Four UGA faculty and professionals have received Fulbright Awards for international study.
S. Mark Tompkins, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will travel to Australia as a Fulbright senior scholar, while Bryan McCullick, a professor in the College of Education, currently is serving as a Fulbright specialist in Ireland. Rebeca Giselle de Jesús Crespo, a doctoral student in the Odum School of Ecology, will work in Costa Rica. Colleen P. Larson, an education abroad adviser in the Office of International Education participated in an administrators’ program in Japan.
“The Fulbright Fellowship is one of the most prestigious international exchange awards, and I congratulate the award winners on this honor,” said Kavita Pandit, associate provost for international education. “Their participation in the Fulbright program builds and extends UGA’s international relationships and networks.”
Beginning in August, Tompkins will serve six months in Geelong, where he will work with the Australian Animal Health Labs, a division
of the -Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, which is Australia’s national science agency. Tompkins will focus on collaborative developments of therapeutic drugs for Hendra and Nipah viruses.
McCullick is in Dublin, working with the Gaelic Athletic Association, to advise and assist officials with the development of a curriculum for their new coach education framework, the Coach10 Model. McCullick will help establish how the GAA can best develop an integrated delivery of the national coach education and physical education curriculum as well as assist in developing methods of engaging teachers with the GAA.
De Jesús Crespo’s graduate research is a collaboration with the Rainforest Alliance, an international, nongovernmental environmental organization, and UGA’s Integrative Conservation Ph.D. Program in the ecology school. The goal of her research is to develop stream-monitoring protocols that can assess the impact of the Rainforest Alliance’s certification program on the health of streams that flow into coffee plantations.
Larson attended the U.S.-Japan International Education Administrators Seminar in June. Larson supports more than 2,000 UGA students studying abroad annually, including outbound participants in the UGA student exchange programs, scholarships and training for faculty program directors.