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4 posts from April 2017


Enrichment Trip to Minneapolis!

The Exchange Foundations spring 2017 Enrichment Trip brought our BAFF and HAESF interns to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a week-long journey into the culture of the larger of the “Twin Cities”. The group was exposed to America’s mid-west at its finest, ranging from cuisine, a brewery tour, a visit to the Prince Museum as well as volunteering our time at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  An inspirational discussion was led by one of our host organization supervisors, Garth Rockcastle from MSR Architects along with a presentation from PLACE, a nonprofit organization connecting projects linked to Art, Community and Environment.   The trip allowed the participants the opportunity to learn about the diversity of the United States as well as to form long-lasting bonds with others sharing a similar scholarship experience. 

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Janis Freimanis, Niks Sauva, Egils Markus, Inese Mazarevica
Interns volunteer for the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum


Greete Pork, Janis Freimanis
CIEE Kelly Francis and Maggie Ivanova
Brewery Tour
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Kalev Karpuk, Allar Nirk, Liisi Org, Robert Reidla, Martin Kaskla
Vladlens Kovalevs, Egils Markus
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HAESF interns: Szilvia Barcza, Bence Toth, Zoltan Ban, Lila Szabo
Ruta Sakalauskaite, Justas Gratulavicius
Robert Reidla mastering full-size Jenga

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Mill City Museum Tour


MSR Architecture
Garth Rockcastle discusses business and architecture to the  Interns.
Garth Rockcastle
Chris Velasco discusses his nonprofit, Place
Laura Lyons, Exchange Foundations Director, gives interactive presentation on "Dimensions of Culture"


Farewell dinner at The News Room


Research Scholar, Irina Hussainova, at University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne

Estonian Research Scholar, Irina Hussainova, studying nanonet of ceramic fibers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne.
Irina's research group at UIUC


Prof. Iwona Jasiuk, Irina, Prof. Martin Ostoja-Starzewski at a department picnic at Crystal lake, Champagne


Lithuanian BAFF Research Scholar, Arturas Jukna, gave a lecture at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Rochester, NY on the topic of "Generation, Detection and Applications of THz Radiation".The lecture reviewed the most interesting designs and potential applications of THz generators, detectors, and presented the most recent research results of his U of R research group on optical properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes solution and their spin-coated thin films onto crystalline substrates.
Arturas is a professor of the Department of Physics at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since June 2016, he has been working with his U of R research group headed by Prof. Roman Sobolewski, and studying optical and electric properties of materials and micro-/nano-electronic devices.
Arturas Jukna gives a lecture at University of Rochester

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Research Scholar shares her experience at West Virginia University

Latvian Research Scholar, Marika Lotko, has been hard at work on her research project at West Virginia University. Her study, "Positive Outcomes of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Children who Face Social Problems", explores the symbiotic relationships between human and animal to solve social problems. 

Marika shares: "During my research activities in the United States, I've been seeking to discover positive outcomes from human interaction with animals. I was lucky to observe different animals used in diverse facilities: horses, farm animals (including camels, peacocks, wild birds who receive rehabilitation and after are released) and dogs. My research experience brought me a lot of joy, many smiles and different experience in interaction while interviewing professionals."

Marika has visited different institutions in the area to talk with professionals about their experience involving animals in their work (mostly dogs and horses), and has also been to Green Chimneys, a non-profit organization whose mission is to maximize the full potential of young children within a supportive environment consisting of nature and animals. At this point, she has completed her interviewing portion of the research, and is now working on transcribing. Marika has also been gathering questionnaires, aiming to collect minimally 100 responses from students. 

Marika says that she now has a good understanding of how animals are involved in professional work, and her next goal is to meet with professionals who work with dolphins in Florida.