ISU Fulbrights Reach Around the World
Fall 2011 Issue
Two faculty members and two graduate students received prestigious Fulbright scholarships to study and teach abroad this year.
Idaho State University's Cynthia Pemberton has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the University of Malta, in Misida, Republic of Malta, for the 2011-12 academic year.
"A Fulbright is like the academic Olympics," Pemberton said. "It is the gold standard in terms of academic achievement. I am thrilled, honored and delighted."
Pemberton, associate dean of the ISU Graduate School and a professor of educational leadership, will teach in the University of Malta's Department of Education Studies. She will be on Malta Island, which is the largest of the three major islands that constitute the Maltese archipelago and Republic of Malta, located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy and north of Sicily. She has received a Core Fulbright Scholar Program award that will focus on lecturing.
Chikashi Sato, professor of environmental engineering at Idaho State University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach and do research at Tribhuvan University in Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara, Nepal.
Sato will spend about 80 percent of his time teaching students environmental science and engineering by addressing issues of water quality and proposing possible solutions to improve water quality and human health standards in their country. He will devote the rest of his time to research in the development of sustainable water treatment.
Idaho State University student Mike Adams will pursue his passions for sculpture, Viking ships, and Norse mythology - combining these interests into multi-media sculptural installations - during the 2011-12 academic year while working on a Fulbright grant in Oslo, Norway.
"I'll be making sculptures that explore the themes of voyages and migration, incorporating video projections," said Adams, whose works can be viewed at www.MikeAdamsArtist.com.
Adams earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1986, and chose the graduate school at ISU because of the strength of the art program and the beautiful natural setting.
"It's been incredibly exciting," said Adams, who earned his Master of Fine Arts Degree in sculpture in May.
Idaho State University graduate student Garth Lambson has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study the Irish language and folklore at the National University of Ireland in Galway. He recently attended a one-month study session at the NUI summer college in An Cheathr˙ Rua.
"This award gives me hope in accomplishing my dreams," said Lambson. "Education is an opportunity that does not have a limit. Anyone can find and achieve goals at any age."