Alumni Ambassadors

Michael Famiano

Michael Famiano
Job title
Academic year
January 2019 –June 2019
Effects of Relativistic Electron Production in Stellar Environments

 spent six months in Japan exploring the theory behind how very violent events in the universe can make some of the heaviest elements we see in space. My work involved interacting with physicists and astronomers all over Japan. In particular, I was interested in what happens in stars, supernovae, and other astronomical sites when the temperature gets very hot or when there are very strong magnetic fields. Much of what we did was able to add to the existing field of knowledge surrounding some of the most puzzling questions in the cosmos today.

Besides the scientific work that I did, I was able to integrate into my local community in Japan by giving presentations and public lectures. I spent time talking to grade school students, adults, and people from all walks of life about my study. This was a great way to get people excited about science while learning about my host country. I was also able to interact with other Fulbrighters in Japan and learn about their work. At home, I used my new connections and awareness to create a humanitarian organization the assists foreign students in the US as they struggle with financial, housing security, and food security issues during the COVID19 crisis.

Ask Me About:

  • How a Fulbright fellowship can fit into your grant-funded scientific research.
  • Professional outreach and community service while living abroad.
  • Getting violently ill and going to the hospital in a foreign country.
  • Expecting a baby in a foreign country and prenatal care.
  • Living apart from the family for an extended period.