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Sept. 9, 2010 Volume 32, No. 3

Fulbright Scholar Morgan headed to Vietnam

Mark Morgan, associate professor in the University of Mssouri School of Natural Resources’ Parks, Recreation and Tourism program, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach a semester at Vietnam National University and organize a study of Cuc Phuong the oldest national park in Vietnam. 

Established in 1962, it is located approximately 70 miles southwest of Hanoi. The park is famous for its natural resources, including the rare and endangered Delacour’s langur primate. The karst topography has produced a very scenic landscape, attracting visitors from around the globe. Of particular interest to Morgan are the 60,000 indigenous people, mostly from the Muong tribe, who live inside Cuc Phuong. Many visitors spend a night at the park’s culture village to learn more about this ethnic minority.

Morgan earned his doctorate in 1987 from Texas A&M University. He teaches classes in outdoor recreation management and conducts research on the human dimensions of natural resources, especially as it relates to environmental education.

The Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in more than 155 countries. More than 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists have participated in the program since it began in the aftermath of World War II. Candidates recommended for Fulbright grants are people with outstanding achievements in their fields.