Dixie West, Gloria Arratia Receive Grants

Monday, November 11, 2013

Researcher Dixie West, a research affiliate of the Biodiversity Institute, recently learned of the successful funding of a grant proposal to study in the Aleutian Islands. The news was featured by KU in a recent online magazine called Inside KU. Here's a link:


In addition, KU Biodiversity Institute scientist Gloria Arratia has learned that she has been approved for the Fulbright Specialist Roster for the next five years. The Roster is a list of all approved candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming program requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists who act as cultural ambassadors of the Fulbright and CIES. To become a member of Roster involves a careful review of the academic qualifications of the candidate who is evaluated by external reviewers and a panel of specialists of CIES.

Short after Gloria’s nomination, the first request was received and a proposal requiring her expertise in a special course/training for highly qualified doctoral and postdoctoral students of South American countries was submitted to Fulbright.  An international panel reviewed the proposal and it was approved as a Fullbright Specialist grant in Environmental Science at the University of Chile.  Consequently, Gloria will be giving an intensive 3-week course (“Fish Morphology and Systematics: Advances and Multidisciplinary Integration”) during March in Santiago, Chile.  Gloria has been informed that in her area of expertise Fulbright has special interest to develop collaborative programs with Brazil, Canada, and Colombia in the next few months.

The KU paleontology program is featured on the KU homepage rotation; a direct link to the feature on the program created by KU news is here:


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Award Grant News