U.S. Fulbright Alumnus Returns to Egypt

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On January 12-20 Dr. Randy Gaugler, Director of Rutgers University’s Center for Vector Biology, returned to Egypt to lead an intensive short course on entomopathogenic nematology at Cairo University. Gaugler, an alumnus of the Commission’s 2005-2006 U.S. Scholar Program, is an international authority on nematodes. His work has won numerous awards, including the prestigious 2006 Albert Einstein Professorship. The course was funded by a $50,000 grant from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund. Included in the grant were funds to renovate and modernize a conference room and laboratory at Cairo University’s Applied Center for Entomonematology (ACE), whose director, Dr. Muhammad Mostafa Shamseldean, had been Dr. Gaugler’s Fulbright affiliate. During the short course a team of six American scientists delivered comprehensive morning lectures.

Afternoon sessions in the renovated laboratory followed, with emphasis on such fundamental technologies as isolation, identification, and production. Senior Egyptian scientists contributed to the course, which was completed by nearly two dozen advanced graduate students. Through programs like this the Commission’s alumni share their expertise with the larger Egyptian scientific community and extend the benefits of Fulbright exchanges.

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