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Newsmaker: Lynn A. Botelho

Lynn Botelho, 49, of Indiana

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Noteworthy: Botelho, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania history professor, has received a Fulbright-King's College London Scholar Award, which will allow her to do research at King's College London from January through July. Age: 49

Residence: Indiana

Family: An unofficial foster daughter who is 36 and a social studies teacher; a border collie, Bailey

Background: Botelho began work at IUP as an assistant professor in 1996 and was promoted to full professor in 2005. In January 2006, she was a visiting professor at the University of Essex, England. She received the university's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008 and was named University Professor in 2011. She has published six books. Botelho also is a competitive fencer and is national champion for her age group.

Education: Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Oregon; Ph.D. from Cambridge University, England, 1996.

Quote: “I get to read people's diaries and letters – I'm basically a nosy-boots. I don't know what I'm going to find where, and I can only do it in London.”

— Megan Guza

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