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Professor Moeness Amin Distinguished Chair

Moeness Amin
Home InstitutionCenter for Advanced Communications, College of Engineering, Villanova University
Host InstitutionNational Security and ISR Division (NSID), Defence Science and Technology Group
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science and Technology
DisciplineRadar and Signal Processing
Award Year2017

Moeness is the Director of the Center for Advanced Communications at Villanova University, Pennsylvania, USA. His research spans the area of signal analysis and processing with applications to wireless communications, radar, sonar, satellite navigations, healthcare, and ultrasound. His current research focus is radar signal processing, including urban radar, Over-the-Horizon radar, automotive radar, passive radar, ground penetrating radar, and radar for indoor monitoring. Dr. Amin is the recipient of the German 2016 Humboldt Prize and the British 2016 IET Achievement Medal. He also received Technical Achievement Awards from the IEEE Signal Processing Society and the European Association for Signal Processing.

During his five-month visit to DST Group, Australia, Prof. Amin will work on the problem of co-existence between radar and communications systems where both services operate concurrently within the same frequency bandwidth. In collaboration with his host, he will develop algorithms enabling dual system functionality using the same platform.

Professor Ross Andel Distinguished Chair

Ross Andel
Home InstitutionSchool of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa
Host InstitutionCentre for Research on Ageing, Health, and Wellbeing, The Australian National University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
DisciplineGerontology
Award Year2017

Ross completed his Ph.D. in Gerontology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2003. He is currently Professor in the School of Aging Studies and Director of Ph.D. in Aging Studies program. He is also a Senior Researcher in the International Clinical Research Center at the St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno, Czech Republic, and Professor in the 2nd Medical Faculty at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In his research, Ross has mainly focused on the examination of risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia and finding tools for early detection of cognitive impairment. To date, he has published over 130 articles peer-reviewed scientific journals and several book chapters.

Ross will use his time at the Australian National University to expand his research on how occupational characteristics (work complexity, work stress, occupational status) influence cognitive changes during and after retirement.

Professor Jean Lau Chin, EdD, ABPP Distinguished Chair

Jean Chin Lau
Home InstitutionDerner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University
Host InstitutionNational Centre for Cultural Competence, University of Sydney, Australia
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence
DisciplinePsychology
Award Year2017

Jean is Professor at Adelphi University.  Her career as a psychologist includes leadership roles in academia as Dean at Adelphi University and Alliant International University, and in health/mental health care as Executive Director at South Cove Community Health Center, and the Thom Clinic.  She currently serves as the Council Leadership Team Chair and is on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association.  She is also President, International Council of Psychologists.  Her scholarship on diversity, cultural competence, leadership, Asian American, and women’s issues includes 18 books and numerous publications and talks.

Her research will examine leadership and cultural competence amidst rapid social change and growing population diversity. She sees this as more important than ever as the 21st century brings about rapid social change within an increasingly global and diverse society.   She will also work on leadership development for indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australia.

Professor Geoffrey Cockfield Distinguished Chair

Geoff Cockfield
Home InstitutionUniversity of Southern Queensland
Host InstitutionKansas State University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture & Life Sciences, Sponsored by Kansas State University
DisciplineAgricultural Policy
Award Year2018

Geoff is Professor in Government and Economics, and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, at the University of Southern Queensland. He worked in agriculture and rural journalism before starting an academic career. His research interests include agricultural and natural resources management policies, with specific work on climate change and agriculture, farm forestry and structural change in agriculture and rural communities.

During his Fulbright Distinguished Chair tenure, Geoff will compare agricultural policies in the U.S. and Australia. He will identify what policy instruments are being, or could be used where there are national budget constraints, trade and environmental rules and rapid technological innovation. The outcomes of the study will include analyses of policy options for the U.S. and Australia that will be promoted for consideration in policy communities in both countries.

Dr Allison M. Macfarlane Distinguished Chair

Allison MacFarlane
Home InstitutionGeorge Washington University
Host InstitutionFlinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2017

Allison is currently Professor of Science Policy and International Affairs at the George Washington University and Director of the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy.  She served as Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission from July 2012 through December 2014.  She holds a PhD in geology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BSc degree in geology from the University of Rochester.  Her research has focused on the siting of nuclear waste facilities, nuclear safety and security, and nuclear nonproliferation.  She served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, created by the Obama Administration to recommend a new national policy on high-level nuclear waste. She is editor of Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation’s High-Level Nuclear Waste (2006).

During her Fulbright Scholarship, Allison will be researching South Australia’s foray into international nuclear waste disposal while at Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon University Australia.

Dr Armin Moczek Distinguished Chair

Armin Moczek
Home InstitutionDepartment of Biology, Indiana University
Host InstitutionResearch School of Biology, Australian National University and CSIRO
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation
DisciplineEvolutionary Biology
Award Year2017

Armin received his PhD from Duke University, NC, USA, and is currently a Professor of Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His research focuses on the very early stages of innovation in evolution, and the interplay between genetics, development, and ecology in facilitating major innovations and transitions in evolution. He is also a co-leader of an international effort to expand traditional perspectives on what determines speed and direction in evolution to incorporate recent advances in the fields of evolutionary developmental biology, developmental plasticity, non-genetic inheritance, and niche construction.

During his time in Australia, Armin will work at the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University and CSIRO to further advance such a synthesis through both conceptual collaborative efforts as well as empirical work on Australian insects.

Professor Moczek will be talking at the next CSIRO Land, Water and Ecosystems seminar series. For more information click HERE.

Professor Johan Wiklund PhD Distinguished Chair

Johan Wikilund
Home InstitutionWhitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Host InstitutionRMIT University
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
DisciplineEntrepreneurship
Award Year2017

Johan is the Al Berg Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. His research interests include entrepreneurship and mental health as well as the entry, performance, and exit of entrepreneurial firms. He is considered a leading authority in entrepreneurship research with over 60 articles appearing in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and over 18,000 citations. He is incoming Editor-in-Chief for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and previously editor for Journal of Business Venturing and Small Business Economics. A prolific advisor of Ph.D. students, he received the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division Mentor Award in 2011.

While at RMIT, Johan will examine the link between symptoms of mental disorders and entrepreneurial practices and outcomes. More specifically, he will focus on ADHD, bipolar, and dyslexia symptoms on the one hand, and entrepreneurial orientation, leadership style, strategies, and success/failure on the other.

Professor Bradford Burke Worrall MD, MSc Distinguished Chair

Bradford Worrall
Home InstitutionDepartments of Neurology and Health Evaluation Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Host InstitutionThe University of Newcastle
Award NameFulbright Distinguished Chair in Health
DisciplineMedicine
Award Year2017

Brad is Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Virginia. During his research career, he has built cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional bridges focused on genetics to help understand risk and the underlying pathophysiology in stroke and other cerebrovascular diseases. He is a founding member of the International Stroke Genetics Consortium (ISGC). He has worked on harmonization of phenotyping focused on consistency, translation, and scalability.

Over the past twenty years, he has nurtured and built a framework for collaboration nationally and internationally in the era of collaborative science. One of his roles within his department, the American Academy of Neurology, and the ISGC is that of mentor and sponsor for junior investigators. As part of the diplomatic mission of the Fulbright program, he envisions continuing that role with scientists, clinician-investigators, and other researchers in Newcastle and Australia while learning through this academic and cultural exchange.

During his tenure in Newcastle, Brad will work to refine and improve the tools to know ‘what kind of stroke’ for both research and clinical purposes.

Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi Senior Scholars

Elham Abdi
Home InstitutionSchool of Information Systems, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Host InstitutionUniversity of the Pacific
Award NameFulbright Scholar-in-Residence
DisciplineInformation Science
Award Year2018

Elham is a lecturer at QUT teaching and researching in the information science field.

Elham’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Scholarship will enable her to further both her teaching and research within a U.S. context. Based at the University of the Pacific, Elham will teach an undergraduate signature course where she will also apply her information literacy education background to help first year students become stronger writers, critical thinkers and readers through which they can succeed in any field of study at university and beyond. Having been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Best Learning Experiences at QUT, Elham will also work with the Center for Teaching & Learning to advance university’s teaching and learning practice, specifically for international and underserved students. Additionally, in collaboration with University Libraries, Elham will advance her idea of “information experience design” to develop environments which privilege information-centered elements of designed experiences. Through her 10-month residency, Elham will develop strong collegial relationships that will continue well beyond the residency.

Professor Jeremy Davey Senior Scholars

Jeremy Davey
Home InstitutionFaculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology
Host InstitutionDepartment of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, Kansas State University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship, Sponsored by Kansas State University
DisciplinePsychology/Sociology
Award Year2018

Jeremy Davey (PhD) is a Professor in the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety-Queensland (CARRS-Q) at Queensland University of Technology. Professor Davey was a co-founding academic of this internationally recognized, road safety research institute. Based at KSU, Professor Davey’s Fulbright will allow him to develop collaborative research into drug driving; a significant road safety issue in the U.S. and Australia where the proportion of drug driving fatalities has been rapidly increasing.

The Fulbright Scholarship provides for an international researcher to share and exchange knowledge and skills with scholars at KSU. Importantly, it will facilitate the establishment of collaborative opportunities for continuing research to target this high risk driving behaviour in both the U.S. and Australia.

Professor Kimberley Frederick Senior Scholars

Kimberley Frederick
Home InstitutionDepartment of Chemistry, Skidmore College
Host InstitutionAustralian Centre for Research on Separation Science, University of Tasmania
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineChemistry
Award Year2017

Kim earned her BA at Lawrence University in 1991, her PhD in analytical chemistry at Purdue University in 1996.  She conducts research in separation science and spectroscopy with an emphasis on forensics, medical diagnostics and environmental testing technology.  Her research, which is conducted with her undergraduate students, focuses on developing low cost technologies which can be used by non-technical personnel with minimal training.  Specifically, they develop paper-based tests that can be used for disease and water contamination detection using a cell phone camera.  Their work has resulted in numerous publications and grants in the areas of Raman spectroscopy and capillary electrophoresis.  Kim also teaches courses in analytical and general chemistry.

While in Australia, Kim will work, in collaboration with Prof. Michael Breadmore, to develop an autonomous instrument that can be used to monitor sources of water contamination.  Of particular interest are compounds, such as iodide and bromide, that indicate contamination from oil and gas drilling into natural bodies of water.

Dr Amy E. Hessl Senior Scholars

Amy Hessl
Home InstitutionDepartment of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University
Host InstitutionAntarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, University of Tasmania
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineGeography
Award Year2017

Amy studies the environmental histories stored in the rings of ancient trees.  She has researched the history of fire and climate in the western United States, eastern North America, and Mongolia.  Amy’s work on the climate of the Mongol Empire received international attention in the press including articles in The Economist, The New York Times, and the LA Times. More recently, Dr. Hessl, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Melbourne, has developed climate records for southern Australia using Tasmanian conifers.

Amy will extend her work on the history of climate in southern Australia by collaborating with Dr. Tessa Vance at ACE-CRC in Hobart, Tasmania.  Dr. Vance’s research on the climate history of southern Australia using ice cores is the ideal counterpoint to the tree ring records and together their work has the potential to improve our understanding of decades-long changes in climate from both natural and anthropogenic causes.

Professor Amanda Keddie Senior Scholars

Amanda Keddie
Home InstitutionDeakin University
Host InstitutionThe Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, University of Pennsylvania
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineEducation
Award Year2018

Amanda is leader of the program Children, Young People and their Communities within Deakin University’s Strategic Research Centre, REDI (Research for Educational Impact). Her research examines the broad range of schooling processes, practices and conditions that can impact on the pursuit of social justice in schools.

Amanda’s Fulbright Senior Scholarship is focused on changing the story of gendered violence through education. The scholarship will enable Amanda to engage with and learn from two of the leading authorities in this space, The Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives (CSBGL) and The Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (CSMM). Through research in key schools affiliated with the CSBGL and dissemination supported by the CSMM, the Fulbright will facilitate scholarship and expertise in the areas of gender, boyhood and masculinity to shed light on new forms of education that are changing the story of gendered violence.

Professor Stefan Paula Senior Scholars

Stefan Paula
Home InstitutionPurdue University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Newcastle
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship (University of Newcastle)
DisciplineChemistry
Award Year2017

Stefan is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University. He is a biochemist who works in the area of computer-assisted drug discovery. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he will conduct research on a joint project with Adam McCluskey’s group at the University of Newcastle on the development of new drugs to combat breast cancer. Stefan will develop computational models that predict the behavior of drug-like molecules inside cancer cells. Promising candidates will then be synthesized and tested in bioassays by the McCluskey group. Stefan is eager to learn more about modern synthetic aspects of drug design and establish new professional connections with Australian researchers. His stay in Newcastle will be the start of a new, long-term collaboration between his and Adam McCluskey’s research teams.

Professor Anne Pender Senior Scholars

Anne Pender
Home InstitutionSchool of Arts, University of New England
Host InstitutionHoughton Library, Harvard University
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineLiterary and Theatre Studies
Award Year2018

Anne is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England. Her Fulbright Senior Scholarship will enable her to explore the lives and work of key Australian writers who live in the United States.

Anne will examine the expatriate experience as a creative force in the writers’ lives and chart the changing cultural relationship between Australia and the U.S. revealed by the authors’ achievements. The research will investigate the impact of contemporary Australian expatriates in the U.S. in relation to a longer history of Australian expatriate writers and actors who have lived and worked in the U.S. over the last century. During her residency at Harvard University Anne will work in the special collections held at the Houghton Library, as well as in other collections at Harvard. Anne will collaborate on this research project with Dr Christina Thompson, Editor of the Harvard Review, the flagship literary journal of Harvard University.

Dr Anna Ralph Senior Scholars

Anna Ralph
Home InstitutionMenzies School of Health Research
Host InstitutionSchool of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Award NameFulbright Northern Territory Scholar
DisciplineMedicine
Award Year2018

Anna is Associate Professor at the Global and Tropical Health division at Menzies School of Heath Research, a specialist in Infectious Diseases at Royal Darwin Hospital, and Clinical Director of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia. Anna’s research goals are to improve outcomes for people with diseases of disadvantage, focusing on tuberculosis and rheumatic fever. Her research has led to health system strengthening for better tuberculosis control in eastern Indonesia; new knowledge on host responses to tuberculosis infection; research capacity building in Australian Aboriginal communities; and improved understanding of the diagnosis and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

This opportunity will allow Anna to draw on world-class implementation research skills at UCSF to develop a comprehensive strategy for the elimination of rheumatic heart disease as a public health problem. Skills gained will also strengthen the Menzies tuberculosis research program, and will build important valuable ties.

Professor Seth C. Rasmussen Senior Scholars

Seth Rasmussen
Home InstitutionNorth Dakota State University
Host InstitutionCentre for Organic Electronics, University of Newcastle
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineChemistry
Award Year2017

Seth received a B.S. in chemistry from Washington State University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Clemson University in 1994. He then studied conjugated organic polymers as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Oregon in 1995. He accepted a teaching position at Oregon in 1997, before moving to North Dakota State University in 1999. Active in both materials chemistry and the history of chemistry, his research includes the design and synthesis of organic semiconducting materials, solar cells, organic light emitting diodes, the history of materials, and chemical technology in antiquity. He has contributed to books in both materials and history, and has published more than 95 research papers and book chapters.

At Newcastle’s Centre for Organic Electronics, Seth will study the application of new semiconducting polymers (plastics) to organic solar cells and near-infrared photodetectors in order to develop new beneficial technologies for society.

Professor Jaime Schultz Senior Scholars

Jaime Schultz
Home InstitutionPennsylvania State University
Host InstitutionUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship (UTS)
DisciplineKinesiology, History, and Women’s Studies
Award Year2017

Jaime earned a BA in English and Spanish from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa), and a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Iowa. She is an associate professor of Kinesiology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State. Jaime specializes in sport history, with a particular focus on gender, sexuality, and racial politics. She will use her time at the University of Technology, Sydney to pursue research that considers the interactions between culture and sporting bodies.

Professor Susan Sharfstein Senior Scholars

Susan Sharfstein
Home InstitutionSUNY Polytechnic Institute
Host InstitutionAustralian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Award NameFulbright Global Scholar
DisciplineBiochemical Engineering
Award Year2018

Susan is a Professor of Nanobioscience at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, New York. Professor Sharfstein received her B.S. in chemical engineering with honors from Caltech and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley. Professor Sharfstein’s research interests include mammalian and microbial cell bioprocessing, control of protein glycosylation, metabolic engineering and biosensing.

Susan is the recipient of a Fulbright Global Scholar award and will be spending her sabbatical at Dublin City University, performing proteomic analysis of Chinese hamster ovary cells (the workhorse of the biotechnology industry) and at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), studying bispecific antibodies. Bispecific antibodies represent a new class of therapeutic proteins with the potential to dramatically improve cancer treatment, but presenting new challenges in protein production, which will be the focus of her research at AIBN.

Professor Amal Trivedi MD MPH Senior Scholars

Amal Trivedi
Home InstitutionProvidence VA Medical Center, Brown University School of Public Health
Host InstitutionMelbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2017

Amal Trivedi, M.D., M.P.H., is Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University and a Research Investigator at the Providence VA Medical Center. He is a general internist and health services researcher whose work focuses on measurement of quality in health care, racial and socioeconomic disparities in health care, and the effects of federal and state health policies on vulnerable populations. Dr. Trivedi’s research has been published in Health Affairs, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. He directs Brown University’s doctoral program in health services research and a VA post-doctoral fellowship; and teaches courses on quality measurement and health services research methods for graduate students.

During his Fulbright Fellowship, Dr. Trivedi will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Melbourne to evaluate the impact of the Australian government’s efforts to close Indigenous health disparities.

Professor Maggie Walter Senior Scholars

Maggie Walter
Home InstitutionUniversity of Tasmania
Host InstitutionSchool of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
Award NameFulbright Indigenous Scholar, Sponsored by the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet
DisciplineSociology
Award Year2018

Maggie, a palawa Tasmanian Aboriginal woman, is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania.

Maggie will use her Fulbright opportunity to undertake a comparative analysis of Australian/U.S. Indigenous educational data and policy at Arizona State University. She brings to this research an extensive track record in the field of Indigenous children’s educational attainment and is a long term member of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children Steering Committee. Maggie will also set the foundations for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander/Native American network to foster scholarly collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. The network’s purpose is to facilitate cross-national engagement and research on Indigenous children’s educational attainment and will bring a combined Indigenous academic strength to bear on the shared aspiration of a strong educational future for our children.

Professor Deborah Widiss Senior Scholars

Deborah Widiss
Home InstitutionMaurer School of Law, Indiana University
Host InstitutionCentre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, Melbourne Law School
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2017

Deborah is a Professor of Law and Ira C. Batman Faculty Fellow at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her recent research has focused on pregnancy discrimination, same-sex marriage, and the intersection between domestic violence and employment. Her work has appeared in leading law reviews, and she has received several awards for her scholarship. She has also been consulted as an expert on these subjects by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. More information on her professional background and links to her publications are available here.

As a Fulbright scholar, Deborah will be studying Australia’s support for workers who are also juggling family responsibilities. Her research will focus on Australia’s recently-enacted paid parental leave scheme and other legal supports, such as paid time off to care for family members and a right to request a flexible working schedule, that are unavailable in the United States. Deborah plans to use semi-structured interviews with stakeholders to learn about Australia’s legal reforms in this area and consider the lessons they may hold for policy makers and researchers in the United States.

Deborah will be traveling to Australia with her husband and two children. They are all really looking forward to the adventure.

Professor Marcia A. Zug Senior Scholars

Marcia Zug
Home InstitutionSchool of Law, University of South Carolina
Host InstitutionSchool of Law & Justice, University of Canberra
Award NameFulbright Senior Scholarship (University of Canberra)
DisciplineLaw
Award Year2017

Marcia is Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina. She teaches Family Law, Immigration Law, and American Indian law. Her work focuses on the treatment of Native American families and the removal of Indian children. In the United States, she has worked with national organizations, such as the National Indian Child Welfare Association and The Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and individual Indian tribes.

Her Fulbright scholarship will be a comparative project examining the different ways the United States and Australia have responded to the removal of indigenous children. Despite a very similar history, the two countries have a fairly different approach to addressing the break up of native families. Marcia hopes her research will help identify the most effective aspects of these different methods and suggest new ways of reducing indigenous child removals. She looks forward to working with her Australian colleagues on these important issues.

David Crook Professional Scholars

David Crook
Home InstitutionResearch Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University
Host InstitutionWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship
DisciplineFisheries Research
Award Year2018

David is a Principal Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. He has more than 20 years of experience in fish ecology research, primarily focussing on the significance of fish migration for ecosystem connectivity, aquatic food web structure and function, threatened species conservation and sustainable fishery management.

David will use his Fulbright scholarship to undertake collaborative research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon. Analyses of fish otoliths (earstones) will be used to quantify the transport of assimilated energy and nutrients across ecosystem boundaries by migratory fish, using barramundi from tropical Australia and Pacific salmon from temperate USA as case studies. The project will help support sustainable fishery management and provides an opportunity for ongoing collaboration among fisheries scientists in Australia and the U.S.

Gordon Duff Professional Scholars

Gordon Duff
Home InstitutionNational Disability Services
Host InstitutionHuman Services Research Institute, Boston/National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Washington DC
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, Sponsored by Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation
DisciplineNon-Profit Leadership
Award Year2018

Gordon is currently General Manager, Sector Development and Research for National Disability Services, the peak body for non-government disability services. He has over 20 years’ experience in human services and advocacy in a career spanning New Zealand, Canada, the UK and Australia, and across academia, government, non-government and business sectors. He holds Honours degrees in Economics and Business Administration from New Zealand universities and a Masters in Social Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics.

The Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership will enable Gordon to gather insights from, and establish partnerships with U.S. agencies that promote, stimulate and reward innovation in service delivery for people living with disability. A particular focus of the research will be how evidence about ‘what works’ is generated and mobilised within the service system. This will support the development of innovation policy in the Australian context, especially current proposals for the establishment of a disability research and innovation agency
in Australia.

Dr Jed Duff Professional Scholars

Jed Duff
Home InstitutionSchool of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Host InstitutionCollege of Nursing, University of Iowa
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship
DisciplineNursing
Award Year2018

Jed is currently Associate Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle. His research is in the field of implementation science – the study of methods for translating research findings into routine clinical practice.

Jed’s Fulbright Scholarship will enable him to meet and interview the creators of the Iowa Model for Evidence Based Nursing Practice and observe its use in multiple settings. This study will provide a better understanding of the model, how it works, for whom, and under what circumstances. With this information Jed hopes to optimise the model before introducing it into Australian nursing practice.

Dr Anitza Ana Geneve Professional Scholars

Anitza Geneve
Home InstitutionTAFE Queensland
Host InstitutionOpen Learning Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education & Training (VET)
DisciplineVocational Education
Award Year2018

Anitza has over twenty years’ experience in the Australian VET sector across various professional roles including teaching, research and project management. Her current role with TAFE Queensland focuses on implementing initiatives that improve the student experience.

Anitza’s Fulbright project will investigate, design, implement and evaluate the use of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to support the digital literacy skills and employability skills (Australian Core Skills for Work (CSfW)) of learners undertaking competency-based training in the Australian VET sector. Anitza will spend three months with her host organisation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to align the MOOC project to international best practice. Anitza looks forward to driving a conversation within the Australian VET sector focusing on how the digital literacy and employability needs of learners can be supported within an Australian and a global context through the use of emerging technology.

Dr David Ireland Professional Scholars

David Ireland
Home InstitutionSchool of Business, The University of Queensland
Host InstitutionChangeLabs, Stanford University
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, Sponsored by Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation
DisciplineInterdisciplinary Studies
Award Year2018

David is an adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) and the Chief Innovation Officer at ThinkPlace, a leading strategic design and innovation consultancy. David is also a board member of several not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and is a serial entrepreneur, having successful started and exited several businesses.

David will use his Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership to spend four months at Stanford University. During this time, he will establish a formal relationship between UQBS and Stanford in researching, understanding, and addressing complex systems and challenges. As a particular focus, he will also develop practical methods, tools, and initiatives for people and organisations to use towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, arguably the world’s most complex challenges, which seek to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Dr Joshua S. Mylne Professional Scholars

Josh Mylne
Home InstitutionThe University of Western Australia (UWA)
Host InstitutionDept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholarship
DisciplineBiochemistry
Award Year2018

Joshua is a plant biochemist who has worked broadly in genetic engineering (PhD Botany, University of Queensland 2002), developmental genetics and epigenetics at the John Innes Centre in the UK (2001-2005) and biochemistry at the IMB, a biomedical institute at UQ (2006-2012). He held successive ARC QEII and Future Fellowships (2008-2016), was a Goldacre medal winner and Feinberg Foundation Visiting Fellow to the Weizmann. His lab, founded in 2013 at UWA, studies protein evolution, biosynthesis and has embarked on a new program in herbicide discovery. He is now tenured in the School of Molecular Sciences where the majors of genetics, chemistry and biochemistry are housed: the ideal environment for plant chemical biology.

Joshua will acquire skills to understand plant enzymes and their catalysis at the atomic level to improve biotechnological tools and develop much needed
new herbicides.

Amy Salapak Professional Scholars

Amy Salapak
Home InstitutionFaculty of Business and Law, Curtin University
Host InstitutionInstitute of Ethical Leadership, Rutgers University
Award NameFulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/Industry)
DisciplineBusiness
Award Year2018

It has been almost a decade since we witnessed the impact of the global financial crisis (GFC). Yet, the GFC was more than the result of extraordinary failures by regulatory and credit agencies, poor corporate governance and ineffective risk management. It demonstrated epic and ongoing failures in corporate ethics and leadership.

Amy is a lawyer specialising in litigation, with more than a decade’s legal experience acting for corporate entities, the private sector and government. She is currently an in-house solicitor with the Western Australian Department of Health, and is an accredited mediator. As a Visiting Research Fellow at Rutgers Institute of Ethical Leadership, Amy’s research will investigate the American perspective of what is required to foster ethics in business, and whether this requires a carrot or stick approach. Amy will use her Fulbright Scholarship to explore the role culture, leadership, organisational behaviour, legal and regulatory frameworks have in promoting ethical conduct.

Dr Aiden Warren Professional Scholars

Aiden Warren
Home InstitutionRMIT University
Host InstitutionArms Control Association (ACA), Washington DC
Award NameFulbright Professional Scholar in Australia-United States Alliance Studies, Sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
DisciplineInternational Relations
Award Year2018

Aiden is a senior lecturer in International Relations in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of International Security, U.S. national security and foreign policy, U.S. Politics, International Relations, and issues associated with Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferation, deterrence, arms control, and disarmament.

As the Fulbright Scholar in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies, based at the Arms Control Association in Washington DC, Aiden’s project will examine the tensions between U.S. nuclear force modernization and the global non-proliferation regime. To prevent a dangerous backslide, new scholarship will be critical for pushing back against unilateral U.S. actions that threaten future steps on arms control and for advancing policy options that prevent further fracturing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. As such, Aiden’s proposal to study questions pertaining to U.S. modernisation and security strategy will seek to develop pathways for keeping disarmament momentum ‘alive’ under conditions of weakening U.S. disarmament leadership, and an increasingly challenging international environment.

Dr Andrew Gardner Postdoctoral Scholars

Andrew Gardner
Home InstitutionSports Concussion Clinic, The University of Newcastle
Host InstitutionHarvard Medical School
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineNeuropsychology
Award Year2018

Andrew is an early career research fellow and Co-Director of the Hunter New England Local Health District’s Sports Concussion Clinic.

For his Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Andrew will be visiting the Football Players Health Study (FPHS) at Harvard to learn as much as he can about the FPHS’s work on prevention, diagnostics, and treatment strategies for common and severe health conditions affecting former professional football players. He will equip himself with the knowledge, resources, and capability to replicate the FPHS in rugby players in Australia. Ultimately this program will result in improving the health and quality of life of retired rugby players.

Dr Sean Martin Postdoctoral Scholars

Sean Martin
Home InstitutionFreemason Foundation Centre for Men’s Heath, University of Adelaide
Host InstitutionNew England Research Institutes
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
DisciplineEpidemiology
Award Year2018

Sean is a National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC) Early Career Research Fellow, based in the Freemason Foundation Centre for Men’s Heath at the University of Adelaide. Sean’s current research interests centre on urological epidemiology, specifically how urological symptoms relate to other chronic diseases.

For his Fulbright Scholarship, Sean will be examining in detail the socio-cultural & demographic influences on the high level of urological dysfunction seen in disadvantaged urban communities, a noted public health concern in both the USA and Australia. This work will be based out of the New England Research Institutes (Boston), world-renowned for their work in health disparities, in association with local collaborators at Harvard and Massachusetts
General Hospital.

Dr Felicity McCormack Postdoctoral Scholars

Felicity Graham
Home InstitutionInstitute for Marine & Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Host InstitutionDepartment of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine
Award NameFulbright Tasmania Scholarship
DisciplineAntarctic Science
Award Year2018

Felicity is a postdoctoral researcher in the Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative Antarctic Gateway Partnership at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. Her research focusses on the physical processes that govern Antarctic ice flow. Antarctica contains enough ice to raise global mean sea levels by approximately 60m. However, the response of the Antarctic ice sheet to climate change, and its potential contribution to sea level rise, is highly uncertain.

Felicity will use the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to work with researchers at the University of California, Irvine. She will investigate the potential timing and magnitude of ice loss from East Antarctic glaciers due to warming oceanic and atmospheric temperatures. The findings will inform sea level rise estimates for the coming century.

Dr Harley Scammell Postdoctoral Scholars

Harley Scammell
Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionHarvard University
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Sponsored by Monash University
DisciplineTheoretical Physics
Award Year2018

Harley is a postdoctoral researcher in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies (FLEET) at the University of New South Wales.

For his Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Harley will work with world-renowned theoretical physicist Professor Subir Sachdev at Harvard University to further the under-standing of the mechanisms behind superconductivity – an exotic quantum phase of matter. Superconductors, along with quantum computers and modern transistor devices, are quantum systems positioned at the forefront of modern technology. The principle behind all such technologies is the manipulation of quantum states of matter in order to send and receive information and energy at the lowest possible energy cost. Energy costs lie at the heart of our current technological limitations as well as our global environmental issues. By the completion of the Fulbright program, researchers around the world will be able to benefit from the results of Harley’s research into superconducting systems.

Dr Anna Urbanowicz Postdoctoral Scholars

Home InstitutionThe University of Queensland/RMIT University
Host InstitutionPortland State University
Award NameFulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Sponsored by RMIT University (Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow)
DisciplineAutism Research
Award Year2018

Anna is a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Queensland funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC). The Autism CRC is the world’s first national cooperative research effort focused on autism across the lifespan. As the recipient of the RMIT University sponsored Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Anna will be moving to RMIT prior to commencing her travel to the U.S.

For her Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Anna will work with a team at Portland State University who bring together the academic and autistic communities to conduct research relevant to the needs of autistic adults. This team have developed an online Healthcare Toolkit for autistic adults, their support persons and primary healthcare providers. Anna’s project will adapt this toolkit for use in hospitals with the aim of improving the hospital experience for adult autistic patients, their support persons and hospital staff.

Andrea Sylvia Biscoveanu Postgraduate Students

Sylvia Biscoveanu
Home InstitutionThe Pennsylvania State University
Host InstitutionSchool of Physics and Astronomy, Monash University; ARC Centre for Gravitational Wave Discovery, OzGrav
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineAstrophysics
Award Year2017

Sylvia recently graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with degrees in Physics and Spanish and honors in astrophysics. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research on ultra high energy cosmic rays using data from the Pierre Auger Observatory and on gravitational waves using data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO), presenting her research at conferences in Spain, Argentina, Australia, and the United States. She will continue her study of gravitational waves through her Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship at Monash University, using advanced data analysis techniques to improve and expand current gravitational wave search pipelines, uncovering new information about astrophysical gravitational wave sources and testing our understanding of the fundamental theory of gravity.

Following her time at Monash, Sylvia will continue her research with LIGO while pursuing a PhD in Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Turner Block Postgraduate Students

Turner Block
Home InstitutionCollege of Arts and Sciences, Fordham University
Host InstitutionSchool of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineSport Psychology
Award Year2017

Turner earned her BS in psychology at Fordham University located in Bronx, New York in 2017. She spent her four years at Fordham as a member of the women’s soccer team and was named Captain for her senior season. Off the field, she was a research assistant on numerous studies for the Department of Psychology. Additionally, she completed her Honors Thesis on athlete pre-screening mental health measures and their perceptions of the mental health services offered.

Turner will continue her research while at the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her specific focus will be the athletic identity formation of Paralympic swimmers with cerebral palsy as they complete a performance-focused training program. She looks forward to learning more about how this information may be beneficial to an athlete’s performance, and plans to bring these insights back to the U.S.

Sarah Boyd Postgraduate Students

Sarah Boyd
Home InstitutionThe Gender Agency/The University of Melbourne
Host InstitutionHarvard Kennedy School
Award NameFulbright Victoria Scholarship
DisciplinePublic Policy/International Relations
Award Year2018

Sarah is a gender equality policy specialist, Principal of The Gender Agency, and a Practitioner Fellow at Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. She has worked as a diplomat, development practitioner, women’s rights activist and researcher for the Australian government (AusAID and DFAT), the UN, international NGOs and women’s rights organisations, including in postings to Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor-Leste. Sarah is passionate about the potential of feminist foreign policies to advance women’s rights and their representation in foreign policy and national security decision-making.

Through a Master of Public Administration, Sarah intends to sharpen her policy and leadership skills to address the global challenge of gender inequality. She will use her Fulbright scholarship to build academic, practitioner and policy linkages between the US and Australia, and create an Institute for Feminist Foreign Affairs to increase women’s leadership in foreign policy, international development and national security decision-making in the Asia-Pacific. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Commerce, Diploma of Modern Language (Chinese) and Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, and is currently studying at the Melbourne School of Government.

Rachel Buissereth Postgraduate Students

Rachael Buissereth
Home InstitutionWiess School of Natural Sciences and School of Humanities, Rice University
Host InstitutionARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The Australian Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Center, James Cook University/CSIRO
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineEnvironmental Science
Award Year2017

Rachel earned her BA from Rice University in 2017 in Environmental Science and Theatre. While the two fields seem unrelated, they intersect in her passion for public speaking, exchanging perspectives, and preserving a seemingly extinct culture: storytelling. During her time in Australia, Buissereth will conduct a transdisciplinary research project exploring different ways to break boundaries between environmental, technological, and social factors affecting indigenous peoples in the Fitzroy River Catchment.

She will use various participatory methods, such as in-depth interviews, participatory 3-D mapping workshops, and participatory GIS mapping workshops, to create avenues of understanding between indigenous and scientific knowledge and to encourage informed decision making on future agricultural projects in the Fitzroy River Catchment. Through storytelling, Buissereth aims to facilitate conversation, collaboration, and the equitable sharing of knowledge between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Australia and in similar communities world-wide.

Amy Dennison Postgraduate Students

Amy Dennison
Home InstitutionUniversity of New South Wales
Host InstitutionHarvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2018

Amy works for the Northern Territory Government in energy and environment policy. She is interested in how government and industry can ensure the ecologically sustainable development of non-renewable resources. Amy has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering with first class Honours and the University Medal and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. She placed first and received the Dean’s Medal for her Master of Laws in Mineral Law and Policy from the University of Dundee in the UK. Amy has worked as an environmental engineer in India, a corporate lawyer in Sydney and New York, and with traditional Aboriginal owners as a land rights and native title lawyer in the Northern Territory.

Amy will use the Fulbright Scholarship to undertake a mid-career Masters of Public Affairs at a leading Public Policy school in the United States. Her long-term goal is to lead the development of policies and laws that will ensure the sustainable development of energy and resource projects in Australia.

Lily van Eeden Postgraduate Students

Lily van Eeden
Home InstitutionFaculty of Science, The University of Sydney
Host InstitutionThe University of Washington
Award NameFulbright New South Wales Scholarship
DisciplineHuman-Wildlife Conflict
Award Year2018

Lily investigates the human dimensions of wildlife management. For her PhD research, she focuses on the conflict between livestock production and one of Australia’s largest predators, the dingo. The Australian agriculture industry invests millions of dollars annually in dingo control, despite little evidence that current management methods are effective at reducing livestock loss and limited understanding of the consequences of these practices for ecosystems. Lily seeks to discover what shapes our dingo management strategies and how they can be improved for the benefit of farmers and the environment.

For her Fulbright Scholarship, Lily will collaborate with researchers in the University of Washington’s Predator Ecology Lab. Her research there will compare the Australian and American contexts, providing an opportunity for Australia to learn from the experiences of ranchers who live alongside large predators including wolves, mountain lions, and bears.

Hannah Etchells Postgraduate Students

Hannah Etchells
Home InstitutionSchool of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionCenter for Fire Research and Outreach, University of California Berkeley
Award NameFulbright Western Australia Scholarship
DisciplineFire Ecology
Award Year2018

Hannah earned her BSc in Botany and Conservation Biology and first class honours in Botany at the University of Western Australia. She is currently completing her PhD research, focussing on the ecological impacts of large-scale, catastrophic wildfire events.

For her Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Hannah will work in the laboratory of Professor Scott Stephens at University of California Berkeley, researching wildfire impacts and prescribed burning in California. The forested regions of Australia and North America have both witnessed unprecedented large-scale wildfire events over the last decade, and wildfire in both regions is projected increase in frequency and severity over the next century. However, the ecological impacts of such events and consequences for future management are poorly understood. Hannah’s research will promote the sharing of knowledge between Australia and the U.S., forging research ties and developing collaborative projects to understand catastrophic wildfire events in a global context. She looks forward to both sharing and learning innovative new techniques for quantifying and monitoring the complex ecological impacts of catastrophic wildfire, as well as gaining a greater understanding of how fire research can be used to inform management actions under a changing climate.

Anna Evans Postgraduate Students

Anna Evans
Home InstitutionUniversity of Newcastle
Host InstitutionMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2018

Anna has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Physics with Distinction. Specialising in energy technology and policy, Anna has improved solar cell efficiency with the CSIRO, worked as an engineer in a coal-fired power station, and developed national policies to reduce emissions from the electricity sector.

Anna hopes to build on this expertise through a Master of Public Policy, where she will specialise in energy. During this program, Anna will draw on leading interdisciplinary thinkers to navigate the significant policy and technical challenges faced in transitioning to a low emissions electricity sector. Anna hopes to build on her technical background and undertake rigorous training in public policy to prepare her for leadership roles in energy market regulation. Anna is a passionate supporter of women in science, and hopes to learn about initiatives underway in the United States to encourage greater representation
of women.

James Hill Postgraduate Students

James Hill
Home InstitutionInstitute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland
Host InstitutionDepartment of Radiology, University of Michigan
Award NameFulbright Queensland Scholarship
DisciplineChemistry
Award Year2018

James is a PhD candidate with a passion for drug discovery and development. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland. His current research aims to synthesise promising Parkinson’s disease drugs that can be tracked through an animal/patient using positron emission tomography, i.e. PET imaging, allowing molecules to be evaluated for their ability to enter the brain.

A Fulbright Scholarship will allow James to work with Associate Professor Peter Scott at the University of Michigan. There he will receive training in all aspects of PET imaging from bench-to-bedside, including radiochemical synthesis, clinical translation of radiopharmaceuticals, and both pre-clinical and clinical PET imaging. This will provide valuable skills and expertise for future drug development in Queensland.

Noah Dylan Johnson Postgraduate Students

Noah Johnson
Home InstitutionUniversity of Wisconsin at Madison
Host InstitutionSchool of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, University of New South Wales and Centre for Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineQuantum Physics
Award Year2017

Noah recently earned his BS in physics and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While there he conducted computational research on spin-based silicon quantum computing architectures under Dr. Mark Eriksson. In addition, he was invited to attend an undergraduate school on quantum information processing at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.

For his Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Noah will work on a silicon-based quantum computing research project at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) in the laboratory of Professor Andrea Morello, the manager of the Quantum Spin Control program in the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T). Quantum Computation is a newly theorized computation scheme that utilizes the laws of quantum physics to store and manipulate information in a different way than classical computers. Noah’s research will focus on developing and testing a novel architecture for electrically tuneable readout of quantum information from silicon-based spin quantum bits, a specific hardware implementation of a quantum bit, which is the basic building block of a quantum computer. This research will give Noah the opportunity to contribute vitally to the scaling up of a silicon-based quantum computer and the unique chance to act as ambassador between the silicon quantum computing communities in the U.S. and Australia.

Maureen Kessler Postgraduate Students

Maureen Kessler
Home InstitutionMontana State University
Host InstitutionHawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship (Western Sydney University)
DisciplineEcology
Award Year2017

Maureen is pursuing a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University. As a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar, she will use modelling and field-based methods to study the disease ecology of Hendra virus. The virus circulates in Australian flying foxes, but cross-species transmission results in sporadic fatal disease in horses and humans. Recently, risk has increased following widespread urbanization of the inherently migratory bats, likely in response to habitat loss. These trends raise a number of conservation concerns for flying foxes, which are critically important pollinators and seed dispersers. In collaboration with Dr. Hamish McCallum at Griffith University, Maureen will work with Dr. Justin Welbergen at Western Sydney University to understand how changes in food availability and nutrition alter the foraging behavior of flying foxes, driving urban habituation and Hendra virus spillover. Understanding the ecological drivers of urban habituation will inform effective management strategies designed to simultaneously protect flying foxes and mitigate disease risk.

Dr Ashley Kras Postgraduate Students

Ashley Kras
Home InstitutionRoyal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Host InstitutionHarvard Medical School
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineHealth Informatics
Award Year2018

Ashley is a final year ophthalmology (eye) specialist surgical trainee. Ashley believes that our healthcare sector is too slowly adapting to modern technology progress, which is rapidly revolutionising other industries. After experiencing day to day systemic inefficiencies and underutilised data repositories, Ashley collaborated on cutting edge e-health projects with government and industry at the Australian Digital Health Agency and IBM respectively.

With the Fulbright scholarship, Ashley will advance his understanding of the potential for intelligent informatics insights to drive new discoveries, help clinicians make more informed decisions, improve access to care and build a more sustainable healthcare system. Ashley plans to learn from world leaders, who are bridging the divides between computer science and clinical research, and bring the knowledge and networks back to further Australia’s digital health journey.

Jessica A. Kretzmann Postgraduate Students

Jessica Kretzmann
Home InstitutionHarry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, The University of Western Australia
Host InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Award NameFulbright Western Australia Scholarship
DisciplinePolymer Chemistry/Nanotechnology
Award Year2018

Jessica is a PhD student at The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (HPIMR) in Perth. Jessica’s research is aimed at the design and development of medically translatable technologies for targeted genome engineering as a novel treatment strategy for breast cancers.

For her Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, Jessica will work with Professor Vincent Rotello at the University of Massachusetts, to develop nanoscale delivery agents that are programmed to enhance the body’s own immune response to combat cancers. Jessica will optimise methods to deliver therapeutic proteins to macrophage cells, which are a key component of the immune system, and have a dual role influencing tumour growth and progression. Jessica will use her Fulbright Scholarship to establish critical collaborative links between the U.S. and Australia, and bring knowledge and experience in protein delivery and macrophage editing back to UWA
and HPIMR.

Dr Giri Krishnan Postgraduate Students

Giri Krishnan
Home InstitutionDepartment of Otolaryngology, The University of Adelaide
Host InstitutionDepartment of Otolaryngology, Stanford University
Award NameFulbright South Australia Scholarship
DisciplineHead and Neck Surgery
Award Year2018

Giri is an Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgical trainee. He completed his medical degree at the University of Adelaide in 2013 and a Master of Clinical Science at the Joanna Briggs Institute in 2017. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Adelaide, as part of a surgeon-scientist training program, investigating the application of novel nanoparticles to advance diagnosis and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.

As part of his Fulbright scholarship, Giri will work in the Rosenthal Laboratory at Stanford evaluating the use of advanced magnetic nanotracers for molecular imaging to identify microscopic metastatic cancer deposits in a mouse head and neck cancer xenograft model. He will also be involved in clinical trials studying the use of fluorescent probes for real-time optical imaging during head and neck surgery.

Victor Anthony Lopez-Carmen Postgraduate Students

Victor Lopez-Carmen
Home InstitutionIthaca College
Host InstitutionDepartment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Leadership, Western Sydney University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship (Western Sydney University)
DisciplineIndigenous Health
Award Year2017

Victor Lopez-Carmen earned a B.S. degree (Health Sciences and Chemistry) with honors from Ithaca College in May, 2017. As an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe with Yaqui heritage, he has a strong will to utilize his background in health, science, and advocacy to serve Indigenous Peoples globally.

Through his Fulbright award, Victor will attain a Master of Public Health at Western Sydney University while conducting a project with urban Aboriginal families who have sent their children to boarding schools. Using Indigenous methodology, in-depth conversational interviews, and group yarning circles, he will articulate the reasons, needs, feelings, expectations and experiences of Aboriginal parents & carers who have sent or are sending their Aboriginal children to urban boarding schools. The project will fill a void in the research that will allow better understanding of how boarding is experienced by Aboriginal families in urban contexts. The implications of this research can be used to provide concrete recommendations and info to assist boarding schools when engaging with Aboriginal families of Aboriginal boarding school students, thus creating educational environments that better promote sociocultural health and resilience

Peerce McManus Postgraduate Students

Peerce Mcmanus
Home InstitutionSchool of Law, University of New South Wales
Host InstitutionHarvard Law School
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineLaw and Social Justice
Award Year2018

Peerce earned a BA/LLB from UNSW in 2014 and since that time has practiced as a lawyer with Legal Aid NSW in their human rights and coronial inquest teams. Throughout 2017, Peerce was a Federal Court Associate to the Hon. Justice Perry. Peerce has also worked in native title law and policy in the Kimberley and is involved in youth justice issues in his local community.

Having been exposed to the real practical challenges of ‘coalface’ lawyering, Peerce will use his Fulbright Scholarship to undertake a Masters of Law at Harvard University focussing on law and social justice and how law and policy can be better designed to improve access to justice for vulnerable persons. Peerce hopes to make the most of Harvard’s interdisciplinary approach to legal education as he believes that multifaceted challenges to social justice in Australia necessarily require dynamic multifaceted solutions which will in turn allow for more effective change in this space.

Karri Neldner Postgraduate Students

Karri Neldner
Home InstitutionSchool of Psychology, University of Queensland
Host InstitutionNational Center for Chimpanzee Care/MD Anderson Center
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplinePsychology
Award Year2018

Karri is undertaking a PhD examining the origins of tool creation and innovation at the University of Queensland, Australia. In her PhD, Karri has investigated how young children in different cultures create new tools to solve problems on their own. This research has led Karri to South Africa, Vanuatu and Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Australia to explore children’s tool innovation and development, in order to build understanding of the mechanisms driving a defining feature of our species.

Karri will use her Fulbright Scholarship to visit the University of Texas, Austin, and the National Centre for Chimpanzee Care at the Keeling Centre for Comparative Medicine and Research. She will examine our closest living relatives, the chimpanzee, to better understand the evolutionary history of our tool making abilities. Chimpanzees can be more inventive with tool making than the average human child, so examining their behaviour may provide clues as to where children struggle to act creatively when designing tools. Learning more about the building blocks that lead to tool innovation will help determine how young children’s creativity and innovation might be fostered and encouraged.

Caroline S. Park Postgraduate Students

Caroline Park
Home InstitutionHarvard University
Host InstitutionDoherty Institute and the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne
Award NameFulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy
DisciplinePublic Health
Award Year2017

A native of Whippany, New Jersey, Caroline received her undergraduate education at Harvard University in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a secondary field in Economics. During her undergraduate years, Caroline studied metabolic syndrome at the Cowan Laboratory of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. As a Herchel Smith Fellow in 2016, she researched the effects of maternal malnutrition on fetal development. An avid traveler, Caroline has also worked on various humanitarian projects throughout Southeast Asia and southern Africa.

For her Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship, Caroline will pursue a Master of Philosophy in Medicine at the University of Melbourne. She will conduct research at the intersection of climate change and public health, specifically focusing on how vulnerable populations respond to climate-influenced food insecurity.

 

Michael Raitor Postgraduate Students

Michae lRaitor
Home InstitutionStanford University
Host InstitutionGraduate School of Biomedical Engineering, University of New South Wales
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineBiomechanical Engineering
Award Year2017

Michael completed his B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering at Stanford University in June of 2017. His undergraduate research in the CHARM Lab focused on haptic feedback for medical devices. Michael will use his Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship to spend 10 months at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) working with Professor Nigel Lovell. At UNSW, Michael will develop a wearable system to monitor gait and falls in patients during their daily lives. This system will be used to answer fundamental biomechanical questions such as how gait changes with age and how falls naturally occur. Additionally, this system will be used for long-term monitoring to warn patients when they are at an increased risk of falling so that a medical intervention, such as balance training, can be given.

Michael will use the time in Australia to create new professional networks in the fields of biomechanics and medical devices, and begin a collaborative research project between Stanford University and UNSW focused on preventing fall-related injuries.

Dr Sriram Rao Postgraduate Students

Sriram Rao
Home InstitutionSt Vincent’s Clinical School, University of New South Wales
Host InstitutionUniversity of Pennsylvania
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship (W.G. Walker)
DisciplineCardiology
Award Year2018

Sriram is a practising cardiologist, working in the advanced heart failure and heart transplant unit at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and is a PhD candidate with the University of New South Wales. His particular field of interest is in the management of patients with heart failure requiring advanced support with implantable mechanical heart pumps, known as Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD). Sriram’s research will focus on the alterations in blood flow to the brain that occur with LVAD support, in particular looking at biochemical, physiologic and anatomical differences based on underlying patient characteristics and treatments.

Sriram will be hosted at the University of Pennsylvania, and will initiate a collaborative research program with the Mechanical and Circulatory Support Unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. This collaboration will allow for a larger and more diverse range of patients to study, which will in turn lead to clinically significant results.

Dougal Robinson Postgraduate Students

Dougal Robinson
Home InstitutionUnited States Studies Centre, University of Sydney/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Host InstitutionJohns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplinePublic Policy
Award Year2018

Dougal is a Research Fellow at the United States Studies Centre, employed on secondment from DFAT. Dougal’s research and writing on U.S. foreign policy, U.S .politics and the U.S.-Australia alliance have featured in Australia’s major national newspapers, and his analysis has been quoted by international outlets including the Financial Times and the New York Times. At DFAT, Dougal worked on Australia’s bilateral relationship with both the United States and China. Dougal holds a BA with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Dougal will undertake a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, International Economics and Indonesian language at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C. He will examine U.S.-China strategic and economic competition in Asia, and analyse the implications for Australian interests and policymaking. Dougal hopes to work in both public service and expert analysis roles during his career, as Australia navigates an increasingly challenging strategic outlook.

Jessa Thurman Postgraduate Students

Jessa Thurman
Home InstitutionWashington State University, Pullman
Host InstitutionJames Cook University, Cairns
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplineEntomology
Award Year2017

Jessa will study the use of the Anastatus wasp as a biological control agent for pests in Macadamia farms near Brisbane, Australia. This research project will include a new species description of the wasp and a study of the ecology of both the raised and wild varieties of this wasp. Insights from this project will extend into  her research on the use of parasitoid wasps  and hopefully guide the development of new biological control agents. Jessa aspires to improve our usage of biological control agents to regulate pest populations in crops by understanding how these insects and other arthropods interact with pests and the environment. These studies may also be based on insights from land managers. This combination of research interests should improve overall execution of biological control on farms globally. These interests will be pursued throughout the completion of her PhD in Entomology and possibly furthered as a professor.

Hayden Wilkinson Postgraduate Students

Hayden Wilkinson
Home InstitutionResearch School of Social Sciences, Australian National University
Host InstitutionDepartment of Philosophy, Princeton University
Award NameFulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DisciplinePhilosophy
Award Year2018

Hayden is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University’s School of Philosophy. His research focuses on ethics and on the ethical theories by which we might evaluate everyday moral decisions. In particular, it has recently been found that many ethical theories encounter problems when faced with the physical reality of our universe – a universe which, according to modern physics, is likely both infinite and relativistic. These problems with our ethical theories threaten to undermine much of our practical moral decision-making. In addition, if solutions to these problems are to be had, the nature of those solutions may have significant ramifications for our everyday moral judgements.

Hayden’s research aims to develop solutions to these problems. While based at Princeton University, with the support of the Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, he will have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading philosophers to do just that.