December 17, 2008
Two professors received Fulbright Grants from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State.
Arfin Lodhi, a professor in the Department of Physics, received the award for lecturing and research at the University of Punjab in Pakistan for 2008-2009. Peter Briggs, curator of art at the Museum of Texas Tech and an adjunct faculty member, will teach at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Republic of Slovakia.
An internationally recognized specialist in particle physics, space radiation and new and renewable energy, Arfin Lodhi has taught for more than 40 years. His research while in Pakistan will examine the structure and decay of hadronic matter which will provide insight to understanding physics beyond the standard model. Also, he will research space and terrestrial power generation that will have the practical application to stimulate design of a conversion device for power generation.
Peter Briggs will teach an upper-division course in curatorial practices that prepares art students in the theory and practice of curating exhibitions and collections of contemporary art. It also addresses the development of professional practices for working artists, focusing on specialized care and handling of art works, marketing of art works and the artist, and professional presentation and interpretation of art work.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.