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Professor Brad Sageman Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

September 9, 2019

photo of Brad SagemanThe department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is pleased to announce that Professor Brad Sageman has received a Fulbright Scholar Award in support of his sabbatical research visit to the University of Birmingham.  The Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world. 

As a participant, Sageman has been selected from a strong applicant pool to collaborate with colleagues James Bendle and Sarah Greene (University of Birmingham) on the geochemical analysis of samples from a >90 million year old  lake deposit formed by the separation of Antarctica and Australia. Sageman collected the samples during the first part of his sabbatical, when he visited the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

Commenting on receiving the Award, Sageman said: "I feel deeply fortunate to have been selected by the Fulbright Commission for this award. My objective in this project is to contribute new data bearing on the nature of the global carbon cycle during a so-called 'hyperthermal' interval of Earth history. Because the bulk of geochemical data on this time period is from the northern hemisphere, the project will contribute important new information from a southern hemisphere terrestrial site.  In addition, I am excited about spending three months in the United Kingdom - over the years I have had such wonderful collaborations with U.K. colleagues, but I have spent very little time in the country.  I am really looking forward to the visit."

Sageman is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.  Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State.  Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.  Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

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