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#052--March 8, 1999; For Immediate Release
Contact: Ligeia Polidora 415/338-1665

Three SFSU professors win Fulbright grants

Profs. Aragon, Aviel, and Fiedler given grants for overseas study.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- March 8, 1999 -- San Francisco State University professors Sergio R. Aragon, JoAnn B. Aviel, and Peggy L. Fiedler were recently awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholar grants from the United States Information Agency. These grants allow the professors to lecture and conduct research abroad during this and last year.

Sergio R. Aragon is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at SFSU. He researched the computer calculation of accurate molecular hydrodynamic friction tensors at the University of Murcia in Murcia, Spain from September 1998 to February 1999. Biology Professor Peggy Fiedler of Berkeley studied the population dynamics of kangaroos at the Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia between July 1998 and January 1999. JoAnn B. Aviel, professor of international relations, of San Mateo will lecture and conduct research on international relations at the University of Costa Rica at San Pedro de Montes de Oca in San Pedro, Cost Rica from March to August 1999.

For over fifty years the Fulbright Scholar program has been the flagship program in international educational exchange. As universities strive to strengthen their international programs and add a global and multicultural dimension to the traditional curriculum, the contributions of visiting and returning "Fulbrighters" can be instrumental for helping achieve these goals.

Named after United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar program is sponsored and funded by the United States Information Agency, with additional funding provided by the participating governments and host institutions around the world. The private and nonprofit Council for International Exchange of Scholars facilitates the exchange of American and international Fulbright recipients. Final selections are made by the presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. This year, some 750 American faculty and professionals will receive Fulbright grants for overseas study. About 725 visiting scholars will also receive awards to come to the United States, primarily as researchers.

San Francisco State University is a highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. It is one of the largest campuses of the nationally-recognized 23-campus California State University system. Founded in 1899, the University is celebrating its 100th year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area, California and beyond.


This release was co-written by student writer, Edward Wilkinson.

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