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López is Barcelona Bound

UC Riverside Professor is Fulbright Scholar

English Associate Professor Tiffany López Will Lecture in Barcelona, Spain

(October 11, 2004)

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Tiffany Lopez

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Tiffany Ana López, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture at the University of Barcelona, Spain during the Winter and Spring Quarters of the 2004-2005 academic year.

The award, administered by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, will allow Lopez to pursue studies in Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, specifically transcultural exchanges.

“One of the things that is thrilling about this opportunity, is that it looks at Latino studies in an international context,” López said. “European institutions have included American studies for a long time, but now Latino studies is thoroughly within the field.”

She said her time in Barcelona will strengthen her research, as well as the knowledge she brings to the campus community. “I want to create new opportunities for students to network with people working in the field abroad,” she said. As an example of how Latino studies has expanded, López said she gave two invited papers over the Summer at a conference at the Institute for International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. Paul Allatson, the author of “Latino Dreams,” invited her.

López is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries during the 2004-2005 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Established in 1946, the program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. It was named for Senator J. William Fulbright, a Democrat from Arkansas with a distinguished career in the Senate from 1944 until 1974. The program provides funds for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools around the world.

While UC Riverside says a temporary goodbye to López, the campus will welcome three foreign recipients of the Fulbright Scholar grant, who have been chosen to conduct research at UC Riverside during the current academic year.

Chia-Mei Chen, Associate Professor for the Department of Information Management at Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, will study customer relationship management.

Professor Luciana Maranan Villanueva from the Department of Plant Pathology at Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Philippines, will be conducting research on nematode management strategies.

Joyce Waceke Wanjohi, Senior Lecturer for the Department of Botany at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, will be doing research on a characterization of nematode pests of vegetables.

Chen, Viianueva, and Wanjohi are three of approximately 800 outstanding foreign faculty and professionals the Fulbright Scholar Program will bring to the U.S. to teach and do research during the 2004-2005 academic year.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, while thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. They are 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 Scholar awards — both U.S. and foreign — are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics; James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in Medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.

For further information about the Fulbright Scholar Program, please contact Nancy Santos Gainer, director of external relations, Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Telephone: (202) 686-4014 Email: Website:

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