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U of M Hosts Three Visiting Fulbright Scholars
For release: Sept. 13, 2005
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Three international scholars, recipients of the prestigious Fulbright Award, will call the University of Memphis home this semester.

Dr. Evghenii Florea, professor of criminal law and criminology at Moldova State University, will conduct research on bank fraud crimes in the United States.

Dr. Kaushik Kumar Majumdar, postdoctoral research associate at the Indian Statistical Institute, will work with the University's Institute for Intelligent Systems and Division of Computer Science

Musa Saidu Abubakar is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, will teach the Hausa language and culture in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Dr. Florea's project includes research on issues such as illegal bankruptcy, card and check fraud, and exchange fraud, as well as computer and Internet related bank crimes. Moldova, the newest nation in the world and formerly part of the Soviet Union, has no federal criminal statutes that govern offenses by or against financial institutions. Florea hopes to use the results of his research to publish a book entitled Bank Fraud Crimes: History, Causes and Prevention. During his stay, Florea is being hosted by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Majumdar's research in Memphis will be a collaborative work focusing on computational models of emergent collective behavior and phase transitions in nonlinear neural models. The goal of the project is to understand the functions of the human brain in order to create improved machine intelligence. The research involves interpretations of the human brain into biology, physics and mathematics, and then creating a virtual world of it in computers. Majumdar's work will focus on the mathematical modeling part.

Abubakar's subject matter, the Hausa language, is the most widely spoken language in West Africa, serving as an official language of several countries as well as the common language of trade in the region. This is the second year that Memphis is hosting a Fulbright instructor in Hausa. During his stay, Abubakar is being hosted by the African and African American Studies Program.

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