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Romanian alumni community newsletter volume i, issue 1


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Romanian alumni community newsletter volume i, issue 1

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1 Alumni News From Alumni Grant Opportunities Table of ContentsAlumni News ► U.S. Alumni and Grantees Romanian Alumni Community on State Alumni  Forthcoming Photography Book by Kathleen Romanian Alumni Community Logo Design Contest Laraia McLaughlin, U.S. Fulbright Alumna Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF)  Laura Mattes, U.S. Fulbright Grantee in Free Access to Journals, Articles, Magazines and Romanian Media More on State Alumni Online Research Center  Humanitarian Article Featuring Daniel Beers, Romanian and U.S. Alumni Meeting Ms. Karene Grad U.S. Fulbright Alumnus and Kymber Beers, In- Steiner, Fulbright Program Officer at the Bureau of tern at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Educational and Cultural Affairs  News from Martin Woodside, U.S. Fulbright Forthcoming Fulbright Anniversary Volume Alumnus  United Nations Videoconference Organized byFrom Alumni Staci Defibaugh, Fulbright ETA in Sibiu► Romanian Alumni and Grantees Grant Opportunities Cezar Ghioca’s “Postcard from Home”  Now open: Teaching Excellence and Award Granted to Cristiana Grigore, Romanian Achievement Program Fulbright Alumna  2012 Fulbright International Science and Tech- New Publication on Romanian-U.S. Diplomatic nology Program Relations  2012-2013 Junior Fulbright Award New Publication in Anthropology  Scholarship from the GE Foundation Excellence Awards for Dr. Vasile Puscas, Romanian  More Grants and Funding Opportunities on State Fulbright Alumnus Alumni New Book by Valentin Cojanu, Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Alumni Information New Articles by Ioana Moldovan, Romanian Fulbright Grantee New publication by Mihaela Precup, Romanian Alumni Links Fulbright Alumna in 2006-2007 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1Alumni News Romanian Alumni Community on State AlumniThe Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy in Romania are pleasedto announce the launch of the Romanian Alumni Community on the State Alumni website: Romanian Alumni Community is a password-protected platform that offers Romanian exchangealumni, as well as U.S. exchange visitors to Romania, the opportunity to continue their exchange ex-perience and enhance networking between its members. This community is specific for all past andcurrent Romanian participants of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs to the UnitedStates, as well as for Americans who have had a similar exchange to Romania.This is your community! Help to build it by sending articles, news, sharing ideas, pictures and profes-sional opportunities. Find out about upcoming local events, stay connected with fellow alumni, find in-formation about alumni-related programs and research funding opportunities.Romanian Alumni Community Logo Design ContestHelp improving the image of the Romanian Alumni Community on State Alumni by designing a logo foryour community. All logo concepts are welcomed. The main ideas of Romanian Alumni Community arenetworking, sharing educational and cultural experiences, promoting projects and ideas, using fundingand researching opportunities, sharing information on exchange programs and being part of a globalcommunity. The logo will be included on the Romanian Alumni Community, State Alumni website( and on all Alumni Community informational materials (e.g. news-letters, flyers, etc). The logo contest is opened to all past and current Romanian participants of U.S.Government-sponsored exchange programs to the United States, as well as for Americans who havehad a similar exchange to Romania.Format: The Community logos should be saved as .gif or .jpg files and the preferred dimensions are280x96 pixels.Selection: All logos will be included in a Photo Gallery on and thewinner logo will be selected through public vote.Prize: The winner will receive a formal award certification and the Fulbright Anniversary Volumes, in-cluding the third forthcoming volume. The winner will also receive credit and wide exposure on theState Alumni and Fulbright websites.Deadline: March 15, 2011 Send your Community logo designs to loredana.bucuroaia@fulbright.roAlumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) The Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) offers alumni of U.S. government- funded exchange programs the opportunity to partner with other alumni and U.S. missions abroad on innovative projects. The world faces a number of complex global issues and the goal of AEIF is to spur innovative ideas to address them on a local, national, regional and international level. Alumni can submit a proposal up to $35,000 USD in the following categories or combination thereof: Democracy and human rights, Economic opportunity and prosperity, Women’s empowerment, Pro- moting a better environment, Food security, Global health and Outreach to mar- ginalized communities. All alumni and current participants of U.S. government-funded exchange programsare eligible to participate in AEIF with the condition to be or to become a verified member of the StateAlumni website. More details soon on: 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1Alumni NewsFree Access to Journals, Articles, Magazines and More on StateAlumni Online Research CenterThe State Alumni Online Research Center collection includes seven researchdatabases. Registered members can access FREE full-text journals, articles,magazines, podcasts, books, transcripts, multimedia references, newspa-pers, maps, pictures, audio-video files on a wide range of topics and more!Also, the State Alumni Online Research Center includes the COS Funding Op-portunities™ database which contains more than 22,000 records representing over $33 billion in fund-ing. This database is international in both content and audience, providing access to funds from publicand private sector sponsors around the world. Researchers, scholars, and other professionals in all dis-ciplines can find timely and relevant information required to secure the funding to advance their work.Visit the Online Research Center at: and U.S. Alumni Meeting Ms. Karene Grad Steiner, Fulbright Program Officer atthe Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsOn January 24, a reception in honor of Ms. Karene Grad Steiner, Fulbright Program Officer at the Bu-reau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State was hosted at the Romanian-U.S.Fulbright Commission. The reception was a great opportunity for Romanian and U.S. Fulbright alumniand grantees to meet Ms. Karene Grad and share their Fulbright experience, accomplishments andprojects.Forthcoming Fulbright Anniversary VolumeOn June 3rd, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission launched two volumes to celebrate 50 years offormal educational and cultural exchanges between the United States of America and Romania. Thefirst volume, 50 years of the Fulbright Program in Romania reviews and acknowledges all the land-marks, achievements and activities of the Fulbright Program in Romania. The second volume, On Edu-cation. New and Fresh Perspectives includes a wide variety of articles presenting the academic experi-ences of several Romanian and American Fulbright professors and researchers.The third Fulbright anniversary volume - Fulbright Ripple Effect on International Education. LookingAhead from a Romanian & American Perspective - will be published in February, 2011 and offers wideperspectives on the Fulbright program by inviting some of the main actors in the program to give anaccount of their Fulbright experience. Thank you to the contributors of all three volumes! 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesCezar Ghioca’s “Postcard from Home”Cezar Ghioca, Romanian Fulbright alumnus was among the runners-up ofPostcards from Home photo contest on ExchangesConnect. Entrants wereasked to creatively share personal perspectives on their own homes andcultures through a photograph and a brief description. Two grand prizewinners and 18 runners-up were chosen from more than 2,300 entriesfrom 120 different countries. Congratulations, Cezar!The photo is available at: Granted to Cristiana Grigore, Romanian Fulbright Alumna Cristiana Grigore, Romanian Fulbright Alumna at Vanderbilt University was granted Special Mention award for Academic Excellency by the League of Romanian Students Abroad. The awarding ceremony took place at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, on January 6. Cristiana Grigore is now in her second year of Masters’ studies at Van- derbilt University, where she is specializing in Education. Congratulations, Cristiana!New Publication on Romanian-U.S. Diplomatic RelationsSecond volume in the series United States of America and Romania continues with astudy on diplomatic relations between the two countries in the period 1912-1919.Authors of the present volume are Drs. Bernard Cook, a Provost Distinguished Pro-fessor of History at Loyola University, New Orleans, and Dumitru Preda, Diplomatand Professor in history and political sciences, both of them alumni of the FulbrightProgram. The book addresses the period before and shortly after WWI, an ex-tremely dynamic historical age, which deals with a series of major events in Roma-nian history, including participation in the war and the making of Greater Romania.Worth mentioning is that the first volume of the series on Romanian-American dip-lomatic relations was published – ten years ago - by Professor Preda together withDr. Keith Hitchins, the first American Fulbright Scholar in Romania, back in 1960,and Dr. Miodrag Milin, a Fulbrighter as well. United States of America and Romania.Diplomatic Relations 1912-1919, published by Cavallioti Publishing House, will belaunched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gafencu Hall, on Wednesday, February 9.New Publication in AnthropologyDr. Andrei Soficaru, Fulbright Scholar in a research program at Ohio University has informed us on thepublishing of The Prehistory and Paleontology of the Pestera Muierii (Romania), a monograph in the fieldof anthropology. The volume was published by ERAUL 124 Publishing House, the editors of the Univer-sity in Liege, Belgium, end of 2010, and was co-authored by Adrian Dobos (himself a Romanian Ful-bright alumnus), Andrei Soficaru & Erik Trinkaus. Details at 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1From AlumniExcellence Awards for Dr. Vasile Puscas, Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Professor Vasile Puscas, Romanian Fulbright alumnus and former chief negotiator of Romania with the European Union (EU) was recently awarded with the Excellence Tro- phy 10 for Romania but also with the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Oradea as an appreciation of his excellent scientific and academic activity and especially of his contribution to Romania’s joining the EU. Congratulations to Dr. Puscas! Read more about the awards at professor-vasile-puscas-is-doctor-honoris-causa-of-oradea-university/ and http:// romania-.New Book by Valentin Cojanu, Romanian Fulbright AlumnusValentin Cojanu, Fulbright Alumnus at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvaniapublished a book entitled Logica Rationamentului Economic (Logics of EconomicReasoning). The main point for discussion proposed in the book is creating a newlogic in economic and social sciences reasoning. The author assumes an ambitiousobjective as there are no similar papers in Romania. The book published in a criti-cal moment for discussions regarding economic reform, argues that the economiccrisis is due not to a lack of reform solutions, but to directing solutions towards alogic that complicates understanding economic problems. In the acknowledgmentsection of the book the author expresses his gratitude for the support offered bythe Commission through the Fulbright Senior Award from which he benefited in2007-2008. Our warm congratulations to Mr. Cojanu and wishes of further suc-cess!New Articles by Ioana Moldovan, Romanian Fulbright Grantee Articles published by Ioana Moldovan, Romanian Fulbright grantee at University of Southern California Los Angeles, in Revista 22:;; publication by Mihaela Precup, Romanian Fulbright Alumna in 2006-2007[Inter]sections is a quarterly publication of the American Studies Program at the Univer-sity of Bucharest, edited by Mihaela Precup, Fulbright junior scholar at Yale University in2006-2007. The Vol. 3, No. 12, Fall/Winter 2010 edition of the [Inter]sections publica-tion also includes and article by Monica Stancu, Junior Fulbright alumna, currently MAstudent in the second year at Sarah Lawrence College, NY. The publication can bedownloaded at 5
  6. 6. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesForthcoming Photography Book by Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, U.S. Fulbright Alumna Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin, photographer and U.S. Fulbright alumna in 2002- 2003 is publishing her first book entitled The Color of Hay: The Peasants of Maramures. The book will be released in March, 2011 and includes pho- tos made during her Fulbright grant in Romania. An internationally exhibited photographer, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin was awarded a number of grants for her work in Romania, including a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, an IREX IARO Grant (National Endowment for the Humanities) and a Houston Center for Photography Fellowship. Her images have appeared in LensWork, Range- finder, B&W Magazine, Black + White Photography (UK) and The Times Sat- urday Magazine. More details about the book and about Kathleen’s work and Mattes, U.S. Fulbright Grantee in Romanian MediaThe link below features an article in one of the top Romanian newspapers,Adevarul (The Truth) about Laura Mattes, a 2010–2011 Fulbright grantee. Thearticle describes Laura’s work teaching classes at local universities and highschools about gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS discrimination. Laura’s commu-nity blog, which encourages youth to share and discuss experiences and opin-ions about their own sexuality, gender identity and body image, is also high-lighted in the article. She notes meeting with a lack of openness and discussionin Romanian families and society regarding these issues, thus making it all themore important to start a dialogue amongst young Romanians.Read the entire article at: Article Featuring Daniel Beers, U.S. Fulbright Alumnus and Kymber Beers, In-tern at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Fulbright, a life-changing program? It certainly was for Daniel and Kymber Beers, who met in Romania back in 2007, while Kymber was an intern at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and Daniel was a Fulbright Junior Grantee performing research on judicial reform and the rule of law in Romanian and Eastern Europe in general. They are both committed to the values of democracy and are ready to take ac- tive roles in bringing about positive changes in countries they have visited. This time, their concern focused on Haiti. Daniel and Kymber were two of the many who decided they had to do something to help the people in Haiti recover after the catastrophic quake. To read the entire story, please visit Haiti-recovery. 6
  7. 7. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1From AlumniNews from Martin Woodside, U.S. Fulbright AlumnusMartin Woodside, U.S. Fulbright Alumnus in 2009-2010 just sent us newsregarding his translations of Romanian poetry, borne largely out of his Ful-bright time in Romania. A featured section of the poems translated will bepublished in the next issue of Poetry International, in June 2011. That samemonth, the volume Of Gentle Wolves: an Anthology of Romanian Poetry willbe published by Calypso Editions. Until the volume is published, Martin in-vites you to a poetry reading event on February 8, in New York. Details at Nations Videoconference Organized by Staci Defibaugh, Fulbright ETA in Sibiu On Monday, January 17, 2011, a group of Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu students took part in a videoconference with two United Nations interpreters. This videoconfer- ence was organized by Sylvain Audet, a French lecturer at ULBS and Staci Defibaugh, the current Fulbright ETA in Sibiu. The students were notified of this opportunity in November and were required to submit questions in French and in English in order to be considered for the videoconference. From this process 11 students, most of whom are studying French and English in the Applied Modern Languages program, were se- lected for participation. On Monday, they were given the opportunity to ask these questions to Penelope Macdonell and Anne-Catherine Boudot, current UN interpreters. The students learned about the process of applying for inter-preting positions, including high profile positions working for organizations likethe UN, what a typical workday entails, what some of the difficulties are andhow they can prepare for a career in this field. Overall, the videoconference wasa great success. The students gained a lot of valuable information and everyoneenjoyed the discussions and interesting stories the interpreters shared with thegroup. Useful Links  United States Government Alumni Community  Romanian Alumni Community  U.S. Embassy in Bucharest  Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission  Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Facebook Page Romanian-US-Fulbright- Commission/10150095647155008 7
  8. 8. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1Grant OpportunitiesNow open: Teaching Excellence and Achievement ProgramTeaching Excellence and Achievement Program is a program of the Bureau of Edu-cational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State that will provide inter-national teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subjectareas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the UnitedStates. TEA consists of a non degree, non-credit customized academic program,including coursework and intensive training in teaching methodologies, lesson plan-ning, and teaching strategies for home classroom environments, as well as the useof computers for Internet, word processing, and as teaching tools. The Romanianapplicants are invited to submit applications no later April 15, 2011.More details at Fulbright International Science and Technology ProgramRomanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the 2012 International Fulbright Science and Tech-nology Program for Ph.D. study at top universities in science, technology, engineering and mathematicsfocused fields (STEM). Candidates can be BA and MA students from both public and private universitiesin Romania. International Fulbright Science and Technology program provides tuition, a monthly stipendfor up to three years, health and accident coverage, a book and equipment allowance, roundtrip travel.After three years, U.S. universities either fully fund or work with the grantee to identify funding optionsfor Ph.D. degree completion. More details on starting with February 1st, 2011.2012-2013 Junior Fulbright AwardRomanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Junior Fulbright Award pro-gram for masters’ study or research in the United States. Applicants are Romanian BA, MA, PhD stu-dents and young researchers from both public and private universities. The Junior Fulbright award pro-vides: international travel, tuition and university fees within established budget limits as well as acci-dent/sickness insurance, monthly maintenance allowance, books and supplies allowance. More details starting with February 7, 2011.Scholarship from the GE FoundationThrough the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program, outstanding second year undergraduate studentsstudying in Romania are awarded a total of 3000 Euros, a shadowing day opportunity with GE, and par-ticipation in a regional Leadership Development Program. Applicants should be coming from the follow-ing fields: economics, management, engineering or technology. They should demonstrate good aca-demic standing as well as leadership potential. Application deadline: March 4, 2011. More details Grants and Funding Opportunities on State AlumniFor more grants and funding opportunities please visit State Alumni subscribes to COS Funding Opportunities™, the largest, most comprehen-sive database of available funding. It contains more than 25,000 records representing over $33 billion ingrants, fellowships, prizes, and more. Features include: Opportunities by sponsors throughout the world for recipients throughout the world. Sponsors include private foundations, public agencies, national and local governments, corporations and more. Monies available for work in all disciplines: physical sciences, social sciences, life sciences, health & medicine, arts & humanities. Funding for many purposes, such as research, collaborations, travel, curriculum development, con- ferences, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, equipment acquisitions, capital or operating expenses. 8
  9. 9. Bucharest, January 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 1Alumni 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,►Access resources such as grants, jobs and research announcement of an event, testimonial, job ordatabases grant opportunity, please contact the alumni►Access more than 20.000 free periodicals, newspa- coordinator 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 Coordinator, through ECA In-Country Alumni Coordinator Award, Number S-RO100-10-GR-067 (2010-2011) 9