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Release: June 30, 1999


PACEK JOINS SBDC -- Christine Pacek is the new associate director of the University of Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

She has seven years of experience lending to and counseling small business owners. Prior to joining the Center in May, she was second vice president and a commercial banking officer at Iowa State Bank & Trust Company in Iowa City.

Pacek is a founding member of the Iowa Women’s Foundation, a graduate of the Community Leadership Program, a former member of the Iowa City Area Chamber Economic and Growth Committee and former chair of the Arts Business Partnership Committee.

As associate director at the SBDC, she will be providing free individual business management counseling to start-up and existing business owners. She will also be coordinating business management training at specialized seminars.

HOROWITZ RECEIVES HUMBOLDT AWARD- Professor of Economics Joel L. Horowitz recently received the Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists in recognition of his achievements in research.

Horowitz was nominated for this honor by German scientist Wolfgang Härdle of Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and will be given the opportunity for an extended period of research in Germany.

Nominations are made only by eminent German scholars at the highest professorial rank who have compiled an internationally recognized record of research. No more than 150 scholars worldwide are named to this elite company of scholars.

Horowitz’s research focuses on the development and application of statistical and econometric methods in economics and related fields.

HONORS STUDENT RECEIVES STANLEY SCHOLARSHIP -- Erin Johnson of Webster City has received a $2,000 Stanley Scholarship to complete a cross-cultural honors project this summer in Poland.

Johnson, a junior honors student studying international business and marketing, went to Poland earlier this month to study social networks formed by employees of U.S. companies and their spouses who live in Poland. Through surveys and interviews, the research project will find how these networks help the employees and spouses adjust to living in Poland.

Johnson worked with Amy Kristof-Brown, an assistant professor in the department of management and organizations, to develop the project.

The Stanley Scholarship, awarded through the Office for Study Abroad, is made available for undergraduates who do research abroad and then return for at least one semester. The scholarship covered travel and research costs for Johnson, who took a required course in methods of doing field study abroad. She will return to the U.S. in August and will present her findings to UI classes this fall.