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Fulbright Scholars

Below are short interviews with Kansas State University's Fulbright Scholars for 2018, 2019 and 2020. The interviews were conducted by the host of "Agriculture Today," Eric Atkinson.


2020 Fulbright Scholars

  • Joyce Wu
    Joyce is Research Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and Visiting Fellow at the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. With both practitioner and research background in international development, Joyce has worked in countries including Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, and the Pacific. Joyce’s interest on how equity, diversity and inclusion can be integrated into research came about from years of working on gender issues in the development sector, as well as with STEM organizations.

    Currently, Joyce is working on Individual Deprivation Measure, a research project which takes a gender- sensitive and intersectoral approach to understanding the multidimensional aspects of poverty. She is also working with the International Alliance of Research Universities (members include the ANU, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and Yale University) to explore how research universities use financial incentives to improve equity and diversity. 

  • Jonathan Adams
    Adams is the director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney — the only national research center worldwide focusing on the public health and health services research of complementary and integrative health care.

    This Fulbright program aims to marry clinical and research insights around this topic with a view to translating and exporting such insights back to Australia to help promote effective, safe, quality care and support for vulnerable communities. 

  • Michael Fahey
    Michael is an Associate Professor at Monash University and Head of Pediatric Neurology at Monash Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the genomic revolution, Michael is harnessing genetic technologies to better understand complex neurological diseases—aiming to cure rather than treat those diseases.

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common disability in childhood affecting more than 800,000 Americans and Australians. Current knowledge suggests the origins of CP are multifactorial, with a substantial body of evidence indicating that around 30% of people with CP have an underlying genetic disorder. As a child neurologist and clinical geneticist, Michael has spent more than a decade working to diagnose and treat people with neurogenetic conditions. The Fulbright scholarship enables Michael to work at the University of Arizona where he will combine world-leading neuroimaging data from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) with contemporary genomic techniques to better characterize the genetic changes that lead to CP. In the emerging era of precision medicine, where therapies are increasingly tailored to an individual genomic variation, understanding this data will lead to personalized treatment. 

  • Craig Baillie
    Professor Craig Baillie is the Director of the Centre for Agricultural Engineering (CAE) and the Deputy Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences (IAESS) at the University of Southern Queensland. Craig is an Agricultural Engineer with 24 years’ experience in Agricultural Research, Development and Extension (R, D &E). Primary research interests include farming systems innovation and technology solutions to improve farm productivity and profitability. Key focus areas include precision agriculture, energy conservation, bioresources, irrigation modernization and automation. Craig is also involved in major initiatives and collaborative research with Deere and Company in the USA on new and innovative farming technologies. 

  • Julie McIntyre
    Professor Julie McIntyre is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Newcastle. She is using her Fulbright scholarship to understand the influence that the trans-continental connections in Australian and American expertise and practice had on the wine industry and to illuminate an unexplored aspect of American-Australian co-operation. The goal is to develop collaboration and gain insight to several key areas including, viticultural and oenological sciences, grapes and wine in society and culture, economics in connected histories, agricultural modernity, historical networks and knowledge flow and rural lives and regionality. 


2019 Fulbright Scholars

  • Philip Dwyer
    Philip Dwyer is a Professor of History at the University of Newcastle in Australia and the founding Director of that university’s Centre for the Study of Violence. Dwyer has been Assistant Dean of Research for the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle, as well as a Head of Department. He is the winner of the Australian National Biography Award and has been shortlisted for a number of literary awards, including Australia’s most prestigious award, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (twice). He has been a Leverhulme Fellow, a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre, in Italy, and will be a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, in 2020.

    His primary research interest was once in eighteenth century Europe with particular emphasis on the Napoleonic Empire. His interests are now focused on world history and the history of violence. Professor Dwyer is currently writing a global history of violence, “The Savage Heart: A History of Human Violence.” 

  • Louise Robinson
    Louise Robinson is a Fulbright Scholar and currently Director Vocational Education Engagement at RMIT University having held positions of Executive Director Vocational Education and Deputy Chair of Academic Board at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. In these roles, she blends her strong commercial skills gained in over 20 years of professional services leadership from global advisory firms with knowledge of multisector skills education.

    Louise is responsible for maintaining the relationships between RMIT University and key local, national and international, regulatory and employment stakeholders. Her portfolio includes the management of federal and state government contracts and international skills partnerships. Additionally she is a Member for the Melbourne Innovation District, Operational Board, leading vocational education strategy, sustaining industry partnerships, fostering innovation projects for digital developments, growth targets and workforce capabilities, as well as overseeing the compliance and quality assurance of the delivery of Vocational Education programs. 

  • Anna Ralph
    Anna is Associate Professor at the Global and Tropical Health division at Menzies School of Heath Research, a specialist in Infectious Diseases at Royal Darwin Hospital, and Clinical Director of Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia. Anna’s research goals are to improve outcomes for people with diseases of disadvantage, focusing on tuberculosis and rheumatic fever. Her research has led to health system strengthening for better tuberculosis control in eastern Indonesia; new knowledge on host responses to tuberculosis infection; research capacity building in Australian Aboriginal communities; and improved understanding of the diagnosis and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

    This opportunity will allow Anna to draw on world-class implementation research skills at UCSF to develop a comprehensive strategy for the elimination of rheumatic heart disease as a public health problem. Skills gained will also strengthen the Menzies tuberculosis research program, and will build important valuable ties. 

  • Adam Davids
    Adam Davids is a proud Aboriginal Australian and descendant of the Wiradjuri people in central New South Wales. As the Director of Learning at CareerTrackers, he is supporting thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to obtain a university degree, pursue professional employment, become leaders of industry, and role models for future generations.

    Adam is using his Fulbright Scholarship to analyze the pathway to generate sustainable jobs for under-represented minorities by studying leading NGO’s and historic institutions in the U.S. He plans to build a Global Alliance between INROADS, CareerTrackers, and other NGO’s across the U.S. to create a professional jobs consortium for under-represented minorities and unlock ongoing collaboration with a vision to elevate the social and economic impact of organizations and their beneficiaries. 

  • Olivia Shen
    Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Master of Public Policy from the Australian National University, where she graduated top of her class. In 2013, Olivia was a Congressional Research Fellow at the United States Senate. In 2015, Olivia was the Thawley Scholar at the Lowy Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. With a decade of experience in the public service, Olivia is currently the Director of Domestic Counter-Terrorism Policy in the Department of Home Affairs.

    Olivia is interested in the nexus between technology and national security and will use her time in the U.S. to meet with think tanks, academics and industry experts to explore the ethical and policy challenges of artificial intelligence. She hopes her research will inform an Australian national strategy on AI and forge new AI partnerships between Australia and the United States. 

  • Kate Dolan
    Kate Dolan holds degrees in psychology and public health. She has published more than 260 peer reviewed articles, including 4 in The Lancet. Dolan co-founded Australia’s first needle and syringe program (1986), prostitutes collective (1985) and drug user’s group (1985).

    Dolan’s research will focus on the US prison system; specifically, prisoners who have a drug or alcohol problem. The aim is to assess whether changes in the physical environment can reduce stress and improve inmate behavior. She will produce a guide outlining how to reduce stress and promote good behavior. 

  • Beth Eggleston
    Beth is a co-founding director at Humanitarian Advisory Group, a social enterprise delivering leading-edge research and advice to enable the humanitarian sector to perform at its best. Previously, Beth has held a number of key coordination roles in a range of peace operations and humanitarian response contexts, including three years in Afghanistan where she developed and implemented guidance on how aid agencies and military forces can best coordinate. Beth will use her Fulbright Scholarship to spend three months at the US Naval War College’s Civil-Military Humanitarian Response Program. There she will explore how to improve international response to humanitarian crises, both in how aid is delivered and how civilians are protected, with a focus on civil-military interaction. 

  • Mark Trotter
    Trotter is an associate professor in precision livestock at CQUniversity Australia and focuses his research on sensor technologies for animals and pastures. His Fulbright project explores how data from GPS tracking and behavioral sensors on livestock can be integrated with satellite imagery of the pastures or rangelands being grazed. 


2018 Fulbright Scholars


  • Amanda Keddie
    Keddie is a professor of education at Deakin University. She leads the program called Children, Young People and their Communities within the REDI (Research for Educational Impact) Centre. Her research interests and publications are in the broad field of social justice and schooling.

  • Gordon Duff
    Gordon Duff is currently General Manager, Sector Development and Research for National Disability Services, the peak body for non-government disability services in Australia. A particular focus of his research will be how evidence about ‘what works’ is generated and mobilized within the service system. This will support the development of innovation policy in the Australian context, especially current proposals for the establishment of a disability research and innovation agency in Australia.

  • Amy Salapak and Diane Swanson
    Salapak is a lawyer specializing in litigation, with more than a decade’s legal experience acting for corporate entities, the private sector and government. She is currently an in-house solicitor with the Western Australian Department of Health, and is an accredited mediator.

    Swanson is a professor of management and chair of the Business Ethics Education Initiative for the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University.

  • Anitza Geneve
    Geneve has more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian VET (vocational education and training) sector across various professional roles including teaching, research and project management. Her current role with TAFE (Technical and Further Education) Queensland focuses on implementing initiatives that improve the student experience.

  • Brett Summerell and John Leslie
    Summerell is the director of science and conservation at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and president of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society. His research focuses on plant diseases and the fungi that cause them, particularly on those diseases affecting Australian plants.

    Leslie is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University. He has more than 30 years' experience with Fusarium genetics and population analysis.

  • David Crook
    Crook is a principal research fellow at the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. He has more than 20 years of experience in fish ecology research, primarily focusing on the significance of fish migration for ecosystem connectivity, aquatic food web structure and function, threatened species conservation and sustainable fishery management.

  • David Ireland and Vara Prasad
    Ireland is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland Business School (UQBS) and the chief innovation officer at ThinkPlace, a leading strategic design and innovation consultancy. He is also a board member of several not-for-profit and for-profit organizations and is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully started and exited several businesses.

    Prasad is the director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification (SIIL), and a University Distinguished Professor of crop ecophysiology and farming systems in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State.

  • Goeff Cockfield
    Cockfield is professor in Government and Economics, and director of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems at the University of Southern Queensland. He worked in agriculture and rural journalism before starting an academic career.

  • Aiden Warren
    Aiden Warren is an associate professor in International Relations in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. His project project will examine the tensions between U.S. nuclear force modernization and the global non-proliferation regime.

  • Jeremy Davey
    Davey is the foundation Professor and Director of the University of the Sunshine Coast's "Road Safety Research Collaboration." His past research was the foundation on which the state of Queensland's drug driving legislation and roadside drug testing program was built. As a Fulbright Scholar, Davey is visiting Kansas State University and the United States to investigate impaired driving, with a particular focus on the rapid rise of impaired driving incidents, and subsequent responses in enforcement and prevention.

  • Maggie Walter
    Walter is a professor of sociology and pro vice-chancellor of Aboriginal research and leadership at the University of Tasmania, and an "Oz to Oz" visiting Fulbright Scholar. Walter is a member of the Palawa, descending from the Pairrebenne people of North Eastern Tasmania and a member of the larger Briggs Johnson Tasmanian Aboriginal family.




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