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2011.05.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Huben Receives Fulbright Award

Omaha - Neil Huben, a Spring 2011 graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, during the 2011-2012 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Huben will conduct research examining the effects of visual and auditory stimulation on postural sway and balance. The project aims to develop a rehabilitative method to aid in motor relearning in individuals suffering from functional impairments as the results of Parkinson’s disease.

“Receiving the Fulbright is a great honor,” Huben said. “My parents and I are extremely excited for such a wonderful opportunity. Such an award serves as an illumination to the quality of undergraduate academic and scholarly research being conducted at UNO. In regards to receiving the award, I attribute and thank numerous UNO professors. Specifically, Drs. Nicholas Stergiou, Sara Myers, Jason Johanning, and William Tapprich. These professors invested much time into my academic and research growth, encouraging and inspiring me to pursue my dreams. Ultimately, the award is result of their support and the support of my family.”

Before traveling to Greece in the fall, Huben will continue working as a researcher at UNO's Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility, where he studies gait impairment in various pathological populations. In preparation for his trip to Greece, he will spend time studying the scientific literature relative to his Fulbright research proposal and continue studying the Greek language.

Huben is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2011-2012.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For more information about the Fulbright program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs: (202) 632-3241 of fulbright@state.gov.

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