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04-27-1999

Three Clarkson University Professors Travel Overseas

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Fulbright Scholars Program has allowed thousands of instructors to lecture and conduct research overseas. Clarkson University is no stranger to the program, with a number of professors over the years having been selected for the honor. This academic year, three Clarkson professors were so selected.

Distinguished Emeritus Research Professor Petr Zuman of Potsdam has just returned from a Fulbright trip to Turkey.  During his time there, he taught an eight-week course on “Elucidation of organic electrode processes” at Gazi University in Ankara, and delivered seminars at various universities throughout the country.  In addition, Zuman spoke at two conferences and participated in chemistry research at Gazi.

“I was deeply impressed by the dynamism of the Turkish society,” Zuman said.  “It is absolutely amazing how the country was transferred during the 75 years of the republic into a modern democratic society.

“I was most impressed by the attitude of young people,” he continued.  “Their eagerness to learn –about chemistry, about the United States, and what visitors think of their country— is a great asset.”

Two other Clarkson professors are still overseas.

Engineering and Manufacturing Professor Michael R.W. Bommer of Canton is lecturing on Science and Technology Commercialization at the Technical University of Lisbon, the largest engineering and business school in Portugal.  Bommer is teaching a graduate seminar in innovation and technology transfer, advising on ongoing research projects, and helping to develop new initiatives in technology transfer in cooperation with industry there.

Liberal Arts Professor Jack P. Geise Jr. of Potsdam is in Budapest, Hungary, lecturing on American Politics and Political Institutions at the Budapest University of Economic Sciences.

Established in 1946 under congressional legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program is designed, in the words of its enabling legislation, to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Approximately 4,200 new grants are awarded annually.  Approximately 220,000 “Fulbrighters” –82,000 from the United States and 138,000 from abroad—have participated in the program since 1946.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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