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Three faculty members awarded Fulbright Scholar grants

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Three University of Illinois faculty members have been awarded 2000-2001 Fulbright Scholar grants.

They are among about 800 U.S. professors and other professionals selected this year to receive the highly competitive awards, which enable them to lecture or conduct research abroad.

UI Fulbright Scholars:

Pallassana R. Balgopal, professor of social work, who was in India from August 2000 through January 2001. He lectured on social group work and taught clinical social work courses at Visva Bharati, Santinketan, India, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. He also organized a workshop on HIV/AIDS counseling at Manipal, Karnatka.

Margaret Rosso Grossman, professor of agricultural law, who is conducting research on "E.U. Environmental Principles and Their Application to Agriculture" at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The Fulbright supported her work from September 2000 through January 2001.

Valerie J. Hoffman, professor of religious studies, who is spending the 2000-01 academic year conducting research on "Islamic Leadership and Lineage in the Indian Ocean Region: The Scholars and Saints of Oman and the Hadramawt." She is based at the Yemeni Center for Research and Studies and at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State; additional funding is provided by participating governments and host institutions. The program is managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a private, nonprofit organization.