Fulbright welcomes Americans on exchange to New Zealand

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Fulbright New Zealand welcomed 18 new American exchange participants to New Zealand last week with an intensive week-long orientation programme designed to highlight the unique attributes of their host country.

The nine Fulbright US Graduate Students, five Fulbright US Senior Scholars and four Ian Axford Fellows in Public Policy will study, research or teach at universities and governmental organisations in New Zealand over the next three to twelve months.

The incoming grantees were welcomed with a powhiri and stayed overnight at Waiwhetu Marae in Lower Hutt, and also visited Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of New Zealand, Otari-Wiltons Bush and Parliament. A series of lectures and seminars throughout the week introduced participants to New Zealand, Maori and Pacific history, culture and language, and New Zealands unique flora and fauna.

A number of Fulbright alumni were among the orientation weeks speakers botanist John Dawson led a guided tour of Otari-Wiltons Bush, historian Jock Phillips from Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand gave a snapshot of New Zealand culture, Victoria University of Wellington lecturer Jon Johansson gave an introduction to New Zealand politics, and Green Party MP Kennedy Graham reflected on life in parliament. For the first time, grantees were home-hosted by local New Zealand Fulbright alumni, an initiative organised by the Fulbright New Zealand Alumni Association.

This years Fulbright and Axford Fellowship grantees will study and research topics as diverse as race relations, fault mapping, emissions trading schemes, smoking cessation and financial disclosure. As an aside to their studies, next week the newly-arrived Fulbright US Graduate Students will represent their country in the inaugural Future Partners Forum organised in conjunction with the US NZ Partnership Forum in Christchurch.

They will discuss with an equal number of young New Zealanders their views on the future of the bilateral relationship between New Zealand and the US, and the group will present their ideas to the closing session of the high level gathering of government, business and community representatives.

Fulbright grantees and Ian Axford Fellows in Public Policy are available for media interviews throughout the duration of their exchange to New Zealand. A list of grantees and their exchange projects is attached. Please contact Fulbright New Zealand with any media requests.

See more orientation photographs on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fulbrightnewzealand/sets/72157625919141463/

Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America. The Fulbright programme offers a range of prestigious awards for New Zealand and American graduate students, academics, artists and professionals to study, research and teach in each others countries. Fulbright New Zealand offers over 70 exchange awards each year half to students and half to scholars and more than 1,400 New Zealanders and 1,100 Americans have benefited from a Fulbright award to date. The programme is mainly funded by the US and New Zealand governments with additional funding from award sponsors, private philanthropists and alumni donors.

See www.fulbright.org.nz for details about Fulbright awards and how to apply, or download a Media Fact Sheet of further background information here: www.fulbright.org.nz/about/mediafactsheet.pdf

Incoming US Fulbright and Ian Axford Fellowship Grantees, February 2011

Fulbright US Graduate Awards

For promising US graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research in any field at a New Zealand institution, for one academic year.

Patrick Behrer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Studies, specialising in barriers to entry into New Zealands forestry compliance carbon market, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Ellie Bors from Bellevue, Washington will research genetic effects of deep sea fishing on marine invertebrates, at the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (NIWA).

Laura Kehrl from Everett, Washington will complete a Master of Science degree in Geology, specialising in the effects of climate change on the South Islands Brewster Glacier, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Jens Lund Snee from Evergreen, Colorado will complete a Certificate of Proficiency in Geology, specialising in mapping and analysis of the Alpine Fault, at the University of Otago.

Tom McFadden from Sacramento, California will complete a Master of Science degree in Communications, specialising in science communication in the digital age, at the University of Otago.

Elli Nagai-Rothe from San Francisco, California will research the Human Rights Commissions work on addressing racial inequality in New Zealand, at the University of Auckland.

Sunshine Prior from Plano, Texas will complete a Master of Science degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology, specialising in mental and social health variations among New Zealand and Maori deaf communities, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Kyle Rosenblad from Shelburne, Vermont is researching the effects of exotic plant species on native flora, at Lincoln University.

Rebecca Stahl from Phoenix, Arizona will complete a Master of Laws degree, specialising in New Zealands Family Court system, at the University of Otago.

Fulbright US Senior Scholar Awards For US academics, artists or professionals to lecture and/or conduct research in New Zealand for three to five months.

Frank Alcock from New College of Florida will research New Zealands emissions trading scheme and lecture about the politics of cap and trade systems, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Mike Emch from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will research spatial and social patterns of smoking and smoking cessation in New Zealand, at the University of Canterbury.

Chris Lubienski from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will research school enrolment policies and their impact on equity patterns in New Zealand, and teach courses on equity and leadership in education, at the University of Waikato.

Jeff Matsuura from Alliance Law Group will research legal and policy approaches to emerging technologies in New Zealand and the United States, at the University of Otago.

Lesley Wheeler from Washington and Lee University will research links between poets and communities in the 21st century, and lecture about American poetry, at Victoria University of Wellington.

Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy

For outstanding mid-career US professionals to research and gain first-hand experience of public policy at a New Zealand government organisation for seven months.

Renewable energy attorney Ian Boisvert will research development of an allocation regime for marine energy in New Zealand, at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Vicki Johnson from the National Commission on Children and Disasters will research New Zealands national school disaster preparedness programme, at the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.

Jonathan Karp from the US Securities and Exchange Commission will research New Zealands model for corporate financial disclosure, at the Securities Commission.

David Wiley from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will research the success of scientific research in influencing decision-making for marine protected areas, at the Department of Conservation.

Andy Mitchell
Communications Adviser

Fulbright New Zealand
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