What do howler monkeys, wild tobacco, Ukrainian politics, and Goethe have in common? They are all subjects that Dartmouth students and alumni will be pursuing with funding from the Fulbright and German Academic Exchange Programs (Deutscher Akademischer Austach Dienst).
Katherine Amato, a biology major, will travel to southeastern Mexico to study the role of howler monkeys in rainforest dynamics, and how that role is affected by forest degradation due to human activity.
Nadia Khamis, a French studies and history double major, will take graduate classes at Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris, focusing on issues relating to migration, particularly those facing immigrant women from the Maghreb (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia).
Celia Kujala, an economics major, will go to Helsinki, Finland, to study the effect of education on health outcomes, using the "two-tracked" (academic and vocational) schooling system as the basis for her study. Kujala will also study economics and Finnish at the University of Helsinki and will continue her figure skating—she is a member of Dartmouth's national champion figure skating team—during the long Finnish winter.
Samuel Lipkin, a psychology major planning a career in education, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach at a high school in Indonesia. Lipkin will examine how Islam interacts with traditional Indonesian beliefs.
Hans Stege, a Russian major and government minor, will go to Ukraine to pursue a comparative politics study of the Ukrainian version of semi-presidentialism in the wake of the 2005 Orange Revolution.
Benjamin Taylor, a history major with a minor in philosophy, will study social philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. He will examine the intersection of new communications technology, advertising, and a social theory based on free discourse and consensus, under the mentorship of Axel Honneth, current director of the university's Institut für Sozialforschung.
Ezra Tzfadya, who is completing a double major in Arabic and Islamic studies and German studies with a minor in Jewish studies, will go to the Free University of Berlin, where he will take advanced seminars in Arabic literature and intellectual history, and beginning Farsi.
William Stork (DAAD), a double major in biology and history, will work at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, in the lab of Ian Baldwin '80. Stork's project will use a wild tobacco plant, Nicotiana attenuata, and its larval herbivore predator, the tobacco hornworm or Manduca sexta, to study the genetic nature of plant chemical defenses.
Five Dartmouth alumni have won Fulbright and DAAD awards: Anne Bellows '06 will travel to Mali on a Fulbright to pursue research in political science; Erin Claire Cage '05 will use her Fulbright in France to study 18th-century French cultural history; Brett Martin '04 will go to Italy on a Fulbright to study the effects of globalization on the Italian textile and fashion industries; Jesse Sweet '98 has been awarded a Fulbright to make a documentary film in New Delhi, India, chronicling a group that works with disempowered and indentured women; and Theresa Hughes '04 has been granted a DAAD scholarship to do research in Germany examining the films of the new German cinema.
The Fulbright program provides funding that allows students, faculty, and other professionals to pursue research and study around the world. Established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, the foundation receives its funding through the U.S. State Department and from participating governments and host institutions in foreign countries.
DAADs provide the same funding as Fulbrights but are supported exclusively by the German government.
By REBECCA BAILEY
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Last Updated: 5/30/08