Janet L. McCoy


AUBURN -- Two Auburn University faculty members are working at universities in Thailand and Ghana as 1998-99 Fulbright Scholar grant recipients.

Patience Essah, an associate professor of history, and Buelon Moss, professor of animal and dairy science, were two of 750 U.S. faculty and professionals to receive grants from the program this academic year.

Essah, who has been a faculty member at AU since 1990, is teaching and researching at the University of Ghana, in Legon, Ghana. Her research focuses on American history, slavery and the slave trade. Specifically, Essah research is on the source of Atlantic slave trade and on the state and societies along the points of departure for the millions of Africans sold into slavery.

While her earlier research began with the arrival of slaves in North America, her work while in Ghana will "take the journey further backward by delving into the African origins of the slaves," she wrote in her Fulbright application.

"I seek to explore the cultural background of the slaves from Africa as a prelude to the larger question of examining the transformation of Africans into African-Americans in the Americas." she wrote.

In addition to her research, Essah is teaching classes in her specialty.

She is the author of A House Divided: Slavery and Emancipation in Delaware, 1638- 1865. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Ghana, and the master's and doctoral degrees from UCLA.

Before coming to AU, Essah was an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University. She will return to Auburn in June.

Moss is teaching at Prince of Songkla University in Songkla, Thailand, where he is working to develop a dairy nutrition and management program to enhance the dairy industry in Thailand.

Moss, who joined AU in 1983 as a professor and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will return to the United States in April.

His research responsibilities relate primarily to dairy nutrition and management.

Moss earned his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Berea College in Kentucky, a teacher's certificate in agricultural education from the University of Kentucky and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee.

Before coming to AU, Moss was at Montana State University.

In addition to US. faculty, about 725 visiting scholars will also receive awards to come to the United States to study, primarily as researchers.

Rauza Mukanova, a professor at Western Kazakhstan Institute of Management in Uralsk, Kazakhstan, spent five months visiting AU's Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.

His research was on the socioeconomic problems in the agricultural sector in Kazakhstan based on his U.S. experience. While at AU, Mukanova worked with Joseph Molnar, professor of agricultural economics and rural sociology.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Information Agency, with additional funding provided by the participating governments and host institutions in the United States and abroad. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a private, non-profit organization, facilitates the exchange of U.S. and foreign Fulbright recipients.

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CONTACT: Janel Showalter, publications officer, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, at 202/686-7868 or click here for additional information on the program.