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Charles Darwin expert guest at Fulbright reception

By Patrick Nelson

Australian Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley AC and CDU Professorial Fellow Tim Berra (right) at the Australian Embassy in Washington Australian Ambassador to the US Kim Beazley AC and CDU Professorial Fellow Tim Berra (right) at the Australian Embassy in Washington

Charles Darwin University Professorial Fellow Tim Berra was among the guests of honour at a reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission in Washington DC recently.

Professor Berra, a Charles Darwin expert and triple Fulbright Scholarship winner, took the opportunity to present Australian Ambassador Kim Beazley AC with a copy of his most recent book, “Darwin & His Children: His Other Legacy”.

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission, based in Canberra, produced a poster outlining the history of the program for the celebration. It contained the following quote from Professor Berra:

“I owe my career to the Fulbright program. The exchange absolutely fosters mutual understanding between US and Australia. It shows that the way things are done in the US is not the only way of doing things. It makes one realize that different is not inferior, and sometimes different is superior.”

Professor Berra was the recipient of an unprecedented three Fulbright Awards to Australia in 1969, 1979, and 2009. Associated with CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, he has undertaken research into the biology of nurseryfish in the Adelaide River since 2001. He is Professor Emeritus of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University, and has authored more than 80 scientific papers and seven books.