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Miami hosts two Fulbright scholars


Miami University has been selected to host two Fulbright Visiting Scholars, from Bulgaria and Ukraine, for the 2008-2009 academic year. They are two of about 850 foreign faculty and professionals who will teach and do research in the U.S. through the program.

Nikolay Bonev, associate professor of geology and paleontology from Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria, has been at Miami since August conducting research on the "Structure, Geochemistry and Geochronology of the Mesozoic Ophiolites in the Rhodope Massif and Geodynamics of Ocean Crust Formation in the Tethyan Realm in the Aegean-Mediterranean Region."

Valentyna Smal, a doctoral candidate in geography from Kyiv Slavonic University, Kyiv, Ukraine, will be at Miami through June conducting research on "Sustainable Regional Development: America and World Experience for Ukraine." She is working with Bill Renwick, chair of the department of geography.

The Fulbright Program, America's flagship international exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). For more information, go to


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