Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

Aikaterini Savrami

Aikaterini Savrami

University of Patras
Columbia University, New York
Dance Studies / Choreology

Katia Savrami, is Associate Professor in Dance Science - Choreology (Government Gazette of appointment 656 / 18.5.2020 d.), University of Patras, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Theatrical Studies. Her work approaches dance interdisciplinary and connects theory with practice. She specializes in performance analysis, theory and history of dance, dance education and artistic practices.  She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre, City University London. Author of a series of dance books and articles, she is the editor of Choros International Dance Journal and a member of the International Editorial Board of Research in Dance Education Journal, UK. Her research concerns Ancient Dramatic Chorus and its application to contemporary dance and theatre practices. She is currently interested to further study unexplored aspects of Chorus with interdisciplinary approach by intergrading both theory and practice. Additionally, cultural, cross-cultural and aesthetic theories, and practices which study theatre in relation to social, cultural and political context need to be applied to bridge past antiquity to contemporary Ancient Dramatic performances. These issues can be investigated in depth at the Columbia University, New York. In particular the Department of Classics which is one of the most dynamic centers for the study of Classical Antiquity in the United States, relates past and present through interdisciplinary approaches range from theoretical knowledge by means of degrees and a variety of programs as well as dramatic productions. This direction of research can be materialized with the faculty’s expertise at the Department of Classics in New York City. The acquired knowledge will contribute to further understanding notions of corporeality and performativity and their relation to theory. The project may be influential and valuable for scholars, theater people and dance practitioners, in future works.   

   

Alexandra Soldatou

Alexandra Soldatou

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Pediatrics

I am a Pediatrician and faculty member at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine. Since 2015, in close collaboration with the Yale Child Abuse Program and in partnership with a major NGO in Greece, ELIZA, focused on child abuse prevention, I have worked on increasing the detection and improving the management of child physical abuse in Greece. Specifically, I led a national medical educational campaign on child physical abuse and the establishment of the first hospital-based child protection team, the Child Safety Care Unit (ChiSCU). However, no efforts to prevent child maltreatment from happening have been attempted so far.

Recently, experts from Yale, leading a statewide home-visiting program, reported a significant decrease in child maltreatment for high-risk families. During my Fulbright scholarship, we aim to: 1) assess factors associated with the effectiveness of the Yale program, 2) identify resources important for outcomes in Connecticut, 3) develop a home-visiting curriculum for Greece, 4) design the program and 5) establish quality benchmarks. The curriculum will train home-visitors in providing childcare advice, role-modeling and addressing early childhood vulnerabilities. Ι aspire to build into the program approaches to work with families, plans for the necessary resources and strategies to engage isolated populations.

The development of a primary prevention program for families at risk could not be timelier in Greece, where an increasing number of families are placed at high-risk of adversity. We anticipate that the development of an appropriately adapted home-visiting curriculum will serve as a springboard for the implementation of the program in Greece. We anticipate that the curriculum will engage home visitors and educate them not only to provide services, but also to develop warm and nurturing relationships with families. Should the program be successfully implemented, there might be benefits for children beyond the reduction of child maltreatment, including increased school readiness, promotion of health care and development, as well as increased employment and continuing education opportunities for parents. Our expected findings might influence decisions about national preventive health care strategies, including scaling up home-visiting programs for all vulnerable families in Greece. In addition, collected data will strengthen the idea of implementing existing successful programs in new settings, despite underlying societal and cultural differences. Finally, we expect to learn about how to engage key stakeholders and create the required collaborative links among them, i.e. researchers from the medical school, health care professionals at maternity hospitals and local community agencies.

Andreas Drichoutis

Andreas Drichoutis

Agricultural University of Athens
Texas A&M University, College Station
Agricultural Economics

Andreas Drichoutis is an Associate Professor of Consumer Behavior at the Agricultural University of Athens. He is or had been working for several EU and national projects as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as well as for projects funded by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. His research interests are focused on, but not limited to, the economics of nutrition/obesity, contingent valuation and experimental auctions methods to elicit consumers’ valuations, choice under risk, inter-temporal decision making and applied demand analysis. More generally, he likes to explore whatever makes people tick. Most of his research applies experimental economics methods to answer questions relevant for agricultural economists and decision scientists. He has published several peer reviewed papers in scientific journals such as The Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of the Economic Science Association, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Econometric Reviews, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics etc. His work has been cited more than 2,000 times in journals such as Science, Nature Human Behavior, Games and Economic Behavior, Experimental Economics etc.

As a Fulbright Scholar in 2021, Dr. Drichoutis will be hosted by the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. He will carry out work that explores the interconnections between time preferences, stability of preferences and educational outcomes for university students with the purpose of developing a more cost-effective approach at enrollment stage targeted at students who are at the margin of dropping out or lagging behind. This would allow universities to schedule targeted interventions in a timely manner for those students who need them most.

Antonios Argyriou

Antonios Argyriou

University of Thessaly, Volos
Columbia University, New York
Communications Engineering

Antonios Argyriou is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Thessaly in Volos. His work is in the areas of wireless communications and statistical signal processing theory and applications. He received a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Fulbright Student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, U.S.A. Prior to his current position he was a Senior Research Scientist at Philips Research, where he led the research efforts on wireless body area networks.

Antonios will visit the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in New York for the spring semester of 2022. There, he will work on signal processing methods for improving the privacy of wireless communication and radar systems.

Efthymios Dardiotis

Efthymios Dardiotis

University of Thessaly, Larissa
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Neurobiology / Neurophysiology

I am Associate Professor of Neurology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Thessaly and Director of the Neurological Clinic at the University Hospital in Larissa, Greece.

I have recently been appointed the Director of the postgraduate program entitled Neurological Rehabilitation at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Thessaly, which offers medical students the opportunity to study the rehabilitation, health care and management of patients with neurological and neuromuscular diseases from a dynamic, interdisciplinary and expanding perspective.

The primary objective of the project with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Department of Neurology,  Neurobiology / Neurophysiology is to implement neuromodulation techniques, and more specifically, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in order to investigate neural correlates of cognitive and language behavior in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. I believe that this project will increase the excellence of the medical services to Greek-speaking patients with neurodegenerative diseases at the University Neurology clinic in Larissa and offer the Neurological Rehabilitation postgraduates the opportunity to obtain special skills in the management of their patients.

Georgios Kalpadakis

Georgios Kalpadakis

Modern Greek History Research Center, Academy of Athens (KEINE)
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
International Relations/Small State Studies

George Kalpadakis is an Assistant Researcher in Foreign Policy at the Modern Greek History Research Center of the Academy of Athens (KEINE). His research focuses on foreign policy and diplomacy, nationalism, civil society, state-building and regional cooperation. He has taught courses in foreign policy, diplomatic history, nationalism, political culture and defense policy at University of Crete and Democritus University of Thrace. He holds degrees in history, philosophy, sociology of science, political science and international relations from University College London, London School of Economics and Political Science and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His two main studies are The Macedonian Issue, 1962-1995. From silence to popular diplomacy (2012, Academy of Athens Award 2013) and The Cyprus Question, 1954-1974. Judicious integration and the perennial diligannism (2020), which explore the nexus between foreign policy, multilateral diplomacy and civil society in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. His forthcoming book focuses on plans devised during the Russian-Ottoman War of 1828-1829 to construct a Balkan confederation in a post-Ottoman landscape, while the research program he is currently engaged in concerns the political, diplomatic and socio-legal aspects of the Greek-Turkish border management, from the Treaty of Lausanne until the early Cold War period. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center of Development Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM). He has also held positions as the Chief of Staff of the Deputy Prime Minister of Greece, the Coordinator of the Government Council of Economic Policy, the Chief of Staff of the interim Minister of Finance, and the adviser to the Vice-President of the Hellenic Parliament and Chairman of the Subcommittee on the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

As a 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholar, George will be hosted by Harvard University’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he will draw from the CES’s legacy of pioneering work on the centrality of identity issues in foreign policy in order to conduct research on the historical and political factors which determine the extent to which small EU-member states are in a position to offset the mounting costs of dependency to their core shelter by resorting to a wide variety of policy tools and strategies, ranging from moderate correctives to more radical revisionist options.

Iakovos Gkanoulis

Iakovos Gkanoulis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UNESCO Chair / Network INWEB
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Water Resources Management

Iakovos Gkanoulis (Jacques Ganoulis) is Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Ph.D. (Doctorat d’Etat) in Natural Sciences from the University of Toulouse (France) and a visiting scholar at the Universities of Erlangen (Germany), McGill (Canada), Melbourne (Australia), and Paris VI (France). He has more than 35 years of experience in integrated water resources management, risk analysis, climate change and transboundary water management. He is Ex-State Secretary for Water, the Director of the UNESCO Chair/International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans (INWEB) and Senior Consultant at the UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), Paris.

Iakovos will spend the Spring Semester of 2022 at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa from January 1st, 2022 to May 31st, 2022 for research in the field of water resources management under climate change. He will also teach a course on “Hydro-Governance and Conflict Resolution”. The aim is to strengthen a resilient Hydro-Governance enabling to mitigate negative impacts from climatic variability to natural water resources. He proposes to set up an operational model for “Water-Man Eristic Dialectical Hydro-Governance” under risk, allowing water institutions, civil societies, NGO’s and water stakeholders to participate in the decision-making process and facilitate conflict resolution in transboundary water resources management.

Ioannis Papageorgiou

Ioannis Papageorgiou

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
International and European Studies/Law and Politics

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where I teach European integration and policies, comparative political systems and international politics. I hold a first degree in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, an M.A. in Comparative Politics from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne) and an M.A. in Development Cooperation from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. My Ph.D. (2001) from the ULB dealt with regional integration in Central America. During the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2012, I acted as the Chair of the Asylum Working Party in the Council of Ministers of the EU. I have also worked as an independent expert in several international projects on migration and asylum since 2003 and was the Director of the Greek Asylum Service between 2011-2. Between 2016-2018 I worked in the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels, dealing with the institutional aspects of Brexit on issues of civil liberties. My academic research covers issues of European political integration, immigration policy and international humanitarian and refugee law. I also teach and analyze contemporary political systems (U.S., France and the U.K.). Since 2019, I hold the Jean Monnet Chair on the Fundamentals of European Integration: Democracy, Institutions and Policies. My publications include Interpretation and implementation of Article 50 TEU - Legal and institutional assessment (European Parliament, 2021), Democracy through regional integration: the role of institutions (with K. Nyman Metcalf, Brussels 2015), Central American Integration System (SICA) in the Volume on the Democratization of International Institutions (Routledge, 2013), Social Rights at European, regional and international level – challenges for the 21st century (ed.) (Brussels, 2010) and Regional Integration and Courts of Justice (2005).

As a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown Law for autumn 2021, my research shall focus on the analysis of the various aspects of the U.S. political and constitutional system for my coming publication on the political system and constitutional foundations of contemporary U.S.A.

Katerina Grafanaki

Katerina Grafanaki

University of Patras
National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, Maryland
Medical Sciences/Dermatology

Katerina Grafanaki M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. is a Dermatologist and member of the Research and Teaching Staff at the School of Medicine of the University of Patras since 2016. Her areas of expertise include skin immunology and wound healing, high throughput molecular analyses on non-coding RNAs in the regulation of keratinocytes, retinoid signaling and translation regulation in skin cancer with focus in melanoma. Dr Grafanaki has contributed to pioneer “Skin Cancer Awareness” via volunteer skin cancer screening campaigns with unique public response. She is an active volunteer for the bone marrow donation and the Hellenic Red Cross and has been appraised for her philanthropy.

Dr Grafanaki will visit the National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics in Bethesda, Maryland, where she will give lectures and will perform cutting-edge melanoma research at the state-of-the-art infrastructure of CCR under the supervision of Dr G. Merlino. The aim of her research will be the elucidation of the complex molecular and genetic programs governing tumor initiation and metastatic progression on cutaneous malignant melanoma. Dr Glenn Merlino is the Head of Cancer Modeling Section and CCR Scientific Director for Basic Research, who has pioneered preclinical melanoma models to study inherent and acquired resistance to targeted and immune-based therapeutics. Dermato-oncology experiments will include transcriptomic profiling of small non-coding RNAs from mouse models, which can be linked to the aggressiveness of melanoma, poor disease outcome and survival, and response to treatment with focus on immunotherapy, and immune checkpoint blockade.

Nikolaos Tzafleris

Nikolaos Tzafleris

University of Thessaly, Volos
University of Washington, Seattle
Holocaust Studies

Nikos Tzafleris is a historian. His research is focused on contemporary social and economic history, social welfare, Axis occupation in Europe, concentration camps, the Holocaust, racism and discrimination in the 20th century. He has held post-doctoral fellowships, at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies-USHMM (2009-2010) and at the International Institute of Holocaust Research – Yad Vashem (2011-2012). Nikos is teaching courses on the Holocaust, Racism and Discrimination at the University of Thessaly since 2015 and has taught Economic and Social History at the Hellenic Open University (2017- 2018). He has been collaborating for more than 12 years with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) on several research projects in Greece. He contributed fourteen entries to the recently published third volume of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945.

As a 2021 Fulbright Scholar, Nikos will be hosted by the University of Washington, Jackson School of International Studies, Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, in Seattle, for research and teaching on the History of the Holocaust. His research project The Relief Program of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJDC) in Greece after WWII investigates how AJDC in the immediate postwar years established a relief network to help the Greek Jews. The project will focus on the Sephardic Jews of Thessaloniki, one of the most prosperous and flourishing Sephardic communities in Europe and the relief aid that AJDC offered them through several different rehabilitation programs. The Sephardic traditions of giving and helping those in need went very well along the humanitarian aid principles of the AJDC. Seattle also offers the suitable cultural environment for this project since the Seattle metropolitan area hosts the third largest Jewish Sephardic community in U.S., which also has a long tradition of charitable organizations.

Sofia Vyzoviti

Sofia Vyzoviti

University of Thessaly, Volos
University of Illinois, Chicago
Human Environment / Micro-Dwellings

Architect and researcher Sophia Vyzoviti investigates the impact of emergent socio - spatial practices in the development of new architectural paradigms, addressing the transformations of human habitat in the context of global migratory, fiscal, and environmental crises. In her professional and academic studio, Sophia integrates form-generation methods with participatory design processes, producing architectural and urban design projects, full scale prototypes and temporary installations. She is tenured Professor in Architecture at the School of Engineering, University of Thessaly, and has taught at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Cyprus, National University of Singapore, and Delft University of Technology. Sophia Vyzoviti is the author of Μικροκατοικία -Άτλαντας για Αρχιτέκτονες (2017), Soft Shells-Porous and Deployable Architectural Screens (2011),  Supersurfaces (2006), Emergent Places for Urban Groups without a Place (2005) and Folding Architecture: Spatial, Structural and Organizational Diagrams (2003).

As a Fulbright Scholar in 2021, Sophia will be hosted by the School of Architecture, College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago. She will carry out situated research investigating Micro-Dwellings, a novel residential typology that promotes a radical reduction of domestic space to the absolute minimum. Examining emblematic precedents and state of the art cases of Tiny-Houses and Micro-Apartments in Chicago metropolitan area, her study will articulate the architectural, social, and financial layers of compact living, providing a cross-disciplinary interpretation of this increasingly popular global urban phenomenon.

Stefanos Zaoutsos

Stefanos Zaoutsos

University of Thessaly, Larissa
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Engineering Mechanics

Stefanos Zaoutsos graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of the University of Patras. He also holds an M.Sc Degree in Systems Simulation and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics. During 1993-1994 he was a research fellow of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium. Currently he is Professor in the Department of Energy Systems at the University of Thessaly. The areas of competence and his research activities focus on the mechanical behavior of advanced materials - composites, biomaterials and nanomaterials - and their time dependent mechanical response under variable mechanical/hygrothermal loading.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Stefanos Zaoutsos will be hosted at Harvard University, John Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts, where he will conduct research focusing on mechanics of advanced elastomeric and composite materials used in soft robotics applications. Based on biomimetic and the principles of engineering mechanics an integrated modeling procedure will be developed and exploited for the study and prediction of the desirable controlled  locomotion of soft robotic parts that can be used in medical, rehabilitation and environmental applications.

The research task that will be accomplished at Harvard University will give a boost to steps for strengthening and continuation of collaboration between the visiting and host universities as well as between laboratories that have common research activities focus on advanced materials and soft robotics applications acting as a first link between colleagues in Greece that will expand knowledge and accelerate a transnational collaboration in the field.

Vasileios Kouvelis

Vasileios Kouvelis

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Genetics and Biotechnology: Fungal Genomics / Evolution

Vasileios (Vassili) Kouvelis graduated from the Department of Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). He holds a Ph.D. in Fungal Genetics. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Genetics and Biotechnology in the Department of Biology at NKUA. His research activities focus on two directions: (a) fungal mitogenomics and evolution and (b) genetic and genomic analyses of the mechanisms involved in entomopathogenicity and endophytism of fungal species which are exploited as Biological Control Agents for the protection of crops.

As a 2021-2022 Fulbright Scholar, Vassili will be hosted by the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts at Ann Arbor, for research concerning the evolution of Early Diverging Fungi (EDF) based on their mitochondrial genomes and related genes. The aim of this research is to decipher the mechanisms which govern the diversity and the molecular dating of their evolution through the extrachromosomal genetics that the mitochondria, the power houses of the cell, provide. The combined research expertise of the host, Professor Timothy James, on EDF, and Vassili’s expertise on mitogenomics will offer insights in Fungal Genetics and Evolution. Dr. James' lab, in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute of the Department of Energy (U.S.A.), has generated numerous genomes of these basal fungal lineages. The evolution of mitochondrial genomes and their organization has been essentially overlooked, and these data could be very useful for our joint studies on phylogenomics and evolution.

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