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3 UNI faculty receive Fulbright scholarships for research abroad

Staff Writer

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012 13:10

One of the University of Northern Iowa’s visions is to “offer a world-class university experience that infuses an international perspective into both general education and professional studies.” (
Three UNI professors are attempting to fulfill this vision through their acceptance of Fulbright scholarship grants to teach or conduct advanced research abroad.

The three Fulbright Scholars from UNI are Bettina Fabos, Kevin Finn and Tammy Gregersen.

Fulbright scholarships grants are grants awarded to professors by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The goal of the Fulbright scholarship grants is to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”
The three UNI professors are all working independently on projects around the world.

Fabos is an associate professor of communications and is conducting research at Central European University in Hungary. While abroad, Fabos will show the value of photographic digital archives to artistically tell the story of 20th-century Hungary.

Fabos specifically stated that the project “will revolve around this one Hungarian family’s hardships (and good times) during (World War I, World War II) and the onset of Communism.”  
Fabos said she chose Hungary because “Hungary has the one of the best records of digital archiving in the world, and my project involves my Hungarian father and aunt.”
Finn, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services, is conducting research at the University of West Hungary. He will study the physical activity levels of inhabitants in the northwest portion of the country.

Finn said he will “work with their health promotion students on assessing physical activity using both interviews and interpreting information obtained from the wearing of waist-worn motion devices.”
Finn added “I enjoy the hospitality of the Hungarian culture … the wine … and the diversity of their history.”
Gregersen has already completed her Fulbright at the University of Santiago in Chile. She is an associate professor of languages and literatures at UNI.

Gregersen outlined her trip.

“I went for six weeks in July and August, and among my responsibilities were to teach a graduate class in language assessment, deliver several interdisciplinary research presentations, present a six-hour conference on the sociolinguistic idea of language identity and Spanglish in the U.S. and collaborate with the Chilean Ministry of Education on K-12 professional development,” Gregersen said.

The Fulbright Program presents approximately 8,000 awards annually. Since 2000, UNI has had 19 Fulbright recipients.


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