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Fulbright Ambassador to speak about experience in Nicaragua

February 18, 2015

Matt Vonk, professor in the department of physics and the 2014-2015 Fulbright Ambassador, will speak about his experience at noon on Wednesday, March 4, in the Willow River Room in the University Center.

In 2010, Vonk received a Fulbright award to live and teach in Managua, Nicaragua. While there, Vonk collaborated with the faculty at the National Engineering University and taught digital electronics.

In his free time, he was able to explore the fascinating country. Although the bulk of his experience was very positive, at the end of his stay, Vonk had to adjust his plans when rival student groups started firing morteros, a common utensil used in pharmacies to crush various substances, at each other on campus.

In the presentation Vonk will talk about his time in Nicaragua, some long-term effects of the experience, and why UW-River Falls students should consider applying, even if you’re skeptical or unsure. Refreshments will be served.