UGA faculty participating in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Core Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist programs carry out UGA’s motto, “To teach, to serve and to inquire into the nature of things,” on a global scale. Their work in South America and Europe touches on health care, culture, astronomy research and the environment.
“I extend my congratulations to the UGA faculty who were selected as Core Fulbright Scholars this year,” said Noel Fallows, interim associate provost for international education. “Through Fulbright, these internationally engaged scholars are strengthening research partnerships and enhancing the international reputation of the University of Georgia across all academic disciplines.”
The UGA faculty members and their destinations include:
• Phaedra Corso, UGA Foundation Professor of Human Health and director of the Economic Evaluation Research Group in the College of Public Health. Corso traveled to Ecuador in the summer of 2015 on a Core Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research. Her host institutions were the School of Public Health at the University of San Francisco Quito and Quito Salud Publica. During her stay, Corso surveyed the impact of a rural nursing intervention program and evaluated the cost-effectiveness of a Quito-based program called Salud al Paso. Several UGA graduate students participating in an MPH internship program accompanied Corso to help complete the data collection and evaluation.
• James “Jeb” Byers, associate dean of administrative affairs and a professor of marine ecology in the Odum School of Ecology, will travel to Chile in 2017 to initiate a project examining the ecology of the Chilean coast and to teach a course on invasive species. His host institution is Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
• Robin Shelton, a professor in Franklin College’s physics and astronomy department, will travel to Berlin in spring 2017 to work on galactic computer simulations. The simulations will help determine whether some of the enormous clouds of gas that astronomers have found falling into the Milky Way galaxy are related to the spiderweb-like structure of material that stretches across the universe, called the “cosmic web.”
• Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, an associate professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, traveled to Chile for four weeks in spring 2015 on a Fulbright Specialist grant.