SRU receives ASIANetwork grant for sustainability study in China


Feb. 22, 2018

Two Slippery Rock University professors received a $29,010 grant from ASIANetwork to conduct a sustainability study that will benchmark outcomes from rapid modernization initiatives in China by accounting for economic, environmental and social influences.

John Golden, assistant professor of business, and Li Pu, associate professor of communication, wrote the successful proposal, "The Development and Benchmarking of Contemporary Sustainability Indicators for Rural Ethnic Chinese Villages: A Case Study of the Social, Economic, and Ecological Issues of Two Gelao Villages Near Chongqing Municipality."

Golden and Pu will travel to China this summer to conduct research with four students: Aisha Aldubayan, a junior communication major from Old Forge; Thomas Fabian, a junior communication major from Burton, Ohio; Marshall Tuten, dual major in modern languages and cultures and economics from Butler; and Marlee Theil, a junior environmental geoscience major from Aliquippa.

ASIANetwork is a group of more than 170 North American colleges, which strives to encourage the study of Asian countries and cultures, enable students and faculty to experience those cultures first hand and foster collaboration among institutions.

The group plans to present their findings at the 2019 ASIANetwork Conference and the SRU Undergraduate Student Research Symposium.