Six UC Berkeley faculty members among new Fulbright Scholars

| 29 October 2008

This year's Fulbright Scholar Program has sent six University of California, Berkeley, faculty members overseas for teaching and research and brought to campus 21 foreign scholars whose research topics range from "Coca-Cola and the American Way of Life" to "Environmental Assessment of Chemical Risks at Workplaces."

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange mission sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946, it is intended to foster understanding between Americans and people from other countries.

According to the Department of State, the Fulbright Program sends about 1,100 scholars overseas each year and brings some 850 foreign scholars to the United States.

The six UC Berkeley recipients of 2008-2009 Fulbright faculty grants are:

  • Pranab K. Bardhan, professor of economics, who is lecturing on "Globalization and Political Economy of Development" at the University of Siena, Italy
  • Louise Palmer Fortmann, professor of environmental science, policy and management, who will be lecturing on "Science, Society and the Environment: Theory, Methods and Practice" at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
  • Slawomir Hermanowicz, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who is lecturing on "Sustainable Development: Ethics, Physics and Technology" at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna in Vienna, Austria.
  • Alexander Katz, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, who is lecturing on "Templated Materials as Heterogeneous Catalysts: New Directions for Synthesis and Curriculum Development" and researching the same subject at TECHNION-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
  • J. Scott McElhinney, a study abroad advisor at Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad, who will participate in the U.S.-Germany International Education Administrators Program seminar at the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin, Germany.
  • Peter B. Zinoman, an associate professor in history, whose research topic is "Colonial and Post-Colonial Modern in Vietnam: The Life, Work and Legacy of Vu Trong Phung" at Hanoi National University in Vietnam.

For a complete list of Fulbright Scholars, including the new 2008-2009 grantees, see the Council for International Exchange of Scholars website.