Camarillo, Calif., March 19, 2013 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) Professor of Applied Physics Geoff Dougherty has been selected to the prestigious national Fulbright Senior Specialist program. The program provides short-term academic opportunities linking prominent U.S. faculty to their counterparts at institutions worldwide for curricular and faculty development and institutional planning. Developed by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the program awards grants to U.S. faculty and professionals to engage in collaborative projects at higher education institutions in more than 150 countries. Roster candidates are rigorously reviewed by specialist peer review committees and are eligible for a period of five years. Recipients of the awards are selected on the basis of professional or academic achievement.
Dougherty was chosen for his "interdisciplinary learning and innovative teaching" in engineering education, as well as his expertise in digital and medical imaging, pattern recognition, and curriculum development. He is already planning visits to the Far East and Persian Gulf to help universities develop biomedical engineering programs with a strong component of medical imaging.
In addition to teaching and mentoring CI students, Dougherty coordinates the Applied Physics program and the Medical Imaging emphasis within the Biology program. A productive researcher and author of over 70 scientific papers and five books, he is on the editorial boards of several international journals. His most recent books have been adopted as class texts in the U.S., Europe, Australia, India, Malaysia and Korea. He also has held a variety of professional consulting positions overseas as well as in the United States.
In 2009, Dougherty spent six months as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Queensland University of Technology, collaborating on research in diffusion tensor imaging of articular cartilage in osteoarthritic patients. During that period, he gave the keynote address to the Image and Vision Computing Conference in New Zealand, and consulted with several Malaysian universities on curricular matters. He wrote an article on the Fulbright program and his experiences, "Step Up to a Fulbright," for the American Journal of Physics.
"I am very eager to share my extensive experience and perspectives in teaching and curricular development, acquired at higher educational institutions in various countries, with others who are engaged in improving the effectiveness of their current programs and in developing new programs," Dougherty said. "I am convinced that successful programs should cultivate conceptual understanding and critical thinking abilities, encourage discovery, and enable students to engage in real-life problems."
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