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News from the Judd Fellowships

A Periodic Newsletter for Fellows, Alumni, and Supporters of the Judd Fellowships

Beginning the Second Decade

2013 marks the beginning of the second decade of the Judd Fellowship program. In late March the Judd Fellowship selection committee chose the 2013 cohort. An announcement will be included in the next Judd Fellowship newsletter. Stay tuned for more information.

Report from Kelly Rosengren, 2012 Judd Fellow in Tanzania

Kelly Rosengren is interning with the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), the largest rehabilitation hospital in Tanzania. CCBRT aims to prevent, treat, and improve the physical condition of patients with impairments and disabilities. They provide free treatment for all children under the age of five.

Kelly with patient
Kelly casting

Kelly reports from Tanzania,“My time at CCBRT has been focused on physical therapy treatment of children. This was my first time living and working abroad, and it has allowed me to experience a tremendously different world of healthcare and continue to broaden my cultural awareness. Some things that I have been practicing in my clinical rotation this far not only include physical therapy for children with disabilities, but also include a vast array of community support programs.

The last five weeks of my internship are centered at the main rehabilitation center in Dar es Salaam. This hospital/clinic is very large, and I have already been exposed to many things that I would not have seen in the United States. Physical therapy treatments include children with club foot, post injection paralysis, brachial plexus injuries, rickets, different types of cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, orthopedic fractures and dislocations, Down Syndrome, and many more disabilities. Not only am I becoming more efficient with club foot casting, I am also becoming more effective at communicating with children while speaking Swahili. As my time in Dar es Salaam continues, I am sure I will continue to see different things and continue to grow as a Physical therapist.”

Judd Fellow Alumni Updates

Sarah Wolbert (2008) Sarah has founded Designer UNDIs, an ecological arts collaborative that refashions supportive systems. Sarah's design projects explore mutually beneficial relationships between academic initiatives and community needs. One example is shown below: "3 Sheets to the Wind" is a project done with Amber Sausen and UMN fabric architecture students at the Nomad World Pub. Other examples include a labyrinth and healing garden for Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital in Grand Rapids with Itasca Community College students, and the Greater MN Rural Arts Initiative with the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Interviews for fellows for the latter project included one of her favorite questions, "if you could be any combination of fruit and animal, what would you be?"

3 sheets in the wind

More information is available on her websites:,

Daniel Backman and JB Scherpelz (2012) presented at the IPID Interdisciplinary Perspective on International Development conference on Nov. 16, 2012. They discussed the role of breadfruit in global food security.

Luke Bergmann (2004) is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Washington, where he is also a member of the China Studies Program.

Elizabeth Braun (2005) is a refugee officer with the United States Citizenship & ImmigrationServices (USCIS). She travels half of the year and has worked in Baghdad, Iraq.

Alex Marston (2009) is a first year resident in the otolaryngology program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He said it's going great so far and he’s learning a lot. Mayo has many opportunities to get involved in international surgical mission projects and Alex looks forward to participating in these programs throughout his residency.

Sheila Nezhad (2011) was a featured speaker at the 2012 Global MDP (Master’s in Development Practice) Student Conference. A video of her lecture is available at

Genya V. Dana (2005) is an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., where she works on a number of environmental treaties and conventions. She also follows emerging technologies at the international level, including synthetic biology, and covers food security and natural resources issues.

Maren Olson (2002) is a pediatrician at Children's Hospital-St. Paul. She is also an associate director at the University of Minnesota medical education department and serves as the site director for the teaching service. She oversees residents who are doing clinical rotations on general inpatient pediatrics service. She has been back to Selian Hospital in Tanzania twice since she was there as a Judd Fellow

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Judd Fellow Alumni in Washington DC

Judd Fellow alumni Genya Dana (2005) and Joel Larson (2008) met with Diane Young, GPS Alliance development director in Washington DC on Feb. 6. Joel is a Social Science program analyst for the US Bureau of Land Management and Genya is an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.

Grand Opening of the Istanbul Study Center

The University celebrated the grand opening of the Istanbul Study Center in Turkey. More than 100 alumni, friends, program partners, and special guests celebrated this historic happening—the realization of a long-cherished dream for some, a point of alumni pride for others! Judd Fellows Michelle Ney (2007) and Laurie McGinley (2010) completed their projects in Istanbul.

Instanbul office

Pictured is the Nedret and Mark Butler Design Studio at the Istanbul Study Center

Save the Date for the 2013 Judd Fellows Expo

Meet the 2013 Judd Fellows cohort at the 2013 Judd Fellows Expo on October 9, 2013, 4:30-6:30, at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Coming Next Time -- The 2013 Judd Fellows cohort will be announced.

Make a Gift

The Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowships were created with a gift from the Walter H. Judd Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation and additional funds from the University of Minnesota Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. The Judd fellowships program is proud to also be supported by individual donors. We welcome gifts of all sizes. You can learn more about how to make a gift to support the Judd Fellowships by visiting our website or contact Diane Young, our director of development at 612-624-8819 or

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