Perlinger, Gorman Receive Fulbright Scholar Awards
Faculty members Judith Perlinger and Hugh Gorman have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to teach and conduct research abroad during 2010–11.
Perlinger, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will be hosted by researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo. Perlinger and her research group have developed technologies that detect hazardous and climate-relevant organic chemicals in the atmosphere. During her nine-month visit, she will be collaborating with European and Chinese scientists to test for these atmospheric chemicals at various locations.
She will be joined by her husband, Noel Urban, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. He will also be working with scientists at the institute, researching the environmental biogeochemistry of carbon and nitrogen. Their daughter, Maya, will accompany them and attend school in Oslo.
Gorman, an associate professor of social sciences, will conduct research and lead a series of seminars at the Ciudad del Saber, or City of Knowledge, in Panama. The City of Knowledge is an international center for Latin American sustainable development based at what was once Fort Clayton, a US army base in Panama Canal Zone.
Through the seminars, Gorman aims to promote discussion on constructing an ecological economy by examining historical trends and using case examples. He will also develop case histories of several Panamanian solar energy projects and to make contacts for future research projects. His six-month visit begins in March 2011.
Gorman and Perlinger are among approximately 1,100 US faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright US Scholar Program.
The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people: 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the US. The Fulbright Programs allows them to observe others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare.