Professor Francois Abboud, head of internal medicine and
director of the Cardiovascular Research Center, receives the American
Heart Associations 1999 Research Achievement Award and the
2000 American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal
Medicine Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine.
Faith Adiele, a graduate student in the Nonfiction
Writing Program, is cowinner of the 1999 William R. Espy award for
Naptime, in recognition of works-in-progress with a Pacific Northwest
The American Psychological Association gives awards to two psychology
professors: Peter Nathan, the 1999 Award for Distinguished
Contributions to Knowledge; and Alan Christensen, the 1999
Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology.
Psychiatry professor Nancy C. Andreasen receives the Rhoda
and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the
Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences,
and the Merit Award for the Phenomenology and Classification of
Schizophrenia from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Marvin Bell, professor of creative writing, is named
Iowas first Poet Laureate by Gov. Tom Vilsack.
Shelley Berc, professor of cinema and comparative
literature, receives a $100,000 grant from the National Theatre
Artist Residency Program for research at the Maine Maritime Museum.
UI student Aaron Bossler is one of three medical
students nationwide to receive the Experimental Pathologist-in-Training
Award from the American Society of Investigative Pathology.
Willard L. Boyd, professor emeritus of law, is inducted
as a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Robert Brennan, professor of education and director
of the Iowa Testing Programs, is recognized for Career Contributions
to Educational Measurement by the board of the National Council
on Measurement in Education.
Associate provost for health sciences and professor of nursing
Kathleen Buckwalter and Kevin Campbell, professor
of physiology and biophysics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Investigator, are elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Institute of Medicine. Campbell is also named a fellow in the Biophysical
Societys first class of society fellows.
Gregory Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical
engineering, receives a Distinguished Guest Professor Award from
the Japanese Ministry of Education and Culture to serve a three-month
residency at Kyoto University.
College of Dentistry faculty members Stephen Stefanac,
Robert Margeas, David Drake, and William
Synan are named to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental
The College of Medicine wins a Silver Achievement Award
from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Antonio Damasio, professor of neurology, receives the Ariens
Kappers Medal from the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research.
Damasios book, The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion
in the Making of Consciousness, is named to the New York Times List
of Notable Books for 1999.
Robin L. Davisson, assistant professor of anatomy and cell
biology, receives a Career Investigator Award from the American
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is recognized
for research excellence by the editorial board of the journal Obstetrics
and Gynecology and receives a $5,000 Department Research Initiative.
Marilyn Dispensa, former graduate assistant at the Hardin
Librarys Information Commons whos now a program analyst
in Information Technology Services, Jim Duncan, head of the
Information Commons, and Jerry Moon, associate professor
of speech pathology and audiology, are awarded first place in the
Sandoz/Slice of Life Student Software Development Competition.
Patrick Durgin, an undergraduate English honors student,
received a Jacob Javits Fellowship, sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Education. The fellowship will cover his graduate school expenses
for four years.
Lou Eichler, business manager of the UIs central mail
system, is honored with the creation of an award program in his
name from the National Association of College and University Mail
Services. He also receives the Industry Excellence Award for colleges
and universities from the U.S. Postal Service.
Kristine Fitch, associate professor of communication studies,
wins the 1999 Gerald R. Miller Book Award from the National Communication
Association for Speaking Relationally.
Shannon L. Fogg, a graduate student in history,
receives the Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship for research
at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaustmitsuhiro
Marsha Forys, reference librarian, is selected to attend
"Immersion 00," a learning seminar, through a national
competition of the Association of College and Research
Libraries Institute for Information Literacy.
Two graduate students and four undergraduates win Fulbright Program
scholarships to conduct research abroad: Ned Bertz, a doctoral
student in history, to study everyday interactions between Africans
and Indians in Tanzania; Carrie Messenger, an M.F.A. student
in creative writing, to conduct research in Romania to complete
a story collection; Lana Zak, to study racial identity in
Korea; Susan Bridenstine, to study economic decisions made
by Colombian immigrant women in Venezuela; Lisa Gihring,
to study the mass medias images of Russian women engaged in
politics in Moscow; and Nicholas Regiacorte, to complete
a collection of poems dealing with emigration and translation in
Six professors are awarded Fulbright Scholar Awards to teach and
conduct research abroad: Thomas M. Cook, professor
of preventive medicine and environmental health, to visit the Slovak
Republic; Denise Keyes Filios, assistant professor
of Spanish and Portuguese, to visit Tunisia; Joy E. Hayes,
assistant professor of communication studies, to visit Mexico; Richard
P. Horwitz, professor of American studies, to visit China;
Peverill Squire, professor of political science, to
visit Hungary; and James Throgmorton, associate professor
of urban and regional planning, to visit Germany.
John C. Gerber, professor emeritus of English, receives
one of six awards named for him, recognizing exemplary service and
leadership to the Conference on College Composition and Communication,
part of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Bruce Gronbeck, the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professor
of Public Address, wins the 1999 Samuel L. Becker Distinguished
Service Award from the National Communication Association.
Professor and space physicist Don Gurnett wins a $4-million
NASA contract in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, Calif., to develop and use radar in a search for underground
water on Mars.
David M. Hall, postdoctoral fellow in exercise science,
wins the 1999 Young Investigator Award from the Oxygen Society,
an international scientific organization.
Joseph Hill, assistant professor of internal medicine and
pharmacology, wins the AstraZeneca Young Investigator Forum in Cardiovascular
Engineering professor Forrest Holly is elected president
of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research.
Lawrence Hunsicker, professor of internal
medicine, receives the 2000 Roche Distinguished Achievement Award
from the American Society of Transplantation, honoring a senior
investigator who has made enormous contributions to the field of
transplantation medicine and immunobiology.
Naomi Iizuka, visiting faculty member in the Iowa Playwrights
Workshop, and Ehud Havazelet and Z.Z. Packer, Iowa
Writers Workshop alumni, are among ten winners of the 1999
Whiting Writers Awards.
Two veterans of the International Writing ProgramAmalia
Kahana-Carmon and Meir Weiseltierwin the 2000
Israel Prize, the top civilian award in Israel.
Robert P. Kelch, dean of the College of Medicine, receives
the Merit Award, and Louis Crist, director of the colleges
Office of Continuing Medical Education Division, receives the John
F. Sanford Award from the Iowa Medical Society for their contributions
to the field of medicine.
Kevin Kelley and Bryan Less of the University Video
Center and graduate student David Gould win a regional Emmy
from the St. Louis Mid-American Chapter of the National Academy
of Television Arts and Sciences for The Search for Meaning, a 26-program
series for public television on healthy living.
The American Historical Association honors history professor Linda
Kerber with two awards: the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for
best work in womens history and/or feminist theory and the
Littleton-Griswold Prize for best book in any subject on the history
of American law and society, in recognition of her 1998 book No
Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of
Richard E. Kerber, professor of internal medicine
and associate director of the departments Division of Cardiovascular
Diseases, is recognized as a Year 2000 Honoree of Emergency Cardiovascular
Care by the American Heart Association.
Karl Kirby, a third-year medical student, wins first prize
in a national competition, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism
in Medicine Essay Contest.
Gov. Tom Vilsack presents printmaker Mauricio Lasansky,
emeritus professor of art and art history, with the Iowa Award,
the states highest citizen award.
Judith Liskin-Gasparro, associate professor of Spanish and
Portuguese, wins the 1999 Florence Steiner Award for Leadership
in Foreign Language Education from the American Council on the Teaching
of Foreign Languages.
Patricia Lounsberry, program director in cardiovascular
health assessment, is the first Iowan named to the board of directors
of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Janet Mapel, a pediatric nurse practitioner at University
Hospital School, is named Outstanding Nurse Practitioner of the
Year by the Iowa Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Carolyn McConnell, a graduate student in the Nonfiction
Writing Program, is cowinner of the 1999 William R. Espy award for
Water II: Lake, in recognition of works-in-progress with a Pacific
Professor Gerald J. McGowan, clinical associate professor
in family medicine, is named the 1999 Medical Educator of the Year
by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.
Three professors win fellowships from the National Endowment for
the Humanities: Paula A. Michaels and Michel Gobat,
assistant professors of history, and Janet G. Altman, professor
of French and Italian.
Several Nonfiction Writing Program students and graduates are tapped
for awards: Faith Adiele wins the $2,000 Millennium
Essay Award from Creative Nonfiction for her essay "Lessons
in Killing for the Black Buddhist Nun"; Cecile Goding
receives the Magazine Association of Georgia Competition 2000 Gold
Award for Best Essay for "Six Degrees of Fluency," published
in The Georgia Review (Fall 1999); Brian Lennon receives
the Associated Writing Programs Prize for Nonfiction for his book
City, to be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2001;
and Leslie Roberts nonfiction piece "The Entire
Earth and Sky" has been selected for inclusion in Experiencing
Nature, an anthology of creative nonfiction to be published by Jeremy
P. Tarcher/Putnam in 2001.
The Old Capitol Museum web site receives the 1999 Web Site
Award from the Iowa Division of Tourism and the Travel Federation
The Panhellenic Council and the student fund-raising organization
Dance Marathon receive the Governors Award for Volunteerism.
Ray Parrott, professor and head of Russian, wins
the 1999 Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Profession
from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European
The Oval Hour, a collection of poetry by Iowa Writers Workshop
alumna Kathleen Peirce and published by the University
of Iowa Press, receives the 1999 William Carlos Williams Award
from the Poetry Society of America.
Paul Pomrehn, professor and interim head of community and
behavioral health in the College of Public Health, receives a Special
Recognition Award from the Association
of Teachers of Preventive Medicine.
Michael Putnam, a UI graduate student in Germanic languages
and literature, wins a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst grant
from the German government to study dialectology in Germany.
Lauren Rabinovitz, a professor in the Departments
of Cinema and Comparative Literature and American Studies, is awarded
a grant from the NEH in support of her project "Yesterdays
Wonderlands: Introducing Modernism to America."
Robert G. Robinson, professor and head of psychiatry, receives
the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Annual Research Award.
Victor G.J. Rodgers, associate professor of chemical and
biochemical engineering, receives the 1999 Distinguished Service
Award from the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Institute
of Chemical Engineers.
UI graduate student Brigitte (Gitti) Hecker Salamni receives
the Distinguished Masters Thesis Award from the Midwestern
Association of Graduate Schools/UMI for "The Hinterland
of Calabar: Art History of the Cross River Region of Nigeria."
Curt D. Sigmund, associate professor of internal medicine
and physiology and biophysics, receives the Henry Pickering Bowditch
Lectureship, awarded to an outstanding physiologist in the United
States under 42 years of age.
Fred Skiff, associate professor of physics and astronomy,
is elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.
The campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
receives the 1998-99 National Outstanding Campus Chapter Award.
Padmini Srinivasan, director of the School
of Library and Information Science, receives a two-year research
grant from the National Institutes of Health to design methods to
improve searching on medical databases.
The State Health Registry of Iowa, directed by Charles
Lynch, professor of epidemiology, earns a Gold Standard Award
from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.
Frederick Stern, professor of mechanical engineering and
researcher in the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, is elected
a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Bonnie S. Sunstein and Kathryn F. Whitmore, associate
professors in the College of Education, are elected to leadership
posts within the National Council of Teachers of EnglishSunstein
as a trustee of the organizations Research Foundation and
Whitmore as chair of its Nominating Committee.
UI art students Peter Axelsen, Jered Sprecher,
and Christopher Thomas are selected for inclusion in the
2000 edition of New American Paintings: The MFA Manual, published
by Open Studios Press.
UI senior Alissa Swango is selected as one of the top 10
journalism students in the country, winning a $10,000 scholarship
from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Anna Tauke, a junior in electrical and computer engineering,
is selected by the National Science Foundation as one of 10 U.S.
undergraduate students who will spend the summer at the European
Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland.
UI Health Care physician-researchers Harold Adams and Donald
Heistad receive American Heart Association awards.
The UI student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical
Engineers (AIChE) receives the AIChE Outstanding Student Chapter
Award for the seventh year in a row, while Joseph Mohr, a
senior in chemical engineering, is one of only 15 students across
the country to receive an AIChE scholarship.
University alumni Christopher Smith and Sarah Price
receive the 1999 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for their film American
In the Visual Design in Print category, The University of Iowa
Foundation wins a gold award for the Hancher newsletter and
a bronze award for the fall 1999 issue of Dividends from the Council
for the Advancement and Support of Education. The foundation also
receives four awards from the University and College Designers Association
for its 1999 annual report, annual reports for the College of Medicine
and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a table kiosk for
The Presidents Club Assembly, and the fall 1999 Hancher newsletter.
Jessica Wach, a senior music education student, wins
the Collegiate Brass Competition of the Music Teachers National
David P. Wacker, professor of pediatric psychology at University
Hospital School, receives the Applied Research Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Applied Behavioral Research, one of his professions
highest honors, from the American Psychological Association.
Michael J. Welsh, professor of internal medicine and physiology
and biophysics and a Howard Hughes Investigator, is inducted into
the National Academy of Sciences.
Science education professor Robert E. Yager wins the Iowa
Mathematics Science Coalitions highest award for a lifetime
of contribution to science education in Iowa.
Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, professor of Asian languages
and literature, receives a fellowship from the American Council
of Learned Societies (ACLS/SSRC/NEH) to study 1945 to 1955 Japanese
Rose Mary Zbiek, associate professor of mathematics and
education, is the recipient of the third annual Thomas N. Urban
Research Award, which recognizes outstanding educational research
efforts in Iowa.