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Release: Feb. 24, 2000

Thirty UI faculty, staff receive 'Research Enhancement' awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Thirty University of Iowa faculty and staff have won awards from the UI's Central Investment Fund for Research Enhancement (CIFRE). The fund assists scholars and researchers in developing new projects and in facilitating pilot projects that may enhance their applications for outside research.

Advisory committees in the Office of the Vice President for Research reviewed 60 applications in one of four areas: the arts and humanities, the biological sciences, the physical and mathematical sciences and the social sciences. Vice President for Research David Skorton made final award decisions.

CIFRE awards up to $10,000 to tenure-track faculty and research scientists in any rank in all areas of the University. Preference may be given to applicants in the early stages of their career.

The 1999-2000 winners, their fields, project titles and award amounts are:

Douglas Baynton
, history, The History of Disability in American Immigration Law, $4,920.

Peter Feldstein
, art/art history, Cliché Verre Images, $9,240.

Elena Gavruseva
, linguistics, Acquisition of Whose-Questions in Child English, $5,971.

Prahlad Gupta
, psychology, Memory Mechanisms and Vocabulary Learning, $9,830.

John Kimmich-Javier
, journalism and mass communication, A Family Legacy: Photographs of the Architecture of Nicodemus Tessin the Elder (1615-81) and Nicodemus Tessin the Younger (1654-1728), Royal Architects, $8,946.

Aloysius Klingelhutz, microbiology, Identifying Genes Involved in Telomerase Activation, $10,000.

Amnon Kohen, chemistry, Dihydrofolate Reductase: The Contribution of Coupled Motion and Hydrogen Tunneling to Catalysis, $9,977.

Sarah Larsen, chemistry, Development and Application of Zeolite Nanostructures, $8,915.

Kathy Lavezzo, English, Angels on the Edge of the World: The Geography of English Identity from Aelfric to More, $2,500.

Johna Leddy, chemistry, Magnetic Facilitation of Electron Conduction in Polymers, $10,000.

Tad Mutersbaugh, geography, Peasant Unionism and Organic Coffee Markets: Commodities and Authority in International Markets, $8,150.

John Nason, biology, Genetic Diversification of Goldenrod Elliptical Gallmakers: A Case of Sympatric Speciation by Host Race Formation?, $10,000.

Kathleen Newman, Spanish and Portuguese/comparative literature, Recent Spanish Cinema: Aesthetic Distanciation and Political Commitment, $8,820.

Ksenia Nosikova, music, Annees de Pelerinage by Franz Liszt: Performance and Recording, $7,500.

Leighton Pierce, communication studies, Sound Objects, $4,377.

Jacki Rand, history/American Indian and Native studies, The Circulation of Kiowa Horses: Ledger Drawings and Beadwork, 1867-1910, $6,632.

Satish Rao, internal medicine, Investigation of Adenosine Antagonist -- Theophylline for the Treatment of Unexplained (Noncardiac) Chest Pain, $9,975.

Tom Redford, clinical and administrative pharmacy, Enhancement of Amphotericin B Fungicidal Activity with CpG DNA Oligonucleotides, $10,000.

David Redlawsk, political science, Tracing Voter Decision Making Processes During Political Campaigns, $9,010.

Julia Seng, nursing, Abuse-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Childbearing, $9.991.

Roumyana Slabakova, linguistics, The English Present Tenses and Their L2 Acquisition, $3,850.

Lizhi Sun, civil and environmental engineering, Effective Elastoplasticity of Particle- reinforced Metal-matrix Composites with Interfacial Damage: A Micromechanics Approach, $9,998.

Dwight Tardy, chemistry, Probing the Reaction Environment in Supercritical Fluids, $9.420.

Daniel Thedens, electrical and computer engineering, Semi-Automated Segmentation and Visualization for Three-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Coronary Artery Imaging, $9,867.

Geb Thomas, industrial engineering, Helping People Control Swarming Automation, $8,816.

H. S. Udaykumar, mechanical engineering, Modeling and Simulation of Physico-Chemical Transport Phenomena in Atherosclerotic Plaque Growth, $10,000.

Shaun Vecera, psychology, Selective Attention to the Parts of an Individual Object, $7,260.

John Warren, preventive and community dentistry, Oral Health and Nutrition in the Very Old, $9,580.

Andrew Williams, electrical and computer engineering, An Internet-based Multiagent System for Disease Gene Mapping Research Discovery, $10,000.

Baoli Yang, obstetrics and gynecology, Replication of Human Hereditary Hemochromatosis Point Mutation in Mouse, $9,450.