Fulbright Specialist Program Year 2016
Dr. Ramaraj Boopathy
Host Institution: ITB, Bandung
Dr. Boopathy, distinguished service professor of biological sciences, is studying ways to help sugarcane farmers eliminate the practice of sugarcane burning. He has received funding from the Governor’s Energy Initiative to develop ways to produce fuel grade ethanol from sugarcane waste, such as sugarcane leaf litter and bagasse.
In addition to teaching and research, Boopathy reviews research proposals for the National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense and US Department of Energy. He also edits the International Journal of Biodeterioration and Biodegradation and was selected as a 2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar to visit Indonesia.
Before joining Nicholls State University in 1999, Boopathy worked as a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy laboratory managed by the University of Chicago. He studied the bacterial degradation of trinitrotoluene, otherwise known as TNT at that institution.
Dr. Boopathy and the Institut Teknologi Bandung (Life Science & Technology) collaborated under the Fulbright Specialist program from July 31 – August 13, 2016. Dr. Boopathy had the chance to be a keynote speaker at the ASEAN Microbiology and Biotechnology 2016 Conference in Bali, which was organized by ITB. He also gave lectures to undergraduate and graduate students of Life Sciences Department and Chemical Engineering Department in ITB, and gave seminars to students and faculty members of Chemical Engineering Department in ITB.
Dr. Margareth Chmiel
Host Institution: Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Language (QITEP), Bandung, West Java
Dr. Chmiel shared her skills and experience in Southeast Asia Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Science (SEAQIS) in-house training for staff capacity building. This has enhanced the capacity and self-efficacy of SEAQIS staff to conduct Southeast Asia Digital Class Project. In this project STEM principles would be adopted and applied, and SEAQIS becomes the leading institution to conduct this program throughout the region.
In addition, Dr. Chmiel gave a speech as a keynote speaker in International Conference, Resources Person in National Education Forum Policy. She gave lectures for local teacher seminar with the intention to promote STEM Education in every education level. She observed science teachers at Indonesian elementary schools where then she shared insights on how to improve the teaching of science and science curriculum. She also shared information on how her office, Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) has brought STEM principles to be integrated within US Education framework through LASER project.
Dr. Chmiel has an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in curriculum design, both from Marquette University. Her PhD is from George Mason University in Educational Research and Evaluation Methods. She and her husband live in Maryland, where they enjoy exploring DC metro vegetarian culinary scene and walking it off with their two small dogs.
Prof. Min Du, PhD
Host Institution: Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar
Dr. Min Du earned his B.S. in Food Science from Zhejiang University in 1990, an M.S. in Meat Science from China Agricultural University in 1993, and a PhD in Meat Science from Iowa State University in 2001. He pursued post-doctoral studies in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta, Canada, focusing on cell signaling events controlling skeletal muscle growth. He joined the Faculty of Animal Science Department, University of Wyoming, in 2013. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and has made multiple invited presentations. He is the section editor for the Journal of Animal Science and Journal of Muscle Foods, and is a reviewer for nearly 20 scientific journals and funding agencies.
Dr. Du and the Faculty of Animal Science of the University of Hasanuddin collaborated through the Fulbright Specialist program from November 28 – December 11, 2016. Dr. Du gave lectures on fetal programming knowledge from basic to most advanced to the students. The collaboration had also resulted in the sigining of a memorandum on further institutional collaboration between the University of Hasanuddin and Dr. Du’s home institution, Washington State University.
Dan Fellner has more than 35 years of experience in corporate public relations, television news and university teaching in the United States, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. He currently is a faculty associate in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 1998.
He also works as a freelance travel writer and photographer for newspapers and magazines; his work has been seen by millions of readers around the world. During his six-week Fulbright Specialist grant to Indonesia, he will be teaching seminars in intercultural communications and travel writing at Ngurah Rai University in Denpasar, Bali.
Additionally, he will be lecturing at other universities in Indonesia and working with government public relations professionals on how do effectively deal with the foreign news media. This is Fellner’s sixth Fulbright fellowship; previously he has received Fulbright Scholar grants to Latvia, Moldova and Bulgaria, and Fulbright Specialist grants to Lithuania and Latvia.
John David Flynn
Dr. Flynn earned five degrees including a PhD in Creative Writing and has more than 190 publications worldwide. He is a Fulbright Scholar in Creative Writing and Fulbright Specialist in American Studies, including a 2016 grant in Indonesia. He has been involved in Fulbright evaluation committee for three years. Dr. Flynn has more than 25 years teaching experience which includes Japan Exchange and Teaching program, 1987-88. He is a Former president of the Music City Blues Society, and current president of the Marion James Musicians Aid Society. He was the Director of the annual Musicians Reunion, an all-day festival featuring more than 20 acts. He is also the Board of the Hawaii Literary Arts Council.
Dr. Flynn collaborated with the English Department of the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) under the Fulbright Specialist grant from February 13 – March 25, 2016. Through this collaboration, Dr. Flynn gave lectures and a workshop on creative writing and academic writing. He also assisted the UGM’s English Department Chair in developing academic workshop program for some students to help them pursuing their passion in poet, fiction and non-fiction writings.