March 16, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Dominic L. Poccia, professor of biology at Amherst College has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for 3 months starting in September, 2001. He will travel to the Gulbenkian Scientific Institute in Oeiras, just outside Lisbon, to study the regulation of nuclear membrane fusion by a membrane vesicle fraction enriched in phosphatidylinositol.

Educated at Union College and Harvard University, Poccia has taught at Amherst since 1978. In addition to teaching and research into nuclear transformations of the sea urchin sperm during spermatogenesis and following fertilization, Poccia plays jazz saxophone and clarinet.

This award is administered by the Luso-American Educational Foundation and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and is sponsored by the United States Department of State. The Fulbright Scholar Program, founded 54 years ago, is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program. Poccia will join some 800 U.S. academics and professionals who will have Fulbright Scholar awards in 2001-2002.