News from Prof. Mircea Maniu, Fulbright Ambassador at Babeș-Bolyai University

Ms. Soribel Feliz, Consular Officer of the USA Embassy in Bucharest, was welcomed on Friday, November 14th 2014, 11 a.m., by the staff of the Centre for International Cooperation and 25 students from Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Ms. Feliz prepared her presentation „So You Want to Go to the USA? Ask a Consular Officer!” and she was more than pleased to answer students’questions concerning Non-Immigrant Visas, Renewing an Existing Visa, Summer Work and Travel Program, the Interview Process, Immigrant Visas, Diversity Visa Lottery, etc. Babeş-Bolyai University students shared with her and the audience their personal impressions from their former visits to the USA. At the end of the discussions, Ms. Feliz was also available for private conversations with the interested students.

Professor Earl Carstens Participates in Annual Scientific Meeting

Dr. Earl Carstens is a specialist in Neuroscience from University of California, Davis, and recipient of a Fulbright-University of Bucharest Grant awarded for the first time this year. Professor Carstens was invited as a plenary speaker at the annual meeting of the Romanian Society of Dermatology held in Timisoara, November 5-8. The title of his conference was Itch: from basic research to clinics. The American neurologist has further plans to continue strengthening ties to Romanian colleagues and to make his Fulbright presence in Romania a basis for more cooperation in the future.

Halloween at the Fulbright Haunted House

On Friday, October 31, the Fulbright Educational Advising Center hosted its first Halloween party, in parternship with our friends from the American Studies Program at the University of Bucharest. Some 40+ “familiars” were bold enough to walk into our house of horrors and join in our spooky Costume Competition. Following a transparent and democratic voting procedure, our Fulbright ETA, Jamie Beth Weaver, emerged the winner for her original portrayal of The Raven, closely followed by “Charlie Chaplin”, while honorable mentions went to “The Bloody Nun”, “Hawkeye/ Robin Hood” and “The Russian Mobster”. The proceedings also included a pumpkin carving competition and bobbing for apples.
We would like to thank our friends and colleagues from the American Studies program, as well as our lovely and lively team of high school interns, for their priceless assistance and for enthusiastically joining in the proceedings.

The Fulbright Senior Award Seminar for Romanian Applicants

One more seminar for the Romanian applicants to the current competition for visiting scholars took place at Fulbright Commission location on Friday October 31 and focused on two main topics: the project statement and preparing for the interview stage. Our guest-speakers, Drs. Steven Cutler and Anamaria Szabo - both Senior Fulbrighters, invited the participants to explore the most important qualitative components of the application and provided suggestions and guidelines concerning the Fulbright interview stage in January. The success of the event was guaranteed by the informal interactive approach chosen by the two speakers who illustrated the proposed topics using specific examples from their personal experience as applicants, grantees or panelists.

New Presentations of the Fulbright Senior Award Program for Romanian Visiting Scholars 

This October the Fulbright Commission presented the Fulbright Senior Award program to Romanian professors and researchers of three major universities located in the capital city: the University of Bucharest (October 15), Bucharest University of Economics (October 21) and Politehnica University of Bucharest (October 28). The participants learned more about the research and lecturing opportunities in the U.S. in the academic year 2015-2016 and asked specific questions about the current competition, which will be open until November 10. The presentations also included information about the activities and resources offered by our Fulbright/EducationUSA Advising Center to high schoolers, students and academics interested in studying, conducting research or teaching in U.S. universities. We would like to thank Ms. Carmen Batatorescu (UB) and Professors Marius Profiroiu (ASE), Mihaela Albu and Stefan Trausan Matu (UPB), Fulbright Senior Alumni, who gave us their full support in organizing these events.

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