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CC's Alex Weiss '09 Wins Fulbright Scholarship to Study Ethnobotany in China

Alex Weiss '09, a biology major from Rockville, Md., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study ethnobotany in China. The title of his project is "Plants and People: The Preservation of Ecological Knowledge in Yunnan, China." Weiss will be studying indigenous knowledge of local plants. He will look specifically at how biodiversity decreases as knowledge of locally growing medicinal plants is lost because locals are less invested in conservation.
Weiss also is the recipient of a Critical Language Enhancement Award, which allows U.S. Fulbright recipients to receive three to six months of intensive language study in addition to their Fulbright grants. Weiss will study Chinese at a school in Beijing for the first four months, then go to Yunnan for 10 months where he will conduct his Fulbright research.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The program operates in more than 155 countries with the goal of bringing different ideas and people together to promote cross-cultural collaboration.

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