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workers is a full-time employee and the other two
are graduate students at the [Mexico City-based] Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH).”
Valdez says the growing recognition that drug use
is a bilateral problem has led to more funding opportunity for research on this topic. “I think there is a
trend over the last 10 years toward there being more
resources and subsequently more collaboration among
U.S. and Mexican scholars than in the past,” Valdez
says. “Many institutions, such as the NIH, the State
Department, and the Institute of Psychiatry and other
health research entities in Mexico are engaging in more
cooperating efforts trying to solve the problem. They
recognize that the only way to get a handle on this as a
public health issue is working collaboratively.”
“Both sides bring strengths to the table and both
can learn from each other,” Valdez says. “The Mexicans have a very strong theoretical background,
while the Americans bring a stronger methodological approach. It’s a win-win situation for both sets of
researchers. Both bring benefits to each other.”

“Many institutions, such as the NIH, the State
Department, and the Institute of Psychiatry
and other health research entities in Mexico are
engaging in more cooperating efforts trying to
solve the problem. They recognize that the only
way to get a handle on this as a public health
issue is working collaboratively.
”

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Collaboration Is Scalable

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Some U.S.-Mexican collaborations are large scale.
One large U.S.-Mexican academic collaboration,
between the University of Arizona and UNAM,
the “Binational Consortium on Shared Arid Lands,”
started two years ago and now boasts 20 U.S. and 20
Mexican academics, says José Lever, the University
of Arizona’s Mexico Office coordinator. “Within the
broader context of collaborative research, there are
high profile projects involving the environment, climate change in the shared dry lands between U.S.
and Mexico,” Lever says. “This research consortium
looks in a comprehensive way at earth science, atmospheric science, life science, and public policy to yield
recommendations in areas like water and energy in a

binational way. In the U.S. Southwest and Mexico, we
will encounter the same types of issues, from water
to energy, to how to deal with crops and population.”
Another large collaboration is the Puentes Consortium, which is a group of five higher education
institutions: Rice University and the University of
Arizona in the United States, and the Universidad de
Monterrey (UDEM), the Tecnológico de Monterrey
(ITESM), and the Universidad de las Américas Puebla
(UDLAP) in Mexico. The consortium focuses on producing high-quality, multidisciplinary research on
issues of importance to relations between Mexico and
the United States and to the well-being of their inhabitants. The current call for papers invites researchers to
address public health issues in the U.S.-Mexico border.

Key Connections
Several organizations facilitate linkages between
academics and institutions in the countries. “The
Consortium for North American Higher Education
Collaboration’s (CONAHEC) primary function is to
help people find partners for international collaboration projects and to broker relationships
between them,” says Sean Manley-Casimir, interim executive director of CONAHEC, based
at the University of Arizona.
One of CONAHEC’s newest programs is
its Faculty Mobility Program. “This program
permits CONAHEC member institutions to
identify programs and departments in which
they would be interested in receiving a visiting
faculty member,” says Manley-Casimir. “They
then determine the start date, duration, research duties, and/or teaching load and other
position-specific information which is advertised through the CONAHEC network. Faculty at
other CONAHEC member institutions meeting the
position requirements are then able to apply. This is
an opportunity for faculty to go work at another CONAHEC member institution in a different country
and cultural context, contributing in their own area
of specialization while gaining valuable international
experiences and connections.”
Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), a Mexican federal agency, is
a leading center of funding for research, including
international collaborative projects, in Mexico. “It’s
not the only channel of relations between academics
in the United States and Mexico, but CONACYT is
the most important,” says Luis Mier y Terán, associate



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