Fulbright Forum 2016

Fulbright Forum 2016 was organized on March 17-18, 2016 at the University of Jyväskylä

Fulbright Forum 2016: Education, Innovation, Science and Art” at the University of Jyväskylä on March 17–18, 2016 provides a unique opportunity to hear about the research and projects that the current American Fulbright scholars, teachers, and graduate students are doing in Finland.

The first seminar day focuses on Education. The second seminar day is multidisciplinary and it includes a wide array of topics from Health Sciences and Environmental Sciences to Politics and Economics. The presentations on Friday afternoon will be Powered by PechaKucha (20 images x 20 seconds).

The seminar is organized jointly by the Fulbright Center Finland and the University of Jyväskylä, and it is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki.

The seminar is open to the public and free of charge. Join us for the whole seminar or pop in for the presentation of your choice and meet with the Fulbrighters!


Welcome also to drop by the Fulbright Center stand during the breaks to speak about study, research, and funding opportunities in the U.S.

Time: Thursday and Friday, March 17–18, 2016
Place: Ruusupuisto, lecture hall #104, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
More information: Mirka.McIntire(at)fulbright.fi, p. 044 5535 269


CVs of Fulbright Forum speakers and other 2015-2016 U.S. Fulbright grantees to Finland are available here.

Day I

Thursday, March 17, 2016

10.30-11.00 Welcome to 2016 Fulbright Forum

              Helena Rasku-Puttonen, Vice Rector, University of Jyväskylä
              Susan Elbow, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy, Finland (video greeting)
              Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center

11.00-12.00 Panel Discussion: Global Skills in Global Schools
            Moderators: Petteri Granat, History Teacher, Vaskivuori High School, FDAT Alumnus
            Taina Wewer, PhD (education), CLIL Class Teacher, English Teacher and Teacher Educator Teacher Training School of Turku University, FDAT Alumna


  • Heidi Katz
  • Meghan Hanson-Peters
  • Patrick Walsh

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break

13.00-14.00 Panel Discussion: Constructing Identity: Different Modalities for Developing Self-Expression and Civic Engagement
            Moderators: Taina Wewer and Petteri Granat


  • Erin Dowding
  • David Tow (slides)
  • Anna Marquardt

14:00-14.15 The Transposition of Directive 2010/64/EU in Finland and Its Impact on University Level Court Interpreter Training, Melissa Wallace

14.15-14.30 Arts Funding and Freedom of Expression in Finland, Elizabeth Whitney

14.30-14.35 Fulbright Center -  Your Bridge to Study and Research in the U.S., Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

14.35-15.00 Coffee Break

15:00-15:15 What's in a Song, and What Changes When You Put the Word "Art" in front of It?, Simon Barrad (slides)

15.15-16.00 Panel Discussion: What's “Special” about Special Education in Finland?
            Moderators: Taina Wewer and Petteri Granat


  • Ann Brandt
  • Elizabeth Radday

16.00 End of Seminar Day I

16:30-17:00 Guided Tour of the Exhibition Centre Soihtu for the Grantees


Day II

Friday, March 18, 2016

9:00-9:15 Swedish and Finnish Security Policies: National, Regional, and International, Carrie Weintraub

9:15-9:30 The World and Me: How Global Trends Affect Us and What Is Our Role?, Eric Wong

9:30-9:45 American Jeremiad: Higher Education Edition, Lane Crothers

9:45-10:00 Break

10:00-11:15 Panel Discussion: Research in the Health Sciences: Spanning Basic Science to Epidemiology and Public Policy
            Moderator: Edward Sivak


  • Lara DeRuisseau
  • Keith DeRuisseau
  • Edward Sivak
  • Kathryn Lafond (slides)
  • Hyeong-Jin Edward Kim (slides)

11:15-12:15 Lunch Break

Afternoon powered by PechaKucha!

Moderated by Ville Taajamaa, Project Manager, MCPD Alumnus

12:15-12:30 PechaKucha Intro

12:30-12:45 Doing More with Less Data: Compressive Sensing and Sparse Signal Recovery, Bhaskar Rao

12:45-13:00 Cross-Cultural Human Computer Interaction: Customizing Interfaces for Different Cultures, Christopher Harris

13:00-13:15 Mythologies and Practicalities, or, Ways to Think About Architecture in Helsinki, Stephanie Anne Jazmines

13:15-13:20 Fulbright Center -  Your Bridge to Study and Research in the U.S., Johanna Lahti, Deputy Director, Fulbright Center

13:20-13:45 Coffee Break

13:45-14:00 Renewable Energy Storage: The Syngas Solution, Stephen Horvath

14:00-14:15 Placing Bets on Platform Technologies, Jeffrey Keisler

14:15-14:30 Advanced Utilization of Wood through Wood Cell Wall Deconstruction, Junyong Zhu

14:30-14:45 Persistent High Pressure and Heatwaves in Finland, Sol Kim

14:45-15:00 Development of Durable Infrastructure for the Long-Term Storage of Waste Nuclear Fuel, Anton Schindler