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UCR Faculty, Students Win Fulbright Grants

UCR Faculty, Students Win Fulbright Grants

A scholar from Indonesia will spend the 2011-12 year on campus.

(April 14, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Two UC Riverside professors and four students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright awards for international study and research, and an Indonesian scholar of Southeast Asian history will spend a year on the campus as a Fulbright scholar in residence for the 2011-12 academic year.

“This was an exceptional year of Fulbright awards recognizing international study and research at UCR,” said Diane Elton, director of the university’s International Education Center. Half of the UCR students who applied for 2010-11 were granted Fulbright awards in the annual competition.

Faculty winners, whose awards begin this spring, are: David A. Biggs, assistant professor of history, who will spend five months in Hue City, Vietnam, for his research project, “War in the Landscape: Environmental Effects of a 'Hot War' in the Urban and Rural Landscapes of Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam”; and Dmitri A. Maslov, professor of biology, who will spend four months in the Czech Republic, “Strengthening Collaboration Ties With the University of Southern Bohemia.”

Baskara T. Wardaya, S.J., a lecturer in history, religion and politics Sanata Dharma University and the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University, both in Yogyakarta, will be a scholar in residence for the 2011-12 academic year in the UCR Department of History. Wardaya also is director of the Center for History and Political Ethics at Sanata Dharma University and a consultant for the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia-Pacific in Bangkok.

“UC Riverside worked closely with local partners including the city of Riverside, the Riverside Unified School District, Riverside City College, and others to develop a program of outreach and engagement for Dr. Wardaya during his visit,” said Randolph Head, chair of the UCR history department. “He will not only teach students at UC Riverside, but also join student groups and community events in the region as a representative of Indonesia’s scholarly, public, and national achievements.”

Four Ph.D. candidates are concluding research activity funded in 2010-11 by Fulbright grants. They are: Alicia Bolton, anthropology, “Brazil’s Invisible Children”; Sarah Grant, anthropology, “Manufacturing Quality: Vietnam in the Global Coffee Industry”; Kelly Meister, theology/religion, “Education, Death and the End of the World: How the Abhidhamma Shapes and Is Shaped by Buddhist Practice in Thailand”; and Jacob Rekedal, Ph.D. ethnomusicology, “Mapuche Culture and Performance, and the Politics of Representation in Chile.”

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946 by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and of other countries. It operates in more than 150 countries and is funded by the U.S. Department of state and by participating foreign governments and host institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually – approximately three-fourths to U.S. and foreign students, and about one-quarter to U.S. scholars and visiting scholars.

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