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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yanbo Ye, mathematics, to conduct research on Kloosterman sums and related
Dale L. Zimmerman, statistics and actuarial science, to write a book
that systematically considers variance-covariance structures for longitudinal
and spatial data.