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Three faculty members win Fulbright awards


Three Ohio University faculty members recently won Fulbright awards this year.

Michele Morrone and Morgan Vis were chosen as recipients of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, while Greg Emery received the Fulbright Senior Specialist award.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends 800 faculty and professionals to about 130 countries each year. Fulbright scholars lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Michele Morrone, who holds a joint appointment as associate professor in the Department of Social and Public Health and as director of Environmental Studies in the Voinovich School, received a Fulbright award to McMaster University in Canada. 

There she will teach environmental health courses related to the public health implications of climate change. In addition she will collaborate on campus sustainability initiatives and promote an upcoming book (co-edited with OHIO Geography professor Geoff Buckley) about environmental justice. She will be in residence in Hamilton, Ontario, from January through April 2012.

"I am extremely honored to receive this scholarship and I am looking forward to using this experience to benefit the students at Ohio University," Marrone said.

Morgan Vis, professor of Environmental and Plant Biology, will conduct research in Brazil from February through April on freshwater red algae in collaboration with Professor Orlando Necchi at UNESP - Campus de São José do Rio Preto.

"I am greatly honored to have been selected for a Fulbright award," Vis said. "I have worked with Dr. Necchi for years from afar and to work side by side for three months will have a major impact on our collaborative research. The research opportunity is tremendous, but I am equally excited about experiencing Brazilian culture."

Emery, director of the Global Leadership Center, will travel to Nha Trang University in Vietnam this summer. 

During his stay, Emery will be engaged in three primary activities. He will deliver two sets of Educational Leadership Workshops to NTU faculty members, work with NTU business faculty to help them incorporate problem- and project-based pedagogical approaches into their curriculum and offer a series of career development seminars and workshops to NTU undergraduates. 

Emery's Fulbright Scholar Award during the 1988-89 academic year allowed him to conduct dissertation research on German philosophy.

"The award radically altered my life in ways I did not foresee at the time," Emery said. "Looking back, I now realize that I have been able to positively influence 1,000s of students since that time. While I was the primary beneficiary of that Fulbright, the Fulbright Senior Specialist award will allow me to share whatever knowledge and experience I've gained in the last 23 years."

Emery also serves as a reviewer for Fulbright business applicants from Thailand who want to study in the United States.

"It is exciting and rewarding to think that I have a small part of the process in making a Fulbright opportunity for select Thai nationals," he said.

For more information, contact Ohio University Director of U.S. Fulbright Programs and Liaison for International Partners Beth Clodfelter at 740-593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu.