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Alumni Digest: End of 2020

We are sharing a final brief of some of the Fulbright alumni's achievements in 2020.  

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As part of the International Education Week 2020, on November 25th took place the online-conference «Fulbright Impact in the Field: Re-Imagining International Education in a Post-Pandemic World», where an international group of experts in international education and educational exchange discussed current challenges and issues faces by those spheres. Olga Selezneva, alumna of the RIEA 2012-13 program and Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Department at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow was one of the experts. 

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On December 22-23, 2020, a team of Fulbrighters at the Buryat State University's Institute of Philology, Foreign Languages and Mass Communications, organized a series of Christmas Gatherings "Christmas in the USA and Buryatia". Here's an account of the event from Tatyana Platitsyna, alumna of the FLTA 2006-07 and FFDP 2012-13 programs: 

"Great news! In these difficult times of the coronavirus, when physical borders are closed, the virtual world provides us with a wonderful opportunity to communicate and meet with friends overseas!

On December 22, we had a Zoom meeting with U.S. Fulbright scholars. Carolyn Kramers read her poems and prose excerpts about Alaska and Buryatia, James Neimeister and Leanna Kramer prepared a "Svoya Igra" quiz for students about Christmas in the USA. 1st year students recited Christmas poems in English, and 2nd year students translated them. 3rd year students presented their Christmas stories in English to the participants.

On December 23, the event continued with guests from the United States, photo-journalists currently working in the Czech Republic, Gabriela Bulisova (U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 2018-19) and Mark Isaac. They presented their project "Through the Baikal Lenses", which is dedicated to the ecology of the lake, which was part of Gabriela's Fulbright in Irkutsk and the Republic of Buryatia in 2018-2019. Students made presentations and stories about Buryatia and Lake Baikal. Gabriela and Mark's project caused great interest, as students of the Translation Department showed their creativity and revealed their talents. The event was attended by 85 people, including the 1-3 year Translation and Translation Studies studentst! Kudos to the Fulbright Program that brought us all together! "



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Research by Nadezhda Chebakova's, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar 1995-96 program, "Assessing Landscape Potential for Human Sustainability and 'Attractiveness' Across Asian Russia in a Warmer 21st Century", was mentioned in the New York Times article "How Russia Wins the Climate Crisis".

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Yulia Kleyman, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2013-13 program, Associate Professor at the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts, produced a theatre play "Fahrenheit 451", written and directed as a "mockumentary", that showed in St. Petersburg in summer and autumn. The project was supported by the Fulbright Alumni Awards program.

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The "Scientific Russia" journal published an article "In Caleidoscope of Colour-names" about the research by 
Julia Griber, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2012-13 program, Professor of the Smolensk State University. The article outlines Yulia's description of the colour perception in the Russian language, what it is based on, how the colour-naming depends in the age gradation and specifics of adapting its meanings to the sociocultural conditions of creating the colour images.

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Andrey Demin, alumnus of the Fulbright New Century Scholar program, president of the Russian Public Health Association, has continued his regular and informative coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in "Radio Russia" regular broadcasts.

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You can find a list of interesting interviews and videos with Elena Petrovskaya, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program 2002-03, Head of the Aesthetics Department at the Institute of Philosophy, RAS, on the institute's website.

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Back in February 2020, the popular science lectorium at the Arhe Center presented a sapid lecture "Geography in the XXI Century. Results of 2019" that focused on the subject of modern geography, its connection to other scientific disciplines, perspective of its development, and why it is important for politicians and people in position of authority to know fundamental geography. The lecture was given by Olga Solomina, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program 2000-01, Director of the Institute of Geography, RAS, and Nobel Peace Prize winner as part of the IPCC scientific group (2007).


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Yulia Melnik, alumna of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2014-15 program, Senior Researcher at the и старший научный сотрудник Scientific and Methodological Center of the Institute for Inclusive Education, actively publishes articles and participates in events on issues and challenges inclusive educations faces nowadays.

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The project of Fort Elizabeth by Alexander Molodin, alumnus of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar program 2015-16 is still developing and has been mentioned in an article titled "The Failed Outpost" in the "Russian World" journal.