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Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro appointed Director of the UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy has appointed Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro as the new Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. His first appearance as Director was speaking at the 2017 Border Mayors Association Binational Summit. On behalf of the UC-Mexico Initiative we would like to congratulate Dr. Fernández de Castro and extend our warmest welcomes. Additional information about the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies>>

New book release: Mi vida en las selvas tropicales: Memorias de un Botánico

Congratulations to University Professor and Distinguished Professor Arturo Gómez-Pompa for the recent publication of Mi vida en las selvas tropicales: Memorias de un Botánico (My life in the tropical forests: A botanist’s memories). To visit the website and find more information for the book please click here. If you would like to access the pdf version of the book, please follow the link below.

Gomez-Pompa, A. 2016. Mi vida en las selvas tropicales. Memorias de un botánico. México.

Mi vida en las selvas tropicales

First Summit for Education Without Borders: California-Mexico / Primer Encuentro de Educación sin Fronteras: México-California

Facilitated by the UC-Mexico Initiative, the Secretaría de Educación Pública and the California Department of Education come together to bring us the first Education Without Borders Summit: California-Mexico. The Summit took place June 15th and 16th, 2017 in Mexico City. To see the flyer please Click Here.

Facilitado por UC-Mexico Initiative, la Secretaría de Educación Pública y el Departamento de Educación de California se unen para el primer encuentro de Educación sin Fronteras: México-California. La conferencia tuvó lugar el 15 y 16 de Junio del 2017 en la Ciudad de México. Para ver el volante por favor Oprima Aquí. 

New RFP: Fondo Sectorial CONACYT-Secretaria de Energia: Fondo Sustentabilidad  2017 Proyectos de Colaboración en Eficiencia Energética, en cooperación con la Universidad de California

This new call for proposals targets energy efficiency, with a focus on buildings and cities. The request for proposal requires that Mexican institutions collaborate with the University of California to work together toward a common long-term goal. Proposals are due 21 June 2017. The current RFP is available in Spanish, see here; and both an English version and FAQ of the RFP are forthcoming.

The USMEX has great new opportunities for this Spring quarter!

Fulbright-Garcia Robles Mexico Studies Chair at the UC San Diego

The chosen researcher will be able to work with students, faculty, and experts in public policy to cultivate knowledge and educate in topics involving Mexico. This scholar will also participate in the USMEX Fellows Program.

USMEX Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule

Many of the UC San Diego Fellows will be presenting their research and dissertation chapters which they have been working on since their residency at the university.

Conference on Housing Across Boarders

This conference is looking forward to discuss housing in Mexico and the US together and look for connections. With this conversation they hope to extract lessons that can lead to test their ideas about what housing and city mean.

Click here to view the flyer for more information. 

President Napolitano visits Mexico along with other UC Representatives

President Napolitano visited Mexico March 29-31, 2017. There were three main goals for this visit: 1) strengthen the collaboration with Mexican Institutions for higher education in order to move forward with solutions for the critical issues that are affecting the quality of life on both sides of the border; 2) strengthen the partnerships between health- and energy-academic research as well as moving forward with the exchange of faculty and students between UC’s and Mexican Universities; and 3) discuss outcomes from the UC Mexico Initiative.

President Napolitano was accompanied by Chair of the Regents Monica Lozano, UC San Diego Dean Al Pisano, UC Santa Barbara Professor Dave Auston, UCOP CNI Director David Phillips, UC Los Angeles Professor Patricia Gándara, UCEAP Executive Director Vivian Nyitray, and UCEAP Program Director Karen Mead.

Congratulations UCSD Center for US Mexican Studies for hosting the first COMEXUS chair of the UC System!!!

The UC San Diego Center for U.S. Mexican Studies co-launches the Mexico Studies chair. A new U.S. Studies Chair will also be implemented at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.  Both positions are meant to promote cooperation between the Mexican school system and the US school system. This will be a 5-year partnership in which scholars will be competing to be selected to work doing research with students, faculty, and experts in public policy to bring awareness to the issues that Mexico is facing. To read more please click here

XXIII Annual Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference at UC Irvine

The Departments of Spanish & Portuguese and UC Mexicanistas at UC Irvine invite you to attend "Precarious Archives, Shifting Memories" on 13-15, April 2017. The conference will feature keynote speaker, Elena Poniatowska, actor José Sefami in addition to academics from the U.S., Mexico and other parts of the world. This year's topic will focus primarily on connecting ecocriticism with issues such as violence and memory in Mexican culture. To register for the event visit>>www.uci.edu.

UC MEXUS 2017 Call for Proposals for Collaborative Research Grants and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

UC MEXUS-CONACYT has announced the 2017 Call for Proposals for Collaborative Research Grants and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. The Collaborative Research Grant aims to provide seed funding to UC and Mexican researching public issues including but not limited to basic and applied collaborative research, public service, instructional development and education projects. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship seeks to advance the careers and academic scholarship of Mexican and UC researchers and scholars after obtaining a PhD. The deadline for both is 6, March 2017. For general information please visit www.ucmexus.ucr.edu.  If you would like specific information regarding the grants and fellowships please follow the links provided below.

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Research Grants

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Upcoming Meeting: USMEX at UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

The Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego invites you to join the daylong event "Conversations on the Future of the North American Economic Partnership" on 27, February 2017, where leaders from policy circles, industry and academia will come together for a set of conversations. Sessions will include the "Future of the North American Economy", "Spillovers of NAFTA" and the "Road Ahead". For more information visit>> www.usmex.ucsd.edu. To register for the event visit the link>> www.eventbrite.com

The 15 Best Classical Films of Mexico to be Projected in 2017

The Secretary of Culture in conjunction with the Cineteca Nacional, the UC-Mexico Initiative and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from UCLA will be presenting 15 of the best and classic films from Mexico across UC campuses. The purpose of the presentation will be to disseminate and promote the artistic and cultural expressions of Mexico within the United States. The model pilot entitled, “Epoca de Oro del Cine Mexicano,” launched in October at UCLA, included the presence of Alejandro Pelayo, General Director from Cineteca Nacional.  A few of the feature films included La Otra (1946), En La Palma De Tu Mano (1950) and La Noche Avanza (1951).  The project contributes to the promotion of national and classic cinematography, and aims to enhance cross-border cultural cooperation with the United States. See more information here.

"Migración y Salud, perspectivas sobre la población inmigrante" Book Presentation in Mexico City / Presentación en la Ciudad de México acerca del libro "Migración y Salud, perspectivas sobre la población inmigrante"

The Secretaria de Gobernación (SEGOB), Consejo Nacional de Población (CONAPO), UC Mexico Initiative-Health Working Group, and Programa de Investigación en Migración y Salud (PIMSA) would like to invite you to the presentation of the book, “Migración y Salud, perspectivas sobre la población inmigrante”. This event will take place January 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM. The event is located at La Casa de la Universidad de California en México. To visit the website click here.

La Secretaria de Gobernación (SEGOB), El Consejo Nacional de Población (CONAPO), La Iniciativa UC-México - Grupo de Trabajo en Salud, y El Programa de Investigación en Migración y Salud (PIMSA) les invita a la presentación del libro "Migración y Salud, perspectivas sobre la población inmigrante". Este evento tomara lugar enero 10, 2017 a las 17:00 horas en La Casa de la Universidad de California en México.  Para visitar la página oprima aquí.

UC-Mexico Initiative in the News

Congratulations to UC Davis faculty member Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra and his team who have just pulled in a $4.1 million, 5-year NSF grant to study maize adaptation in different environments and to climate change, a collaborative project supported by the UC-Mexico Initiative. Additional information>>

3rd Binational UC-Mexico Health Working Group Meeting 

The UC-Mexico Health Working Group will come together in an event hosted at UC Berkeley to discuss key objectives and research areas on December 1-3, 2016.  Some of the sessions will be on topics such as Maternal & Neonatal Health, Diabetes, Health Leadership and Management; as well as Regulatory Sciences.

2017-2018 USMEX Fellows Program-Call for Letter of Intent

UC San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (USMEX) at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) hosts the largest residential fellowship program in the U.S. for research on Mexico and U.S.-Mexico relations. Each year the program brings together top scholars from the social sciences, humanities and related fields to form a multi-disciplinary cohort of researchers. The deadline for Letter of Intent is 15, November 2016Application Information>>  

Dr. Allert Brown-Gort Appointed Director of La Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico

The UC Office of the President appointed and welcomed Dr. Allert Brown-Gort as the new Executive Director of La Casa de la Universidad de California in Mexico.  He is an accomplished academic and experienced international program administrator.  His work includes numerous international projects in the US and Mexico involving institutional, economic and public health issues; as well as the roles of culture and psychology in shaping values, institutions and political systems. He has also been a Visiting Professor in the International Relations Department at the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Work and the Economy in Chicago. Additional information about Casa de California>>

“Film Noir” from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema

The UC-Mexico Initiative and the UCLA Department of Spanish & Portuguese (Humanities Division) in collaboration with the General Directorate of International Affairs of the Mexican Ministry of Culture and the Cineteca Nacional de México present, from the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, FILM NOIR.  Cosmopolitan, international, and riveted by change; mid-century Mexico City through the lens of legendary director Roberto Gavaldón, cycling from 24-31, October 2016. Flyer>>

Cinema Culturas Film Festival

Cinema Culturas 3rd Annual & The Tomás Rivera 28th Annual Tribute, in partnership with UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will celebrate contemporary Latino film, local heritage and community during  27-30, October 2016 at the Fox Theater in Riverside. Gala Reception 28, October 2016. For more information click Here>>

Opportunity for Mexican Doctoral Students

Opportunity for Mexican doctoral students who have been accepted to undertake a postdoctoral stay at a UC campus or national lab, among other international options. These are for postdoctoral researchers interested in applied scientific or technical research, adoption, innovation, assimilation and technological development in the field of energy sustainability. Application deadline is 31, October 2016. Additional information can be found at the CONACYT’s website (conacyt.gob.mx), and at the following links: Call>> Reference Points>> User Guide>>


"1,000 Dreamers-1,00 Leaders" Networking & Reception Event

UCLA and the US-Mexico Foundation invite you to attend the reception to be held on 24, October 2016 at UCLA, for more information on a unique mentorship and professional development program as well as the screening and panel discussion of "Beyond Borders."  Registration Information>>

Mexico Moving Forward in Mexico City-Innovation & Entrepreneurship

UC San Diego's Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies will celebrate Mexico's achievements and discuss the challenges ahead on 21, October 2016 in Mexico City at the Casa de California.  This year, the symposium will focus on innovative approaches to supporting entrepreneurs and solving social problems. Additional Information>>

NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Call for Proposals

NSF has released a call for proposals that will support US and Mexico-based researchers who are interested in international partnerships to address critical science and engineering problems. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. Preliminary Deadline for Call for Proposals is 14 September 2016.

Students We Share Symposium News Advisory

On September 12 & 13 the UC-Mexico Bi-National Symposium "The Students We Share/ Los Estudiantes Que Compartimos" was held in Mexico City. The symposium consisted of groups of educators, researchers, and policymakers from the United States and Mexico exploring new research findings on the experiences of students who attend school on both sides of the border as well as solutions for the urgent needs of these students. El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) streamed the symposium live on the web. For more information about the symposium please visit the Students We Share website.

Click here to view the News Release 9/12/16 (English)

Click here to view the News Release 9/12/16 (Spanish)

Click here to view the SWS Research Summary (English)

Click here to view the SWS Research Summary (Spanish) 

Click here to view the Students We Share News Advisory (ENGLISH) Click here to view the Students We Share News Advisory (SPANISH)

Chancellor Wilcox Visits Mexico to Sign MOUs

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox traveled to Mexico on August 12 to sign two memorandum of understandings (MOUs). The first is with Mexico’s Ministry of Culture (formerly known as CONACULTA) <watch video>, and the second with ANUIES (Mexico’s National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions). During the trip, Chancellor Wilcox met with colleagues at FUMEC (US-Mexico Foundation for Science, Guillermo Fernández), ITAM (Rafaél Fernández de Castro and Allert Brown-Gort), and SRE (Department of Foreign Affairs, Ana Luisa Fajer), CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciensa y Tecnologia, Dolores Sanchez) and UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Provost Leonardo Lomeli and Director of Internacional Affairs Francisco Trigo Tavero). Read more>> 

Funding Opportunities

As a service for all researchers within the UC system and our Mexico counterparts, we provide this information on funding sources for fellowships, research and other scholarly projects. It will be updated periodically as new opportunities arise. Please be sure to check with your own campus' Office of Research and Research Administration for updated information.


UC-Mexico Initiative Bulletins

It is with great pleasure that we provide you with these quarterly bulletins. The bulletins will serve as a vehicle for sharing news and information regarding specific developments in the UC-Mexico initiative.

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please forward your name, institution and department, position title, address, phone number, and email address to uc-mexico@ucr.edu.

UC MEXUS 2016 Grants for Dissertation Research

The deadline for the new UC MEXUS Grants for Dissertation Research is Monday, September 12th. This is a competition for support of dissertation research or MFA final projects by UC graduate students in the areas of Mexico-Related Studies (All Disciplines), Latino Studies, United States- Mexican Relations, Critical U.S.-Mexico Issues, Mexican and Latino Topics in the Arts and Humanities, UC-Mexico Collaboration. Additional information >>

For details please visit the UC MEXUS website to see the call for proposals and to learn more about their programs.

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces a new grant program for Mexican Students in the U.S.: IME Grants 2016-2017

On June 15th and 16th Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu announced the launch of the 2016-2017 IME Grants program. This grant targets young adults and women to enable them better access to higher education opportunities. The 2016-2017 grant will be available for all levels of education (high school, undergraduate, graduate and continuing education), and interested applicants are encouraged to contact their local Mexico Consulate office. Additional information>>

Release of Preliminary Finding of a Bilateral Education Study along the Border

The Civil Rights Project at the UC Los Angeles and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the UC San Diego released preliminary findings from its groundbreaking cross-border education study, which provides insight into the educational aspirations and professional trajectories of young people in San Diego and Tijuana. Read more>>

UCSB Professor inducted in the Mexican Academia of Languages

Sara Poot Herrera, UC Santa Barbara Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and co-chair of the Mexico Initiative's arts and cultures working group, was inducted in the Mexican Academia of Languages earlier this month, and celebrated on May 12 by the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana for her scholarly and cultural accomplishments. She is one of only a few female researchers — and the first woman from California — to be inducted to the Academy.

Ed Taylor presents at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's "Climate Resilience in Transboundary Arid Environments: The US-Mexico Case"

Ed Taylor, UC Davis Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Chair of the Mexico Initiative's environment working group, was invited to participate at the “Climate Resilience in Transboundary Arid Environments: The US-Mexico Case” meeting hosted by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in collaboration with the Mexican Academy of Sciences and Mexican Academy of Engineering. The meeting was held on 13 May in Washington DC.

Upcoming CinemaCulturas Film Festival

We invite you to attend the CinemaCulturas Film Festival Inland Empire, November 13-15, 2015 in Riverside, CA. Ticket and program information can be found at CinemaCulturas Film Festival (click here)All events except for Carmín Tropical will be screened at the Riverside City College Digital Library Auditorium, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, California 92506.

Announcing the search for the Executive Director of La Casa de la Universidad de California

Owned by the University of California (UC), and managed by La Casa de la Universidad de
California en Mexico, A.C. (Civil Association), the Casa de la Universidad de California en México
(Casa de California) is a 1.28 acre estate located in the Chimalistac area, a historic neighborhood of
southern Mexico City.

The Executive Director will provide overall management for Casa de California programming and operations. The Executive Director is responsible for the development, execution, and ongoing assessment of academic programming in accordance with the priorities outlined by the Founding Partners. This position is full-time and is located full-time in Mexico City. Additional information can be found in the attached summary of responsibilities (PDF).

CONACYT-FOBESII Academic Mobility Short Term Research Opportunity

As part of their commitment to FOBESII, CONACYT has released a call for proposals targeting graduate students and faculty from Mexico interested in doing a short-stay in the United States. Deadline for proposals is 16 October 2015. Additional information can be found at their website, see CONACYT (www.conacyt.gob.mx) and the attached document (PDF).

Newly released:UC-Mexico Faculty Directory

The UC-Mexico Initiative has developed an interactive database to showcase UC faculty with expertise or interests related to Mexico. With 487 initial entries, the database serves as a tool to search by key word, discipline, region, campus, and Mexican collaborators/institutions. Sophisticated searches enable users to identify resources, areas of strength, and opportunities for cooperation. click here for access to directory.

CONACULTA PRESENTS: Mex, I Am: Live It to Believe It!

This is CONACULTA's second multidisciplinary event that will showcase Mexico Film - Music - Dance - Art - Ideas - Food - Wine; San Francisco, CA;  July 19-26, 2015. For additional information regarding program and venues, see here: Mex I Am (CONACULTA's website).

Announcement - New UC MEXUS-CICESE opportunity:

The second deadline for the new UC MEXUS-CICESE Graduate Short-Term Research and Non-degree Training program is Friday, May 29th. This program supports CICESE graduate students who want to advance their academic training at any UC campus, as well as UC graduate students seeking training at CICESE.

For details please visit the UC MEXUS website to see the call for proposals and to learn more about their programs.

UC-Mexico Initiative Bulletin #3 (Winter 2015) is released:

The third bulletin of the UC-Mexico Initiative is available now online, see here. If you would like to be added to the mailing list please send an email message with your contact information to uc-mexico@ucr.edu.

CONACYT releases call for proposals to parallel NSF's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)

CONACYT has released a call for proposals (see here) that will support Mexico-based researchers who are interested in partnering with US researchers on a NSF PIRE project (see here).

Deadlines for both Call for Proposals are 21 October 2014.

FILM FESTIVAL: Cinema Culturas Film Fest Inland Empire

October 17-19, 2014
Fox Theatre, Riverside

For additional information, see www.cinemaculturas.com

SEMINAR: Implications of Deportation on Health and Well Being

UC San Diego's Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) and Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) invite you to attend talks by Victoria D. Ojeda (UCSD Dept. of Medicine), Kimberly Brouwer (UCSD Dept. of Medicine), and Shira Goldenberg (University of British Columbia).

September 10, 2014
Biomedical Research Facility, School of Medicine
Conference Room 5A03 (lunch will be provided)
UC San Diego


For additional information, click here

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