MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Eight Middlebury College graduates have received 2006-2007 Fulbright United States Student Awards, placing the school in the top 10 of the highest producers of Fulbrights among undergraduate institutions this year.
Grace Armstrong, Edward Hinson, Thomas Icard, Ashley Kerr, Katherine Kirsch, Mary Elizabeth Nora, Colleen Reynolds and Elizabeth Zane, all from the Middlebury class of 2006, accepted Fulbright awards to help build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries around the world. The eight Middlebury recipients join a group of 1,200 U.S. citizens abroad for the academic year through the Fulbright Student Program, which was established in 1946 and is overseen by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
|Grace Armstrong will travel to Rio de Janeiro in March 2007 to study the influence of intellectual property rights on developing countries.|
Grace Armstrong designed her own independent major at Middlebury in the political economy of the media, which focused on courses in economics, international studies, media studies, Spanish and Portuguese. She will travel in March 2007 to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to begin her Fulbright work investigating the influence of intellectual property rights on developing economies, using Brazil as a case study. "My intention is to explore why copyright is a crucial aspect of development in many emerging economies in today's interconnected and information-dependent international system, and how developing countries can benefit from the Brazilian experience," she said. She is currently conducting an economic and household survey in Mozambique for the International Food Policy Research Institute, a nongovernmental organization based in Washington, D.C.
|Ed Hinson is standing by the reactor core.|
|Tom Icard is studying formal semantics in the Netherlands.|
|Ashley Kerr will begin work in March 2007 to study Argentine and Chilean slang.|
|Katie Kirsch is studying in the Netherlands at the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation.|
Mary Elizabeth Nora, who double-majored in Italian and the history of art and architecture, is studying recent Egyptian museums and their role in defining the Egyptian national identity. While affiliated with Cairo's Ain Shams University and doing research at other institutions, she is also working at the Egyptian Museum. There she assists in ongoing projects to improve the Egyptian Museum's records and exhibits and to prepare various new museums around Egypt. "Through my work and studies, I've come to know many Egyptians who have been very welcoming and helpful, giving me a glimpse of this country's complex identity and history through their own eyes. I hope to share some of that understanding with my fellow Americans after my return, a goal that is more essential now than ever, given the many difficulties between the U.S. and the Muslim world in recent years," she said.
|Colleen Reynolds received a Fulbright teaching assistantship to work in South Korea.|
Elizabeth Zane, who double-majored in Russian and biology, was awarded the Fulbright Community Service Grant to study Russian Sign Language and deaf identity in Moscow. Taking classes at the Russian State University for the Humanities, she is compiling a library for the Center for Deaf Studies in Moscow. She also is studying Russian Sign Language at the Moscow City Pedagogical University. She has met with regional organizations in Saratov and Samara to discuss the challenges facing the deaf communities in the provinces. "I anticipate coming to a better understanding of the current political situation in Russia, particularly the recent changes in laws for nongovernmental organizations and higher education," she said. "In good Russian fashion, those reforms in higher education seem to have gotten stuck in the mud somewhere and are not likely to kick in anytime soon."
Another Middlebury 2006 graduate, Tyler Williams, who double-majored in mathematics and economics, was selected for his research in microfinance as an alternate for the 2006-2007 Fulbright award. He is working as a research assistant at the Research Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and plans to pursue graduate studies in economics next year.