CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 14, 1999
Five UI researchers win grants for studies of children
IOWA CITY, Iowa Five University of Iowa researchers
have won grants from the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies for studies
involving children and their families. These Center for Advanced Studies Spelman
Rockefeller (CASSPR) grants are supported by the UI Laura Spelman Rockefeller
Fund and by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research. This year's
award recipients are Amy C. Butler, social work; James A. Hall, social work;
Stephen E. McGowan, internal medicine; Lisa M. Oakes, psychology; and Steven
J. Luck, psychology.
Butler's study, "The Relationship Between Welfare
and Premarital Childbearing in Social and Economic Context," seeks to determine
whether high welfare benefit levels increase the likelihood that young, low-income
women will bear a child before marriage.
Hall will extend his previous research on substance
abuse with a study on "Identification and Network Analysis of Ancillary Services
for Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment." He will study health and human
service agencies that offer substance abuse treatment for adolescents in Johnson
County to determine whether coordinated efforts to curb substance abuse are
McGowan plans a study on "Effects of Vitamin A Deficiency
on the Recovery of Airway Function after a Viral Respiratory Infection in
Children." Marginal Vitamin A deficiency affects 250 million children worldwide,
particularly those in socio-economically deprived countries. McGowan will
study how this deficiency impairs the body's ability to repair damaged airways,
contributing to prolonged airway injury which increases the severity and duration
of respiratory illness.
Oakes and Luck will collaborate on a study of "The
Capacity of Short-Term Memory in Infants." An important component in an infant's
learning is the ability to remember objects and events from one moment to
the next. Oakes and Luck will study four- and six-and-a-half-month old infants
to assess how many items they can keep active in their short-term memory.
Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center, said that
in recent years CASSPR grant recipients have gone on to win grants from the
National Institutes of Health and the March of Dimes and have published research
findings on asthma and on premature infants.
Local community and professional groups may invite
any of these researchers to speak at their meetings about these projects.
Contact the Obermann Center at (319) 335-4034.