Achievers

6 from UF's faculty win Fulbright Scholar grants


Gov. Charlie Crist shakes hands with University of Florida microbiology professor and ethanol researcher Lonnie Ingram during a visit to the University of Florida in this Aug. 31, 2007 file photo. Ingram has been named the 2013 Medalist by the Florida Academy of Sciences.

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Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 8:42 p.m.

Six University of Florida faculty members recently received Fulbright Scholar grants to teach and learn around the globe for the 2012-2013 academic year. Here are the winners:

Charles Guy is a professor of agriculture who conducted research at the Universidad de la Frontera in Chile, or UFRO. Guy, who studied native ferns and taught an online graduate biochemistry course to UFRO and UF students, will be returning to Chile to lead a summer course on ecophysiology at a private conservation park.

Susan Hegeman, who is an associate professor of English and the Fulbright-Uppsala Chair in American studies at Uppsala University in Sweden, focuses on American literature, art and culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her works discuss the intellectual history on the idea of culture.

Mark Meisel, who is a professor of physics, will be traveling to Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia to explore the interfaces of molecule-based magnets with modern nanoscience tools at the Institute of Physics.

Juan-Carlos Molleda, who is an associate professor of public relations and communication management, lectured to undergraduate, graduate students and faculty members during his summer at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid in Spain. He evaluated curricula and conducted research and furthered a cooperative agreement with the institution.

Nigel Smith, who is a professor of geography, conducted research on Amazonian anthropogenic forests throughout his stay in Brazil, in association with the University of Sao Paulo. Smith gave talks to universities, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and indigenous schools.

Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, a professor studying coastal physical oceanography, is spending this semester at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. He is investigating the potential effects of rising sea levels on the circulation of estuaries and their impact on the salinization of rivers.

Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program, designed to increase mutual understanding and share knowledge.

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Capt. William Greene has been named commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard effective this summer.

His many recognitions include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star, Navy Commendation Medal with four gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with Operational “O”, and various other campaign and service awards.

Greene, who was commissioned as an ensign through the University of Florida NROTC in 1988, received a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering and a master's degree in business administration at the University of Florida.

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Lonnie Ingram, a distinguished professor in the University of Florida's microbiology and cell science department, has been named the 2013 Medalist by the Florida Academy of Sciences.

The Medalist award is presented each year to a Florida resident who has made outstanding contributions to promoting scientific research, stimulating interest in science or spreading scientific knowledge. Ingram is being recognized for a long career of contributions to science in Florida, the recognition he holds in his field, his extensive service at state, national and international levels and his mentoring of young scientists.

The Florida Academy of Sciences represents all scientific disciplines and was formed in 1936 to promote scientific research and interest in science as well as to encourage public and government appreciation of science. The academy has awarded medals to 50 recipients, including 19 UF scientists, since 1963.

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