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Fulbright summer award leads WSU sophomore to Wales

Ava Beck Linguistics major and Spokane native Ava Beck will study at Aberystwyth University in Wales for three weeks this summer, thanks to a Fulbright Summer Institute award.

Beck is one of approximately 60 U.S. students selected to undertake academic and cultural programs at any of nine hosting institutions throughout the United Kingdom. At Aberystwyth, Beck will join fellow Americans exploring contemporary issues in identity and nationhood “through the lens of Wales.” She will attend classes in the university’s Dept. of International Politics, explore the city, visit the National Library of Wales, and learn » More …

In search of microplastics in food

portrait outsideWhile shocking images of giant gyres of plastic trash in the world’s oceans cause widespread alarm, a more insidious threat to ecological and human health may be the nearly invisible microplastics in local waters, said environmental science professor Alex Fremier.

Supported by a Fulbright Global Scholar Award, Fremier will spend four months in Belém, Brazil, collecting water, fish and sediment samples in the Lower Amazon River Basin with the aim » More …

Fulbright takes undergraduate pianist to London

Garrett SnedekerSenior Garrett Snedeker has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to explore the topic “harnessing music’s ability for social change” in the coming year.

“I’m always happy to perform and share music, but I want to introduce listeners to new ways to process and think about what they are hearing,” Snedeker said. “Thanks to the Fulbright, I will be thoroughly educated to accomplish that goal in a more informed manner throughout my career. I also appreciate the chance to absorb a new and creative environment in the U.K.” » More …

“Indians to Indians” researcher earns Fulbright award

portrait imageHistory doctoral student and future professor Ryan W. Booth has received a Fulbright U.S. Student award to spend nine months in India exploring socio‑cultural characteristics attributed to indigenous soldiers during the British Raj up to a century ago.

His work adds an international element to his dissertation, and may well lead to a new global thread of research in the area » More …

History professor emerita teaching in Kazakhstan on Fulbright Fellowship

Maria TomachevaMarina Tolmacheva, WSU professor emerita of history and an expert in Islamic and world history, has been awarded a four-month Fulbright Fellowship to teach and consult on academic development at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Tolmacheva recently began teaching courses on Central Asian history in the context of world history to graduate and undergraduate students at KIMEP, a North American-style independent university, formerly known as Kazakhstan Institute of » More …

Fulbright fellow to study xenophobia in Austria

College of Arts and SciencesA Washington State University expert in the racial politics of culture has received a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for his new research examining xenophobia in Austria.

Richard King, a professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, will teach cultural studies courses at the University of Graz in Austria in the spring of 2017 supported by a grant from the Fulbright Foundation. While there, he will study the ethnic, racial and religious differences emerging as waves of refugees enter Europe from the Middle East and North Africa amid ongoing concerns about terrorism and security. » More …

Building American studies programs in Japan

College of Arts and SciencesPamela Thoma, associate professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at WSU, will teach American studies courses at University of the Ryukyus and Meio University in Okinawa, Japan, as a Fulbright fellow from September 2016 through February 2017.

Her project, “Gender and Citizenship in Asian American Literature and Culture,” includes teaching courses focused on graphic narrative by Asian Americans and on the transnational and transpacific dimensions of Asian American women’s culture and politics. » More …