Fulbright Flex researcher Johann Rafelski at Wigner Centre for Physics

Written by Fulbright on 06/22/2018. Posted in News

Johann Rafelski from The University of Arizona in Tucson, USA, was awarded a Senior Flex Fulbright Fellowship to visit in Summer 2019 and 2020 the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest. Eugene Paul Wigner was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist, engineer and mathematician who won Noble prize in 1963. The Wigner Institute is the largest Hungarian fundamental science research center where the research legacy of Prof. Wigner continues. Rafelski will be given the title “Distingusihed Wigner Professor” by this institute.

Rafelski’s primary host is Prof. Tamás Biró, vice-director of the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, incorporating half of the Wigner Centre. Prof. Rafelski is well known to the Hungarian Physics community, and this relation has roots that go back nearly 40 years, when the young Dr. Rafelski proposed “Strangeness Signature” of the primordial phase of matter, the quark-gluon plasma. At that time a bit younger graduate student Tamas Biro was charged by his supervisor Prof. Dr. Joseph Zimanyi to review Rafelski’s ideas and to improve the mathematical-theoretical description. The effort of Biro and Zimanyi helped Rafelski to refine his proposal further which became one of the corner stones of the research field where, since then, a few thousand scientists perform experiments at largest particle colliders simulating the Big-Bang conditions in the laboratory.

A low level connection of Rafelski with Budapest continued for the following decades. For example after Rafelski started the new conference series “Strangeness in Quark Matter”, within a few years in late ’90s the meeting took place in Budapest. However, a direct collaborative research effort of Rafelski and Biro did not occur even though both work in parallel to this day in several research fields. This possibility has been opened now by the Fulbright Flex Program.

Both researchers seen in the picture came to visit the Fulbright office in Budapest during a preparatory visit June 19, 2018 (Rafelski on right). They are looking forward to a fruitful and rewarding joint effort addressing the most intriguing current questions in the area of fundamental theoretical physics.

Alumni James Long to organize a visit for his Auburn University students to Hungary

Written by Fulbright on 05/29/2018. Posted in News

Alumni James Long to organize a visit for his Auburn University students to Hungary

Dr. James Long, Associate Professor of Accounting at Auburn University and a Fulbright scholar to Hungary in 2017, returned this May to organize a visit for a group of Auburn’s Master of Accountancy students in 2019. He met with a number of Hungarian colleagues, including ED Károly Jókay and Ms. Annamária Sas, American Grantee Program Officer at Fulbright Hungary, Fulbright Board member Zita Zoltayné Paprika, Dean of the Corvinus University of Budapest Business School, and several members of the Corvinus University faculty.

“It was wonderful to return to Hungary, catch up with friends and colleagues, and lay the groundwork to bring our students here next year,” said Long. “I had a fantastic Fulbright experience, and cannot wait for our students to have a similar opportunity to learn more about Hungary and its people.” During the trip, Auburn’s students will visit Hungarian businesses and historic/cultural attractions, attend lectures, and interact with Hungarian students to learn about Hungary’s culture, history, and political and economic environments.

Twenty two Hungarian Fulbrighters on their way to the US AY 2018-19

Written by Fulbright on 05/15/2018. Posted in News

Twenty two Hungarian Fulbrighters on their way to the US AY 2018-19

Fulbright Hungary held its annual orientation and farewell cruise for 22 Hungarian Fulbrighters selected for grants during Academic Year 2018-19.

We also said goodbye to US scholars and students the same day, May 11, 2018, during the cruise.

The class of 2018-19 has 22 members and includes 1 Humphrey Fellow on the way to Arizona State University, 10 students from all types of fields and 11 scholars. A large proportion of these grantees came from the University of Szeged and the research network of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. All in all, 19 different public institutions, universities, private firms and research organizations are represented, and each person comes from a different academic field.

The students and scholars are headed to the following public and private universities in the US: Cleveland State University, Central Connecticut St. University, U. of Vermont, U. of Tennessee, U. of Maryland, Duke, Indiana University, U. of Pennsylvania, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Stanford, U. of Washington, U. of Missouri, Hult, Rutgers, TCU, Stony Brook, UCLA, Northwestern, Penn State and Harvard.

Congratulations and we look forward to hearing about the great things they will do during their grant years.

Fulbright Hungary tours Ohio, Grantees and Alumni Present at Hungarian Studies Conference in Cleveland

Written by Fulbright on 05/04/2018. Posted in News

Fulbright Hungary tours Ohio, Grantees and Alumni Present at Hungarian Studies Conference in Cleveland

Fulbright Hungary Executive Director Károly Jókay toured 4 separate types of colleges and universities in Northern Ohio in April. Stops included visiting Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State Universty with whom Fulbright has a 5 year partnership, Ohio Northern University, a first generation rural institution in Ada, Ohio, as well as a small liberal arts college, Kenyon College. At all stops ED Jokay met with faculty advisors, in some locations Deans, but in all cases with students and faculty interested in Fulbright grants to not only Hungary but to the rest of the “V6” countries, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.

The second part of this visit was to provide the keynote address opening the annual conference of the American Hungarian Educators’ Association, held at Cleveland State University this year. Current Fulbright grantees from Hungary and US alumni constituted a significant portion of the audience and presenters. A key social event was a reception held in honor of Fulbright at the Cleveland Hungarian Museum, where Fulbright Hungary alumni, current grantees, as well as the general Hungarian community were in attendance.

Next year’s conference will be at University of Pittsburgh in early April, 2019, and Fulbright plans to make a strong showing there as well.

Fulbright Hungary tours Ohio, Grantees and Alumni Present at Hungarian Studies Conference in Cleveland

ED Károly Jókay with alumni Sarah Lucas (’16 Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Mónika Fodor (’17 Cleveland State University)

Fulbright Hungary hosts all European Executive Directors

Written by Fulbright on 05/03/2018. Posted in News

Fulbright Hungary hosts all European Executive Directors

For the first time since 1998, Fulbright Hungary hosted 20 Executive Directors from Commissions all over Europe (Greece and France sent their regrets). The group held its sessions in Central European University’s conference center (Nádor utca) over April 18-20.

With participants from the University of Arkansas and the State Department’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau, the event covered issues such as the EU’s General Directive on Privacy Rights (GDPR) with a guest speaker from a Brussels law firm, as well as recruiting and alumni development challenges in difficult budgetary times.

The US Embassy co-sponsored a reception for our Fulbright Hungary grantees, stakeholders and our guests, and we could not leave out a cruise on the Danube with Fulbright alumni and friends the next night.

The deliberations led to many specific offers to cooperate and to assist each other among Commissions in Europe. The next encounter will take place on May 24th in Washington, DC, when US Fulbright alumni, the US Fulbright Association and over 30 executive directors from around the world converge on Capitol Hill for “Fulbright Advocacy Day“.

Fulbright Hungary hosts all European Executive Directors

Fulbright Hungary Director Addresses Fulbright Week Reception at The Ohio State University

Written by Fulbright on 04/05/2018. Posted in News

Fulbright Hungary Director Addresses Fulbright Week Reception at The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University’s Office of International Affairs invited Károly Jókay to be the keynote speaker at their annual Fulbright Week Reception held in Columbus, March 29, 2018. Jókay spoke after remarks by OSU’s President Michael V. Drake and Assistant Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies, Dr. Gifty Ako-Adounvo.

Jókay met with 20+ OSU faculty and student advisors, as well as 6 potential student applicants interested in applying for the 2019-20 academic year.

During those consultations, and in his speech, “Fulbright Programs at 72: Views from Central Europe”,” Jókay spoke on behalf of the Visegrád 4 countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary) as well as Romania and Bulgaria, emphasizing the region as an alternative grantee destination. For the address itself, see:

Loudoun Valley-Ady Endre high school partnership

Written by Fulbright on 03/27/2018. Posted in News

Loudoun Valley-Ady Endre high school partnership

This March, between 16th and 27th the current exchange trip between Debreceni Ady Endre Gimnázium and Loudoun Valley High School was realised. The partnership between the two high schools started in 2010 when Kent Bailey and Erika Galambosné Hornyák were both Fulbright Teacher Exchange grantees and spent a fruitful school year in each other’s schools. So far, this was the ninth exchange trip of students and thus, about 250 students became part of the extended Fulbright family and experience.

Beyond the cultural experience of hosted by foreign families and going to a foreign school the Hungarian trip always has an extra educational purpose: taking part of the KarMUN – Karinthy Model United Nations Conference. This year’s theme was “Fighting inequality”. During the 3 days of the conference the students participate in debates and create UN resolutions while using diplomatic English and getting to know other fellow delegates of more than 20 international and Hungarian schools.

Dennis Gabor Award 2017

Written by Fulbright on 02/20/2018. Posted in News

Gábor Stépán (’94 California Institute of Technology) received the prestigious Dennis Gabor Award in the Hungarian Parliament Building for his outstanding researches in the field of engineering. He is the 4th Fulbrighter to be awarded following Balázs Sarkadi (’00 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) in 2006; István Peták (’97 St. Jude Children Research Hospital, Memphis) in 2012 and András Dinnyés (’92 National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution) in 2013.

Zimányi-COST Winter School 2017 on Heavy Ion Physics

Written by Fulbright on 12/18/2017. Posted in News

Zimányi-COST Winter School 2017 on Heavy Ion Physics

Zimányi-COST Winter School 2017 on Heavy Ion Physics in Budapest was organized and contributed by 5 Hungarian Fulbright alumni:

  • Tamás Csörgő ’96 Columbia University
  • Máté Csanád ’05 SUNY Stony Brook University & Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Róbert Vértesi ’06 Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Márton Nagy ’16 Stony Brook University
  • Dániel Kincses ’18 Stony Brook University

5th Disability Studies Conference

Written by Fulbright on 11/28/2017. Posted in News

5th Disability Studies Conference

7 Fulbright alumni:

  • István Muzsnai (’87 Gallaudet College)
  • György Könczei (’04 City University of New York)
  • Kristóf Iván (’11 University of California, Berkeley)
  • Rita Hoffmann (’11 University of California, Berkeley)
  • Mária Flamich (’11 University of California, Berkeley)
  • Beatrix Kotlán (’14 University of Texas – Houston)
  • György Lévay (’15 Johns Hopkins University)

contributed to the 5th Hungarian Disability Studies Conference at the Eötvös Loránd University in the framework of the 14th Festival of Hungarian Science, sponsored by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This year the central theme is “Give a Chance for Science!”