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Laurier recognized with prestigious Fulbright awards

Dr. Michael Haughton to examine economic vitality of Canada-U.S. transborder trucking

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Aug 6/08| For Immediate Release

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Dr. Michael Haughton, School of Business and Economics (519) 884-0710 ext. 6205 or mhaughton@wlu.ca

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WATERLOO – The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program recognized Dr. Michael Haughton, associate business professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, with a prestigious Fulbright Visiting Research Chair Award. Laurier English and Film Studies PhD student Jenny Wills received a Fulbright Student Award.

“We are extremely impressed by the scholarship of Dr. Haughton and the promise of Ms. Wills,” said Dr. Michael Hawes, executive director of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. “We are pleased to be able to provide support for their work.”

Haughton will serve as the 2008-2009 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. During his term at the university’s North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS), Haughton will study the evolution of the transborder truck transportation sector as a key contributor to the economic vitality of Canada-U.S. trade in the post-9/11 era. He will also deliver lectures and offer seminar presentations.

“The award will provide a priceless opportunity for intellectually enriching and practically relevant interaction with scholars doing related work,” said Haughton. “I am also honoured and humbled to have been given the ambassadorial responsibility to build a relationship between Laurier and Arizona State University.”

As the Fulbright Student Award recipient, Wills will spend nine months at Harvard University studying representations of transnational and transracial Asian adoption in contemporary Canadian and American fiction. 

“This award comes during an important moment in Asian adoption studies,” said Wills. “Many transnational Asian adoptees are involved in these discourses, and the Fulbright exchange program will allow me direct entrance into these communities and the research they are producing.”

The Fulbright Program facilitates bilateral academic exchanges between the United States and over 150 countries where outstanding professionals, scholars and students examine subjects critical to strengthening the relationship between the two countries. 

“I am delighted that a Laurier faculty member and a PhD student have won these esteemed fellowships,” said Dr. Leo Groarke, Laurier’s acting vice-president: academic.  “These opportunities will help to enrich their scholarship.”

Laurier economics professor Dr. David R. Johnson was the 2007-2008 Fulbright Visiting Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Laurier English professor Dr. Tamas Dobozy was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Creative Writing at New York University in 2006-2007.

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program operates with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and the United States Department of State.

For more information, please visit www.fulbright.ca

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