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#081--February 29, 2000 For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665

Two Faculty at San Francisco State Awarded Fulbrights; Romanian Scholar to Visit on Fulbright Scholarship

SAN FRANCISCO, February 29, 2000 ---Two San Francisco State University professors have been awarded prestigious grants as Fulbright senior scholars during 2000. And a researcher from Romania will be coming to the University as a visiting Fulbright scholar.

The Fulbright Program, founded in 1946, is recognized as the premier international educational exchange program.

"The selection of these faculty members for this honor is yet another example of the talent, initiative and promise of our faculty," said San Francisco State University President Robert A. Corrigan. "We are proud of our colleagues as they pursue their work in locations far from the University. And we are equally pleased to have a noted scholar from Romania adding to the international perspectives of this campus."

The two S.F. State faculty members receiving Fulbrights are Lois M. Meyer, associate professor of elementary education, and Vinay Kumar Shrivastava, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts.

Meyer, a member of the S.F. State faculty since 1989, will lecture and conduct research at the Center for Research and Higher Studies on Social Anthropology in Oaxaca, Mexico. Meyer has been conducting research on teacher education for linguistically diverse communities in Oaxaca. Meyer, who has a doctorate in applied linguistics from UCLA, is an authority on bilingual education for Spanish-speaking students, second language acquisition, and curriculum development for linguistically diverse students.

Shrivastava, a member of the University's faculty since 1990, will lecture on broadcast communications at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Manipal, India. Shrivastava, who has a doctorate in cinema-television from the University of Southern California, is an expert on audio production and sound aesthetics. Before coming to S.F. State, Shrivastava was an assistant professor and director of recording arts in the communication arts department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has worked on numerous films, videos and recordings.

The Fulbright scholar visiting S.F. State will be Cornelia Mantu, a researcher at the Institute of Archaeology in Iasi, Romania. Working in the Museum Studies Department at S.F. State, Mantu will research the application of physical and natural sciences for interdisciplinary research in archeology. S.F. State's respected graduate-level museum studies program works closely with Bay Area museums and institutions to provide practical training in all areas of museum work.

Meyer, Shirvastava and Mantu are among approximately 4,200 scholars receiving grants this year. The grants, funded by Congress, are awarded through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars to American scholars, teachers and students to teach and conduct research abroad and to foreign nationals to engage in similar work here.


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