LEWISBURG, Pa. — Two members of the faculty at Bucknell University — Abdallah Abu Eid and Thomas Cassidy — are Fulbright Scholars.

Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell welcomed Abu Eid to the university and congratulated Cassidy on his accomplishment. Mitchell said, "This is an honor for Bucknell as well as for Professors Abu Eid and Cassidy. Their work will enrich the academic experience of our students and will strengthen the bridge between Bucknell and other nations and cultures."

Provost Mary DeCredico concurred, "Professors Abu Eid and Cassidy are outstanding teachers who are passionate educators and prolific researchers. The are both dynamic and talented teachers who bring innovation and energy to their classes. I am delighted that their work has been recognized by the Fulbright Scholar Program."

Abu Eid, associate professor of law at Birzeit University, is a Scholar-in-Residence in the political science department at Bucknell, where he lectures on contemporary political issues in the Arab world. He is one of approximately 850 foreign faculty and professionals who received awards to teacher or conduct research in United States.

Abu Eid holds degrees from Baghdad University and Charles University in Prague. He has served as an attorney in Bethlehem and a legal advisor in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as well as a professor in West Bank.

The author of numerous publications and two books, Abu Eid has been a visiting scholar in Belgium, Munich and Canada as well as the University of Washington in Seattle. He also participated in a United Nations-sponsored seminar on disarmament and conflict resolution at Juniata College.

Cassidy, associate professor of mathematics, is one of approximately 850 U.S. faculty and professionals selected to lecture or conduct research abroad. He will lecture and research in advanced and abstract algebra at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados, during the spring semester. He is teaching at the University of Oregon this fall.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Cassidy holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon. He joined the Bucknell faculty in 1999 and received the Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. His research interests include non-commutative ring theory, non-commutative algebraic geometry and homological algebra.

These Fulbright Scholars join the nearly 100,000 U.S. and foreign scholars who have participated in the program since its inception in 1946.

Established under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Scholar program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Among thousands of prominent U.S. Fulbright Scholar alumni are Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in economics; James Watson, codiscoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Laureate in medicine; Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet; and Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corporation.

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