Fulbright, Menk Awards To Take Professors and Alumna Abroad
Update: Laurie Douglas Frye ’04 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study educational practices in Kenya. Frye, a communication major while at MBC, works as a middle school teacher in Staunton. She will travel to Kenya for two months this summer to examine the educational system of the Masaii as well as the tribes of the Kakamega and Kajiado districts.
Vladimir Garkov, associate professor of chemistry, earned a Fulbright award to continue a project he started during his recent sabbatical in Spain. He will work to publish a chemistry textbook, for use by MBC students and at other institutions, that blends the American liberal arts approach to education and the more traditional and rigorous model used in Bulgaria.
Daniel Métraux, professor of Asian studies, earned a Fulbright award that will help Mary Baldwin College expand its Asian studies curriculum and course offerings to include more study of China. Métraux will travel to several cities in China this summer to experience the country’s culture and history.
Métraux also received the 2006–07 Karl F. and Patricia H. Menk Award for Faculty Support and Development, which he will employ during his sabbatical in fall 2006. The award will allow him to travel to Japan to conduct research for articles and a lecture he has been commissioned to author. He will write about the significance of former President Ulysses S. Grant’s trip to Japan in 1879, and about Japanese religion for the magazine Education About Asia. In October, he is scheduled to deliver an address on Americans in Japan in the 1800s at the Conference on Democracy and Religion in Asia at the University of Washington.