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Fulbright Students From 42 Countries Convene in Seattle To Explore Solutions to Challenges Facing Global Energy and the Environment

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 21, 2014


From May 27-31, the U.S. Department of State, through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), will welcome 75 first-year Fulbright foreign students from 42 countries to Seattle, Washington, for a seminar focused on energy and the environment. The seminar, “From Lab to Market,” will provide a forum for participants to exchange ideas and resources with a focus on how technological advances across scientific disciplines can be translated into innovative products and services in the energy and environmental sectors.

The seminar, taking place at sites throughout Seattle, will include discussions with experts, visits to industry-leading companies and research institutions, and interactive workshops. Participating Fulbright students will build upon their knowledge and establish a peer network to address changing energy needs and environmental challenges worldwide.

The Seattle “From Lab to Market” Seminar is one of eleven enrichment seminars hosted across the United States by the State Department, and supported by the Institute of International Education, in 2014. These enrichment seminars are an integral part of first-year Fulbright foreign students’ experiences. They support the overall mission of the Fulbright Program, to address critical priorities while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership that benefit the United States and the world. A video about the 2013 Fulbright Enrichment Seminars demonstrates their impact.

Upon request, members of the press may interview Fulbright foreign students participating in the seminar, as well as alumni and experts from the panel sessions and interactive workshops. Panelist Lynn Best, director, Environmental Affairs Division, Seattle City Light, will speak from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., May 28 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel (2100 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98121).

On Thursday, May 29, a panel will discuss “Bringing New Technologies for Energy and the Environment to Market” from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Panel participants include John Plaza, President and CEO, Imperium Renewables, Inc., Wallace Kempkey, President, Pterofin, and Michael Waggoner, CEO, Grow Plastics.

Press attendance is by RSVP only. For press inquiries and for further information about ECA and the Fulbright Program, contact Meredith Pratt,, 202-223-4933 or ECA Press,, 202-632-6552.

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