Fulbright US Student Program Year 2017
Florence Durney is a PhD student in the School of Anthropology, University of Arizona. She is the recipient of the 2016 US Fulbright Student Research grant on a project “Marine Protected Areas in East Nusa Tenggara: A comparative Cultural Study.” She had been staying for 3 months in Lamalera and Lembata, East Nusa Tenggara, studying the intersections of coastal community dynamics, livelihood practices, and cultural understandings of environment, with marine protected area (MPA) function in order to analyze MPA management framework creation and success strategies. She hoped that her research would be able to provide inputs for local institutions in developing policies for the successful planning, ongoing management, and integration of MPAs in Indonesia and beyond. Her 9-month project was supported by Universitas Nusa Cendana in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.
Stephanie O’Gara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. She stayed in Indonesia for 3 months studying Bahasa Indonesia in Yogyakarta then started her research project on “Indonesian Biomass Waste as Renewable Energy” supported by US Fulbright Student Research grant. Through her research, she wanted to identify favorable biomass waste and estimate the volume produced for possible generation of biofuel. She was supported by the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L) in Jakarta.
Gavin Ryan received his master’s degree in Music Performance from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2013. He received the Fulbright Student Research grant to complete a project on “Ethical Performance Practice of Sacred Gamelan Music.” He was working with Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) Denpasar. He was also under the tutelage of Balinese artist Made Lasmawan.
Throughout this project, Gavin studied two types of gamelan – gamelan selonding and gamelan angklung – which are used in various Balinese rituals such as cremation rites, tooth filling ceremonies and religious holidays. He hoped to popularize the two types of gamelan in the US with “Gamelan Madu Kencana,” a community gamelan ensemble that he founded in Utah, US. He hopes that more Americans will become more aware and gain a greater appreciation of Balinese gamelan music.
Gavin is a percussionist with years of experience. In addition to being the founder of “Gamelan Madu Kencana,” he also co-founded the “Gamelan Bintang Wahyu” group at Brigham Young University.