Two Fulbright Fellowships Awarded

Contact: Ralph Derickson

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Martin B. Tracy, a native of Murray, Ky., will use his Fulbright Senior Specialists grant to study at the University of Bucharest for four weeks this October.


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Lesli Proffitt, a native of Danville, Ky., will use her Fulbright grant to do research at Stockholm University in Sweden.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2004) -- Two Fulbright Fellowships for study and research abroad have recently been granted to a University of Kentucky retired faculty member in the College of Social Work and a recent UK graduate from Danville.

Martin B. Tracy, a native of Murray, Ky., who retired this year as a professor and associate dean in the UK College of Social Work, will use his Fulbright Senior Specialists grant to study at the University of Bucharest for four weeks this October.

Tracy , whose research interests focus on policy issues related to aging, poverty, income support systems, and community and social development in nations other than the United States, also will be the lead expert for an International Labour Organization seminar in November on social services for persons with disabilities in Bulgaria.

Lesli Proffitt, a Danville, Ky., native and a 2000 graduate of Boyle County High School who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history summa cum laude from UK this spring, will use her Fulbright grant to do research at Stockholm University in Sweden.

She is the daughter of Daniel and Betty Proffitt of 969 Count Fleet Circle, Danville, Ky.

Proffitt will conduct independent historical research at the Swedish Royal Library’s Dag Hammarskjold Collection and the Swedish Foreign Ministry Archives.

“I am looking into the Peking Mission of 1955, a mission led by United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold to obtain the release of 15 American fliers. The airmen were being held by the People’s Republic of China despite an end to the Korean War, during which they were captured,” Proffitt said.

Specific questions Proffitt said her research may answer are: “What is the impact of the Peking Mission on the UN, Cold War and diplomacy and how big a part did Hammarskjold’s personal beliefs play in the course of the negotiations for the airmen?”

Additionally, she added, “What can we learn from the actions of a neutral country (Sweden in this case) in a polarized conflict, specifically this dispute so close to both the end of the Korean War and the beginning of the Cold War?” Her Fulbright-funded research is a follow-up to a senior thesis she did as a Gaines Fellow in the Humanities at UK.

Proffitt, a member of the UK Honors Program, was named 2004 UK College of Arts and Sciences Student of the Year for her commitment to the value of liberal arts education and the Otis A. Singletary Outstanding Senior Woman in 2004 in recognition of her leadership achievements at UK.

She also is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Gamma Delta women’s fraternity, and the Student Development Council.


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