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313Roaringtidesrollinghillswindingroadsandbustlingculturalcitiesthatencom-passtheSoutheastAsiancountryofMalaysiawillbenothingnewtoLaurenWederichbothaseasonedtravelerofHawaiiCancunItalyandtheAppalachianTrailandselectionbytheFulbrightEnglishTeachingAssistantshipprogram.Laurenfreshoffastellarsenioryearsportinganearlyperfect3.86GPAispreparingtospendninemonthsbeginningthisfallontheislandnationinthePacificasbothateacherinEnglishandasanAmericanCulturalAmbas-sadorseekingtosubmergehersensesintothepristineculturaltradi-tionsthatflowthroughoutthenation.Laurensthirstforinvolvementandeager-nesstolearnaboutglobalculturesreflectsbacktoherstudyabroadexperienceinFlorenceItaly.LaurentofutureRowangraduatesstatesStudyabroadchangesyou.Ithelpedmefeelindependentandgavemeadrivetokeeptravel-ingtokeepgettingtheseoutside-the-classroomexperiencesshesaysitsonethingtoopenatextbooktolookattheBerlinwallitsawholeotherthingtoactuallybestandingthere.TheFulbrightScholarProgramestablishedin1946underFreshmansenatorJ.WilliamAlbrightwascreatedtoincreasemutualun-derstandingbetweenthepeopleoftheUnitedStatesandthepeopleofothercountries.ItissponsoredbytheBureauofEducationalandCulturalAffairsandawardsapproximately8000grantstostudentsandteachersbothforeignanddomesticperyear.FulbrightScholarLaurenWederichResearchGrantsUpdatesforFall13SinceRowansdesignationasaStateComprehensiveResearchUniversitylastJulytheCollegeofScienceandMathematicshasbeenawardedover1.1MingrantsandcontractsincludingarecentgrantfromtheNewJerseyGovernorsCouncilforMedi-calResearchandTreatmentofAutismforworkdirectedbyMaryLouKerwinprofes-sorandchairofthePsychologyDepartment.KerwinandherteamincludingfellowPsychologyfacultyMichelleSorethareexaminingdifferenttreatmentsforchildrenwithautism.TabbethaDobbinsPrincipalInvestigatorandherteamconsistingoffellowphysicprofessorsMichaelLimSamuelLoflandXiaoHuandTimothyVadenfromtheDepartmentofBiochemistryandChemistrywereawardedagrantfromtheNationalScienceFoundationNSFaMajorResearchInstrumentationMRIprogramfortheacquisitionofaCombinationRamanandFTIRSpectrometer.AlisonKrufkaandhercollaboratorsattheCityCollegeofNewYorkandHobartandWilliamSmithCollegeswereawardedaNSFTUESTypeIIgrant.ThisgrantwillallowthemtointegrateatransformativeparadigmforundergraduateBiologyeducationandtestitseffectivenessateachinstitution.KrufkaassistantprofessorintheDepart-mentofBiologyisalsoco-PrincipalInvestigatorwithcolleaguesfromtheCollegeofEngineeringonanNSFgrantawardentitledEnhancingtheSTEMCurriculumThroughaMultidisciplinaryApproachThatIntegratesBiologyandEngineering.CristinaIftodebiologyprofessorisco-PrincipalInvestigatorwithcolleaguesfromtheCollegeofEngineeringontwoNSFgrantsSelf-assemblingBiomimeticHydrogelswithBioadhesivePropertiesforInterverte-bralDiscRepairandEnhancingtheSTEMCurriculumThroughaMultidisciplinaryApproachThatIntegratesBiologyandEngi-neering.PhysicsprofessorMichaelLimisco-InvestigatorwithcolleaguesfromtheCol-legeofEngineeringonthegrantawardfromUTRCNJDOTtodevelopalasertoolforanalysisofmineralogyofaggregates.SeveralawardssinceJuly1havecomefromindustry.SubashJonnalagaddaleadsateaminclud-ingfacultyfromboththeDepartmentofChemistryBiochemistryandtheRowanUniversitySchoolofOsteopathicMedicinehavesecuredfundingfromNATREONPharmatopreparepharmaceuticalagents.LanixExplorarionhasawardedacontracttoAmosMugweruandfellowChemistryandBiochemistryfacultyKandalamRamanujacharytodetermineelementalcomposi-tionofminerals.MissionSystemsEngineeringMSEhasawardedacontinuationoftheJ2EECloudProjectconductedbyVasilHnatyshinandfellowfacultyfromtheDepartmentofCom-puterScienceGaneshBaligaandJenniferKay.LaurenWederichwillspendnine-monthsinMalaysiateachingEnglishasanAmericanCulturalAmbassadorPhotobyCraigTerry