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Fulbright scholars join faculty; Gardner to lecture in Finland

By Catherine Doss

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 16 - January 16, 1997

Six international Fulbright scholars have joined Virginia Tech for the1996-97 academic year, and a Virginia Tech professor has taken a Fulbright assignment in Finland.

The six visiting scholars are:

Alloush Ghiath, assistant professor in the department of soil science and plant nutrition at Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria. Ghiath is studying phosphorus-uptake efficiency in different cultivars of chickpea plants.

Antonio Pedro Mano, assistant professor, faculty of sciences and technology, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. Mano's area of study is biological nutrient removal from wastewater-treatment systems in the university's department of civil engineering.

Olukayode Oyekanmi Oyesiku, senior lecturer and head, department of geography and regional planning, Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. Oyesiku is conducting a comparative study of new town approach to urban development in the United States and Nigeria and is working out of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Ekatherina Pirojenko, learned secretary, department of social geography, Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine. Pirojenko is studying the socio-geographical substantiation of the prospects of Ukrainian forest-industry development in the department of forest products.

Amr Shaarawi, assistant professor, department of engineering physics, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt. Shaarawi is conducting research out of the department of electrical engineering on localized waves: generation and propagation.

Hafez Qadri Shaheen, chair, department of civil engineering, An-Najah NationalUniversity, Nablus, West Bank. Shaheen is researching rainfall-erosion losses in rural watersheds through the department of civil engineering.

In addition, Thomas Gardner, associate professor in Virginia Tech's English department, has taken a 10-month Fulbright assignment lecturing on American Studies at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

"Virginia Tech's participation in the Fulbright program is excellent this year," said Patrick W. Carlton, interim director for international education and outreach. "I think this speaks very well for the university's outstanding reputation as a research institution."

The Fulbright Scholarship Program is an international research program. Initiated in 1946 under the leadership of Senator J. William Fulbright, the program is designed to generate an exchange of people and ideas in the interest of world peace.