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March 7, 2003
Volume 40, No. 8


Iowa Writers' Workshop brings home national honor
David Skorton becomes president
On first day, president reorganizes administration
Athletics pays University offices $9.3 million
Redefining 'respect' to combat sexual assaults
Bottling pathogens to keep farms safe

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Global scholars win travel, time
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Five are named Faculty Scholars
Career development awards approved for 2003-04
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Career development awards approved for 2003-04

Career Developmental Awards for 2003-04 enable faculty members to achieve educational objectives by spending a period of sustained time, usually one semester, on special projects. 

Of the 81 faculty members chosen this year, 10 are continuing Faculty Scholars who began their projects in previous years and one is a continuing Global Scholar.

The award-winners are:

Karim Abdel-Malek, associate professor, mechanical and industrial engineering, will complete a book on digital human modeling, Human Centric Modeling and Simulation, co-authored with Dr. Jerry Duncan of John Deere Inc.

Lafayette Bluford Adams, associate professor, English, will work on his book, Yankees and Irish: Region and Ethnicity in Gilded Age New England, which brings together immigration history and regional studies to explore the relations between New England's two dominant ethnic groups from 1865 to 1900.

homas Raymond Aprile, associate professor, art and art history, will develop a series of drawings for labyrinths based on his exploration of archetypal structures of anxiety and disorientation such as caves, stairways, and mineshafts.

Maria José Somerlate Barbosa, associate professor, Spanish and Portuguese, will travel to Brazil to examine media representations of Afro-Brazilian women as crossroads between self and society.

Murray R. Barrick, professor, management and organizations, proposes to develop a model of the fundamental features of "emotionally demanding" work, and to examine how these features interact with personality traits to influence job performance. 

Larry D. Bartlett, professor, educational policy and leadership studies, will work on a second edition of a graduate textbook, Successful Inclusion for Educational Leadership, on which he is the lead author.

David S. Bates, associate professor, finance, plans research on two projects. He will develop a new econometric approach for estimating underlying dynamic processes when there are market crashes and will explore the market for stock index options.

Christoph Beckermann, professor, mechanical and industrial engineering, will apply novel molecular dynamics simulation techniques to study particle-solidification front interactions and to develop new models to predict particle incorporation into materials.

David Berkey, professor, dance, will conduct research resulting in the creation and performance of an original full-length ballet based on Frank R. Stockton's The Lady, or the Tiger?

Cinzia Blum, associate professor, French and Italian, will complete a book, Gradiva's Step: Figures of Feminine Subjectivity in Progress, which examines the role that the journey, both thematically and metaphorically, plays in recent women's writings published in Italy.

Florence S. Boos, professor, English, will prepare for submission a book manuscript, The Mediated Muse: Working-Class Women's Poetry in Victorian Scotland.

Theodore Dwight Bozeman, professor, religious studies and history, will identify and clarify a series of unexpected "complications" in the famous debate about religious toleration during the English Revolution (1640-60).

Carolyn J. Brown, associate professor, speech pathology and audiology, plans to complete and publish results from several research projects currently under way in her lab; to begin work on the development of an independent grant proposal; and to revise and update teaching materials for a series of graduate-level audiology courses.

Steven C. Bruell, professor, computer science, proposes to automate the combination process using XML (eXtensible Markup Language) to describe each modeling technique's internal representation in a high-level machine-readable format.

Ethan Canin, professor, Creative Writing Program, will work on a collection of novellas that focus on an array of characters: one tells about a computer designer felled by the collapsed economy; another follows a young man seduced by a violent cult; the third is the confession of a teacher educated by a wealthy politician.

Michael Chibnik, professor, anthropology, will write two scholarly articles: A theoretical piece that critically assesses widely publicized anthropological studies in experimental economics and an ethnographic article about sellers of clay figures and stone masks in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

Russell L. Ciochon, professor, anthropology, will test the hypothesis of an early arrival of humans into Asia, a critical issue in human-origins research, at Sangiran in central Java.

Kenneth Cmiel, professor, history, is writing a book, Promiscuous Knowledge: A Genealogy of the Information Age, in which he contrasts current technologically oriented ideas about information and image and their relation with "truth," with those of the past 200 years.

W. South Coblin, professor, Asian languages and literature, proposes to compile a handbook of 'Phags-pa Chinese,' the earliest known alphabetic record of any form of Chinese pronunciation. 

John A. Conybeare, professor, political science, will classify, contrast, and evaluate arguments for international distribution of money between nations, which is the root of many debates in international politics (e.g., globalization).

Carol Coohey, associate professor, social work, will work on a book-length project that seeks to understand and evaluate the nature and seriousness of supervisory neglect of children, which occurs more often than child physical or sexual abuse of children in Iowa.

Michaeline Adelle Crichlow, associate professor, African American world studies, will revise two chapters on transnationalism in which she examines how Caribbean migrant returnees from the United States and England transform national and local locations.

James Duerlinger, professor, philosophy, will travel to India to work on his translation from Tibetan of Candrakirti's revisionist "theory of persons" in his Madhyamakavatara.

David Dunlap, associate professor, art and art history, will build a sculptural object in the form of a container to house a tent he created that focuses on Martin Luther King Jr. and his concern with social justice and non-violence, currently being shown nationwide by the Smithsonian Institution.

Glenn Ellis Ehrstine, associate professor, German, will work on Perception and Performance in Early German Theater, a book-length study of the German stage from 1450 to 1650 in relation to the period's visual culture.

Michael Flatté, assistant professor, physics and astronomy, in the second semester of his Faculty Scholar Award, will continue to develop new theories of electron spin coherence in artificially structured semiconductors.

Eric Forsythe, professor, theatre arts, will dramaturg The Making of Americans being developed by New York's visionary Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre. Dramaturging involves honing the script, providing historical context, and developing acting techniques.

Patricia A. Foster, associate professor, English, will work on her book of essays, Smart Girls, which explores female ambition in contemporary America.

Claire F. Fox, associate professor, English, will do research for a book on hemispheric cultural policy, focusing on the key institutions of the OAS and UNESCO, and the Latin American visual arts in the post-World War II decades.

John Freeman, associate professor, psychology, will examine the biological mechanisms of memory in the brain, using an electron microscope with state-of-the-art imaging hardware and software to visualize and measure changes in rat brain synapses following eye-blink conditioning.

Charles Frohman, professor, mathematics, will pursue problems associated with three-dimensional geometry and topology.

Richard Fumerton, professor, philosophy, will work on a book invited by Blackwell Press on epistemology (the study of knowledge, justification, and evidence), a field that has changed dramatically in the last two decades.

Lei Geng, associate professor, chemistry, will develop in situ methods for cancer diagnosis using laser spectroscopy. Optical detection of cancers does not require biopsy and could potentially render a diagnosis instantaneously without time delay.

Miriam Gilbert, professor, English, plans a series of interrelated essays dealing with issues of performance criticism. 

Jennifer L. Glass, professor, sociology, will address how work-family policies affect wage growth for employed fathers and child-free women.

David Hamilton, professor, English, proposes to match his previous memoirs focused on farm and rural life with a book that addresses his quarter-century of editing The Iowa Review.

Yukiko Abe Hatasa, associate professor, Asian languages and literature, will develop the second edition of a Japanese-language textbook series and create accompanying multimedia software. 

Vicki Lynn Hesli, professor, political science, will finish a textbook (under contract with Houghton Mifflin) about governments and politics in the post-Soviet region.

Mark Janis, professor, law, in the second semester of his Faculty Scholar Award, will continue to consider how the grant of patents on plant biotechnology inventions affects the pace of technological progress in the seed industry.

Dorothy Johnson, professor, art and art history, investigates the widespread yet little explored revival of myth in French painting and sculpture of the Romantic age (late 18th to early 19th century).

Norman L. Johnson, professor, mathematics, plans to complete an internationally collaborative text on finite geometry, An Atlas of Planes and Processes.

Kenneth A. Kavale, professor, curriculum and instruction, will examine the scientific foundation of special education in terms of good, bad, and bogus science in a book, In the Name of Special Education.

William A. Kirk, professor, mathematics, will study problems in graph theory by assigning distances to graphical points in a way that will permit the application of results obtained by continuous, linear methods in spaces with simpler geometric structure.

David E. Klemm, professor, religious studies, will pursue his research on developing a theory, method, and practice of analyzing cultural works from the arts, sciences, and humanities for their theological meanings.

Rudolf E. Kuenzli, professor, English and cinema and comparative literature, will complete a book-length manuscript on the Dada movement (1916-23) in art, literature, and film, to be published by Phaidon Press in England.

Gregory Landini, professor, philosophy, will work on an introduction and commentary on the logicist thesis that mathematics is logic in Russell and Whitehead's Principia Mathematica.

Sarah C. Larsen, associate professor, chemistry, will combine state-of-the-art experimental and computational methods to study environmental catalysts (substances that speed up chemical reactions and are not consumed in the process).

Robert Latham, associate professor, English, will work on his Faculty Scholar Award proposal, "New Waves Rising," a study of New Wave science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s.

Cynthia Lewis, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, will complete a longitudinal study on the professional development of middle school teachers. 

Jim Jung-Ching Lin, professor, biological sciences, will continue his research elucidating the role of the novel Xin gene believed to play a role in heart development, formation of cell-cell junctions and heart function.

Susan K. Lutgendorf, associate professor, psychology, examines how hormones stimulated by stress, depression, and social support are related to physiological processes involved in cancer progression. 

Thomas M. Lutz, associate professor, English, proposes a new theory of literary value to account for the major trends in literary productions, reviewing, and criticism over the past 150 years. He is in the third semester of his Faculty Scholar Award.

Franklin Miller, professor, cinema and comparative literature, will produce a short digitally animated video that uses rotoscoped drawings—drawings derived from frame-by-frame tracings of full-motion video—as surfaces for 3-D models.

Paul S. Muhly, professor, mathematics, will pursue several projects in operator algebra, a central area in core mathematics that provides the mathematical underpinnings of quantum physics and some modern engineering.

Suely Oliveira, associate professor, computer science, will work on optimization models for graph partitioning and other computer science applications.

Stanley Perlman, professor, pediatrics, will establish an animal model for an emerging viral agent that has the potential to be a weapon of bioterror-ism and examine the immune response to two well-established viruses.

Mark Peterson, associate professor, history, in the second semester of his Faculty Scholar Award, will re-envision the early history of Boston and explore the nature of the Atlantic world of the early modern era. 

Horace A. Porter, professor, African American world studies, will write a book, Albert Murray: A Literary Life, which will be the first biography of Murray, one of the last living African-American writer-intellectuals of the World War II generation.

Takis Poulakos, associate professor, rhetoric, will begin a study examining the process of forming individuals into citizens in Classical Greece. The goal of the award period is a book proposal.

Salome Raheim, associate professor, social work, will compare the educational approaches used in schools of social work in the United States and Australia.

Ira John Rapson, associate professor, music, an award-winning jazz trombonist, will present recent, original compositions in New York, Los Angeles, Australia, Brazil, and Europe and record improvisations by master jazz musicians.

John C. Reitz, professor, law, will write a book about specific ways in which a country's legal system reflects the country's general political economy (whether more state- or market-centered).

Laura Rigal, associate professor, English, in the third semester of her Faculty Scholar Award, will continue to work to complete her book, History's Fictions.

Maureen A. Robertson, associate professor, Asian languages and literature and cinema and comparative literature, will draw on extensive archival research in Asia to place early modern Chinese women's authorship in the 17th- to 19th-century literary and socioeconomic setting.

Robert G. Robinson, professor, psychiatry, plans to write the second edition of his 1998 book, The Clinical Neuropsychiatry of Stroke.

Charles R. Shipan, associate professor, political science, in the second semester of his Faculty Scholar Award, seeks to explain political control by examining why legislatures do or do not attempt to constrain bureaucracies.

David R. Soll, professor, biological sciences, will develop methods to test a new hypothesis, based on preliminary data, that cells release leukocyte attractants in waves.

Padmini Srinivasan, associate professor, library and information science, in the third semester of her Faculty Scholar Award, will continue to explore the design of two types of information extractors for health-care databases.

Dawn E. Stephens, associate professor, health and sport studies, proposes to be the first in the field to investigate correlates of physical activity in young females using the more valid and reliable method of accelerometry instead of self-report methods.

David Stewart, associate professor, mathematics, will investigate, via mathematical models and their analysis, the most important mechanisms by which energy is dissipated when an elastic body impacts a rigid obstacle.

Glenn R. Storey, associate professor, classics and anthropology, will complete phase one of the Gangivecchio Archaeological Project, begun in Sicily in 2000, when he confirmed it as a Roman site (1st to 4th centuries A.D.) with a probable Greek colonial (8th to 6th centuries B.C.) component.

H. Shelton Stromquist, associate professor, history, will work on a comparative study of labor politics in six countries—the United States, England, Germany, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand—from 1890 to 1920.

Keith D. Stroyan, professor, mathematics, proposes to complete work on a textbook, Interactive Multivariable Calculus, which includes a print version, an electronic version with movable figures, and software for student computing.

Vilia Marie Tarvydas, professor, counseling, rehabilitation, and student development, will investigate her Participatory Ethics Scale, developed to measure rehabilitation practitioners' orientation to use consumer-inclusive ethical practices, and will develop an interdisciplinary Institute on Ethics in Disability Policy and Rehabilitation Practice.

Lisa Troyer, associate professor, sociology, will continue to use her Faculty Scholar Award to investigate the adoption of computer-mediated communication technologies (e.g., e-mail, computer conferencing) by organizations. 

Gerald B. Wetlaufer, professor, law, proposes to continue his research, scholarship, and teaching in negotiations through a series of essays.

Elizabeth J. Whitt, associate professor, counseling, rehabilitation, and student development, will use data collected in a national study of highly effective colleges and universities to describe practices that foster student engagement and success outside the classroom.

Jonathan Wilcox, professor, English, will write a book on embarrassment in Anglo-Saxon England (England c. 450-1100). This study will enrich an understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture while also charting the roots of a modern emotion. 

Stephen Williamson, professor, economics, will use recent developments in the theory of money, banking, and payments arrangements to evaluate, from a modern perspective, how banking and monetary policy contributed to the depth and length of the Great Depression. 

Doris S. Witt, associate professor, English, will work on a book, Dark Energy, in which she argues that astronomy emerged in the United States during the 1990s as the exemplary popular science of the complex phenomenon known as "globalization," and popular conceptions of globalization have been shaped by developments in astronomy. 

George G. Woodworth, professor, statistics and actuarial science, will write a calculus-based, undergraduate Bayesian statistics textbook and make the final edits on a coauthored book on scientific reasoning.



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