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December 9th, 2009

Vassar among top ten for Fulbright Fellowship

Poughkeepsie - Vassar College, with ten recent graduates named Fulbright Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year, is the fifth highest producer of Fulbright recipients among undergraduate institutions in the country, along with two other colleges. The success of the top Fulbright producing institutions was highlighted in the 18 October 2009 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Vassar’s ten alumnae/i Fulbright Fellows will teach and conduct research in various countries during the 2009-10 academic year, including:

* Sam Anderson ’09 has been awarded a grant to Morocco to interview Moroccan veterans of the French Army from WWII about their experiences during and after the war in Europe and their participation in the Moroccan nationalist movement of the 1950s;

* Ethan Bien ’04 has been awarded a grant to Russia to study Soviet animation - the people who produced the films and the techniques they used;

* Laura Fletcher ’09 has been awarded a grant to China to examine the theories and techniques being taught to counselors in Beijing;

* Jonathan Kaiman ’09 also has been awarded a grant to China to study the impact of modernity on the musical traditions of the Yi people in Southwestern China;

* Alexander "Sasha" Steinberg ’09 has been awarded a grant to Russia to embark on a critical investigation of public arts in Moscow through the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU).

* In addition, five alumnae/i were awarded English teaching assistantships: Alison Bloom ’09 (Uruguay), Michael Frenkel ’09 (Spain); Geoff Hilsabeck ’03 (Portugal); Acacia O’Connor ’08 (Italy); and Kristina Poznan ’08 (Hungary).

Lisa Kooperman, director of Vassar’s Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising, said that her office "supports more than 40 candidates each year in their applications for Fulbright grants to research, study or teach abroad."

In addition, last spring Vassar had two Fulbright Scholars named for the 2009-10 academic year:

* English professor Michael Joyce was awarded the Fulbright-Uppsala University Distinguished Chair in American Studies. He will give the Fulbright lecture and offer a short course this spring at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies of Uppsala University in Sweden. The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs are considered as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

* Academic computing consultant Meg Stewart is lecturing and teaching geographic information systems this academic year at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of the West Indies in Cave Hill, Barbados. Her research topic is "The Effective Use of Geospatial Technologies in Vulnerability Hazards Mapping and Project Dissemination: Using and Teaching with Geographic Information Systems and Google Earth."


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