Levo is excited to share some tremendous news: our Field Scientist, Nathaniel Heiden, was just awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Research Grant! Next year Nate will spend nine months studying plant performance and success in gypsum soils — research that has implications for understanding agriculture, climate change, and drought — in Zaragoza, Spain. Nathaniel joins a distinguished group of scholars which has included Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients. This year Spain only awarded 24 Research Fulbrights to all categories of students and Nate Heiden is one of them.
The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries and it is no surprise that Heiden received the grant. The award caps a distinguished undergraduate career which included recognition of his scholarship including the Fenton Moore award and the Outstanding Biology Scholar Award from John Carroll University. Nate also demonstrated a commitment to service and to cross-cultural exchange. His Fulbright funded research will continue a multi-national collaboration he joined as an undergraduate, while his work in Guatemala and Haiti accentuate his commitment to service that played out in numerous local volunteer efforts in Cleveland. This summer as he prepares for the work in Spain and continues to work with Levo on the development of effective hydroponic farming methods in developing countries, Nate will also be working with a summer wellness program for at-risk young people.
Levo is committed to the development and distribution of effective solutions for the advancement of food security and economic progress. To do so, we need the involvement of high quality professionals like Nate. Congratulations to Nate and many thanks to all who supported his work.