U.S. Embassy Hosts Welcome Reception for Bahamas Fulbright Scholar

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Acting DCM Neda Brown with Dr. Amelia Moore and COB President Dr. Rodney Smith. (Photo State Dept.)

On Friday, January 29th, the U.S. Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Neda Brown hosted a reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in honor of the 2015-2016 Bahamas Fulbright Scholar Dr. Amelia Moore, PhD.  Dr. Moore currently serves as the Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island.  On hand for the event was President of The College of The Bahamas Dr. Rodney Smith and a cross-section of the community representing the fields of education, tourism, environmental NGO’s, government and the arts.

Dr. Moore obtained a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley. She is a sociocultural anthropologist studying environmental politics, green tourism design and branding, and the social worlds of field ecology in the Caribbean with a special focus on The Bahamas.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Sustainable Coastal Tourism and Recreation in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island.  Dr. Moore’s Fulbright program will focus on efforts to engender environmental, agricultural, social and tourism practices in The Bahamas that support sustainable development, a significant element and focus of The College of The Bahamas’ transition to university status.

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Acting DCM Neda Brown with Dr. Amelia Moore and COB officials. (Photo State Dept.)

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.