Archive for Friday, June 7, 2002

KU lands 9 faculty Fulbrights

June 7, 2002


Nine Kansas University faculty members  the most in 22 years  will receive Fulbright grants to research or teach abroad during the coming school year.

Officials number likely will put KU toward the top in number of Fulbright faculty members for a university for the 2002-2003 year. The totals won't be announced until all universities receive notification of their Fulbright scholars.

"Earning nine Fulbright awards in one year is an impressive achievement that reflects well on the whole university," Chancellor Robert Hemenway said.

Fulbright grants, established in 1945, offer round-trip travel, health insurance and a stipend to scholars for all or part of an academic year.

Selected for next year from KU are:

 Nobleza Asuncion-Lande, professor of communication studies, who will teach at the St. Petersburg State University of Business and Economics in Russia for the entire academic year.

She will help start a program on intercultural communication with the Institute of Foreign Languages. This is her third Fulbright grant. Previously, she taught in England and Singapore.

 Paul Comolli, associate professor of economics, is currently participating in the German Studies Seminar in Leipzig, Cologne and Berlin. The topic is "International Migration and National Identities."

 Patrick Dooley, associate professor of design, will help teach a course during the spring 2003 semester at Fachhochschule Trier, in Trier, Germany. He also will research time-based media.

 Joshua Freeman, chairman of the department of family medicine at the KU Medical Center, will spend part of the spring semester at the medical school at Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. He will help develop a new program in family medicine and teach a class.

 Sivaprasad Gogineni, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, will conduct research during the fall semester at the University of Tasmania Antarctic Cooperative Research Center in Hobart, Australia.

His research will measure the thickness of snow over the ice of Antarctica.

 Anita Herzfeld, associate professor of Latin American studies, will teach sociolinguistics during summer 2003 at the English department of the School of Languages at National University in Asuncion, Paraguay. She also will research residents' attitudes toward bilingualism in Paraguay, where both Spanish and Guarani are spoken.

This is Herzfeld's sixth Fulbright grant. She first came to KU as a Fulbright student from Argentina and later researched or taught in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and Germany.

 Gwynne Jenkins, assistant professor of anthropology and women's studies, will research the social history of sterilization and population planning in Costa Rica. She also will teach at KU's partner university, the University of Costa Rica in San Jose.

 Gerald Mikkelson, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, received a 10-month extension of his Fulbright grant to Russia, where he spent this academic year.

He will conduct seminars in English on translating literature from Russian to English and lecture in Russian about Russian authors at St. Petersburg State University. He also will conduct shorter versions of his courses at two other universities.

 Garth Myers, associate professor of geography, will spend five months this winter and next summer researching the urban-planning strategies and use of geographic information systems in Zambia and Tanzania.

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