The Julian R. Friedman Award for Internationalism 2015: 
Michael Barbone and Alexandra Clare Sloss

 Michael Barbone and Alexandra Sloss 2015 


This year’s recipients are Michael Barbone and Alexandra Clare Sloss.  Michael is combining his major in International Relations with minors in both Geography and Political Science.  His topic concentration for International Relations is International Security & Diplomacy, and his geographic region concentration is Europe. He has studied 3 languages -- Italian, French, and German -- and he studied abroad in Florence, Italy, in his first semester at Syracuse and then at our SU Abroad Center in Strasbourg, France, last year; he will also participate in our Maymester course in Israel next month. Michael's senior capstone project entitled “Energy Enigma: Fukushima's Consequences on European Nuclear Energy” explored national policy responses to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster. 

Alexandra is a double major in Anthropology and International Relations. For the International Relations major, her topic concentration is Intercultural Communication and her region concentration is Africa. A member of the International Relations Learning Community during her first year at Syracuse, Alexandra opted to study abroad in Strasbourg, France, to develop her French language proficiency and then in Ghana in West Africa, where she studied an indigenous language, Twi.  While in Ghana, she conducted field research under the supervision of Professor Olayemi Tinouye on the impact of international influences on domestic organizations addressing adolescent pregnancy.  For this project, she worked closely with Amos Okyere, Zonal Director of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana for Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. She is now expanding her initial field research into her Honors capstone project on reproductive health issues in Ghana for the major in International Relations under the supervision of Deborah Pellow, Professor of Anthropology.