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Loyola named "Top Producer" of U.S. Fulbright scholars

| By Nick Alexopulos
Fulbright Top Producers

Loyola University Maryland is a top producer of U.S. Fulbright scholars among master’s institutions, according to data released by the Fulbright Scholar Program and published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The “Top Producing” schools are those institutions in each Carnegie Classification that had the highest number of students and scholars who received Fulbright grants for 2013-14. Loyola has two Fulbright winners this year, and each is a faculty member.

“Loyola’s success in Fulbright programs—on the part of our faculty and our students, alike—represents our zeal to collaborate, learn, and teach in the Jesuit tradition,” said Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs at Loyola. “When our faculty and student scholars partner with communities throughout the globe to collaborate and share knowledge, they demonstrate a deep understanding of the increasing imperative to connect with other cultures by meeting other citizens where they are.”

In July, Roberta Sabin, Ph.D., professor emerita of computer science, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach computer science at the University of Malawi. Business is booming in this region of Sub-Saharan Africa, which means commerce is increasingly dependent on technology. Sabin arrived in Malawi in September, and she hopes that her six months of teaching can help provide future business and technology leaders with a comprehensive understanding of the innovation computer systems are capable of unlocking.

In May, Barbara Vann, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of sociology, won a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and study at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, for the spring 2014 semester. At the Charles University Institute of Sociological Studies, Vann will continue her ongoing research of collective memory–information that becomes the memory of a group of people–as it relates to the period before, during, and after the Velvet Revolution, a non-violent protest that toppled the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1989. She has studied the topic for the better part of a decade, gathering vital information in short stints during the one month study abroad program in Prague she leads each summer. Vann plans to publish a book about her findings once her research is complete.

Loyola and Regis University are the only Jesuit schools to make this year’s list of top Fulbright producers.

Read the Chronicle story here.

About the Fulbright Program:
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More information about the Fulbright Program is available online.

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