David Brotman ’11 and Sarah Borton ’10 have been named Fulbright Scholars.
Brotman’s science studies at Fairfield laid the groundwork for a medical research endeavor that will take him to Switzerland next month. There, the Baltimore, Maryland native will conduct research at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne using two unique Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) methods to explore the blood vessels which exit the heart and supply the brain with oxygen rich blood.
“I will be specifically looking at atherosclerotic plaque in the carotid arteries, which contribute to stroke and heart disease,” said Brotman. “It is my hope that my research will provide information which will contribute to finding new modalities to help decrease stroke and heartattacks among people worldwide.”
Borton ’10, of Forty Fort, Penn., and who played varsity field hockey for the Stags, has been awarded a Fulbright to Cyprus. She will study women’s role in peace building and conflict resolution on the divided island, through Hands Across the Divide, a bi-communal women’s organization, and through the Cyprus Hockey Association.
“Cyprus is in such a complex international position, and there’s only so much that you can learn from doing outside research,” Borton said. “Living in a different part of the world will always provide new opportunities to change the way you think. As someone interested in international politics and policies, I am excited to interact with people who have entirely different world views.”
The two current Fulbrights bring Fairfield’s number of Fulbright recipients to 59 in the past 18 years.