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Benny Freeman Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionThe University of Texas at Austin
Host InstitutionCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation (Sponsored by CSIRO)
DisciplineManufacturing in Membrane Materials
Award Year2016

Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation (Sponsored by CSIRO)

Benny Freeman is the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. In 1988 and 1989, he served as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI), Laboratoire Physico-Chimie Structurale et Macromoléculaire in Paris, France. Dr. Freeman’s research is in polymer science and engineering specifically in mass transport of small molecules in solid polymers. His laboratory focuses on gas and liquid separations using polymer and polymer-based membranes, developing and characterizing new materials for hydrogen separation, natural gas purification, carbon capture, water/ion separation, desalination, and fouling resistant membranes. His research is described in 395 publications and 22 patents/patent applications. He has co-edited 5 books on these topics.

He has won numerous awards, including the PMSE Distinguished Service Award (2016), Fellow of the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of ACS (2014), AIChE Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award (2013), Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award from The University of Texas (2013), Society of Plastics Engineers International Award (2013), Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings from the PMSE Division of ACS (2012), the ACS Award in Applied Polymer Science (2009), AIChE Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology (2008), and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program Project of the Year (2001). He is a Fellow of the AAAS, AIChE, ACS, and the PMSE and IECR Divisions of ACS. He has served as chair of the PMSE Division of the ACS, chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Membranes: Materials and Processes, President of the North American Membrane Society, chair of the Membranes Area of the Separations Division of the AIChE, and chair of the Separations Division of AIChE.

Benny’s interests in new materials design for separations important for clean water, clean energy, and manufacturing process intensification aligns synergistically with the world-leading materials science and characterization research at CSIRO. He will work closely with colleagues at CSIRO, the University of Melbourne and other institutions across Australia to lay the groundwork for a long and productive, bilateral collaboration to develop, characterize and understand, at a fundamental level, disruptive, over the horizon, separations membranes for applications such as air separations, desalination, high value materials recovery from waste (e.g., waste to energy), toxic materials separation from waste and recycle/recovery of critical and strategic materials and metals. Benny has a strong interest in seeing results from fundamental research reduced to practice, which is also a topic of common interest with his Australian colleagues.

On a personal front, Benny is intensely interested in exploring the historical and cultural heritage of Australia, discovering the extraordinary natural beauty of Australia and sailing with current and new-found friends and colleagues.

Professor Valerie M. Hudson, PhD Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionProfessor and George H.W. Bush Chair at The George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Host InstitutionCoral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Sponsored by ANU)
DisciplineInternational Affairs in Foreign Policy, Women, Peace and Security
Award Year2016

Valerie M. Hudson is Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair in The George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she directs the Program on Women, Peace, and Security. An expert on international security and foreign policy analysis, Dr. Valerie M. Hudson received her PhD in political science at The Ohio State University and came to Texas A&M University from a senior faculty position at Brigham Young University. In 2009, Foreign Policy named her one of the top 100 Most Influential Global Thinkers. Her co-authored book, Bare Branches: Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population, and the research it presents, received major attention from the media with coverage in theWall Street Journal,New York Times,Financial Times, Washington Post,BBC,CNN, and numerous other outlets. The book also received two national book awards. Her co-authored bookSex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press, was named by Gloria Steinem as one of the top three books on her reading list. Her most recent book, with Patricia Leidl, isThe Hillary Doctrine: Sex and American Foreign Policy, published in June 2015. Hudson was also recently named a Distinguished Scholar of Foreign Policy Analysis by the International Studies Association.

Dr. Hudson has developed a nation-by-nation database on women (http://womanstats.org) that triggered both academic and policy interest (the latter includes its use by both the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and various agencies of the United Nations). Using this data, Hudson and her co-principal investigators from The WomanStats Project have published a wide variety of empirical work linking the security of women to the security of states, with research appearing in International Security, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Psychology, and Politics and Gender.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hudson has demonstrated a strong commitment to collaboration with other scholars both in her own field and in other disciplines, and received significant research grants, including grants from the US Department of Defense’s Minerva Initiative and the National Science Foundation, to support her work in international affairs. Her research and teaching experience is also complemented by three major teaching awards and numerous research awards, and she has recently been awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship. Hudson served as vice president of the International Studies Association for 2011-2012. She is a founding editorial board member of Foreign Policy Analysis, and also serves on the editorial boards of Politics and Gender and The American Political Science Review.

Dr. Hudson hopes to spend her time in Australia researching the implementation of UNSCR 1325 by the Australian government and military through its National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, as well as developing a more in-depth understanding of the field of Foreign Policy Analysis as it has evolved in Australia. She is looking forward to meeting scholars throughout Australia that have similar interests. Her family will accompany her, and they are keen to see and learn as much about “Oz” as possible.

Dr. Yolanda T. Moses Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionUniversity of California Riverside
Host InstitutionNational Centre of Cultural Competence (NCCC), University of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence (Sponsored by the NCCC, University of Sydney)
DisciplineAnthropology
Award Year2016

Yolanda received her Magna Cum Laude degree in Anthropology from the University of California Riverside in 1976. She then went on to teach and conduct research at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and California State University Dominguez Hills before moving to New York in 1993 to the City University of New York, (The City College) and the Graduate Center as professor of Anthropology and President of CCNY. From 2000 to 2003 she was President of the American Association for Higher Education and Senior Researcher in the Anthropology Department at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Yolanda returned to UC Riverside in 2004.

She currently serves as Professor of Anthropology and most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence at the University of California, Riverside from 2007-2016. Dr. Moses’ research focuses on the broad question of the origins of social inequality in complex societies through the use of comparative ethnographic and survey methods. She has explored gender and class disparities in the Caribbean, East Africa and in the United States. More recently, her research has focused on issues of diversity and change in universities and colleges in the United States, India, Europe and South Africa.

Her honors and awards include The National Donna Shavlik award for leadership and Mentoring Women in 2007 (ACE); Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2009; Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, Intercultural and Indigenous Studies Program 2014; Distinguished Research Lecturer Award UC Riverside 2015; The Franz Boas Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Anthropology (AAA) as a Public Intellectual 2015; and The Dyason Fellowship to Support Collaborative Research and Innovation, University of Melbourne 2016. In addition Yolanda has received major grants from the Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities to support her research and innovative projects including the nationally acclaimed “Race: are we so different” project (2007-2015) (www.understandingrace.org).

Yolanda is interested in exploring more fully the concept of culture used in the Cultural Competency model at the University of Sydney to compare it to Universities in the U.S. The concept of culture is something that the field of anthropology sees as a fluid, dynamic and evolving concept that the discipline have been tracking and reporting on for almost two centuries in the U.S. as it relates to individuals and groups. She notes that there is a need for more understanding of the very important role of “multiple cultural understandings.” That is, how are institutions and individuals both cultural constructions? How do they deconstruct and reconstruct themselves? She would also like to learn and enhance her own scholarly knowledge about how the University of Sydney uses the concept of cultural competency to organize its transformational change and inclusion strategies; with the unique feature of placing the well- being and success of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander students, staff and faculty at the centerpiece.

Yolanda will be traveling to Australia with her husband with visits from her adult children during her stay.

Angus Rupert MD, PhD Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionU.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Fort Rucker Alabama
Host InstitutionDefence Science and Technology Group, Aerospace Division Melbourne.
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science and Technology (Sponsored by DST Group)
DisciplineTactile Cueing Technologies
Award Year2016

Angus gained his PhD. in Neurophysiology from the University of Illinois in 1979 and then pursued his MD degree at the University of Toronto in his native country Canada, finishing in 1982. Following an operational tour in the Azores as a U.S. Navy flight surgeon, he began his research career at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory in Pensacola, Florida where he specialized in vestibular psychophysics associated with the unusual acceleration environments encountered in flight and in space. As a result of the measures and countermeasures he developed for the Navy, CAPT Rupert was assigned to NASA Johnson Space Center for 12 years to continue development of solutions to aerospace mishaps.

Dr Rupert developed, based on psychophysics experiments, techniques to conduct perceptual analysis of aviation spatial disorientation mishaps for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and other nations, including Australia. To maintain pilot orientation continuously and prevent spatial disorientation mishaps, Dr Rupert developed the concept of tactile cueing as a tool for pilots and as a prosthesis device for patients with balance dysfunction. For the past 20 years, Dr Rupert has refined tactile cueing and integrated 3D auditory and traditional visual displays with tactile cues to create multisensory cueing for pilots. Due to his flight tests and tactile cueing demonstrations in the United States and Canada, the Australian MOD has recently selected Dr Rupert’s tactile cueing technology as one of five key technologies for the Capability and Technology Demonstrator program.

Angus matches his vocation of developing aerospace safety devices with his avocation of flying. While in graduate school, he obtained his commercial pilots license, aircraft mechanics license, and parachute riggers license to create a skydiving school, which in part supported his graduate education. As an avid aviator, he has flown his single engine Cessna across the north and south Atlantic to his duty stations and throughout Europe, Africa, and South America.

Angus will work with the Australian MOD and the Defence Science & Technology Group in Melbourne to introduce and integrate tactile cueing onto helicopter platforms and ground soldiers in order to demonstrate the additional capabilities provided to pilots and soldiers. He will also provide versions of tactile cueing to the civil aviation community as well as demonstrations of tactile cueing as a prosthesis device for balance impaired patients. Lastly Dr Rupert will provide lectures and examples of perceptual analysis of aviation mishap investigation to the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau).

Dr. Rupert is looking forward to meeting and sharing new concepts and technologies with the Australian aviation community.

David Stoesz, PhD Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionProfessor and Director, MSW Program, Kean University
Host InstitutionFlinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy, Sponsored by Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia
Discipline Social Policy
Award Year2016

Dr. David Stoesz received his doctorate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Since then he has published articles and books on various aspects of social policy, including public welfare, the Clinton Presidency, children’s services, international development, financial services, and politics and policy. From 1995 to 2000 he held the Wurtzel Endowed Chair at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the coauthor of American Social Welfare Policy, ed. His book, Quixote’s Ghost: The Right, the Liberati, and the Future of Social Policy, received the Pro Humanitate Literary Award. A Fulbright award at the University of Birmingham resulted in The Dynamic Welfare State, recently published by Oxford University Press. His current project is a book, Theory and Social Welfare.

Dr. Stoesz is planning on writing a sequel to The Dynamic Welfare State while at Flinders University. Tentatively titled From Welfare State to Investment State, the book will propose a future configuration for social programming among industrialized nations. In addition, he plans on lecturing at universities in Australia.

Dr. Stoesz is an avid whitewater kayaker, downhill skier, and chef. When time permits, he makes furniture and weaves.

Dr Brett Summerell Distinguished Chair

Home InstitutionRoyal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture & Life Sciences, Sponsored by Kansas State University
DisciplineAgriculture
Award Year2017

Brett is the Director of Science and Conservation at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in Sydney where he has worked for the past 28 years. He has research interests in plant pathology and mycology and is a world authority on the fungal genus Fusarium which causes some of the most important plant diseases globally, produces toxins in food and is a pathogen of humans.

For his Fulbright project, Brett will spend time in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University expanding his research on Fusarium species in natural ecosystems to the U.S. allowing a comparison of these fungal plant pathogens in Australian and U.S. ecosystems. He will also complete a second edition of the widely-used diagnostic manual, the Fusarium Laboratory Manual, on these important fungi.

Gregory L. Alexander PhD, RN, FAAN Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Missouri, Sinclair School of Nursing
Host InstitutionMacquarie University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineClinical Informatics
Award Year2016

Dr. Gregory L. Alexander PhD, RN, FAAN has a broad background with specialized education in health systems, human factors, informatics, gerontology, patient safety and quality improvement. Alexander is principal investigator of a research team that is for the first time ever, comparing nationally, nursing home (NH) quality measures and information technology (IT) implementation in the United States through an R01 funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He co-leads a large national demonstration project funded by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). In this research, his team is implementing a health information exchange system and monitoring adoption and use of technology designed to improve communication between healthcare stakeholders. Alexander has published widely in interdisciplinary, national/international journals including nursing, engineering, gerontology, health services research, and quality improvement. He has spoken around the world at conferences about his research and has served as a U.S. ambassador in international workshops. Alexander has hosted international graduate PhD students at his university who are interested in gerontology and informatics.

Alexander’s research will be the first international comparative assessment of IT adoption in NHs, which will include identifying types of IT used, extent of IT use and degree of IT integration. Currently, IT is not linked to key quality measurement systems. If our preliminary results, conducted in the United States, are replicated in Australia and increasing IT adoption is associated with changes in reports of quality measures used in aged care facilities, this finding would strongly support ongoing international collaborations exploring the use of NH Quality Measurement systems and IT adoption as a way to build benchmarks for resident care.

Dr. Alexander is eager to promote his work internationally as a Fulbright Scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia by working with faculty and graduate students focused on using informatics to promote better clinical environments in long term care.

Professor Patricia Aufderheide Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionAmerican University
Host InstitutionQueensland University of Technology (QUT)
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineCommunication in Communication Policy
Award Year2016

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She is the co-author with Peter Jaszi of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago Press, July 2011), and author of, among others, Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2007), The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and of Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press, 1999). She has been a John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival among others.

She has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including the Preservation and Scholarship award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association, a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association, the Woman of Vision Award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010 and the George Stoney Documentary Award from the University Film and Video Association in 2015. Aufderheide serves on the board of directors of Kartemquin Films, a leading independent social documentary production company, and on the editorial boards of a variety of publications, including Communication Law and Policy and In These Times newspaper. She serves on the board of directors of the Independent Television Service, a public TV service that produces innovative television programming for underserved audiences.

During her Fulbright program, Aufderheide hopes to share knowledge and learn from Australian scholars, media makers, industry leaders, arts management executives, and policy makers. She is interested particularly in the intersection of copyright understanding and creative decision-making in the arts; in the social impact of film and video; and in media ethics. Australian experience in making media under today’s copyright policies is of great value in understanding global challenges in copyright reform.

Professor Derek Wayne Bailey Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionNew Mexico State University
Host InstitutionThe University of New England
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplinePrecision Agriculture in Livestock
Award Year2016

Derek grew up on a small cattle ranch in Colorado and graduated with Highest Distinction from Colorado State University in Animal Science during 1980.  He later earned an MS in Animal Science and PhD in Range Science at Colorado State University during 1985 and 1988, respectively.  After finishing his PhD, Derek worked 5 years as a rangeland management consultant in Nevada and assisted ranchers across the western US.  He then worked as a researcher with USDA-ARS for 2 years conducting gazing behavior studies, animal nutrition experiments and ecological modeling. After a short period with Cooperative Extension at University of Arizona, Derek conducted grazing management, distribution and animal behavior research for Montana State University at off-campus research center in Havre, MT. After 9 years in Montana, He began his current position at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, which includes research, teaching and administration of the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center.

Throughout his career, Derek has strived to develop tools that cattle producers can use to make ranching more ecologically and economically sustainable. He has developed novel approaches to resolve livestock grazing issues and worked with ranches and land managers to use low-stress livestock handling and other practices to resolve on-the-ground problems.  Derek helped pioneer the use of global positioning system (GPS) tracking to measure and quantify livestock behavior on extensive and mountainous rangeland. He has authored more than 50 refereed journal publications and received over 1.3 million dollars of extramural funding for research.  Derek has conducted collaborative research with scientists across the western US as well as with researchers in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy and Jordan.

The goal of Derek’s research is to identify livestock behaviors that may be associated with disease, welfare and grazing distribution patterns.  He and his collaborators hypothesize that behaviors that occur when livestock are watering may be useful for predicting when they are becoming ill. They will track sheep and cattle to test this hypothesis. Monitoring livestock welfare is difficult in extensive rangeland pastures, and this proposed research will be an integral part of the development of information and diagnostic software needed to remotely determine when animal welfare is comprised so that management can readily respond.

Derek will be traveling to Australia with his wife, and they are looking forward to enjoying Australia’s culture, natural wonders and outdoor lifestyle.

Professor Margaret S. Barrett Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionSchool of Music, The University of Queensland
Host InstitutionThe School of Music, The University of Washington
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineMusic
Award Year2017

Margaret is Head of the School of Music at the University of Queensland. She has held senior roles in music education leadership including President of the International Society for Music Education. Her Fulbright Senior Fellowship, The rhythms and modes of musical childhoods: an international investigation of young children’s creative music practices, builds on her longitudinal studies of Australian children’s singing and song-making and the role these play in young children’s learning and development.

Margaret will work with colleague Professor Patricia Campbell from the University of Washington to access the archives of the Smithsonian Institute and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and analyse their collections of children’s song and song-making. The project will contribute to understandings of the nature of children’s song-making across diverse cultures and epochs, the social and cultural settings that support this work, and the meaning and value for children of singing and song-making.

Professor Timothy A. Carey Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionFlinders University
Host InstitutionCenter for Behavioral Health Innovation, Antioch University New England
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Senior Scholarship
DisciplineClinical Psychology
Award Year2017

Tim is Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. He is a clinical psychologist researcher and clinician and is particularly interested in improving patients’ control in health care settings in terms of the way in which services are designed and delivered, as well as how patients are able to access these services. Patient control is especially important in remote settings where access to services is compromised and health outcomes lag unacceptably behind the health enjoyed by urban citizens.

Tim will use his time on the Fulbright Scholarship to develop research training for practicing health professionals in conjunction with colleagues at the Center for Behavioral Health Innovation at Antioch University so that health professionals in remote and other underserved communities can evaluate and improve the programs and services they offer for the benefit of the patients they serve.

Dr. Hillary J. Haldane Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionDepartment of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Quinnipiac University
Host InstitutionQueensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Central Queensland University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineAnthropology
Award Year2016

Dr. Haldane earned her BA in anthropology at San Diego State University in 1996, her DipArts in anthropology at the University of Otago in 1997, and her MA and PhD in anthropology in 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has conducted research on the relationship between Indigenous rights and violence against women since 1997, primarily in Aotearoa New Zealand. Prior to pursuing her PhD in anthropology, Dr. Haldane was employed for a number of years at non-governmental organizations devoted to preventing violence against women, and this experience informed her research interest in the challenges facing frontline workers. Dr. Haldane has taught at Quinnipiac University since 2007, where she directs the anthropology program. Dr. Haldane has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters on the problem of gender-based violence, as well as published policy papers for addressing violence at the international and national levels. Dr. Haldane also works in a consultancy capacity for non-governmental organizations as well as for governmental agencies.

Dr. Haldane will continue her research into the experiences of anti-violence frontline workers while at Central Queensland University in Mackay, with a particular focus on the challenges Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities face to secure the resources needed to end violence. Dr. Haldane looks forward to learning new approaches and solutions for addressing violence from her Australian peers, and plans to bring these lessons home to the U.S.

 

Dr Menna Jones Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionOregon State University at Corvallis, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Award NameFulbright Tasmania Senior Scholarship
DisciplineBiological Science
Award Year2017

Menna is an ecologist specialising in wildlife conservation and ecosystem restoration in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She leads research on native marsupial carnivores, Tasmanian devils and quolls, how their ecological interactions might protect wildlife from feral cats, and how the Tasmanian devil is evolving to save itself from a devastating novel transmissible cancer.

Menna’s Fulbright project, Harnessing Native Predators to Conserve Wildlife at Landscape-Scale, is a major opportunity to expand the scope of ecological science for tackling Australia’s biodiversity crisis. She will work with Professor Bill Ripple at Oregon State University to understand how ecological history influences the impacts on biodiversity of invasive predators, and to test the efficacy of native predators for invasive predator control. The project will contribute to understanding the natural ecological processes that can be harnessed to restore native species and functional ecosystems on large scales in unconfined landscapes.

Dr Patrick Kilby Senior Scholars

Dr Patrick Kilby
Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship, Sponsored by Kansas State University
DisciplineAnthropology
Award Year

Patrick is the Coordinator of the Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program at the Australian National University, and carries out research in gender and development, foreign aid policy, and NGOs.

Patrick’s Fulbright project will see him working with Feed the Future Innovation Labs at Kansas State University to analyse their agricultural research in aid and development programs, and in particular how local communities (particularly women) can adapt this research to their local needs. From this research Patrick will gain an insight into the future directions foreign aid-supported agricultural research may take. The focus will be on the implications for U.S. and Australia’s agricultural development assistance in a rapidly changing world, and most importantly, how this research can have the greatest impact on local communities.

Professor Tim Mehigan Senior Scholars

Tim Mehigan
Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineLiterature
Award Year2017

Tim is a Professor of German and the Deputy Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Queensland.

Tim will use his Fulbright Senior Scholarship to spend time at both the University of Chicago and the University of Texas at Austin’s Harry Ransom Center. In Chicago he will investigate the writer J.M. Coetzee’s links to The Committee of Social Thought, which Coetzee regularly visited from 1996 to 2003. In Austin he will do follow-up research at the Coetzee archive. His aim will be to advance a major project focusing on Coetzee, one of the most important writers in the world today. Beyond this, his visit will consolidate ties between IASH at UQ and the Committee on Social Thought at Chicago, two prominent centres of world-leading research in the Humanities.

Dr Todd Oliynyk Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionMathematics Department, Princeton University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineMathematical Sciences
Award Year2017

Todd is an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Monash University.

The main aim of Todd’s Fulbright project, Gravitating relativistic fluid bodies: a mathematical analysis, is to develop a rigorous mathematical foundation for gravitating relativistic material bodies that is applicable to astrophysical systems. This project will significantly improve current understanding of how matter and gravitational fields behave near the matter-vacuum boundary of physical bodies and provide important guidance for constructing stable numerical schemes to numerically model systems of gravitating relativistic fluid bodies. During his time at Princeton University, Todd will work with leading researchers in the field of Mathematical Relativity and will participate in the activities of the Focussed Research Group in Mathematical General Relativity hosted by the Mathematics Department. He will also visit the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University to collaborate with researchers on aspects of his project.

Bradley Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH Senior Scholars

Bradley Zebrack
Home InstitutionUniversity of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Host InstitutionCanTeen Australia
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineSocial Work in Oncology
Award Year2016

With clinical social work experience in both pediatric and adult oncology, Dr. Brad Zebrack is keenly aware of the supportive care needs of cancer patients and their families, as well as the under-developed systems that are unable to adequately respond to the multiple and varied needs of cancer patients and families in a large, multicultural society.

Dr. Zebrack’s funded research examines how a cancer diagnosis and treatment affects the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of cancer patients, and how these effects vary depending upon the time in life at which cancer is diagnosed. He is particularly interested in the effects of cancer on the psychosocial growth and development of adolescents and young adults. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Zebrack has been an investigator on numerous research and health professional training initiatives funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Lymphoma Research Foundation, LiveStrong Foundation, and HopeLab, Inc. His most recent research focuses on evaluations of supportive care service delivery in cancer treatment programs across the United States.

Dr. Zebrack is a long-term survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, diagnosed in 1985 at the age of 25.  Following the end of his cancer treatment in 1989, Brad and his wife Joanne completed a one-year 11,000 mile bicycle trip around the United States to promote cancer survivorship.

Dr. Zebrack aspires to enhance the care and support of cancer patients and their families. Through implementation and evaluation of cancer support services, programs, and policies administered by CanTeen and the Youth Cancer Services of Australia, Dr. Zebrack hopes to bring lessons learned in Australia back to the USA to improve the quality of cancer care.

Professor Matthew Clarke Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionDeakin University
Host InstitutionSave the Children U.S.A
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, Sponsored by Origin Foundation and the Australian Scholarships Foundation
DisciplineHumanities and Social Sciences
Award Year2017

Matthew is currently Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University and an executive member of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership (CHL).

Matthew will use his Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership to spend three months at Save the Children USA, Harvard University and Tufts University to develop formal relationships between these institutions and the CHL. These partnerships will enhance the professional development of humanitarian workers in responding to complex humanitarian emergencies. Working with Save the Children USA, Matthew will increase connections between aid agencies in the U.S. and the CHL in Australia and create new professional development initiatives that respond specifically to the needs of humanitarian workers responding to disasters in North and South America.

Dr Stephan Frühling Professional Scholars

Dr Stephan Fruehling
Home InstitutionAustralian National University
Host InstitutionGeorgetown University
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies, Sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
DisciplineInternational Relations
Award Year2017

Stephan is an Associate Professor in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.

As the Fulbright Professional Scholar in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies, based at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Stephan will examine why both countries have created fewer permanent arrangements to implement their treaty commitments than is the case in other U.S. alliances.  He will examine, through interviews in Canberra and Washington, whether this will remain sustainable as strategic pressures in the Asia-Pacific increase, and make recommendations on how Australia and the United States could improve the political-military management of closer alliance cooperation through an alliance strategic concept, integrated staff or new command arrangements.

Judge Paul Howard Professional Scholars

Judge Paul Howard
Home InstitutionFederal Circuit Court of Australia
Host InstitutionFederal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2017

Paul hears cases in Australia’s busiest federal trial court, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

The aim of Paul’s research as a Fulbright Scholar is to improve access to justice in Australia by reducing court delays. Properly directed federal funding for the Australian federal trial courts is the key. The judiciary in the United States is integrally involved with the legislature in the setting of federal court budgets each year. Paul will use his Fulbright Scholarship to examine the process of federal court funding in the United States and in particular, the interaction between the federal judiciary and the U.S. Congress in this process with a view to formulating a similar proposal suitable to the Australian federal landscape. In order to conduct this research Paul will be based at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. and also at Harvard University.

Dr Simon Humphrys Professional Scholars

Dr Simon Humphrys
Home InstitutionInvasive Animals Ltd
Host InstitutionAnimal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Wildlife Research Center, United States Department of Agriculture, Maryland
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship
DisciplineAgriculture
Award Year2017

Simon is a passionate advocate for improving the options that agricultural producers use to manage pest animals that affect how they grow our food. He is currently a Program Leader in the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre where he works across its 27 government and commercial partners to take research concepts through to new products aimed at managing Australia’s most destructive agricultural pests. Simon’s career focus has been applied R&D in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and animal health companies to register new products in Australia, the United States and the EU.

Simon’s Fulbright program will expose him to world-leading wildlife toxicology testing/modelling and he’ll work with registration specialists to incorporate the modelling outcomes into registration data packages. These can be used in Australia and the U.S. to more efficiently expedite approval of effective and safer-to-use products for grain producers to protect crops from mouse plagues.

Dr Belinda Russon Professional Scholars

Dr Belinda Russon
Home InstitutionTranby National Indigenous Adult Education & Training
Host InstitutionThe Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Dartmouth College
Award NameDr Belinda Russon Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education & Training, Sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Education & Training
DisciplineEducation
Award Year2017

Belinda is a passionate adult education activist and is the CEO of Australia’s oldest indigenous education provider, Tranby.

Belinda’s Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training (VET) will examine the positive emotional, cultural and social factors associated with Indigenous learners in the VET sector, which contribute to resilience, self-motivation and academic success. Belinda will collaborate with Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and will evaluate the proven success of U.S. College leadership and mentoring programs. Findings from her research, will be used to engage and retain indigenous students across the Australian VET sector leading to higher graduation rates. Belinda seeks to promote the positive benefits of VET education and the inarguable impact that the acquisition of job-related and technical skills have on the lives of Indigenous learners and their communities. Her Fulbright Scholarship is a means to start a dialogue on the value of adult education and to create further opportunities for Indigenous adults in Australia.

Dr Peter Stanwell Professional Scholars

Dr Peter Stanwell
Home InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Host InstitutionCenter for Clinical Spectroscopy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education & Training, Sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Education & Training
DisciplineMedical Science
Award Year2017

Peter is a medical imaging research scientist with a strong interest in understanding the biochemical and biophysical changes that occur following brain injury. He has a goal of providing quantitative metrics, via MRI scanning, to inform evidence-based strategies to optimise medical treatment of traumatic brain injuries.

Peter is seeking to achieve this by working with Dr Alexander Lin, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT for the duration of his Fulbright Scholarship, and he hopes to strengthen existing collaborative ties between these centres and the University of Newcastle. While in Boston, Peter is looking forward to increasing his technical research skills in fluorescence microscopy and brain connectivity methods, and expanding his knowledge of implementation science to facilitate translation of his research findings beyond the academic community. Through this he will deliver positive healthcare, community and societal outcomes following traumatic brain injury.

Dr Louise Byrne Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Louise Byrne
Home InstitutionCentral Queensland University
Host InstitutionYale University, Program for Recovery and Community Health
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship sponsored by RMIT (Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow)
DisciplineMental Health
Award Year2017

Louise is a Lived Experience Mental Health academic at Central Queensland University.  Her work is informed by her personal experience of significant mental health challenges, service use, and periods of healing.

During her Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Louise will work in the Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health.  Louise’s research focuses on the emerging lived experience mental health workforce and will explore factors that assist in the successful inclusion of lived experience roles within the wider workforce. These roles contribute to better outcomes for mental health service users.  However, the lived experience workforce faces many barriers.  Findings will be compared to Louise’s previous studies in Australia and used to inform the development of a toolkit to aid the inclusion of lived experience roles.

Dr Gwilym Croucher Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Gwylim Croucher
Home InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Berkeley
Award NameFulbright Victoria Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineEducation
Award Year2017

Gwilym is Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education and Principal Policy Adviser in the University of Melbourne’s Chancellery. While based at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley, Gwilym will examine an emerging dilemma for governments and universities in supporting research. University based research efforts are crucial to solving global challenges, from climate change to improving human health. Increasingly complex problems require long-term and multidisciplinary research approaches.  However, ensuring ongoing support and funds is a significant challenge for universities and governments.

Gwilym’s Fulbright project will engage policy makers and university leaders, as well as colleagues at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and at UC Davis, to develop new options for system design, university strategy and government policy to help provide greater surety for research systems in California and Australia, and the outcomes they facilitate.

Dr Stephanie Gilbert Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Stephanie Gilbert
Home InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Host InstitutionUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Award NameFulbright Indigenous Postdoctoral Scholar
DisciplineHistory
Award Year2017

Stephanie is the Coordinator of Teaching Quality and Development at the University of Newcastle’s Wollotuka Institute. Her research focuses bringing disparate communities together through the provision of culturally minded social spaces, literature and tertiary curricula.

Stephanie’s Fulbright project, Living as Indigenous: Inside the Dysmorphic Body, provides a major opportunity to build on research into the creation of bodily informed identity particularly for Indigenous populations. She will explore the way body dysphoria might also be etched into psyche, body, and genetics across generations, and work with researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz to understand and articulate the ways that body dysmorphic concepts might exist in indigenous populations in the U.S.

Dr Claire Higgins Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Claire Higgins
Home InstitutionAndrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, The University of New South Wales
Host InstitutionInstitute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineHistory
Award Year2017

Claire is a Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, where she specialises in refugee policy history. Prior to joining the Kaldor Centre Claire completed a DPhil in History at Merton College, the University of Oxford.

As a Fulbright Scholar Claire will spend six months at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration to investigate how the United States has used ‘in-country’ resettlement programs. These visa pathways allow people who are in refugee-like situations to apply for entry into the United States while still in their home countries–for example, by submitting an application at an embassy. Claire’s Fulbright project is part of her ongoing research into ways that countries such as Australia can expand safe and orderly pathways for refugees. Her findings will build historical knowledge of in-country programs and shed light on their future potential.

Dr Simon O’Rourke Postdoctoral Scholars

Inspector Simon ORourke PhD
Home InstitutionWestern Australia Police
Host InstitutionCrisis Leadership Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Award NameFulbright Western Australia Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplinePublic Administration
Award Year2017

Simon is a Police Inspector currently assigned to the Counter Terrorism and Emergency Response Command at Western Australia Police. His current role is to develop and prepare senior Police Commanders for the challenges they will face during a major police operation, where they will be required to make critical decisions in a highly complex and fluid environment. His Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship will see him attend the Harvard Kennedy School as a visiting Fellow, at the Program on Crisis Leadership.

Simon’s Fulbright project at Harvard University presents a unique opportunity for police to engage with a practitioner focused and internationally renowned centre of excellence in the field of Crisis Leadership. This partnership will identify ways to enhance the professional development of senior police officers, who will fulfil the role of Police Commander during a major incident, including terrorism.

Dr Flavia Di Pietro Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Flavia Di Pietro
Home InstitutionThe University of Sydney
Host InstitutionCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Award NameFulbright New South Wales Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineMedical Science
Award Year2017

Flavia is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow, working in the Neural Imaging Laboratory at the Sydney Medical School. Using technologies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Flavia investigates the critical role of the brain in chronic pain, and how the ever-changing and plastic nature of the brain influences our perception of pain.  Chronic pain is poorly understood and places a huge burden not only on the individual, but on healthcare systems and economies around the world. Flavia’s research has made a significant contribution to the understanding of pain and potential avenues for treatment.

Flavia’s Fulbright Scholarship will take her to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where she will work with Professor Robert Coghill on testing a novel and non-invasive treatment for chronic widespread pain in children and adolescents.

Andrew W.M. Pomeroy Postdoctoral Scholars

Andrew Pomeroy
Home InstitutionThe UWA Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionThe U.S. Geological Survey
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineOceanography
Award Year2017

Andrew is a Coastal Oceanographer and Engineer, and a Postdoctoral Researcher in coral reef studies at The UWA Oceans Institute.

For his Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Andrew will work with researchers at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center of the US Geological Survey in Santa Cruz to understand the dynamics of sediment transport in coral reefs. Elevated sediment volumes are the dominant local stressor to coral reef ecosystems around the globe, which may be affected by anthropogenic activities, differences in coral reef morphology (i.e., shape and size) and the prevalent forcing conditions (i.e., waves and currents). Andrew’s project aims to develop quantitative methods to estimate baseline sediment volumes. Understanding these baselines is fundamental to distinguish the contribution of natural processes to the volume of sediment in reefs, which will inform management decisions, as well as enable targeted interventions to better protect coral reef eco-systems.

Arjun Bisen Postgraduate Students

Arjun Bisen
Home InstitutionDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Host InstitutionTBC
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy, Sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Education & Training
DisciplinePublic Administration
Award Year2017

Arjun is an Australian diplomat currently posted in Cambodia, where he is responsible for the Australian Government’s engagement on domestic politics, human rights, trade, commercial affairs, media relations, public diplomacy, and aid programs on disabilities, de-mining, electoral reform and private sector development.

Arjun will use his Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship to undertake a Masters in Public Policy in the U.S, researching China’s relationship with weak states, its impact on security in the Indo-Pacific region, and possible responses by Australian and U.S. Governments. He will also explore the opportunities presented by emerging technologies and advances in behavioural sciences to improve the implementation of Australia’s foreign policy and deliver development outcomes.

Pearse Buchanan Postgraduate Students

Pearse Buchanan
Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionThe Sigman Lab, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineOceanography
Award Year2017

Pearse is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. He is interested in defining how the ocean has responded to, and driven climate change in the past through exploring the complex interaction between ocean physics and biogeochemistry.

Pearse’s Fulbright project will focus on the oceanic nitrogen cycle, which forms an essential component of the ocean’s weighty role in the climate system. Past variations in nitrogen are tell-tale signs of changes in ocean productivity, and therefore whether the ocean acted as a net contributor, or consumer of greenhouse gases. Pearse will work with researchers at the Sigman Lab at Princeton University to explore how past changes in the oceanic nitrogen cycle affected the air-sea exchange of two major greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrous oxide (N2O). In this way, the ocean’s continued role in the changing climate system can be better defined and predicted.

Grace Chipperfield Postgraduate Students

Grace Chipperfield
Home InstitutionFlinders University
Host InstitutionThe University of Texas at Austin
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineCreative Writing
Award Year2017

Grace is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Flinders University, South Australia, where she also tutors in English Literature. She is researching what it is to be an American citizen and the bidirectional relationship between individual and national identity, using the works of American author David Foster Wallace to explore what he described as U.S. citizens’ ‘adolescent’ approach to their citizenship.

With her Fulbright Scholarship,  Grace will spend a semester studying at the University of Texas at Austin, in the College of Liberal Arts. She will also use this opportunity to access the David Foster Wallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center. After Texas, she will travel to Illinois to do field research for her novel that will complement the theme of her thesis. Her project will contribute to understanding America’s contemporary and potential national identity, with a view to return and apply this knowledge to an Australian context.

Millicent Cripe Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionYale University
Host InstitutionCentre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), University of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2016

Millicent Cripe graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in May 2016 with a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Societies. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Millicent entered Yale with the class of 2015 as a prospective political science major. After her freshman year, she interned at the White House Office of Public Engagement (OPE), which convinced her to take a leave of absence in the Fall 2012 semester to work to re-elect President Obama. She moved to Columbus, Ohio and was a field organiser with Obama for America. She took the Spring 2013 semester off after a serious accident and returned to Yale in the Fall 2013 semester as part of the class of 2016.

Millicent’s lifelong interest in domestic policy narrowed to a specific passion for U.S. healthcare policy after taking the course “Healthcare Economics & Public Policy,” where she became captivated by the challenge of curbing the large and growing percentage of US public dollars that are spent on healthcare, which leave less money for the other domestic investments that Millicent believe are important: education, criminal justice reform, and job training, to name a few. She believes that public policy can be used as a tool to shape a healthcare system that is ethical, equitable, and economically sustainable.

In the time between graduating from Yale and travelling to Australia in January, Millicent went back on the Presidential campaign trail for former Secretary Hillary Clinton. She is the campaign’s Regional Training Director in Virginia, a battleground state.

Millicent believes that the U.S. healthcare system can derive valuable lessons from the example of Australia’s health care system, which is also a mixed public-private system. For her Fulbright, Millicent is conducting a comparative case study of two of Australia’s Primary Health Networks, which seek to harness the efficiency of the private sector towards publicly defined goals, a model increasingly being piloted in the US as well.

In her year in Sydney, Millicent hopes to see as much of Australia as possible, exploring both the mountains and the beaches on weekend trips.

Jody Fisher Postgraduate Students

Jody Fisher
Home InstitutionFlinders University
Host InstitutionDepartment of Physics, Northeastern University
Award NameFulbright South Australia Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineMathematics
Award Year2017

Jody Fisher is currently undertaking a PhD in applied mathematics investigating microbial systems at Flinders University, South Australia.

Jody will use her Fulbright Scholarship to travel to a specialist complex networks research group and explore alternate mathematical modelling methods for microbial communities. It has only recently been recognised that microbes are often the dominant force in regulating ecosystems from the local to global scale. Yet, with more bacterial species on Earth than there are stars in the universe, defining their functions and interactions is a problem of enormous scope. A complex network approach will allow Jody to explore how individual parts within microbial populations influence the whole. Findings will contribute to current understanding of the governing properties of these critically important systems, and potentially open avenues through which it may ultimately be possible to predict and control them.

Travis Blake Franks Postgraduate Students

Travis Franks
Home InstitutionArizona State University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Queensland
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLiterature, Culture and Australian Studies
Award Year2016

Travis earned his B.A. (History and English) and M.A. (English) at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. As an undergraduate, he was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, served as president of Sigma Tau Delta, and was elected Most Outstanding Graduating Senior in both the History and English Departments. Now pursuing a Ph.D. in literature at Arizona State University, Travis teaches advanced freshman composition and survey courses on American literature and serves as the nonfiction editor of RED INK: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Humanities.

Outside of the classroom, Travis has worked extensively as a writing and reading tutor, and has presented at several national conferences, including the National Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing and the American Literature Association Conference. Recently, his article on Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner, titled “Talkin about Lester; Community, Culpability, and Narrative Suppression in Child of God,” was published in Mississippi Quarterly. He is currently at work on his dissertation, tentatively titled “Settler Nativism: The Colonial Origins of Anti-Immigrant Nationalism”, which is a comparative analysis of how creative texts from the U.S. and Australia shape ideas of belonging around race and property. Travis’s work often involves novels, films, and music set in his home state of Texas, particularly in how they depict relationships between Indigenous, settler, and immigrant/migrant populations. He is also a third-generation musician who plays guitar, sings, and writes music. He is a founding member of the rotating ensemble band New Heroes of the Old War.

Travis is thrilled to be undertaking his unique project in Queensland, which will see him interning as a digital archivist for the AustLit database and serving as a research assistant for a historian at the Texas Heritage Centre in Texas, Queensland. He looks forward to the many relationships he will build in academic and non-academic communities and is grateful that he will have an opportunity to share his music at the Texas Country Music Roundup, held every September in Texas, QLD. He wishes to acknowledge the Indigenous communities whose land he will visit and to pay his respect to elders, past and present.

Raechel French (Schneider) Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionDepartment of Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University
Host InstitutionLearning Environments Applied Research Network, University of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineEducation in Learning Environments
Award Year2016

Raechel has spent the past three years as an educational planner at an architecture firm in Austin, Texas helping plan and design schools across the United States. She earned a B.E.D. in Architecture and a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in Human-Environment Relations from Cornell University, focusing on Facility Planning and Management with a minor in Organizational Behavior. In addition to her role as Educational Planner, Raechel helps lead her firm’s K-12 research initiatives.

Many schools desire innovation and turn to their facilities as catalysts for change. However, there is often a disconnect between the vision of a facility and its subsequent use. Recent shifts in Australian education policy and economic priorities have resulted in an influx of innovative learning environments that subsequently require new methods of teaching and the gap between design and use is apparent. While in Melbourne, Raechel will be working on the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILE+TC) project to identify relationships between quality teaching and the effective use of these innovative spaces. The goal is to help bridge the gap by developing a mechanism to change teacher mind frames and teaching practices.

During her Fulbright, Raechel will participate in Phase One of the ILE+TC project, working with the research team to collect and analyze data on the design affordances of innovative learning environments. She will also be visiting schools throughout Australia, interviewing educators about their experiences. She will work towards a peer-reviewed paper with members of the research team and present her findings and experiences throughout the United States. Additionally, Raechel will spend time with Hayball Architects to better understand their perspective of the design process. Her ultimate goal is to create an ongoing discussion between the US and Australia regarding school design, utilization, and organizational change.

Following her Fulbright, Raechel plans to help expand the role of school architects and planners. She finds that the design process as it is often only touches the physical structure, not the entire operational and organizational system it supports. This is especially troublesome as more and more schools hope to deviate from the traditional models of teaching and learning and rely upon the building itself to create the shift. Raechel sees a new paradigm in which there is a strategic organizational alignment process integrated within design work to help school clients holistically realize their vision.

Raechel will be joined in Australia by her husband Michael. You can follow her Fulbright experience at www.schoolsandtravel.com

Shruti Gujaran Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionUniversity of Maryland
Host InstitutionUniversity of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineMicrobiology & Immunology
Award Year2016

Shruti received a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country in 2016, graduating Summa Cum Laude. During her time as an undergraduate, she participated in research opportunities at several institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine (UMDSOM). While at the NIH, Shruti assisted on studies aimed at uncovering inhibitors for topoisomerase I and II as novel anti-cancer targets. At UMDSOM, she worked as a research affiliate studying the dopamine reward system in animal models.

In addition to her research, Shruti took part in local and international volunteer opportunities in areas concerning health care disparities, degenerative disease, and civic engagement. She also completed part of her degree abroad at the University of Barcelona in Spain, igniting a passion for travel and world culture that constantly keeps her on her feet. In Barcelona, Shruti learned much about international cuisine, and is now an avid experimenter in the kitchen. Her experience abroad also resulted in her pursuit of international opportunities.

Before her senior year in college, Shruti volunteered at a Mumbai hospital, a pivotal moment in her career. There, she was exposed to hospital medicine and inspired to study antibiotic resistance in patients, and chose to further pursue immunological research and infectious diseases as her main focus in medicine. Shruti will also apply to medical schools in the United States with hopes to gain entry into a program with a strong focus on both local and global medicine. Her goal is to practice both in the United States and internationally, with a focus on enabling access to quality health care and education worldwide.

Drug resistance has created an excess of one billion dollars in health care costs in the United States alone, with the number growing even larger with the discovery of more resistant bacterial species worldwide. With her background in research and interest in drug resistance motivating her, Shruti will use her time in Australia to contribute to the growing database of knowledge surrounding antibiotic resistance by studying the effect of secreted capsule polysaccharides on acquired resistance in bacterial cells walls at the University of Melbourne. She hopes that this research will be used within the Doherty Institute to learn about novel mechanisms to avoid or reduce developed resistance in patients. Additionally, she hopes that her time in Melbourne will be spent experiencing the vibrant culture that the city has to offer.

Sophie Faustine Hollingsworth Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionNYU
Host InstitutionUniversity of Sydney
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship
DisciplinePublic Health in Health Security
Award Year2016

Sophie Hollingsworth is the recipient of the 2016 Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarship. Hollingsworth graduated from NYU with a Bachelors in Environmental Science and double minor in Global Public Health and Psychology. In 2017, she will commence her Master of Health Security at University of Sydney. Health security is concerned with the areas in which national security and public health overlap. In today’s globalized world, safeguarding the health of the public can no longer be a solely domestic concern. The University of Sydney developed a cutting edge multidisciplinary postgraduate program to train a new generation of health, policy- maker, and security sector personnel with responsibility for human, animal, and national health security. As the first globally recognized health security masters, there is no other program like it in the world.

Hollingsworth’s paramount focus will be on shared political interests and cooperation between the US and Australia in trade, security, and development related to health security. Under the Anne Wexler Masters Award in Public Policy Hollingsworth will enroll in graduate courses at the Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity where she will undertake four core units of study: health security, policymaking power and politics, leadership in organizations and public relations management, and conflict resolution. From there she will follow a concentration in biodefense and biosafety.

One of Hollingsworth’s principal goals will be to acquire the knowledge and skill set to develop and implement international health security policy. Through the University of Sydney, she will deepen her complex analysis, quantitative, and technical skill set in international health policy. Furnished with these skills, Hollingsworth will foster effective and meaningful collaboration between Australia and the United States.

Outside of academia, Hollingsworth is a modern female explorer.  She has sailed across the Pacific Ocean, transected Madagascar, and holds a 200-ton captains license. At the time of certification, Hollingsworth was the youngest female to obtain a 200-ton MCA Yachtmaster Captains License. For the past five years has worked as the Founder and Director of Operations of AquaAid International – an organization establishing sustainable sources of clean drinking water and basic sanitation in remote Central American jungles.  Hollingsworth is currently apart of a world first expedition to document and conduct the only ethnographic study of the female chiefs of Maewo Island, Republic of Vanuatu. Hollingsworth is a proud member of The Explorers Club, The Royal Geographical Society and Flag Carrier of WINGS Worldquest.

Simon Jankowski Postgraduate Students

Simon Jankowski
Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionStanford University
Award NameFulbright Western Australia Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineHydrogeology
Award Year2017

Simon is a Masters of Hydrogeology student at the University of Western Australia, focused on regional groundwater management strategies. Simon will perform research at Stanford University’s Centre for Groundwater Evaluation and Management in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.

His research will focus on the development of new geophysical and remote sensing imaging techniques to support sustainable groundwater management in California’s Central Valley. California’s Central Valley is a $20b agricultural precinct reliant on groundwater irrigation during periods of drought. Simon will use his findings to inform comparable Australian systems and seek to apply his research internationally – specifically in developing nations in order to encourage sustainable water management practices.

Simon’s research will be translational. It will contribute to more effective water resource management strategies that can be applied by governments in Australia and within the world’s most vulnerable climatic regions.

Marryum Kahloon Postgraduate Students

Marryum Kahloon
Home InstitutionBond University
Host InstitutionColumbia University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2017

Marryum graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of International Relations (Business) from Bond University. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Marryum was actively involved in student life serving as President of the Law Students’ Association and as a councillor on the Student Philanthropy Council. She also helped establish the Bond Law Clinic, a pro bono legal service. Marryum was the Australian representative at the 2015 G(irls)20 Summit in Istanbul. She has also previously served as a UNICEF Young Ambassador. Since graduating Marryum has worked as Associate to President Margaret McMurdo AC in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Queensland. She has also worked as a volunteer at the Salvos Legal Asylum Seeker Clinic, assisting asylum seekers with their visa applications.

For her Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Marryum hopes to study a Master of Laws (LLM) at Columbia University, focusing on public international law and international refugee law.

Sean Patrick Reilly Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionSanta Clara University
Host InstitutionThe Djunbunji Land and Sea Program
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineEnvironmental Science
Award Year2016

Sean Reilly graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University in 2016 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Biology. During his time at Santa Clara, Sean was a Presidential scholar and recipient of the Johnson and Hayes grants, which allowed him to pursue research on the event dynamics driving the stable isotopic composition of precipitation from atmospheric river storm systems. While studying abroad in Australia in 2014, Sean received the Distinguished Student Researcher Award from the School for Field Studies for his research on how Aboriginal groups maintain cultural authenticity and healthy ecosystems while engaging in tourism. In 2016, he was awarded Santa Clara University’s Environmental Science Research Award and the Orella Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

Also while at Santa Clara, Sean spent considerable time promoting environmental awareness. As the president of one of the largest environmental groups at Santa Clara University, he worked to educate students and faculty about local and global issues threatening our planet in an effort to promote a culture of ecological mindfulness on campus. In recognition of his efforts, Sean and his organization received three Sustainability Champion awards from the school’s Center for Sustainability.

Following the conclusion of his time in Australia, Sean intends to pursue a PhD. In his graduate studies, he plans to combine his interests in ecology and atmospheric processes by studying the interplay between the two and, specifically, how human actions are effecting these interactions.

Sean will be spending his time in Australia assisting the Aboriginal rangers of the Djunbunji Land and Sea Program in their efforts to manage the pond apple, an invasive tree species from Florida that devastates wetland habitats. He will be mapping the current pond apple distribution, monitoring ecosystem recovery following its removal and developing management options that address the rangers’ resource limitations, unique cultural location and the scale of the threat posed by the invader.

Victoria Reynolds Postgraduate Students

Victoria Reynolds
Home InstitutionSchool of Biological Sciences/CSIRO Land & Water Flagship, The University of Queensland
Host InstitutionEnvironmental Science Department, Emory University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineBiological Science
Award Year2017

Tori is a PhD student with the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland with a joint affiliation with CSIRO.

For her Fulbright Scholarship, Tori will be working in the Environmental Science Department of Emory University helping to develop a standardised protocol for quantifying insect-collected pollen using DNA meta-barcoding techniques. The outcomes of this project will increase understanding of plant-pollinator interactions, with particular applications for the complex mosaic agricultural landscapes that dominate most of the planet today. This in turn will help decipher how pollinators are foraging in agro-ecosystems around the world. This is a key area of research for the future of agricultural production and biodiversity conservation. Tori will also spend her time in the US developing a research network of American and Australian scientists at the forefront of insect pollination research, through collaborative research and academic enquiry.

James Riggall Postgraduate Students

James Riggal
Home InstitutionBitlink
Host InstitutionBellevue College
Award NameFulbright Scholar-in-Residence
DisciplineInformation Technology
Award Year2017

James is currently the Managing Director of Bitlink a company that specialises in STEM education and teacher training.  He is also currently the President of Startup Tasmania and is one of the founders of the Battery Shed, a community hackerspace in Launceston, Tasmania.

James will use his Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Seattle and work with Bellevue College to establish their own on-campus hackerspace, the Collaboratory.  This project has evolved, in part, out of an ongoing collaboration between James and staff at Bellevue College.  The Fulbright Scholarship will enable this partnership to be further developed and for James to work with the team at Bellevue College, and other partners, to undertake research into how to best teach STEM subjects in a collaborative, project-based way, where teaching staff and project partners are distributed all over the world.

Jessa Rogers Postgraduate Students

Jessa Rogers
Home InstitutionThe Australian National University
Host InstitutionDepartment of Anthropology, Harvard University
Award NameFulbright Australian Capital Territory Postgraduate Scholarship, Sponsored by the ACT Government
DisciplineAnthropology
Award Year2017

Jessa is a leading Aboriginal education specialist, currently in the position of Assistant Professor in Education at the University of Canberra. Jessa started her career as a teacher, and in 2015 was the inaugural principal of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls’ boarding school in Far North Queensland. Her PhD research looks at the experiences of Aboriginal and Māori girls attending contemporary boarding schools, using photoyarn, an Indigenous arts-based method she is developing. As a creative artist, Jessa’s undergraduate studies at Queensland University of Technology focused on film, television and drama, while her current research draws on visual arts methodologies including photography and ink-work. Jessa sits on the National NAIDOC Committee, and in 2016 was named ANU Postgraduate Student of the Year, and QUT Young Alumnus of the Year.

For her Fulbright Scholarship, Jessa will be a Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, between the Peabody Museum and HUNAP (Harvard University Native American Program) to grow her Indigenous research skills and further her research in Indigenous girls’ education.

Michelle Frances Rourke Postgraduate Students

Michelle Rourke
Home InstitutionGriffith Law School, Griffith University
Host InstitutionO’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University
Award NameFulbright Queensland Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2017

Once viewed as the common heritage of humankind, scientific information and biological samples are fast becoming commodified articles of trade. Michelle’s research examines the legal basis for this commodification with a specific focus on viruses. Viruses pose the greatest risk to global health due to their ability to rapidly mutate, jump host species and evade vaccines and drug treatments. It is essential that scientists maintain access to virus samples on which to conduct lifesaving research.

The Fulbright Scholarship will enable Michelle to work alongside global health law experts at the O’Neill Institute to characterise the matrix of international laws and policies that govern virus access and benefit sharing. Michelle’s objective is to develop an access and benefit sharing system for all viruses that will better ensure global health security and a more equitable distribution of the benefits arising from medical research.

Gideon Singer Postgraduate Students

Gideon Singer
Home InstitutionPurdue University
Host InstitutionCQ University Appleton Institute
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineHuman, Health and Social Sciences
Award Year2016

As an anthropological archaeologist, Gideon Singer investigates the dynamic relations between society and the artifacts which have been designed, manufactured, used, and discarded by us. Gideon’s goal is to become a global advocate for societal, economic, and ecological sustainability. His focus? E-waste, or electronic waste, which is generated by growing demands for technology and the societal benefits they may provide. In May 2016, Gideon completed his Master of Science in Anthropology and NSF IGERT Fellowship in Sustainable Electronics at Purdue University. Gideon is currently a PhD student at Purdue and active member of the Mellon Foundation funded Purdue Electronic Life Histories Project. At Purdue, Gideon has worked with many interdisciplinary teams consisting of scholars from engineering, the humanities, the social sciences, and design. Dr. Riall Nolan, Professor of Anthropology at Purdue, describes Gideon as “a remarkably poised, self-directed individual” and “one of the newer generation of anthropology students whose desire to come to grips with global problems represents a major departure from business as usual in our discipline.”

Prior to graduate school Gideon earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he conducted his senior thesis research on zooarchaeological artifacts recovered from Atlantic Trade era sites in the Gambia and participated in community-based archaeology in Dominica. In 2011, he was a member of the Tropical Archeology Research Lab at James Cook University in Australia, where he conducted laboratory research on Indigenous diet and helped teach archaeology to primary school children. While serving on archaeological digs around the U.S., Gideon became increasingly concerned with the ubiquitous presence of garbage littering roadsides and ditches across the Mid-Atlantic and the challenges of involving community members in waste management and resource recovery. These concerns continue to shape his research on electronic waste in the United States and Australia.

As a Fulbright postgraduate scholar, Gideon will conduct research on electronic waste in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Partnering with the Appleton Institute at Central Queensland University, he will integrate ethnography and geographic information systems (GIS) to investigate local responses to the rapid increase of e-waste and design community-based resources to unmake that waste. He also plans to create educational resources and teach students there how to use an online Story Mapping Template to visualize their own consumption and discard practices. Gideon is looking forward to residing in Alice Springs, collaborating with local government, and exploring the red centre of Australia.

Dr Eddy Thientosapol Postgraduate Students

Eddie Thientosapol
Home InstitutionThe Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology
Host InstitutionLaboratory of Molecular Immunology, The Rockefeller University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineMedical Sciences
Award Year2017

Eddy is a practising medical oncologist and PhD student at The Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology, Sydney. For his Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Eddy will train under Professor Michel Nussenzweig at the Rockefeller University, mastering recently developed molecular biology techniques to identify and characterise specific DNA mutations. DNA damage is the underlying cause of all cancers and, to combat this, our cells have DNA repair pathways to reverse these processes. Incorrect repair of DNA breaks is involved in gene translocation, a type of mutation leading to the activation of cancer-causing genes. Gene translocations are especially important in the development of lymphoma and leukaemia.

During his Fulbright program at the Rockefeller University, Eddy will learn translocation capture sequencing, a tool to precisely identify gene translocations. On his return to Australia, he hopes to train fellow scientists in these methods to advance cancer research and clinical practice.

Alison Whittaker Postgraduate Students

Allison Whittaker
Home InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Host InstitutionHarvard Law School
Award NameFulbright Indigenous Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2017

Alison is a Gomeroi law scholar and author. She is currently a Research Associate at the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Law and Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges. Her work centres on the contact Indigenous women make with Australian justice systems, Indigenous ways of knowing and doing law and Indigenous legal research methodologies. Her independent research focusses on contemporary forms of Indigenous lawmaking and their relationship to Indigenous self-determination and gendered violence.

Alison will use her Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship to complete Harvard Law School’s Masters of Laws (LLM) program. She will spend her time in the LLM program exploring similarities and tensions in the enforcement and development of Indigenous lawmaking alongside emerging responses by Indigenous women against gendered violence. In doing so, Alison hopes to foster relationships between the Indigenous Australian and Native American scholarship that makes governance and violence its focus, and contribute to implementing it locally.