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Two BYU professors receive Fulbright Grants for 2005-2006

Two Brigham Young University professors received Fulbright Scholar Grants for the 2005-2006 academic year from the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Michael John Dorff, associate professor of mathematics, will conduct research on harmonic univalent mappings and minimal surfaces at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland, until February 2006, while geology professor Alan L. Mayo will further his research on the optimization of groundwater development and protection in Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, through December.

Dorff received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from BYU and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of New Hampshire. He then completed doctoral work, also in mathematics, at the University of Kentucky.

Professionally, Dorff was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Rolla and Purdue University before joining the BYU faculty as an associate professor in 2004. He is also currently studying geometric function theory, complex analysis and differential geometry.

Mayo received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University and a doctoral degree from the University of Idaho. His professional experiences include working as a senior environmental planner for San Diego County, an assistant professor at the University of Idaho and a senior hydrogeologist in Georgia.

Other research interests include both applied and theoretical research in solute and isotope hydrogeochemistry. He joined the BYU faculty in 1987 and began a research and teaching program in hydrogeology.

Dorff and Mayo are two of the approximately 850 U.S. faculty and professionals who will teach and research abroad in 150 countries for the 2005-2006 academic year under the Fulbright Scholar Program. The program was founded to help foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

For more information on the Fulbright Scholar Program, visit its Web site at

Writer: Elizabeth Kasper

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