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Release: March 5, 1999

UI announces 1999 Global Scholars

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa faculty members have been named 1999 Global Scholars.

Global Scholar Awards provide an opportunity for tenured faculty members, with established records of teaching and research, to orient their work in relation to significant global themes. The awards are intended for scholars who have not previously engaged in international research or whose past research has focused primarily on a single country or cultural area.

Recipients of the Global Scholar award are released from half their usual teaching, advising, administrative, and service obligations for two consecutive years. The award takes the form of a developmental assignment for one semester each year, part of which will be spent in one or more foreign countries.

Following is a list of the 1999 recipients and their research areas:

Laura Graham, associate professor of anthropology, will use ethnographic methods to analyze the use of discourse and forms of expressive representation in national and international arenas among the Xavante Indians of central Brazil.

Jeffrey C. Murray, professor of pediatrics and biological sciences, will develop an international clinical trial of vitamin intervention with indigent women in underdeveloped countries to study the prevention of birth defects.

Allen F. Roberts, professor of anthropology and African-American world studies, will compare Indian mystic Sai Baba to a Senegalese Sufi saint, focusing on the visual piety of Sai Baba's followers and how images structure experiences of the sacred.

"The Global Scholars Award Program is an important means of providing faculty with the support necessary to reexamine and reorient their research and teaching in relation to global and cross-national themes," said Michael McNulty, associate provost and dean of International Programs.

This is the fourth year of the Global Scholars Program and the first year that three awards have been given. Generally, two global scholar awards are made annually.

The UI Office of the Provost administers the Global Scholars awards. For more information, please see the announcement and application materials available on the Web at < Scholar Awards> or call 335-3565.