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Mount kicks off travel series with Kalkstein’s ‘My Year in Israel’

December 12, 2018
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Mount professor presents on her travel to Israel

Yasmine Kalkstein, associate professor of Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College, kicked off the college’s “Travel To” series with her talk, “My Year in Israel” on December 5.

Yasmine Kalkstein, associate professor of Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College, kicked off the college’s “Travel To” program on Wednesday, December 5 with “My Year in Israel,” chronicling her recent sabbatical abroad.

The “Travel To” series, sponsored by the Career Center, coordinated by Study Abroad Coordinator Megan Rossi, gives Mount staff and faculty the opportunity to present their travel experiences and share the world with the Mount community. Kalkstein recently received a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant from the U.S. State Department. The grant sponsored her ongoing research into women’s medical decision-making regarding childbirth, including delivery methods and breastfeeding options. It’s a topic she’s been exploring for years, often alongside her Mount students through the college’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

Kalkstein has been working with Tayla Miron-Shatz, director of the Center for Medical Decision Making at Ono Academic College in Israel, on several projects since meeting her in 2013. She’s dreamed of a chance to work with Miron-Shatz in person, and the Fulbright grant was just what she needed to make that collaboration a reality.

So in the fall of 2017, Kalkstein and her husband rented out their home, packed up their two young children, and moved nearly 6,000 miles away to Rehovot, Israel.

“This has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” the Psychology professor explained. “As a Jewish person, I’m in my homeland with my people, so there’s a meaningful emotional and historical connection.”

The next installation of the "Travel To" series will feature Study Abroad Coordinator, Megan Rossi. "Welcome to the Warm Heart of Africa" will be held on Tuesday, February 26.