President’s Update — Fulbright Scholars Named — April 20, 2010

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

At the Academic Convocation in September, I challenged faculty to reach across borders and build bridges with individuals and institutions in other lands. One of the most exciting and prestigious ways to do exactly that is to become a Fulbright scholar. These awards provide incredible opportunities for faculty to expand their scholarship, gain new insights and international experiences and develop relationships with colleagues in other countries. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated leadership in their field of expertise. I am very proud to announce that not one but two faculty have earned these prominent appointments.

Mihaela Leonida, professor of chemistry, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to Romania for the 2010–2011 academic year. Mihaela will be based at the University Politehnica in Bucharest and will be conducting research in the Bioengineering and Biotechnology Department (UPB) on a project “Soft Nanomaterials Used to Stabilize ‘Wired’ Proteins.” She will also be teaching graduate students as part of the course Advanced Analytical Methods for Biomaterials, focusing on topics in the fields of biosensors and characterization of bioconjugated systems. During previous sabbaticals, Mihaela has been a visiting professor at the Université de Quebec in Canada and the École Polytechnique de l'Université de Nantes in France.

Gerard Farias, associate professor of management, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to India for the 2010–2011 academic year. Starting in spring 2011, Gerard will lecture at the Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) in Jamshedpur, India. XLRI is one of the top-ranked business schools in India. He will be teaching courses focusing on the role of business in society, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. In addition to teaching, Gerard will be collaborating with faculty from XLRI doing research and learning at XLRI’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Please join me in congratulating Mihaela and Gerard. I know they will share with the community their experiences and insights, and I know they will inspire others to pursue similar recognition and achievement.

Those who are interested in learning more about applying for a Fulbright grant, please contact Diana Cvitan, director, Office of Global Learning, at or ext. 7161.

Thank you,
Michael Adams