2015 Fulbright Scholarships recognise global perspectives

February 15 / 152

L to R: Dr Rachel Hennan, Professor Tim McCormack, Dr Mark Putland
L to R: Dr Rachel Hennan, Professor Tim McCormack, Dr Mark Putland

Dr Rachel Heenan, an expert in global paediatric health, Dr Mark Putland, an emergency medicine specialist and Professor Tim McCormack, a world leader in international humanitarian and criminal law, have received 2015 Fulbright Scholarships.

Alumna, Dr Rachel Heenan, who is pursuing a career in paediatric infectious diseases, will be using her 2015 Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship to undertake a Master of Public Health in the US.

Dr Heenan has worked with disadvantaged children in remote central Australia, Pakistan, East Africa and the Pacific Islands.  She hopes to build on the existing research collaboration between the University of Melbourne and the Harvard School of Public Health with an aim to improve the health of children in marginalised and disadvantaged communities, particularly Indigenous Australians.

Dr Mark Putland, a graduate from the Melbourne Medical School, will be researching hospital trauma systems when he takes up his Fulbright Professional Scholarship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Trauma Centre.  Having worked in emergency medicine for the past seventeen years, Mr Putland will travel to several US states examining the different ways trauma units are modelled and implemented to suit local needs.  He aims to use his research to optimise emergency care models for Australian and international communities.

International law expert, Professor Tim McCormack, from the Melbourne Law School will take up the position of Charles H Stockton Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he will continue his ARC-funded project on the regulation of emerging weapons technologies and will focus on issues of responsibility for violations of the law. Prof McCormack is the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and has also been appointed Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School to teach International Criminal Law in their Winter Term (January 2016).

Vice-Principal (Engagement) at the University of Melbourne, Adrian Collette, said the scholarships highlight the University of Melbourne’s world-class reputation for teaching and learning.

“The University of Melbourne produces outstanding graduates and the Fulbright program enables talent and research to be further developed and shared globally,” said Mr Collette.

2015 Fulbright Scholars from the US who have elected to join the University of Melbourne to broaden their research and share their knowledge will include experts in medical bionics, armed conflict law, art history and biodiversity.

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