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JORDAN KATZ AWARDED FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIP

May 14, 1999

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JORDAN KATZ AWARDED FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIP

Reed chemistry major Jordan Katz ‘99 has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to fund one year of research in a Swiss chemistry laboratory. Katz will work with a diverse group of scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, Switzerland, helping to develop a highly selective laser-based scheme for separating isotopes. Through his involvement in the project, Katz will investigate the chemistry of product recovery, working to increase the efficiency and practicability of the process.
Katz, originally from Princeton, New Jersey, used resonance Raman spectroscopy in his senior thesis on the energetic effect of π-backbonding on the compound Cr(CO) 6. Katz’s fluency in French will aid him in his research with the scientists of the École Polytechnique Fédérale, who represent more than five nationalities. He writes, “Using chemistry as a common language, with a shared intention of discovering scientific facts, we can work to reach a better understanding of each other and the world around us.”

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Fulbright’s American Scholar Program sends nearly 700 scholars and professionals each year to more than 100 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Fulbright fellows are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications and potential, plus their ability and willingness to share ideas and experiences with people of diverse cultures.