FAST conference in Boston, February 2008
- Fulbright Scholars from around the world are invited to the
of Science & Technology's 2008 Conference, on February 14-17 in Boston.
- The chief scientist for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be the opening
speaker. Dr. Dan McCleese was a Fulbright Scholar at Jesus College, Oxford
University in the United Kingdom, where he earned his doctorate in atmospheric
physics. Since coming to the JPL, he has worked on NASA missions to study
Earth's atmosphere, Venus and Mars. Between 1994 and 2006, McCleese served as
JPL's chief scientist for Mars exploration. In addition to the
interplanetary missions, JPL oversees a contingent of Earth-orbiting
satellites to monitor the lands, oceans and atmosphere of our own
planet. In 2005, JPL had a workforce of about 5,500 employees and on-site
contractors, and an annual budget of approximately $1.6 billion.
The broad theme for the 2008 Conference is "Energy & Innovation," with panels
and programs on Biotechnology & energy, Business & economic development,
and Architecture & urban planning. Because the alumni community comes from
many disciplines, we also will have panels on Advances in social
science research, Women in science, Psychology & the Internet,
Environmental policy, and K-12 Science education. As with previous
meetings, some of these progams will lead to specific collaborations among
Scientists and Fulbright alumni from nearly two dozen
countries are expected, including Austria, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Panama, Pakistan,
Romania, South Africa, UK.
- A group of Fulbright scholars is also organizing tours and special programs
relating to topics such as Origami, Forensics, Astrophysics and Nanotechnology.
The schedule also includes opportunities for you to meet internationally
acclaimed Fulbright scholars and scientists in the Boston area.
- FAST was established by alumni of
the Fulbright Exchange Program and others interested in science and technology
innovation. FAST is an independent organization and are not affiliated
with the US State Department, national alumni groups, or the agencies and
commissions involved in administering Fulbright exchanges. Recent programs
include a general conference in Berlin (March 2006), a conference in Panama
focused on the Millennium Development Goals (March 2007), and a workshop in
Morocco on Digital Libraries and Information Technology for enhancing education,
science and cultural preservation (January 2007). FAST is funded by our
donations and memberships from individuals and institutions worldwide and
through programs and grants.
- Registration for the Boston conference is $250-$425, depending on
your professional status
and home country. Registration information is available at
Please contact FAST if you need a letter of invitation in order to secure a visa or
Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology
PO Box CC-284, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-0284
The Fulbright Academy is a
membership-based organization established by alumni of the Fulbright Exchange
Program and others interested in science and technology innovation.
Academy is an independent organization and is not affiliated with the US State
Department, national alumni groups, or the agencies and commissions involved in
administering Fulbright exchanges.