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UNI professor receives second Fulbright grant

June 8, 2003

Joyce Milambiling, assistant professor, Department of English Language and Literature, (319) 273-6099
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joyce Milambiling, an assistant professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Northern Iowa, has received a second Fulbright grant, to teach and conduct research in Indonesia during 2004. Her first Fulbright came in 1994-95, and allowed her to conduct a similar project in Southeast Asia.

For five months in Medan, Indonesia, Milambiling will help to train teachers who instruct students in foreign languages, and help prepare Indonesian scholars for study in other countries. She also will conduct research on the language policies and linguistic culture of Indonesia. 'I'll be trying to link attitude and use, and find out what language students use and whether they have a negative or positive view toward English,' she explained.' Although Indonesia is a Muslim country, there are many ethnicities there and many languages spoken. So I'm also interested in finding out what languages are supported by the government there.'

She said her interest in language began in 1974, as an exchange student to Sweden. 'That really opened a huge door for me in terms of realizing what changes occur when you live in another country and participate in day-to-day life.'

Her husband Joseph and 10-year-old son Adam will accompany her to Indonesia. 'We'll be very close to Thailand, which is where Adam -- adopted at age 6 -- was born,' she explained. 'I'd like to give him an opportunity to explore that area.'

Milambiling holds a B.A. in liberal studies from Boston University; an M.A. in Scandinavian languages and literature from the University of California at Berkeley; and a doctorate in applied linguistics from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She was recently granted tenure and promoted to associate professor, effective August 2003.

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Its mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Each year, about 4,500 new Fulbright grants are awarded.