Thursday, May 12, 2005
Monterey Bay Aquarium Retired Staff Member Receives Fulbright
Senior Specialists Award
David C. Powell, former Director of Live Exhibit Development at the Monterey Bay
Aquarium was selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in New Zealand at the
Wellington Marine Education Centre during April and May 2005, according to the United
States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Powell participated in design meetings with educators, architects, project manager and
sponsors of the Wellington Marine Education Centre to develop the live exhibits and life
support systems for a new educational public aquarium.
Powell is one of over 400 U.S. faculty and professionals to travel abroad in 2005 through the
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program, created in
2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term
opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support
curricular development and institutional planning at academic institutions around the world.
The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is
sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over
its 59 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or
conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have
engaged in similar activities in the United States. Over 285,000 emerging leaders in their
professional fields have received Fulbright awards, including individuals who later became
heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the
arts and other fields.
Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional
achievement. Among thousands of prominent Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman,
Nobel Prize-winning economist; Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS); Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett,
CEO of Intel Corporation. Distinguished Fulbright Senior Specialist participants include
Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor of Religion at Temple University, Heidi Hartmann, President and
CEO, Institute for Women's Policy Research.