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Release: April 3, 2000
UI Obermann Center awards $50,000 in research grants
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
has awarded a total of $50,000 in Interdisciplinary Research Grants to 10
researchers who will collaborate on four projects this summer.
The program provides summer stipends for interdisciplinary scholarship undertaken
at the Obermann Center by UI faculty and staff members working in collaboration
with one another or with researchers from other institutions. Each collaborator
must demonstrate a particular disciplinary contribution to the project. The
program is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and
by the Graduate College.
"Interdisciplinary scholarship is an area of strategic importance at
the UI, and the Obermann Center is a critical focus and facilitator of such
scholarship," said David Skorton, UI vice president for research.
This year's projects and researchers include:
"Building a Virtual Theatre," by Alison Ford, a UI associate professor
of theatre arts, Barbara Zilles, a computer consultant at the UI Advanced
Research Computing Resources, and Steve Beck, a project manager at the UI
Image Analysis Facility. The team will build a computer model of the David
Thayer Theatre, one of the most frequently used theatres on the UI campus.
"History Telling at the Kitchen Table: Private Joseph Shields, WWII
and Mother-Centered Memory," by Robert Jefferson, a UI assistant professor
of history and African-American World Studies and Angelita Reyes, an associate
professor of Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota.
The pair will study the links between gender, race, class, generation, and
history in a family's recollection of a homicide of a young African-American
soldier during World War II.
"Revealing the Unseen Economy: Articulating and Valuing Unpaid Contributions
to Care," by Claire Pavlik, a UI assistant professor of geography, Rose
Marie Friedrich, a UI associate professor of nursing, and Sheila McGinnis,
a visiting assistant professor of health policy and management. The team seeks
to articulate, inventory, and assign value to the tasks associated with unpaid
caregiving by families of persons with severe and chronic mental illness.
"Transactional Cognition in Music: Common Dimensions of Aural and Tactile
Experience," by Carlos Xavier Rodriguez, a UI assistant professor of
curriculum and instruction, and Gunter Kreutz, a professor at the University
of Frankfurt in Germany. The pair will analyze and compare the American and
German results of a study of the capacity to understand or communicate artistic
ideas in both aural and tactile domains.
Jay Semel, director of the Obermann Center, said that earlier projects funded
by the center have resulted in numerous jointly-written articles and books,
as well as grants totaling more than $2 million from federal and foundation
sources including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National
Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. Recent publications
have focused on health care reform in Russia, on gravity and string symmetries,
on preserving confidentiality of health data, and on sports and the moral