Just a short post.... news came out today that Penn State is the top Fulbright Scholar (think faculty level) producing institution in the U.S.; see https://news.psu.edu/story/607611/2020/02/10/academics/penn-state-no-1-us-producer-faculty-fulbright-scholars-2019-20.

The Chronicle of Higher Education provides an interesting list of programs that produce both faculty level and student level Fulbright awards.

Don't know how much I've talked about the actual research I'm working on for the Fulbright... my overall hypothesis is that there are many more places in the world where water serves as a catalyst to bring people together. And that there are places where people are finding ways to manage complex issues like water quality (think runoff of nutrients that leads to algae blooms) and flood & drought. More on what I'm doing is in a news story about my research.

I've learned a lot so far.

Random tidbits: Sengal & the countries around it have started to jointly fund water projects. Denmark has been able to address non-point source runoff, though as the climate warms, farmers are starting to grow corn, which leaks nitrates like crazy. The Rhine River has had a long history of water quality problems, but a joint commission has been addressing the issues for a long time. Poland has an interesting mix of agriculture: about 1/2 the country with small farms, and 1/2 about industrialized farms. Belarus contributes water through Poland and to the Baltic. Russia doesn't play much in the Baltic discussions, but having research scientists participate on projects together has been a good way to bridge the gap. Science diplomacy at its finest! Again, just some random insights...