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04-30-1999

Clarkson Physics Professor Forgacs To Be Fulbright Scholar In Hungary For 1999-2000 School Year

Clarkson University Physics Professor Gabor Forgacs (GAH-bor FOR-gotch) of Potsdam has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the 1999-2000 academic year.  Forgacs will lecture at the Biophysics Institute of the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest.  Aside from his Fulbright work, he will also conduct research at the Hungarian Institute for Advanced Studies.

“My research is in biological physics.  It is perhaps the most dynamically moving branch of physics presently,” says Forgacs, who will be on his first Fulbright sabbatical.  “I proposed to lecture to medical students as well as physics students.  Such a combination is rare.  I believe the Fulbright program considered this proposal unique for those reasons.”

The Fulbright trip will be a homecoming for Forgacs, a native of Hungary.  He received his master of science and doctoral degrees from Eotvos Roland University in Budapest.  Before his arrival at Clarkson in 1986, he was a visiting foreign collaborator at the Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay in France from 1984-86.  His many honors include a 1992 induction into the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences. In addition, he has given more than 450 invited talks and lectures. Forgacs is also the author of about 100 publications and editor of several books, and has just signed a contract with Cambridge University Press to write a book titled Physical Mechanisms in Early Embryonic Development.

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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