paltz, supported Rep. Benjamin A . Gilman, writing the legislation.
On December 29, 2000 our visiting scholar from
MSU , Dr. Ivan Zassoursky, left for Moscow. We are saying goodbye
to him and thanking him for the work and active participation in
the Center activities.
October 2-4, 2000 three Russian Faculty from
the Moscow State University (MSU) received training in the distance
learning program sponsored by the State University of New York Learning
Network (SLN) at the SUNY Training Center in Syracuse, NY. The three
courses that resulted from this experience will be offered in Fall
2001. These courses are: Doing Business in Russia, Russian American
Perspective on Russia, and America in the 1930s. Our thanks go to
the SUNY Cortland Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. John
Ryder, and Dr. Anna Pavlovskaya from the MSU Department of Foreign
Languages for the hard work they put in to develop the Russian studies
course. We also would like to thank the Empire State College Professor
Lesley White and Dr. Tatiana Tarabanova for their development of
the "Doing Business in Russia" and Dr. Frisch, SUNY Buffalo
and Dr. Rogilev, MSU, both of whom will teach America in the 1930,
for their contribution to the course.
All three courses will be offered on-line under the
relevant college number. We will keep you posted on the dates the
courses will be available.
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