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Aug. 5, 2005
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

3 KU faculty receive 2005-06 Fulbright awards for teaching, research abroad

LAWRENCE -- Three University of Kansas faculty members were selected for Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards for the 2005-06 academic year. More than 269 KU faculty have received Fulbright grants since the program's beginning more than 50 years ago. The Office of International Programs coordinates all the Fulbright programs at KU.

KU's new Fulbright recipients are:

David Besson, professor of physics and astronomy, received a Fulbright scholar research award to Russia, where he will be affiliated with the Institute of Nuclear Research in Moscow, and coordinating with the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institutes in St. Petersburg. The project is intended to develop the infrastructure at the Russian Antarctic Station Vostok to: support an independent cosmic ray detection experiment; conduct a series of measurements of the properties of Antarctic ice, and in particular, their ability to carry radio waves; and construct a radio transmitter station to communicate with NASA missions flying overhead in Antarctica.

Dennis F. Karney, the Ned N. Fleming distinguished teaching professor in business, received a Fulbright scholar grant to lecture at Ivan Franko L'viv National University in L'viv, Ukraine, during the fall 2005 semester. Karney will assist the international relations faculty as they design the new international business specialization and will teach the initial course. In addition, he will lead two graduate seminars: one on quality improvement and managing change for the national university's Humanities Center and another on Western teaching methods for the economics faculty. He will also study the emerging business practices in Ukraine. Karney initially visited L'viv in February 2005 as part of a U.S. State Department grant administered by KU's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Susan Zvacek, director of instructional development and support, has received a Fulbright lecturing award to teach at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, for spring 2006. With a Prague faculty member she will team-teach two courses for graduate students and postsecondary instructors from around the Czech Republic on designing instruction for e-learning and managing distance learning programs. Courses will be conducted primarily online. Zvacek will travel to other universities within the country to conduct in-person workshops for faculty on these topics, under the aegis of the Czech National Centre for Distance Education, and participate in curriculum development activities for online programs.

One of the oldest and largest international exchange programs in the world, the Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants for college and university faculty and administrators to lecture and conduct research in 140 countries. The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

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