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Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Projects 2015


PARTNERSHIP: Harvard University and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
SUBJECT: Comédie-Française Registers Project (CFRP)

PARTNERSHIP: Emory University and Université Bordeaux-Montaigne
SUBJECT: North Aegean Architectural Networks: Thasos and Samothrace in the Formation of Hellenistic and Roman Design

PARTNERSHIP: University of Rochester and Consortium L@CCES (Université Blaise Pascal à Clermont Ferrand et Université de Strasbourg)
SUBJECT: The Creation of an LSF*/French/ASL*/English Dictionary with Annotative Notes and Additional Joint Courses, to be Used on e-pads Through an Android Application



PARTNERSHIP: Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP)
SUBJECT: The Role of School Health in Child Abuse Screening:
A Comparative Analysis of Physician Training, Knowledge, and Attitudes in the US and France

PARTNERSHIP: Stony Brook University (SUNY) and Ecole Centrale Lyon
SUBJECT: 4D Vision: Computer Vision Using RGB-D Images and their Sequences

PARTNERSHIP: University of California at San Diego and Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
SUBJECT: From Stable Carbenes to Nano-Electronic Switches

PARTNERSHIP: University of California at Los Angeles and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
SUBJECT: Photo-Control of Cancer Initiation

PARTNERSHIP: University of Hawaii and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
SUBJECT: Exploring how Coral Reproduction may cope with 21st Century


Projects 2013

PARTNERSHIP: INRIA and Argonne National Laboratory
: Preparing for Next Generation Numerical Simulation Platforms

This partnership takes computational platforms to the next level by addressing scalability issues in numerical simulation platforms. This essential research will accommodate the next generation of simulations and have applications in climate science, molecular dynamics, and astrophysics.


PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Normale Supérieure and the University of Arizona
: Advancing the synthesis of ecology and evolution through the integration of mathematical, observational and experimental models

This project gathers ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and applied mathematicians to explore the interface of ecology and evolution. Researchers achieve a deeper understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem function while unravelling underlying ecological and evolutionary processes.


PARTNERSHIP: CNRS-Lyon2 and Brown University
: Visible words: Digital contextual Epigraphy

The project views inscriptions not only as texts but as vital communication devices that combine visual and verbal codes and meanings. The partners strive to bring inscriptions into the digital age by shaping efficient tools for digital publication.


PARTNERSHIP: Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Purdue University
: Analytic and French Philosophy in the 20th Century

The project studies the relationship between contemporary analytic philosophy and contemporary French philosophy against a larger cultural and scientific landscape. Its ambition is to renew our understanding of 20th century philosophy by highlighting key figures, discussions, and connections.


PARTNERSHIP: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Columbia University
SUBJECT: Quantum Cryptography with Silicon Photonics

An American team from Columbia University and a French team from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique have joined forces to advance the field of information security by using the latest discovervies in quantum physics and silicon photonics to design better systems for protecting information.


Projects 2012

PARTNERSHIP: Université Pierre et Marie Curie and Case Western Reserve University
: Liquid Crystal/Nanoparticle Composites: The Core of an International Educational Exchange

French and American teams join forces to create an explosive synergy around the topic of mixed liquid crystal/nanoparticle systems.


PARTNERSHIP: Université Rennes 1 and Iowa State University
: Ecological Genomics and Epigenomics of Polyploidy

The continuation of a decade-long collaboration, this project unites two internationally recognized teams to investigate gene expression in plants. Using cotton and other crops, the partners build understanding of the genomic determinants that allow for species expansion, adaptation and domestication.


PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire, Agroalimentaire et de l’Alimentation Nantes Atlantique (ONIRIS) and Iowa State University
: Franco-American Alliance and Student Exchange to Design Next Generation of Sustainable, Safe and Nutritional Food

The partners investigate the health impact of new technologies on processed foods, specifically with regard to energy consumption, waste management, and life cycle analysis. They aim to create a Certificate in Nutrition and Sustainability and a long-term educational exchange program.


PARTNERSHIP: Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche sur Mer) and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Miami.
: Physical Biological Interactions at Mesoscale in the Ocean

This project brings together two world-class laboratories to tackle questions relating to marine biology and physics. Partners analyze the distribution and behavior of open sea organisms using instruments from both labs and will publish photos and data in an international database.


PARTNERSHIP: Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Lumini (Université Aix Marseille) and Harvard Medical School
: Joint Program in Immunology: Education and Research

This program bolsters student mobility and academic exchange between two internationally recognized laboratories dedicated to the study of immunology through summer schools, e-learning sessions and joint retreats. MXenes: New two-dimensional ceramics for better batteries at Université Toulouse 3-Paul Sabatier and Drexel University Storing electrical energy is vital for success in the global alternative energy effort. This partnership aims to improve certain aspects of lithium batteries with a new class of 2D materials called MXenes.


PARTNERSHIP: Université de Nantes and Louisiana State University SUBJECT: Training Multilingual Jurists

Multilingual law students will publish a Civil Law dictionary in English and in translation in order to promote greater understanding of legal concepts. With extensive professor exchanges, partners will collaborate to create an e-learning program on legal translation and comparative legal education.


PARTNERSHIP: Université des Antilles et de la Guyane and University of Pennsylvania
From Imperial Science to International Relations

This project shapes the study of international relations in the 20th century. It analyzes alternative views of international relations that teach imperial theories, colonial doctrines and strategic concerns related to decolonization, with a specific focus on the Caribbean.


PARTNERSHIP: Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University
: A Shipwrecked Ancient Marble Column Destined for the Temple of Apollo at Claros

This collaboration unites maritime and terrestrial archaeology in a unique study of ancient temple architecture. Americans from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and French experts on the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Claros examine and analyze recovered marble elements.


PARTNERSHIP: Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut Cambrésis and Florida Institute of Technology
: Joint research lab on Risk Management in Life-critical Systems

Partners seek to build a joint research lab dedicated to Risk Management in various fields (transportation, energy, health) and asses complex and time-sensitive issues regarding safety, efficiency and comfort in those domains.


PARTNERSHIP: Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and University of Arizona
: Cybersecurity Collaboratory: Cyberspace Threat Identification, Analysis and Proactive Response

This prolific joint research program addresses cyber security challenges and unites faculty, researchers, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students from both institutions. The partners are developing a Ph.D. program within the scope of the project.


Projects 2011

PARTNERSHIP: New York University and Université Paris Sud
SUBJECT: Novel magnetic materials for spin torque physics and devices.

This proposal centers on the study of the interactions of spin-polarized current and novel magnetic materials at the nanoscale. Research opportunities include: fundamental issues of spin-injection, -manipulation and -detection, novel materials, new device architectures, characterization at the nanoscale, fundamental understanding of damping and its control, spin dynamics, collective and resonant behavior in confined geometries and in complex composite materials. Such complex and fascinating phenomena require the combined efforts of materials synthesis, device fabrication, materials characterization with high spatial and temporal resolution, and theoretical understanding. These fundamental materials issues are at the forefront of the scientific mission of the partnership and hold the promise to impact a broad range of technologies and the training of students in nanoscience and nanotechnologies.


PARTNERSHIP: The University of Arizona and Université de Rennes 1 SUBJECT: Advanced Materials for Energy and Optics

This program will aims at establishing long lasting ties in research and education between international counterparts having complementary sets of expertise in materials science at the University of Arizona, Université de Rennes 1, Université de Lille 1 and l’Ecole nationale supérieure d’ingénieurs de Caen. The research objectives of this program are centered on two main thrusts:
- Material for Energy and
- Materials for Optics.
These thrust will bring together international faculties having expertise in theoretical and computational methods with faculties having expertise in applied and experimental methods. These collaboration and exchanges will includes the development of an ambitious program in international education built upon the creation of three international dual PhD degrees where students can better prepare for future international global challenges in science and technology.


PARTNERSHIP: Northwestern University and Sciences Po Paris
SUBJECT: Urban Social Integration and Social Inequality in Comparative Perspective: A Research and Doctoral Training Partnership

This grant will support a Franco-US team of sociologists to conduct a comparative examination of urban inequality, at various scales (macro and micro) and employing qualitative and quantitative methods, using Chicago and Paris as fields for research. Graduate students integrated into this program would spend time (from one month to one year) at the partner university receiving training and becoming familiar with the peculiarities of the partner city. Most students will work under the direction of a joint NU-Sciences Po committee, and some will register for the dual PhD in Sociology. The proposed program would culminate in the publication of the research group’s findings and in the training in truly comparative research methods of a new generation of scholars.


PARTNERSHIP: Columbia University and Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
SUBJECT: Joint African Studies Program (JASP)

The Joint African Studies Program (JASP) is an academic cooperation program established between Columbia University and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, two leading universities in the field of African Studies. The Joint African Studies Program is composed of four modes of cooperation: – Student mobility (Dual Certificate in African Studies, already operational)
– Faculty exchanges
– Joint conference series
– Joint Research Project (the “Arts of Citizenship in Africa,” to be fostered)
The Dual Certificate in African Studies is designed to introduce students to the intensive study of Africa through methodological and theoretical training across disciplines, and through exposure to a bi-cultural and multidisciplinary context. At the end of the successful completion of both semesters (Fall in Paris / Spring in New York), students receive the “Columbia – Paris I Dual Certificate in African Studies.”

The two institutions have already endorsed the Dual Certificate agreement, and have completed one year (2010-2011) of the pilot exchange. With the support of the Partner University Fund, the ambition is to develop mobility fellowship programs for PhD students and Postdoctoral scholars. Complementing this dual certificate, Faculty Exchanges will be strengthened by the creation of visiting professorship positions at Columbia, allowing for short term visits (2 to 4 weeks). As part of its institutional and financial involvement in the Dual Certificate agreement, Paris I has already created two visiting fellowships per year for Columbia professors in African Studies. The next step is to create the same positions at Columbia for French scholars. Designed as a transversal tool for the dissemination of knowledge and strengthening of joint research, Joint Conference Series will support and accompany student and faculty mobility. Some common events in African Studies have already been organized by the two institutions. The fourth component of this cooperation is a Joint Research Project on “The Arts of Citizenship in Africa.” This issue is currently at the heart of many political crisis on the African continent (Ivory Coast, Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Africa) In this project, their aim is to shed new lights on the citizenship practices at the grassroots level.

Ultimately, the aim of the JASP is to build a true triangular cooperation with African partners (in particular, UCAD/CREPOS in Dakar and LASDEL in Niamey) that will become part of the consortium.


PARTNERSHIP: Yale University and Ecole Normale Supérieure
SUBJECT: Deciphering fusion in intracellular trafficking

This collaboration is based on the partnership between two laboratories worldwide leaders in their respective fields: first, the biology laboratory of James Rothman at Yale University and, second, the team of Eric Perez at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris. The aim of this new PUF project is to create a bridge to merge the two laboratories by frequent exchanges of students and faculty. The teams are working on living systems. Living systems are extremely compartmented to spatially isolate the content of various organelles, cells or organs. Spatial isolation is not sufficient for life. Exchanges between different compartments are also necessary. These exchanges are spatiotemporally regulated by various fusion machineries made of protein interaction networks. How do these proteins mechanically drive fusion? What is their exact role? How do they interact to form the fusion network? These are among the fundamental questions that they will tackle in this project. The results of this work may lead both partners to design new compounds that can alter vesicular transport and find applications in the therapy of several diseases (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and diseases of the central nervous system). As major educational institutions in their respective countries, ENS and Yale are ideally positioned to transfer the knowledge acquired in this collaboration to a new generation of researchers. This will be done primarily through exchanges of students and post-docs, via joint publications and participation in conferences and via teaching by the senior researchers. The partnership will involve in mobility 2 PhD students, 4 postdocs and 2 senior scientists. Overall, 8 young scientists will be trained in France and in the US in the course of these 3 years.


PARTNERSHIP: Princeton University and Ecole Polytechnique
SUBJECT: Physics and Chemistry of Plasma-Assisted Combustion

The principal objective of the proposed program is to install a broad collaboration between US team (Princeton University) and team from France (Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau) in the field of kinetics of plasma assisted ignition and combustion. The scientific aim is to demonstrate experimentally the efficiency of low-temperature pulsed plasma applications to control reactive processes, particularly ignition, chemical energy release, and flame-holding in combustors of new generation of engines. The goal of the educational component is to train the next generation of scientists with the multi-disciplinary background needed to tackle the immensely challenging energy problems, and, specifically, interdisciplinary problem of nonequilibrium plasma assisted combustion for different applications from SCRAMjets to HCCI engines.


PARTNERSHIP: University of California, Berkeley, Université Paris Est Créteil and Université Lumière Lyon 2
SUBJECT: Transatlantic Transactions: French Theory and Twentieth Century American Poetry.

The primary aim of this collaboration is to emphasize how recent French philosophy can modify our interpretations of Modernist American poetry and display how well these works address contemporary concerns. Emphases will be on those critical concepts deriving from Saussurean linguistics that have sponsored post-structural poetics but have not been given a sufficient hearing in the criticism of American poetry. Partner universities do not see theoretical approach as standing aloof, but rather as a mirror, of the poetic text. The partnership will also work on the understanding of how the poetry can be said to challenge these theoretical projections to complicate the texture of ideas that make dense readings possible. We are committed to involving French and American graduate students as full participants in our conferences and publications so that they will be in positions to develop more elaborate transnational collaborations.


PARTNERSHIP: New York University and Université de Toulouse 2 – Mirail
SUBJECT: Aurignacian genius: Art, daily life and social identity of the first modern humans in Europe.

This collaboration is an ambitious three-year program of educational and research exchanges between students and faculty of the Center for the Study of Human Origins at New York University, allied with New York University’s UMI 3199 TRANSITIONS and the CNRS-UMR 5608 TRACES at the Université de Toulouse2-Mirail. The focus of this collaboration is the prehistoric European culture known as the Aurignacian (40000 to 28000 years ago), a remarkable set of innovations that permitted modern humans (Cro-Magnons) to replace the longstanding and successful populations of Neanderthals across a vast area extending from the Arabian Peninsula and Central Asia in the East, to the area of France and the Iberian Peninsula in the West.


PARTNERSHIP: Portland State University and Ecole spéciale d’architecture de Paris
SUBJECT: Architecture and human dignity: Haiti, re build.

The joint ESA/PSU program is a call to action. It addresses an urgent need for architects and engineers to apply their training, competence, and ingenuity to risk-prevention, mitigation, response, recovery, and development. The need increases as environmental degradation and growing poverty put more of the world’s population at risk from natural and human-caused disasters. Few if any academic programs exist to prepare these professionals; the ESA/PSU effort will create programs that begin preparing a generation of trained professionals in France and the US. To create and test much-needed international bonds of collaboration, the program will operate in the hot-spot, Haiti, training architecture students to become critical, relevant partners helping communities rebuild after disaster. It will train students to create resilient solutions ensuring safety of new schools and homes; bring coherence to land-use planning; research innovative building technologies; and employ low-cost, energy-saving, environmentally sound materials and prefabrication methods. By integrating design solutions with infrastructural systems it will help further reduce future risk and promote awareness. In Haiti, repeatedly devastated by earthquake, cyclone, and cycles of decline, it is especially important to work toward prevention and long term resilience. The three-year ESA/PSU program will build national capacity in France and the US to provide long-term assistance through the nations’ institutions of higher learning.


PARTNERSHIP: The University of Wyoming and Université Aix Marseille – CEREGE UMR 6635:
SUBJECT: Mechanistic Assessment of Manufactured Nanomaterial Behavior in Engineered Environments: Solid Waste Landfills and Drinking Water Treatment Plants.

The goal of this project is to improve our understanding of the environmental implications that are associated with the development and growth of nanotechnology as a commercial industry. This collaborative effort is designed to allow exchanges of ideas and students between the US and France in order to develop a strong international program for mitigating the environmental implications associated with the development of nanotechnology. This project will focus on assessing the ability of municipal solid waste landfills and drinking water treatment plants to respectively serve as effective sinks for manufactured nanomaterials (titanium dioxide [TiO2] and cerium dioxide [CeO2]) and barriers for human exposure to this new class of contaminants. The motivating questions to be answered during this effort include: i) how do interactions between clays and manufactured nanomaterials affect the properties and retention characteristics of composite clay liners; ii) how mobile are manufactured nanomaterials across composite clay liners under the anaerobic conditions that typify landfills; and iii) what is the removal efficiency of manufactured nanomaterials using conventional water treatment processes (coagulation, flocculation, clarification, and media filtration).


PARTNERSHIP: The Georgia Institute of Technology and the CNRS, Institut Jean / Lamour, Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy
SUBJECT: Developing novel coherent, high speed and electron spin graphene electronic devices.

The objective of the partnership is to organize exchange visits of PhD students, post-doc and faculty in the partner research centers. The purpose is to create and sustain a synergetic international effort to develop high performance epitaxial graphene electronic devices that exploits a new graphene paradigm of structured growth beyond two-dimensional sheets. Epitaxial graphene is a one-atom thick graphite sheet grown on silicon carbide. Several aspects of structured graphene devices will be explored, from material characterization, to transistors and high frequency devices, spin transport, quantum metrology and quantum communication devices.


PARTNERSHIP : The Institute for Tropical Ecosystem Studies (ITES), University of Puerto Rico and Université Paris Est Créteil (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphèriques
SUBJECT : Aging of African dust during long-range transport: chemical and physical characterization of desert dust particles near their source and at a receptor site in the Caribbean and implication for their effect on the optical and radiative properties.

This project aims to determine the physico-chemical and optical properties of African dust after transport across the North Tropical Atlantic, and to describe changes with respect to the dust physico-chemical properties at the source. This is necessary to improve the predictive understanding of those properties ruling their climatic impacts. The project is linked on two international field campaigns, the FENNEC project taking place close to the dust source regions in Africa and the PRADACS (Puerto Rico African Dust and Cloud Study) project taking place in Puerto Rico on the long-range transport route.


Projects 2010

PARTNERSHIP: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) / Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA)
SUBJECT: Spin-Polarized Tunnelling across Ferrite-based Spin Filters

The present project belongs to the field of spintronics. The objective of this PUF project is to combine the expertise of materials growth (CEA-Saclay) and spin tunnelling (MIT) by developing the interactions and the mobility of the students and the faculty. The funding for this collaboration focuses on the missions (travels, living and housing expenses) and interactions between French/US Ph.D. students, post-doc and researchers. Aside from trips between the MIT and France for experimental work, a lesser portion of the funding will be reserved for conferences and workshops such as the Gordon Research Conference in which the two collaborating groups will present their results together.


PARTNERSHIP: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine / Institut d’Electronique, Microélectronique et Nanotechnologie, Université de Lille 1
SUBJECT: High Frequency Nanotube Printed Circuits

The joint study & research program is based on well-established graduate programs at both institutions. The partnership is based on Ph.D student, M.S. student, postdoc, and Faculty Researcher exchanges and aims at the faster advancement of printed circuit RF technologies. This project aims to bring together two research thrusts with expertise in nanotube technology and RF electronics for printed circuits with high performance. This project is focusing on research rather than a dual degree while benefiting strongly from the Atlantis program on teaching and research.


PARTNERSHIP: New York University School of Medicine / Université Paris Sud 11
SUBJECT: Emotion & Time Developmental study of temporal memory and its modification by emotion

The research project is anchored on already-existing bilateral collaborative networks at the national level funded by ANR French agency and at the transatlantic level, some funded by the CNRS. The funding provided by PUF will permit institutions to expand these networks to create a larger, unique multidisciplinary approach involving experts in animal timing and timing in children, experts in the neurobiology of animal fear memory, and an expert in the ontogenesis in animal fear memory. The overall objective of this proposal is to broaden students’ training by providing them with exposure to different laboratories taking unique approaches to the same fundamental questions concerning timing. The primary research question on Emotion and Time is essential as it has direct implications for understanding basic mechanisms of temporal representation and its relationship with emotion. The PUF funding will also permit to organize joint meetings involving six laboratories, a key for consolidating new collaborations and for promoting new ideas. Over the three year period, the planned mobility program estimates up to three months of travels involving 25 faculty and post-doctoral fellows, and 15 students at the doctoral or masters level to different labs.

PARTNERSHIP : Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC), Cornell University / Centre Microélectronique de Provence (CMP), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (ENSM-SE)
SUBJECT: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Collaboration on Bioelectronics

The aim of this project is to create a research and education partnership between the Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) at Cornell University and the Centre Microélectronique de Provence (CMP) of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (ENSM-SE) in the area of bioelectronics. The research component targets the use of electrically-active 2D and 3D scaffolds for cell growth. The educational component consists of an annual workshop on bioelectronics that is hosted by the CMP every summer and is co-developed and co-taught by CMP and NBTC faculty members.


PARTNERSHIP: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University / Université de Limoges / Université de Poitiers

The aim of the project is to conduct comparative research on two key archaeological sites of the oases of Dakhleh and Khargeh, in the Western Desert of Egypt. The study of different archaeological materials discovered (main buildings, land tenure, paths, roads, trails connecting the villages, …) can improve the understanding of the the connection between the two sites and the role they played in the African caravan economy.and to provide a framework for studying their position in the network of caravan roads leading from North Africa to Egypt, and then to Arabia and India. The partnership between New York University and the University of Limoges was born from fieldwork experience: the desire to share information and methods on the field, the urgent necessity of exchanging competences and to give students involved in our projects the opportunity to discover other methods and conditions of work. As the Universities of Limoges and Poitiers are part of a common scientific and educational program and are also sharing a structure for PhD students education (Ecole doctorale), important commodities had already been devoted to exchanges between Faculties and students from both institutions. They now will provide to allow full and rich exchanges between the three institutions involved.


PARTNERSHIP : Department of Chemistry, Princeton University / Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Département de Chimie – Laboratoire PPSM
SUBJECT : Electrically Conducting Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites

As consumer electronics, medical devices, automobiles, and airplanes become increasingly dependent on sensitive electronic components for communication and critical system functions; electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a growing concern. The need to develop conducting polymeric coatings and films stems from a myriad of industrial applications ranging from printed circuits and conducting patterns to anti-static, electromagnetic shielding coatings. To accomplish this goal, the partners propose to combine the graphene-based nanocomposite processing and characterization expertise of the Department of Chemical Engineering of Princeton University with the conducting polymer coating expertise of the PPSM at ENS Cachan.


PARTNERSHIP : Université de Chicago / Maison René Ginouvès (Archéologie et Ethnologie), Université Paris X (Nanterre)
SUBJECT : Migration, Material Culture, and Memory: Constructing Community in Mobile Worlds The complex relationship between migration, material culture, and memory constitutes a research frontier with important implications for both past and contemporary societies. The nexus of these three phenomena has been a major factor in social transformations since prehistory, but it has become an especially salient focus of concern with the emergence of large-scale migration in the recent post-colonial period and the formation of transnational diasporic communities in the age of globalization. This project is designed to create an institutional bridge that will bring together leading experts and doctoral students from several disciplines in the effort to create new sustainable transatlantic research synergies centering on the interlocking relationship between these social phenomena in the construction of new identities and forms of community. These themes will be thoughts from different scientific approaches of both countries, France and the United States, and two complementary disciplines, archeology and ethnology. The project involves exchanges of researchers and students, joint seminars, workshops, conferences and publications.


PARTNERSHIP : Argonne National Laboratory / Université Technologique de Troyes
SUBJECT : Development of hybrid plasmonic nanosystems This project will help to accelerate the growth of the LNIO/CNM nanophotonics collaboration and will be based on the very significant past successes of the existing interaction between UTT and ANL. Plasmonics, i.e. the optics of nanometals, has garnered rapidly increasing attention over the last ten years. Funding will be sought in the areas of metal nanostructures (MNs) for high field enhancement and the interaction of the MNs with molecules. The goal is to pursue hybrid plasmonic systems, with a particular emphasis on the interaction or coupling between NMs and organic molecular materials. The UTT and CNM have collaborated with each other for five years, leading to many joint papers and visiting scholar.


PARTNERSHIP: Rice Institute for Biomedical Research, Northwestern University / Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS)
SUBJECT: Northwestern University / Ecole Normale Supérieure PhD Exchange Program This partnership is to establish a new jointly managed Northwestern University / Ecole Normale Supérieure PHD program. The emphasis will be cross-training and interdisciplinarity in the life and biomedical sciences with strong interactions with faculty and students in computer science, chemistry, physics, and engineering disciplines. This program will be directed to ENS master and PHD students and to Northwestern PHD students. Each year 2-4 students at ENS will spend 4 to 6 months in Evanston as interns. The same number of American students (mainly PhD) is expected in Paris.


PARTNERSHIP: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York / Université Paris Sud 11 / Université de Montpellier 2
SUBJECT : French – American Cooperative Graduate Education in Physical Science and Technology

Paris 11, Montpellier and RPI propose to initiate programs of cooperative graduate level education and research in science and technology. Partner institutions intend to set up one or more cotutelle programs in which French and American graduate students can study and perform PhD and MS thesis research jointly under the supervision of Paris 11, and Montpellier with RPI, obtaining doctoral or master’s degrees from both. The research and teaching program is composed of three parts: 1 / “Hadronic Physics”: to study the structure of the nucleon (proton, neutron) in terms of quarks and gluons; 2 / “Bioengineering”: to study the structure of the interface organic / inorganic bone, 3 / “Integrated Electronics”: to study electronics and photonics “terahertz” based on silicon. PUF program, helped initiate and / or strengthen these research collaborations between U.S. and France and, especially, educationally, to start three joint PhD programs for two American students and French student.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Southern California / Institut de Biologie Structurale Jean-Pierre Ebel
SUBJECT: Joint Research at the Chemistry-Biology Interface

The project will foster a partnership between the Department of Chemistry, College of Letters, Arts& Sciences, University of Southern California (USC, Los Angeles) and two French institutes, the Institute for Structural Biology Jean-Pierre Ebel (IBS) and the Institut Albert Bonniot (IAB), both located in Grenoble. The lead French partner will be IBS. The research focus will be at the chemistry-biology interface, building on the reciprocal strengths of the three partners, seizing an opportunity to build a cooperative program reflecting the advantages of both the US and French systems. The aim of the project is to develop novel inhibitors of BET family proteins, factors of chromatin remodeling implicated in diverse cancers, in the establishment of infections by some oncoviruses and developmental pathologies. This partnership offers doctoral and post doctoral students to visit the partner university to complete their research in related topics. Moreover, the professors will visit the partner institution to teach, discuss the collaborative project and plan workshops.


Projects 2009

PARTNERSHIP: California Institute of Technology – CALTECH / Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique – Laboratoire d’Electronique et des Technologies de l’Information. CEA – LETI
SUBJECT: Education of researchers within the alliance for nanosystem VLSI

The collaboration project Alliance for nanosystems VLSI was publically formalized on November 5, 2007 and regards PhD, postdoctoral and research levels. The partners, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique de Grenoble (CEA), Laboratoire d’Electronique et des Technologies de l’Information (LETI), conduct ambitious research in the field of very large scale integration of nanoelectromechanical systems which also include several Californian and French laboratories. The Face-PUF fund aims at supporting exchange programs for young researchers and educational courses on nanotechnology and physics of nanosystems in both institutions. Developing such a research field should have a great influence on research in biology and medicine and lead to the transformation of how clinical diagnoses are carried out.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Dallas – University of Southern California / University of Toulouse – LAAS CNRS
SUBJECT: MOMA: Modeling integrated nano structured energetic materials

This program addresses fundamental issues to build multifunctional and taunable energetic nanopbjects specially designed and engineered to produce pressure and/or chemical species and/or temperature. These nano-engineered objects will lead to “energy free” nanosystems, remaining passive for tens or years, with the capability of being activated by external stimuli (mechanical impact, temperature,…) within nanoseconds. The impact would be large for micro energetic systems, especially for the integration and storage of energy into micro chips for long times and under severe conditions (first decisions, communication and reaction without the human presence). The purpose of MOMA project is to set up an education/research collaboration combining theoretical and engineering expertise at the LAAS CNRS and the University of Southern California with experimental advances in synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials at the University of Texas at Dallas. This program provides unique educational opportunities for French and US students (Masters and PhD levels) involved in the development of “atomically precise” technologies, particularly for energy applications. Students will gain experience in both theory and experiments in an interdisciplinary and coordinated manner working with the latest methods and tools distributed over the three research institutions.


PARTNERSHIP: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) / Université de Montpellier 2
SUBJECT: One and two photon nanovalves

The program consists of a research work on nanotechnology-based drug delivery system triggered by one or two-photon irradiation. The aim is to use a mesoporous silica nanocontainer filled with an anticancer drug. The pores will be blocked by a supramolecular stopper. After endocytosis inside cancer cells, light will open the nanovalve allowing the drug to escape from the nanocontainer and to kill cancer cells. The program also involves a teaching part at Master 2 level based on nanotechnology for health.


PARTNERSHIP: The Salk Institute / INSERM and Université de Montpellier 2
SUBJECT: The large Maf protein family in the development and the physiopathology of somatosensory circuitry

The overall goal of this partnership is to map the pathways that conduct the sense of touch from the body surface to the brain. Collaborative efforts will focus on determining how cells in the dorsal spinal cord receive and integrate this information to produce a map of the body surface. Cutting edge genetic techniques in mice will utilize the large maf family of proteins to probe these circuits and functionally analyze the neuronal components of the sensory circuitry. The information gained will be important for understanding disorders in the nervous system that cause chronic pain.


PARTNERSHIP: Drexel University / Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse
SUBJECT: New Materials Synthesis and Processes for Energy Storage Microdevices

The fast expansion in the use of mobile electronic equipment as well as the increasing needs for wireless sensor networks raise the problem of energy storage : how to power multiple systems without increasing connections or battery size. Power densities of standard micro-batteries are quite low. Supercapacitors on the other hand, have a huge power density and a long life cycle and are in this sense environmentally friendly. The presented project proposes the development of high-capacitance, high energy density micro-supercapacitors incorporated into silicon carbide wafers.


PARTNERSHIP: University of California Los Angeles / Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales EHESS – CNRS
SUBJECT: 21st century Cuisine, Nutrition and Genetics in France and the United States

This collaboration project, led by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Centre de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), includes a common research program and a framework for knowledge sharing and production (graduate and post-doctorate students exchanges, joint publications, conferences…). Moving across life and social sciences, the outcomes of this project should have a great influence on public health issues such as obesity or food industrialization. Observing preschoolers and French and American families over dinners, the researchers will be able to measure to what extent genetic, cultural or sociological features can influence our alimentation.


PARTNERSHIP: Microelectronics Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology / CNRS LNCMI Grenoble
SUBJECT: Innovative microwave nanodetectors and current / voltage microgenerators based on the ratchet effect

Our goal is to develop a higher level of international cooperation and to stay at the forefront of research in the area of nanoscale microwave detectors. Using materials such as grapheme and Si/SiGe, we aim to develop new types of microwave detectors of terahertz radiation of the current/voltage can be controlled by a microwave. The specific objective of the partnership is to organize and fund visits of PhD students, post-doc and faculty in the partner research centers. The partnership is based on a fruitful scientific collaboration between CNRS Grenoble and INSA Toulouse with Georgia Tech, started in 1987.


PARTNERSHIP: University of California Los Angeles – UCLA / Ecole Normale Supérieure ENS
SUBJECT: Theoretical / Experimental Linguistic Cognition Advanced Studies – TELCAS

This project seeks to capitalize on the complementary scientific strengths of the Department of Cognitive Studies of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS-Paris) and the Department of Linguistics of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). It intends to deepen existing collaboration between them in doctoral training and research (i) by promoting the awarding of joint doctoral degrees and (ii) by intensifying the volume and the depth of scientific exchanges for trainees and teachers/supervisors (students, postdocs, professors, researchers) to the level necessary to entice students to engage in Joint Doctoral Degree Program.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Arizona / CNRS
SUBJECT: Water, Environment and Urban Development: US and EU Case Studies

This research and education project toward every university levels (from undergraduate students to researchers) deals with study field such as water, environment and sustainable development. It includes several French universities and schools (Paris 1, 6 and 7, Ecole des Mines de Paris) and provides opportunities for exchanges of students between institutions. The Face and PUF fund is based on a binational agreement signed in April 2007 which implemented a CNRS Unité Mixte Internationale (UMI 3157) in the University of Arizona. The research field concentrates on the influence of different types of urbanization in the provisioning and management of water, studying American and European urban areas (Arizona and Ile-de-France) with very different climatic, physical and historical characteristics. Taking into account the need for an improved management of unsustainable natural resources, the outcomes of these researches should feed the reflection about the evolution of the schemes of urban sprawl.


PARTNERSHIP : School of Marine Science and Policy – University of Delaware / Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6
SUBJECT : The Carbon Cycle in Two Coastal Marine Ecosystems

This project will examine biochemical cycles in two contrasting coastal marine ecosystems (Mediterranean Sea coast and the Mid-Atlantic Bight). It will also enhance the education and research experience of PhD students and postdoctoral scientists. The project will build on on-going collaboration and would broaden it substantially. It will allow a more thorough and direct comparison of coastal processes occurring in the Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. The French coastal station is in nutrient-poor waters are nutrient-rich in part because of large inputs from the Delaware River and estuary. A more thorough comparison of these two contrasting sites is likely to yield insights into general processes governing the carbon cycle and other biochemical processes in global coast waters.


PARTNERSHIP: University of California Santa Barbara / Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3
SUBJECT: Women, culture and the Arts in medieval and renaissance Europe

Our interdisciplinary teaching-research program will bring together well-established Medieval and Renaissance professors and scholars with emerging experts (graduate and post-doctoral students alike) in multiple fields, including literary and cultural studies, art history, the visual arts, women’s studies, history of the book. This three-year project involves a research exchange (UL3) and colloquium (UCSB) around issues if interdisciplinary research and scientific collaboration (year 1); a collaborative teaching venture at UCL and UCSB focused on the theorization and the actual development of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary collaborations (year 2); and the organization of an international conference (UL3), which includes presentations of student’s collaborative work, and participation at a residency program (California) to produce a volume of conference articles for publication (year 3). Our goal is to encourage graduate students in Medieval and Renaissance disciplines from our two institutions to pursue interdisciplinary studies about women in European culture and the arts and to offer them unique pedagogical, research and professional experiences in a truly international environment that will enhance their academic profiles and future opportunities.


PARTNERSHIP: New York University / CNRS
SUBJECT: Memory and memorialization

The main objectives of our project are as follows : 1) to deepen our understanding of the relationship between history and memory; 2) to examine the workings of memory as a phenomenon crucial to both social science and neuroscience; 3) and to apply these intellectual and scientific understandings to the work of two key historical museums : the September 11 Memorial Museum, now in its planning stages, and the Memorial de Caen, one of Europe’s most important memorial museums. Our project brings together French and Americains researchers with specialities in history, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, museum studies, and performance studies, among other disciplines.


PARTNERSHIP: Washington State University / Institut d’Etudes Politiques Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
SUBJECT: Joint graduate program in political science – COGITER (Comparative government institutions and territories)

This collaboration project aims at creating a joint degree at master level in comparative government institutions and territories. This program should host a new cohort every year, 2 in 2009, 3 in 2010, 5 in 2011… The partnership will then be extended to the PhD level. Every year, a PhD student of each institution will have the opportunity to conduct a PhD research program in the partner institution, supervised and approved by a joint doctoral committee. This collaboration has been at stake for a long time since an exchange program at undergraduate level has already been implemented and the researchers of both institutions have been working together for 8 years notably on the 2008 volume “The French Fifth Republic at Fifty”


PARTNERSHIP: University of Georgia (Athens) / Université de Pau et Pays de l’Adour – Pau
SUBJECT: Comparative historical ecology of transatlantic mountain landscapes

The objective of the partnership between the University of Georgia and the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour is to develop a transdisciplinary reciprocal graduate exchange program in Comparative Historical Ecology between our two institutions. Our proposed program responds to the growing need to prepare a new generation of researchers able to analyze the complexity of our environmental challenges and design that protects essential ecosystem services while meeting human needs.


PARTNERSHIP: Marine Law Institute – University of Maine School of Law / Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique – Université de Nantes
SUBJECT: Comparative marine law : Nantes and Maine

The Centre de Droit Maritime et Océanique (Centre of maritime and oceanic law, Faculty of Law, Université de Nantes) and the Marine Law Institute (University of Maine, School of Law Foundation) will undertake collaborative research, convene conferences and work together to develop a postgraduate law degree in Comparative Marine Law to be awarded by each institution. Students who satisfy a menu of academic requirements will be trained in American, French and European marine law. The program will require that students spend semesters in Nantes and in Maine and will afford them the opportunity to write theses supervised by faculty at either institution. By study and research that draw upon the maritime traditions of France and America, graduates will be uniquely positioned to address the problems of the oceans by deploying comparative legal tools in the global common interest.


PARTNERSHIP: San Francisco Art Institute / Université Paris 8
SUBJECT: Theartcollider

The San Francisco Art Institute and the Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne together participate to the IN-OUT project; developed from the association of scientific laboratories and art schools CiTu (Création Interactive Transdisciplinaire Universitaire). Art is here seen as fostering our imagination about the technological and global future evolutions. That’s why CiTu is seeking at strengthening collaboration between artists and scientists who sometimes happen to work and complementary disciplines. The immediate goal of the partnership is to develop a master level course implementing an international collaboration on interdisciplinary art research and creation in the field of digital media. Students and teachers exchanges, two workshops every semester, exchange of information through a digital platform and synchronized multipoint exhibitions will also be implemented.


Projects 2008

PARTNERSHIP: The Salk Institute / INSERM, Strasbourg
SUBJECT: Eph/ephrin signaling in development and physiopathology of the CNS

This partnership will be in the specific issue of developmental and molecular neurobiology, neuronal regeneration and drug addiction at the postdoc and research level. The objectives of the collaboration are the development of complementary methodologies, the creation of scientific interaction between basic and biomedical research and interdisciplinary interaction among mathematics, biology and biomedicine. The major outcomes of this partnership will be joint publications on three prominent issues defined by the partners. On the basis of these research collaborations, joint symposia INSERM/Salk Institute will be held every two years.


PARTNERSHIP: Pennsylvania State University / AgroParisTech
SUBJECT: Aligning French and U.S. Educational Systems to address the global Nature of Agriculture and Food Systems

The primary focus of this partnership will be the exchange of faculty and students in order to develop a shared graduate program as well as research collaboration on Agriculture and Food systems leading to the award of masters and PhD degrees by Penn State and AgroParisTech. This project will be built on a previous relation started in 2003 to move towards integration of international curricula, language training, research and internship experience. The program will exchange an increasing number of students: from 2 to 5 students from each side through the 3 years with a complete credit transfer. In addition to students, 5 exchanged faculty will build joint research collaboration and provide academic advising. For those who will not be part of the mobility, monthly seminars will be provided via distance education technologies. A summer university will be held to recruit and prepare the venue of the students. Thus, the partnership is a true cost-sharing arrangement: the universities will actively recruit students from this program and cover costs related with tuition, credits and stipends.


PARTNERSHIP: Georgia Institute of Technology (GeorgiaTech) / CNRS, Institut NEEL
SUBJECT: Exploring Graphene for High Mobility electronics

This partnership at the research level aims at organizing and funding visits of PhD students, post-doc and faculty in the partner research centers. The core of this relation is exchange visits beyond one week for faculty and up to 4-5 months for Master’s students. Following the implementation of these steps, joint degrees may be envisioned. PhD students are to spend at least one month per year in one of the partner labs. Co-supervised PhD theses are planned for the second and third year of this partnership. The scientific objective is to gather a complementary team of 7 CNRS researchers and professors in physics on the French side and 4 faculties on the American side to study grapheme as a new platform for electronics. The principal outcomes of this project will be the publication of joint articles, training of students. An international workshop is planned to be organized in the fall of 2008 opened to any interested scientific contributor.


PARTNERSHIP: School of Art Institute of Chicago / Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (ENSA)
SUBJECT: TransAtLab Research: Actual/Virtual sound, space and object

Based on the deepening of a former FACE partnership, both partners have launched a new concept in artistic creation: the Transatlab. This work will include multiple domains such as live networked sound streams, 3D virtual reality immersive environments, and robotics. Students and teaching staff will be involved in two annual joint workshops on both sides of the Atlantic which could also be broadcast online in real time. A group of 4 to 6 top level graduate students will be invited to participate in trans-disciplinary trans-atlantic research projects initiated by the departments with the two schools. This will allow graduate students the time and resources to develop this work into a platform for artistic creation. It also intends to create a pedagogical platform taking place both on site as well as on line using network tools to coordinate the two sites and encourage further exchange of expertise. Regular online publications will be issued, research and teaching being regularly updated via the Transatlab website. Conferences, real and virtual, will be organized to better communicate Transatlab’s research activities to a wider public.


PARTNERSHIP: Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey / Ecole Polytechnique, Centre de Physique Théorique
SUBJECT: Materials design using strongly correlated electrons

The goal of the educational component of the proposal is to develop new pedagogical tools for visualizing unique properties of the correlated electron systems and for conceptualizing and teaching the theory behind their functionality. To reach these goals, two postdoctoral scientists, one from each side, will be responsible for the development of the research projects. They will spend half of their time in France and half in the US. One month visits of the senior scientists involved in the proposal will be organized in order to insure appropriate coordination of the project. Regarding, PhD students’ exchange, jointly supervised PhDs will be considered. As for French Master-level students, students from Ecole Polytechnique will spend a three-month research internship at their Master 1 level. Tutorial sessions and workshops will be organized: in the summer of 2008, an international workshop is already scheduled at the highly selective Aspen Center for Physics. Web-based facilities will make the jointly developed research available to a broader world-wide audience.


PARTNERSHIP: University of California, Los Angeles / Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
SUBJECT: Control of gene expression at the single cell level

The project concerns the development of means to control intracellular processes at the single cell level in a live organism. The multidisciplinary, multi-departmental and cross-institutional collaboration involves on the French and US side a number of researchers from different laboratories such as physicists, chemists and biologists. This collaboration will define the systems to be studied and the means to investigate them. The two teams are ideally positioned to maximally benefit from the opportunities in terms of research and education. They possess together the required technical expertise (microscopy, chemical synthesis, learning protocols…) that will allow for a maximal impact of the proposed development. As major educational institutions in their respective countries, the ENS and UCLA will transfer the knowledge acquired in this collaboration to a new generation of researchers through exchanges of students and post-docs, via joint publications and participation in conferences and via teaching by the senior researchers.


PARTNERSHIP: Cornell University, School of Labor and Industrial Relations / ESCP-EAP, European School of Management
SUBJECT: Academic partnership to advance the world of work

Building on the successful experience of students’ exchanges at the Master’s level, both schools have endeavored to create a dual degree for master’s students. Spending one year in their home institution and then one year at the partner institution, students will earn diploma from both sides. The program includes an internship in each country. This planned dual degree already received the support of well-known companies such as IBM or American Express. For those students who are not involved in the dual masters programs, more numerous joint courses are to be taught via videoconferencing. Regarding doctoral exchange, the visiting fellow program is also strengthened under this agreement with the definition of key areas for joint research. In the framework of an agreement between Cornell and MIT, doctoral students from each institution (ESCP, Cornell and MIT) will be able to follow the doctoral level course taught by MIT and Cornell faculty via videoconferencing.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Texas, Austin / Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I
SUBJECT: Research and educational partnership on Nanosciences and nanotechnology: towards a dual doctoral program

University of Texas, Austin and Université Joseph Fourier aim at developing relationships in research on nanosciences and nanotechnology through exchange of Masters students and a doctorate and post-doctorate shared program. The cooperative education program implies reciprocal validation of courses, internship and research projected in order to earn a dual degree at the end of the three years. Regarding the research cooperation, joint works will be held on two fields identified during a two-day workshop held in Austin in October 2007: molecular functional nanomaterials and nanoelectronics. A doctoral students’ exchange at the early stages of their doctoral studies and more advanced ones are planed, either for short (a few weeks) or longer stays (several months to one year). Two faculties from each side will visit the partner institution for one month each year. The objective is co-authored scientific publications and co-supervision of PhD thesis aiming towards dual PhD degree. Finally, several workshops bringing together experts from both universities are to take place every 18 months alternatively in each institution.


PARTNERSHIP: Case Western Reserve University / Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI
SUBJECT: Magnetic levitation and fluid interface instabilities

This partnership was born on the basis of the scientific collaboration between the two project leaders, started in the summer of 2004. The issue dealing with fluid interface instabilities is essential for the understanding of fusion mechanisms, the only large scale renewable energy source of the future. Starting with the work of the two project leaders with the help of one part-time postdoc and one graduate student, the relations will extend to systematic exchange involving senior researchers, postdocs, and joint PhD and Masters students. Funding will be used to provide a fellowship to a PhD student who will work three years on the project while spending half of his time in each institution and also to finance housing and travel to ensure a regular and frequent exchange between members of the team from both institutions. In the long run, the constant flow of permanent researchers and students from one institution to the other will pave the way for a more ambitious educational aim where a joint PhD program could be established between the two institutions.


PARTNERSHIP: California Institute of Technology (CalTech), Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories (GALCIT) / Ecole Polytechnique, Department of Mechanics
SUBJECT: Dual Master’s program in Aerospace Engineering or Aeronautics and Fluid Mechanics

The objective of the present proposal is to foster the development of a long-term cooperation on basic research topics of interest to the Aerospace and Aeronautical Sciences community between two leading academic institutions: Caltech and Ecole Polytechnique. In addition to joint supervision of PhD students, Masters’ students will follow the syllabus of the other partner during two out of four semesters and, meeting the requirements of both partners, will be awarded a Master of Science degree by the partner institutions. In order to set up a good implementation of the partnership, a two-month visit by a Caltech faculty member to Ecole Polytechnique and symmetrically by a professor from Ecole Polytechnique to Caltech has been planned in order to settle the Dual Master’s Program. This program will officially start in academic year 2008-2009: for the first year, 1 student each side will participate in the program, up to two students each side for year 2 and 3. In addition to this student exchange, two graduate students from each institution will complete each year a 3-month research internship in the partner laboratory under joint supervision.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Florida, Gainesville / Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), in collaboration with Université de Perpignan
SUBJECT: Ocean bridges II: A Florida-France training and research cooperative in coral reef, health, dynamics and conservation

This new relationship benefits from the experience of the previous FACE partnership which allowed student exchange between both institutions. This new program aims at strengthening the relations between both research platforms: CRIOBE for EPHE and South Pacific Research Station. Thus the number of faculty involved will increase and the institution will focus on doctoral students (6 from each side). For the first fall term, visiting French students will be paired at UF with a graduate student and a faculty to receive training through required and elective courses. Then, visiting American students will spend the spring term at EPHE-Perpignan. Finally, students from both sides will be immersed in research in CRIOBE, Moorea. Annual meetings will be held on spot (France, Florida and French Polynesia) in order to conduct to joint publications. Six doctoral degrees are to be awarded from this proposal, all co-supervised by faculty from both French and US institutions.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Houston / Université de Strasbourg, Louis Pasteur
SUBJECT: Computational surgery and dual training

These two institutions intend to establish a program in computational surgery with dual training in order to set up a dual Master of Science degree. The partnership will involve the exchange of research assistants, post doctoral fellows as well as master degree students. The program will begin with three areas of work: an initial workshop in computational surgery and dual training resulting in a publication of the proceedings of that workshop (the first one being held in June 2008 in Strasbourg, the second in Houston in February 2010), the development of a dual Master of Science degree in computational surgery (videoconferencing will be used to facilitate course teaching), and research into two projects – pancreatic surgery and stress monitoring during skills training which will result in per-reviewed publications. Each project team will consist of an equal number of faculty and students from the US and France with at least one MD surgical resident, one computer scientist student at the master level and two faculty advisors.


PARTNERSHIP: Northwestern University / Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
SUBJECT: Dual PhD Program in African Studies

The purpose of this partnership is to establish a collaborative interdisciplinary program in African Studies of research and doctoral training, articulated around doctoral training and the establishment of a joint supervised PhD degree. In order to achieve these objectives, the partners will create an interdisciplinary doctoral seminar in each university taught by faculty of the partner institution, will fund two years of graduate study (two students from each institution) and create an administrative mechanism that enables participating students to become eligible for the PhD degree of the partner institution, will fund participation of NU students in EHESS’s summer research program in Africa and will explore ways to integrate African universities into the program. The working program implies each year at least two one-month exchanged faculties from each side. One-month faculty visitors will offer graduate seminars, typically co-taught, in the partner institution. In the first two years, there will also be an exchange of research librarians to examine possibilities for closer library cooperation and improved access by students and researchers to the resources of the partner institution.


PARTNERSHIP: Washington University, Saint-Louis / Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHP)
SUBJECT: Program in Pluralism, Politics, and Religion

This pluralism, politics and religion centered project will bring a cohort of six Masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students to Washington University for a fall seminar and to EPHE for a spring seminar. The students will attend the project leaders’ session and they will take additional courses as a function of their levels and topics. The students will benefit from the complementary strengths of the two institutions. In Paris, students will profit from France’s major concentration of researchers from politics, sociology, history and law. At Washington University, they will benefit from a collaborative teaching from anthropology, political science, philosophy and history. Joint supervisions of doctoral students are likely to be organized for those who have completed the joint seminar and beginning in 2008-2009. Laboratory budgets have been combined to subsidize joint workshops and limited student exchange. These joint workshops will lead to volumes jointly edited by the two directors.


PARTNERSHIP: University of California, Berkeley / Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
SUBJECT: Transatlantic Network Of Scholars On Muslims Religious Identity, Secularism, Democracy And Citizenship

This project aims at redefining the theory about Muslims religious identity, secularism, democracy and citizenship. The partners will intend to establish a network of junior scholars: this is a noticeable generational gap between senior researchers working within the institutionalized boundaries of disciplines and a new generation of researchers who are more aware of the transversal dimension of the recasting of religious identities. They will try to verify the hypothesis of the concept of Islam as a “Western religion” and not as an “Eastern culture”. In order to set up this network, two French faculties and four French students will spend one month at Berkley on year 1. On year 2, two US faculties and 4 US students will spend one month at EHESS. A website is to be created as a portal that provides access to current research and networking on Muslims in the West.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Florida, Gainesville / Paris Sud 11, Orsay
SUBJECT: Partnerships in Education and Research with emphasis on thermo-fluid mechanics in technology and science

In the field of thermo-fluid mechanics, the goal of this partnership is to educate masters and doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows via six one-week workshops over three years. Regarding joint research, 8 doctoral research or post doctoral fellows will participate in projects in the partner country for at least 5 months. Both institutions aim at creating a research network using the resources of electronic communications via web link and the France-America cultural centers. To achieve these goals, a series of workshops involving postdoctoral, doctoral and master students as well as industry scientists will be held alternatively in France and Florida; tutorials from these workshops will be created to train students. Regarding research programs, they will imply joint direction of doctoral theses and internships of these doctoral students in the laboratories of the collaborators overseas. The research exchange will also involve joint publications and teleconferencing.


Projects 2007

PARTNERSHIP: Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg / Purdue University
SUBJECT: Physical Pharmacy and Drug Regulation

This shared master aims at educating a new generation of pharmaceutical scientists who will address some rapidly changing technological issues in the pharmaceutical industry, with a good understanding of both European and American regulatory environments. Already existing courses are provided by both institutions in each master by video, tele and audio-conference. Joint courses are also delivered via internet. Students from both sides have also been exchanged at the master level for a six months training. This partnership has become a real joint program by having in common a certain number of credits validated on both universities.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Lille, European Campus of Northern France / Georgia Tech Atlanta / Georgia Tech Lorraine
SUBJECT: Nanotechnology, Electrical and Computer Engineering

This partnership allows Master’s students participanting in it to earn two degrees: a Master’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from GIT and the Diplome National de Master Nano et Micro Technologie from USTL. This program has two parts: a three semester academic program taking place in Atlanta, Metz and Lille and a 6-9 months internship in the US and Europe. This partnership is based on preexisting courses and benefits from the existing infrastructure of distance learning. About 20% of the courses are delivered by distance learning thanks to the extensive distance learning network existing at Georgia Tech.


PARTNERSHIP: University of Rouen / University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Engineering
SUBJECT: Mechanics and Material Science

Since the beginning of their collaboration in the area of research in 2005, both universities have launched this dual Master’s program which allows students to complete approximately one half of their courseload at each institution and obtain a master’s degree from each. The strength of the collaboration lies in the clear complementarity between the universities. Nebraska has a comparative advantage in Mechanics and Rouen in Materials. Faculties teach on site but also use distance learning methods. Native graduate assistants are employed in order help the students overcome the language barrier.


PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture, Purpan / Kansas State University
SUBJECT: Natural Resources and Environmental Management for Sustainability

This project consists in a natural resources and environmental management certificate program. The program is based on new courses dealing with interdisciplinary, holistic problems on the local and global scales. Joint teams of French and US students work on cases using videoconferencing and other electronic means. Students are offered internships and/or research experiences abroad as part of this partnership.


PARTNERSHIP: IAE / Universite Paul Cezanne Aix-Marseille 3 / College of Management, North Carolina State University
SUBJECT: Innovation Management, Administration des entreprises

In order to train French and US professionals with strong analytic skills, the students accomplish a 12-months program divided in one semester at IAE and the other at NCSU. They are provided theoretical courses, workshops and conferences jointly offered by IAE and NCSU professors. Exchanged students also work on practical projects, case studies and internships sponsored by corporate innovation and technology partners in France and the U.S. In addition to the student immersion, exchanges of faculty and administrative staff ensure bicultural integration throughout the program.


PARTNERSHIP: Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille 3 / Duke University
SUBJECT: Art Markets and Visual Studies

This partnership provides a joint cross-disciplinary graduate program at the interface of Art History, Visual Studies and Economics in order to train a new kind of bi-cultural experts in Art Markets and Visual Studies. Each institution hosts students from the other partner institution. Both coursework and credit at the host institution are transferred to the home institution. Two faculty from each side are exchanged each year for short time visit to assess the development of the partnership.


PARTNERSHIP: La FEMIS / Columbia University Film Department
SUBJECT: Film Studies and Production

This annual exchange program has allowed each side to benefit from the field of excellence of the other: third-year scriptwriting students from La Femis and third-year film students from Columbia. French students at Columbia University write a full-length feature script in a workshop with other Columbia students and take classes in American film production. As for American students, they direct a short fiction film and take part in all the stages of film making. Fourth year production students have also made an internship with distributors during the Cannes Film Festival.


Projects 2005

PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Agronomie Montpellier / University of Madison Wisconsin
SUBJECT: Environmental Sciences, Eco-biology and Land Use

This partnership consists in faculty exchanges (for both teaching and research purposes) and reciprocal student research internships. A large array of jointly new courses has been accredited at both institutions since the lauching of the program. The partner institutions have developed distance learning and videoconferencing technology in order to make courses at both institutions available to all students. To make this partnership sustainable in the long term, additional sources of funding have been sought and obtained by the partners, from institutions such as the National Science Foundation, environmental consulting firms or regional governments.


PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Sorbonne, Paris / Universite de Perpignan / Gainesville, Florida University
SUBJECT: Bio-ecology and water sciences, coral reef protection

Building on the preexisting contacts between the two departments of history, this partnership has unfolded in the fields of Science of Education and Linguistics. It allows faculty and graduate students to respectively teach and take courses at each other’s institution, within the participating Master’s or research programs. Distance learning technologies, videoconferencing in particular have been mobilized to that end. Participating students have through this collaboration earned course credit equivalent to up to a semester’s or a year’s course load in their home program. Master’s theses have also been co-directed allowing for a truly international master’s program.


PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Centrale Paris / Cornell School of Engineering
SUBJECT: Engineering

The Cornell University College of Engineering and Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP) have developed an innovative dual degree program. The 2-2-1 program allows students to spend their two first years at their home institution, the next two at the partner school before coming back to their home institution for the fifth year. They receive the Diplome d’Ingenieur from ECP and the BS and MEng degrees from Cornell. Students willing to spend a shoter time abroad can spend a summer or semester at the other partner university working in a faculty member’s research lab. To make this agreement sustainable, faculty exchange has been facilitated.


PARTNERSHIP: Universite Bordeaux 1/ University of Central Florida
SUBJECT: Material Physics, Master Optics

After a long period of association through research projects and educational programs focused on undergraduate level, these universities have decided to launch a global education and training platform focused on graduate students and joint doctoral supervision. In order to deepen the partnership, some classes on each side have been reciprocally recognized and credited. Other institutions such as Université de la Mediterranée or Clemson University are integrating this partnership so as to strengthen the network in the field of polymer. Additional laboratories are discussing ways to be associated to the program.


PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Polytechnique, Programme Alliance / Columbia University

This dual Master’s degree is the fruit of several years of collaboration between these institutions through the Alliance Program. Students spend the first year of their Master’s program at their home university and the second one at the partner university. They obtainboth the MA in Mathematics Applied to Finance at Columbia University and the Master’s Degree in Science and Technology in Applied Mathematics (with specialization in probabilities) at Ecole Polytechnique. Additionnally, both institutions have developed internship opportunities for students and built stronger contacts with recruiters in order to assist students in building their future career.


PARTNERSHIP: Ecole Superieure d’Art Aix-en-Provence / Chicago Art Institute
SUBJECT: Electronic Music and Applied Multimedia Art

This partnership was launched through a visit of SAIC faculty to Aix aimed at exploring the multimedia projects and common ground between the two institutions. Fourth-year students from each side spend a four-month stint at the partner university, in particular in Digital Multimedia. Students are closely followed while abroad sending weekly reports via email to their tutors and blogs to the school website. There has been interactive video-conferences on the occasion of festivals and are expected to take a greater part of the project.


PARTNERSHIP: CIRM / Conservatoire Regional de Nice / Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis / Medialab, University of California, Berkeley (CNMAT)
SUBJECT: Musical and Electro-acoustic composition Both partners have been highly committed in this agreement. Firstly a university Diploma was created in “Instrumental Composition, Electroacoustic and New Technology”. During the student exchange, a musical piece created by the French and the US students was included respectively in the program of the Berkeley New Music Project concert and in the one of the Manca Festival in Nice. Both institutions have tried to integrate the students in some professional activities such as the organization of a concert in Paris for the European project “Ensemble Aleph”. For the next step, the partners envision to create a joint professional Master’s diploma.


PARTNERSHIP: Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg / Purdue University
SUBJECT: Joint Program in French Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition Building on the preexisting contacts between the two departments of history, this partnership has unfolded in the fields of Science of Education and Linguistics. It allows faculty and graduate students to respectively teach and take courses at each other’s institution, within the participating Master’s or research programs. Distance learning technologies, videoconferencing in particular have been mobilized to that end. Participating students have through this collaboration earned course credit equivalent to up to a semester’s or a year’s course load in their home program. Master’s theses have also been co-directed allowing for a truly international master’s program.




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