The Fulbright Program is a highly competitive, merit-based grant for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists, founded by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1946.
This month, St. Thomas senior Elizabeth Chambers, junior Hunter Gaitan, sophomore Ryan Burke and biochemistry professor Dr. Adam Kay will help plant 96 plots of wildflowers on a vacant gravel pit in downtown St. Paul for their research study, The Helpful Flowers Project. The team will study biodiversity and how wildflowers remove toxic heavy metals from soil.
This year's honorees include Ron Fowler, Distinguished Alumnus Award; Michael Heffron, Monsignor James Lavin Award; Sondra Elizondo, Humanitarian of the Year Award; Dr. Matthew George, Professor of the Year; and Brandon Miranda, Tommie Award.
This week's notes feature faculty Anne Klejment, Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt, Lisa Prevette, Manjeet Rege, Christian Washburn, John Wendt and Reid Zimmerman; staff Carol Peterfeso and James Rogers; and students Katie Boyd, Emily Cabel, Jackie Heitzman, Caitlin Kielblock, Lauren McGovern, Kirsten Muller, Megan Tappe and undergraduate students from the Geography Department.
Senior Sarah Strain's Young Scholars' Grant project studied the subtle ways in which the natural environment and sustainable behaviors are depicted in documentaries and Hollywood films from 1998 to 2013.
Dr. Dennis Hart, director of Michigan State University's Visiting International Professional Program, will become executive director of the International Education Center at the University of St. Thomas beginning in mid-June.
This week's notes feature faculty and staff Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, Bernard Brady, Massimo Faggioli, Tanya Gladney, Marites Guino-o, J. Thomas Ippoliti, William Kinney, Mike Klein, Anne Klejment, John Martens, Terence Nichols, William Ojala, Lisa Prevette, James Rogers, Gerald Schlabach, Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, Lisa Waldner and Robert Werner; alumna Jynette Larshus; and students from the Chemistry Department.
This week's notes feature faculty Bernard Brady, J. Thomas Ippoliti, Anne Klejment, Bill Ojala, Thomas Redshaw, Gerald Schlabach, Sister Katarina Schuth, Martin Warren and Christian Washburn; staff Tom Oscanyan; graduate student Leigh Bartholomew; undergraduates Mark Frommelt and Jenna A. Johnson; and alumni Barjeta Balidemaj and Sarah N. Larson.
This week's notes feature faculty Michael Andregg, Don Briel, Corrine Carvalho, Kathryn Combs, Mark DelCogliano, Massimo Faggioli, Daniel Fairchild, Ken Goodpaster, Jill Hendrickson, Lyman Johnson, Anne Klejment, Daryl Koehn, Robert Koerpel, Dean Maines, John Martens, Michael Naughton, David Penchansky, Gerald Schlabach, Robert Shoemake, John Spry and Meg Wilkes Karraker; staff Dan Gjelten; students Logan McDermott and Jonathan Wadle; and alumna Emilee Sirek '13.
This week's notes feature Don Briel, Corrine Carvahlo, Massimo Faggioli, Ken Goodpaster, Lyman Johnson, Shersten Johnson, Daryl Koehn, Dean Maines, Michael Naughton, Shirley Polejewski, Thomas Dillon Redshaw, Angela Senander and Robert Shoemake.
Tekne Awards are given annually by the Minnesota High Tech Association in honor of companies, innovations and people for technological breakthroughs that improve the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and around the world. STEPS, which is short for Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Camp for Girls, won in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education division.
Seniors Samali Mutazindwa and Netsanet Negussie, and Mathew Vicknair '13 are working to bring their program, Maysha, which means "life" in Swahili, to underserved communities in East Africa. The program will focus on health care literacy and malaria intervention.