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Villanova University Physics Professor Georgia C. Papaefthymiou-Davis, PhD, named 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar

Villanova University Physics Professor Georgia C. Papaefthymiou-Davis, PhD, named 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Georgia Papaefthymiou, PhD, professor of Physics at Villanova University, has been awarded a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar grant by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to teach and conduct research in Greece. She will be at the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR-Demokritos) in Aghia Paraskevi, Greece from September 2019 to January 2020.

Each year the Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Dr. Papaefthymiou will teach two courses at NCSR-Demokritos for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. She will also visit and lecture at the University of Ioannina in Epirus, the Democritus University of Thrace, and the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education in Athens. Dr. Papaefthymiou’s time as a Fulbright Scholar in Greece also includes STEM outreach at high schools in Athens.

“I am very honored and humbled by this opportunity extended to me by the Fulbright Foundation to visit Greece, my homeland, as a Cultural Ambassador of the United States, my adopted country of citizenship. I am thrilled to contribute to scientific and educational exchanges between the U.S and Greece,” said Dr. Papaefthymiou.

While in Greece, Dr. Papaefthymiou will further her study of the electronic and magnetic properties of iron-based nanoparticles of core/shell morphology and dipolar magnetic interactions in assemblies of monodisperse magnetic nanoparticles. Dr. Papaefthymiou’s work contributes to fundamental Physics in nanomagnetism and has implications for cancer treatment and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease patients.

“True to Villanova’s teacher-scholar model, Dr. Papaefthymiou will use her time as a Fulbright scholar to conduct important international research, teach and engage in meaningful outreach programs,” said Amanda Grannas, PhD, Associate Vice Provost for Research at Villanova University. “This cultural and academic collaboration will have a positive influence on students and researchers in Greece and at Villanova. We congratulate Dr. Papaefthymiou on her much deserved award.”

Dr. Papaefthymiou’s application for the Fulbright Scholar grant was supported by the University’s Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) within the Office of the Provost. Dedicated CRF staff work one-on-one with faculty and staff Fulbright candidates like Dr. Papaefthymiou, offering guidance and support throughout the application process. This commitment to personalized attention is yielding remarkable results with 10 members of the faculty and staff selected as Fulbright Scholars since 2015. Recent Villanova recipients represent a range of disciplines including public health, robotics, psychology and administrative law. Visit the CRF website to learn more.

The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), the scholar division of the Institute of International Education (IIE), is well known for its expertise and extensive experience in conducting international exchange programs for scholars and university administrators. For nearly seventy years, CIES has administered the Fulbright Scholar Program, the United States flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

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