UC Berkeley Researchers Selected for Fulbright Program

Photo: <b>Nicholas Crawford and Letty Brown</b> have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program. Crawford is currently researching stochastic geometry and quantum many-body problems in Haifa, Israel. Brown used the grant money to research the fragmentation of the Atlantic Forest and teach at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil.
Nicholas Crawford and Letty Brown have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program. Crawford is currently researching stochastic geometry and quantum many-body problems in Haifa, Israel. Brown used the grant money to research the fragmentation of the Atlantic Forest and teach at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil.





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Two UC Berkeley researchers were selected for this year's Fulbright Scholar Program and sent overseas to study, teach and conduct research with foreign colleagues in an effort to contribute to international research.

Out of 732 total U.S. Fulbright scholars this year, the two associated with the campus are Nicholas Crawford, a postdoctoral fellow in statistics, and Letty Brown, a research affiliate in environmental science, policy and management.

"It was one of the richest experiences of my academic career," Brown said in an e-mail. "My Brazilian colleagues were innovative researchers given their limited resources, and the students were eager to learn.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is an international educational exchange program for scholarly faculty and professionals sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It was designed to increase understanding between researchers from different countries. Scholars are awarded based on their academic achievements.

For 2008, the program received $215.4 million from the bureau, in addition to $60 million from foreign governments.

Crawford, a former visiting scholar in statistics, is currently researching stochastic geometry and quantum many-body problems at the Technion --Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. He could not be reached for comment.

Brown said she used the grant money to travel to Brazil and conduct research on the fragmentation of the Atlantic Forest and teach at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in September 2008. She returned in October 2009.

Brown conducted a landscape-scale analysis, measuring size, shape and distribution of the remainder of the forest. Taking into account existing legal protection and working with local wildlife biologists, Brown said she and her Brazilian colleagues examined potential sites to replace the lost forest.

Upon leaving Brazil in October, Brown was further awarded a two-year postdoctoral research grant from the Brazilian government, with which she said she plans to continue her Atlantic Forest research and return to Brazil.

Although moving overseas was difficult, Brown said it was an inspiring experience for her.

"Working in Brazil gave me a new perspective on American academia and policy," Brown said in an e-mail. "I am very grateful to the Fulbright Program for the privilege of being a scholar."

Alexander Katz, associate professor of chemical engineering at UC Berkeley and former Fulbright scholar, said the program allowed him to network and collaborate with foreign colleagues.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to teach an experimental course ... and interact with foreign colleagues and students," he said.

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