CORVALLIS - Visiting Fulbright scholars from Tunisia, Poland and Malawi are studying agriculture and forestry at Oregon State University this year while two OSU professors traveled overseas to teach and conduct research.

Houcine Boughanmi, associate professor of agricultural economics with the Mograne School of Agriculture in Mograne, Zaghouan, Tunisia, is constructing a computer model of the Tunisian economy, with emphasis on the agricultural sector. Boughanmi will be at OSU until May.

Zachary Kasomekera, professor in the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the Bunda College of Agriculture in Lilongwe, Malawi, is applying his knowledge of Geographic Information Systems to a water quality data set from Malawi. He has also worked with the Office of International Research and Development on a proposal for continued OSU cooperation with Bunda College.

Jerzy Szwagrzyk, assistant professor in the Department of Forest Botany and Nature Conservation at Agricultural University in Krakow, Poland, is studying a model of natural forest regeneration in mixed conifer-hardwood forests. Szwagrzyk will be at OSU until October.

Daniel Selivonchick, professor of food science at OSU, will teach and conduct research at a federal university in Brazil from March until June. Selivonchick will teach courses on food toxicology, food lipids, and on "neutracenticals" - components of food that may have beneficial health effects.

Chris Southers, associate professor in OSU's School of Education, recently returned from a six-month stint in Latvia where she lectured on educational reform in Latvia at Liepaja Pedagogical University in Liepaja, Latvia.

This year some 750 U.S. faculty and professionals will receive Fulbright grants to lecture and conduct research abroad. Approximately 725 visiting scholars will also receive awards to come to the United States, primarily as researchers.

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Patti McGill Peterson, 202-686-4000