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Survey hydrogeologist receives Fulbright Senior Specialists Award

Kenneth R Bradbury, hydrogeologist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, University of Wisconsin–Extension, has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in South Africa at the University of the Western Cape during November 2007, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Bradbury will present professional development courses in groundwater protection in fractured rocks and assist African scientists with studies of the interactions of groundwater and surface water. The courses will include hands-on training using a computer model designed to determine the areas contributing groundwater to wells. Bradbury will also discuss the role of aquitards (zones of underground rocks that restrict groundwater flow) and how they might help to protect groundwater from contamination.

Bradbury is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. This program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.

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 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts and other fields.