Dr Frank Mulligan, former Vice-President (1998-2006) and Department of Experimental Physics; Dr Mark Maguire, Department of Anthropology and Dr Catherine Leen, Department of Spanish were awarded scholarships at the 12th Annual Scholars’ Dinner in Dublin on Friday, 8 June. The occasion organised by the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association was also celebrating its 50th jubilee.
The Fulbright Programme in Ireland was established in 1957 and was firstly administered by the Scholarship Exchange Board and now the Fulbright Commission. The Fulbright Commission operates the official education exchange programme between Ireland and the United States. Grants are awarded annually through open competition for Graduate study and postdoctoral research / lecturing in US colleges and research institutions.
Dr Frank Mulligan’s award will support his research on atmospheric hydroxyl emissions at the High Altitude Observatory of the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder Colorado. NCAR is one of the world’s foremost research laboratories on all aspects of the Sun-Earth interaction. Dr Mulligan was also awarded the Ireland Canada University Foundation Glen Dimplex Scholarship for 2006 to study atmospheric emissions as potential earthquake precursors at The University of Western Ontario in autumn 2006.
Dr Catherine Leen who is going to the University of California at Santa Barbara to study Mexican and Chicano literature. The aim of my stay of approximately five months in the United States is to complete the book Mexican and Chicano Cinema from 1968 to 2006. Previous studies of Mexican and Chicano cinema have tended to deal with these cinemas in isolation or in relation to the United States, mainly because co-productions involving Mexican and Chicano filmmakers are rare. This study therefore concentrates on the numerous thematic links between the two cinemas, which share a cultural, historical and linguistic heritage and thus very often explore similar issues.
Dr Mark Maguire of the Dept of Anthropology has been awarded a Fulbright Advanced Research and University Lecturing Award. The award is jointly sponsored by the Western Institute for Irish Studies and the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Stanford University in California. Mark will be a Visiting Professor in Stanford during the spring semester of 2008 where he will teach a course on the Anthropology of Violence. He will also be completing a research project on the uses of biometric technologies in the contexts of immigration and security.
President, Professor John Hughes congratulated Dr Mulligan, Dr Leen and Dr Maguire saying “NUI Maynooth is honoured that three staff from our university have won such prestigious scholarships. Their achievement reflects greatly on themselves as leading researchers in their own fields, and also adds further to NUI Maynooth's growing reputation for international scholarship. I wish them every success in their undertakings."
The NUI Maynooth staff were among 26 Irish Fulbright Scholarship Award winners for 2007 who were presented with their awards at a gala event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Scholarship scheme on June 8th in Dublin Castle by US Ambassador to Ireland Thomas C Foley and Minister Éamon Ó Cuív.
For further information please refer to the Fulbright Commission press release
Dr Mark Magurie is presented with his scroll by Una Halligan, Chairperson, Fulbright Board.
Dr Frank Mulligan receives his scroll from Una Halligan, Chairperson, Fulbright Board.
Dr Catherine Leen received her scroll in absentia.
Issued by the Communications Office.