Vol. 20, No. 13

April 5, 2001


Engineering professor conducts
research, teaches in Portugal

Michael H. Santare (right) with Suresh Advani

Michael H. Santare, mechanical engineering, is lecturing and conducting research in Portugal, partially funded through a 2000-2001 Fulbright scholar grant.

Santare, on sabbatical at the University of Porto in Portugal until May, received a Fulbright/ FLAD distinguished chair fellowship to the mechanical engineering department at Porto for one academic term. FLAD, the Portuguese counterpart to the Fulbright Foundation, cosponsors the award.

"I was quite surprised and pleased to have been chosen. I applied [to Fulbright] with the idea that I wanted to spend at least part of my sabbatical in another country to experience another culture and academic/ scientific atmosphere," Santare said.

Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries to support an exchange of cultures and a variety of educational activities.

Since the program's inception, more than 85,000 U.S. scholars have traveled abroad to lecture or conduct research in academic and professional fields ranging from journalism and urban planning to music, philosophy and zoology.

Each year, approximately 800 scholars take up temporary residence in 140 countries to exchange cultural experiences, teach and conduct research.

In turn, Fulbright has brought 144,000 foreign citizens to U.S. universities and colleges. This year, UD is playing host to faculty from Mexico, Turkey, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.

During his tenure in Portugal, Santare will be advising two master's degree students whose theses are in fracture mechanics, Santare's research area. He also will conduct seminars on "Fracture of Nonhomogeneous Materials" and "Biomedical Engineering," lecture to a fifth-year fracture mechanics class on dislocations in fracture mechanics and collaborate with UP professors on a proposal to the European Union to conduct research on the use of advanced materials in orthopedic implants.

Santare's main research area focuses on understanding the point at which fractures begin to occur in a variety of industrial and biological materials. He also has been working with Suresh Advani, mechanical engineering at UD, on a bone implant made of short fiber composites that mimics the response bone would produce in the body better than alloys now in use.

Santare has been living in Portugal since February and said he is finding the Portuguese lifestyle very different from the U.S. "My hosts here have been extremely gracious, and I am learning a lot about science and life in Europe," he said.

–Barbara Garrison


Fulbrights bring 4 scholars to UD from around the world

During the 2000-2001 academic year, faculty members from Sri Lanka, Turkey, Taiwan and Mexico have come to the University as visiting Fulbright scholars to lecture and study.

Li-May Sung, associate professor in the Graduate Institute of Linguistics at National Taiwan University, is working with Peter Cole, linguistics, to compare the syntax of Tsou, Sediq and Rukai. These languages, indigenous to Taiwan, are similar in construction to Austronesian, the most widely used base-language in the nations of the Pacific. Sung and Cole are exploring the possibility that the language originated in Taiwan.

Lamine Diakite, a professor in the Department of Irrigation at the Autonomous University of Chaingo, Fuentes de Aragon, Mexico, has worked with Victor Klemas, marine studies, on the use of satellite data to study changes in coastal ecosystems, during a seven-month visit that concluded in February.

Ayse Nuray Karanci, chair of the Department of Psychology at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, worked with Joanne Nigg, Disaster Research Center, from August to December on a comparison of community participation in disaster management in Turkey and the U.S.

Belinda Nandadeva, senior lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya Sri Lanka, worked with Chandra Reedy, museum studies, from September to December, on characterizing the materials and technologies of Buddhist temple paintings that have been selected for a UNESCO-Sri Lanka restoration project.

–Barbara Garrison

Application deadline set for 2002-3 Fulbright grants

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 138 lecturing/research awards in education for the 2002-03 academic year. Award opportunities are available not only for college and university faculty and administrators, but also for professionals from business and government, as well as artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year.

A new short-term grants program–the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program–offers two-to six-week grants.

While foreign language skills are needed in some countries, most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Application deadlines for 2002-03 awards are

  • May 1, for Fulbright Distinguished Chair awards in Europe, Canada and Russia;
  • Aug. 1, for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide;
  • Nov. 1, for spring/summer seminars in Germany, Korea and Japan for international educators and academic administrators and for the summer German Studies Seminar; and
  • Rolling deadline for the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program.

For further information, contact the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 3007 Tilden St., NW, Suite 5-L, Washington, DC 20008, visit the web site at [www.cies.org] or call (202) 686-7877.