Two from Salem State awarded Fulbright fellowships

Zachary Newell

Salem State University announced today that two of its faculty have been awarded Fulbright fellowships for 2012, bringing to 11 the number of Salem State faculty who have received the prestigious award since 2001. Reference and instruction librarian Zachary Newell, of Marblehead, will travel to Alexandria, Egypt, while Thomas Hallahan will travel to Amman, Jordan. Hallahan, of Martha’s Vineyard, is a professor in the university’s theatre and speech communication department. Both will undertake their scholarly pursuits abroad between January and June 2012.

Newell will work with the arts and multimedia library at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, where he will conduct seminars and presentations on new technologies for organizing and retrieving information and deliver lectures that explore a variety of themes in American art. He will, in addition, develop exhibits and initiate programming for patrons and staff.

Newell has a long interest in the architecture of Egypt, and has a particular interest in studying the identity of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina—which is maintained as a center for learning, tolerance, dialogue and understanding both regionally and globally—as a public, scholarly institution and center within the region. The library seeks to bridge the past and the future and Newell will work closely with the library’s staff to develop the art collection in a way that reflects those goals.

Thomas Hallahan will spend the six months of his fellowship in Amman, Jordan, as part of the department of hearing and speech sciences at the University of Jordan. In particular, he will be teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in audiology, especially as they relate to aural habilitation/ rehabilitation, assessment of infants and young children, management of children with hearing loss (and their families), and genetic hearing loss.

Dr. Hallahan also hopes to become involved in planning and participating in regional workshops and other continuing education opportunities for professionals and families in the hopes of building momentum within communities for larger scale projects in the future. Among these projects are auditory-verbal schools, schools for the deaf and advocacy groups.

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Above: Zachary Newell will travel to Alexandria, Egypt, from January-June 2012, for his fellowship.