17 Duke graduates, students named Fulbright Scholars

Posted August 5, 2008 5:59 p.m. EDT

Seventeen recent Duke University graduates and graduate students have received Fulbright scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

A Fulbright grant funds a year of study, research or teaching in a foreign country. The program is named for former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, who sponsored its creation in 1946 to foster mutual understanding between Americans and people from other countries.

This year’s Duke Fulbright recipients are as follows:

  • Aleksandr Andreev of Centennial, Colo., will be studying the economics of providing health care in remote areas of Russia, such as Irkutsk Province.
  • Kerry E. Costello, a recent graduate from Havertown, Pa., will be in the Netherlands studying the biomechanics of a functional task in people with arthritis.
  • C. Nick Cuneo, a biology major from Weston, Mass., will be in South Africa studying the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the environment.
  • Stesha A. Doku, a recent biomedical engineering graduate from Charlotte, will analyze the health of immigrants and indigenous Australians using Geographic Information System data.
  • David A. Fiocco, a recent cultural anthropology and public policy studies graduate from La Crosse, Wisc., will be exploring social capital and market participation in northern Uganda.
  • Courtney Fitzpatrick, a graduate student in biology from Durham, will be in Kenya studying sexual selection in female primates.
  • Laura E. Floyd, of Spring, Texas, will participate in a comparative study that looks at the development of foster care systems in post-Soviet Russia.
  • Dana A. Freedman, a recent literature graduate from Miami, will be in Costa Rica assessing female-headed households and social mobility in La Caprio.
  • Katherine B. French-Fuller, a graduate student in history from Carrboro, will study the commercialization of daily life and domestic cultures in 1960s Argentina.
  • Reena N. Goldthree, a history graduate student from St. Louis, will be in Trinidad and Tobago studying war and the politics of patriotism in the British Caribbean of 1900-1938.
  • Dana M. Hornbeak, a medical school student from Laguna Beach, Calif., will be in Singapore studying how genes and gene-environment interactions influence the development of myopia in the local population.
  • Zoe M. Jones, an art history and Romance languages graduate student from Denali Park, Alaska, will go to Italy to study the futurist art of Gino Severini.
  • Allison W. Kenney, a recent graduate from Beverly, Mass., will travel to Germany to study the language of Hei mat.
  • Rachel A. McLaughlin, a recent graduate from Fenton, Mo., will complete an English language assistantship in Indonesia.
  • John M. Saragas, a recent graduate with a degree in international and comparative law from Astoria, N.Y., will be studying the role of non-governmental organizations in Cyprus.
  • Kari L. Shepherdson-Scott, an art history graduate student from Boise, Idaho, will travel to Japan to study “Utopia/Dystopia; Japan’s Image of the Manchurian Ideal.”
  • Megan R. Moskop, a recent graduate from Greenville, will complete an English teaching assistantship in Malta.