A UBC professor and alumna have received Fulbright awards to conduct research in the U.S.   The Fulbright program is an educational movement based on the principle of scholarly exchange between the United States and various countries from around the world.

Associate Profressor Kai M. A. Chan from the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC, has been granted a Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair to do research at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Chan will spend four months at UCSB, beginning in January 2012, on  a project entitled “Connecting Human Decisions to Impacts on Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services.”

UBC alumna Colleen Cunningham (‘07 Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Political Science) received a Fulbright award to conduct research at Duke University as a Fulbright Canada-Toronto Dominion Bank Award Recipient. Cunningham will be working towards her PhD in business at Duke, beginning September, on a project entitled “U.S. Innovation Policies Targeting Pharmaceutical Development: A Theoretical and Empirical Evaluation.”

UBC will also host three American Fulbright award recipients in the 2011-2012 academic year: Chia-Chi Ho from the University of Cincinnati, Philip Kachmar from the University of Scranton, and Jill Woelfer from the University of Washington.

Chia-Chi Ho will be doing research with UBC's Engineering Research Centre for a project entitled "Development of a Nanoscale Technology for Dynamic Substrate Modification: Application to Neuronal Networks."   Kachmar will be doing research with the Dept. of Political Science on a project entitled "North American Political Identity."   Woelfer will be doing research with the School of Library on project entitled "A Comparative Study of Information Systems Uses by Homeless Young People: Vancouver/Seattle."

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is a bi-national program of educational exchange, with a mandate to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Canada and the U.S.  For more information, visit http://www.fulbright.ca/