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Faculty Member and Student Win Fulbright Scholarships

A Howard University faculty member, a Ph.D Candidate, and an recent HU graduate have won Fulbright-Hays fellowships in the current round.

In addition, Fulbright grants have been awarded two foreign scholars to conduct research at Howard.

The Howard University scholar is Dr. Nkanta Frank Ekanem, Associate Professor of Finance International Business, and Insurance in the School of Business.

Professor Ekanem will do lecturing and research at the University of Calabar in Calabar, Nigeria, December 2001 – October 2002. His focus will be on "Developing and Testing the Effectiveness of the Support Service Program for Micro-Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case for Nigeria."

A ’01 grad in English, Madika Bryant, has a Fulbright-Hays grant to study beyond her bachelor’s degree in Japan, concentrating during the year on ref ining her Japanese language skills and increasing her understanding of the country’s literature and culture.

Her goals include exploring themes of cross-cultural inf luences on Japanese literature.

Stephane Alrivy a is doctoral student in political science who has a Fulbright-Hays grant for study and research abroad. He spent the Spring semester in Senegal working on the subject, "Consolidating Democracy in Senegal: The Role of Institution Building and Conflict Resolution, 1981-2001."

Already conducting research while in residence at Howard are the two foreign scholars, Ms. Roselyne Mai Jua from Cameroon; and Dr. Paul Kple-Faget from Ivory Coast, both West African countries.

Ms. Jua is Vice-Dean and Head of the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon. While at Howard, she is engaged in comparative research on the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens, leading toward a book to be titled, "Some Houses Tell".

Dr. Kple-Faget is Dean of the Medical School at the University of Bouake in the Ivory Coast.

His research is in the area of epidemiology, focusing primarily on "care strategies" for hemoglobinopathies in urban and rural areas of his home country.

Approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants this year to lecture or conduct research abroad. A similar number of visiting scholars received awards to come to the U.S. primarily as researchers, like the two at Howard.

These Fulbrighters, as they are known, join the approximately 82,000 U.S. and foreign scholars who have participated in the Fulbright program since its inception in 1946.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, with additional funding coming from participating governments and host institutions in the U.S. and abroad. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a private, non-profit organization, manages Fulbright scholar exchanges.

Dr. Paul Logan, himself a former Fulbright Scholar in Germany is the representative for this program at Howard.

Science Research Projects in Africa and Italy

Fifteen biology students from the HU College of Arts and science are engaged in biomedical research programs in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Italy this summer, according to Dr. Winston Anderson, Professor of Biology, who is the Pricipal Investigator in the sponsoring program.

Supported by a grant from the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, seven MIRT trainees are conducting research in ethnobotany and pharmacology at the University of Ghana/Legon and Noguchi Memorial Medical Research Institute in Ghana. Under the guidance of Professor Mairian Addy, students extract medicinal substances from herbal concoctions and determine their effectiveness against organisms

causing typhoid fever and malaria.

Previous studies have indicated that some of these extracts were effective against organisms causing typhoid fever and malaria.

In addition to their experiments and various pursuits of other scientific interests, the students are being exposed to numerous aspects of Ghanaian culture by Professor Ofori- Amsah of the HU Department of Fine Arts.

Students engaged in the program include April Wilson, Aurelia Skipwith, Crystal Ellis, Trisha Stupart, Massah Squire, Kimberly Smith, a pre-doctoral student; and Darryl Smith, a post-baccalaureate student from Duke University.

The six students conducting research on infectious diseases and microbiology at the Institute of Patho-biology at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia are under the direction of Professor Mogessie Ashenafi. They include Sylvia Esset, Brandice Allen, Iurene Mutaku, Fiker Fasir, and Ersno Eromo, HU medical student. Marketta West, a medical student from Michigan State University, also is a participant in the program taking place in Ethiopia.

Enobong Alexander and Lauren Goins, Harvard University undergraduates, are engaged in molecular and reproductive biology studies at the University of Siena in Italy under the guidance of HU Professor Mathew George and Siena Professor Baccio Baccentti.


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