Fulbright NEXUS Program for the Western Hemisphere Announces Lead Scholar for 2012-2013

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 5, 2012

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel M. Kammen, Professor and Founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, will be the 2012-2013 Fulbright NEXUS Lead Scholar. Dr. Kammen will lead a group of up to 20 Department of State-sponsored Fulbright scholars from across the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, who will spend one year addressing public policy challenges through international exchanges, seminars, and collaborative research. The scholars will focus on three primary areas—science, technology and innovation; entrepreneurship; and sustainable energy—with a particular focus on climate change adaptation technologies.

Dr. Kammen, who received his doctorate in physics from Harvard University, played a key role in developing the interdisciplinary Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University before joining the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (2009 – 2011) and was named the first Clean Energy Fellow to the Americas in 2010. Last year, he served as the inaugural Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency with The World Bank Group and is currently a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All.

Launched in 2010, the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program supports U.S. foreign policy initiatives that fight poverty and encourage innovation in market-driven and socially responsible ways while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Program participants explore public-policy research questions and involve governments, NGOs, businesses, and communities in the implementation of their projects. As Western Hemisphere nations take steps to work together on shared challenges, the Fulbright NEXUS Program offers a collaborative model for regional scholarly exchange that moves beyond theory into practice. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-2013 cycle of the program.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from more than 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

For further information, please contact Bryan Messerly at MesserlyBJ@state.gov or (202) 632-3270.

PRN: 2012/893