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Release: April 17, 2001

UI faculty receive International Programs Summer Research Fellowships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ten University of Iowa faculty members have won 2001 International Programs Summer Research Fellowships. The fellowship is a research developmental program for faculty that provides recipients $3,000 in support for international research.

The fellowships will support the following UI faculty and their projects:

Robert Bork, assistant professor of art and art history in the College of Liberal Arts, will travel to Schwabisch-Gmund in Germany to research two articles on the great church spires of medieval Europe.

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, who will research on "Economic Competition and Ethnic Solidarity in Neoliberal Economies." Colloredo-Mansfeld's research focuses on whether competition among family companies that design and export sweaters may promote cultural unity in spite of the severe economic measures and general market turmoil that have debilitated the Otavelenos in Ecuador.

Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, associate professor of foreign language and ESL education in the College of Education, who will examine the "Ratings of International Students Oral Proficiency in English Language Speaking Countries." Her project focuses on explaining and documenting the comparability of ratings obtained from English language practitioners in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. as they assess international students' performance on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

Robert G. Franciscus, assistant professor of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts, who will analyze the cranial remains from Dolni Vestonice and Pavlov sites overlooking the Dyje River Valley in the Czech Republic of Central Europe. The 26,000-year-old sites have produced spectacular art objects, shelter structures, and the earliest fired clay and textiles.

Christine Getz, assistant professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts, who will study extant doctrine books and songs collections in the Biblioteca Nationale Braidense, and examine archival documents in the Archivio Storico Diocesano and Archivio di Stato in Milan, Italy. This research is necessary for the completion of Getz's monograph entitled "Music in the Urban Theater of Renaissance Milan."

Ken MacDonald, assistant professor of geography in the College of Liberal Arts, who will do a project on "Kar-i: Multi-Media and Labor Equity in Northern Pakistan." This multi-media project focuses on the concerns caused by adventure tourism in the Karakoram mountain range of northern Pakistan, which has been relying on the inequitable labor relations over the past 150 years.

Denise V. Powers, assistant professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts, who will study "Beyond Tolerance: How People Get Along in European Democracies." Powers will research the cultural conditions of tolerance in contemporary democracies through a structural comparison of citizens in four European countries.

Roland Racevskis, assistant professor of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts, who will research "On the Brink: Racine and the Thresholds of Tragedy." Racevskis project includes background research, revision and new writing for a book manuscript on French classical playwright Jean Racine.

Catherine Ringen, professor of linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts, who will travel to Iceland, Sweden and Germany to gather data on phonetics labs for new two papers on Swedish and Icelandic, and to work with a co-author in Germany to prepare two papers for publication.

Mark Sidel, associate professor in the College of Law who will conduct research on two related projects re-examining the role of law and the state in India. Sidel's first research, "Constraining the State's Discontents: Reconceptualizing the Role of Law and Rights in State-Nonprofit Relations in India," focuses on re-evaluation of India's "rights revolution" through examination of the law in the regulation and control of Indian nonprofit sector. His second research, "Law and Development and Its Modern Crisis: Foreign Legal Assistance to India After Fifty Years," evaluates and analyzes the role of donor-provided assistance for legal reform in India.

For information on International Programs Summer Research Project, contact Julie Blair at (319) 335-0488.