Alumni

The Fulbright Program has more than 370,000 alumni from over 160 countries worldwide. Fulbright alumni include 33 current or former heads of state or government, 54 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 29 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Five thousand of those alumni belong to the Australian-American program and received their Fulbright awards from the 1950s on. You are a part of this roll call of excellence.

We aspire to deepen and expand our connection with you. We want you to be committed and contributing partners in the fostering of mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange between Australia and the U.S. that the Fulbright Program promotes.

Some of our alumni

Vinay Rane Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionRoyal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Host InstitutionNew York State University
Award NameProfessional Scholarship
DisciplinePublic/Global Health (Obstetric Medicine)
Award Year2014

“Medicine has revealed to me just how similar all of us who occupy this small planet actually are.”

Dr Vinay S. Rane is a forensic physician, lawyer and obstetric doctor based in Queensland. He will study at the New York Department of Health, New York State University at Albany and the School of Public Health at Harvard University in 2014-15.

He will investigate the provision of obstetric services to disadvantaged women’s groups. He has completed concurrent degrees in medicine, surgery, forensic science, twin bachelor and masters law programs and a post graduate degree in Legal Ethics at Monash University before graduating with a Masters in Health Management from Griffith University.

He went on to gain fellowships with the Australian College Legal Medicine and the Faculty of Forensic Medicine with the Royal College of Physicians in London while completing a Churchill Fellowship in forensic medicine and women’s health.

“Medicine and especially obstetrics has revealed to me just how similar all of us who occupy this small planet actually are. We all have so much more in common, than that which divides us. Correspondingly, many of the current challenges facing health care delivery in Australia have already been felt by our American colleagues. By examining interventions that American centres have undertaken, we can improve health outcomes in Australia.”

Andrea Gordon Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of South Australia
Host InstitutionJohns Hopkins University
Award NamePostdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineMedical Sciences – Opioid maintenance during pregnancy
Award Year2013

“Dependence on illicit opioids, such as heroin, during pregnancy has increased 5-fold since 2000. Consequently associated health care costs have also risen.”

Dr Andrea Gordon, Research Fellow at the University of South Australia has won a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to go to John Hopkins University for nine months. Through her scholarship she will further her research into treatment options using methadone and buprenorphine for pregnant women who are dependent on opioids.

“My initial interest to commence research in the area of substance use was sparked during my undergraduate science degree when the mechanism of how somebody dies from a heroin overdose was explained, and for the first time I could directly relate science to problems faced in society. I then became particularly interested in the additional specific issues that women and their potential offspring in this population face,” Andrea said.

“In the US, pregnant substance using women and their infants receive care during and after pregnancy through comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment facilities shown to reduce health care cost and improve outcomes. Australia does not currently have such facilities,” Andrea said.

“By attending the Centre for Addiction and Pregnancy in Baltimore to observe the operations of a multidisciplinary treatment facility to manage substance use in pregnancy, this will improve my knowledge to aid in establishing such critically needed facilities in Australia.”

Andrea has a BSc and a PhD in medical sciences from the University of Adelaide. She has also conducted the only national, and one of few international, clinical trials prospectively assessing methadone and buprenorphine use for dependence on illicit opioids, such as heroin, during pregnancy. She has also received several grants and scholarships and has published widely. Her interests include scuba diving (particularly cave diving), exercising (gym, netball, running, mountain biking, trail walking), reading and cooking.

Thomas Newsome Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionDesert Ecology Research Group, The University of Sydney
Host InstitutionOregon State University
Award NameNew South Wales State Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineBiological Sciences – Predator Ecology
Award Year2013

“The Australian understanding and approach to dingoes is characterised by conflicting and often extreme views on what role the dingo should have, if any.”

Dr Thomas Newsome, an Honorary Research Fellow of the Desert Ecology Research Group at the University of Sydney, and Senior Ecologist at the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation, is this year’s Fulbright NSW Scholar Sponsored by the New South Wales Government and universities. Through his Fulbright, Thomas will go to Oregon State University (OSU). He will collaborate with researchers from both OSU and the University of Washington on research into the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. Bringing together experts in the U.S. and Australia, Thomas’ focus will be on whether there would be benefits for Australia in using similar measures with dingoes in areas where they have become locally extinct.

“Research on the dingo is important for two reasons. First, wild dogs, including dingoes, cause millions of dollars of damage to agricultural productivity annually. However, and second, recent studies suggest that the reintroduction of the dingo into areas from which it has been extirpated (made locally extinct) could be the key to restoring Australian ecosystems decimated by introduced predators such as the feral cat and European red fox,” Thomas said.

“From a scientific point of view the key questions are whether the dingo has a positive or negative impact on ecosystems and whether it should be reintroduced into areas where it no longer exists. From a social and economic point of view, the questions are whether humans and dingoes can co-exist and, if so, how to manage negative interactions. Due to the contentiousness of the issues, the conflicting interests of stakeholders, and the present uncertainty in the evidence, no reintroduction of the dingo has been trialled.”

“My career goal is to find answers to those questions and be part of a solution to an issue that has remained unresolved for decades: how to manage dingoes in Australia.”

Thomas has a BSc, MSc and PhD from the University of Sydney. He has received several grants and has published his doctoral research. His awards include: Awards Australia – Finalist – Northern Territory Young Achiever; combined Australian Postgraduate Award and Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre PhD scholarship. He was selected for the pioneering Desert Knowledge Australia two-year cross-cultural leadership program for emerging leaders in Central Australia. His interests include rowing, mountain biking and golf.

Daniel Viete Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionMonash University
Host InstitutionUniversity of California – Santa Barbara
Award NameVictoria State Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineGeology – Tectonics
Award Year2013

“In recent years, large offshore earthquakes have resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. The availability of sophisticated techniques to identify the risk of a large earthquake could have significantly reduced the death toll in each case.”

Dr Daniel Viete, a postdoctoral fellow at Monash University is the winner of the 2013 Fulbright Victoria Scholarship, sponsored by the Victorian Government and Victorian universities. Daniel will go to the University of California – Santa Barbara to study geology, and in particular the geology of deep earthquakes. His work will focus on ‘subduction zones’, which occur at tectonically-active ocean–continent boundaries, and provide a location for most of the world’s large earthquakes.

“Large earthquakes that occur at depth within subduction zones have been responsible for hundreds of thousands of human deaths. However, subduction zones remain one of the most poorly understood components of the Earth system,” Daniel said.

Daniel’s project will test the hypothesis that metamorphism (changes in the minerals that comprise a rock) can result from modifications in temperature and pressure conditions triggered by large earthquakes.

“Such earthquake-induced metamorphism would cause changes in the physical properties of the ruptured rocks, leaving a signature of earthquake activity that could be identified using remote geophysical methods. Confirmation of the hypothesis could assist development of new geophysical tools for assessment of earthquake risk,” Daniel said.

Daniel’s study will contribute to understanding of the links between earthquake activity and metamorphism in subduction zones.

“Knowledge of these links can be used to inform the development of methods to detect regions of subducted slabs (on the basis of their geophysical properties) that may present a threat to human society from large earthquakes.”

Daniel has BSc and BEng from Monash University and a PhD from ANU. He has won awards including a Young Author of the Year Award, from Journal of the Geological Society, and Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco. His interests include playing baseball and golf, studying the natural world and volunteering with community and environmental organizations.

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