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February 4, 2005
Volume 42, No. 7


Small Wonder: Scientists explore the brave new (little) world of nanoscience
Grand re-opening reveals new and improved Burge
Hawkeye docs and trainers think fast and score with lifesaving move at football game dinner
Staff orientation offers some new tidbits for old-timers

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Faculty, Global Scholars announced
Distinguished UI scholar of human rights to deliver annual Presidential Lecture
Nine receive Instructional Improvement Awards

January Longevity Awards



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Faculty, Global Scholars announced


The Office of the Provost has selected six faculty members to receive Faculty Scholar Awards and one to receive a Global Scholar Award.

Global Scholars are released from half their usual year of teaching, advising, administrative, and service obligations for two consecutive academic years. Typically, the award takes the form of a Career Development Award for one semester each year, part of which is spent in at least one foreign country.

Vicki Hesli
Vicki Hesli
Photos by Tom Jorgensen

Vicki Hesli, professor of political science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is this year’s Global Scholar Award recipient. Hesli will investigate the formation, development, and institutionalization of political opposition of Central Asian states—an area beset with civil wars and international military interventions.

Faculty Scholar Awards give leading scholars the opportunity for creative, extended, and concentrated work on their research. Recipients are released from half of the usual obligations of teaching, advising, and service for three consecutive years. Typically, the award takes the form of a Career Development Award for one semester of each of three years. The 2005 recipients come from mathematics, art and art history, physics and astronomy, history, and geoscience.

Frauke Bleher
Frauke Bleher
Frauke Bleher, associate professor of mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will study applications of a new deformation theory that Bleher helped develop. Deformation theory studies the behavior of mathematical objects under small perturbations.

Robert Bork
Robert Bork
Robert Bork, associate professor of art and art history, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will study the geometry of Gothic architectural drawings, the oldest surviving “blueprints” in history. Bork’s research combines scrutiny of original medieval drawings with computer-aided analysis of their proportions to show how medieval designers using simple tools developed sophisticated building plans.
Julie Berger Hochstrasser
Julie Berger Hochstrasser
Julie Berger Hochstrasser, associate professor of art and art history, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will explore the visual arts generated by the Dutch and those with whom they traded. Hochstrasser will study both sides of these exchanges to forge new ways of thinking about global visual culture from the early modern period to today.
Philip Kaaret
Philip Kaaret
Philip Kaaret, associate professor of physics and astronomy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will conduct new observations of black holes to measure the mass of intensely bright X-ray sources in other galaxies, which may represent a new class of black hole, with masses intermediate between the two known classes, supermassive and stellar-mass.
Paula Michaels (not pictured), associate professor of history, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will trace the story of psychoprophylaxis, known in the United States as the Lamaze method. She will study political issues surrounding Lamaze in the Cold War context of this technique’s transfer across the Iron Curtain.
Mark Reagan
Mark Reagan
Mark Reagan, associate professor of geoscience, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will study how explosive lavas are generated in volcanic arcs. He will research rhyolites, the Earth’s most explosive lavas; the fluxes of water and other materials from subducting oceanic plates to sources of basalts in volcanic arcs; and the timing of magma degassing during volcanic eruptions.







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