Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

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  • 15 Dec 2016 2:00 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    It is with sadness that we advise members of AFAA of the death on 28 November 20016 of Emeritus Professor Howard Bradbury.  Professor Bradbury was a founding member of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and served as its Treasurer from 1989 to 2004.  He was one of four members of the Alumni Association awarded Life Memberships in 2007.  These were the first Life Memberships awarded since the inception of the Association in 1989.  The awards were made to three of the founding members of the Association - Prof Bob Crompton (founding Vice President), Dr Howard Bradbury (founding Treasurer), and Dr Dale Hebbard (founding Secretary) as well as Mrs Janet Flint who was a highly dedicated and long-standing Secretary of the NSW chapter.  Bob and Dale were presented with their Life Memberships by the US Ambassador at a reception at the US Embassy in November 2007, while Janet was awarded her Life Membership by Mrs Harriet Fulbright at the US Consul General’s residence in Sydney in December.

    The following slightly edited information is taken from a biography produced by the ANU Research School of Biology (http://biology.anu.edu.au/people/howard-bradbury). 

    Professor Bradbury studied chemistry at Melbourne Technical College and Melbourne University followed by a PhD in polymer chemistry at Birmingham University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, he worked at CSIRO Wool Research Laboratories and then moved to the Chemistry Department at the Australian National University (ANU) in 1961. He had sabbatical appointments at Cornell University and on three occasions at Oxford University. His major research interests during this period were the chemistry of wool and keratin fibres and subsequently NMR studies of proteins, enzymes and carbohydrates. He was awarded a DSc and the David Syme Research Prize by Melbourne University, the Rennie Memorial Medal and H G Smith Memorial Medal by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a DSc by ANU.

    Professor Bradbury took early retirement in December 1988 from teaching and research in chemistry, and since then continued to work on konzo and other health problems due to cyanogens present in cassava. In 2007 he was awarded the inaugural "$2 a day award" by the Institution of Chemical Engineers for the discovery of the wetting method. In 2007 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

    His work on developing methods for the control of the crippling neurological disease, Konzo is regarded by his academic peers as a significant contribution to the field of biology.
  • 05 Dec 2016 3:44 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Did you miss the 2016 AFAA Victorian Chapter Fulbright Salon? It's not too late to hear from our keynote speaker and from a current visiting US scholar based in Melbourne. Visit the podcast of the Conversation Hour from the 17th of November to hear from Mary Ajamian and Professor Charles Sampford.

    Charles is the Foundation Director of the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law (a joint initiative of UNU, Griffith, ANU, QUT and Jindal), and was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University (2000-2001). Mary is a US Fulbright Scholar to Australia. She has come to the Monash University Department of Gastroenterology from Columbia University in New York to research the neurological and behavioural effects associated with gluten intolerance.

  • 05 Dec 2016 3:06 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    On 15th November, the Huffington Post published "An Open Letter From 1,500+ Fulbrighters Regarding The Election Of Trump". The headline for this letter was, "We stand for the tradition of tolerance, free expression, and inclusivity that has made the United States a beacon of hope around the world."

    In addition to the 1500 core signatories, other Fulbrighters have added their signatures to the comments section. The following instructions appear at the bottom of the 1500 signatures published at the end of the letter: 'Past and current Fulbright grant recipients who did not sign before the deadline are welcome to add their signatures in the comments section below.' There are currently 629 signatures in the comments section. 

  • 16 Mar 2016 10:14 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    AFAA members have submitted an application for the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) to support an inaugural annual event.  Are you a member of the International Exchange Alumni site? Then log in now to see our application, "Indigenous nationhood: Re-imagining Australia"(https://alumni.state.gov/node/19802).  If the grant is succesful it will allow us to host a one day conference event later this year. 

    If you aren't a member of the International Exchange Alumni site now's a great time to sign up and start connecting to your fellow alumni world wide.  It's a great resource for Fulbright Alumni. Set up your account today: https://alumni.state.gov/about-international-exchange-alumni/registration

  • 25 Feb 2016 10:53 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Our AGM date is set for April 1 starting at 5:30pm to be hosted by the Victorian chapter at the University of Melbourne. AFAA members are invited to join us in person or by teleconference. Register your attendance on our events page so that we can keep you up to date on meeting venue and final agenda.  

    While the draft agenda is packed with discussion time for new activities, two very important voting items on the agenda are:

    1. Revisions to our consitution

    We have emailed all members the proposed revisions for their review. If you did not receive these documents please email us and we will provide them for your review.  Please send any comments through prior to the meeting so that we can compile them for member discussion at the AGM. 

    2. Voting to confirm nomintations for Committee roles.

    This is a call to all members to nominate for Committee roles. Please email your interest to president.afaa@gmail.com.  Members will vote on nominations at the AGM. 


  • 25 Feb 2016 10:50 AM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    To help make the website a great resource please send us any photos that you have (e.g., from your time as a Fulbrighter, or of state and territory AFAA events) that you would be happy to have posted to the website (email to president.afaa@gmail.com).  Thanks to those of you who have already sent some in - we're loving the opportunity to catalogue the Fulbright history!

    We’ll be adding chapter pages to the website including some of these pictures so keep an eye out for these additions to the website in the coming months.


  • 08 Feb 2016 2:00 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    In 2015 the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA) undertook an organisational review and strategic planning. As part of this we asked all members to participate in a survey to help us assess our performance as an organisation. This survey helped us to evaluate AFAA's performance and future direction in terms of delivering on the demand for different types of member services. 

    We thank everyone who participated. If you are interested in the survey results please download the summary: AFAA membership survey results.pdf

  • 08 Feb 2016 12:25 PM | Vanessa Adams (Administrator)

    Welcome to AFAA's new website. We are excited to make 2016 a year of growth and re-engagement.  If you are a current member, please activate your membership on the website and begin to explore the new services that we are providing through this site to help better connect members with one another, our Chapters, and events.  If you aren't currently a member, please join now! In order to allow everyone to explore our website and membership platform we are waiving all membership dues until July 1, 2016. So take this time to explore, engage and get to know the new AFAA. 

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