"Of all the joint ventures in which we might engage, the most productive, in my view EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE. I have always had great difficulty--since the initiation of Fulbright Scholarships in 1946--in trying to find the words that would persuasively explain educational exchange is not merely one of those nice but marginal activities in which we eng in international affairs, but rather, from the standpoint of future world peace and order, prob THE MOST IMPORTANT and POTENTIALLY REWARDING OF OUR FOREIGN-POLICY ACTIVITI "Our future is not in the stars but in our own minds and hearts. Creative leadership and liberal education, w in fact go together, are the first requirements for a hopeful future for humankind. Fostering these--leader learning, and empathy between cultures--was and remains the purpose of the international scholarship prog that I was privileged to sponsor in the U.S. Senate over forty years ago. It is a modest program with an immo aim--the achievement in international affairs of a regime more civilized, rational and humane than the em system of power of the past. I believed in that possibility when I began. I still do." - Senator J. William Fulbr
Australian American Fulbright Scholars fulbright.org.au
The Australian American Fulbright Commission
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Honorary Co-Chair (Australia) The Hon Scott Morrison MP Prime Minister of Australia
Honorary Co-Chair (U.S.) Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr U.S. Ambassador to Australia
Peter de Cure (Chair) Chairman, Accord Property Holdings Deputy Chair, Royal Flying Doctor Service – Central Operations Director, Variety the Children’s Charity SA Inc. Gavin Sundwall (Treasurer) Minister–Counselor for Public Affairs U.S. Embassy, Canberra Christian Bennett Group Head of Government Relations & Industry Affairs Woolworths Limited, Melbourne Professor Barney Glover AO Vice Chancellor and President Western Sydney University David Gainer Consul General U.S. Consulate, Perth
Sara James Author and Journalist Dr Varuni Kulasekera Consultant Scientist Hobart Larry Lopez Director, Accelerating Commercialisation, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Partner, Australian Venture Consultants, Perth Karen Sandercock Group Manager, International Group, Australian Government Department of Education Greg Wilcock Assistant Secretary, U.S. Branch Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
COMMISSION TEAM Thomas Dougherty Executive Director
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Program Officer: Scholarships & Communications
Contents About Fulbright 4 A note from the Chairman 5 2020 Australian Fulbright Scholars 8 2020 American Fulbright Scholars 43 Fulbright Scholarships and Partners 58
THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM
The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing cultural understanding, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas. Born in the aftermath of WWII, the program was established by Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946 with the ethos of turning ‘swords into ploughshares’, whereby credits from the sale of surplus U.S. war material were used to fund academic exchanges between host countries and the U.S. Since its establishment, the Fulbright Program has grown to become the largest educational exchange program in the world, operating in over 160 countries. In its seventy-year history, more than 390,000 students, academics, and professionals have received Fulbright Scholarships to study, teach, or conduct research, and to promote bilateral collaboration and cultural uderstanding. Approximately 8,000 competitive, merit-based grants are awarded annually in most academic disciplines and fields of study.
THE AUSTRALIAN-AMERICAN FULBRIGHT COMMISSION The treaty that established the Fulbright program in Australia was signed on 26 November 1949. The initial sale of U.S. surplus war material to Australia provided $5.8m to fund the first fourteen years of the program. In 1964 a new agreement was entered into by the Australian and U.S. Governments to establish the Australian-American Educational Foundation (later to be known as the Fulbright Commission), funded by both governments. Today, 70 years later, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission continues to administer the program, thanks to the funding of the Australian and U.S. Governments, and a generous group of sponsors. This support has enabled the steady expansion of the program, which now offers scholarships to candidates at all levels of research. Since its establishment, the Commission has awarded scholarships to over 5,000 Australians and Americans. Our distinguished alumni are an integral part of the program’s rich history and ongoing professional network.
From the Chairman On behalf of Fulbright Australia, I'd like to congratulate the 2020 Fulbright Scholars, as well as the institutions that have fostered their academic trajectories. This is by far the largest cohort we have ever awarded, and we are exceptionally proud of them. This yearâ€™s Fulbrighters are treating â€œuntreatableâ€? diseases through regenerative medicine and immunotherapies, increasing data security and developing digital protections for Australians, harnessing the full potential of renewable energy production, and forging new collaborative linkages across the sciences, arts, and humanities.
Thanks to the generosity of our scholarship sponsors and Presentation Dinner supporters, we are able to continue in our mission to foster bilateral collaboration between Australia and the United States. We have great hopes for the achievements that our scholars will bring to their institutions and to the Australian-American bilateral relationship.
Peter de Cure Chairman Australian-American Fulbright Commission Board of Directors
Australian Fulbright Scholars
SCHOLAR p8-17 • • • • •
Nigel Andrew • James Arvanitakis • Leon Barmuta • Brydie-Leigh Bartleet • Robyn Brandenburg Kimberley Brennan • Martina Doblin • Martin Ebert • Karen Hughes • Amanda Jones • Graeme Jones Anastassija Konash • Zdenka Kuncic • Carol Maher • Paul McGreevy • Tristan Moss • Dermot O’Gorman Robert Perrons • Kristen Radford • John A. Rees • Charles Rice • Kelly Richards • Joshua Ross Bruce Scates • Georgie Skipper • Lisa Toohey • Christopher Wong
POSTDOCTORAL p18-25 • • • •
Louise Allen • Nicole Bart • Natalie Benbow • Paul Branson • Angela Cumberland • Calum Cunningham Briohny Doyle • Malindu Fernando • Christopher Goatley • Barbara Kachigunda • Farzana Kastury Samantha Le May • Jessica Lockery • Nina Papalia • Eden Robertson • Emma Rowe • Louisa Selvadurai Arman Siahvashi • Emily Steel • Xavier Symons • Eunice To • Joseph West
POSTGRADUATE p25-42 • Sarmad Akkach • James Bailie • Owen Bradfield • Annabelle Brennan • Victoria Bridgland • Adam Briner • Francesca Cary • Samuel Cheeseman • Melody Cheung • Monique Chilver • Jake Clark • Edward Cliff • Guy Coleman • Jordan Cory • Alice Crawford • Ruebena Dawes • James Denier • Clinton Greg Elliott • Courtney Gilchrist • Rebecca Harkins-Cross • Shane Harrison • Allison Hempenstall • Caroline Hendy • Nicholas Hindley • Lucy Holmes McHugh • Huw Jarvis • Liam Tay Kearney • Narelle Keating • Florence Lui • Michael Lukin• Somya Mehra • Katherine Oborne • Penny Pascoe • Pallavi Prathivadi • Sasha Purcell • Joey Rowlands • Joshua Russell • Nicholas Schumann • Hamid Sediqi • Siddhanth Sharma • Ranjana Srivastava • Ahnaf Tajwar Tahabub • Lachlan Tegart • Gemma Tierney • Lily Wang • Isaac Ward • Alice Yan • Chloe Yap • Ben Ye • Timothy Yee • Grace Yeung • Janet Zhong
American Fulbright Scholars
DISTINGUISHED CHAIR p43-45 • Lee Ann Banaszak • Pablo Garcia • Steven Gorelick • Ravi Jain • Jonathan Mendilow • Edward Sazanov
SCHOLAR p45-51 • • • •
LaShanda Taylor Adams • Andrew Cruse • George Danko • Nicholas Giordano • John Heil • James King Dean Kotlowski • Challa Vijaya Kumar • Kristine Larson • John Marston • Ateev Mehrotra • Cristin Millett Gary Reger • Ryan Reuter • Hojun Song • Richard Sonnenfeld • Myles Steiner • Sue VandeWoude Byron L. Zamboanga
POSTDOCTORAL p52 • James Bahoh • Kelsey McDonough
POSTGRADUATE p53-57 • Allison Cheung • Mark Czeisler • Hannah Fluhler • Madison Hecht • Ariana Kam • Rebekah Mohn • Brian Raphael Nabors • Cebrina Nolan • Alison Ong • Brandon RichardWebster • Elizabeth Schmidt • Emily Tan • Shelby Young
Australian Fulbright Scholars
PROFESSOR NIGEL ANDREW Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
PROFESSOR JAMES ARVANITAKIS Fulbright Scholar Award Funded by University of Wyoming
Home: University of New England (UNE) Host: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Home: Western Sydney University Host: University of Wyoming
Field: Cultural Studies/Sociology
Nigel is a Professor of Entomology at UNE, and editor-in-chief of Austral Ecology: A Journal of Ecology in the Southern Hemisphere. His research has a current focus on identifying if behavioural, ecological and physiological traits of insect species are predictable and repeatable, and whether these traits can then be scaled up to predict changes within and between ecological communities: this is fundamental to understanding biotic adaptations to a rapidly changing climate. Nigel has a reputation for carrying out quality research and integrating a range of disciplines (particularly ecology, behaviour and physiology) into his publications, and this attracts both national and international collaborations.
James is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) at Western Sydney University where he was the founding Head of The Academy, receiving the 2016 Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award. He is also a lecturer in Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Culture and Society. James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award (2012) and named an Eminent Researcher by the Australia India Education Council (2015). In 2017 he was appointed a Research Fellow of the Australian India Institute
As a Fulbright Scholar, Nigel will assess how dung beetles respond to thermal pressures at different life stages. The research outlined will actively engage key research directives across Australia and North America, bringing high-quality researchers together and develop mentoring and cultural collaborations between the lab members.
James’ Fulbright Scholarship will see him take up the position of Milward L. Simpson Visiting Professor at the University of Wyoming. While in Wyoming, he will teach classes in international relations focused on ‘the politics of outer space’, ‘citizenship’ and ‘data ethics’.
DR LEON BARMUTA Fulbright Scholar Award Funded by Kansas State University
PROFESSOR BRYDIE-LEIGH BARTLEET Fulbright Scholar Award
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ROBYN BRANDENBURG Fulbright Scholar Award
Home: School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania Host: Division of Biology, Kansas State University
Home: Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University Host: New York University Steinhardt
Home: Federation University Australia Host: Department of Educational Foundations, Montclair State University
Field: Music and Social Change
Field: Teacher Education
Leon is an ecologist specialising in freshwaters who has taught and researched at the University of Tasmania since 1991. He has worked extensively with water managers, foresters and biodiversity advisors, chiefly in Australia.
Brydie is currently Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre at Griffith University. She is one of the world’s leading community music scholars whose research has advanced our understanding of the cultural, social, economic and educational value of music in First Nations’ Communities, prisons, war-affected cities, educational and industry contexts. Her work has connected music with fields as diverse as regional development, criminology, health equity and human rights. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian University Teacher of the Year and in 2018 she was awarded an Art for Good Fellowship (Singapore International Foundation).
Robyn is a teacher educator and Associate Dean Research in the School of Education at Federation University Australia and is also the President of the Australian Teacher Education Association. She was a recipient of the Australian Awards for University Teaching Excellence in 2013. Her Fulbright Scholarship will enable her to work with colleagues at Montclair State University to research the effectiveness of teacher education programs designed to meet Graduating Teacher Performance Assessment Standards (TPAs). She will examine the impact of the TPA on teacher educators, preservice teachers and mentors in schools. This cultural partnership will increase understanding of what it means to be ‘ready to teach’ and improve education outcomes for teacher education graduates and ultimately, students in schools.
A frequent problem that he has encountered with applying ecological research is the mismatch between the scale at which measurements are made and the scale at which actions need to be taken. Interventions at too small or too large a scale may be ineffective at best. Leon will use his Fulbright Scholarship to work with pioneers in scaling research at Kansas State University. He hopes to help solve some technical issues involving nutrient transformations in streams as a prelude to developing a longer-term collaboration to guide environmental scientists to work across scales more effectively.
Brydie will use her Fulbright Scholarship to undertake ground breaking research with musicians and organizations in New York who are harnessing the power of music to tackle complex social inequalities. Working collaboratively with worldleading experts at New York University she will address the pressing need for systematic research into how music can play a key role in creating positive social change.
DR MARTINA DOBLIN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR MARTIN EBERT Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: University of Technology Sydney Host: University of Southern California/Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Home: The University of Western Australia/Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Host: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Field: Complex Systems
Field: Medical Physics
Kim is a passionate believer in the power of sport as a force for good, but only if it maintains ethics and inclusion at its core. She is an Olympic gold medallist, a Board Director, a mum and a consultant in technology, innovation and ethics.
Martina is a professor in the Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology Sydney. For her Fulbright Scholarship, Martina will work with Dr Naomi Levine (University of Southern California) and Dr Andrew Barton (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) to characterise the environmental experience of marine plankton using highresolution ocean models. She will also undertake lab experiments to determine the biological responses of phytoplankton to environmental variability. Findings will lead to the development of next-generation models to predict the productivity of phytoplankton in the future ocean.
Martin is a certified clinical medical physicist undertaking research in Radiation Oncology at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and the University of Western Australia. He is working with Australian national oncology researchers and computer scientists, using medical imaging to gain insights into why cancer progresses, and why it becomes resistant to treatment. By applying advanced analytics methods to high quality clinical trial datasets, he is hoping to identify features and signatures that betray the underlying mechanisms of acquired resistance.
KIMBERLEY BRENNAN AM Fulbright Scholar Award Home: Host:
University of Melbourne/The University of Queensland School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Her Fulbright project will explore the challenge of preserving the integrity of sport through an organisational culture lens. She will particularly focus on the impact sporting organisations and their belief systems have on participants and will take a complex systems approach to explore how to better support participants’ rights and well-being. Her project aims to broaden ownership of protecting sport’s integrity beyond regulators, thus strengthening the ethical resilience of the broader sports system. Kim will use her time at Harvard University to explore adjacent fields and sectors to bring alternative approaches to this challenge.
Martina’s project will provide more certainty about adaptation options for fisheries and aquaculture, advance knowledge needed to design more secure food production systems (e.g. outdoor algal ponds), and help stimulate the rapidly growing bioeconomy.
For his Fulbright Future Scholarship, Martin will be joining the team of Professor Robert Jeraj in the Medical Physics group at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, to learn techniques associated with image processing and machine learning specific to molecular imaging in oncology, and to work on developing an international network of data sources and analytics expertise to try and gain some insights into what can halt cancer progression.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KAREN HUGHES Fulbright 70th Anniversary Scholar Award In Honour of Jill Ker Conway
AMANDA JONES Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
PROFESSOR GRAEME JONES Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Swinburne University of Technology Host: Harvard University/University of Kansas/ New York University
Home: Snowdome Foundation Limited Host: Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society, University of Pennsylvania
Home: University of Tasmania Host: University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
Field: Social and Cultural History
Field: Non-Profit Leadership
Karen holds a Associate Professorship in Indigenous Studies and History at Swinburne University. Her research is distinguished by long-term collaborations with Indigenous communities in Australia and the U.S.
Amanda is a Director of Snowdome Foundation Limited, a for-purpose organisation focused on supporting translational research and clinical trials to accelerate next generation treatments for blood cancer patients. Amanda is passionate about ensuring that new therapies such as CAR-T cell therapy and other immunotherapies are accessible to Australian blood cancer patients.
For her Fulbright Scholarship, Karen will investigate the previously hidden history of Indigenous Australian women who married American servicemen during the Second World War and migrated to the U.S under the War Brides Act (US) 1945. Foregrounding Australian Indigenous war brides’ perspectives for the first time and bringing together previously distinct historical narratives located within significant political, social and cultural contexts. The project will shift understanding of alternative channels of bilateral relations created during the war by people of colour and add new dimensions to Second World War history. Collaborating with scholars of Native American history, military history and African American history, Karen’s project will foster exploration of the connective histories of Indigenous Australian, Native American, African American, and other minorities in unexpected ways in transnational context, casting new light on Australian-American alliance. Outcomes include a national public exhibition and a book.
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Amanda will spend time at the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in New York to strengthen the collaboration between Snowdome and LLS. She will also learn from and leverage the experiences of the LLS in areas such as venture philanthropy, impact investment, fundraising and policy making. Learnings will inform Snowdome strategies for fundraising.
Graeme is currently Professor of Rheumatology and Epidemiology and Head of the Musculoskeletal Unit at the Menzies Research Institute in Tasmania. He is also in private practice as a rheumatologist in Hobart for 50% of his working week. He has received grants from competitive and non-competitive sources totalling over $22 million dollars and has published more than 430 articles, primarily on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. He was Tasmanian scientist of the year in 2013 and was awarded the University of Tasmania research medal in 2014. For his Fulbright project, Graeme will be working with colleagues at UCSF on better selection and identification of who should have knee replacement surgery.
Amanda also plans to spend time at the University of Pennsylvania (a world leader in the development of CAR-T cell technology and other cellular therapies) and an affiliated medical centre. It is hoped that this on the ground learning will assist Snowdome to support the delivery of CAR-T and other cellular therapies to blood cancer patients in Australia.
ANASTASSIJA KONASH Fulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/Industry)
PROFESSOR ZDENKA KUNCIC Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CAROL MAHER Fulbright Scholar Award Funded by Kansas State University
Home: Swinburne University Host: University at Buffalo/Rochester Institute of Technology
Home: The University of Sydney Host: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Home: University of South Australia Host: Kansas State University
Field: Health Services
Zdenka is Professor of Physics at the University of Sydney, where she leads a unique research program using physics and physics-based techniques to confront challenging problems that can only be solved through interdisciplinary approaches. Her research has contributed to the development of new nanotechnologies for detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer and other diseases.
Carol is an Associate Research Professor and NHMRC Career Development Fellow in the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity at the University of South Australia. She is passionate about helping people follow an active, balanced lifestyle to achieve their best health and well-being. She has a particular focus on how technology may be used to deliver low-cost, scalable population health programs. Recently, Carol has co-led development of new Australian National Guidelines for Physical Activity and Screen Time in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) - childcare attended by school-aged children during the before- and after-school periods and school holidays.
Field: System Engineering, Education and Design Anastassija (Stacey) is a scientist and entrepreneurial problem-solver with experience in academic and industrial research, working as senior manager at the Factory of the Future at Swinburne University of Technology. She works to improve productivity through the use of Industry 4.0 technologies such as collaborative robots, Big Data and 3D printing. In addition, the large part of her job is establishing the new carbon fibre composites manufacturing facility-Industry 4.0 Testlab. Stacey is passionate about the environment and believes that science and technology can provide solutions for our sustainable development. Stacey will use her Fulbright Scholarship to investigate the application of Industry 4.0 tools to enable circular economy in U.S., to learn about the state-of-the-art industrial ecology and, through collaboration, to strengthen the sustainability of manufacturing sectors in both- Australia and the U.S.
During her Fulbright tenure, Zdenka will work with collaborators at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA to demonstrate the potential for cognitive learning in a nanotechnology device that mimics the human brain’s neural network. This unique neuromorphic hardware device has the potential to process information from dynamic data in an adaptive way, beyond current capabilities of machine learning software, including AI.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Carol hopes to develop digital resources and an e-coaching package that will assist OSHC services throughout Australia to successfully adopt the new guidelines into their daily programming, to improve the lifestyles of the 400,000 Australian children who attend OSHC each week.
PAUL MCGREEVY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR TRISTAN MOSS Fulbright Scholarship in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies Funded by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Home: The University of Sydney Host: Colorado State University
Home: University of New South Wales, Canberra Host: George Washington University
Field: Equine Behaviour and Welfare
Field: Modern History
Paul is a veterinarian and ethologist. He is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. With expertise in learning theory, animal training, animal welfare science, veterinary behavioural medicine and anthrozoology, he is a co-founder and honorary fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science, an academic group that promotes evidence-based equestrian practice to advance horse welfare and rider safety. Paul and his team recently launched Equine Behavior Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ), an ongoing global database of domestic horse behaviour, designed to reveal how horses' training and management interact with their behaviour. Beyond immediate and direct research outcomes, E-BARQ promises profound benefits to horse owners, riders and trainers.
Tristan is a lecturer in history in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. His research focus is on defence history in the Cold War and he has worked for the Australian Government on the Official Histories of Australian Operations in Afghanistan. He has published a book with Cambridge University Press and is the Deputy Regional Coordinator of the Society for Military History.
Paul will use his time at Colorado State University to ensure that U.S. horses and their humans obtain maximal benefit from the EBARQ initiative.
For his Fulbright Scholarship, Tristan will investigate the development of the relationship between Australia and America in space exploration from the dawn of the space age to today. Tristan will be based in Washington DC, at George Washington University's Space Policy Institute, where he will conduct research at the National Archives, at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration, and meet with space policy makers and scholars. With Australia taking a renewed interest in space, not least through the recent formation of an Australian Space Agency, an examination of the over fifty-year relationship between the U.S. and Australia in space exploration and observation, will assist in formulating new policy and strengthen the cooperation between the two nations in space.
DERMOT O’GORMAN Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership Funded by The Centenary Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarship Foundation Home: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia Host: Digital Civil Society Lab, Stanford University Field: Non-Profit Leadership
Dermot is passionate about people and the planet – as a global leader in sustainable development, he has spent the past 18 years as CEO of WWF in the Pacific, then WWF China and now WWF Australia. Dermot has driven innovation thinking within WWF, especially on digital technologies, overseeing the establishment of WWF Panda Labs and WWF’s first global joint venture in OpenSC, of which he is Chair of the Board. As a Fulbright Scholar, Dermot will work with Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab on rethinking the future of Non-Government Organisations. The research will look at the blurring of lines between profit and not for profit and how digital disruption is reshaping the notion of what civil society is and how it engages with stakeholders. He will explore the re-imagining of environmental NGOs globally, strengthen Australia/U.S. civil society networks and contribute to peer to peer learning with Philanthropy and NGO leaders.
DR ROBERT PERRONS Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KRISTEN RADFORD Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
PROFESSOR JOHN A. REES Fulbright Scholar Award Funded by the University of Wyoming
Home: Queensland University of Technology Host: University of Delaware
Home: Mater Research, The University of Queensland Host: The Tisch Cancer Institute
Home: The University of Notre Dame Australia Host: University of Wyoming
Field: Mining and Minerals
Rob is an associate professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, specializing in innovation and new technologies within the energy and resource sector. He also serves as a member of the United Nations Resources and Energy Expert Group and is a technical adviser to several resource sector technology start-up companies around the world. The world’s transition to green energy will require significant amounts of so-called “technology minerals”—including metals like lithium and cobalt, which are commonly found in rechargeable batteries, or the tellurium that is used to make solar cells—but the mining community is not currently on track to satisfy anywhere near the anticipated demand for many of these feedstock materials. As a Fulbright Scholar, Rob will develop an integrative framework for the policy- and businessrelated aspects of applying blockchain technology to make supply networks for technology minerals “smart,” thereby helping to provide these inputs for green energy technologies.
Field: Medical Research
Kristen is a Mater Foundation Principal Research Fellow and Leader of the Cancer Immunotherapies Group at Mater Research and the Translational Research Institute in Brisbane. Her research is focussed on the development of new treatments known as immunotherapies that harness the body’s own immune system to recognize and fight cancer. Her team has developed a new vaccine that has potential to treat a variety of human cancers. As a Fulbright Scholar, Kristen will spend time in the laboratory of Professor Nina Bhardwaj, an internationally recognized pioneer and leader in the field of cancer vaccines. She will learn stateof-the art procedures for the evaluation of cancer vaccines and develop new partnerships to facilitate translation of this research for clinical trials to benefit cancer patients.
Field: International Relations
John is an international relations scholar with an interest in understanding how countries and communities can benefit from a greater awareness of religious and cultural tradition. He is Co-Chair of the International Development & Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion and has delivered keynote presentations and lectures at several U.S. universities. John applies his research to international ethics and the impact that enhanced knowledge about religions and cultures can have on social, economic and political cohesion. The University of Wyoming is dedicated to serving the state of Wyoming and producing graduates who go on to be global leaders. John's work as a Fulbright Scholar will seek to further these aims by teaching specialised classes in 'religion and world politics' and 'nationalism in global perspective', and continuing research collaborations with U.S. scholars in the study of religious literacy in international studies.
PROFESSOR CHARLES RICE Fulbright 70th Anniversary Scholar Award In Honour of Peter Muller
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR KELLY RICHARDS Fulbright Scholar Award
PROFESSOR JOSHUA ROSS Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: University of Technology Sydney Host: University of Michigan
Home: Queensland University of Technology Host: California State University, Fresno/ University of Vermont
Charles is Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney. An architectural historian, he researches the ways in which domestic and urban interiors shaped architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Kelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, at Queensland University of Technology, where her research focuses primarily on sexual offending against children, and especially on the reintegration of those who perpetrate sexual violence. In 2010 she was awarded the ACT Government Office for Women Audrey Fagan Churchill Fellowship to investigate Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) around the globe. Kelly is a member of a wide range of professional and community organisations in the fields of criminology and sexual violence. She is a Member of the Queensland Government’s Child Death Case Review Panels, the Queensland representative on the After Prison Network, a Committee Member of the Queensland chapter of Restorative Practices International, a member of the Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors’ Support Centre Research and Reference Group, and a member of the Bravehearts Foundation Expert Research Advisory Panel, among others.
Joshua is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences. His research focuses on developing novel mathematical and statistical methods, and new probabilistic models, that assist in understanding the factors that are most important to complex systems in epidemiology and conservation biology. He uses these techniques to assist in determining effective public health, and conservation/biosecurity, policy.
Based at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Charles will use his scholarship to research the archive of American architect Gunnar Birkerts, in particular the designs for underground buildings and cities he made in the 1970s and 1980s. By focusing on buildings designed as sequences of interiors rather than iconic objects, the research will illuminate the alternative ways in which architecture creates significant spaces in cities.
Kelly will use her Fulbright Scholar Award to further her research on victim/survivors of sexual violence and CoSA at California State University-Fresno and the University of Vermont.
Home: The University of Adelaide Host: North Carolina State University
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Joshua will focus on the emerging area of Outbreak Analytics (i.e., Data and Decision Sciences for Outbreaks) and Gene Drive Modelling for Pest Eradication. These developments will inform how best to respond to emerging epidemiological threats, and for safe use of gene drives for pest eradication.
PROFESSOR BRUCE SCATES Fulbright 70th Anniversary Scholar Award In Honour of Norman Harper
GEORGIE SKIPPER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
PROFESSOR LISA TOOHEY Fulbright Scholarship in Australia-U.S. Alliance Studies Funded by The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Home: The Australian National University Host: University of Texas at Austin/Ohio State University/National Museum of American History
Home: Atlassian/Quantum Medical Innovation Fund Host: MIT Sloan School of Management
Home: University of Newcastle Host: University of Texas at Austin
Field: Law and International Relations
Bruce is a Professor of History in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. His work explores the politics and practice of commemoration and asks what we forget when we remember war.
Georgie is currently the Director of Public Policy at Atlassian. Most recently Georgie was the Senior Adviser to the Foreign Minister of Australia, the Honourable Julie Bishop, for over five years from 2013 to 2018.
Lisa is a Professor of Law and Assistant Dean (Equity Diversity & Inclusion) with research and teaching expertise in international trade law, and dispute resolution. Lisa holds dual qualifications in Law and International Relations.
He will use his Fulbright 70th Anniversary Scholar Award to consider ways the Centenary of the First World War was marked across America. The First World War has long been considered the nation’s ‘forgotten war’, overshadowed by the Second and displaced by competing narratives centred on the Civil War and Vietnam. How did the U.S. Centennial Commission set about recovering the ‘lost’ memory of 1914-1918, what form did the commemorative project take in galleries, archives, libraries and museums and, most importantly, how did the American public respond to the call to remember? Bruce will compare America’s centenary with Anzac Commemoration in Australia where WWI is seen by many as signalling ‘the birth of the nation’.
She will use her Fulbright Future Scholarship to enhance the momentum in Australia around private sector investment in social good projects, with a particular emphasis in the Indo-Pacific region. At the MIT Sloan School of Management, Georgie will participate in the MIT Sloan Visiting Fellows Program to specialise in developing a strategic approach and framework to impact investing. She hopes to see this framework help in developing a clearer pathway for strategic investments that have a positive impact while also delivering returns. The Global Innovation Fund, operating in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. will also be a centre point for Georgie’s collaboration.
Her Fulbright research project focusses on the changing political dynamics in the Asia-Pacific Region and their impact on the Australia-U.S. relationship. It includes examination of trade and non-trade concerns at both a global and regional level and changing attitudes towards the use of multilateral mechanisms for the resolution of disputes. The objective of the project is to enhance U.S.-Australian relations by strengthening the mutual understanding of the political context in which trade currently operates for each country.
Georgie will use her time at MIT to develop her professional networks in the areas of international relations, impact investing and economics, to bring together her expertise and strengthen Australia’s leadership capability in this area.
DR CHRISTOPHER X WONG Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation Home: University of Adelaide Host: University of San Francisco California Field: Cardiology and Public Health
Chris is an academic cardiologist with broad clinical and research interests in cardiovascular medicine, heart rhythm disorders, and population health. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders where his research focuses particularly on improving our understanding of the causes, mechanisms, and management of cardiac arrhythmias. Cardiac arrhythmias are common conditions with potentially serious implications for affected individuals. These disorders range from atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat which can lead to stroke, heart failure, and premature death) to sudden cardiac arrest (when the main pumping chamber of the heart stops beating and rapidly leads to death). As a Fulbright Scholar, Chris will gain further experience working with leading U.S. scientists in advanced epidemiology and data analytic techniques to generate new insights into heart rhythm disorders which will improve our ability to prevent and treat these common conditions.
"I have always had great difficulty—since the initiation of the Fulbright Scholarships in 1946—in trying to find the words that would persuasively explain that EDUCATIONAL
merely one of those nice but marginal activities in which we engage in international affairs, but rather, from the standpoint of future world peace and order, probably the
MOST IMPORTANT and of our foreign policy activities." - Senator J. William Fulbright The Price of Empire
LOUISE ALLEN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR NICOLE BART Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
NATALIE BENBOW Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Monash University Host: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Home: Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Host: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Home: Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia Host: Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan
Field: Health Professions Education
Field: Physical Chemistry
Louise is a final year PhD candidate at Monash University. After working as a clinical dietitian for a number of years in both Australia and England, she pursued a PhD exploring the impacts of continuing professional development in the health professions. Continuing professional development is the backbone of lifelong learning for health professionals and aims to ultimately ensure optimal patient care and safety. However, in the current climate where doctors are increasingly time-poor continuing professional development often becomes a checkbox activity.
Nikki is a cardiac clinician-researcher with an interest in genetics. Nikki completed her PhD at Oxford University and is currently on the research team at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Heart failure affects 1-2% of the population and is a leading cause of death. Nikki is interested in uncovering the hidden genetic burden of cardiac conditions to facilitate early diagnosis and life saving- treatments.
Natalie is a postdoctoral researcher in the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia. As a Fulbright Scholar, Natalie will work in the laboratory of Professor Zhan Chen at the University of Michigan where she will learn sumfrequency generation spectroscopy and fluorescence microscopy.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Louise will explore the value of continuing professional development that medical professionals are required to do. This is important as without doing this there is potential for continuing professional development funding to be allocated to programs that are not meeting medical professionals needs, that are not enhancing their personal and professional development, and that ultimately are not improving healthcare of patients.
Nikki’s Fulbright scholarship will strengthen existing research links between the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute/St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, in Boston, USA and establish links with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, USA. These interactions are expected to be ongoing and lead to further collaborative opportunities between the medical research communities in Australia and the USA. The field of cardiac genetics is advancing rapidly, and international collaboration will foster research breakthroughs for patients with heart failure.
Natalie will investigate the effect of surface roughness of a common polymer used for medical implants on the adsorption of fibrinogen protein and platelets. The interactions of fibrinogen and platelets with the surface of an implant can contribute to blood-clot formation and implant failure. The results of this project aim to improve patient outcomes by informing the design of medical implants such as cardiovascular stents.
PAUL BRANSON Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR ANGELA CUMBERLAND Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: The University of Western Australia/CSIRO Host: Pacific Marine Energy Centre (PMEC), Oregon State University
Home: RMIT University Host: University of Virginia/ Princeton University
Paul is a jointly-appointed University of Western Australia/CSIRO Research Fellow at UWA’s Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC). Paul’s career spans both the engineering and research sectors with a focus on understanding the physical ocean conditions that impact the natural environment and built infrastructure.
Angela is a postdoctoral researcher in the program for Neurodevelopment in Health and Disease at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her work focuses on investigating how the brain develops and how pregnancy complications such as preterm birth can change brain development, potentially leading to mental health disorders later in life.
Calum is a wildlife ecologist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tasmania, where he researches how apex predators shape ecosystems. Calum is especially interested in whether large predators can reduce the abundance and effects of smaller introduced predators (like foxes and cats), and in doing so, protect small prey species.
Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy systems requires collaboration across global multidisciplinary teams. During his Fulbright Scholarship, Paul will collaborate with PMEC researchers to improve methods to assess a sites ocean conditions including the potential extremes. For wave energy converters, devices must interact with ocean waves to harvest energy during typical conditions but also survive extreme conditions during storms. Paul will evaluate data-driven, machine-learning techniques to improve site characterization from data and models. Improved site characterization will allow marine energy device manufactures to establish site specific designs thereby avoiding costly over-engineering or risking damage during extreme conditions.
Angela will use her Fulbright Scholarship to learn about new low-cost imaging techniques under Associate Professor Tobias Grossmann (Virginia) and Associate Professor Lauren Emberson (Princeton) to discover how preterm birth changes the brain’s response to images that provoke happy, fearful, or angry emotions, and if these responses predict those children at risk of developing emotional disorders. With this new technical experience, she intends to establish longitudinal studies in Australia designed to understand how emotional development occurs, with the aim of identifying children at risk of developing debilitating mental health disorders later in life.
For his Fulbright Scholarship, Calum will spend 10 months working with Associate Professor Laura Prugh at the University of Washington. Calum will make use of a series of “natural experiments”, like the recovery of wolves in parts of the U.S. and the decline of Tasmanian devils in Australia, to assess how scavenging affects the wellbeing of ecosystems and humans. Ultimately, Calum aims to glean new understanding of the intricacies of how ecosystems function, and then apply this knowledge to help stem the tide of extinction.
CALUM CUNNINGHAM Fulbright Tasmania Scholarship Funded by the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania Home: University of Tasmania Host: University of Washington
DR BRIOHNY DOYLE Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship
DR MALINDU (MAL) FERNANDO Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR CHRISTOPHER GOATLEY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Deakin University Host: The New School
Home: James Cook University Host: Baylor College of Medicine/Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Home: University of New England Host: University of Washington
Field: Creative Writing
Briohny Doyle is a writer and lecturer at Deakin University. Her debut climate fiction (cli-fi) novel, The Island Will Sink (2016), is the critically acclaimed first book published by Brow Books. Adult Fantasy (Scribe 2017), her first book of nonfiction, considers adulthood as a cultural construct and was shortlisted for the 2018 Melbourne Prize for Literature. Briohny’s criticism, short fiction and poetry has appeared in The Sunday Times, The Lifted Brow, The Age, Overland, Going Down Swinging, Meanjin, and The Monthly. In 2017, Briohny was an Endeavour fellow and visiting scholar at Yale University and the University of California Santa Cruz. During her Fulbright postdoctoral program at The New School in New York City, Briohny will develop professional networks, work on a new novel considering extinction, human/non-human relationships, and climate change, and look for innovative approaches to teaching creative writing.
Mal is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Queensland Research Centre for Peripheral Vascular Disease, James Cook University in Townsville and School of Clinical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Mal is also a podiatrist and is undertaking medical training. Approximately 50,000 Australians develop a diabetes-associated foot complication during their lifetime and up to 75% of these complications are preventable. For his Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Mal will collaborate with Professor Bijan Najafi at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Professor David Armstrong at the South Western Academic Limb Salvage Alliance, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California on the development of an evidence-based, multidisciplinary secondary prevention program for Australians at risk of developing diabetic foot complications. The aim of Mal’s research program is to integrate equitable and cost-effective technology-based strategies to overcome the challenges of accessibility, early detection and monitoring of foot complications in regional Australia.
Field: Coral Reef Ecology
Chris is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England. His research aims to improve our understanding of the functions of coral reef fishes and how they help maintain healthy coral reef ecosystems. Chris' recent work focuses on tiny but incredibly abundant coral reef fishes called cryptobenthic fishes. These tiny fish may form the foundations of many coral reef food webs, but until recently they have been largely overlooked by researchers. Chris will use his Fulbright Scholarship to collaborate with experts in taxonomy and functional ecology of fishes. The aim of the Scholarship is to build a greater understanding of the biodiversity of cryptobenthic fishes, and their roles in maintaining healthy and productive coral reefs in Australia and elsewhere.
BARBARA KACHIGUNDA Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR FARZANA KASTURY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
SAMANTHA LE MAY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Harry Butler Institute, Murdoch University Host: Biosecurity Research Institute, Kansas State University (KSU)
Home: Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia Host: U.S. Environmental Protection Authority
Home: SPACE Research Centre, RMIT University Host: The University of Texas at Austin
Field: Environmental Science and Engineering
Barbara is a postgraduate researcher with the Harry Butler Institute whose focus is on statistical modelling of biological and environmental data. She has worked extensively as a statistical consultant in multi-disciplinary agricultural research in a variety of international settings.
Farzana is a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Science and Engineering strand of Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia.
Barbara will use her Fulbright Scholarship to design an appropriate surveillance and sampling strategy for wheat blast pathogen, Magnaporthe grisea. This project will provide information to demonstrate areas of pest freedom for market access and biosecurity decision making for M. grisea and facilitate its early detection. The spread of wheat blast threatens global food security, hence surveillance and monitoring are keyto minimising the threat posed by this pathogen. Barbara will use her time at KSU to foster long term bilateral research partnerships between the U.S. and Australian agricultural biosecurity sectors.
During her Fulbright Future Scholarship program, Farzana will investigate how exposure to toxic elements in mining/smelting impacted communities can be reduced using in situ soil treatment strategies. Childhood exposure to toxic elements (e.g., lead, cadmium, arsenic) represents a social, economic and environmental burden on families, communities and society. A major concern with lead in the environment is the well-documented causal relationship between lead bioavailability (absorption into systemic circulation) and childhood cognitive development. Farzana’s research will refine methodologies for reducing co-exposure of toxic metal(loid)s using in vitro, in vivo and synchrotronbased X-ray absorption spectroscopy speciation techniques. The results from this study may be used during remediation of lead contaminated sites in Australia and will foster ongoing collaboration between Australia and the U.S.
Field: Aerospace Science
Samantha is in the final stages of her PhD candidature at RMIT University's SPACE Research Centre in Melbourne. For her Fulbright Future Scholarship, Samantha will spend ten months with the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, led by Associate Professor Moriba Jah, at the University of Texas at Austin. Space is polluted with millions of pieces of junk which threaten the security of satellite services that society depends on. As a Fulbright Scholar, Samantha will engage with UT ASTRIA's existing partners in space industry, policy and law to design robust sciencebased indicators to measure and monitor the sustainability of the space environment. The project aims to influence international space governance and is motivated by the need for space as a resource to be used sustainably so that it can continue to provide essential space-based services in the future.
DR JESSICA LOCKERY Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (Vice Chancellor's Fellow) Funded by RMIT University
DR NINA PAPALIA Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by Monash University
DR EDEN ROBERTSON Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Monash University Host: National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Home: Swinburne University of Technology/ Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health Host: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Home: Sydney Children’s Hospital/Starlight Children’s Foundation Host: St Jude Children’s Research Hospital/Teen Cancer USA
Field: Cancer Genomics
Field: Clinical/Forensic Psychology
Field: Childhood Cancer
Jessica is a clinical informatician who is passionate about using data to improve community health and wellbeing. She completed her medical degree at the University of Adelaide and is currently undertaking a PhD at Monash University investigating ‘big data’, medicines and ageing.
Nina is a postdoctoral researcher with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology. She is also a clinical and forensic psychologist with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, providing psychological assessment and treatment to offenders with complex mental health profiles. She is interested in how exposure to childhood maltreatment and other early adversities can shape life course trajectories, and, for some, lead to participation in crime and violence.
Dr Eden Robertson is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Behavioural Sciences Unit at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital. She is also the Research and Evaluation Manager at the Starlight Children's Foundation. During her PhD, Eden developed the world’s first decision aid, ‘Delta’, to support families deciding whether to enroll their child with cancer in a clinical trial.
Jessica will use her Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to work with experts at the National Cancer Institute to investigate the relationship between aspirin, genetics and bowel cancer, a disease that affects many Australians and their families. Aspirin prevents bowel cancer in younger people, but recent research indicates that this effect may change with age. Using genetic data Jessica will study how certain genetic abnormalities alter the effect of aspirin on bowel cancer development – specifically in older people. This project is a key step towards identifying individuals who are likely to benefit from aspirin based on their genetic profile and provides a springboard for further research into ‘precision’ (genetic based) prevention.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Nina will collaborate with world-leading experts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to explore the psychosocial mechanisms that influence maltreated children to either commit or avoid engaging in violence themselves over the lifespan. Child maltreatment and violence are both unfortunately widespread, and the socio-economic burdens of these phenomena make prevention and effective intervention international priorities. By investigating the factors that place maltreated children at greater (or lesser) risk for aggression and violence, Nina hopes her Fulbright project will contribute to improved strategies to reduce violent behaviours, foster individual resilience and wellbeing, and promote safer communities.
For her Fulbright Future Scholarship, Eden will first visit the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to adapt 'Delta' for use by families who have children with cancer. Eden will then visit Teen Cancer America to expand ‘Delta’ to cater for young adults with cancer. Until cancer can be cured, clinical trials will remain the bedrock of cancer medicine. Eden is committed to supporting all patients and families to make an informed clinical trial enrolment decision that aligns best with what matters most to them.
DR EMMA ROWE Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR LOUISA SELVADURAI Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR ARMAN SIAHVASHI Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: School of Education, Deakin University Host: School of Education, Indiana University
Home: Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, Monash University Host: Massachusetts General Hospital
Home: The University of Western Australia Host: U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology/Colorado School of Mines
Field: Chemical Engineering/Thermodynamics
Louisa is a researcher and clinical trainee in neuropsychology. She is passionate about using these dual roles to improve the lives of individuals living with brain disorders and has a particular interest in disorders of the cerebellum, a structure at the base of the brain.
Arman is a postdoctoral research fellow at The University of Western Australia. He has been named as one of Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers, ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year 2018 and received Australia’s National Measurement Institute Prize. He has been finalist for Western Australian Innovator of the Year awards in 2018 and 2019. These are in the recognition of his multi-disciplinary research which led to the invention of a highprecision apparatus that helps solve problems facing the liquefied hydrogen and natural gas industry: plant shutdowns due to the blockages caused by freeze-out of impurities. His research has also led to a collaboration with scientists at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory due to its relevance to some Lunar hydrogen projects and also dissolution geology of Saturn’s moon, Titan.
Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Deakin University, and passionate about education as an instrument of social mobility and broader forms of societal and structural equity. Emma will use her Fulbright Scholarship to study innovation in charter schools, based at Indiana University. The aim of the study is to understand innovation in practice and innovation for equity. Emma will engage with key stakeholders including school leaders and teachers to better understand how innovation is conceptualised, applied and measured in day-to-day practice. Emma serves in a leadership position at Deakin University, and is a recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association (Qualitative Research SIG), and Deakin University Excellence in Research Award (School of Education). She maintains a national and international profile in education.
For her Fulbright Future Scholarship, Louisa will work within Professor Jeremy Schmahmann’s clinicalresearch group at Massachusetts General Hospital, investigating new clinical tools designed to detect cognitive and psychiatric difficulties in individuals with cerebellar disorders. Louisa will evaluate existing clinical data and observe current practice at Professor Schmahmann’s dedicated cerebellar disorders clinic. Based on these approaches, she aims to develop a practical clinical resource to inform wider uptake of these tools. Louisa looks forward to sharing this resource and her learnings in Australia, informing both clinical and research practice in order to better meet the needs of Australians living with these conditions.
For his Fulbright Future Scholarship, Arman will establish new collaborations and work with the world’s best researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Colorado School of Mines to generate unique data that have not been measured previously with direct impact on the energy industry and space science in Australia and the U.S. His work helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions, improves plant operation safety and risk assessments, and drives economic growth and sustainable development.
DR EMILY J. STEEL Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
XAVIER SYMONS Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
EUNICE TO Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: The Centre for Universal Design Australia Host: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Home: The University of Notre Dame/Australian Catholic University Host: Georgetown University
Home: RMIT University Host: Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Field: Accessibility and Assistive Technology
Field: Healthcare Ethics
Emily is an occupational therapist, manager, and academic. Her research is focused on assistive technology products and services, to enable people with disability to lead successful and productive lives. Emily is also involved in the drafting of new international standards for cognitive accessibility, promoting universal design to make products and systems easier to understand and use.
Xavier is a Research Associate in the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame, where he convenes a bioethics and healthcare ethics research program. A bioethicist with extensive philosophical training and clinical experience, Xavier’s research interests range from gene editing and genomics to ethical issues in aged care and end of life care. He is passionate about aged care reform, having volunteered in nursing homes in Sydney and Melbourne for several years and experienced first-hand the many human and organisational challenges facing aged care providers in Australia.
Eunice graduated with a PhD from Monash University in 2017 where her research focused on understanding the molecular and biochemical processes that contribute to viral pathogenesis. Currently, she is working as a postdoctoral scientist whose research has improved the understanding of how cell biological processes exacerbate viral disease and developing innovative strategies for the treatment of respiratory infections.
As a Fulbright Scholar, she will link assistive technology terminology and practice frameworks from the U.S. and Australia to inform evidence-based education, policy and practice. In collaboration with the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in Washington and the Rehabilitation Research Design & Disability (R2D2) Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her project will develop a new methodology for delivering assistive technology products and services and produce specific research outputs to build capacity for international collaboration and standards in the field.
Xavier’s Fulbright scholarship will take him to the Kennedy Institute for Ethics (KIE) at Georgetown University to complete a research project on the ethics of dementia, focusing in particular on issues identified in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Working with leading aged care and disability scholars at the KIE, Xavier aims to critically evaluate the conceptions of autonomy, personhood and personal identity that inform current medical models of dementia. He will draw upon an extensive body of philosophical and social scientific research to explore how patients with even severe forms of dementia retain communicative and decisional capacity, albeit in a diminished form. He will also offer recommendations for how practice can be adjusted to affirm the dignity and enduring personhood of individuals with advanced dementia.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Eunice will be going to the Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School to advance her understanding in the molecular basis of cell-to-cell communication, and how this communication regulates embryonic and neural development in vertebrates. She will be trained by a world-leading expert in the field, Professor Xi He, to learn how this defective regulation of cell communication causes human cancers and diseases.
JOSEPH WEST Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR SARMAD AKKACH Fulbright Future /Northern Territory Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
JAMES BAILIE Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Queensland University of Technology Host: University of Washington, Seattle (UW)
Home: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Host: TBC
Home: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Host: TBC
Field: Machine Learning/Neuroscience
Joe is expected to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in 2020 at the Queensland University of Technology researching machine learning (ML), more specifically improving the speed of learning for an artificial player learning any board game without human intervention. His interests include the study of universal artificial agents which could be applied to a diverse set of problems, and the use of ML to learn optimal control of complex systems. Joe also has an interest in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) - a surgical therapy which uses the electrical stimulation of the brain to treat movement disorders arising from neurological illnesses like Parkinson's Disease, Dystonia and Essential Tremor. DBS is also being investigated for use in psychiatric conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and posttraumatic-stress disorder.
Sarmad, a surgical trainee and researcher with expertise in Aboriginal eye health and rural eye care delivery, is dedicated to the global eradication of preventable blindness. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney. Since graduating, he has worked in Alice Springs, Broken Hill, and Melbourne and is involved in regular outreach work in Myanmar, Ethiopia, and Vanuatu.
For his Fulbright Future Scholarship Joe will be working with the Centre for Neurotechnology at UW researching how ML can provide automated adaptive control of DBS therapy for neurological conditions.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Sarmad will undertake a Master of Public Health, where he will conduct research into novel methods of eye care delivery in rural and low-resource settings. Sarmad remains optimistic that the solution to ending cataract blindness is within reach of humans at their best and, through his research in the U.S., hopes to identify and work towards the most effective means of achieving this.
James currently works in the Data Access and Confidentiality Methods Unit at the Australian Bureau of Statistics. He researches new methods to maximise the utility of ABS statistics while ensuring the confidentiality of all Australians. He is passionate about better data use to inform public debate and decision making in the media, academia and the public service. James graduated from the Australian National University in 2017 with Honours in Mathematics. He will use his Fulbright Future Scholarship to complete a Doctorate in statistics. During his time in the U.S., James plans to contribute to ongoing research in privacy and confidentiality. He is also interested in developing new methods to utilise novel and unconventional data sources which are emerging in the current information era.
DR OWEN BRADFIELD Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR ANNABELLE BRENNAN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Melbourne School of Population & Global Health, University of Melbourne Host: Stanford University Law School
Home: Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne Host: TBC
Home: College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University Host: Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Field: Public Health
Annabelle is a doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology. Through her undergraduate studies in medicine and law she has developed an interest in healthcare governance, particularly safety and quality.
Victoria is a PhD candidate in the College of Education, Psychology, and Social Work at Flinders University, Adelaide. Victoria’s research focuses on the emotional and behavioural effects of Trigger Warnings—warnings alerting people that particular content may be distressing. Trigger Warnings are now widespread, appearing on social and regular media sources and in the official mental health policy at some universities. Trigger Warnings are said to aid mental well-being by helping consumers avoid or mentally prepare themselves for content they may find distressing. However, critics argue that Trigger Warnings may instead have negative effects, such as encouraging people to feel anxious, or to avoid everyday situations. Research on how effectively these warnings work, or indeed whether they work at all, is timely and important.
Field: Law and Public Health
Owen is a dual-qualified medical practitioner and health lawyer, who aspires to solve complex dilemmas at the intersection of medicine, ethics and the law. A graduate of Monash University's pioneering Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Laws double degree programme with First Class Honours, Owen combines medical practice with sessional appointments to Victoria’s Patient Review Panel, the Suitability Panel and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Ethics Committee. Owen’s PhD examines the relationship between medical regulation processes and the wellbeing of doctors. As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Owen will collaborate with global experts in patient safety research at Stanford Law School, where he hopes to better understand how complaints processes impact on doctors’ health in the United States. Owen hopes to strengthen existing research ties and unlock valuable policy insights to assist regulators and decisionmakers simultaneously promote clinicians’ health, while safeguarding the public from preventable harm.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Annabelle hopes to undertake a Master of Public Health with a focus on health management and leadership, which will allow her to develop a greater understanding of the interplay between health management and patient safety. She has a particular interest in the role that organisational culture plays in enabling clinicians to provide safe, high-quality care to patients and their families.
VICTORIA BRIDGLAND Fulbright South Australia Scholarship
For her Fulbright Scholarship, Victoria will work in Professor Richard McNally’s laboratory at Harvard University, with a focus on Trigger Warnings and social media.
ADAM BRINER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
FRANCESCA CARY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
SAMUEL CHEESEMAN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: The University of Queensland Host: Stanford University
Home: The University of Western Australia Host: TBC
Home: RMIT University Host: North Caroline State University, Raleigh
Field: Materials Science
Adam is a Medical Doctor and PhD student studying at the Queensland Brain Institute in Brisbane.
Francesca is a geologist and a geneticist who is interested in the role that minerals played in the origin of life, and how this relates to locating potential environments in our solar system which could harbour life as we (don’t) know it, such as the methane lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan or the icy worlds of Mars and Europa. She aspires to conduct research in collaboration with NASA which contributes towards creating technologies designed to detect signs of life on other planets, as well as the practical benefits this technology would have on Earth.
Sam graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Advanced), with a major in Microbiology and received First Class Honours in Biotechnology from Swinburne University of Technology. His current PhD research at RMIT University involves the development of functional nanomaterials for antimicrobial applications to combat the rapid development of antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic micro-organisms. During his time at North Carolina State University, Sam will work under Professor Michael Dickey, a world leading researcher in material science, which will complement his background in microbiology. In particular, his project will involve the manipulation of liquid metals to develop stimuli-activated antimicrobial nanomaterials for biomedical applications. North Carolina has a prominent biotechnology sector and start-up scene.
He is excited and grateful for the opportunity afforded to him by his Fulbright Future Scholarship to study at Stanford University in the laboratory of Professor Aaron Gitler. Adam’s doctorate focuses on how tau protein pathologically accumulates in neurons and induces neurodegeneration in dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, Adam is interested in how tau influences a biophysical phenomenon called liquid-liquid phase separation to dictate where and when new proteins are synthesised in the synaptic regions of neurons. This project will elucidate new mechanisms through which tau mediates, and ultimately dysregulates, fundamental pathways in neuronal physiology, and in doing so aims to identify novel therapeutic targets. As a future medical student, Adam anticipates a future where he is amongst the first generation of researcher-doctors able to understand, prescribe and deliver such new-age therapies.
Francesca will use her Fulbright Scholarship to increase Australia’s contribution to space exploration missions by applying what she learns in her master’s degree to leverage Australia’s unique strengths in planetary science. She aims to inspire a new generation of scientists and build the global collaboration required for humankind to explore beyond the reaches of the Moon.
The Fulbright Scholarship will provide Sam with a deeper understanding of how to successfully bridge the gap between academia and industry. He hopes to share this knowledge with fellow researchers on his return to Australia.
MELODY CHEUNG Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
MONIQUE CHILVER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
JAKE CLARK Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Melbourne University Host: Harvard University
Home: The University of Adelaide Host: University of Washington, Seattle
Home: The University of Southern Queensland Host: Southwest Research Institute
Field: Medical Sciences
Field: Public Health
Field: Planetary Astrophysics
Melody is a Specialist Endocrinologist with public hospital appointments at Austin Health, Eastern Health and Northern Health in metropolitan Melbourne. She also provides tele-health services to patients throughout rural Victoria. Her practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of hormone and metabolic conditions. In addition to clinical work, Melody is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne, investigating the endocrine conditions resulting from common cancer treatments, which affects thousands of Australians each year.
Monique is a PhD candidate and program manager for the national influenza surveillance system - the Australian Sentinel Practices Research Network (ASPREN). Monique began working as the ASPREN program manager in 2009 during the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Her work has seen the surveillance system evolve from a simple, paper and web-based data collection system to include virological testing, automated data extraction, and point-of-care testing. Monique is passionate about improving the health of people in underserved populations. Her latest project, working with the University of Washington on the Australian arm of the Seattle Flu study - flu@home study - involved the assessment and enhancement of an in-home test for influenza, coupled with an app that collects patient symptom and risk-factor data.
Jake hunts down and characterises newly found worlds beyond our solar system and is a current PhD Candidate at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). After receiving a first-class honours in Physics at the University of Adelaide and obtaining a Master of Science Communication Outreach at the Australian National University, his main research focus is determining the chemical and geological makeup of large rocky and small gassy worlds known as super-Earths.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Melody will undertake a Clinical Research Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, both Harvard Medical School-affiliated medical centres in Boston. Her research will focus on methods to improve the diagnosis and management of endocrine conditions in cancer patients. This scholarship will enable Melody to – upon her return – further develop this subspecialty area with colleagues in Australia with the goal of improving patient care.
Through support from the Fulbright Commission and The Kinghorn Foundation, Monique will work with Professor Matthew Thompson and Associate Professor Barry Lutz at the University of Washington. Her work will focus on further enhancement of the flu@home app in a bid to create a cheap and accurate test for influenza that could be utilised by individuals without access to healthcare, or as a surveillance tool in countries that cannot afford traditional methods of surveillance. In addition, she will forge collaboration and research opportunities at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through understanding how U.S. disease surveillance systems work, Monique plans to further enhance Australia's influenza surveillance systems.
Jake’s Fulbright Future Scholarship will take him to the Southwest Research Institute’s headquarters in San Antonio Texas, where he will craft and confirm a new planet discovery technique dedicated to finding super-Earths. These planets will likely be confirmed with both NASA’s new planet finding mission TESS and USQ’s planet hunting observatory, MINERVAAustralis.
DR EDWARD CLIFF Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
GUY COLEMAN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR JORDAN CORY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: The Royal Melbourne Hospital Host: Harvard University
Home: University of Sydney Host: Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University
Home: Royal Melbourne Hospital Host: TBC
Field: Nutrition and Obesity Policy
Edward is a medical registrar at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, with a passion for public health policy, particularly in nutrition, obesity and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. An aspiring physicianscientist, Eddie completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Hons) at Monash University, and his Bachelor of Medical Science with first class honours at the University of Oxford, studying the physiology of neonatal diabetes. He has previously worked on policy locally, nationally and globally, including on the national executive of the Australian Medical Students’ Association and for NCDFREE, an NGO, in areas from mental health to primary care. Edward will undertake a Master of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to hone his technical public health and policy skills. Edward hopes to combine this knowledge with his experience treating patients, to research and advocate for improved, evidence-based health policy, in order to better prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases.
Field: Weed Science
Guy is a Precision Weed Control Scientist at the University of Sydney, based in Narrabri, NSW and is passionate about the use of machine learning and robotics in weed management. His research investigates alternative control technologies, all of which are enabled by machine learning-driven weed detection. Guy is active in agricultural advocacy, founding AgriEducate to help connect consumers with producers and holding positions on the AgriFutures Ignite Advisory Panel and previously as Vice-Chair, Ag Institute Australia. Guy’s PhD focuses on the impact of plant biology on machine learningdriven detection, quantifying how crop-weed similarity and growth stage influence accuracy. As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Guy will complete a six-month research program with the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. The research will focus on developing efficient machine learning data pipelines and testing how growth stage of wheat, cotton and relevant weeds influences detection accuracy. The research will assist in the development of improved site-specific weed management opportunities in both U.S. and Australian conditions, reducing the cost and impact of herbicidal options, whilst opening doors for alternative weed control techniques.
Field: Public Health/Minority Health Policy & Surgery
Jordan is a surgical doctor committed to ensuring greater health equity within our society, particularly for Indigenous Australians - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As an Aboriginal woman, Jordan has a broad construct of health with experience in advocacy, policy, and governance in the notfor-profit sector. Beyond her clinical work in metropolitan Melbourne and in remote outreach, she is passionate about the intersection between surgery and public health; ensuring equitable access to emergency and essential surgical services across the globe. Locally, Jordan is completing research with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in order to better define and ameliorate health inequities experienced by Indigenous Australians. As a Fulbright Scholar, Jordan hopes to translate academic research into effective health policy to improve the health outcomes of First Nations and underserved populations.
ALICE CRAWFORD Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship Home: The Australian National University Host: TBC Field: Public Policy
Alice is a policy advisor and lawyer who is passionate about the protection of vulnerable workers. Alice has spent the past five years working with major companies, Members of the Australian Parliament, lawyers, advocates and academics on the issue of modern slavery. Alice helped develop the first policy on countering modern slavery by a major Australian political party. Prior to this, Alice worked as a commercial litigator at Allens Linklaters helping companies improve human rights in their supply chains and as a lawyer at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). As a Fulbright Scholar, Alice hopes to study a Master of Public Policy, specialising in the regulation of business supply chains and social policy. Her goal is to continue her advocacy in this area and help lead policy reform to counter modern slavery.
RUEBENA DAWES Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
JAMES DENIER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: The University of Sydney Host: Yale University
Home: Monash University Host: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Field: Medical Sciences
Field: Fusion Systems Engineering
Ruebena graduated from University of Sydney in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics), First Class Honours and the University Medal. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney with her research project focussed on improving and applying computational techniques to find hard-to-detect disease-causing genetic variants in rare disorders. Professor Cooper’s research has enabled Australian families with rare disorders to have access to the latest cutting-edge technologies in genomics, and in the last 4 years provided precise genetic solutions for over 200 families with genetic conditions that could not be solved through conventional diagnostic testing.
James is a postgraduate researcher with the SheardLab research group at Monash University studying the fundamental magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) of liquid metals flowing in pipes and channels. Liquid metals have been proposed for use in cooling systems of next-generation fusion power plants, but they respond in a very different manner to non-conducting fluids when flowing through magnetic fields and introduce a number of design considerations unique to fusion facilities.
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Ruebena will train in the laboratory of one of the world’s foremost experts in genomic informatics, Associate Professor Monkol Lek at Yale School of Medicine, to find genetic answers for an undiagnosed cohort of 82 families with rare disorders. Obtaining a precise genetic diagnosis is of utmost importance for families with genetic conditions, guiding clinical care and enabling precision and preventative medicine. Ruebena’s research will have a tangible positive impact on many Australian lives.
Working with Professor Sergey Smolentsev at UCLA will allow James to extend his work beyond the fundamental level to look at real-world cooling system designs for the Fusion Nuclear Science Facility (FNSF) and investigate how they may be optimized to improve their safety, reliability and efficiency. Fusion promises a clean, near-limitless source of power and it is hoped early involvement with the FNSF, a landmark United States fusion proposal, will help position Australia at the forefront of fusion design and research.
CLINTON GREG ELLIOTT Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship Funded by Florida Polytechnic University
COURTNEY GILCHRIST Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: James Cook University Host: Florida Polytechnic University
Home: RMIT University Host: Washington University in St. Louis/ Harvard University
Field: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Clinton is an electrical engineer who has a keen interest in emerging renewable technologies in outback Australia. He has developed an understanding of the electrical industry; while working as an electrician and instrumentation fitter in regional metalliferous mines and domestic settings. Clinton’s minor in international logistics was studied at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and he graduated from James Cook University with First Class Honours and received the academic medal. He has volunteered abroad on several projects in Cambodia, Tanzania, and Madagascar, which highlighted to him the importance of access to electricity for a high standard of living. As a Fulbright Scholar, Clinton plans to study a Master of Engineering, specializing in Engineering Management. His goal is to create a renewable energy solar organization in outback Australia, employing the local Indigenous populations, creating jobs, and exporting power to Asian markets. He believes outback Australia’s solar irradiance is its most important resource.
REBECCA HARKINS-CROSS Fulbright Victoria Scholarship Home: Monash University Host: School of the Arts, Columbia University Field: Creative Writing
Courtney is a PhD candidate at RMIT University who is passionate about improving long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes for the smallest and most vulnerable babies. Her research is focused on characterising brain dysmaturation in individuals born prematurely, and the implications this may have for mental health later in life. As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Courtney will work at Washington University in St. Louis (Neonatal Developmental Research Laboratory) and Harvard Medical School to develop skills to analyse neuroimaging data using a machine learning approach. This approach will be used to detect complex patterns in connections within the brain that may underlie later anxiety. She hopes that her research will provide indicators of anxiety that may be used by clinicians for early detection and targeted interventions in prematurely born children. Upon her return, Courtney hopes to promote applications of machine learning technologies in the neuroscience and paediatrics community here in Australia.
Rebecca is a writer and cultural critic, who is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University. Her previous positions include film editor at The Big Issue and theatre critic at The Age. Her research centres on the critical essay—a subgenre of the literary essay that is prominent in contemporary North American creative nonfiction— exploring how this hybridised literary mode creates space for previously marginalised critical voices and narratives. Such ideas are tested via her creative essay collection, Terror Australis, which examines the history of fear in Australian cinema. Rebecca’s Fulbright Scholarship will allow her to spend six months at Columbia School of the Arts’ Writing Program, an important nexus of creative and scholarly research. She will access literary archives, conduct interviews with essayists, forge crosscultural literary communities, and learn more about the pedagogy of the writing workshop.
SHANE HARRISON Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
DR ALLISON HEMPENSTALL Fulbright Queensland Scholarship
CAROLINE HENDY Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
Home: University of Melbourne Host: Columbia University
Home: James Cook University Host: TBC
Home: The Australian National University Host: TBC
Field: Public Health
Field: Public Health
Shane is a Gender Specialist for international humanitarian organisations and doctoral student at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. His doctoral research investigates how humanitarian actors respond to the protection needs of adolescent boys in emergencies, such as refugee or disaster settings. Previously, Shane worked for child protection, maternal health, and women’s organisations in Timor-Leste and Indonesia on gender equality and empowering women and girls. He completed his doctoral fieldwork while working for Swiss child protection organisation Terre des hommes in the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh.
Allison is passionate about improving healthcare through research and education. She is a specialist in rural and remote medicine and lives on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, providing primary and emergency medical care to her community. Her research focuses on tropical infectious diseases and she advocates for the building of research capacity within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She is the Chair of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Registrar Committee and was awarded the 2019 Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and Rural Doctors Association of Australia Rural Registrar of the Year Award.
Caroline is passionate about Linguistics and the intersection of language and education, particularly with respect to the educational experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. She has completed a Bachelor of Languages with Honours in Linguistics at the Australian National University, analysing part of the sound system of a newer Aboriginal language called "Light Warlpiri". Since 2017, she has also been working on the creation of resources for teaching another Aboriginal language, Kriol, to English speakers online.
As a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia, Shane will develop a mixed-methods tool for assessing the capacity of child protection actors to respond to cases of sexual abuse against adolescent girls and boys in humanitarian emergencies. He intends to partner with humanitarian organisations to pilot the tool in ongoing crises, with a view to facilitating greater support for girl and boy survivors.
With her Fulbright Scholarship, Allison will study a Master of Public Health specialising in global health and infectious diseases. Allison plans to return to Australia and continue working in partnership with Indigenous people to improve their health outcomes.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Caroline hopes to begin a PhD with which she will gain experience in community-centred linguistics and fieldwork, and the skills to make a strong, positive contribution to mother-tongue and bilingual education programs.
How do we ensure that these technologies will allow all of us to
LEAD BETTER LIVES?
NICHOLAS HINDLEY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
LUCY HOLMES MCHUGH Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
Home: University of Sydney Host: Harvard University
Home: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University Host: University of Michigan
Field: Political Science
How do we ensure that
DRUDGERY, rather than relieve us of purpose? How do we ensure that the
information age IMPROVES
Nicholas currently serves as a lecturer in the firstyear statistics and data science programs at the University of Sydney as well as a PhD candidate at the ACRF Image X Institute. His doctoral research focuses on using artificial intelligence and sophisticated image processing to drive improvements in image-guided radiotherapy. By taking lung cancer as its starting point, his work seeks to address the predominant driver of cancerrelated death and one of the most challenging sites in radiation therapy. As a Fulbright Scholar, Nicholas will join the machine learning group at the MGH/HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. During his time in the United States, Nicholas hopes to initiate a binational research program which combines translational expertise in Australia with the strong artificial intelligence profile of the U.S. He is confident that this global and multi-disciplinary approach will be crucial to the safe and effective implementation of machine learning in the clinic.
Lucy is a political scientist and filmmaker who works across areas of climate change, conservation and sustainability. Lucy’s PhD topic is the framing of climate risk and crisis in UNESCO’s World Heritage convention, with a comparative case of the Everglades and Great Barrier Reef. As part of her Fulbright research, she will make a documentary to explore filmmaking as a new method in international relations. Prior to her PhD, Lucy lived in Indonesia, working at the Centre for International Forestry Research in science communications. She has a Master’s degree in Development Practice and a Master of Public Policy. Lucy will use the Fulbright Scholarship to extend her existing research capacity and networks at the University of Michigan. She aims to be a leader in sustainability who can effectively communicate the political and social dimensions of climate change to policymakers, stakeholders and the public.
rather than overwhelming it? It is moments like this when we feel the true worth of Fulbright. We share our BEST MINDS with humility. We send them abroad because we know we do not have all the answers. We all need our best minds to stretch out across the world with the purpose of gaining
NEW INSIGHTS to answer UNSOLVED MYSTERIES.
- The Hon. Jeffrey Bleich Chair, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board Remarks at the 2018 Fulbright Gala Dinner
HUW JARVIS Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
LIAM TAY KEARNEY Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy Funded by the Department of Education
NARELLE KEATING Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Monash University Host: Yale University
Home: The University of Western Australia Host: TBC
Field: Cognitive Neuroscience
Field: International Economics
Home: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) Host: Casanova laboratory, Rockefeller University
Huw is a PhD student at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. He is passionate about translating research findings into improvements in health care practice and policy, and ultimately into better outcomes for people with psychiatric and neurological disease. Prior to his PhD, he completed studies in medical science (University of Tasmania) and public health (University of Melbourne), and worked in research translation at the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia’s leading expert body in health and medical research. He also completed policy internships at the Grattan Institute (Melbourne) and the World Health Organization (Geneva).
Liam graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2019 with a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Economics and Finance, and a Diploma in Mandarin Chinese. He was previously the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Fellow to China (2017), having studied and worked there for nearly three years, and maintains active involvement in Sino-Australia relations as Partnerships Manager for the Australia-China Youth Dialogue (ACYD).
Huw’s Fulbright Future Scholarship at Yale University will enable him to develop mathematical models of mood and motivation in people experiencing depression. He will collect data remotely from participants using smartphones – a new approach that shows great promise for estimating individual differences related to brain functioning.
Liam is particularly interested in the intersection of international trade and development, completing placements at the United Nations Capital Development Fund (Myanmar), KPMG Advisory and the Australian Embassy (Beijing). He plans to pursue a Master’s degree in the U.S. to deepen his knowledge on changing patterns of trade and foreign investment, and their implications for developing economies.
Field: Medical Science
Narelle is a PhD candidate in the Nicholson laboratory at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) in Melbourne. For her Fulbright Future Scholarship, Narelle will work in the laboratory of Professor Jean-Laurent Casanova at Rockefeller University in New York. In the Casanova laboratory, Narelle will have access to clinical samples collected from patients, where she will investigate whether patients with rare genetic mutations in important immune signalling molecules are more susceptible to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. Narelle’s research will advance our understanding of molecular signalling within immune cells and the fundamental components that not only drive the immune response, but also those that switch it off. Findings may inform clinical practice, by triggering genetic counselling for patients and their families who are found to carry these rare genetic variants or implementing targeted vaccination strategies to ‘at risk’ individuals.
FLORENCE LUI Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
MICHAEL LUKIN Fulbright Western Australia Scholarship
SOMYA MEHRA Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: University of New South Wales Host: Cornell University
Home: Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University Host: TBC
Field: Biomedical Engineering
Field: Music (Conducting)
Florence is undertaking a PhD in Professor Charles C. Sorrell’s research group at UNSW Sydney’s School of Materials Science and Engineering in collaboration with Professor Ralph J. Mobbs of Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. Her project involves developing multifunctional mineral-biologics coatings on materials used to fabricate orthopaedic devices. The end goal of this work is to address one of the key causes of failed surgeries (aseptic loosening, failed implant-bone bonding in the absence of an infection) by enhancing and expediting the osseointegration (implant-bone bonding) process.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Music with first-class honours from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he specialised in conducting and early keyboard performance. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia with a double major in Music Studies and Political Science, graduating in 2018. While at UWA, Michael resided at St George’s College where he was supported by the Eric Glasgow Memorial Bursary, several Argyle Scholarships and was Organ Scholar from 2017-2018. Michael was the Assistant Organist of St George’s Cathedral from 2016-2019 and holds an AMusA and LMusA from the AMEB, winning the A. J. Leckie Memorial Award for the best diploma candidate in WA in 2015.
Somya is currently a research assistant at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and Burnet Institute. Over the past two years, she has been researching the epidemiology of malaria, with a focus on parasite genomics. Somya has also developed mathematical models of parasite dynamics and host immunity as student researcher at the University of Melbourne. In 2020, Somya will commence a Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics) at the University of Melbourne. Her project will focus on barcoding, a genomic tool that involves taking DNA ‘fingerprints’ from malaria parasites to uncover transmission dynamics and population connectivity. Using mathematical models of the parasite genome, Somya will investigate the ability of barcoding to capture trends in parasite relatedness.
Florence will be working with Professor Lara A. Estroff’s research group at Cornell University’s School of Materials Science and Engineering. Professor Estroff’s group has pioneered innovative characterization techniques of early stages of biomineralization. These techniques will be applied as analytical tools for the characterization of the hybrid coatings, with particular focus on the interfaces. This opportunity will initiate an Australian-American research collaboration that involves research universities, orthopaedic surgeons, and biomaterial device manufacturers. Since such coatings are just emerging and in their nascent stages of growth, this work has the potential to direct the controlled engineering of next-generation hybrid coatings for orthopaedic devices. The novel technology shows promise in improving patient outcomes through shorter recovery periods, lowering the risk of failure, and ultimately reducing economic burden on health systems.
As a singer, Michael frequently performs with groups such as the St George’s Cathedral Consort, the Giovanni Consort and the WA Opera Company. Michael intends to use his Fulbright Scholarship to study a Master of Music in conducting to equip him with the necessary skills to educate and provide opportunities for future generations of musicians in Australia.
Home: University of Melbourne Host: TBC
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, she will work with Caroline Buckee’s team at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health to optimise barcoding, with the aim of maximising outputs from genomic surveillance in malaria endemic areas.
KATHERINE OBORNE Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship Home: The University of Adelaide Host: TBC Field: Public Administration
PENNY PASCOE Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR PALLAVI PRATHIVADI Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania Host: Northern Illinois University (NIU)
Home: Monash University Host: Stanford University
Katherine is currently helping organisations (primarily not-for-profit and government) be the best they can be in her role as a strategy consultant. Prior to this, she worked in policy roles in government, prioritising involvement in projects she was passionate about in education, human services and justice. Throughout these roles, Katherine has developed and nurtured a love for creating and implementing public policy. Katherine intends to study a mid-career Master of Public Administration, a program in which she will combine her two career passions – creating great places to work and shaping great public policy. Her ambition in undertaking further study is to build her skills and capabilities to become a future social sector leader delivering great policy, focused on addressing educational disadvantage.
Penny is passionate about understanding remote and wild ecosystems and undertaking research applicable to conservation and management. Islands are global biodiversity hotspots but are often threatened by invasive mammals. Successful eradication of invasive mammals from islands is becoming more common, whilst evaluating ecosystem response post-eradication is both challenging and expensive. Penny’s PhD is investigating the recovery of island ecosystems following the eradication of invasive mammals. Collaborating with leading researchers at NIU, Penny will investigate the use of stable isotopes to monitor the progression of recovery in island ecosystems by undertaking a large-scale natural experiment across more than 30 Australian, New Zealand and subAntarctic islands. Seabird guano provides significant nutrient input to many non-invaded islands, and these nutrients have a traceable stable isotope signature. By comparing never-invaded islands to islands at different stages post-eradication, Penny’s research will investigate a novel cost and timeefficient technique for assessing the progression of ecosystem recovery in Australia.
Pallavi is a practicing family physician and PhD candidate at the Department of General Practice, Monash University. She is the Chair of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Women-In-Medicine Committee and was named the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) National Registrar of the Year in 2019. Pallavi is passionate about improving safe pain management and palliative care worldwide. As a Fulbright Scholar, Pallavi will undertake her final two doctoral studies at the Stanford School of Medicine. This research will inform the development of a multifaceted intervention targeted at General Practitioners to encourage evidence-based prescribing of opioids in pain management.
SASHA PURCELL Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship Funded by the National Indigenous Australian Agency
JOEY ROWLANDS Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
JOSHUA RUSSELL Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Griffith University/Queensland University of Technology Host: TBC
Home: University of New South Wales Host: Harvard University
Home: Griffith University Host: TBC
Field: Computer Science
Joey is completing a PhD in quantum physics under the supervision of 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons. His research focus is to develop an atomically precise quantum integrated circuit, a major step towards building a quantum computer.
Joshua completed a Bachelor of Computer Science at Griffith University in 2019, majoring in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. A lover of strategy and problem solving, he went from playing chess at a young age to competing in a professional esports league for over a year. He founded the Griffith Artificial Intelligence Society and is passionate about applying artificial intelligence within interdisciplinary fields, having conducted research under the Institute for Glycomics at Griffith University, one of Australiaâ€™s leading biomedical research institutes.
Field: Law and Human Rights
Sasha is a Lawyer and delegate for the United Nations Association of Australia-Qld Division. She is passionate about advocating for the rights of marginalised and isolated communities. As a Torres Strait Islander Sasha has a particular interest in the preservation and advancement of Indigenous human rights. Sasha has practiced in the area of foreign affairs, Police Prosecutions (criminal and domestic violence law) and child Protection litigation and currently works as a researcher in Indigenous and social and criminal justice affairs. Sasha holds dual qualifications in Law and International Relations. As a Fulbright Scholar, Sasha hopes to study a Master of Laws specialising in international law, human rights and environmental law. Her aim is to understand the intersection of human rights law with regard to preventing and remedying crimes perpetrated against marginalised communities. Upon completion of the LLM program Sashaâ€™s intention is to complete her PhD focusing on research relating to climate change and patterns of gendered violence whilst continuing to advocate at the United Nations
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Joey will work in the Harvard laboratory of Professor Amir Yacoby learning world leading measurement techniques for quantum computing. The outcome of this project will be to implement these techniques on silicon nanoelectronic devices to accelerate the development of a quantum computer. Such a machine promises exponential advantage over classical computers in areas such as artificial intelligence, cyber security, financial services and drug development.
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Joshua will complete a PhD in Computer Science. Whilst abroad, he aims to enhance his academic abilities and establish strong institutional and industrial relationships between Australia and the United States. These relationships will assist him in applying this transformative technology within society and facilitating the growth of the artificial intelligence community in Australia.
NICHOLAS SCHUMANN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
HAMID SEDIQI Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
SIDDHANTH SHARMA Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: The University of Adelaide Host: Utah Valley University
Home: Western Sydney University Host: Tufts University
Home: Royal Perth Hospital/University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Host: TBC
Nicholas obtained a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and a Master of Philosophy in medicinal chemistry at the University of Adelaide. His current research focuses on the development of new therapeutics for treating tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is the world’s most lethal infectious disease, resulting in more fatalities each year than HIV and malaria combined. As with most bacterial infections, widespread antibiotic resistance exists for tuberculosis-related infections, resulting in an urgent need for new antibiotics. A recently identified enzyme found in the causative agent of tuberculosis, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, holds great promise as a new drug target for the treatment of this disease.
Hamid is a PhD candidate and a passionate science communicator who is eager not only to advance the field of Tissue Engineering, but also engage the broader community with scientific and academic discourse through his podcast – Blab Coats.
Through the Fulbright Future Scholarship, Nicholas will investigate drug candidates which target this enzyme, and promising candidates will be translated into clinical trials. Nicholas has a passion for informing the public on scientific issues facing society and will use his scholarship to engage with others through tailored community outreach programs.
For his Fulbright Scholarship, Hamid will spend 10 months at Tufts University working with Dr Michael Levin’s world leading team in Molecular Developmental Bioelectricity. Cells are biological machines that carry an electrical charge on their membranes, and just like machines, they use electricity to store and process information. While much of the research in the field has been focused on the cytoplasmic-membrane’s electrical dimensions, Hamid is exploring how the electrical properties of the cell nuclear-membrane affects what genes get activated during embryo development. This has the potential to reveal the electrical dimensions of the cell nucleus as an important regulator of stem-cell differentiation, knowledge that can be harnessed to advance tissue engineering.
Field: Public Health
Sid is currently a junior doctor at Royal Perth Hospital, graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2018. He was awarded the School of Medicine Medal for his commitment to patients, contribution to social justice and academic excellence. Sid has always been naturally drawn to the questions public health seems best positioned to answer. This growing passion led to collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia surrounding a foot care quality improvement initiative. He received the John Snow Scholarship for his reflections on the experience, allowing him to share his thoughts at the Royal Australian College of Physician’s Congress. Sid will pursue a Master of Public Health in the United States, hoping to develop the skills, knowledge and models of thinking required to ask incisive population health questions and answer them effectively. He endeavours to forge a career in Public Health and/or General Practice.
DR RANJANA SRIVASTAVA, OAM Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
AHNAF TAJWAR TAHABUB Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
LACHLAN TEGART Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Monash Health Host: TBC
Home: The University of Adelaide Host: Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University
Home: Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania Host: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Field: Mathematical and Theoretical Physics
Field: Medical Science
Ahnaf’s aversion to viewing objects as black boxes underlies his desire to understand the fundamental principles behind nature through physical intuition and mathematical rigor. However, due to his Bangladeshi background and diverse community involvement through teaching, he is just as zealous about social issues and feels that it is his life’s purpose to utilise this deep theory for humanity’s benefit. Consequently, he pursued Master of Philosophy work at the University of Adelaide under Professor Mathai Varghese on the mathematics of remarkable, low-temperature activated substances called superconductors, which have uses in Maglev trains, NMR machines and loss-less current transport.
Lachlan is a PhD candidate at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania. His research is examining the triggers of hay fever, a common and debilitating allergic disease.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Ahnaf's doctoral aim at MIT/ Harvard, the world’s top physics universities, is to use string theoretic tools to help develop a microscopic model for high-temperature variants of these superconductors. The current engineering consensus maintains that these anomalous substances can allow for efficient nuclear fusion - a holy grail for the world’s, and particularly Australia’s, energy problems.
Upon his return to Tasmania, Lachlan hopes that his training will help to contribute to the knowledge of aerobiology in Australia which can foster improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of hay fever and allergies.
Field: Public Policy
Ranjana is an oncologist, award-winning author and a regular columnist for The Guardian. She is the winner of the 2005 W.G. Walker Fulbright Award to undertake a fellowship in medical ethics at the University of Chicago. Ranjana works in the public hospital system where she is a passionate advocate for doctor-patient communication and holistic care of an ageing population. It is becoming increasingly important for healthcare professionals to have a voice in the policy arena. The Fulbright Future Scholarship will enable Ranjana to obtain a master’s degree in Public Policy that will supplement her considerable clinical skills with a strong ability to engage with the administrative and political decisions that have an impact on the day to day lives of doctors and patients.
As part of his Fulbright Future Scholarship, Lachlan will be working with Dr Brett Green, a world leader in aerobiology (the study of airborne biological particles that affect human health). He will be implementing a new technique called the Halogen Immunoassay invented by Dr Green. This will provide scientifically robust information about which pollen types are triggers of allergy symptoms. Importantly, this method is able to detect novel pollen allergens, including Australian native taxa, that cannot be tested for using conventional techniques.
GEMMA TIERNEY Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
LILY WANG Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
ISAAC WARD Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: University of Sydney Host: TBC
Home: The Australian National University Host: University of California, Irvine
Home: The University of Western Australia Host: TBC
Field: Public Health
Field: Computational Chemistry
Field: Computer Science
Gemma is an Indigenous physiotherapist of Kamilaroi descent, who graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in 2018. Gemma has physiotherapy work experience in both hospitals and private practices. Gemma has always been interested in health, but her particular passion lies within improving the wellbeing of Indigenous mothers and children. She is currently working with maternal and paediatric populations through her engagement in internships and mentoring roles. Gemma also tutors Indigenous physiotherapy students at the University of Sydney.
Lily is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. She studies molecular dynamics, a method that uses computers to simulate the movement of molecules over time. Although molecular dynamics simulations are powerful tools in the drug discovery pipeline, their applicability is limited by the inaccuracy of force fields: the algorithms used to calculate the energy associated with the particles.
Isaac is currently applying Artificial Intelligence to the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, whilst also solving technical challenges in the field of Computer Science. His primary research interest is studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) - a field concerned with creating algorithms that can accomplish tasks that are typically only completed by humans. Specifically, he is interested in how these algorithms learn to mimic complex human capabilities. As an advocate of using AI within the medical industry, Isaac is also interested in leveraging these technologies to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Gemma plans to study a Master of Public Health, specialising in maternal and paediatric health. She aspires to become a leader within the health landscape and pursue a career that provides more equitable healthcare to Indigenous women and children. Through her postgraduate studies and professional work, Gemma aims to strive towards achieving the “Close the Gap” initiatives within the maternal and paediatric health sector.
With the Fulbright Future Scholarship, Lily will visit University of California, Irvine to work with Professor David Mobley’s group and the Open Force Field consortium to contribute to a new generation of force fields. These new force fields are developed to be accurate, flexible, open-source, and frequently updated to keep up with the fast pace of computational chemistry. When she returns, she will continue the international collaboration and share this experience and expertise in force field development with the Australian research community. Improving the performance of computational simulations will greatly increase the efficiency of pharmaceutical research.
He will use his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue these interests via postgraduate studies, whilst also exploring how AI research is rapidly applied to industry challenges within the United States. Ultimately, he intends to improve the standard of Australian healthcare by applying this knowledge to analogous problems within the Australian medical industry.
ALICE YAN Sir John Carrick New South Wales Fulbright Scholarship W.G. Walker Alumni Award
CHLOE YAP Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
BEN YE Fulbright ACT Scholarship Funded by The ACT Government
Home: University of Sydney Host: TBC
Home: The University of Queensland Host: University of California, Los Angeles
Home: The Australian National University Host: TBC
Field: Environmental Science & Policy
Field: Psychiatric Genomics
Field: Public/Constitutional Law
Alice has significant expertise in environmental law, having worked across the world, including in Japan, Germany and the U.K. She is a dual-qualified lawyer, in Australia and England & Wales. For the past few years, Alice has served in senior legal positions in Australian government. Recently at the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Alice acted as the lead counsel for the state’s largest litter reduction initiative. Alice was appointed a member of the Australian delegation to the World Social Forum in Tunisia.
Chloe is a MD/PhD student at the University of Queensland, supervised by Dr Jacob Gratten and Professor Naomi Wray. Her research integrates large genomic and clinical datasets to understand how the entire body – and not just the mind – is affected by autism spectrum disorder. Chloe is fundamentally motivated to understand the interplay between brain and body – an area of medicine that is poorly understood yet contributes to both physical and mental health.
Ben is a lawyer with a strong interest in public and constitutional law. After graduating from the Australian National University with a University Medal, Ben has worked with public law in various roles. He was an Associate to the Honourable Chief Justice Helen Murrell of the ACT Supreme Court, a volunteer at Legal Aid ACT and Canberra Community Law and has participated in public interest litigations before the High Court. He has also published articles and commentaries on constitutional doctrines as applicable to an evolving Australian society.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Alice will explore the world-leading and often audacious environmental policies pioneered in the U.S. Over two years, she will specialise in the ground-breaking science that has driven these policies. Alice hopes to apply this learning to help shape the future of Australian environmental policy.
As a Fulbright Future Scholar, Chloe will work with Dr Michael Gandal at the University of California, Los Angeles. She will analyse novel brain genomic datasets to better understand autism genetics and hopes to contribute to a clinical trial investigating a drug that may ameliorate disabling aspects of autism. Ultimately, Chloe plans to leverage precision medicine approaches and systems-level perspectives to progress towards new diagnostics and treatments in psychiatry, where few options currently exist.
Ben will use his Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master of Law at a leading U.S. institution. He hopes that through a comparative study of public and constitutional law, he can better contribute to legal and constitutional reform initiatives in Australia for the future.
DR GRACE YEUNG Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
Home: Macquarie University Host: metaLAB @ Harvard, Harvard University
Home: Griffith University Host: TBC
Field: Media Studies
Home: The Australian National University Host: TBC
Timothy is a PhD candidate investigating the mediation of innovation in the workplace. He is passionate about developing creative practice research methods to deepen engagement between corporate organisations and scholarly research on the future of work. Timothy was awarded a Master of Research in 2018 from Macquarie University for his thesis, Podcasting Personas in the Creative Knowledge Industries. As a part of this research he interned at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He also holds a Master of Digital Communication and Culture from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Media from Macquarie University. His research interests are often informed by seven years in the digital marketing industry where he has worked as a Digital Content Strategist.
Grace was the first medical student in Australia to be awarded a New Colombo Scholarship by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2015 for her project in post-war health policy. Since then, she has also served as the executive director of the renowned Australian Medical Student Journal and contributed to numerous research projects including the characterisation of a novel fusion protein designed to prevent pancreatic cell death, which was awarded the 2017 Mater Honours Scholarship and the 3MT People’s Choice Award.
Janet completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Science) with Physics Honours at the Australian National University in 2019 in the Nonlinear Physics Centre. She is currently interested in quantum topological photonics and atomic arrays, where the overarching goal of these fields is quantum computing applications. She previously completed an internship at Nanyang Technological University in topological photonics. Janet has tutored at science camps such as the Curious Minds and Physics Olympiad program run by Australian Science Innovations.
Grace will use her Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her research interests in philosophy, focussing on fields including epistemology, metaphysics, ontology and religious philosophy. It is her aim to merge knowledge of these fields with neurobiological research to effectively alleviate symptoms of psychiatric illness. She aspires to become an author, academic and itinerant speaker, with a focus on the crossover between philosophy, theology and human behaviour.
As a Fulbright scholar, Janet will begin a PhD in the United States on topological photonics.
Timothy will use his Fulbright Scholarship to further develop his creative research methodology while based at metaLAB @ Harvard, an interdisciplinary group of creative practice researchers working at the cutting edge of the digital humanities and networked arts.
JANET ZHONG Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
TIMOTHY YEE Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
American Fulbright Scholars
PROFESSOR LEE ANN BANASZAK Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Funded by The Australian National University
PROFESSOR PABLO GARCIA Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Funded by RMIT University
Home: The Pennsylvania State University Host: The Australian National University
Home: School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Host: RMIT University
Field: Political Science
Lee Ann is currently Head of the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University, and has written extensively on civic engagement, public opinion, protest, and government policy related to women. She also served on the Pennsylvania Commission for Redistricting Reform and is passionate about voting rights in democratic systems.
Pablo is currently Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches art and design in the Department of Contemporary Practices. His research practice produces artworks, designs, and scholarship inspired by technology’s historical connections to creative practice. In 2013, Pablo launched the NeoLucida, a modern reinterpretation of the camera lucida. Assuming interest in a 19th century obsolete drawing aid would be low; he was caught by surprise when his crowdfunding campaign raised nearly US$500,000 from more than 11,000 worldwide backers. The ensuing lessons in rapidly growing his practice motivated interest in teaching contemporary arts entrepreneurship.
During her Fulbright Scholarship at the Australian National University's School of Politics and International Relations, Lee Ann will compare the adoption and implementation of policies impacting women in the states in Australia and the U.S. and will compare these to other federal countries. Specifically, she will focus on the role that cultural norms and social practices play in shaping policies that vary by women’s race, ethnicity, and social class.
As a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Pablo will explore new strategies and methods for building and sustaining an art practice. Internet tools and global marketplaces are now accessible by artists and designers of all levels; Pablo’s research will encourage artists around the world achieve creative independence.
PROFESSOR STEVEN GORELICK Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology & Innovation Funded by CSIRO
PROFESSOR RAVI JAINÂ Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defence) Science & Technology Funded by Defence Science and Technology (DST)
PROFESSOR JONATHAN MENDILOW Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy Funded by Flinders University/Carnegie Mellon University Australia (CMUA)
Home: Stanford University Host: CSIRO Land and WaterÂ
Home: University of New Mexico Host: The University of Adelaide
Home: Rider University Host: Flinders University/CMUA
Field: Water Security
Field: Electrical/Computer Engineering
Field: Political Science/Global Studies
Steven is the Cyrus F. Tolman Professor in the Department of Earth System Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. At Stanford since 1988, he runs the Hydro Program and directs the Global Freshwater Initiative, which employs an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing water-supply vulnerability.
Ravi is a Professor at the University of New Mexico, whose formal affiliations span the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Physics, Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering, and the Center for High Technology Materials. Besides teaching laser physics, fiber optics, optoelectronics, semiconductor and glass physics, he performs research on the development of next generation glass devices for fiber lasers and fiber-optic sensors, with an added emphasis on extending such device capabilities to the mid-infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Jonathan is a professor at Rider University (Lawrenceville, New Jersey) and chair of the International Political Science Association's Research Council for the study of political finance and political corruption. He had published extensively in the two fields as well as in political theory. His current interest is to examine their interrelationships, with special attention to the contribution of political finance to the decline of trust in government and political polarization in many liberal democracies.
Steven will apply his experience in analysis of freshwater resources in various countries around the world to better understand water security issues and regional coupled human-natural-engineered freshwater systems in Australia. Steven will use his term as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation at CSIRO to study water security and integrated water resources management in underdeveloped regions of northern Australia.
Ravi plans to perform research on embedding custom nanocrystallites in "soft glasses" for new fiber laser and optical sensor applications at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing. The lasers and optical sensors will be useful for DST with applications ranging from "blinding" incoming missiles to sensing extremely small quantities of undesirable toxic gases. Such nanocrystal-embedded glass lasers and optoelectronic sensors are expected to have significant impact on numerous health monitoring, pollution monitoring, and industrial process monitoring applications.
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As a Fulbright Scholar, Jonathan seeks to examine these tendencies in Australia, and compare them to those that characterize the vastly different U.S. political system. He hopes to arrive at some theoretical conclusions that would carry policy implications.
DR EDWARD SAZONOV Fulbright Distinguished Chair Funded by The University of Newcastle
LASHANDA TAYLOR ADAMS Fulbright Scholar Award
ANDREW CRUSE Fulbright Scholar Award Funded by University of Technology Sydney
Home: David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia Host: Australian Centre for Child Protection
Home: The Ohio State University Host: University of Technology Sydney
Field: Electrical Engineering/Bioengineering
Field: Law/Public Policy
Edward is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. His research interests span wearable devices, sensor-based behavioral informatics, and methods of biomedical signal processing and pattern recognition. He develops wearable devices such as a wearable sensor for objective detection and characterization of food intake; a highly accurate physical activity and gait monitor integrated into a shoe insole; a wearable sensor system for monitoring of cigarette smoking; and others. These devices have been utilized in multiple studies of health-related human behaviors.
LaShanda is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law. She joined the law faculty after ten years working on behalf of children and families at leading child welfare organizations.
Andrew is an Associate Professor at Ohio Stateâ€™s Knowlton School and a registered architect.
Home: The University of Alabama Host: The University of Newcastle
As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Newcastle, Edward will work on collaborative research projects targeting studies of human nutrition and eating behavior.
As a Fulbright Scholar, she will conduct a comparative study of South Australian and American efforts to reorient child protection systems toward early intervention and family support services. Specifically, LaShanda will assess how the shift will affect children and families with chronic and repeated involvement in the child welfare system as well as Aboriginal children and families. Her research will inform the design of new prevention and early intervention services to these populations in South Australia and to similar populations in the United States.
His Fulbright project, Promoting Indoor Climate Change, looks at how deliberate changes to the interior climate of buildings can reduce carbon emissions, improve occupant comfort, and enrich architectural design. Australian researchers have spearheaded research on innovative thermal comfort models. Through interviews and case studies, Andrew will draw on this work to determine how the spatial intelligence embedded in buildings contributes to improved comfort and energy efficiency in ways that are not currently captured by building performance metrics.
DR GEORGE DANKO Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
NICHOLAS GIORDANO Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno Host: Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University
Home: Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management Host: Deakin University
George, an engineer and mathematician by training, is an innovator in machine and process control, automation, robotics and computational models for increasing safety and health while saving energy and cost in mining operations. He has been working with leading industrial and academic partners in Australia on information technology applications for mining, funded in the U.S. by the Alpha Foundation for Safety and Health.
Nicholas completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation and NIH-funded Predoctoral Fellow. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management in Rockville, Maryland.
As a Fulbright Scholar in Future of Mines topics in Australia, he will visit and work with academic and industrial participants for cooperative development and tryouts of new safety enhancement systems for preventive intervention of accidents using big data, modeling, control and robotics.
Throughout his Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, he will work with Professor Tracey Bucknall, PhD, RN, FAAN at Deakin University and Alfred Health to examine the integration and utilization of patientreported outcomes into clinical practice settings. This work aims to guide patients and their providers in making evidenced-based care decisions that optimize pain management and post-surgical recovery.
PROFESSOR JOHN HEIL Fulbright Scholar Award Home: Washington University in St Louis/ Durham University Host: Monash University Field: Philosophy
John specialises in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. His Fulbright project addresses the age-old question: how are appearances related to reality? The everyday world, including the world of scientists working with instruments in their laboratories, seems strikingly different from the world revealed by physics. A tomato is red but is made up of colourless particles. A table is solid, but physics tells us that the table is mostly empty space. Are the tomato, its colour, and the table illusions, in us, not ‘out there’? Or are they ‘emergent’ somethings over and above the particles and fields? Although versions of both these familiar responses have had legions of adherents, John finds a third, more compelling response implicit in the best Australian metaphysics: physics tells us what the appearances are appearances of. This seems straightforward, even obvious, but the details are surprisingly elusive. John will be articulating these details in consultation with colleagues at Monash and elsewhere in Australia.
JAMES KING Fulbright Professional Scholarship in AmericanAustralian Alliance Studies Funded by The U.S. Department of State
PROFESSOR DEAN J. KOTLOWSKI Fulbright Professional Scholarship in AmericanAustralian Alliance Studies Funded by The U.S. Department of State
Home: University of Wyoming Host: College of Business, Government and Law, Flinders University
Home: Salisbury University Host: The Australian National University
Field: Political Science James has taught classes on various aspects of American government and politics for nearly four decades. Through the Fulbright program he will study the Australian electoral system and consider its applicability to American elections. The basic question is whether the preferential voting or instant-runoff voting system used in South Australia could make American politics more democratic and reduce public discontent with the electoral process. Preferential voting has gained some attention in the United States but has yet to be widely adopted. Gaining a thorough understanding of the Australian system will facilitate an assessment of preferential voting and its potential for improving American elections by encouraging development a third political party or producing more moderate nominees of the two existing parties.
Field: U.S. History/U.S.-Australian Alliance Studies
Dean, a professor of history at Salisbury University, specialising in United States political, diplomatic, and transnational history. He is the author of Nixon’s Civil Rights: Politics, Principle, and Policy (Harvard University Press, 2001) and Paul V. McNutt and the Age of FDR (Indiana University Press, 2015) and the editor of The European Union: From Jean Monnet to the Euro (Ohio University Press, 2000). Based at the Australian National University, he will use his Fulbright to research his current book project, a study of the parallels and connections between United States and Australian indigenous policy between 1945 and 2000. Dean received his PhD in history at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1998. He has lectured in twenty-three countries across North America, Europe, and Australasia, including on two earlier Fulbright Scholar Awards. He is excited to share his insights on—and passion about—the modern American presidency.
PROFESSOR CHALLA VIJAYA KUMAR Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation Home: University of Connecticut Host: University of Wollongong Field: Chemistry/Materials Science
Challa is Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the flagship university of the state of Connecticut. He has been teaching and conducting research at the university on Biological Materials and Physical Chemistry for over three decades. As a Fulbright Scholar, Challa will be working on developing protein hydrogels for the construction of enzyme-based biobatteries. His current work on enzyme stabilization will be combined with the expertise of the host institution to construct and test 4D-printed biobatteries, first of their kind in the world. He will use the jointly developed knowledge for further development and future commercialization.
DR KRISTINE M. LARSON Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation Home: University of Colorado, Boulder Host: Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania Field: Geodesy/Geosciences
Kristine is an emeritus professor of aerospace engineering sciences at the University of Colorado. Her research is centered on using GPS signals to study a variety of Earth processes such as ground deformation during earthquakes, plate tectonic motions, snow accumulation, and ocean tides. She will spend her Fulbright Scholarship at the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Tasmania. She is particularly interested in working with Australian scientists on making new GPS measurements in Antarctica. Kristineâ€™s goal during this visit to Australia is to help establish a center of excellence for using GPS signals for environmental applications.
DR JOHN M. MARSTON Fulbright Scholar Award Home: Boston University Host: School of Social Sciences, The University of Queensland
DR ATEEV MEHROTRA Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Field: Environmental Archaeology
Home: Harvard Medical School Host: Centre for Online Health, The University of Queensland
John is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Boston University, where he directs the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory. He studies the long-term sustainability of agriculture and land use, with a focus on ancient societies of the Mediterranean and western and central Asia.
Ateev is a physician and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Health Care Policy. His research focuses on the growing use of telemedicine in the United States and its impact on improving the care patients receive and increasing access to rural communities.
As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Queensland, John will work closely with colleagues at the university on the analysis of plant remains from several archaeological sites in Turkey in order to reconstruct agricultural practices over a period of a thousand years. By investigating how farmers in this semiarid region adapted to simultaneous changes in climate and the rise and fall of empires, they will create a broader understanding of how choices about agriculture have contributed to the persistence and collapse of states, with implications for countries in climatically similar regions in the present day.
During his Fulbright Scholarship he will partner with hosts at the Centre for Online Health to compare how telemedicine is being used in the United States and Australia. In both countries, the use of this promising technology is growing rapidly, but which conditions is telemedicine being used to treat? Is it reaching the most underserved populations? Findings will inform clinical practice, policy discussions, and reimbursement policies in both countries.
Field: Health Policy
CRISTIN MILLETT Fulbright Scholar Award Home: The Pennsylvania State University Host: SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia
DR GARY REGER Fulbright Scholar Award Home: Trinity College Host: The University of Western Australia Field: History
RYAN REUTER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation Home: Oklahoma State University Host: CQUniversity Field: Animal Science
Straddling traditional disciplinary boundaries, Cristinâ€™s investigations of medicine are integral to her artistic process. Her sculptural objects and installations prompt a contemporary cultural critique of societal issues surrounding reproduction and gender identity. Cristin is a Professor of Art in the School of Visual Arts and an Embedded Faculty Researcher in the Arts + Design Research Incubator at Penn State.
Gary's research has focused on the economic history of the Greek and Roman worlds, which led - through the rich documentary and archaeological evidence of the Eastern Desert in Egypt - to a passion for the history of human interaction with desert environments. Going beyond the classical Mediterranean world, this new research project has led to articles on the history and literature of the southwestern deserts of the United States.
As a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Western Australia, Cristin will be an artist-in-residence at SymbioticA, an artistic laboratory dedicated to research and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. At SymbioticA, she will study the science of ectogenesis, the augmentation of the fecund uterus by a machine. The outcome of her research will be the creation of a sculptural artwork titled Ex-Utero. Ex-Utero will prompt questions and conversations about the socio-cultural impact of ectogenesis, a science with far-reaching implications.
The centerpiece of his time in Australia will be the organization of a conference that will bring humanities scholars and desert specialists together to share work and perspectives on the western deserts. The planned publication of the papers from this conference will, it is hoped, be an important contribution to interdisciplinary work on the Australia desert world. Gary also plans to take advantage of his residence in Perth to travel as much as possible in the western Australian deserts.
Ryan is currently as Associate Professor of Range Beef Cattle Nutrition in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University in the U.S. He teaches courses in cattle nutrition and grazing management and has a keen research interest in developing precision management technologies to improve sustainability of grazing systems. Ryan will use his Fulbright Scholarship to work with colleagues in Australia to develop a new sensor algorithm that he hopes can measure the grazed forage intake of individual cows. Armed with this technology, researchers and grazing managers could make more data-driven decisions to improve productivity and sustainability of their grazing enterprises. This four-month effort will build lasting linkages with similarly interested researchers in Australia and the U.S.
DR HOJUN SONG Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
PROFESSOR RICHARD G. SONNENFELD Fulbright Scholar Award in Resources & Energy Funded by Curtin University
DR MYLES STEINER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Texas A&M University Host: Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO
Home: New Mexico Tech/Langmuir Laboratory for Atmospheric Research Host: Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University
Home: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Host: School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of New South Wales
Field: Atmospheric Physics
Richard is an experimental physicist who has built and applied novel scientific instruments to particle physics, magnetic disk drives, and lightning research since 1981. In Australia, Richard intends to combine a new radio imaging technique with high speed video and hopes to capture lightning striking mine shafts or other tall structures. Kalgoorlie, WA is a perfect location for this work because of the excellent visibility, intense summer storms, and proximity of the Western Australian School of Mines. If Sonnenfeld can capture the final meters of a lightning channel, microseconds before it strikes, the understanding can improve structure protection in the energy industry as well as illuminate the fascinating physics of how nature makes 40-kilometer-long sparks. Working with the Museum of the Goldfields and Curtin University, he is preparing a talk, Lightning like you have never seen it before, to share field results and nurture lay interest and support for atmospheric science.
Myles is a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in Golden, Colorado. Myles leads research projects on high efficiency III-V solar cells for electricity generation, energy storage and hydrogen production applications. A key focus of his work has been on exploiting radiative processes in solar cells, with the goal of improving efficiencies while lowering barriers to commercialization of photovoltaic technologies.
Hojun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. His research program focuses on understanding the global biodiversity of the insect order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids). He is also a leading expert in the study of swarming locusts, and his current research aims to understand the molecular basis of swarming in the Central American locust using various genomic tools. He has published over 50 scientific papers and several book chapters, and he received the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2013. As a Fulbright Scholar, Hojun plans to study Australian grasshoppers at the CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection. Australia has a diverse grasshopper fauna, but no one has studied them for more than 20 years. His goal is to develop a long-term research program that will document the biodiversity of Australian grasshoppers and understand the evolutionary processes giving rise to the current diversity.
Myles will spend his time as a Fulbright Scholar in the laboratory of Prof. Nicholas Ekins-Daukes at the University of New South Wales, conducting experiments on two-dimensional quantum nanostructures and understanding how they can be optimally incorporated into solar cells to further increase the power conversion efficiency for a range of terrestrial applications.
SUE VANDEWOUDE Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
DR BYRON L. ZAMBOANGA Fulbright Scholar Award Funded by the University of Canberra
Home: Colorado State University Host: University of Tasmania
Home: Smith College Host: The University of Canberra
"The Program aims to make the benefits of American CULTURE and
Sue is currently Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU). In addition to promoting and facilitating research of veterinarians and other scientists at CSU, she investigates feline viral ecology and pathogenesis, in order to advance understanding of diseases of domestic and nondomestic cats, and to more generally model pathogenesis and ecology of other viral infections. During her Fulbright Scholarship, Sue will study advanced statistical and modeling techniques to identify determinants of virulence during viral coinfections while in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Carver. This immersive experience will allow her to conduct future studies analyzing complex datasets inherent in modern virology research, both in Australia and the United States. She will also work to develop graduate and veterinary exchange programs between her home institution and the University of Tasmania.
Byron is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Smith College. As a Fulbright Scholar, he will spend four months at the University of Canberra studying university studentsâ€™ motivations to pre-drink and play drinking games. He will also explore the psychological and social factors that can influence these risky drinking behaviors in an Australian university context. Additionally, he will examine why university students use or do not use protective strategies (e.g., alternating between alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages) to reduce their risk for drinking harms. The results from this project will inform the development of a pilot alcohol intervention program designed to address pre-drinking and drinking games participation and promote protective strategies among Australian university students.
TECHNOLOGY available to the world and to enrich American life by exposing it to the SCIENCE and
ART of many societies."
- Senator J. William Fulbright Prospects for the West
DR JAMES BAHOH Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by Deakin University
DR KELSEY R. MCDONOUGH Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship Funded by The University of Newcastle
Home: Marquette University Host: School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University
Home: Kansas State University Host: Centre for Water Security and Environmental Sustainability, The University of Newcastle
Field: Water Resources Engineering
James’ research addresses the philosophical foundations of ontology and metaphysics, together with the impact different versions of these foundations have on how we understand the composition and transformation of social and political formations. He approaches this especially through the history of German and French philosophy.
Kelsey completed her doctorate in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University and is currently a postdoctoral research scientist in the Professorship of Ecological Services at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
As a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar, James will work in conjunction with Deakin University’s Philosophy and the History of Ideas (PHI) Research Team. He will be doing research for a book on the ontology of transformational or irregular 'events' and their relation to the foundations of cognitive, propositional, and conceptual representation. Such events are watershed moments that rewrite the rules governing a social, political, artistic, psychological, historical, or conceptual order. Drawing on recent German and French philosophy, James' Fulbright research will explore ways the structures of these kinds of events challenge the primacy of the traditional logic of identity at the root of our theories of representation and how this can help us to better understand and creatively respond 52 to structural social and political inequity.
For her Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, Kelsey will work with Dr Patricia Saco, Dr Jose Rodriguez, and Dr George Kuczera in the Centre for Water Security and Environmental Sustainability and Dr Anthony Kiem in the Centre for Water, Climate, and Land at the University of Newcastle. Her research will evaluate hydrological, climatological, and anthropogenic drivers of water availability and their impact on water allocation for important environmental assets of Australia. Future access to environmental water in Australia will become increasingly difficult with projected changes in climate, and thus the aim of this work is to increase the resiliency of Australia to climate change impacts while establishing a mutually beneficial partnership between researchers in Australia and the United States.
"Perhaps the GREATEST
POWER of such
intellectual exchange is to convert NATIONS
into PEOPLES and to
ASPIRATIONS." - Senator J. William Fulbright 40th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program, 1986
ALLISON CHEUNG Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
MARK CZEISLER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
HANNAH FLUHLER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Yale University Host: Department of Veterinary Epidemiology, University of Melbourne
Home: Harvard University Host: Institute for Breathing and Sleeping, Austin Hospital
Home: Ball State University Host: Genome Stability Unit, St. Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research
Field: Public Health
Field: Medical Science
Field: Biomedical Science
Allison received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Yale University. During her undergraduate years, she developed a passion for global public health and an interest in preventing zoonotic disease outbreaks. She completed an MPH thesis on the viral persistence of Ebola in survivors in order to inform revisions of the World Health Organization’s clinical care guidelines.
Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard College. As an undergraduate, Mark worked in Professor Jeff Lichtman’s neuroimaging lab, where he investigated mechanisms that brain cells use to communicate with each other and coordinate daily mental, physical, and behavioral cycles—including the sleep-wake cycle. Mark’s commitment to improving sleep health in today’s 24/7 society prompted him to work with classmates to form the Harvard College Sleep Matters Initiative to study undergraduate sleep patterns and provide students resources to improve sleep on campus.
Hannah is a registered nurse who is passionate about providing the best care to the most vulnerable members of our communities. Previous clinical research experience and her time spent providing respite care for children with a rare, genetic blood disorder called Fanconi anemia (FA) led to her interest in the critical medical research that gives people with FA longer lives, faster diagnoses, and improved treatment methods. FA is a rare disorder that leads to loss of vital blood cells and a predisposition to develop cancers decades earlier than the general population.
For her Fulbright Scholarship, Allison will conduct research with the veterinary epidemiology department at the University of Melbourne. Through the World Organization for Animal Health’s Collaborating Centre for Diagnostic Test Validation Science in the Asia-Pacific Region, she will be developing statistical models to evaluate the accuracy of diagnostic tests for newly emerging zoonotic diseases that do not yet have a gold standard. She hopes to develop an evaluation pathway that can be used to validate novel, rapidlydeveloped diagnostic assays for use in outbreak settings.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Mark aims to evaluate the impact of the disruption of daily cycles, including sleep, on patient health outcomes in the Austin Hospital Intensive Care Unit. The study will provide unique insights into ICU patient experiences, and Mark is optimistic that results from this project may inform sleep-conscious ICU protocols going forward.
Hannah will spend her postgraduate Fulbright Scholarship in the Genome Stability Unit at St. Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research, screening for new detection tools that can identify a marker of FA. Findings will be used to develop a quick diagnostic blood test, that could be used in FA but also for assessing efficacy of certain treatments in all types of cancer.
MADISON HECHT Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship Home: University of Virginia Host: Macquarie University Field: Psychology
ARIANA KAM Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship Funded by Western Sydney University
REBEKAH MOHN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
Home: Boston University School of Medicine Host: Translational Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University
Home: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Host: Curtin University
Madison is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, earning dual degrees in neuroscience and English. At the university as an Echols Scholar, she conducted research in neural development, contributing to her Distinguished Majors Thesis and sparking her interest in child brain development. In partnership with renowned autism researcher Professor Liz Pellicano, Madison will use her Fulbright Scholarship to address autistic people’s increased risk of sexual victimization. Her study is co-produced with autistic researchers and elicits the perspectives of multiple informants, including young autistic people, their parents, and their teachers. Her findings will illuminate what good ‘sex and relationships’ education looks like for this population and ultimately influence Australian educational policy and practice. It is her hope that this project helps ensure that the rights of autistic people, to feel safe and supported in their schools and communities, are protected and promoted.
Ariana is a rising third-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a secondary degree in Film/Video from Harvard University in 2016. As a postgraduate, Ariana has focused on creating educational animations that convey medical concepts to a wider audience. For her Fulbright project, Ariana will create a series of stop-motion animations exploring perspectives on substance use in Sydney. She will draw upon the stories of public health researchers, physicians, and current and former users. She aims to create a film series that will both destigmatize addiction and facilitate discussions surrounding current public health interventions in Sydney. Her films will highlight the following topics: the Australian heroin shortage, the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in Kings Cross, and The Parents’ and Children’s Program at Odyssey House NSW.
Field: Plant Biology
Rebekah is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul studying chromosome evolution in a group of insect-eating plants commonly known as sundews (the genus Drosera). During Rebekah’s Fulbright Future Scholarship, she will be working with Dr Adam Cross at Curtin University to collect genetic and chromosome count data from 150 species of Drosera throughout Australia. All organisms package DNA into chromosomes to ensure the accurate inheritance of DNA during cell division. Unsuccessful inheritance of chromosomes due to breakage or unequal separation can result in diseases such as cancer. However, in some plants and animals including in species of Drosera, a modification of a structure in cell division enables the successful inheritance even after chromosome breakage. Rebekah will be using the data she collects to further our understanding of chromosome breakage and Drosera in specific by exploring the impact chromosome variation has on species diversification.
DR BRIAN RAPHAEL NABORS Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship Home: College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Host: Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
CEBRINA NOLAN Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation Home: University of California, Riverside Host: Institute for Molecular Biosciences
Field: Music Composition
Brian is a versatile composer, performer, educator and artist with a unique background that fosters innovative approaches to various aspects of musical composition, pedagogy and analysis. He is a critical thinker dedicated to creating clear strategies that enable the general public to develop a deeper relationship with contemporary concert music and its benefits.
Cebrina graduated with high honors from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology. During her enrollment, Cebrina investigated the behavioraltering properties of emerald jewel wasp venom in the Adams’ lab. Following her graduation, she joined the Yamanaka lab at UCR as a full-time lab technician while finishing off her project in the Adams lab.
Brian will spend his time at the University of Sydney's Conservatorium of Music studying with internationally acclaimed composer, Carl Vine. During the grant period, he seeks to conduct research and create original compositions that reflect humanity and music's power to unite communities of different cultures. Brian also seeks to volunteer with local arts organizations to mentor youth and establish connections with the Australian musical community. He hopes to utilize the experience during Fulbright to create concert and performance opportunities for underrepresented communities in classical music in cities across the United States.
For her Fulbright, Cebrina will be analyzing the structure and function of specific Australian funnel web spider toxins (agatoxins) to identify their bioinsecticidal and medicinal properties. Cebrina’s current mentor, Dr Michael Adams, was the first to identify agatoxins and will be collaborating with her during her Fulbright. Her project will be conducted under a renowned toxinologist, Dr Glenn King, at the University of Queensland where she will be in contact with many valuable resources. Cebrina’s Fulbright experience will allow her to acquire the necessary knowledge, connections, and skills to pursue toxin research.
ALISON ONG Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship Home: University of California, Berkeley Host: University of Melbourne Field: Energy/Environment
Alison comes from a multidisciplinary background, drawing from economics, policy, and technical analysis to solve complex environmental problems. Her experiences range from laboratory research on emerging solar technologies at UC Berkeley to political advocacy work in California. Most recently, she was employed as a Consultant in San Francisco at Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. where she evaluated variable energy generation interactions with the electric grid. Her major projects involved providing expertise on battery storage impacts and deployment for state regulators in California and New York. For her Fulbright project, Alison will conduct a comparative study of renewable integration challenges in California and Australia, and the potential for overcoming them using energy storage technologies to moderate variable power generation. She hopes her findings will provide guiding principles for system-wide change that will further dialogue, promote collaboration, and advance action towards a greener future in both California and Australia.
ELIZABETH SCHMIDT Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy Funded by the Department of Education
Home: University of Notre Dame Host: Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, Queensland University of Technology
Home: Kent State University Host: Western Sydney University
Home: Bates College Host: The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development, Western Sydney University
Field: Public Policy
Elizabeth (Liz) earned her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management from Kent State University's School of Peace and Conflict Studies. Liz's work and research have centered around immigration, grassroots peacebuilding, and narrative in identitybased conflict. With experience at the International Organization for Migration, the International Institute of Akron, Lighthouse Relief, and Kent State University's Center for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services, Liz is dedicated to promoting migrants' rights, safety, and stories and the inclusion of diverse voices within communities.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bates College in 2019. She developed an interest in the study of infant development after spending time volunteering with young children and working as a research assistant at the Harvard Laboratory for Developmental Studies. Additionally, Emily is trained in classical piano and enjoys singing.
Field: Artificial Intelligence
Brandon is a U.S. National Science Foundation Research Fellow and doctoral candidate at the University of Notre Dame. In his research, Brandon attempts to bridge the gap between human perception and artificial perception by playing the role of a psychologist for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Brandon will use his Fulbright Future Scholarship to develop AI for an unmanned aerial vehicle, which can assist Bega Valley landcare owners in monitoring African Lovegrass (ALG), an invasive grass which endangers their livelihood. To enable monitoring in diverse conditions such as day, night, or rain, he will use his expertise in human derived artificial perception to create AI that mimics the subconscious cues experts use to identify ALG — helping the AI make decisions more like a human expert. Brandon hopes his research will help pioneer the automated detection of invasive grasses which negatively impact agriculture in Australia and around the world.
EMILY TAN Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship
BRANDON RICHARDWEBSTER Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation
For her Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship, Liz will conduct a policy and media analysis of global and Australian discourses concerning LGBTQ refugees for a Master of Research at Western Sydney University. Through her research, Liz aims to promote dialogue and further research on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ people in displacement. She hopes that by bringing these challenges to awareness, stronger human rights protections can be developed to include LGBTQ people.
With her Fulbright Scholarship, Emily will combine these two interests – infant studies and music – to investigate how lullabies impact early language acquisition in eight-month-olds. In addition to conducting her psycholinguistic experiment, Emily is spending time with mothers’ groups in New South Wales to learn about the structure and benefits of these support networks. She looks forward to bringing her findings and experiences in Australia back to the U.S. so as to inform early intervention strategies and speech-language therapies.
SHELBY YOUNG Fulbright Future Scholarship Funded by The Kinghorn Foundation Home: Texas Tech University Host: New South Wales Department of Primary Industries/Western Sydney University Field: Plant Pathology
Shelby is a recent graduate of Texas Tech University, earning a Master of Science in Crop and Soil Science. She will continue her research on Verticillium wilt of cotton, an economically important fungal disease, through the Fulbright Program. Shelby will be working in the pathology lab of Dr Karen Kirkby at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI). Her work will involve the fieldvalidation of a Verticillium wilt pathogen inoculum threshold system for informing cotton growers of their disease risk. Young will also examine the relationship between Verticillium wilt, nitrogen, and irrigation in a field trial at the ACRI. Partnering with Dr Jonathan Plett of Western Sydney Universityâ€™s Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Shelby will carry out a growth chamber study to analyze the metabolic responses of the cotton plant and Verticillium wilt pathogen during the infection process.
"The essence of intercultural education is the ACQUISITION of
EMPATHY; the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for
the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately. The exchange program is not a panacea but an avenue of HOPE...." - Senator J. William Fulbright The Price of Empire
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The Australian and United States governments provide the core funding for the Australian Fulbright Program. This funding is complemented by the support of a generous group of companies, organisations, universities, Australian and U.S. Embassies, individual donors and government agencies.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, sponsored by the Australian National University is open to distinguished U.S. academics at the level of Associate Professor and Professor. The Distinguished Chair position aims to promote collaborative research between faculty in Australia and the United States in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Australian National University.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Science, Technology & Innovation, sponsored by CSIRO enables a U.S. senior academic to conduct innovative scientific research related to critical challenges facing the U.S. and Australia. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s leading multidisciplinary research organisation with a mission to deliver impact for the benefit of industry, society and the environment.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Applied Public Policy, sponsored by Flinders University and Carnegie Mellon UniversityAustralia allows distinguished academics to conduct collaborative research at both Flinders and CMU-A. The position is designed to increase the awareness of the field of applied public policy in Australia, and to promote comparative and collaborative research between Australia and the United States.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences and Fulbright Scholar Award, funded by Kansas State University provide unparalleled support to the development of key research areas. These scholarship opportunities allow senior academics to undertake diverse programs of research at Kansas State, leading to ongoing bilateral collaborations and partnerships.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair and and the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, sponsored by The University of Newcastle (UON) were established to support the development of research within UON’s areas of priority (known as Priority Research Centres). Awardees will contribute to various research areas, and assist the building of bilateral links between Australia and the U.S.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and the Fulbright Postdoctoral (Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow) Scholarship sponsored by RMIT University enable exceptional Australian and American scholars to undertake research and/or practice of importance to RMIT. The linking of the RMIT University Fellowship is aimed at solidifying the relationship between RMIT University and the host U.S. institution.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced (Defence) Science and Technology, sponsored by Defence Science and Technology aims to attract outstanding U.S. researchers to creating ongoing bilateral collaborations and develop skills and capabilities in emerging fields of science and technology.
The Fulbright Scholar Award, funded by Central Queensland University Australia allows one American professional or academic to conduct 3-4 months research at one of CQUniversity Australia’s regional or metro campuses.
The Fulbright Scholar Award in Resources & Energy, funded by Curtin University enables exceptional U.S. scholars to undertake research of importance to the bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States in the areas of resources and energy. Curtin University is an internationally recognized leader in research related to geosciences and resource engineering.
The Fulbright Scholar Award and Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, funded by Florida Polytechnic University allow an Australian postgraduate student to undertake a 1 or 2-year masterâ€™s program, and an Australian scholar to conduct 3-4 months of research and teaching at Florida Polytechnic University. The University specialises in engineering, science, technology and mathematics.
The Fulbright Scholar Award, funded by the University of Canberra enables exceptional U.S. scholars to undertake research in areas including environment, governance, health, sport, education and communication. The University of Canberra has a strong commitment to integrated learning and specializes in professional education and applied research.
The Fulbright Scholar Award, funded by University of Technology Sydney) will promote the development of key research areas important to the bilateral relationship between the United States and Australia, including data science, sustainability, and health. UTS is a world-class research-intensive institution with a rapidly growing reputation for its research quality and impact across a wide range of fields.
The Fulbright Scholar Award, funded by the University of Wyoming enables one Australian scholar to undertake up to 6 months research and teaching at the University of Wyoming. Focus areas include public policy, political science and environmental science.
The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-American Alliance Studies, sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was established in 2001 to recognise the 50th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty. The award aims to contribute in a practical way to contemporary Australian scholarship on the AustraliaU.S. alliance.
The Fulbright Professional Coral Sea Scholarship (Business/ Industry) was originally established in 1992 by the Coral Sea Commemorative Council to recognise the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea. This scholarship supports bilateral acacdemic or professional opportunities relevant to Australian industry or business.
The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Centenary Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation, is specifically focused on the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector in Australia. The scholarship provides an enrichment opportunity for an emerging leader in the charitable NFP sector.
The Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training, sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment, is for professionals within the vocational education and training sector or training leaders in business and industry. It provides skills and knowledge for work through a national training system.
The Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, funded by Monash University is awarded to the most outstanding applicants and projects which directly address the grand challenges of our age, regardless of disciplinary background. In addition to academic merit, the projects must help strengthen the Australian bilateral relationship with the U.S.
The Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship, sponsored by the Australian Government, National Indigenous Australian Agency was established to recognise indigenous leaders of any academic or professional background, providing opportunities to gain international perspectives and collaboration through study and research.
The Fulbright Scholarship in Australian-American Alliance Studies, funded by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. State Department was announced by Australian Government Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and the U.S. State Department in 2018 as part of the 'First 100 years of Mateship campaign', marking a century of the AustraliaU.S. partnership.
The Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship in Public Policy is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment. The award was established in 2009 to recognise the many contributions by Mrs Anne Wexler for her role in fostering Australian-American relations, supports public policy-related study in a number of key areas.
The Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, funded by Western Sydney University enables exceptional Postgraduate students from the United States to undertake research of importance to the bilateral relationship in areas of focus for Western Sydney University including environment, public health, and creative/ performing arts. 61
Fulbright State/Territory Scholarships have been established for each State and Territory in Australia. These scholarships are supported by State/ Territory governments, companies, universities, and private donors. Their aim is to encourage research relevant to the State, and assist the building of international research links between each State and U.S. research institutions.
The Fulbright WG Walker Scholarship is awarded to the top-ranked Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar annually. The WG Walker Scholarship Fund is the proud legacy of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA). This fund is held and administered by the Commission and is open for donations by all alumni. Professor Bill Walker, a two-time Fulbright winner, was instrumental in launching AFAA during Australia’s 40th Anniversary Fulbright celebrations and served as the Association’s first president. Following Prof. Walker’s passing, at the 1992 AFAA Annual General Meeting it was decided that an annual Fulbright Scholarship would be offered in his name. Named the W G Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship, it was to be funded in part from annual member subscriptions and in part from the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. The first WG Walker Fulbright Scholarship was awarded in 1993 and has since been an annual award.
The Fulbright Future Scholarships, funded by The Kinghorn Foundation are our most generous scholarships ever, offering fullyfunded opportunities to Australian students, scholars and professionals. This unique, transformational opportunity is available to applicants whose projects have the potential to have a positive impact on the lives, livelihoods, health, well-being or prosperity of Australians. In 2020, the Kinghorn Foundation has sponsored over 70 Fulbright Future Scholarships, making this the largest cohort of Australian-American Fulbright Scholars in 70 years.
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The profiles of the 2020 cohort of Australian American Fulbright Scholars.