Joint Media Release with Minister For Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Three Northern Territory academics will take part in the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship program and contribute to a five-decade long tradition that has helped forge closer relations between Australia and the United States.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said Anna Ralph from Menzies School of Health Research will travel to the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) as part of her medicine research.
Associate Professor Ralph said this offered a wonderful opportunity to bring attention to rheumatic heart disease, a serious problem affecting too many Territorians, and Indigenous people around Australia.
“My project will draw on world-class implementation research expertise at UCSF, to help develop the elimination strategy for RHD in Australia. My hope is that this fellowship will allow lasting links between Menzies and UCSF to be forged,” A/Prof Ralph said.
Amy Dennison, who studied environmental engineering and law at the University of New South Wales will study a masters of public affairs at the University of California in Berkeley.
“I am interested in how different jurisdictions regulate their extractive industries and in particular how governments can ensure good environmental and social outcomes for the affected communities. I will be comparing the legal frameworks for the extractive industry in Australia and the United States and will look at ways in which those frameworks might be strengthened,” Ms Dennison said.
Associate Professor David Crook from Charles Darwin University will travel to The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Oregon State University as part of his research in environmental sciences.
“My project will focus on the diet and migrations of barramundi from the NT and salmon from the north-west Pacific region of the US. I’ll be comparing the ecology of the species to examine the role of fish migration as a driver of ecosystem productivity. The techniques I learn and develop during the fellowship will provide new tools for fisheries research back here in Australia,” A/Prof Crook said.
The Fulbright Scholarship Program was the first treaty level agreement between the United States and Australia and aims to increase cultural understanding, collaboration and the exchange of ideas.
“I have no doubt this will be a career-changing experience for them and they will do the Territory proud,” Senator Scullion said.
“And while it will have an indelible impact on their lives, the Fulbright Scholarship program also has a significant effect on us all through the vital and leading research that is undertaken in areas of public importance.
“I wish them the best of luck with their endeavours in the United States.”
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said since 1964 around 2700 Australian and 2300 American scholars have taken part in the program, which is backed by funding from the Turnbull Government.
“Without exaggeration, this is the largest and most prestigious academic scholarships of its kind in the world,” Minister Birmingham said.
“This year, 58 individuals will push the boundaries of academic knowledge. From agricultural policy, head injuries in rugby players, to nuclear disarmament, and theoretical physics.
“The quality of this year’s participants is particularly high and building on the shoulders of the giants who have gone before in the Fulbright Scholarship.”
“For more information on the program, visit www.fulbright.org.au.