3/11/04

Bob Lowry, 334/844-9999

AUBURN PROFESSOR AWARDED COVETED FULBRIGHT TO CROATIA

Henry Thompson

AUBURN -- Henry Thompson, professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in Economics at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

The Fulbright program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at colleges and universities in 140 countries.

"I will present lectures on topics of international economics and microeconomics and a research seminar, and travel to present seminars at another university in Croatia as well as one in Slovenia," said Thompson. "The countries in eastern and central Europe are making a transition away from government managed socialism and toward more open market oriented economies.

"I will also collaborate with colleagues at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Athens University of Economics and Business."

Thompson said he also plans to finish work on the new edition of his textbook in international economics

Thompson, who teaches international economics, mathematical economics and resource and energy economics at Auburn, has a Ph.D., from the University of Houston in International Trade and Energy Economics. He has been at AU since 1987.

Although he is based in AU's College of Agriculture, Thompson's grant assigned him to the economics faculty at the University of Zagreb's Graduate School of Economics and Business.

Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, the Senior Specialists Program is aimed at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright

The program is sponsored by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

"The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program offers grants ranging from two months to an academic year, and some academics and professionals find it difficult to be away overseas for that length of time," says Patti McGill Peterson, executive director of the council. "The new Senior Specialists Program offers them another option."

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CONTACT: 334/844-9999; Thompson, 334/844-2910; or Gainer, 202/686-4014.