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March 21, 2023

Three UW researchers named Fulbright Scholars

three head shots, two of men and one woman

From left to right: Andrew Hafenbrack; Amy Pace; and Channing Prend.University of Washington

Three University of Washington researchers have been selected as Fulbright Scholars for 2023-2024 and will pursue studies in Portugal, Mexico and Sweden.

The scholars are Andrew Hafenbrack, an assistant professor in the Foster School of Business; Amy Pace, an assistant professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences; and Channing Prend, a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Oceanography.

Fulbright Scholars are college and university faculty, administrators and researchers, as well as artists and professionals, who build their skills and connections, gain valuable international insights and return home to share their experiences with their students and colleagues.

The Fulbright Scholar Program for academics and professionals awards more than 1,700 fellowships each year, enabling 800 U.S. scholars to go abroad and 900 visiting scholars to come to the United States. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The UW is one of 17 institutions nationwide recognized in 2022-2023 as a “Top Producer” of both Fulbright scholars and students.

The UW Fulbright Scholar selectees for 2023-2023 are:

Hafenbrack is an assistant professor of management and organization and Evert McCabe Endowed Fellow at the UW Foster School of Business.

Hafenbrack, who spent four years on the faculty of Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics in Portugal before joining the UW, will return in spring 2024 to collect additional interview data for research documenting how Airbnb has changed the culture of Lisbon. He also will collaborate with Portugal-based co-authors on a project about mindfulness meditation.

An expert on the efficacy of mindfulness meditation, Hafenbrack’s research has been published in top management journals and featured in The New York Times, Financial Times, Forbes, Businessweek, NPR and BBC, and other popular media outlets. In 2018, he was named one of the world’s “Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors” by Poets & Quants. He received the Foster School’s PhD Mentoring Award in 2022.

Pace is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Pace will be hosted by the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) Unidad Mérida (Mexico) in the Department of Human Ecology. She will pursue a project entitled, “See, Say, Do, Learn: Bilingual Ideologies and Practices in Contemporary Yucatec Maya Families.”

Pace’s research focuses on how children’s language learning skills interact with the structure, quality and contexts of linguistic exposure to support bilingual development in children with and without language disorders.

Prend is postdoctoral researcher in the UW School of Oceanography.

Prend will be hosted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where he will pursue a project titled, “Regional Variability of Air-Sea-Ice Interactions in the Southern Ocean.”

Prend is a climate scientist studying ocean-atmosphere exchange and sea ice dynamics in the Antarctic. He received a doctorate in physical oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he was awarded the Jean Fort Dissertation Prize for his research. He is a NOAA Climate & Global Change postdoctoral fellow with a joint appointment at UW and California Institute of Technology.