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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume II, Issue 2

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, February 29, 2012 Volume II, Issue 2 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News  Testimonial from Romanian Fulbright Grantee Rucsandra Pop Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)  News from Romanian Fulbright Grantee NOW OPEN: Fulbright Student (Junior) Award Catalina Ulrich 2013-2014 ► U.S. Alumni and Grantees  U.S. Fulbrighter Kelli Wilbert InterviewsFrom Alumni Director of The Joseph Foundation in Iasi to Learn about Local NGO Scene► Romanian Alumni and Grantees Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Cătălin Baba Ap-  Review of Martin Woodsides Anthology of pointed Minister of Education Romanian Poetry Successful Senior Fulbrighter in Washington DC  Research by Fulbright Alumnus Jonathan Stillo Published on IREX Website News from Romanian Fulbright Grantee Olimpia Mosteanu Alumni Information Fulbright Alumnus Viorel Popescu Awarded with a Alumni Links Prestigious Conservation Research Fellowship Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, February 29, 2012 Volume II, Issue 2Alumni News Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) The State Department’s Alumni Affairs Division launched the second an- nual Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project competition. AEIF offers the more than one million alumni of United States govern- ment-funded exchange programs the opportunity to partner with other alumni and U.S. missions abroad to propose solutions to tackle global issues from civic engagement to economic growth. Alumni teams are eligible to win up to $25,000 in support of their projects. Log on to State Alumni now to learn more and get involved! For Europe, you can submit a proposal on one of the themes below.1. Community Action for the Environment.2. Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and Development.3. Political Participation by Women and Youth.4. Advocacy, Civil Society, Volunteerism and Community Service.The project must be sustained by a team of 10 or more alumni (or current participants) of U.S. gov-ernment-funded exchange programs.Click here for more details.There is already one project from Romania included in the “Community Action for the Environment”section. The project is entitled “WOLF: Wildlife, Our Life Foundation” and was initiated by IVLPalumnus Dan Marin. If you are a USG alumnus and have professional training in the environmentalfield, you can contact Dan Marin, though the State Alumni website and make yourself a part of theteam. To read the project, make suggestions or get involved, please visit: OPEN: Fulbright Student (Junior) Award 2013-2014The new grant competition, for the academic year 2013-2014,has opened for the Romanian graduates, MA and PhD studentsfrom both public and private universities. BA students are invitedto apply as well, if they are in their final year of study. The Ful-bright Student (Junior) Award is a generous one-year programfor masters’ study or research in the United States, in any fieldexcept clinical medicine. The Romanian applicants are invited tosubmit applications no later than May 14, 2012.Click here for details. Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, February 29, 2012 Volume II, Issue 2From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and Grantees Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Cătălin Baba Appointed Minister of Education Cătălin Baba was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007-2008 at University of Delaware, in the field of Public Policy. Recently he was appointed as the Minister of Education, Research, Youth and Sport. Mr. Baba also served as a Head of Prime Minister Chancellery, Secretary of State in the Minis- try of Education and Dean at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca.Successful Senior Fulbrighter in Washington DC Dr. Laura Sitaru, Romanian Fulbright Senior 2011-2012, affiliated with PrinceAlwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (ACMCU), George-town University, has finished her Fulbright research program this month. Sheconsiders her grant period in Washington DC a very intense and benefic experi-ence. As short term goals, Dr. Sitaru will finalize her project on Islam stereo-types, media and western common perceptions and also try to develop the recentacademic relationships she has initiated during her stay in the U.S. A synopsis ofher ongoing project has already been posted on ACMCU website Dr. Sitaru promised to get back to us with further newsabout publication of her work. Dr. Sitaru also informed us that she succeeded toestablish cooperation between Romano-Arabica, the journal of the Center of ArabStudies in Bucharest, and Dr. John O. Voll, Professor of Islamic history and Asso-ciate Director of ACMCU, who kindly accepted to be a member of the advisoryboard of the Romanian publication. News from Romanian Fulbright Grantee Olimpia Mosteanu Olimpia Mosteanu, a Fulbright Student grantee at the New School for Social Re- search in New York (academic year 2011-2012) presented, at the end of January, the poster “Explicit and implicit measures of interpersonal trust” at the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego (California). The research study presented dealt with the drawbacks of the stan- dard survey-based interpersonal trust questions. The poster itself, but also the dis- cussion that followed the poster presentation focused on the limited social rele- vance of the standard interpersonal trust questions employed in widely used sur- veys such as the European Social Survey or the World Values Survey. For more information about the conference and the poster presentations and symposiums see the conference website: Alumnus Viorel Popescu Awarded with a Prestigious Conservation Research Fellow-shipDr. Viorel Popescu is one of the outstanding early career scientists awarded with the 2012 David H.Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. He will complete a project entitled “Understanding White NoseSyndrome dynamics to mitigate the precipitous decline of North American bats.” The two-year David H.Smith Conservation Research Fellowship provides an annual salary of $50,000 plus $40,000 in researchand travel funds to scientists conducting research on critical conservation issues. The scientists aim tobridge the gap between conservation theory and application and will conduct their research in partner-ship with a major academic institution and an “on the ground” conservation organization. Congratula-tions to Dr. Popescu! 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, February 29, 2012 Volume II, Issue 2From AlumniTestimonial from Romanian Fulbright Grantee Rucsandra Pop Ich bin ein Fulbrighter February 23rd. Sacramento airport. I’m waiting for the shuttle to take me to the Sheraton hotel where I’m going to meet another 140 Fulbrighters from around the world. On the bus stop there is another girl waiting. It takes us less than 10 seconds to recog- nize each other. -Fulbright enrichment seminar? I ask. -Of course, she answers. She is Anastasia from Russia. We start talking as if we have known each other for ages. In the bus, we easily spot other tree Fulbrighters. We say our names and the countries where we come from. As we arrive at the hotel, we meet more people. The equation starts to become more and more complicated with every new comer. After spending twenty minutes in the lobby I feel already overloaded with faces, names,countries, fields of studies and names of universities from all over US. I go out to take some fresh airand the first thing I see just across the street is a huge sign reading: Munteanu’s – Romanian, Hungar-ian and Greek food. I cross the street, enter the small restaurant, greet the owners in Romanian. Theyare happy to see me. They offer me to taste the food. It tastes like home. Five minutes later I am backin the lobby with a serious diplomatic task – to invite as many fellows Fulbrighters to have lunch in theRomanian restaurant. I cannot think of a better way to introduce them to my culture than through thedelicious Romanian dishes. As everybody is hungry and the dinner is scheduled a few hours later mysuccess rate is pretty high. Over 15 people join me for lunch. I start attaching stories to the facesaround me. The hours pass by and I have more and more the feeling that I am at a family gathering. Aworldwide family. Read the entire testimonial here.News from Romanian Fulbright Grantee Catalina UlrichCatalina Ulrich - Fulbright Senior Scholar 2011-2012, University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign - was invited as a visiting professor tothe University of West Alabama, Livingston. Catalina’s research fo-cuses on education for diversity in U.S. secondary schools andteacher education programs. She is particularly interested in pro-ject-based learning, as a catalyst in building learning communitiesbased on diversity and social justice in schools.UWA is a regional state university located in the heart of Alabama’sBlack Belt. Catalina had a lecture on The Culture and Community ofRomania (on January 18) for more than 200 students, faculty andcommunity members. The following days she had presentations re-lated to her research, visited many College of Education’ classesand had meeting with university’ faculty. “This visit gave me one more opportunity to reflect on thestatement that equity is not only right in principle, it is right in practice. Southern Alabama is differentthan Midwest Illinois. Schools are different, contexts are different, however many cross-cutting issuesare common.” Talks concentrated on questions like “How does the school incorporate a social justiceagenda to enhance its educational provision for students (valuing developmental, gender, ethnic back-ground, skills differences)?” and “Which are key elements of in-site teacher professional developmentprogram focusing on creating socially and culturally responsive environments? ““I visited different public and private schools: Holy Spirit School and The Capitol International School inTuscaloosa, Campus School and Junior High public school in Livingston. During our stay my son (8 yearsold) went to school in Livingston. He very much enjoyed meeting new people, having new friends andexperiencing different school activities. `They already started division in Alabama, we still do multiplica-tion in Illinois’ … he told me after first day at Sumter Academy. The welcoming attitude of our hosts,beautiful landscape, new insights on educational matters and Birmingham’s heritage on human rightsadded value to our enrichment experience in U.S.” 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, February 29, 2012 Volume II, Issue 2From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesU.S. Fulbrighter Kelli Wilbert Interviews Director of The Joseph Foundation in Iasi to Learnabout Local NGO Scene “Before I arrived to Iasi I knew I wanted to volunteer at anNGO and learn more about the role of charitable organiza-tions and civil society in Romania. I currently volunteer atThe Joseph Foundation (Fundatia Iosif) which helps disad-vantaged children in deprived neighborhoods in Iasi, andaims to prevent school abandonment while providing anafter-school program, enriching cultural activities, and asummer camp for the children. The Foundation wasfounded in 1993 shortly after the 1989 Revolution in hopesto provide assistance for many of Iasi’s abandoned youth. Isat down with The Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr.Sebastian Ghica, to learn more about the non-profit sector in Iasi and in Romanian society, in compari-son to the US.” - Kelli Wilbert, U.S. Fulbright grantee at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of IasiThe interview is available here.Review of Martin Woodsides Anthology of Romanian Poetry Martin Woodside was an American Fulbright grantee in Romania in 2009-2010. After his scholarship in Romania he published a book entitled Of Gentle Wolves: An Anthology of Romanian Poetry. Martin’s translations of Romanian poetry, borne largely out of his Ful- bright time in Romania, includes authors such as Marin Sorescu, Gellu Naum, Constantin Acosmei, Radu Vancu, Angela Marinescu, Dan Coman, Ioan Moldovan, O. Nimigean, Robert Şerban, Leonid Dimov, Gabriel Decuble, Ana Blandiana, Chris Tanasescu (a Ro- manian Fulbrighter), Nicolae Coande etc. The book aimed to bring the very best of the country’s contemporary poets together in a single volume. Please read a review of his anthology at: by Fulbright Alumnus Jonathan Stillo Published on IREX WebsiteSince he first came to Romania in 2011, U.S. Fulbright alumnus and medical an-thropologist Jonathan Stillo constantly returned to continue his research on TB andto raise awareness through conferences, media interviews and various presenta-tions. His research examines the relationship between socio-economic conditionsand TB in Romania. He focus on the most difficult to cure cases, people who haveserious problems such as homelessness, severe poverty, mental illness, alcoholismor a lack of spousal or family support.A brief part of his work was published on IREX website and is available online at: 5
  6. 6. Bucharest, February 29, 2012 Volume II, Issue 2Alumni InformationJoin STATE ALUMNI Romanian Alumni CommunityThe State Alumni website is a dynamic, Help to build the Romanian Alumni Communityinteractive secure community for more than by sending articles, news, sharing ideas, pictures1,000,000 alumni of exchange programs. and professional opportunities. Find out about upcoming local events, stay connected with fel-►Network with other alumni from around the globe low alumni, find information about alumni-related► Share information about exchange programs and programs and research funding opportunities.alumni activities with a global audience►Participate in Q&A Live discussions with experts If you would like to submit an article, announce-►Access resources such as grants, jobs and research ment of an event, testimonial, job or grant op-databases portunity, please contact the alumni coordinator►Access more than 20,000 free periodicals, newspa- at: and more. Visit the Romanian Alumni Community onIn order to enroll, visit the site https:// and click on “Join Now” or “Clickhere to register”. Please wait for verification andconfirmation of your account by the administrativeteam of the State Alumni website. Alumni Links United States Government Alumni U.S. Embassy in Bucharest Community Romanian-U.S. Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Fulbright Commission Commission Facebook Page Romanian Alumni Community If you wish to cancel your subscription to this newsletter contact This Newsletter is produced by the Romanian Alumni Community 6