KU News Release

May 12, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

Ten faculty land prestigious Fulbright awards to teach, conduct research abroad

LAWRENCE — Ten faculty members from the University of Kansas have been selected as recipients of prestigious Fulbright awards.

The grants provide funding for scholars to teach or perform research abroad in summer 2011 or during the 2011-12 academic year. Ten is the second-highest number of recipients in one year for KU since the program began in 1946.

The Fulbright program is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries” through teaching and scholarship. It is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. KU’s International Programs office coordinates the Fulbright programs for faculty and students.

“Having 10 of our faculty members selected for this honor is an outstanding recognition of the world-class teaching and research that happens every day at the University of Kansas,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “These faculty members will share their expertise with the international community and return to KU with an even greater knowledge base in their respective disciplines.”

In 2002, 11 faculty members received Fulbright awards. Ten were selected in 1956-57 and 1962-63. Since the program’s inception, more than 280 faculty members at KU have receive Fulbright grants.

The grant recipients and descriptions of their work is below.

Santa Arias

Santa Arias, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, received a Fulbright research/teaching award to Colombia. During the spring semester in 2012, Arias will be affiliated with the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She will teach a graduate seminar titled “Space, Place and Territory in Colonial Latin America” and work on her research project “The Encyclopedia and Creole Science,” a study of the encyclopedia project of the Enlightenment and the manner in which geography and the construction of scientific knowledge were understood and deployed in journalist writing, almanacs and dictionaries in South America.

Hannah Britton

Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender and sexuality studies, received a Fulbright research award for six months beginning in July for South Africa. Working with researchers at Idasa, an African democracy institute in Pretoria, and at the University of Pretoria, Britton will evaluate the implementation of the 2007 Sexual Offences Act, identify models of success as well as gaps in government services and develop an understanding of the challenges of partnership between survivors of gender-based violence and policy, social workers and government agencies.

Bart Dean

Bart Dean, associate professor of anthropology, received a Fulbright teaching award to promote the interdisciplinary study of Amazonia at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Tarapoto, Peru, during the fall 2011 semester. He will teach in the graduate program in conservation and sustainable development, an interdisciplinary training course dedicated to the systematic study of social change and community welfare in the Upper Amazon. He will also direct the establishment of an Anthropology Field Research Station along the Cairnaraichi River, located in one of the globe’s most culturally and biologically diverse regions. While in the Amazon, he will continue a number of collaborative research projects with KU anthropology faculty and graduate students.

Michael Detamore

Michael Detamore, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering, received a Fulbright research award to Ireland. Detamore will spend the fall 2011 semester at the National University of Ireland Galway, where he will work on a project in tissue engineering that is aimed at helping people with jaw joint disorders. It is a collaborative research project with the research institute at NUI Galway that possesses a highly specialized machine that can print a biomaterial in layer-by-layer manner to create a complex shape like the shape of the top of the jaw bone. Detamore has developed microspheres as base material the machine can use. By combining these two technologies to make biomaterial, Detamore and his colleagues at NUI Galway hope to produce a biomaterial that will support the growth of cells to create new bone and cartilage tissues in the jaw joint that are otherwise unable to heal on their own.

Terry L. Koenig

Terry L. Koenig, associate professor of social welfare, has received a joint teaching/research Fulbright award to Kazahkstan. In the fall semester of 2011, Koenig will teach cross-cultural social policy in the social work department at Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Further, she will conduct a qualitative research study examining the role of social work and social policy development in Kazakhstan.

Sanjay Mishra

Sanjay Mishra, associate professor of business, has received a Fulbright research award to India. Mishra’s host institutions are IIT Kharagpur and Goa Institute of Management. During his six months in India, Mishra will research the commercialization process so as not only to help increase the monetization of technologies and ideas in the Indian context, but also to suggest models applicable in the United States. He also plans to observe leadership in India, so that American businesses and institutions can learn from that country’s entrepreneurial successes.

A. Townsend Peterson

A. Townsend Peterson, University Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and curator of ornithology in the Biodiversity Institute, has been awarded a Fulbright research/teaching award to support travel to and research in Brazil during a 2012 sabbatical leave. Peterson will work with the Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental, in Campinas, and the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, in Rio de Janeiro. He will be preparing a book manuscript presenting an improved methodology for mapping disease transmission risk, as well as teaching a course in the doctoral program of the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz.

Antonio Simoes

Antonio Simoes, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, has received a Fulbright specialist award to spend six weeks in June and July at the Federal University of Espirito Santo in Victoria, Brazil. Simoes will assist his host institution in expanding the Spanish curriculum in the department of Hispanic studies and pursue his own research in Spanish and Portuguese phonology and phonetics. The Fulbright specialist grant, lasting from two to six weeks is designed to promote collaboration and research between faculty in American and foreign institutions.

Dale Urie

Dale Urie, lecturer in humanities and western civilization and European studies, was awarded a Fulbright to participate in the annual German Studies Seminar in Berlin and Brussels in June. The seminar’s topic is “Ethnic Diversity and National Identity.” Participants in the seminar will explore the meaning of distinctive national identity in Germany and other European countries and investigate the growth of multi-ethnic societies in Germany and Europe and the role of religions, language and culture for social cohesion and individual self-esteem. Urie is especially interested in examining the impact of a growing Muslim population in Germany and Europe in relation to these issues.

Nathan Wood

Nathan Wood, associate professor of history, will spend the fall 2011 semester as the recipient of a Fulbright research award in Warsaw, Poland, where he will be working on a new book project tentatively titled “Backwardness and Rushing Forward: Technology and Culture in Poland’s Age of Speed, 1890-1939.” Though the analysis of popular and specialist magazines, newspapers, artwork, literature, archival records of clubs and official state records, Wood will seek to understand how enthusiasts and the public in Poland reacted to the appearance of rapid forward motion, such as automobiles and airplanes. He will be affiliated with the University of Warsaw.

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