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UAlbany Faculty Receive Fulbright Grants

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2004) - Three University at Albany faculty have been named Fulbright Scholars and will join an accomplished group of higher-education faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to 140 countries for the 2004-05 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Anthony Augustine Deblasi, a professor of East Asian studies, will research “Purifying Communities: Monastic Reform in Premodern China” at the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing from January to July 2005.

Richard F. Hamm of the history department will use the grant for a distinguished lectureship on “American History Through Legal History” at the University of Erfurt in Germany from September 2004 through July 2005.

“Environment and Culture in Urban Contexts” is the topic of geography and planning Professor Christopher John Smith’s research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from August 2004 to August 2005.

The Fulbright Scholar Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the United State Department of State. Award recipients are chosen on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Over its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni include James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.


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