FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, 202-632-3241
Director of Communications, Marshall University, 304-696-7153
Marshall University professor, Dr. Victor Fet, receives Fulbright Award
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Dr. Victor Fet, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at the University of Athens and University of Crete, Greece, during the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Fet will perform research and lecture in Evolution and Biogeography. In collaboration with Greek biology researchers, teachers and students, he will collect data and analyze biodiversity, biogeography and evolutionary formation of Greek fauna.
“I am very honored to receive a Fulbright Award, one of the most prestigious given to scholars as cultural ambassadors,” Fet said. “It is especially important for me since I have collaborated for years with zoologists from Greece but never had a chance to work there for an extended period of time.”
Fet is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and other professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-2012. He also was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in 2004 to do research at the Institute of Zoology in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics. Forty-three Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, managing director and founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; John Atta Mills, president of Ghana; Lee Evans, Olympic Gold Medalist; Ruth Simmons, president, Brown University; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, chairman and founder, Bose Corporation; Renée Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, writer; and Daniel Libeskind, architect.
Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.
For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, by telephone at 202-632-3241 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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