SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

April 22, 2009 15:39 ET

Third WesternU Fulbright Scholar Named

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - Dr. Linda-Marie Sundstrom, MS, DPA, assistant professor for the Department of Health Sciences Education and part of the College of Allied Health Professions at Western University of Health Sciences, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2009-10.

WesternU now has three such honorees with connections to the University. Earlier this month, Dr. Beatrice Saviola, associate professor of microbiology, and Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis, a WesternU Board of Trustees member since 2004, were Fulbright honorees.

The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals annually to 140 countries to lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

"I am honored to be going to Ukraine, not only to teach at their university and conduct research, but also to have the opportunity to meet with a variety of elected and government officials to discuss the balance of government services, charitable services and individual responsibilities," Dr. Sundstrom said.

Sundstrom, who will travel to the Ukraine in February, has developed a masters-level course for students in that country called "Effective Public Program Design, Evaluation & Funding," a combination of program evaluation, policy analysis and grant writing.

At the Ukraine government's request, Dr. Sundstrom also developed a series of workshops for government agencies and the general public that will be conducted throughout the country on topics such as NGO management, grant writing for international foundations, program design and evaluation, and community health education.

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Fulbright Program. Under a cooperative agreement with the bureau, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the administration of the Fulbright Scholar Program for faculty and professionals, according to its website,

"I think it's significant that three of our WesternU family have been chosen for a Fulbright for this year. This certainly gives high recognition to the quality of their scholarship," said Dr. Philip Pumerantz, president of WesternU.

Western University of Health Sciences ( in Pomona, Calif., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in health sciences, nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and veterinary medicine. In 2009, the university will admit students to new degree programs in dentistry, optometry, podiatry and biomedical sciences.

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