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Fulbright Honors Have WSU Couple Seeing Double
Friday, March 29, 2002

OGDEN, Utah – For Linda Eaton, anthropology professor at Weber State University, receiving a Fulbright scholarship to teach Native American Studies at Charles University in Prague was only half the story.

Her husband Jeff, associate professor of geosciences at WSU, learned the same day that he had earned a Fulbright research scholarship to conduct field studies in the Czech Republic.

The news capped eight months of waiting after each applied for Fulbright funding last summer.

So the Eatons, along with their 13-year-old daughter Laura, will trade Ogden for Prague for the 2002-03 academic year.

Jeff, in conjunction with the Czech Academy of Sciences, will study rocks in the
Bohemian Basin looking for evidence of mammals in the fossil records from the Middle
Cretaceous period. No record of mammals exists in Europe for that time period, so a
discovery would offer great insight into early mammal history. He plans to use techniques
he developed while conducting research on similar rocks in southern Utah.

Linda notes that as an anthropologist, the chance to experience a different culture
only enhanced the honor. In preparation for the trip, a WSU student is teaching them to
speak Czech, but Linda admits she is grateful she’ll be using English in the classroom.
Aside from the language, Jeff says the logistics involved in preparing for such a long stay
are daunting.

Since 1986, six Weber State professors have received Fulbright scholarships,
including the Eatons.The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals each year to more than 140 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety
of academic and professional fields. The international educational exchange program was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas as a vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” President Harry S. Truman signed the program into law in 1946.
Additional Contact(s): Linda Eaton, professor of Anthropology
leaton1@weber.edu
(801) 626-6244
 
Jeffrey Eaton, associate professor of Geosciences
jeaton@weber.edu
(801) 626-6225

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