UD among top producers of Fulbright Scholars


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11:30 a.m., Oct. 26, 2010----The University of Delaware is among the nation's top producers of Fulbright Scholars, joining Harvard and Stanford universities, among others, with five honorees for 2010-11.

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Among leading research institutions, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign leads with eight while four universities -- George Washington University, the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis -- have six each.

With five honorees, UD is tied with Harvard, Stanford, Cleveland State University, the University of California Davis, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The information on the Fulbright Scholars program, which is the flagship international exchange program administered by the U.S. Department of State, was reported recently by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and published in a special Fulbright section in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The UD Fulbright Scholars are:

Gonzalo R. Arce, Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected the first recipient of the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in information and communications technologies, and will spend time in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, to develop collaborative research with Nokia Research Centers in those cities;

Stuart J. Kaufman, professor of political science and international relations, will be the Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy visiting professor of international relations at the Diplomatic Academy at the University of Vienna, Austria, during spring 2011, and will teach courses on U.S. foreign policy and ethnic conflict;

Beth Ann Morling, associate professor of psychology, will be lecturing and conducting research on social support at Kyoto University in Japan;

Jean Pfaelzer, professor of English, women's studies and East Asian studies, will be teaching a graduate seminar in Asian American culture and history and an undergraduate seminar on 19th century American women authors at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands; and

Susan Strasser, Richards Professor of History, will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in American consumer culture and in American environmental history during spring 2011 at the Free University of Berlin, in Germany.

In addition, a sixth UD faculty member, Ajay K. Manrai, professor of marketing, was named to the Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Program and will work through spring 2011 at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and the Anand Group of Companies in New Delhi.

“The Fulbright Scholars Program is very prestigious and we are proud that these faculty, and their colleagues throughout the years, have been selected to participate,” said UD Provost Tom Apple. “We are pleased to be listed among the top producers of Fulbright Scholars, which provides further recognition of the University of Delaware's role as an international idea leader.”

Article by Neil Thomas