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November 22, 2006

Pitt recognized as top producer of Fulbrights

The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Pitt as a “top producer” among research universities of Fulbright awards for U.S. students for 2006-07. Pitt students received 10 Fulbright awards from a pool of 21 applicants.

In addition, two Pitt faculty members have been awarded Fulbright grants to conduct their work abroad. They are Kevin Kearns, professor of public and urban affairs in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and director of Pitt’s Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, and Andrew Weintraub, associate professor of music and director of the Pitt Gamelan Ensemble.

Kearns will use his Fulbright grant this winter and spring to lecture on building strategic management capacity in Czech nongovernmental organizations at Charles University, Prague, in the Czech Republic.

Weintraub will conduct research in Indonesia and write a book about dangdut, popular music that blends Malay, Arabic and Indian musical elements with American rock ’n’ roll and Latin dance music. His project is entitled “Dangdut Stories: A Social and Musical History of Indonesia’s Most Popular Music.”

Pitt also is hosting 24 international students with Fulbright grants for graduate study and three visiting scholars for the 2006-07 academic year.

Allan E. Goodman, president of the Institute of International Education, which administers the U.S. student Fulbright program, congratulated the University on the distinction of having 10 students receive Fulbright grants. He also recognized the efforts of Pitt Fulbright program advisers Annagene Yucas, director of the Study Abroad Office in the University Center for International Studies, and Amy Eckhardt, director of national scholarships and international programming in the University Honors College.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 30,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 39 Issue 7

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