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B-CU Awarded Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Grant

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Today, Bethune-Cookman University announced that it has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grant to host a visiting foreign professor for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Dr. Mamdouh Nasr, professor and vice dean for graduate studies and research in the Faculty of Agriculture of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, will join B-CU's growing Department of Integrated Environmental Science (IES).  The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program is part of the nation's premiere international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

 "We are delighted that the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has recognized Bethune-Cookman University with this prestigious grant, and we look forward to welcoming Dr. Mamdouh Nasr to our campus,” commented B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. "Our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, participated in the first organizing meeting of the United Nations.  By strengthening our relationships with academicians from around the world, we are continuing her legacy into the 21st century.”

"Having Dr. Nasr here as a visiting scholar will help us introduce an international perspective into our academic programs and give us a platform to develop future international exchange and research opportunities,” noted Dr. Michael Reiter, chair of B-CU's Department of Integrated Environmental Science and the faculty member who wrote the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence proposal.  "His expertise in environmental economics and the administration of undergraduate and graduate academic programs will be an asset for both B-CU students and faculty.”

In addition to his position at Ain Shams University, Dr. Nasr is a senior fellow at Bonn University's Center for Development Research in Bonn, Germany.  He has participated in a number of national strategic initiatives for the Egyptian government and has served as a consultant to the World Bank and United National Development Program in the areas of environmental planning and natural resource use. Nasr's research has been published and presented in a wide range of international and academic forums.  

While at B-CU, Dr. Nasr will teach courses in Environmental and Ecological Economics; economic approaches to environmental issues in South Africa and the United States; Environmental Policy and Risk Management; and, Advanced Environmental Economics.  He will also be engaged in the administrative structure of the IES program, participating in faculty meetings and curriculum development.

Dr. Nasr also plans to be involved in a broad range of activities across a number of B-CU departments and local organizations.  For example, he will consult with faculty from the B-CU School of Business on the development of environmental entrepreneurship programs, and he will participate in the B-CU campus seminar program and the School of Social Science's International Studies Month.  Dr. Nasr has been invited to speak in the International Studies program at Stetson University and will be involved with the Volusia-Flagler Sierra Club.

Receiving the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence award is the latest success for one of Bethune-Cookman University's newest academic departments.  In the three years since the Integrated Environmental Science program was first conceptualized by Dr. Michael Reiter, the program has received over $500,000 in external grant funding.  Dr. Reiter will make a presentation about the development of the program's curriculum at the Council on Undergraduate Research's annual conference this July, and a paper on the same topic is included as a chapter in the recently published book, Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability Vol. 31: Sustainability at Universities: Opportunities, Challenges and Trends.

B-CU students have been recognized, as well.  Rashan Moss, a B-CU master's degree student, recently won first place in the biology section for his oral presentation at the 17th Annual Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance on Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Conference held in Tampa, FL February 26-28, 2010.

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Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.

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