USC to host two Fulbright Senior Specialists

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USC to host two Fulbright Senior Specialists


2 February 2012

2 February 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast has scored a major research coup in attracting two of the eight US academics who will visit Australia this year under the prestigious Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

Arriving at USC this month are Lematta Professor of Forest Engineering Dr Loren Kellogg from Oregon State University and Professor of Geography Stephen Walsh, who is the director of the University of North Carolina’s Centre for Galapagos Studies in Ecuador.

Professor Walsh will arrive on Monday (6 February) for a three-week stay that will begin with a workshop of international experts from South Africa, Australia, Ecuador and the United States. The aim of this workshop is to form a collaborative research team that will investigate climate change impacts on important ecosystems.

Professor Walsh will also give a public lecture at USC, hold sessions with USC academics – some of whom are leading Australian researchers in climate change adaptation and sustainability – visit research centres at Lady Elliot Island and Fraser Island and speak at universities in Brisbane.

His Fulbright program title is “Participation in a workshop of international specialists on the impact of climate change on tourism to iconic national parks, to develop adaptive management solutions and build capacity in communities reliant on tourism”.

Professor Kellogg will arrive on Sunday 19 February for a five-week stay, during which he will deliver seminars and meet with stakeholders in New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania. He will also attend a Cooperative Commonwealth Research Centre for Forestry (CRCF) meeting in Mooloolaba.

His Fulbright program title is “Engage with forest industry and university to establish how best to deliver an effective post-secondary teaching in forest engineering for Australia”.

USC has a team of academics involved in several major forestry research projects working with the CRCF. USC is exploring how best to provide specialised training for Australian forest engineering as part of a broader effort to deliver industry relevant research in forest operations.

USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Roland De Marco said securing two of the eight US Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards in Australia this year was exciting and an outstanding achievement for the University.

“USC is rapidly growing its research capabilities, and prestigious awards of this nature are critical to growing our national and international research footprint, as well as enhancing our international reputation,” he said.
“The Fulbright program is one of the largest and most prestigious educational exchange programs in the world, and we are delighted to be hosting two eminent US academics under the auspices of Fulbright Awards.”

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is one of 50 Fulbright Commissions in the world that work with the US Department of State to facilitate the program between the United States and more than 155 countries.

Fulbright Scholarship recipients are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential to help in the exchange of ideas, the development of bilateral relations and connections to address common issues.

— Terry Walsh

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