by George Zamora

SOCORRO, N.M., May 27, 2004 – New Mexico Tech physics professor David Raymond has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in environmental science and will now spend the first two weeks of June teaching at the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Under the prestigious program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Raymond will conduct various seminars and workshops on atmospheric physics for faculty and students at the University of Zagreb.

He was invited to participate as a scholar in the international exchange program after having visited the Croatian capital last year at the request of one of his graduate students at New Mexico Tech, who happens to hail from Croatia.

Professor Raymond, who has been on the New Mexico Tech faculty since 1973, is an internationally recognized expert in cloud physics, specifically cumulus convection, and tropical weather and climate.

Last month, he was recognized by the university by being named the recipient of the annual New Mexico Tech President’s Club Distinguished Researcher Award.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. university faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries around the world.

Created to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholars Program, which started in 1946, the Senior Specialists Program aims at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to travel and teach abroad on a Fulbright.