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Fullbright visiting scholar to speak on crop tolerance in drought areas

Staff Report
Afwa Thameur

Afwa Thameur, a Fulbright visiting scholar from Tunisia, will present a lecture on Research on Crop Tolerance to Drought Stress in Arid Regions on April 16 at the Western Nevada College Fallon Campus.

The talk is from 5:30-6 p.m. in the Virgil Getto Hall, room 302.

Thameur is a research assistant from the regional center of agricultural research in Tunisia. She is currently a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar in USDA-ARS in Texas and completed her Ph.D in Biology from Tunis El Manar University and postdoctoral studies from Szeged University.

During the last 10 years, she was working at the Institute of Arid Regions of Medenine, Tunisia, and had the opportunity to work in research teams in Spain, Portugal and Hungary. Thameur is an experienced scientist in various areas of plant biology and acquired particular skill in plant physiology, biochemistry and biostatistics. She participated in many international conferences and was a panelist in scientific seminars. Thameur has published more than five papers in reputed journals.

The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) allows Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the United States to travel to other higher education institutions across the country. Each year about 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing. The purpose of the OLF is to allow these scholars to share their specific research interests, speak on the history and culture of their home country, exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations, become better acquainted with U.S. higher education and create linkages between their home and host institutions and CIES.

The lecture is free, and light refreshments will be provided. Students, faculty and the public are encouraged to attend.

To reserve a seat, please contact Ann Louhela, ann.louhela@wnc.edu, or call 775-250-1339 by April 9.