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UI faculty members awarded semester assignments

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 99 University of Iowa faculty members are recipients of 1998-99 semester assignments. Their projects relate to the educational mission of the university and involve research in different fields. Faculty members are awarded assignments for such activities as writing scholarly works and textbooks, developing new research techniques and skills, collaborating with colleagues in other places, writing novels, creating artistic works, and developing curricula.

The 1998-99 recipients, departmental affiliation, and their projects are:

Pedro J. Alvarez, civil and environmental engineering, to spend time at the Swiss Federal Research Institute in Zurich working with world leaders in environmental microbiology research and learning molecular biology experimental procedures to improve the quality of his research program.

Daniel D. Anderson, mathematics, to continue his study of commutative rings with emphasis on factorization of elements in commutative rings and on power series rings.

Frederick J. Antczak, rhetoric, to study how Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's rhetoric succeeded with an increasingly diverse audience and how that success reconstituted the possibilities of dialogue in the faith, and between the church and the wider American polity.

David R. Arkush, history, to write a first draft of a book on the mental world found in folk tales from an area of north China.

Mark A. Arnold, chemistry, to continue to develop sensors for measuring blood glucose levels noninvasively, to evaluate a near-IR sensing scheme for monitoring the process of hemodialysis, and to evaluate novel spectroscopic methods as a means to monitor cellular metabolism.

Kendall E. Atkinson, mathematics, to develop theoretical mathematical results on the behavior of solutions of the radiosity equation and to develop computer codes for global illumination.

Richard G. Baker, geology, to continue to study the interaction of climate, vegetation, soils, and flood plain development from Nebraska to Indiana, and from southern Illinois to southern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Larry D. Bartlett, planning, policy, and leadership studies, to co-author a textbook on strategies for the effective inclusion of students with disabilities into regular classrooms.

Shelley G. Berc, International Writing Program, to write and rehearse her new stage adaptation of Carlo Gozzi's "Turandot."

Mary J. Berg, clinical and administrative pharmacy, to build women's health curricula in the College of Pharmacy and to complete a book honoring international women pharmacists.

Amitava Bhattacharjee, physics and astronomy, to complete the textbook Introduction to Plasma Physics with Space and Laboratory Applications and to develop a theoretical research effort, involving analytical theory and computer simulation in dusty plasma physics.

Cinzia Blum, French and Italian, to complete a bilingual anthology that will expose an English-speaking audience to the poetry of contemporary Italian women.

Hans Breder, art and art history, to produce a CD-ROM that will explore art as a significant social force that has the power to illuminate the existence of "social diseases," and to explore digital technologies as art media and utilize the aesthetic capabilities of digital technologies to understand the material and moral dilemmas of unified Germany.

Richard E. Buller, obstetrics and gynecology/pharmacology, to develop several new molecular biologic techniques for the study of breast/ovarian cancer and to generate additional preliminary data for an NIH submission.

Panayot Butchvarov, philosophy, to investigate the nature and extent of the role of language in cognition, specifically with respect to the logical aspects of cognition.

Patricia A. Cain, law, to continue research on a textbook Modern Estate and Trusts Law and to draft the chapters regarding estate and gift tax and several special chapters dealing with issues of importance to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex unmarried couples.

Thomas H. Charlton, anthropology, to examine, through archaeological surface surveys with collections and test pit excavations, the degree to which the Teotihuacan urban center influenced rural community plans and composition, residential and public architecture, ideology and iconography, and socioeconomic structure in four rural Teotihuacan period sites.

Chi-Lien Cheng, biological sciences, to learn map-based cloning technology of the CR88 gene and to study the biochemical function of the gene product and its interaction with other components in the light-regulation processes.

Chunghi Choo, art and art history, to create large-scale sculptures and functional and nonfunctional objects and jewelry to be mass produced using advanced industrial technology and to publish a catalogue of the creative work produced here in metalsmithing and jewelry.

Thomas Christensen, music, to continue to co-edit and author a comprehensive history of music theory from Ancient Greece to the present.

Ralph E. Cintron, rhetoric, to conduct fieldwork among leaders of the Almighty Latin King Nation, a major national and international street gang and to study social policy regarding street gangs.

Russell L. Ciochon, anthropology, to undertake new excavations on the island of Java (Indonesia) at the site of Sangiran where the first discovery of Homo erectus was made.

Lee Anna Clark, psychology, to collect normative, retest, and validation data for the Schedule for Nonadaptive and Adaptive Personality, a self-report test she developed to assess personality trait dimensions relevant to the evaluation of a type of psychopathology known as personality disorder.

John A. Conybeare, political science, to study the extent to which Britain's unilateral move to free trade in the 1840s influenced other countries to do the same and to write an article that will draw out the parallels between Britain in the last century and the United States today.

Ravindra Datta, chemical and biochemical engineering, to research the modeling of catalytic reaction kinetics with a view to develop semitheoretical predictive approaches and to apply thermodynamic transition-state theory and extrathermodynamic correlations to catalytic kinetics to study the effect of structure and medium on kinetics.

Connie J. Delaney, nursing, to develop a data warehouse comprised of at least 50,000 computerized patient records, test several knowledge discovery algorithms, and develop unique data visualization methods for presenting the knowledge discoveries.

Kathleen E. Diffley, English, to continue to write the second volume in a proposed trilogy which draws upon more than 300 Civil War stories to discover the flash of local color and the sound of unfamiliar voices that helped to configure national crisis and to transform American literature.

Edwin L. Dove, biomedical engineering, to obtain preliminary data on a new 3-D automated ventricular border detection algorithm that will be used with the 3-D ultrasound image datasets.

Mary L. Dudziak, law, to complete a book on the impact of postwar foreign affairs on U.S. civil rights policy.

James P. Duerlinger, philosophy, to complete the research and publication of the last two of a series of three articles entitled, "Vasubandhu's Critique of the Vatsuiputriyas' Theory of Persons."

James G. Enloe, anthropology, to examine reindeer bones from the archaeological site of Verberie in northern France to learn about hunting strategies and social organizations of prehistoric occupants during the final glacial period 12,000 years ago.

Louis A. Frank, physics and astronomy, to use spacecraft observations, including measurements of charged particles at large distances in the radiation zones surrounding the Earth and global images of the auroral lights, to research mechanisms responsible for auroral substorms.

James L. Giblin, history and African-American world studies, to complete a book on the modern social history of Tanzania. The book studies the struggle for knowledge as an aspect of middle-class formation. He will spend his time in writing and research in Tanzania and Germany.

James B. Gloer, chemistry, to initiate a project involving studies of aquatic fungi as sources of new natural projects that may be useful in the development of new pharmaceutical agents.

Sabine I. Gölz, German, to conduct research and begin writing a book that explores the work of Karoline von Gunderrode, who is one of the most important women poets of German Romanticism.

David S. Greenhoe, music, to enhance his trumpet performance and studio teaching by traveling to Germany to visit trumpet makers, exploring historic trumpet making, and performing in historic settings with new and historic trumpets.

Bruce E. Gronbeck, communication studies, to explore the changing conception of "character" in American politics and their ramifications.

Douglas A. Grouws, curriculum and instruction, to study the status of mathematics teachers and the conditions in which mathematics teaching takes place in American schools.

James A. Hall, social work, to apply for a continuation grant to propose the next stage of his research relating to drug abuse treatment and to work on a book and manuscripts based on his case management model.

David B. Hamilton, English, to complete a book-length manuscript studying a site of continuous habitation for thousands of years along the Missouri River.

Alan B. Henkin, planning, policy, and leadership studies, to write a book-length manuscript on effective interpersonal communications and teamwork in professional practice, especially in the fields of education, social work, and health care.

Cheryl Temple Herr, English, to complete the research for a study of film in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England from the '60s to the present.

Herbert W. Hethcote, mathematics, to study computer simulations of an age-structured model for the transmission of pertussis in the United States to estimate the effects of adding new acellular pertussis vaccines to the current adult tetanus-diphtheria booster.

Sue E. Hettmansperger, art and art history, to produce artwork that synthesizes interconnections between science and art as they affect the cultural world-view.

Steven L. Hoch, history, to focus on research that calls into question the conceptual and interpretive framework that dominates our understanding of post-emancipation (post-1861) rural Russian society.

Rex D. Honey, geography, to edit papers and solicited contributions and to write six chapters for a scholarly book from the Global Focus: Human Rights '98 program.

Benjamin K. Hunnicutt, sport, health, leisure, and physical studies, to work on a book, tentatively entitled Saving Work: A Failing Faith.

Alan Kim Johnson, psychology, to acquire new skills in electrophysiology to refine a method for generating new lines of evidence to test the hypothesized role of the median preoptic nucleus.

Patricia L. Kelley, social work, to study family-centered social work practices in Australia and to analyze data from a study assessing the use of a narrative approach with young adolescent offenders.

David E. Klemm, religion, to conduct research and writing leading to publication of three articles or chapters in books, all of which focus on theoretical modeling and the testing of models as a particular form of hermeneutics.

Kevin R. Kopelson, English, to complete a book, The Queer Afterlife of Vaslar Nijinsky and to begin a book, Critical Failure.

Brooks Landon, English, to develop strategies, assignments, and materials to move an undergraduate hypertext course to the constructive stage, to develop a graduate seminar on hypertext and hyperfiction, and to write a hypertexted essay for the web.

Vera Loening-Baucke, pediatrics, to explore the connection of the gut and the brain using colonic motility recordings.

David F. Lohman, psychological and quantitative foundations, to learn more about authoring tests and assembling Form 6 of the Cognitive Abilities test.

Henrietta L. Logan, preventive and community dentistry, to obtain and apply new knowledge and ability concerning research techniques and design as applied to psychoneuroimmunology.

Jean C. Love, law, to complete an article titled "Same-Sex Harassment After Oncale," and to write a book-length manuscript that will focus on the intersection of federal anti-discrimination law and state tort law.

Philip A. Lutgendorf, Asian languages and literature, to complete a book-length manuscript titled Hanuman: The Meanings of a Divine Monkey in India and Beyond.

Thomas M. Lutz, English, to complete Cosmopolitan Vistas, a book on regionalism in American literature and culture.

Roberta M. Marvin, music, to work on a book titled Verdi the Student -Verdi the Teacher.

Ross Matsueda, sociology, to examine the effects of poverty, welfare, family structure, teenage motherhood, and family support on early child behavior problems.

Scott F. McNabb, planning policy, and leadership studies, to explore how teachers in Iowa's alternative schools rate their self-efficacy.

Adriana Mendez, Spanish and Portuguese, to write a book on four women's travel books written by 19th-century European visitors to South America.

Dennis M. Moore, rhetoric, to complete a translation of a treatise on rhetoric by a prominent French humanist.

Adalaide Morris, English, to revise a full draft of H.D.'s Lexicon for publication and to research the foundations for The Antilyric: Poetry in the Late Age of Print.

Charles W. Mueller, sociology, to complete work on the study of job satisfaction and commitment among Protestant clergy.

John S. Nelson, political science, to complete a series of studies on how electronic media of communication are remaking the concepts and institutions of western politics.

Kathleen E. Newman, Spanish and Portuguese, to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to view 1910-1913 newsreels, in order to write the final section of a book, Argentine Silent Film: Feminism, Democracy, and Modernity.

June Park, management sciences, to update his knowledge on recently developed combinatorial optimization techniques that are particularly effective for solving telecommunication network design problems.

John Durham Peters, communication studies, to complete a book manuscript tentatively titled Communication in Public.

Kenneth H. Phillips, curriculum and instruction/music, to do research in choral music education and to complete the writing of a textbook, The Choral Music Educator.

Jodie M. Plumert, psychology, to carry out experiments with children, write grant proposals, and consult colleagues about issues related to children's bicycling safety.

Judy Polumbaum, journalism and mass communication, to conduct an interpretive content analysis of Sports Illustrated's 40-plus years of sports storytelling.

Irith Pomeranz, electrical and computer engineering, to develop procedures and software tools in three areas of testing and verification of digital electronic circuits.

Lauren Rabinovitz, American studies, to continue work on a CD-ROM interactive book that demonstrates how the amusement park at the turn-of-the-century was an important symbol of the onset of American modernity.

William M. Reisinger, political science, to explicate a new, more comprehensive theory of political change and test it empirically with data from countries in different world regions, as well as change in the Soviet Union and its successor societies.

David G. Rethwisch, chemistry and biochemical engineering, to develop improved models to predict the solubility of small molecules in polymers.

Marilynne Robinson, creative writing, to complete the writing of a novel.

Malcolm J. Rohrbough, history, to analyze two separate dimensions of the French participation in the California Gold Rush-the experiences within France itself and in the gold fields.

Gary J. Russell, marketing, to focus on construction and calibration of multiple category choice models to explore the impact of store layout and trade on the effectiveness of cross category promotional activity.

Leslie L. Schrier, curriculum and instruction, to develop a comprehensive statement on the design of foreign language teaching curricula at the K-12 level.

Rosemarie Scullion, French and Italian, to focus attention on literary works, political essays, and films in which members of France's intelligentsia lent support to revolutionary movement.

Richard D. Sjölund, biological sciences, to study the sieve element PM and sieve element reticulum membranes using specialized equipment and techniques available in Oxford, England.

Jeffery A. Smith, journalism and mass communication, to work on a book synthesizing and analyzing prevalent thinking about God as a directing or benevolent power in American history.

Steven R. Spangler, physics and astronomy, to collaborate on a project that centers around observations of radio wave fluctuations and distortions due to the solar wind, or flowing, ionized gas in outer space between the planets.

Christopher A. Squier, dental research, to establish an interdisciplinary and international program for research and educational programs at Iowa that examine the role of tobacco in society.

Margaret M. Stratton, art and art history, to create a 50-minute video/installation that examines how contemporary faith affects women and the family.

John-Mark Stensvaag, law, to research, write, and publish a text, tentatively entitled Materials on Environmental Law.

Bonnie S. Sunstein, curriculum and instruction, to complete a book-length study of memoirs about learning to teach writing.

Michael L. Teague, sport, health, leisure and physical studies, to develop two videos on health and aging.

Randall S. Thomas, law, to begin writing an academic press book on applications of auction theory to legal problems

Mary C. Trachsel, rhetoric, to work on a book project clarifying ethical issues surrounding the controversial status of "authentic voice" or "personal" writing instruction in an institutional environment that assumes certain distinctions between the ethics of "personal" and "professional" life.

Douglas M. Trank, rhetoric, to investigate the relationship between communication competence and construct system development.

Richard L. Valentine, civil and environmental engineering, to enhance his research program in the development and application of advanced oxidation processes for destruction of contaminants in water and wastewater.

Gary W. Van Hoesen, anatomy and cell biology, to investigate the brains of Alzheimer's disease donors to assess and quantify the degree of nerve cell loss that appears to be caused by a disease mechanism other than that studied conventionally.

Diana L. Velez, Spanish and Portuguese, to examine several moments in 20th-century Puerto Rican literature, analyzing these as key performance acts of national self-definition.

Robert F. Weir, pediatrics, to write a book that addresses the ethical and legal implications of stored tissue samples.

Terence H. Williams, anatomy and cell biology, to learn cellmand molecular biology, particularly those aspects implicated or ential sums. in mitral valve prolapse.

Yanbo Ye, mathematics, to conduct research on Kloosterman sums and related exponential sums.

Dale L. Zimmerman, statistics and actuarial science, to write a book that systematically considers variance-covariance structures for longitudinal and spatial data.