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‘Don’t Go to the Airport’
It was still Thursday night March 10 in Los Angeles when the Tohoku earthquake struck. On Friday morning March 11 some 56 MBA students from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business were booked to fly to Tokyo for a 10-day field trip that is a highlight of their three-year, part-time program. “Early Friday morning, we e-mailed the entire group of (Japan-bound) students telling them not to go to the airport and later that day, after working with senior administration, we told the students that the trip was completely canceled,” said Brenda S. Miller, Marshall’s assistant director for global programs and partnerships. It was too late to get them visas and book flights to other destinations in Asia where classmates were bound. “After that, there was a long process of coming up with different make-up scenarios since the trip is part of a required global business course,” said Miller. A third elected to take the spring 2012 trip to Tokyo or to Korea and China. The others are immersing themselves in Japanese cultural activities in Los Angeles or participating in and writing reports on USC’s annual Asia Pacific Business Conference. USC’s travel agent secured full refunds for the $3,400 cost of the original trip. The Marshall School sends 1,100 students overseas on 25 study trips each year, including 900 freshmen. It canceled two additional trips to Tokyo in May for freshmen and a different group of MBA students, diverting the first-year students to Taipei instead and the MBA contingent to Shanghai and Beijing. “Everything is back to normal now,” Miller said. “We have 43 MBA students slated to go (to Tokyo) for spring break and 36 in May,” as well as 40 freshmen.

Relocating NanoJapan to Labs at Rice University
The disaster in Japan imperiled a dream summer internship for 15 promising U.S. freshmen and sophomore science majors chosen from across the country to do nanotechnology research in Japanese labs and study Japanese language and culture. The NanoJapan program created by Rice University physicist and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Junichiro Kono in 2005 has twice won multimillion-dollar National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and involves scientists from several U.S. and Japanese universities.

Four American undergraduates were slated to work at a Tohoku lab that shut down, and work was curtailed at other participating labs by rolling blackouts. Kono and colleagues decided at the end of March to reverse engineer NanoJapan and bring Japanese graduate students to Houston to work with the American students at Rice University. Kono traveled to Japan in April and broached the idea with collaborators at universities in Tokyo, Osaka, and Hokkaido as well as Sendai. They responded with such gratitude and enthusiasm that Kono decided to bring 25 Japanese graduate students. That left Sarah Phillips, international programs administrator for Rice’s engineering school, a big logistical challenge. “Everyone on campus came together and said, ‘What can we do to help you?’” said Phillips. They opened up rooms for the U.S. and Japanese students in Rice graduate student apartments. The president’s office donated $25,000, and the NSF came through with $56,000 in supplemental funding. The U.S. students took Japanese lessons for two weeks in Houston while the Japanese students studied intensive English. At summer’s end the U.S. students presented poster sessions at a Rice research colloquium. They all got to travel to Tokyo after all for a week over Thanksgiving to visit companies and labs and take part in a nanotechnology symposium in Osaka. NanoJapan will revert to taking place in Japan next summer. Cheryl Matherly, vice provost for global education at the University of Tulsa and education director for NanoJapan (she helped start the program while at Rice), said the idea of bringing Japanese graduate students to the United States had been in the back of their minds before the March 11 tragedy presented an

Taylor Anderson taught with the Japanese Education and Teaching (JET) program. She lost her life in the disaster.

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From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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