PULLMAN, Wash. — Two faculty members at Washington State University were awarded 2001-2002 Fulbright scholar grants by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

The recipients are Christopher M. Lupke, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, and Michael S. Owen, associate professor for the School of Architecture and Construction Management.

Lupke is researching modernity, postcoloniality and diaspora in postwar Chinese literature at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, until July. Owen is lecturing on urban design and development at the Center for Design, Architecture and Construction in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, until February.

Three Fulbright recipients from abroad also are researching at WSU. Reyad R. Shaker, an assistant professor from Jordan University of Science and Technology, is studying how to reduce calcium lactate crystals in cheddar cheese during ripening.

Iben M. Thomsen, a senior adviser from the Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute in Denmark, is serving as an adjunct associate professor of plant pathology at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center. She is researching diseases and disorders in Christmas trees and greenery.

Alicia Felip Edo, a postdoctoral researcher for the Spanish Council for Scientific Research in Castellon, Spain, is researching the male-determining region of the rainbow trout chromosome.

This year, nearly 800 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants to lecture and conduct research abroad. A similar number of foreign scholars received awards to come to the United States primarily as researchers. These five join almost 82,000 scholars worldwide who have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with additional funding provided by the participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. CIES is a private, non-profit organization that manages Fulbright senior scholar exchange.

For more information about the Fulbright program, contact Judy Pehrson, CIES Director of External Relations, (202) 686-4014.