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WMU has state's largest number of Fulbrights

Nov. 21, 2006

KALAMAZOO--With six faculty members named Fulbright Scholars for the 2006-07 academic year, WMU has more Fulbright recipients than any other college or university in Michigan.

Six out of Michigan's 26 Fulbrights this year are members of the WMU faculty, and their awards are taking them around the globe--to Europe, Asia and South America. In all, 14 Michigan schools had faculty members awarded Fulbrights, with the University of Michigan and Michigan State University each receiving three awards and the remainder spread out among universities, colleges and community colleges around the state.

WMU Fulbright Scholars for 2006-07

Jeffrey Bucker Abshear, an instructor of art, who will travel to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, next spring to study historical and contemporary Italian book printing, binding and papermaking. More.

Igor Y. Fedotov, associate professor of music, who is in Russia at the Moscow State Musical Institute lecturing and conducting research on 20th-century Russian-Soviet viola music. More.

Dr. Ann M. Miles, associate professor of anthropology, whose research took her to the University of Cuenca in Ecuador to do research on coping with chronic disease. More.

Dr. Susan Pozo, professor of economics, who is at the University of Montevideo in Uruguay studying the impact of emigrant remittances on Uruguayan households. More.

Dr. Gregory Veeck, professor of geography, who is at the Chinese Academy of Social Science's Rural Development Institute in Beijing examining management practices of livestock-dependent families in inner Mongolia. More.

Dr. Lance E. Weldy, visiting assistant professor of English, who is at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfort, Germany, lecturing on American children's literature.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

During its 59 years in existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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