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CSU-Pueblo professor to study global health issues in Thailand

Release Date: October 06, 2014

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo

(719) 549-2810

Press Release

PUEBLO – A Colorado State University-Pueblo sociology professor will study pandemics and global health issues like ebola next summer at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand as part of a Fulbright Specialist Grant.

Dr. Timothy McGettigan, professor of sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant to support summer 2015 research on global health issues in partnership with the faculty of Society and Health at Mahidol University. The six-week, summer 2015 Fulbright Specialist Grant will culminate with presentations at the 4th International Conference on Social and Health Inequity at Mahidol University in August, 2015. In 2009, McGettigan served as a Summer Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also received a 2002-2003 Fulbright Scholarship to research at the Centre for Social Studies in Warsaw, Poland.

McGettigan has been a faculty member at CSU-Pueblo for 14 years and teaches courses on science, technology and society, social theory, political sociology, and minority and ethnic relations with primary research interests in the areas of science, technology, society and the future. In 2009, McGettigan served as a Summer Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. McGettigan’s latest book, tentatively titled Real Genius: Nailing Shut the Coffin on Ignorance-Based Racism, puts forward the groundbreaking argument that racism is a virulent, but curable social disease. He has received the University’s 2013 Students' Choice Award and the 2006 Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

“This is a particularly timely award given the escalating concerns about the challenges of managing global pandemics, such as ebola, AIDS, MERS, “ McGettigan said. “In many corners of the globe, debate rages about whether or not healthcare should be treated as a fundamental human right or a privilege that is restricted to those who are wealthy and powerful.” 

Among the questions that McGettigan will explore are: 

  • Should everyone, regardless of their financial situation or social status, have access to quality healthcare?
  • In a global community that is rapidly surging toward eight billion people, is it feasible to expect that everyone should have access to healthcare?
  • On the other hand, in a world where pandemic is fast becoming a more urgent dilemma--take the fast-spreading ebola epidemic in Africa--can the global community afford not to ensure the delivery of basic healthcare to any and all members of the global village?

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) promotes linkages between U.S. scholars and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas.  The program awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at eligible institutions in more than 140 countries worldwide.  Shorter grant lengths give Specialists greater flexibility to pursue projects that work best with their current academic or professional commitments.  International travel costs and a per day grant payment are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating host institutions cover grantee in-country expenses or provide in-kind services.

Project requests are submitted by non-U.S. institutions and focus on strengthening and supporting institutions’ development needs.  Eligible activities include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, special conferences or workshops, as well as collaborating on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning.  ​​

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