2020-21 British Scholar Award grantees

Alex Best

Alex Best

Lloyd’s Scholar Award, University of California, Berkeley - Applied Mathematics

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Alex Best

Alex Best

Lloyd’s Scholar Award, University of California, Berkeley - Applied Mathematics

Mathematical models of infectious diseases have rarely been more prominent in our lives. Alex’s research uses such models to understand the evolution between disease-causing parasites and their animal or plant hosts. As a Fulbright-Lloyds Scholar he will work with Prof Boots' lab at UC Berkeley to bring together these mathematical models with their expert biological knowledge and data. Alex is proud to be departmental director for equality, diversity and inclusion in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield. He is passionate about promoting under-represented groups in mathematics, and he hopes to learn from colleagues at UC Berkeley about how to further promote ED&I, especially in light of heightened gender disparities during the Covid-19 lockdown and the Black Lives Matter movement. He will be travelling to the US with his partner and three young children. This is an unbelievable chance for his family to experience living in another country, and they are looking forward to exploring everything California has to offer.

Neil Ferguson

Neil Ferguson

Lloyd’s Scholar Award, University of Maryland - Political Psychology

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Neil Ferguson

Neil Ferguson

Lloyd’s Scholar Award, University of Maryland - Political Psychology

Neil is a father of two wonderful boys, professor of political psychology at Liverpool Hope University and a recent visiting fellow to the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford. Originally from Northern Ireland, he was awarded his BSc and PhD from the University of Ulster. Neil’s research has focused on studying the mainly unconscious psychological forces behind political violence and his current work examines how psycho-social processes relate to politically motivated violence, primarily looking at Northern Ireland. As a Fulbright scholar Neil will collaborate with researchers at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland to explore how insights on disengagement and de-radicalisation from violent extremism gleaned from research in Northern Ireland can be employed to develop or strengthen models of desistance and reintegration, while generating policy recommendations and disengagement interventions. His Fulbright will also provide him with an opportunity to enjoy the different flavours of American culture whilst developing friendships and long-lasting transatlantic collaborations.

Naomi Flynn

Naomi Flynn

All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Indiana - Bilingual & Multilingual Education

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Naomi Flynn

Naomi Flynn

All Disciplines Scholar Award, University of Indiana - Bilingual & Multilingual Education

Naomi is Associate Professor of teacher education at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education, and her practice-based research is driven by her desire to make classroom teaching better for pupils who have home languages other than English. She is delighted to be joining forces with Dr Annela Teemant at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis who is a highly respected leader in this field of pedagogy. Naomi’s Fulbright project will evaluate Dr Teemant’s successful model of teacher professional development for multilingual classrooms and determine how it might transfer to the UK school system. She is currently trialling this model in England but needs to understand more about how and why it works. She will also co-create materials to support schools on both sides of the Atlantic in becoming self-sustaining agents of change. As a frequent visitor to America’s East coast, she is looking forward to finding out about life in the Midwest and exploring the state of Indiana. She loves choral singing and running and hopes to make new friends in Indianapolis through both activities during her three-month stay.

Malcolm Harvey

Malcolm Harvey

All Disciplines Scholar Award, Villanova University - Political Science

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Malcolm Harvey

Malcolm Harvey

All Disciplines Scholar Award, Villanova University - Political Science

Malcolm is a lecturer in Politics at the University of Aberdeen. He was previously engaged as a research fellow on several ESRC funded projects as part of their commitment to the changing Scottish and EU constitutional debates. Malcolm graduated from the University of Stirling in 2006 with a first-class Honours degree in Politics, and received his MScEcon in Terrorism and International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2008. His PhD, awarded by the University of Stirling in 2015, considered the constitutional consultations run by the Scottish and Welsh Governments during the 2007-11 Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly terms. He has taught modules on British Politics and Political Theory at both the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde, and lectured on Nationalism at Aberdeen. He now teaches courses on Devolution and Constitutional Change, and on American Politics. Between 2016 and 2018, he completed the University of Aberdeen's Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, earning him the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Malcolm lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife, his daughter and his cat.

Lucia Li

Lucia Li

All Disciplines Scholar Award, Harvard University - Neuroscience

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Lucia Li

Lucia Li

All Disciplines Scholar Award, Harvard University - Neuroscience

Every doctor meets patients that they cannot forget. For me, that patient was a man who had sustained a severe brain injury following a fall. He survived, but his life has changed beyond recognition – he has anger and behavioural problems which have strained his marriage and led to him losing his job. Sadly, his story is not unique. Every 3 minutes, someone comes to hospital with a head injury. Problems with emotional function and behaviour are common and difficult to treat. During her research project, Lucia hopes to investigate some of the reasons why patients with head injuries develop these problems. Lucia is excited to join a brain injury research group at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, which is home to some extraordinary neuroscience research. She is looking forward to all the quirks about a country that can only be experienced by living there, and also to meeting her future colleagues and other Fulbrighters. International collaboration is central to science and medicine, so she could not be happier to be embarking the latest adventure in her research career with the Fulbright program.

Glyn Robbins

Glyn Robbins

All Disciplines Scholar Award, The City University of New York (CUNY) - Urban Studies

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Glyn Robbins

Glyn Robbins

All Disciplines Scholar Award, The City University of New York (CUNY) - Urban Studies

Glyn has worked in and written about housing for almost 30 years. He has been fascinated by the USA for even longer! Bringing these two things together, he wrote a book in 2017 called “There’s No Place: The American housing crisis and what it means for the UK”. This partly led to him becoming an LSE Visiting Fellow in 2019, the place where he was also a student in the early 1990s and more recently, had been teaching on the Cities Programme. But his “day job” is managing a council estate in north London.

Glyn’s Fulbright research will focus on the impact of housing/urban policy in New York City and how it compares with his home city of London. He is really looking forward to being attached to the CUNY graduate school and getting to know the city and its people better. He hopes his work can strengthen mutual understanding of what is a critical issue for both places – and most importantly, help bring some change.

Tony Sorial

Tony Sorial

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Washington University in St. Louis - Biomedical Engineering

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Tony Sorial

Tony Sorial

Royal College of Surgeons Research Award, Washington University in St. Louis - Biomedical Engineering

At 16, Tony was captain of the first European eSports team to compete in the Major League Gaming series in New York. He retired from gaming after 4 years of success and focused on becoming a surgeon. He completed medical training and a Masters degree in Tissue Engineering/Regenerative Medicine at the University of Manchester, and in 2016 he was appointed to a prestigious clinical fellow position in Newcastle. For 4 years he has split his time between the laboratory and hospitals. His research aims to understand the genetics of arthritis, and employ genome editing to translate this knowledge into improving treatments for patients. In 2020 he received grants from the Wellcome Trust and The Royal College of Surgeons of England – Shears to begin his PhD, which bridges his work in Newcastle with Professor Farshid Guilak at Washington University in St Louis. As a Fulbright scholar, he hopes to spend half his PhD working with Pluripotent Stem Cells to produce resilient cartilage, while simultaneously immersing himself in the American experience, with his partner Helen and son Isaac.