Twenty-Two Duke Graduates, Graduate Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

DURHAM, N.C. -- Twenty-two Duke University graduates and graduate students have been awarded J. William Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad for one year and otherwise benefit from living in a foreign culture.

The Fulbright program, founded in 1946, is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program. It was created by Congress shortly after World War II to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.

"Duke is honored and delighted to have so many Fulbright recipients for the 2005-06 academic year, especially since out of the close to 7,000 persons who apply, only around 1,100 grants are given to U.S. citizens to study overseas," said Darla Deardorff, Duke's Fulbright adviser. "The Fulbright program, as one of the truly premier overseas programs, is greatly needed now more than ever, given its role in building international cooperation."

This year's Duke recipients are:

-- Elizabeth A. Albright of Bloomington, Ind., a Ph.D. candidate who will travel to Hungary to study "The Recent Danube River Basin Floods: Hungary's Response."

-- Nicole M. Ambrosetti of Dunkirk, N.Y., a recent graduate who will travel to Germany to study "Artistic Exchange in Contemporary Germany."

-- Patrick R. Crosby of Abbeville, S.C., a recent graduate who will travel to Australia to study "Improving Music Perception in Cochlear Implants Using Novel Stimulation Techniques."

-- Brian O. Diekman of West Lafayette, Ind., a recent graduate who will travel to Ireland to study "Gene Therapy Approach to Cartilage Tissue Engineering."

-- Julia C. DiPrete of Chicago, a recent graduate who will travel to Germany to teach English as a foreign language.

-- David J. Finch of High Point, N.C., a recent graduate who will travel to Argentina to teach English as a foreign language.

-- Kevin W. Fogg of Richmond, Va., a recent graduate who will travel to Indonesia to study the "Role of Islamic Institutions in Identity Formation."

-- Barry J. Gewolb of Minneapolis, Minn., a recent graduate who will travel to Uruguay to study "Pension Reform and Aging in Uruguay."

-- Nathan J. Hodson of Hopewell, Va., a recent graduate who will travel to Jordan to study "Jordanian Perspectives on Regional Conflict and Integration."

-- Sravan Kakani of Savannah, Ga., a recent graduate who will travel to South Korea to teach English as a foreign language.

-- Daniel R. Kennedy of Edwards, Calif., a recent graduate who will travel to Germany to study "Overcoming Ego: Cooperation between the U.S. and Germany."

-- Yelena A. Kogan of Gorky, Russia, a recent graduate who will travel to Brazil to study "AIDS in Brazil: Politics of Prevention and Treatment."

-- Aneil P. Lala of Chicago, a recent graduate who will travel to South Korea to teach English as a Foreign Language.

-- Jang Won Lee of New Jersey, a recent graduate who will travel to China to study "Minority Economic Development in China."

-- Scott A. Lemmon of Charlotte, N.C., a recent graduate who will travel to Chile to teach English as a Foreign Language.

-- Michelle A. Mangan of Arlington Heights, Ill., a recent graduate who will travel to Senegal to study "Policies for Gender Equality in Senegalese Education."

-- Christopher H. Martin of Columbus, Ind., a recent graduate who will travel to Malawi to study "Schistosomiasis Biocontrol using Fishes in Lake Malawi."

-- Mrinali Patel of Long Island, N.Y., a recent graduate who will travel to South Korea to study English as a Foreign Language.

-- Francesca M. Pignataro of Bethpage, N.J., a recent graduate who will travel to Italy to study "Microfungal Analysis in Liguria."

-- Cindy Wang of Taiwan, a recent graduate who will travel to Estonia to study "National Identity and Post-Soviet Estonian Economic Development."

-- Jessica L. Ward of Worcester, Mass., a recent graduate who will travel to Botswana to study "Reproduction and Identification of Male African Lions."

-- Katherine L. Wilson-Milne of Boston, a graduate who will travel to South Africa to study "Forced-Migrant Community Development in Urban South Africa."