Perlinger, Gorman Receive Fulbright Scholar Awards

Faculty members Judith Perlinger and Hugh Gorman have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to teach and conduct research abroad during 201011.

Perlinger, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will be hosted by researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo. Perlinger and her research group have developed technologies that detect hazardous and climate-relevant organic chemicals in the atmosphere. During her nine-month visit, she will be collaborating with European and Chinese scientists to test for these atmospheric chemicals at various locations.

She will be joined by her husband, Noel Urban, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. He will also be working with scientists at the institute, researching the environmental biogeochemistry of carbon and nitrogen. Their daughter, Maya, will accompany them and attend school in Oslo.

Gorman, an associate professor of social sciences, will conduct research and lead a series of seminars at the Ciudad del Saber, or City of Knowledge, in Panama. The City of Knowledge is an international center for Latin American sustainable development based at what was once Fort Clayton, a US army base in Panama Canal Zone.

Through the seminars, Gorman aims to promote discussion on constructing an ecological economy by examining historical trends and using case examples. He will also develop case histories of several Panamanian solar energy projects and to make contacts for future research projects. His six-month visit begins in March 2011.

Gorman and Perlinger are among approximately 1,100 US faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright US Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 286,500 people: 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the US. The Fulbright Programs allows them to observe others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare.

Friday University Social

A First Friday University Social will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, June 4, in the Horner Lobby of the Rozsa Center.

All faculty, staff and graduate students are invited and encouraged to attend. Complimentary soda and light snacks will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

First Friday University Socials provide a casual setting for members of the campus community to get together informally, share their work and get to know each other. Such informal gatherings often lead to more productive work relationships and an appreciation for diversity.

Food and Film Monthly Event

submitted by Joe Kirkish, Club Indigo

The June month's food/film event at the Calumet Theatre is a hilarious golden oldie musical--yes, musical--GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933.

It's a memorable, spectacular Busby Berkeley extravaganza, created to perk up people during the Great Depression, to bring pleasure to fun-seeking men, to bring sighs from women who wish they could look like those seductive chorines that flood the Berkeley numbers--featuring a riot of scandalous outfits in brilliantly conceived routines. Sets and costumes: unbelievable.

The plot is a popular one from the 30s: a let's produce a Broadway show, and all we need is a guy with the money to back it. The dance numbers outlive the plot with their daring displays of female anatomy that barely passed the censors.

Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, Ginger Rogers are just a sample of the star-studded cast.

Club Indigo begins with an optional buffet at 6 p.m. and a movie at 7:15 p.m, Friday, June 11. The buffet is served by chefs at the Kangas Cafe, Hancock--the kind of food people made during the Depression, but gussied up gourmet style. Food/film: $18. Film only: $5. Children: big discount.

To assure seating at the buffet, call the theater at 337-2610.

New Funding

Research Scientist Laura Bourgeau-Chavez (MTRI) has received $380,000 from the USGS-Great Lakes Science Center for a two-year project,"Radar Detection and Monitoring of Invasive Phragmites in the Coastal Great Lakes."

In the News

Bill Sproule (CEE) is mentioned in this month's Michigan History. He helped the author with research for the development of a story titled "Where Hockey Got Its Start," highlighting Houghton's role in professional hockey. See the article at .

Pasi Lautala, research assistant professor and director of Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program, was interviewed by the website for a feature about his work on effective railway construction materials for the arctic conditions of the Alaska Canada Rail Link. See .