Holy Names University Professor Named Fulbright Expert

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Lesley Sims, Holy Names University, 510-436-1405 or sims@hnu.edu

Holy Names University Professor Named Fulbright Expert

OAKLAND, California; June 24, 2011 – Dr. Paolo Ricci, a professor in Holy Names University’s MBA program, has been named a Fulbright Scholar (Specialist) in Environmental/Health and Risk Assessments from 2010- 2014.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. The Fulbright program began on August 1, 1946. The first countries to sign agreements with the U.S. were China in 1947 and Burma, the Philippines and Greece in 1948. The Fulbright Program reports that, since its inception, it has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, and also to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Dr. Ricci has received requests from the University of Bologna in Italy and universities in China to complete projects that relate to energy and environmental issues. “I am honored by this recognition and, most importantly, excited to have the opportunity to expand the capabilities of other countries in handling ecological and environmental health challenges,” states Ricci.

In addition to his Fulbright appointment, Ricci has also been a visiting professor at Xiamen University in China from 2008. In this role, his lectures on environmental policy and management include river basin planning and management for the Julong River in Fujan Province (in the Peoples Republic of China), large-scale events regarding tanker spills affecting Xiamen bays and marine life and the diversity of marine species in the major Chinese bays.

Associate Professor James Durbin, Chair – Business Division and Director of MBA Program states, “Paolo Ricci is a world-renowned lecturer and writer for public health issues, water resources research, risk assessment and management. He has written numerous articles in Science, J. Am. Medical Assoc., J. Australian Medical Assoc., Env. Science and Technology, Environment International, The New South Wales Law Journal, Inhalation Toxicology, Human and Experimental Toxicology, and published 5 books (the last published by Springer in 2006). I am delighted that Dr. Ricci is on our faculty and has been recognized as an expert with Fulbright.”

Holy Names University is located at 3500 Mountain Boulevard, off Highway 13, in the Oakland Hills. Founded in 1868 on the banks of Lake Merritt near downtown Oakland, the university moved to its present campus 52 years ago. HNU offers more than 25 undergraduate and graduate degrees and various certificates and credentials.


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