4 UW–Madison faculty receive 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar awards

Four University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members have received Fulbright Scholar Awards to lecture and/or conduct research abroad during the 2014-15 academic year, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

They are among approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad in 2014-15 through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, which is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

The 2014-15 Fulbright Scholars from UW–Madison are:

  • Samer Alatout, associate professor of community and environmental sociology, to the Palestinian Territories (West Bank), for lecturing and research, “Water and Environmental Policy and Politics in the Palestinian State,” August 2014-January 2015.
  • Carol Lee, professor of zoology, to Taiwan, for research, “Evolution in Response to Novel Pathogens During Biological Invasions” December 2014-May 2015.
  • Steven Loheide, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, to Argentina, for lecturing and research, “Ecohydrology for Sustainability,” August-November 2014.
  • Adrian Treves, associate professor of environmental studies, to Sweden, for lecturing and research, “Balancing Human Needs with Predator Conservation in Sweden and Wisconsin,” July 2014-September 2015.

The Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding among people of the United States and other countries. The program currently operates in more than 155 countries.

The primary funding for the program comes from appropriations by Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in the United States and other countries also provide direct and indirect support.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 318,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, scientists, and other professionals the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

For more information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit the website at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

Questions also may be directed to Erin L. Crawley, in the UW­–Madison International Fellowships Office, at fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu, (608) 262-9632.

-by Kerry G. Hill