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9 Texas Tech faculty receive Fulbright Awards

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Nine Texas Tech University faculty members accepted grants from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for the 2013-2014 academic year.

According to the Fulbright Program's archives beginning in 1998, this is the most grants awarded to Texas Tech faculty members in the university's history.

"Through the Fulbright program, these faculty are bestowed the opportunity to work side-by-side with researchers around the world, promoting educational collaboration and scholarship," Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said. "The opportunity to continue exploration of research opportunities on global levels is of great benefit to our faculty and represents the advanced academic reputation we continue to build at Texas Tech."

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for American scholars to conduct research, lecture, and consult with other scholars and institutions abroad. The recipients' time abroad ranges from a semester to more than an academic year.

Michael San Francisco, interim vice president for research, said awards like Fulbright recognize the types of national and international awards faculty achieve.

"They provide us an opportunity for great visibility and our university faculty get to go abroad with the Fulbright to do work in other nations," San Francisco said. "They also get to bring something back to teach the community."

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between citizens of the U.S. and residents of other countries.

The following are Texas Tech Fulbright Scholars during the 2013-2014 year:

William Lan, a chairman and professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, will conduct seminars for graduate students on the discipline of educational psychology, as well as how to write empirical research reports. The seminars will be conducted at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

David Lektzian, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science will conduct research at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University in Lithuania. He plans to study the relationship between economic sanctions and militarized conflicts.

Timothy Matis, an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, will teach and conduct research at the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. During his time there, he will expand ScholasticChallenge to include videos produced with Chilean companies in Spanish. He will also conduct research in analytics related to copper mining.

Susan Myers, an associate professor in the College of Education, will conduct research and teach seminars focusing on mentoring practices in India. She is placed at the University of Pondicherry in Pondicherry, India.

Paul Paré, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will study how bacteria increase iron content in casaba at the Federal University of San Paulo in Brazil. This is Paré's second time to receive the U.S. Scholar Fulbright award.

Kelly Phelan, an associate department chair in the College of Human Sciences, will teach a course in Ecotourism and Sustainable Development at the University of Botswana. She plans to conduct research related to tourism development in Southern Africa.

John Poch, a professor in the Department of English, will teach American Poetry, Modern and Contemporary at the University of Barcelona and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He will also be writing a new collection of poems.

Hamed Sari-Sarraf, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will conduct research and teach on applied computer vision at Baku State University in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Trenia Walker, an associate professor in the College of Education, will be at the University of Pristina in Kosovo conducting research and teaching. The research focuses on the ways teachers and administrators use data to drive decision making and its effectiveness. She will also continue a study she began 10 years ago on Civics Education curriculum.

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