By Dr. Greg Poelzer, one of three Fulbright Arctic Scholars from Canada

The challenges facing the people and lands of the Circumpolar North are huge.  So, too, are the opportunities.   Coming to grips with the sheer breadth and complexity of interdependent issues ranging from energy to water, and from infrastructure to health, requires problem-oriented, multidisciplinary research teams, drawing on diverse experiences from around the Circumpolar North.  For scholars who have dedicated their life’s work to research, teaching, and community engagement in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative represents a once-in-a-life time opportunity. read more

Energy and Water Nexus for Arid regions: Sustainable energy development and water linkages were recognised at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, with recognition continuing across a broad variety of UN and international initiatives.

For example, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs is very engaged in exploring the energy and water nexus, particularly in the context to alleviate water scarcity and poverty both globally and in arid regions such as northern Africa and the Middle East. read more

May 28, 2013, Boston, MA - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, received the inaugural Fulbright Canada Award for Outstanding Public Service while attending a Fulbright Scholar Program discussion at Harvard. "Your Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, Consul General Patrick Binns, Dr. Michael Hawes, Distinguished guests, I would like to begin by stating what a true honour it is to be invited to share my experiences with you here today" said Fulbright Scholar Catherine Kreatsoulas.

That 1992 campaign slogan “It’s the economy, stupid” not only energized the Democratic base, it helped to unseat President Bush, the father of the 43rd president of the United States, bringing Bill Clinton to the White House, the first Democratic president in 12 years.  The 90 percent approval rating for President Bush following the successful 1991 Iraq campaign had plummeted drastically within months with voters shifting their aim on the recession mired economy as the election approached. read more

Among the many interesting people that I met during a recent trip to Minnesota was Erik Brown, the Acting Director of the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesota Duluth. For Erik, life has always been about water and about Fulbright.

A few weeks ago I visited Thunder Bay, a city known for its rich cultural heritage, for its dramatic landscapes, and for the natural beauty of its surroundings. Located on the northern shores of breathtaking Lake Superior, Thunder Bay is home to Nanabijou (the impressive rock structure that resembles a sleeping giant), to generations of Scandinavian, Polish, and Italian Canadians, and, of course, to the Ojibwe people. It is also home to Lakehead University: an institution that is constantly reinventing itself, an institution with strong and focused leadership, and an institution with a clear sense of pride and purpose.

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