Our congratulations to Rafiq Islam, soil, water and bioenergy program leader at CFAES's OSU South Centers in Piketon, who was recently chosen to receive a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. scholar grant. His exchange program will be in Turkey, where he’ll collaborate with scholars with whom he has established strong ties over the past 10 years. His work there starts this fall. He has previously hosted visiting scientists from Turkey and in turn has made several trips to that country.
The Presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board oversees the grant program. The program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of the more than 150 countries that currently participate in it. Grants are made possible through funds appropriated by the U.S. Congress and, in many cases, by contributions from partner countries, the private sector or both.
Recent examples of Islam's work in Ohio are covered in the CFAES press releases "Ohio State Team Promotes Nature-based 'ECO-farming,' " "New Tool Offers Growers Easy Option to Measure Soil Organic Matter Content" and "Power Farming: Ohio State Tests Bioenergy Crops for Fuel, Combustion."