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Fulbright welcomes American grantees

8 February 2013

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Fulbright welcomes American grantees in anniversary year

Fulbright New Zealand has begun its 65th anniversary year by welcoming 19 US exchange grantees to New Zealand. Since 1948 Fulbright New Zealand has granted more than 3,000 awards for New Zealanders and Americans to study, research, teach and present their work in each other’s country, with the aim of promoting mutual understanding between peoples of the two partner countries.

This year’s grantees were welcomed with a pōwhiri and noho marae (overnight stay) at Waiwhetū Marae on Monday, beginning an intensive weeklong orientation programme of seminars, cultural experiences and field trips designed to introduce them to New Zealand, Māori and Pacific history, culture and language, as well as New Zealand’s rich natural history and unique flora and fauna. Speakers included Fulbright alumni Jock Phillips, General Editor of Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and Professor Nigel Roberts from Victoria University of Wellington’s political science department. Labour Party MP Shane Jones, an alumnus of the Harkness Fellowships programme administered by Fulbright New Zealand, also addressed the group during a visit to parliament.

Mele Wendt, Executive Director of Fulbright New Zealand, says the organisation prides itself on providing a warm welcome to American exchange grantees. “Incoming grantees are given a comprehensive grounding in some of the important factors shaping modern New Zealand society, which will inform their months of study and research here. But of equal importance is their exposure to the genuine hospitality and manaakitanga of New Zealanders, including their hosts and speakers at various orientation activities, and our own Fulbright alumni."

As part of the orientation programme, grantees and their families were homehosted by local Fulbright alumni for dinner and an overnight stay, connecting them with the valuable support network that the broader Fulbright community in New Zealand will provide throughout their exchange.

Over the coming year, grantees and alumni will be involved in various activities and events to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Fulbright New Zealand, which was formed by the signing of a treaty between the governments of New Zealand and the United States of America on 14 September 1948. A major fundraising campaign is underway during Fulbright New Zealand’s anniversary year to establish an endowment fund, the interest from which will fund additional awards in perpetuity. Donations are being accepted online at www.fulbright.org.nz/donate

ENDS

Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America. The Fulbright programme offers a range of prestigious awards for New Zealand and American graduate students, academics, artists and professionals to study, research and teach in each other’s countries. Fulbright New Zealand offers over 70 exchange awards each year – half to students and half to scholars – and more than 1,600 New Zealanders and 1,300 Americans have benefited from a Fulbright award to date. The programme is mainly funded by the US and New Zealand governments with additional funding from award sponsors, private philanthropists and alumni donors.

See www.fulbright.org.nz for details about Fulbright awards and how to apply, or download a Media Fact Sheet of further background information here: www.fulbright.org.nz/mediafactsheet

Incoming US Fulbright grantees and Ian Axford Fellows, February 2013

Fulbright US Graduate Awards

For promising US graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research in any field at a New Zealand institution, for one academic year.

Alyssa Braciszewski from Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania will research the effects of nitrogen pollution and bleaching on sea anemones, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Anton Chiono from Berkeley, California will research the inclusion of forests in capandtrade climate policy, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Andrew Cole from Appleton, Wisconsin will compose music based on field recordings of natural, rural and urban areas of New Zealand, at the New Zealand School of Music, towards a PhD from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.

Tali Horowitz from New York will research the role of professional development in creating culturally responsive schools, at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

Camille McCallister from Washington, DC will research health communication to Māori across different socioeconomic statuses, at the University of Auckland.

Terri Motraghi from West Sunbury, Pennsylvania will research postearthquake health and educational outcomes of young children in Christchurch, at the University of Canterbury.

Tessa Scroggin from Ashland, Oregon will complete a PhD in Māori and Indigenous Studies, specialising in the cultural concepts and strategies used to advance Māori education, at the University of Canterbury.

Jennifer Whisler from Peru, Nebraska will research the development of Greenstone digital library software, at the University of Waikato.

David Zweig from Athens, Georgia will research the effect of temperature on the efficiency of denitrification bioreactors for agricultural effluent, at the University of Waikato.

FulbrightANZA US Graduate Award For a promising US graduate student to undertake postgraduate study or research in a field related to earthquakes and their repercussions, at a New Zealand institution for one academic year.

Matt Hanson from Sandy, Utah will complete a Master of Science degree in Geology, specialising in 3D geochemical mapping of the Rotokawa geothermal zone, at the University of Canterbury.

Fulbright US Scholar Awards

For US academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research in New Zealand for three to five months.

Jon Bray from the University of California, Berkeley will research the impact of liquefaction on critical infrastructure in Christchurch, and teach geotechnical earthquake engineering, at the University of Canterbury.

Terrie Epstein from Hunter College will research young people’s perspectives of the Treaty of Waitangi, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Kathy Fox from the University of Vermont will research restorative reentry of offenders to the community, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Cath Kleier from Regis University will research plant conservation in New Zealand, and teach global plant conservation, at the University of Otago.

Katie O’Reilly from the University of Portland will research hormonal influence on activity and movement patterns of Little Blue Penguins, and teach conservation biology, at the University of Auckland.

Larisa Warhol from Arizona State University will research digital multimedia resources for indigenous language revitalisation, and teach language revitalisation, at AUT University.

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy

For outstanding midcareer US professionals to research and gain firsthand experience of public policy at a New Zealand government organisation for seven months.

April Ferrino from the Texas Legislative Budget Board will research regulatory support for the promotion of personcentered care in rest homes, at the Ministry of Health.

Eileen Harrity from Chicago Public Schools will research the development of educational pathways to improve youth employment prospects, at the Ministry of Education.

Mary Jo Kaplan from Kaplan Consulting will research social enterprise and innovative approaches to addressing social needs and engaging youth, at the Ministry of Social Development.


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