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Vol 56 No. 16 | Dec. 2004
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Health Science Professor Receives Fulbright Grant to Lecture, Do Research at Peru University

Javier Lopez-Zetina, an assistant professor of health science at CSULB, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Lopez-Zetina will teach a course on “Epidemiology of Environmental Health” and conduct research on “Social Determinants of the Cholera Epidemic in Peru” during the 2005 summer semester in Peru. He said the teaching component is about 80 percent of the Fulbright experience, but he is very interested in continuing his research down there.

“Peru has had a recurring problem of cholera outbreaks over the last 15 years or so, with the worst case in 1991. While it is currently under control for the most part, the potential for future problems does exist,” Lopez-Zetina explained. “The primary source of the outbreaks is the country's contaminated water, and I am hoping to find some behavioral patterns that may be contributing to the problem. If I can come up with some unique data, maybe something can be done to prevent future outbreaks, especially the most serious ones.”

Lopez-Zetina is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries during the 2004-05 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program.   Established in 1946, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 58 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. They are among more than 250,000 American and foreign university students, K-12 teachers and university faculty and professionals who have participated in one of several Fulbright exchange programs.

Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel laureate in economics; James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel laureate in medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp.

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