Two Fulbright Awards for Calvin

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Two Calvin College professors have earned Fulbright Awards to do international research in 2010-2011.

Henk Aay, professor of geology, geography, and environmental studies, will spend 2011 in the Netherlands, focusing on documentary films about his native country. Aay has researched Dutch language and culture for 25 years, spending sabbaticals in the Netherlands at Dutch universities and leading Calvin interim classes there.  

Amy Patterson, a political science professor, will work in Zambia in 2011, studying how HIV/AIDS support groups, both Christian and secular, empower members emotionally, socially, and politically. Patterson first worked in Zambia in 2007 with Calvin student and McGregor Scholar Kyla Vander Hart.

And a Goldwater Scholar

Cheri Ackerman, a junior from Holland, Mich., double-majoring in biochemistry and Spanish, is the recipient of a 2010-2011 Barry S. Goldwater Scholarship awarded to students pursuing careers in traditional sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Her scholarship of up to $7,500 goes toward tuition, room and board, books, and supplies.

Ackerman works with Calvin chemistry professor Eric Arnoys, studying a protein linked to various cancers and to processes inside and outside the cell’s nucleus.

Jake Baker, a biology and Spanish double major from Grand Rapids, Mich.; Lauren Manck, a chemistry and biochemistry double major from Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Ethan Van Andel, a math and computer science double major also from Grand Rapids, received Goldwater competition honorable mentions.

About the Author

Matt Kucinski is media relations manager at Calvin University.

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