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The question of the National Popular Vote versus the electoral vote is consistently a topic of intense discussion and debate during an election year. In this timely panel series, hear from experts Jeanne Brown, Derek Cressman, Miranda McGowan and Mary Thompson as they examine and analyze the National Popular Vote. Topics to be covered will include:

  • The historical background of the constitutional framers to develop a fair method of electing the President of the new nation;
  • the foundational beliefs of the Electoral College, selection methods of the Electors by each state and the“winner take all” format in assigning the electoral votes for the candidate; and
  • the impetus for the National Popular Vote as a method for electing the President, the failure to pass a constitutional amendment and the compact state effort to bring about a change in electing the President.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Register via ZOOM today!


Jeanne Brown

Derek Cressman

Miranda McGowen

Mary Thompson

Board Member and Former President,
North County Sean Diego League of Women Voters (LWV)


Political Reform Advocate, Author and Former Candidate for CA 
Secretary of State


Professor of Law,
Universiy of San Diego

Chair of the Civic Engagement Committee, 
North County San Diego League of Women Voters (LWV)

Jeanne Brown has her bachelor's in the sciences and mathematics and was a teacher for 35 years. She then earned her master's in Curriculum and Supervision. Following her retirement she was San Diego’s organizer for Common Cause for four years. She now serves on the Board of LWV and has served as President in the past. Her areas of expertise are fair elections, money in politics, and redistricting. Derek Cressman began working on issues of removing big money from politics, improving campaign finance transparency and modernizing the California Voter Registration System as the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's Democracy Program Director in 1995. He was also Vice President for States at Common Cause 2006-2013. He is currently a Candidate for CA State Senate representing Sacramento.

Professor McGowan completed her BA in Political Science, magna cum laude, at UC Berkeley and her JD from Stanford University, where she was an articles editor for the Stanford Law Review. Her areas of expertise include Constitutional Interpretation, Constitutional Law and Constitutional Rights as well as Employment and Labor Law, and Employment Discrimination. Professor McGowan teaches and writes in the areas of employment discrimination, constitutional law and race and gender identity.

Since retiring as an executive at ViaSat Inc. in 2005, Mary Thompson has been an active leader in the LWV promoting deliberative democracy. She also researches and writes for the LWV of California on the pros and cons of voter education material. 


COVID-19: Health Facts and the Future of  Reconnecting the Globe with Robert T. Schooley, M.D., Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, UC San Diego

In this Zoom webinar, a world-renowned infectious diseases professor from the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego), Dr. Robert T. (Chip) Schooley, presented cutting-edge data on COVID-19 and suggestions for moving forward safely.

About the Speaker: Dr. Schooley is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Senior Director of International Affairs, Global Education's Interim Faculty Director at UC San Diego, and Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases. He is recognized worldwide for his research in viral infections and global health. 

You can also find a supplemental Q&A document HERE.

Thank You For Tuning Into Fulbright Day 2020!


Thank you to everyone who supported our 3rd annual UC San Diego Fulbright Day! It was a great event and we hope that it inspired students, educators and staff on a potential Fulbright application. A special thank you to the panelists who shared their experiences and advice. Information on the panelists can be found below:

If you were unable to join us, you can watch the webinars:


Transcripts are available for both the Student Session and Scholar Session.

Scholar Session Panelists

Scott Desposato
Professor, Department of
Political Science


Scott Desposato is Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Chair of Latin American Studies. He was awarded a Fulbright to conduct research on voting behavior at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. His Fulbright program was terminated early due to COVID-19 in late March, 2020.
Kenneth Loh
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Structural Engineering
Dr Loh is the Director of the Active, Responsive, Multifunctional, and Ordered-materials Research (ARMOR) Lab and is the Associate Director of the UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering, Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER). He is also an affiliate faculty member of the Materials Science & Engineering Program and the Center for Wearable Sensors.

Dr. Loh participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program in 2014. He was a Visiting Professor at the National Taiwan University conducting bridge scour monitoring research. The goal of the study was to develop a thorough understanding of scour phenomena using an integrated experimental-computational approach coupled with rich data streams obtained from laboratory testing of a piezoelectric scour rod sensor prototype. 

Roark Miller
Director, International Faculty & Scholars Office
Fulbright Scholar Liaison


Roark Miller directs the International Faculty & Scholars Office at UC San Diego and is a Fulbright Scholar Liaison for the institution. He has had a Fulbright-Hayes dissertation research award, for which he studied in Venice, Italy, and a 2018 Fulbright International Education Administrators seminar award for India.

Student Session Panelists:


Andra Jacques
Advisor, Study Abroad
UC San Diego


Andra's work emphasizes outreach to underserved students and promotes access, equity and inclusion for all students in study abroad. Andra was a 2017 Fulbright International Education Administrators grantee for South Korea. Her project focused on sharing mutually beneficial educational exchange practices and expanding interest in studying in South Korea to non-Korean and heritage seeking students.
Michelle Monroy
Fellowship Advisor,
Graduate Division
Michelle is UC San Diego's advisor for students who wish to appy for a Fulbright. Her responsibilities include supporting students through the application process, coordinating campus internal processes, liaising with sponsoring organizations, and organizing workshops and outreach programs.

Anika Ullah 
MIT Media Lab Graduate Student
National Geographic Explorer
MIT Human Rights + Tech Fellow
Fulbright Research Scholar


Anika Ullah is a global health + environmental justice activist, transdisciplinary artist, and scientist. She is currently a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, a National Geographic Explorer, MIT Human Rights + Tech Fellow, UC Speculative Futures Fellow, and former Fulbright research fellow. She completed a National Geographic and Fulbright fellowship in Taiwan (2018-2019) working with indigenous communities and the Ministry of Health on culturally grounded betel nut linked oral cancer mitigation.

Anika graduated from UC San Diego in 2018 with a BS in Human Biology and an Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts Minor. 

Fulbright Happy Hour | Thursday, February 13

5-6:30 PM, Soda & Swine (UC San Diego Location)

UC San Diego's Division of Global Education, in collaboration with the San Diego Chapter of the Fulbright Association, invite you to a casual evening of conversation and community with Fulbrighters past, present and potential. Join us for complimentary appetizers in a social setting and connect with San Diego's Fulbright community.  soda-and-swine.jpg

Fulbright Speaker Series | Thursday, December 5

6 PM, UC San Diego  - Sanford Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET) Building, 1st Floor Learning Center, Room 141 (UC San Diego Campus)

Sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the Fulbright Association, the Fulbright Speaker Series offers an opportunity for members to experience, learn and discuss important topics from notable individuals. Following each lecture will be an opportunity to continue the discussion and interact with the speaker. The Fulbright Speaker Series is complimentary and open to the public. The topic of the Fulbright Speaker Series for November is:

Exploring the Universe: From Antarctica to the Stars
Dr Jose V Siles, President of the LA Chapter of the Fulbright Association

Have you ever wondered how the Solar System was formed? And the stars and planets? Do you think there can be life elsewhere in the Solar System? If so, maybe you have also wondered how one can find answers to all these questions. This talk will present a scientific journey from the Earth to the planets and beyond in search of these answers through one of the best places to look at the sky, Antarctica. This lecture will address how scientists are exploring space from the bottom of the world and will also feature some astonishing photos and videos.

About the Speaker:


Dr. Jose V. Siles is currently the President of the LA Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Dr Siles received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication and electrical engineering from the Technical University of Madrid. In 2010, he joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California, USA, as a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow, where he is a senior member of the engineering staff since 2012. Dr. Siles was the recipient of the 2012 NASA/JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award and the 2014 NASA Outstanding Group Award. He was awarded in 2016 with the U.S. Antarctic Service Medal. In 2019, he received the prestigious NASA/ JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence, the highest recognition for early career researchers at JPL.


Gita Mehta, Professor Emeritus  in the Department of Medicine and Andra Jacques, Study Abroad Advisor, speaking to scholars at Fulbright Day 2019. Photo by Sheri Liebovich 


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