Alumni

The Fulbright Program has more than 370,000 alumni from over 160 countries worldwide. Fulbright alumni include 33 current or former heads of state or government, 54 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 29 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Five thousand of those alumni belong to the Australian-American program and received their Fulbright awards from the 1950s on. You are a part of this roll call of excellence.

We aspire to deepen and expand our connection with you. We want you to be committed and contributing partners in the fostering of mutual understanding through academic and cultural exchange between Australia and the U.S. that the Fulbright Program promotes.

Some of our alumni

Gregory L. Alexander PhD, RN, FAAN Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionUniversity of Missouri, Sinclair School of Nursing
Host InstitutionMacquarie University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineClinical Informatics
Award Year2016

Dr. Gregory L. Alexander PhD, RN, FAAN has a broad background with specialized education in health systems, human factors, informatics, gerontology, patient safety and quality improvement. Alexander is principal investigator of a research team that is for the first time ever, comparing nationally, nursing home (NH) quality measures and information technology (IT) implementation in the United States through an R01 funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He co-leads a large national demonstration project funded by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). In this research, his team is implementing a health information exchange system and monitoring adoption and use of technology designed to improve communication between healthcare stakeholders. Alexander has published widely in interdisciplinary, national/international journals including nursing, engineering, gerontology, health services research, and quality improvement. He has spoken around the world at conferences about his research and has served as a U.S. ambassador in international workshops. Alexander has hosted international graduate PhD students at his university who are interested in gerontology and informatics.

Alexander’s research will be the first international comparative assessment of IT adoption in NHs, which will include identifying types of IT used, extent of IT use and degree of IT integration. Currently, IT is not linked to key quality measurement systems. If our preliminary results, conducted in the United States, are replicated in Australia and increasing IT adoption is associated with changes in reports of quality measures used in aged care facilities, this finding would strongly support ongoing international collaborations exploring the use of NH Quality Measurement systems and IT adoption as a way to build benchmarks for resident care.

Dr. Alexander is eager to promote his work internationally as a Fulbright Scholar at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia by working with faculty and graduate students focused on using informatics to promote better clinical environments in long term care.

Dr. Hillary J. Haldane Senior Scholars

Home InstitutionDepartment of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Quinnipiac University
Host InstitutionQueensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Central Queensland University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineAnthropology
Award Year2016

Dr. Haldane earned her BA in anthropology at San Diego State University in 1996, her DipArts in anthropology at the University of Otago in 1997, and her MA and PhD in anthropology in 2007 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has conducted research on the relationship between Indigenous rights and violence against women since 1997, primarily in Aotearoa New Zealand. Prior to pursuing her PhD in anthropology, Dr. Haldane was employed for a number of years at non-governmental organizations devoted to preventing violence against women, and this experience informed her research interest in the challenges facing frontline workers. Dr. Haldane has taught at Quinnipiac University since 2007, where she directs the anthropology program. Dr. Haldane has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters on the problem of gender-based violence, as well as published policy papers for addressing violence at the international and national levels. Dr. Haldane also works in a consultancy capacity for non-governmental organizations as well as for governmental agencies.

Dr. Haldane will continue her research into the experiences of anti-violence frontline workers while at Central Queensland University in Mackay, with a particular focus on the challenges Indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities face to secure the resources needed to end violence. Dr. Haldane looks forward to learning new approaches and solutions for addressing violence from her Australian peers, and plans to bring these lessons home to the U.S.

 

Dr Marcel David Zimmet Professional Scholars

Home InstitutionSydney Children Hospital’s Network and University of Sydney
Host InstitutionUniversity of California and University of Washington
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship
DisciplineMedical Science (Pediatrics)
Award Year2016

Dr Marcel Zimmet is a paediatrician specialising in developmental and behavioural disorders including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Marcel works at the FASD Diagnostic and Assessment Clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. This will soon become part of the new Centre for the Prevention of Harm to Children and Adolescents from Drugs and Alcohol, with a remit for clinical care, training, research, advocacy and capacity building across New South Wales.

Marcel is a member of the Expert Panel that has developed the Australian FASD Diagnostic Instrument, including the national diagnostic guidelines and online training modules for health professionals. He is currently a chief investigator for national FASD case surveillance through the Australian Paediatric Surveillance, and for research into the impact of FASD on Australian children and families.

Marcel also works at Royal Far West in Manly providing developmental-behavioural paediatric care and parent therapy for children in rural and remote NSW, both face-to-face and via Telehealth. Marcel commenced his paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, where he was a Fellow at the Centre for Community Child Health. He became a consultant paediatrician in Darwin, where he established a successful practice.

Marcel’s interest in FASD arose during his five years in the Northern Territory, where he saw the impact alcohol had on children and communities both non-Indigenous and Indigenous. It was not until he returned ‘down south’ that he became aware of the widespread misunderstanding and under-detection of FASD – one of the only preventable developmental disabilities – even within the health professions.

Jana Soares Postgraduate Students

Home InstitutionSt. Edward’s University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineBiology
Award Year2015

Jana Soares graduated Magna Cum Laude, from the Honors Program, with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas in May 2015. As an undergraduate student, she was a Holy Cross Scholar, receiving a four-year merit-based full tuition scholarship, was on the Dean’s List each semester, and conducted three scientific research projects related to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, food-borne illness, and hospital-acquired infections. She also worked as a Resident Assistant for three years, a Hilltop Mentor, a Student Ambassador, was involved in many academic clubs, and helped lead service projects.

As a sophomore, Jana won an Undergraduate Research Capstone Award to attend and present her research at the American Society for Microbiology 113th General Meeting in Denver, Colorado. She also presented her research at the Texas Academy of Science conferences and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Jana was a recipient of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship in 2014, and upon graduating, received the St. Edward’s University Presidential Award and the Outstanding Graduate in Biology Award in 2015.

According to the WHO’s 2014 report, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a risk to treating common infections in hospitals. Each year, in the United States, 1 in 25 patients has at least one hospital-acquired infection (HAI), resulting in 75,000 deaths, and in Australia, there are 200,000 cases of HAIs. It is important to discover a way to slow the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, to prevent illnesses and deaths. Jana is interested in how scientific research can spur innovations and help provide solutions to pressing global health problems such as antibiotic resistance. Her Fulbright research will incorporate the study of antibiotics and bacterial interactions in a nematode model organism, using cutting-edge imaging technologies, to identify alternatives to standard antibiotic treatment.

As a Fulbright scholar with a passion to improve people’s lives, Jana seeks to learn as much as possible while in Australia.  She hopes her research will allow her to approach large problems with a scientific understanding, and plans to broaden her perspective through participation in available opportunities in professional, academic and work environments.  Jana is interested in translating scientific research findings into improvements that help the public, and aspires to attend lectures and partake in workshops to learn how scientific innovations are making an impact on the world.  Beyond her research in the lab, Jana looks forward to immersing herself in Australian culture by sampling different cuisines, exploring new sights, and taking part in recreational activities.

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