LEXINGTON, KY. (Jan. 21, 2010) - Three members of the University of Kentucky faculty have been named Fulbright Scholars for the 2009-2010 academic year. The prestigious Fulbright Scholar Program is the flagship international exchange program of the U.S., and provides grants which allow distinguished academics to spend extended periods of time studying and teaching at foreign universities.
Claudia M. Hopenhayn, associate professor in the UK College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology, spent September 2009 to January 2010 at the University of San Francisco campus in Quito, Ecuador. Hopenhayn lectured and researched on the topics of environmental and occupational epidemiology and the potential of short-term medical outreach trips.
Randall Roorda, associate professor in the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and former director of the UK Writing Program, spent September to December 2009 in Brno, Czech Republic. Roorda lectured on “Teaching a Sustainable Literacy in English” at Masaryk University.
William Joseph Silvia, professor in the UK College of Agriculture Department of Animal and Food Sciences, will travel to Santa Rosa, Argentina, from March to May 2010. In Argentina, Silvia will lecture on improving the reproductive performance of dairy cows at the National University of La Pampa.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals. Approximately 1,250 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright Scholar or Fulbright Specialist grants to teach and conduct research abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year. More than 50,000 academics and professionals have earned Fulbright grants since the program’s 1947 inception.