Evergreen Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholar Award - Dr. Martha Henderson to Do Research in Greece

December 19, 2003

Evergreen Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholar Award - Dr. Martha Henderson to Do Research in Greece

Dr. Martha Henderson, who teaches geography at The Evergreen State College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to perform research at the University of the Aegean, on Lesvos Island, Mytilini, Greece. She will research the cultural differences and perspectives on wildland fire management.

My work will help define regional and cultural attitudes toward the occurrence and management policies of wildland fires around the Aegean Basin,” Henderson says. She will join a team of geographers who study natural hazards and global environmental changes. “My contribution will be to unravel the cultural landscape of wildland fires.” She will travel to conferences in Turkey and Spain, and plans to deliver her research findings at a conference in Greece.

Henderson says that her international research will be shared with Evergreen faculty in the areas of Middle East and Eastern Europe, and in the master of environmental science program at Evergreen.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

Henderson is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 140 countries for the current academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program, America’s premier international educational exchange activity. Over the course of 57 years, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and comparable numbers of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States.

Contact: Kate Lykins Brown, (360) 867-5213
Dr. Martha Henderson, (360) 867-6841