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Ten from UC Earn Fulbrights and International Opportunities


Ten UC faculty and students have recently earned, recently returned or are currently abroad thanks to their Fulbright awards.

Date: 6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Provided by Richard Hess and William Weir

UC ingot   Thanks to highly competitive Fulbright Program grants, 10 University of Cincinnati faculty and students have either recently returned, are currently on or will shortly embark upon overseas studies and research/teaching opportunities in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Earning faculty Fulbrights are
  • Paul Bishop, UC professor emeritus of environmental engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, is helping to develop mafia-fighting tools as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. He’s doing so by helping to develop technology to track down trash and toxic waste polluters with connections to organized crime in and around the storied city of Naples.
  • Mary Brydon Miller, professor in educational studies in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services, is conducting action research in England. Action research involves the process of actively participating in an organization change situation while also conducting research. The researcher not only observes and theorizes about actions and events but is actually part of that action in order to solve an immediate problem or improve the process of addressing issues.
  • Charles Doarn, research professor in the department of family and community medicine, College of Medicine, traveled earlier this year to Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje in Macedonia on a project titled "The Role of Computers and Internet in Public Health.”
  • Timothy Forest, professor of history at UC Blue Ash College, is spending eight months in Alsace-Lorraine, a region in France with an ambivalent history, in order to study emigration from this once-disputed territory, which changed hands between France and Germany in both the 19th and 20th centuries.
    Richard Hess
    Drama professor Richard Hess, right, led a contingent of students to Kenya in 2011 where they met refugees such as Abdi Rashid, a writer, who translated Hess’ words to Somali. Hess will now return to Nairobi on a Fulbright.

  • Anna Gudmundsdottir, professor of chemistry in UC’s McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, will work with colleagues in Japan to advance our understanding of how radicals (a type of atom, molecule or ion with a single, unpaired electron) combine with oxygen to produce the reactions that cause the food in the fridge to spoil and affects many other materials, leading to decay.
  • Richard Hess, professor and chair of the drama department in UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, will be heading to Nairobi, Kenya, to teach and research at Kenyatta University during the 2013-14 academic year. He first traveled to Nairobi in 2011 as part of the groundbreaking Dadaab Theatre Project.
  • Christopher Phillips, professor of history in A&S, will compare the historical experiences of the border states following the American Civil War and post-World War II Czechoslovakia (later the Czech Republic and Slovakia).

Earning student Fulbrights are
  • Derrell Acon, just-graduated master’s student in CCM, will soon travel to Parma, Italy, for performance and research opportunities.
  • Alisa Jordheim, a musical arts doctoral candidate in CCM’s voice studies program, will be traveling to Norway for her Fulbright project. A student of Scandinavian vocal music and diction, Jordheim is compiling an anthology of art songs and arias by Nordic (Norwegian, Swedish and Danish) composers. She intends to translate these works into both IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and English in an effort to generate greater interest in Scandinavian vocal repertoire and performance outside of Scandinavia. She will also complete a recording of her own performance of the repertoire to be included in the anthology, so that the diction and style can be heard as well as seen.
    William Weir
    UC's William Weir at a Bronze Age site in Cyprus.


  • William Weir, doctoral student in classics in A&S, is studying Bronze Age pottery in Cyprus thanks to his Fulbright.
UC students interested in applying for Fulbright grants or other similarly prestigious scholarships and awards can find resources and assistance for doing so in UC’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.