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Participate in Boise State’s Fulbright Week Nov. 13-16

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 2:48 pm / November 7, 2017

Jen Forbey

Jen Forbey while on a Fulbright trip to Norway with reindeer.

Boise State University graduate and undergraduate students with a passion for pursuing research, study or teaching opportunities abroad are encouraged to attend Fulbright Week Nov. 13-16. Events throughout the week in the Student Union Building (SUB) will highlight the prestigious Fulbright Program, which offers a breadth of scholarly experiences in over 125 countries.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has recognized Boise State as a top producer of Fulbright recipients among U.S. colleges and universities.

Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13
SUB Lookout Room
English professor Janet Holmes will present a talk titled “Teaching Creative Writing and Journalism in Hungary.” Holmes teaches poetry in the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in creative writing.

Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14
SUB Lookout Room
Associate professor of biological sciences Jennifer Forbey will present a talk titled “Scandinavian Wildlife Inspire the Search for New Medicines and New Self.” Forbey spent four months in Sweden and Norway studying the co-evolutionary relationship between plants and herbivores in an effort to speed the discovery of new and more effective drugs to treat diseases, particularly those that have developed multi-drug resistance.

Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15
SUB Bergquist Lounge
Anthropology professor John Ziker will present “Life History Evolution and Knowledge Translation.” Ziker was awarded the Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chair in Brain Science. His project investigated the effects of prenatal conditions, childhood stress, social support and neighborhood quality on the development of mental health problems in the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY).

Noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
SUB Bishop Barnwell Room
Steven Feldstein and Elizabeth Gutting will present “The Global Impact of Fulbright’s Vision.” Boise State’s Frank Church Institute named Feldstein the Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs. Feldstein served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State responsible for the State Department’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Gutting is the program coordinator for Boise State’s MFA in creative writing program. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. She was a Fulbright fellow in South Korea.

“The opportunity to take part in the Fulbright program changed my life. It allowed me to make contact with students and scholars that I would never have had the chance to meet otherwise, and opened up new avenues of research that I would not have considered before,” said Lynn Lubamersky, an associate professor of history. Lubamersky traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania in 2015 on a Fulbright core scholarship.

To learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program at Boise State, visit: https://international.boisestate.edu/

About the Fulbright Program
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Over 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in over 125 countries throughout the world. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit eca.state.gov/fulbright.