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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume II, Issue 1


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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume II, Issue 1

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, January 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 1 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News  Publication of the first Monograph on Higher Education in Romania, NOW OPEN: Teaching Excellence and Achievement UNESCO.CEPES series Program  New Articles by Romanian Fulbright Alumna Ioana Moldovan Q&A Live on Sports Diplomacy: Empowering Women and Girls through Sports  Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Dr. Paul Cristea Elevated to the Grade of IEEE Grant & Funding Opportunities on State Alumni Fellow ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesFrom Alumni  U.S. Fulbright Grantee Kelli Wilbert At-► Romanian Alumni and Grantees tends Collaborative Dinner Hosted by the U.S. Embassy’s Culture Attaché New Article on VOA’s Blog by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristiana Grigore  News from U.S. Fulbright Scholar Dr. Mohsen Razzaghi Lectures via Skype: Talking On-line About Ameri- can Stage with Doctoral Students of Bucharest  Short Visit to Romania by U.S. Fulbright University for Theater and Film Alumnus Jonathan Stillo New Article Published by Romanian Fulbright Alumni Information Alumna Dorothea Ionescu Alumni Links Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, January 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 1Alumni NewsNOW OPEN: Teaching Excellence and Achievement ProgramTeaching Excellence and Achievement Program is a program of theBureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department ofState that will provide international teachers with unique opportuni-ties to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teach-ing skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. TEAconsists of a non-degree, non-credit customized academic program,including seminars on new teaching methodologies, curriculum devel-opment, lesson planning, and instructional technology. Fellows willalso participate in a practicum in a U.S. secondary school near thehost university to work closely with U.S. teachers and teach and pre-sent to U.S. students. The Romanian applicants are invited to submitapplications for the six-week program no later April 15, 2012.Click here for details.Q&A Live on Sports Diplomacy: Empowering Women and Girls through Sports On February 1, 2012 at 11:00 am EST, Olympic gold medalist and midfielder Tif- fany Roberts Sahaydak will join State Alumni for an online discussion about Sports Diplomacy: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports. Tiffany was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team from 1994-2004 and the youngest player on the U.S. team at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Now a U.S. Soc- cer Sports Envoy, Tiffany has made four trips for that program to Uganda, the Philippines, Thailand, and most recently to Brazil. Her membership in the Advisory Board of Goals for Girls also allowed her to travel to South Africa in June 2007. In addition to answering questions from the alumni, Tiffany will share her experience about Title IX (Equal Opportunity in Education) and the impact the National Girls and Women in Sports Day had on her development and how it had empowered her to pursue her goals. Tiffany welcomes questions or comments on your sportsexperience and how women and girls can be empowered through sports. Submit questions or com-ments for the discussion by visiting the link above. Read more and submit questionsGrant & Funding Opportunities on State AlumniInterested in grants and funding opportunities? Please visit the related sectionon State Alumni website at Alumni subscribes to COS Funding Opportunities™, the largest, mostcomprehensive database of available funding. It contains more than 25,000records representing over $33 billion in funding. Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, January 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 1From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and Grantees New Article on VOA’s Blog by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristiana Grigore Cristiana Grigore, a Fulbright grantee in 2009-2010 at Vanderbilt University wrote a new article for Voice of America’s Blog, The Student Union. The article entitled “If You Stop Learning When You Leave the Classroom, You’re Do- ing It Wrong” is available at: via Skype: Talking On-line About American Stage with Doctoral Students of Bucha-rest University for Theater and Film Testimonial by Cristina Modreanu, Visiting Scholar NYU Performance Studies Department“It took me a while until I realized that I am in the middle of anexperiment which is likely to change forever my view on life andmy professional approach. My Fulbright experience is in all waysan enlightening one: since I first entered the Performance Stud-ies floor at Tisch School of the Arts on Broadway I started learn-ing how the learning process can be designed to be not only in-structive but also enjoyable. The amazing professors at NYU aredetermined to use any strategy and new technology in order tohelp their students enter their professional life as ready as possi-ble. What is called “educational process” is in fact a wonderful,difficult, but enriching journey that everyone is taking in order tobecome someone else – a better person. Michel Foucault’s“technologies of the self” are not only mentioned often, but also put into practice. I have never thoughtthat my first real teaching experience would take place in the virtual space! And yet, after working formy classes at NYU with the Blackboard (an on-line tool designed to keep the teachers and the studentsconnected in working groups) and after giving my presentation on Performance in a Globalized World atthe end of the Fall semester using the high-tech equipment of NYU studio, like everyone else, nothingseemed more familiar to me than lecturing via Skype.” Read here the entire testimonial.New Article Published by Romanian Fulbright Alumna Dorothea IonescuDorothea Ionescu published a new article entitled Exploring the nature of cognitive flexi-bility in New Ideas in Psychology Journal. Dorothea Ionescu started the article during herFulbright grant at Northeastern University, Boston in 2008-2009.The final version of the article with full bibliographic details is available online at: 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, January 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 1From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesPublication of the First Monograph on Higher Education in Romania, UNESCO.CEPES series(English)Silvia Florea, Fulbright alumna and Co-holder of the UNESCO Chair of Lucian BlagaUniversity of Sibiu and Peter J. Wells, Head of the UNESCO.CEPES (European Centerfor Higher Education) have co-authored the first monograph on Higher Education inRomania, in the UNESCO English series. The monograph is a welcomed addition toUNESCO s library of knowledge, providing policy makers and researchers with a de-tailed account of the recent reforms undertaken for the modernization of a system ofhigher learning with a rich tradition stretching back over 350 years.More details on the Romanian Alumni Community section, State Alumni website.New Articles by Romanian Fulbright Alumna Ioana MoldovanIoana Moldovan, Romanian Fulbright grantee in 2010-2011 at University of South-ern California–School of Theatre, Los Angeles published an article in Revista 22about the artistic community and the anti-AIDS struggle. Please follow the linkbelow to read the entire article:, Ioana made an interview with Romanian Actor and Director Ion Lucian. Theinterview was published in the online magazine of International Association ofTheater Critics: Fulbright Alumnus Dr. Paul Cristea Elevated to the Grade of IEEE Fellow Romanian Fulbright alumnus Dr. Paul Cristea was selected by the IEEE Board of Directors as an IEEE Fellow for “contributions to modernizing and internationalizing engineering education.” IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. Congratulations to Dr. Cristea! Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, January 31, 2012 Volume II, Issue 1From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesU.S. Fulbright Grantee Kelli Wilbert Attends Collaborative Dinner Hosted by the U.S.Embassy’s Culture Attaché On January 25, U.S. Fulbright Grantee Kelli Wilbert attended a collaborative dinner at the Little Texas Restaurant in Iasi hosted by Ms. Edwina Sagitto, Cultural Attache of the U.S. Embassy. Kelli was joined by two of her fellow colleagues in the English Department at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Dr. Odette Blu- menfeld and Dr. Veronica Popescu, Peace Corp Volunteer Jocelyn Wromas, Ms. Monica Dragan of the Information Resource Center, Ms. Ioana Damian of the U.S. Embassy, Adriana Maftei of the American Corner Iasi and Dr. Lacramioara Stratulat of the Complexul Muzeal National Moldova. The group discussed a range of issues relating to education and how they can best combine their resources and insight to help each other, as well as utilize the resources of the U.S. Embassy. Kelli: “Our discussion was a great success over the Tex-Mex cui-sine! I look forward to partnering with American Corners and Ms. Sagitto to once again deliver digitalvideo conferences with U.S. Professors for our students at Cuza University. I will do my part to outreachto professors from my home university. Also, in June I plan to help with a summer camp that PeaceCorps volunteers coordinate in Baltati Village of Iasi County”.News from U.S. Fulbright Scholar Dr. Mohsen RazzaghiMohsen Razzaghi a Fulbright scholar at the Department of Mathemat-ics and Computer Science, Technical University of Civil Engineeringin Bucharest, was invited by Professor Cristian Marinoiu, Dean of Let-ters and Science Faculty at Petroleum and Gas University in Ploiesti,to visit the university and present a seminar on his research. Ploiestiis the home to the Petroleum and Gas University, the only such Uni-versity in Romania. Dr. Razzaghi went to Ploiesti on December 8 andpresented a research talk entitled "Applications of Orthogonal Func-tions and Wavelets in Engineering Problems." Many students and fac-ulty attended his talk. During his visit he met with several membersof the university, including professor Vlad Ulmanu, the Rector, profes-sor Ion Bolocan, Vice-Rector for research and professor Liviu Dumi-trascu, Vice-Rector for International Relations.Short Visit to Romania by U.S. Fulbright Alumnus Jonathan Stillo Even if his Fulbright-Hays grant finished in 2010, Jonathan Stillo is still very de- termined to raise awareness on health issues, especially tuberculosis disease in Romania. His recent visit of only seven days included, among other activities, an interview held in Romanian language on tuberculosis and health reform. The interview and article are available at: 5
  6. 6. Bucharest, January 31, 2012 Volume II, 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, 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 Coordinator 6