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Obermann Center awards 1997 grants to faculty

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies recently awarded its 1997 Interdisciplinary Research Grants to nine University faculty members.

The program provides summer stipends for interdisciplinary scholarship undertaken at the Obermann Center by two or more University of Iowa faculty members. Each collaborator must demonstrate a particular disciplinary contribution to the project. The awards are supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate College.

This year's recipients and their projects are: Michael Everson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Chuanren Ke, assistant professor of Asian languages and literature; and Nancy Ewald Jackson, professor of psychological and quantitative foundations. Project proposal: "Americans learning to read Chinese: Chinese learning to read English."

Joyce L. Moore, assistant professor of psychological and quantitative foundations, and Lisa M. Oakes, assistant professor of psychology. Project proposal: "Contextual theories in developmental and educational psychology."

Judy Polumbaum, associate professor of journalism and mass communication, and Stephen G. Wieting, associate professor of sociology. Project proposal: "Stories of sport and the moral order: A four-country study;" and Jon Ringen, professor of literature, science, and the arts; and Ed Wasserman, professor of psychology. Project proposal: "Communication, consciousness, and comparative cognition."

Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center for Advances Studies, notes that earlier funded projects have resulted in federal and foundation grants totalling more than $1.85 million and in numerous jointly authored articles and books. Most recently, a 1994 project on the tall grass prairies, conducted by Robert F. Sayre (English), Rebecca Roberts (geography), and Joni Kinsey (art and art history), has resulted in a collaborative journal article and other single-author publications, including Kinsey's book, Plain Pictures, Images of the American Prairie, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996, and a UI Museum of Art traveling art exhibition featured on CBS Sunday morning.