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Carver Charitable Trust funds University of Iowa faculty research projects

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Twelve University of Iowa faculty members have received 1997-98 Carver Scientific Research Initiative Grants, funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine.

The program provides competitive grants of up to $15,000 to faculty researchers who have ideas with long-range potential but who need to conduct preliminary studies before launching a research project.

The program, administered by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research, supports projects in natural, physical, biological, and technological sciences in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Engineering.

This year's award winners are:
Debashish Bhattachayra, biological sciences, "The origin and phylogeny of Lichen Group I introns," $13,203.
Thomas Boggess, physics and astronomy, "Piezoreflectance spectroscopy of semiconductor heterostructures for optoelectronic devices," $14,966.
Chi-Lien Cheng, biological sciences, "Light-controlled greening process," $15,000.
Gary Fischer, industrial engineering, "Real time control for machining operations/surface roughness control," $15,000.
Luis Gonzalez, geology, "Decoding the temperature signal of the Cretaceous 'Greenhouse World'," $15,000.
Weimin Han, mathematics, "A posteriori error analysis of finite element solutions of variational inequalities," $11,556.
Jan Jensen, chemistry, "Chemical insight from complex quantum mechanical calculations," $5,000.
Tonya Peeples, chemistry, "Interfacial enzymatic processing of non-aqueous substrates," $15,000.
Daniel Quinn, chemistry, "Structure energetics and spectroscopy of low-barrier hydrogen bonds," $7,500.
John Schweitzer, physics and astronomy, "Search for superconducting compounds in the TL-BA-CO-S system," $15,000.
Josef Simeonsson, chemistry, "Developmental studies of laser-based photo-ionization and laser-induced fluorescence sensors for NO, NO2 and SO2," $13,040.
Larry Weber, Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research, "Integrating fish tracking and river hydrodynamics," $15,000.