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Faculty Study abroad stories

Many of the faculty in our department have had rewarding international study experiences of our own, and we'll be more than happy to tell you about them:

Professor Anderson never strayed far from the east coast of the U.S. through his college and graduate school years, but began participating in conferences in Europe as a professor. While at F&M, he has held two Fulbright lectureships (1994, Brno, Czech Republic and 2000, Vienna, Austria) and one Fulbright senior specialist posting (2002, Innsbruck, Austria). His 2005-06 sabbatical was spent at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen, Bolzano, Italy. He can say "Do you speak English?" in about ten languages, and converse simply in German and Italian.

Professor Crannell spent a summer at Oxford University in England while she was working on her PhD dissertation.  While there, she punted on the Thames, learned to say "Maths" instead of "Math", and met a variety of mathematics graduate students from all over the world.  It was while scrubbing a kitchen floor in Oxford that the idea of how to prove that last Sobolev inequality finally struck her; that was the last piece in the puzzle that allowed her to finish her dissertation.  

Professor Feldman has spent sabbaticals in Ireland and Spain. He writes:

I work in the area of finite group theory, the main topic of Mathematics 330. I am currently collaborating with Dr. Rex Dark, who has retired from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr. Maria Dolores Perez-Ramos, of the University of Valencia, Spain. Since 1999 I have spent two academic years in Galway working with Dr. Dark, and during each of those years I’ve spent two or three weeks in Spain talking to Dr. Perez-Ramos and other friends and colleagues in Valencia and Pamplona.

Getting the opportunity to spend a year with my wife, Tracy, in another country is always exciting and productive. Making friends and seeing new sights, then renewing friendships from previous travels and re-experiencing exotic -- but now familiar -- places, is a fantastic counterpoint to discussing and creating mathematics, by myself and with others.

I wish I had started the process earlier – I was in my mid-30’s when I first went abroad, to England for my first sabbatical. I highly recommend that Franklin & Marshall students find a place to study abroad; doing so might begin a lifetime of personally and professionally rewarding friendships and collaborations.

Professor McCooey spent his college junior year studying math, philosophy, physics, and hitchhiking in French at the University of Paris. It was the same year the Berlin Wall fell. (Pure coincidence.) More recently, he spent three years teaching and learning as a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. He constantly has to fight the urge to say "zed" instead of ''zee",  and to remember that in the USA, we don't spend our loonies -- we let them run our government.  

Professor Ressler spent a college semester in Amsterdam through the Euroterm program at Eastern Mennonite University. He reports " We studied art (I saw lots of Van Goghs and Rembrandts), history, and language (mainly German); and drank lots of Heinekens. We had Eurail passes and traveled a lot."

Finally, Professor Praton adds "I've studied abroad, and I liked  it so much I never left!"