Work on biomaterials and environmental toxicology earned two NC State researchers Fulbright Scholar grants for the 2014-15 academic year.
Environmental scientist David Buchwalter heads to New Zealand in February to collaborate with stream ecologists at the University of Otago on a study documenting the potential risks of the pesticide imidacloprid on stream fauna.
“This insecticide is widely used worldwide and has the benefit of having relatively low toxicity to mammals and other vertebrates compared to many other families of insecticides currently in use,” he says. “But the high toxicity to insects is a potential concern to non-target insects because the chemical can run off into surface waters.”
Biomedical engineer Roger Narayan recently completed his Fulbright project at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, where he lectured, taught a graduate course on biomaterials and collaborated on joint research activities.
The core Fulbright Scholar Program attracts some 800 U.S. faculty and professionals each year to 140 countries to lecture, teach and conduct research. An equal number of academics and professionals from overseas visit the United States each year under a Fulbright Scholar grant.