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Faculty partnerships awarded by University Libraries

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Thomas Schmidt, associate professor of physiology, and Michael McGee, professor of communication studies, are the recipients of the 1997-98 Faculty Partnership Awards given by the University of Iowa Libraries.

Faculty Partnership Awards were created to encourage the innovative use of information resources and technology and to provide opportunities for experimentation in electronic scholarly publication. The awards are funded privately. Project funds may be used toward the Libraries' purchase of software or hardware needed for the project or for upgrades to faculty workstations. The library provides staff support for a three to six month period, depending upon the duration of the project. This year's thematic priority was projects that utilize collaborative technologies and those that support distance learning.

Schmidt's project will develop a multimedia database with a Web interface to a "palette of thousands of multimedia widgets" related to physiology from which faculty and students can draw when preparing lectures, presentations and projects. McGee's project will create a MOO - multiple user, real-time, conferencing software - to support a class on "Ideology and Hegemony" that he is team-teaching with Professor John Lucaites at Indiana University with students at both campuses.

The 1998-99 Faculty Partnership Awards program will be announced in late fall 1998. For more information about the awards or other services related to information resources and learning technologies, contact: Carol Ann Hughes, Head, Information, Research, and Instructional Services, University Libraries at: 335-5489 or