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Posted: August 17, 2020 at 6:17 am

An Indiana native has been named a Fulbright Scholar.

The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have announced that Dr. Thomas E. Baker, who studies at University de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to the United Kingdom.

Baker will research and provide mentorship at the University of York as part of a project to study the exact properties of density functional theory. Density functional theory was discovered in 1964 and has provided a way to simulate the quantum physics of large systems, especially to simulate materials. While density functional theory is proven to be exact, the theory requires approximations to use and approximations can give inaccurate results. Baker seeks to improve the theory by discovering more with modern methods from the broader field of condensed matter physics.

The son of John and Kathy Baker, of Indiana, he is a 2005 graduate of Indiana Area Senior High School.

The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. The program was established in 1946.

The following Indiana County-area graduates were recognized as members of the class of 2020 of Edinboro University:

Julie E. Shirley, of Blairsville, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, with honors

Teresa A. Shields, of Clarksburg, who earned a Bachelor of Science in education middle level education, with honors

Makayla Dawn Murray, of Dayton, who earned a Master of Arts in communication studies

Nearly 1,200 students were named to the spring 2020 deans list at Edinboro University. The following Indiana County-area students are among them:

Ashleigh P. Bowman, of Indiana

Julie E. Shirley, of Blairsville

Rachael Duncan, of Blairsville

Teresa A Shields, of Clarksburg

Aubrie R. Putt, of Home

Matthew Anthony Wehrle, of Rossiter

Gabrielle M. LaBovick, of Saltsburg

In order to attain this academic honor, students must maintain a quality-point average of 3.4 or higher, complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit and receive no grade lower than a C in any course.

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