UGA faculty and staff receive Fulbright Scholar grants

UGA faculty and staff receive Fulbright Scholar grants

Athens, Ga. – Six UGA faculty and staff have received Fulbright Scholar grants for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Jeffrey Bennetzen, a professor in the department of genetics is conducting research with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and the Rural Economy Institute, in Bamako, Mali from August to November. His project is called “Analysis of Genetic Diversity in the Parasite Striga and Co-Evolution With Its Cereal Hosts.”

John Carroll, a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources will be lecturing and conducting research at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus and the Near East University, Lefkosa, Cyprus from January to August 2009. “My Fulbright award will enable me to work at the University of Cyprus and assist in developing a graduate ecology program at the university. I will also be working on research with the Ministry of the Interior, investigating the impacts of reared gamebirds on wildlife conservation on Cyprus,” said Carroll.

Thomas Holland, director of the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations and professor in UGA’s School of Social Work will be lecturing on the “Principles and Skills for Effective Management and Governance of Non-Governmental Organizations.” Holland is lecturing at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic from September to December.

David Leigh, a professor in the department of geography will be participating in a Joint Argentina-Uruguay Environmental Sciences award at the National University of La Plata, La Plata, Argentina from March to July 2009. Leigh will be studying the environmental setting, late Quaternary stratigraphy and geomorphology pertaining to archaeological sites of the first Americans. Leigh will present seminars to students and faculty and participate in field excursions.

Abdulahi Osman, assistant professor in the department of international affairs, is lecturing and conducting research at the MS Training Center for Development Cooperation in Arusha, Tanzania from July 2008 to May 2009. His project is called “Comparative Democracy and Governance; Post-Genocide Justice in the Rwanda United Nations Tribunal in Arusha and in the Gacaca Traditional Justice System.”

Leigh Poole, director of International Student Life and associate director for Intercultural Affairs in the department of intercultural affairs, was involved as a short-term seminar participant in June in the U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Program. This short-term Fulbright IEA seminar introduces participants to the society, culture and higher education systems of various countries through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, attendance at cultural events and briefings on education.

Since 1946, the U.S. government-sponsored Fulbright Scholar Program has provided faculty and professionals with an unparalleled opportunity to study and conduct research in other nations.

These UGA faculty and professionals are among the more than 279,500 participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential-with the opportunity to exchange ideas and to contribute to finding solutions to shared issues.

For more information, see the Office of International Education’s web site at www.uga.edu/oie.