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Fulbright Award 2015

Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D. and the US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O'Malley, officially announced 31 new Irish Fulbright Awardees at an event in Iveagh House Tuesday 2nd June 2015. Since 1957, the Fulbright Awards are given annually by the Irish and U.S. governments and provide Irish students, scholars, and professionals with the opportunity to study, lecture, and research at top universities and institutions throughout the United States.

Dr. Ann Devitt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin working in the area of language and literacy. As a Fulbright TechImpact Scholar at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Ann will work at Professor Nick Ellis' Language Learning Lab in the School of Psychology investigating the semantic distributional properties of language which optimise second language acquisition.

Ann's husband, Dr Gareth Bennett from School of Engineering also received a Fulbright award.

Dr. Gareth Bennett is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering in Trinity College Dublin. As the Fulbright-CRH Scholar, Dr. Bennett will be hosted in the Department of Aerospace at the University of Notre Dame and will also collaborate with NASA Glenn to research innovative solutions for the reduction of aeronautical environmental noise for a sustainable environment.

Dr Ann Devitt, (lady in red) 2nd row back & Dr Garreth Bennett

Minister for Diaspora Affairs Jimmy Deenihan T.D. commented: "The range of specialist knowledge amongst Fulbright Awardees makes them a very strong group of representatives for Ireland.This year's awards reflect the rapid global developments in digital technology. Through the Fulbright TechImpact Awards and the Fulbright-University of Notre Dame TechImpact Scholar Awards, six awardees will explore digital advancement in areas including wearable sensing technologies, app development and language-learning resources.The Fulbright Scholar in Residence award reflects the ever increasing interest in Irish history and culture in the US. This year, one Irish scholar will teach an introductory course in Irish History from the earliest records to the present day at the University of Montana.Ireland's recently published Diaspora policy, "Global Irish", commits to "connecting in an inclusive way with those, of all ages, around the world who are Irish, of Irish descent or have a tangible connection to Ireland, and wish to maintain a connection with Ireland and with each other." Full Press Release HERE.



Last updated 1 August 2017