NOVA welcomed its second Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow as Huyen Pham, senior researcher for drug policy related studies with the Center for Research and Training on HIV/AIDS at Hanoi Medical University, visited during the week of March 26 to 31.
Pham participated in a whirlwind of meetings during the week with faculty, staff and students at NOVA and George Mason University and outside experts in drug abuse and international policy. As a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, she is attached to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and will soon be performing an internship at Johns Hopkins University.
As the week began, Pham said that she saw her visit as more than a way to exchange research experience. “I would like to contribute to mutual understanding about cultures between us,” she said. “I would like to share my knowledge of the culture of Vietnam, a Southeast Asian country that possesses unique characteristics of landscapes, food and culture.”
On Monday, she toured the Annandale Campus and met with faculty and staff members, including Dr. Hemchand Gossai (Associate Dean of the Liberal Arts Division); Dr. Michael Tucker and Dr. Catalina Novac (International Student Office); and Dr. Ellen Fancher-Ruiz (Dean of Students).
On Tuesday, Pham traveled to the National Institutes of Health, meeting with experts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and to the World Bank. On Wednesday, she returned to the Annandale Campus and met with Provost Pamela Hilbert, who organized a Round Table Discussion with faculty and staff for her.
Following that, she was the special guest in a U.S. Government class taught by Dr. Jennifer Sayasithsena, who described Pham as “delightful and engaging” as she interacted with students and fielded their many questions.
“I would describe her as bringing a distinct and thoughtful voice to the issue of drug abuse,” added Sayasithsena, “and not only what her society in Vietnam is doing about the epidemic of heroin use, but the manner in which such drug use has global implications.”
She then traveled to George Mason University, meeting with faculty in the Department of Global and Community Health and visiting a class on opioid overdose reversal sponsored by the Chris Atwood Foundation.
On Thursday, Pham traveled to the Medical Education Campus, where she met with Acting Provost Andy Cornell, Community Outreach Specialist Maria Nieto-Shahsavarian, Dr. Sue Bhati and other faculty members and students, toured the Clinical Simulation Center and attended an anatomy class held in the cadaver lab.
That afternoon, she returned to George Mason University, where she met with students and viewed a documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, titled “The Anonymous People.”
Her visit ended on Friday with a meeting at the Pitney-Bowes Building with Associate Vice President for the Office of International Education and Sponsored Programs Dr. Syedur Rahman. Afterward, she returned to the Annandale Campus to meet with students participating in the Community College Initiative Program and the Executive Board of the Student Government Association.