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Researcher celebrates Fullbright award

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
Ronald E. See, Ph.D., a professor and researcher in the Departments of Neurosciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received a Fullbright Visiting Scholar grant.
Dr. Ron See

See was among 11 South Carolina faculty members and professionals named in 2009-2010 as awardees of a Fullbright Visiting Scholar grant.
The award was announced by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fullbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
See joins colleagues and professionals from the College of Charleston, the University of South Carolina-Columbia, Clemson University and other statewide and institutions across the country to conduct research and lecture across a wide variety of specialties and fields. He is one of two medical research scientists from the Palmetto State awarded with Fullbright grants. As a Fullbright grant recipient, See will continue to conduct research and teach at the School of Medicine at Ljubljana University in Slovenia.
His research focus is on the neural substrates of drug addiction and relapse using animal models. His research team also conducts translational research, studies the  sex differences in addiction, and analyzes antipsychotic drug effects on the brain. Starting in mid-February, See will travel to Slovenia to reside and collaborate alongside Marko Zivin, Ph.D., from the Institute of Pathophysiology at Ljubljana University. Slovenia, located in Central Europe, borders the Alps and the Adriatic Sea. He said the country is keen on developing its academic and scientific infrastructure, especially in neurosciences, and wants to cultivate new opportunities to work with American researchers to share ideas and develop professional ties.
“Ron’s Fullbright award is a real honor and well-deserved recognition for a leading educator and scientist,” said Peter Kalivas, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor and chairman, Department of Neurosciences. “Like the U.S., Slovenia has a serious problem with cocaine addiction, and Ron will be providing both research advancements to Slovenian biomedical students and education about addiction to students.”
During his absence, See plans to continue with his current research work, thanks to Internet communications and interaction with his 15-member team. Upon his return in mid-June, he will submit a report about his Fullbright experience and hopes to emerge with a publishable paper based on his collaborative research with Zivin.
“I want to encourage fellow MUSC faculty to consider the Fullbright and other programs as a special opportunity that makes academics a unique profession,” said See. “Programs like this allow faculty to work, plus travel, teach and collaborate with others on an international level.”
See joined MUSC in 1999. He previously worked in the Department of Psychology at Washington State University and was a visiting professor at Kuwait University, Oxford University and Universidad de Valencia in Spain. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and German from the University of California at Berkeley and his masters and doctoral degrees in Psychobiology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1989.
Fullbright award recipients are selected based on academic and professional achievement including demonstrated leadership. The program presented approximately 1,100 awards to individuals in 2009-2010 who will travel abroad to 155 participating countries which support the Fullbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2010

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