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Campus hosts five international Fulbright Scholars this year

UC Riverside Will Host Five International Fulbright Scholars This Year

(October 9, 2002)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The University of California, Riverside has been selected to host five Fulbright Visiting Scholars for the 2002-2003 academic year. The scholars are five of approximately 800 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholar Program will bring to the U.S. to teach and do research.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

"UC Riverside is very proud to host five Fulbright scholars this academic year," said Nancy Nisbett, director of Sponsored Projects Administration in the Office of Research Affairs. "In the past five years we have hosted an average of three scholars per year. The number of Fulbright Scholars conducting their research at UC Riverside during the 2002-2003 academic year is the highest number we have hosted. We are please that the quality of research on our campus is beginning to attract diverse scholarly research from around the world."

The five Fulbright Scholars to visit UC Riverside this academic year are:

Bakht, Jehan
Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, North West Frontier Province Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan
Research: Comparison of Gene Regulation Mechanism in Response to Salinity and Water Deficit
October 2002 - July 2003

Gon, Alexander
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Institute of International Relations, National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine
Research: A. C. Swinburne and Ezra Pound as Mythmakers
September 2002 - December 2002

Huerta Quintanilla, Rodrigo
Researcher, Department of Applied Physics, National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV), Merida, Mexico
Research: Disordered Systems in One-Dimensional Lattices
September 2002 - August 2003

Huhtakangas, Johanna
Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Kuopio, Kuopio, Finland
Research: Cloning and the Expression of a Membrane Receptor
September 2002 - September 2003

Nguyen, Chau
Senior Researcher and Head of Nematology Department, Department of Nematology, Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, National Center for Natural Sciences and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam
Research: Biodiversity of terrestrial Nematodes and Their Application for Soil Quality Assessment of Typical Ecosystems in Vietnam
October 2002 - July 2003

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 56 years of 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 U.S. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers, and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of the several Fulbright exchange programs.

Recipients of Fulbright awards -- both U.S. and foreign -- are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

For further information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact Judy Pehrson, director of external relations, Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Telephone: 202-686-4014; Email:; Web site:

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