Fulbright Forum 2014

The 1st Fulbright Forum was organized on April 24–25, 2014 at the University of Jyväskylä

The first Fulbright Forum will be organized on April 24–25, 2014 at the University of Jyväskylä. “Fulbright Forum 2014: Education, Innovation, Science and Art” provides a unique opportunity to hear current American Fulbright scholars and graduate students present on their research in Finland. The first seminar day focuses on education, teacher training and music. The second seminar day includes a wide array of topics from climate change and organic agriculture to aesthetics and innovations in healthcare. The seminar is open to the public and free of charge. Fulbright Forum is organized by the Fulbright Center in cooperation with the University of Jyväskylä.

Time: Thursday April 24, 2014, 9.30 am to 4.20 pm and Friday April 25, 9 am to 3.10 pm

Place: University of Jyväskylä, Agora building, Mattilanniemi 2, Auditorium I (Thursday) and Delta Hall (Friday)

Welcome to Jyväskylä!

Download the Fulbright Forum poster here. The poster is free for you to use!



THURSDAY – Auditorium I (AGORA)

9.30–10.00 Opening Remarks

  • Matti Manninen, Rector, University of Jyväskylä
  • Jeffrey K. Reneau, Counselor for Press and Public Affairs, US Embassy
  • Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center
  • Piia Björn, Professor of Special Education, University of Eastern Finland; ASLA-Fulbright Alumni Ambassadorial Award 2013-3014

10.00–10.25 Crystal Polski: Creating a 21st Century Classroom

10.25–10.50 Karen Martin: Research-Based Teacher Education

10.50–11.00 Break

11.00–11.25 Casie Hermansson: Double Vision: A Tale of Two English Departments

11.25–11.50 Katherine Condon: A Mindset for Music Educators

11.50–12.50 Lunch break

12.50–13.15 Jeanne Zoellner-Gonzalez: Establishing a Math Culture in the Chicago Primary Classroom

13.15–13.40 Kathryn Elkins: Science Education

13.40–14.05 Erin Mikulec: Reflections on Secondary Education and Teacher Preparation in Finland

14.05–14.20 Coffee break

14.20–14.55 Alistair Hayden: States of Matter and Matters of State: Finnish Lessons on Environmental and Science Education

14.55–15.20 Nancy O’Neill: Lessons Learned from Inclusive Music Education in Helsinki's Special Music Centre Resonaari

15.20–15.30 Break

15.30–15.55 Justin London: How Fast is That Music? Understanding Musical Tempo and Musical Movement

15.55–16.20 Olivia Jamandre: Influences in the Piano Music of Jean Sibelius

16.20 End of Seminar Day I


FRIDAY – Delta Hall (AGORA)

9.00–9.05 Opening of Seminar Day II

9.05–9.30 Sophia Albov: Northern Latitude Organic Agriculture: The Case of Finland

9.30–9.55 Christin Boggs: Viljellä: A Photographic Exploration of Helsinki Garden, Farm and Foraging Practices

9.55–10.30 Break *

10.30–10.55 Marja Mundy: Studies of Organic Solar Cells

10.55–11.20 Darla Goeres: Biofilm Standard Methods: Building Bridges Between Finland and the US

11.20–11.45 Robert Davis: Magic Squares and Geometry: the Difficulty of Counting

11.45–12.45 Lunch break

12.45–13.10 Matthew Hoddie: Power-Sharing Institutions and the Negotiated Resolution of Civil Wars

13.10–13.35 Karli-Jo Storm: Language and Stability: Inferences from the Georgian Case

13.35–13.50 Coffee break

13.50–14.15 David Lange: Water – An Overlooked Construction Material

14.15–14.40 Brandon Boor: Small Particles in the Air: Challenges and Opportunities

14.40–15.05 Elizabeth Torcivia: Innovation, Healthcare and International Collaborations

15.05–15.10 Closing Words

* The following presentations were cancelled due to illness: “Can a Merger of Genetics, Ecology, and Engineering Enable Us to Help Ecological Systems Adapt to Climate Change?” and “The Continuum of the Everyday”.


Please visit the Fulbright Center stand outside the seminar hall where Fulbright staff will be available on both seminar days to answer questions on studying in North America and on scholarship opportunities to the U.S. during breaks in the program.


The Fulbright Forum 2014 is organized by the Fulbright Center in cooperation with the University of Jyväskylä.

Download the seminar program as a PDF here.



Core Fulbright Scholars

Goeres, Darla
Montana State University
Åbo Akademi

Hermansson, Casie
Fulbright-University of Turku Scholar Award
Pittsburg State University
University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University

Lange, David
Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation
University of Illinois — Urbana-Champaign
VTT Espoo

London, Justin
Carleton College
University of Jyväskylä

Torcivia, Elizabeth
Seton Hall University
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

Mid-Career Professional Development Grantees

Hoddie, Matthew
Towson University
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Mikulec, Erin
Illinois State University
University of Helsinki

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching

Condon, Katherine
McPhail Center for Music, MN
Sibelius Academy

Elkins, Kathryn
Sapulpa Junior High School, OK
University of Jyväskylä

Martin, Karen
Tri-Valley School, AK
University of Jyväskylä

Polski, Crystal
Wayzata High School, MN
University of Jyväskylä

Zoellner-Gonzalez, Jeanne
Brighton Park School, IL
University of Jyväskylä

U.S. Graduate Students

Albov, Sophia
University of Montana
MTT Agrifood Research in Finland, University of Helsinki, University of Eastern Finland

Boggs, Christin
Rochester Institute of Technology
Aalto University

Boor, Brandon
Fulbright-CIMO grantee
The University of Texas, Austin
University of Helsinki and Aalto University

Davis, Robert
Fulbright-CIMO grantee
University of Kentucky
Aalto University

Hayden, Alistair
Fulbright-University of Turku Graduate Award
Boston University
University of Turku

Jamandre, Olivia
Fulbright-CIMO grantee
University of Kansas
Sibelius Academy

Mundy, Marja
Davidson College
Tampere University of Technology

O’Neill, Nancy
Fulbright-University of Helsinki Graduate Award
Illinois State University
University of Helsinki

Storm, Karli-Jo
Fulbright-CIMO grantee
Indiana University
University of Eastern Finland