CSULB students Robert Bloom and Alyn Euritt are spending the 2011-12 academic year in Austria and Belgium, respectively, funded by Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Scholarships.
Part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the ETA program helps with recipients’ travel and living expenses while they serve as secondary school assistant English teachers abroad and is designed to mutually improve language skills and knowledge of each other’s countries.
“I was definitely honored to have received such a prestigious award, which will enable me to serve as an official ambassador of the United States,” said Bloom, who is studying German at the University of Klagenfurt as part of his master’s degree in German studies at CSULB. He recently earned bachelor’s degrees in German and psychology at CSULB. Euritt, who just earned his bachelor’s degree in French studies at CSULB, is teaching English at the Universite libre de Bruxelles in Brussels and plans on researching Belgian colonialism in Burundi and Rwanda.
The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.
The California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics honored Maria Claver, an assistant professor of gerontology, with its Betty and James E. Birren Emerging Leadership Award that recognizes early and mid-career professional accomplishments.
She’s an advisor to CSULB’s gerontology certificate program and teaches several graduate level courses and the introduction to gerontology course.
One of her main research areas is healthcare utilization and figuring out how to best create services to fit the needs of the older population. “Now I find my main research focused on emergency management, especially in nursing homes,” she said. “So, it centers more around the organizational factors in how we provide care for older adults.”
She also continues to do research at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Healthcare System on the needs of older veterans.