Fulbright US–ASEAN Visiting Scholar Initiative Program
“Halikuddin Umasangaji is conducting research on hydrocarbon pollution in marine area following oil spilled at Woods Hole Oceanography Institution (WHOI) for 4 months. He thinks it is necessary because oil spilled is an emergent problem not only globally but also in Indonesia that has not been resolved to date. Through this program he is working hard to figure out the best way to mitigate the effects of these compounds particularly to the benthic organism. Additionally, he is also getting involved within WHOI project on photo-oxydation of oil weathering processes in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, US.
Previously, he earned a bachelor degree on marine science at University of Pattimura, Ambon and master’s degree on physical oceanography at Bogor Agricultural University in Bogor. He is writing up his PhD thesis on organic micro-pollutants in marine area in the Bight of Marseille, France. He is currently working as a senior lecturer at the department of marine science, University of Khairun in Ternate, North Maluku, Indonesia.
“Kemal Taruc is conducting research on Urban Resilience at Northeastern University for 3 (three) months with the intention to learn from the recent experiences of American cities that have to withstand both natural disasters and societal hazards in which resiliency has become a new turn in urban planning and policy making. He also has done joint research on sustainable cities and urban development with other universities in the US, Canada, and Germany, among others.
He earned an Urban Planning degree from Bandung Institute of Technology, master’s degree at Rutgers University in Organizational Studies and master’s in Risk Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Previously he was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow and an International LEAD Fellow.
He is currently a Senior Lecturer and Founding Faculty Member of the Graduate Program in Urban Development at Tarumanagara University, Jakarta; he also leads the policy research team for the member of the Presidential Advisory Council of Indonesia.