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Fulbright NEXUS 2012-2013 Scholars Research Climate Change Adaptation

Sunday, October 14, 2012

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Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC
October 12, 2012

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today its second cohort of 20 Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Scholars from the Western Hemisphere. Scholars hail from the United States, Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. Through international exchanges, seminars, and collaborative research, Fulbright NEXUS participants will engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, and problem-solving on improving the quality of life for communities across the region dealing with environmental changes.

The Fulbright NEXUS Program allows scholars to spend up to one year researching strategies to aid communities faced with climate change. The scholars are experts in different fields and include scientists, economists, engineers, anthropologists, entrepreneurs, and development experts. Individually and in teams, scholars will explore public-policy research questions to effectively involve governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities. Participants are expected to develop and implement activities related to their research at the local, regional, and national levels.

The lead scholar for the 2012-2013 group, Dr. Daniel Kammen, is a Professor and Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 315,000 participants from more than 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Proposals for PEER Science are due Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The anticipated award date is Spring 2013. You can find more information about the application process on the PEER Science website:

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