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The Pamela and Kenneth Fong Graduate Student Fellowship

2014-15 Fellowship Recipients

Jenna Hua is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public Health whose research interests center on global environmental health, with a focus on assessing the prevalence of obesity in developing regions of the world. Hua is a registered dietitian and has worked at the Infectious Diseases Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Greater Los Angeles Veteran Health Care System. Her research is also supported by the Fulbright Program. Hua holds an M.S. in Public Health and a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, both from UC Berkeley.

Project description:
Jenna Hua’s research examines the rapid pace of environmental change, urban development and Westernization of diets that is occurring in many developing regions of the world. She believes there is urgency to study obesity and its risk factors in these contexts as these changes alter individuals’ lifestyles and obesity and chronic disease risks. Her research will utilize and integrate smartphone and internet data technologies to develop and validate new methodologies in assessing diet and physical activity patterns and the built environment, and to use these new methods to examine the relationship between personal food environment exposures, diets and obesity risk in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Hua’s research will be conducted in Kunming, China, a city where risk transitions are rapidly occurring. Her aim is to generate new methodologies that could be used by the public and in clinical settings to help prevent obesity by promoting a healthy lifestyle.


The Pamela and Kenneth Fong Graduate Student Fellowship will also provide support for Peiting C. Li, a Ph.D candidate in the Department of History whose research focuses on the history of Chinese science and medicine in the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Li earned her B.S. from Georgetown University in Foreign Service and her M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University.

Project description:
Support from the Fong Fellowship will allow Peiting Li to conduct research on the history of Chinese science and medicine, with a focus on how the development of the Western pharmaceutical industry gave rise to new drug practices and relationships between pharmaceutical companies, medical professionals, and consumers in early to mid-twentieth century Shanghai. Li will examine how individual well being became treatable with mass-produced Western-style drugs, as opposed to a regular regimen of lifestyle choices and herbal drug prescriptions outlined in the traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia. This will contribute to a better understanding of industrial development, the negotiation between traditional and modern notions of science and medicine, and the exercise of state authority over multinational businesses under conditions of colonialism and Communism.


In previous years the Fong Fellowship supported:

2013-14:
Carol Peng, Ph.D candidate, School of Social Welfare
Alexsia T. Chan, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science
Bios and project descriptions at: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/ccs/awards_fong_2013-14.html

2012-13:
Liang Bai, Ph.D. candidate, Economics
Anna Zimmermann, M.S. candidate, Department of Global Health and Environment
Bios and project descriptions at: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/ccs/awards_fong_2012-13.html

2011-12:
Lijia Xie is a M.S./M.D. candidate, UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program
Guojun He, Ph.D. student, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Bios and project descriptions at: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/ccs/awards_fong_2011-12.html