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September 30, 2013

Framingham State University Professor of Food and Nutrition Dr. Susan Massad has received a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Grant to spend a month teaching courses and assisting in curriculum development at Al-Quds University in Palestine.

Dr. Massad will also use the trip to research the agricultural and food policy system in the Middle East and compare and contrast it to the system in the United States.

“Our industrial food system and agricultural policy has left our food supply far less than healthy,” Massad says. “Here it’s inexpensive to eat junk and expensive to eat healthy. I’m going to research how this compares to countries in the Middle East.”

She will be visiting the Center for Agricultural Services in Palestine and the Union of Agricultural Work Center as part of this research.

Anan Fareed, President of Research and Education Collaborative (RECA) with Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, was very instrumental in helping Dr. Massad set up a cooperative work agreement with the School of Public Health. RECA is a non-profit educational organization that promotes cooperative research and educational projects among scholars and other professionals at Al-Quds University and their counterparts in educational institutions in the United States.

Massad will also be performing research for a possible future minor in Middle East Studies at FSU and working on developing a collaboration agreement with Al-Quds University that may facilitate students there to enroll in FSU’s online master’s degree in Food and Nutrition.

The trip begins on October 23 and she is set to return on November 25. It’s also possible the grant will allow her to return to the country in April for a five-day public health conference.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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