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Loyola University Chicago Announces Fulbright Scholar STEM Award for 2021-2022

Loyola University Chicago Announces Fulbright Scholar STEM Award for 2021-2022

CHICAGO - October 1, 2021 - Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce that Professor Timothy E. O’Brien has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in Data Science and STEM Research at the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary for the 2021-2022 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Professor O’Brien is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will conduct research and/or teach abroad for the 2021-2022 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbrighters engage in cutting-edge research and expand their professional networks, often continuing research collaborations started abroad and laying the groundwork for forging future partnerships between institutions. Upon returning to their home countries, institutions, labs, and classrooms, they share their stories and often become active supporters of international exchange, inviting foreign scholars to campus and encouraging colleagues and students to go abroad. As Fulbright Scholar alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed scholars, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

“Dr. O’Brien’s work is among the leading examples of the ways the research, teaching, and scholarly work of Loyola faculty directly impact communities locally and around the globe,” said Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola University Chicago. “His project deepens Loyola’s connections with other universities, scientists, and scholars and provides research opportunities for students here and abroad. Moreover, his Fulbright project helps disseminate cutting-edge data-science theory and practice that can translate into climate action at the local level in business, healthcare, policy, and law.”

In addition to connecting with other Central European universities, Dr. O’Brien will establish, develop, implement, and lead programs in applied statistics, biostatistics, data science, environmental statistics and climate change modeling, and predictive modeling, as well as spearhead statistical consulting outreach in the Budapest academic and business communities.

Dr. Nancy Tuchman, founding dean of Loyola's School of Environmental Sustainability, has collaborated with O’Brien on climate research. "The high-level statistical analysis and modeling performed by Tim O'Brien is critical to the work of scientists, policymakers and others addressing issues of environmental sustainability and climate change," said Tuchman. "The Fulbright is a recognition of Tim’s excellent contributions to this important field and makes it possible to share expertise through scholarly exchange with others around the globe similarly engaged in environmental science and action." 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and find solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States.  Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 60 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 86 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. 

In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.      

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University’s 14 schools, colleges, and institutes include: the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, School of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Learn more about Loyola, like us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter @LoyolaChicago.